MSI OC Academy UK Tour Announced - Register for April 17-19 Event

MSI OC Academy UK Tour Announced – Register for April 17-19 Event

Press Release by Team GB Benching Event Team

Team GB Benching, MSI, and partners, in conjunction with OCN and HWBOT, are pleased to introduce the MSI OC Academy UK Tour. The first event will take place in Cambridge from the 17th – 19th April 2015.

Team GB Benching is all about promoting benching in the UK. Regardless of which HWBOT team you bench, you will be welcomed at any Team GB event. The event is for the professional benchers; the not-so-experienced and the veterans; it is for the first timers who have never clocked hard before, in fact this event is for everyone. But hurry! There are limited tickets available.

There are only 20 tickets available.

Each ticket entitles the holder entrance to the event. This includes:

  • All the LN2 you can use.
  • Hotel accommodation for Friday and Saturday night.
  • All hardware will be provided, but you can bring your prized CPU or VGA to bench.
  • Entrance to the introduction to LN2 and sub-zero benching course on the Saturday morning. Successful candidates will receive their level 1 certificate at the awards dinner.
  • A place at the Team GB Benching awards evening dinner, hosted by MSI. Sadly your drinks are for your own account.
  • Transport to and from the hotel and venue will be provided so there will be no need for any driving, you can just enjoy your weekend.

To secure your place please book ASAP at or

A booking fee of £10 is payable on booking via PayPal Please include your forum user name, full name, mobile contact number and a working email address if different from the one you use with PayPal. This booking fee will be refunded if you are not successful in being allocated a ticket. All tickets are on a first come first serve basis.

What’s going on at the meet and how do I watch it.

The event is going to be slightly different this time around. The weekend will be running two congruent streams. There will be organised event benching in teams and individual bench-offs. Grab the opportunity to bench with the pros. That does not mean that free benchers who just want to bench their own hardware will be unwelcome, far from it. Get your ticket and you can bench in the manner that suites your mood. We would like all participants to get into the activities of course and have a bit of fun while benching up a storm, and participants will be eligible for some of the great prizes that are up for grab.

On offer to bench with will be MSI X99 systems with Intel® Core™ i7-5960X Processor under the hood, G.SIKLL DDR4 3000MHz memory and a set of the awesome MSI Lightnings that were only available to the Pro benchers. Now it is your turn to bench with the some of the best kit available. The Z97 platform is not being neglected and Intel were kind enough to send us 10 samples to play with, again G.SKILL are the memory providers.

OCTV and OCN are partnering up to deliver the best possible viewing experience with more than 8 camera’s and a dedicated commentary team providing insight to the action. Ask your favourite bencher those difficult and embarrassing questions during the interview slots. The stream will be available on HWBOT and OCN check the forums for more information closer to the time.

Team GB Benching have arranged a pretty exciting itinerary that will push the competitors ability and skills to the limits, while you the viewer get to call the shots. Decide what bench the teams have to do in the different rounds of the competition, the viewers will get to set targets for the benchers to achieve.

Think you know your benching? Well predict the winning score or winning time and win a prize. Select the correct round winner and you stand a chance to win. Get the correct winner of each round and walk away with the accumulator prize at the end of the day. Plus there will be a winner for the correct prediction of the overall weekend champion too.

Every viewer who participates will be eligible for the random prize draws that will be sponsored by our wonderful partners. But that is not all, this year the viewers are going to have a say in who gets a wild card entry to the singles knockout cup and pick the teams for the final bench off.

Stay tuned to see who all will be attending the event, there are four media representatives who will be getting cold in Cambridge and there are some special guests from overseas joining in the fun too. Maybe, just maybe a four way VGA world record or two will be broken live at the meet. Are you going to be there?


Belgium Massman says:

Who's going!

United Kingdom nickolp1974 says:

Looks awesome, booked!

United Kingdom RawZ says:

Hope to see you all there! :)

United Kingdom gavbon says:

Coo-EEEE Booked :)

United Kingdom ObscureParadox says:

I will be there :)

Canada Trouffman says:

Neeedddd ticket :D

United Kingdom Rbby258 says:

Email sent.

Belgium leeghoofd says:

Sounds awesome!!

United Kingdom Jumper118 says:

I will be there. never done sub 0 cooling before :D

Belgium Massman says:

See you all there! :D

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

Hope you guys will have some fun there :)

K404 says:

Massman said: See you all there! :D

Oh fffffffff are you going? :p

Belgium Massman says:

I could use extra training :D

K404 says:

Well, if I go, are you all set for another 3-day argument? :D

Belgium Massman says:

Sure, but only if you allow me to buy you a beer :D

K404 says:

...and I shall buy you one back :D

Germany der8auer says:

See You there guys :D

United Kingdom topdog says:

I'll be there too, looking forward to it

United Kingdom nickolp1974 says:

K404 said: Ok, I'm in. :)

Disclaimer: In a non-benching capacity, unless someone needs a hand.

Thankyou to all the sponsors for signing up to make this event happen :)

how about in a modding capacity??? shall i bring my cards!! :D

United Kingdom ObscureParadox says:

Kennys skills are known too well XD

United Kingdom HiVizMan says:

Good morning all.

There has been a slight change to the event.

This is why - the building next door has been declared unsafe due to a fire. The Boathouse will be closing for health and safety reasons while structural repairs are carried out next door.

Nothing to worry about. All it means is those who are coming by Train you do not need a taxi. The new venue is

The Grain Store in Cambridge

The beers that where available yesterday - I have enquired and can confirm that there will be darker or more traditional ales on the pumps. But they have 6 pumps not counting the craft ales downstairs so we will be spoilt for choice.

Below are two vids of the venue we are moving too, the one is just the bar area. :cool:


What do I need to bring?

Right with regard to hardware those folks [color=#008B00]who are experienced[/COLOR] and have a favourite pot, their own thermometer, flasks that you like, and so forth bring them along by all means as you know your pots behaviours and will make the event more enjoyable for you. Plus it is always handy to have extras.

Now [color=#008B00]everyone else[/COLOR] you do not need to bring a thing. Not one thing, it will all be provided for you.

That includes all CPU pots, and what ever other put you may need. Insulation of all sorts, eraser, LET, armaflex tape or foam. The works.
Flasks, thermometers, K probes and tools. All will be provided.

The event will provide opportunity to free bench for the experienced guys as much as they like on the Friday - remember that is an open session day and optional. The actual event starts proper on the Saturday and there is a mix of planned or organised events with again provision for those who want to only free bench to do so. Of course we would like as many that can to participate in the organised benching sessions.

Starting promptly at 9am is the LN2 and Sub Zero benching course. This will continue until lunch time when we will break for a meal and the morning course participants will join up with the others to get right into some team benching on the X99 platform.

While the course is running, which will be streamed, and recorded for a upload after the event has completed, those folks who have years of Ln2 experience will have the opportunity to participate in a series of death match like contests. What that means is one v one benching. Pretty much like a tennis match winner takes all. Winner gets 5 points for the win. A target will be set for the benchmark and if achieved 3 points are awarded even if you do not win your bout, get past the calculation line and you get points - winners get the extra two points that make up the five in total for the win. ;)

Each bout will need to be completed in one hour. :shock:

Hardware will be randomly drawn and the viewers will decide what the bench is and what the calculation line (target) will be for each round. There will be a lucky looser that goes into the next round. The bencher with the best % over the calculation line will get to bench further. So if the calculation line is 50 000 points in Vantage and there are scores of 52000. 52500 and 53000 the obviously the bencher with 5300 proceeds.

The guys who are on the course and join in the afternoon will bench their first round in the afternoon session. You will be plucked from your X99 team and take part in the bout.

This an example of what I am talking about for the singles death match.

Points will be awarded to each team, these points go onto the tally of the individual bencher's in that team. So one team could have 5 people, and win the session. That means each of the team members gets 10 points added to their individual tally. Second place is 7 and third place is 5 points. At the end of the MSI Academy weekend the bencher with the highest points score will be crowned the event winner and a CPU and some other goodies will be yours. :P

There are three sessions of team benching. The viewers will have a large say in what is benched and what the restrictions if any there will be. So make sure your mates are on-line to vote what they want to see benched. In fact the viewers are going to be actively involved with the entire days proceedings and will be able to win some great prizes and have fun with those of us lucky enough to be at the event in person.

The winner of the singles death match will be decided in a final bout on the Sunday.

The final program will be circulated closer to the event date.


Climbs on soapbox.

I will be contacting each bencher to find out if they will be joining the organised sessions or not. These organised sessions are going to be a whole lot of fun I can promise you. Benching with mates is more fun than just sitting there doing your own thing alone. Now I fully accept that not all want to play with others but I strongly urge you to give it a go. This MSI OC Academy event is going to be a bit of a ground breaker in a number of different ways. I would like those who are going to be present to be part of what we are trying to achieve and help TeamGB and MSI develop the sport more. If this works as we expect it to work there will be many more opportunities for bigger and better events in the month and years to come. And guys, you will have the opportunity to say "Yeah I was there when it first happened."

Jumps down and hopes folks got this far in what is a very wordy post. :oops:


Some more pictures of the venue.

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

This is looking great :)

United Kingdom gavbon says:

Looking forward to seeing some old faces and meeting some new ones :D

Germany der8auer says:

Damn that's a awesome location!

United Kingdom nickolp1974 says:

This will be my first proper LN2 meet and from the looks of things i'm gonna be spoiled, this is gonna take some topping! Thanks Dagmar and to all concerned for arranging this event, i better get the beers in! :D

United Kingdom HiVizMan says:

One of the most common questions I get emailed before events is 'what do I needs to bring?'

OK here is the list it is aimed at the guys who bench quite often and have their own kit and will be taking part in the organised events. If you do not have your own kit do not worry there is plenty to go round. Some of the stuff like USB stick is a must however - especially if you are going to set a PB and want to keep a memento of the session. :ugeek:

I Bench Often - Bring List

CPU pot - A known or favourite CPU pot could make all the difference when benching, you will be welcome to use your own.
VGA pot - again if you have one and want to bring it do so please.
Thermometer and K-Type probe, if you are using your own pot or if you have one bring it.
Your Ln2 flasks, there will be 12 available at the meet that TeamGB is providing - more is better of course.
Blowtorch or heat gun, there will be 4 provided but can you ever have to many? I like to use hair-dryers as they work really well and do not liquefy the soldier like heat guns can.
USB Stick with all the OC tools you use for benching.
Video Card drivers (nVidea) of preference might be a good idea if you are picky about that sort of thing. Remember you are benching to a time limit so downloading from the web will hold you back. :o

For the 'I will be benching my own hardware' guys go have a read of TopDogs post which I have pasted below that is pretty much the comprehensive list of stuff you will need to bring.

There will be some monitors, mouse and keyboards as well as PSU's available for your use. However you will need to bring your own hard drives, SSD and all other components that you are wanting to bench with.

There will be TeamGB hardware available of course but the organised events take precedence.


Here's a list that was made a few years ago which might help those suffering from dementia ;)

I thought I'd put together a list of recommended items to bring for those people who are interested in benching at an LN2 event.
For those of you who are already accustomed to extreme cooling I'm sure you already know what to bring, but this can still serve as a reminder, and for those of you who are new to extreme cooling this can be a good place to start.

Lets start with the obvious:

•CPU / GPU pot
•Thermal paste (something that doesn't freeze, like GC Extreme or Ceramique)
•Thermometer with k-type probes (usually not required for AMD benching)
•Thermos Flasks (three thermoses / person is usually a good number, but you can get away with using two)


•LET (liquid electrical tape)
•Artist Eraser
•Armaflex / Frost King
•Painters Tape
•Paper Towels

You certainly don't need to use all of the insulation that I listed, those are just some of the most commonly used forms of insulation.


•Digital Multi Meter (very useful for monitoring voltages, especially on volt-modded GPU's)
•Torch / heat gun
•Soldering Iron (for those who are using volt-modded GPU's)
•Pliers and Screwdrivers
•Duct Tape
•Hex keys / Torx
•Adapters (SATA / molex)
•Power cords (PSU/Monitor)

More useful tips:

1: Know your hardware
Get to know your bios, your vmods, overclocking limits, ram timings, etc before you go

2: Have your installs prepared ready.
Have a fresh install of all the Operating Systems you are going to use ready on your disks, with drivers and benching software ready to go.
Backup installs are always a good idea,in case of corruption for those with extra hdd's available

3: Insulate your motherboard/s and gfx cards
Get your motherboards and cards ready in advance, this will save a lot of precious time during the event

4: Plan your bench session in advance.
Know what benchmarks you will run and in what order and prepare accordingly, e.g. Go for highest CPU frequency first and get to know your CB/CBB limit, then move on to Spi 1m, Pifast, Wprime 32m etc and prioritise the benches that are important to you,and those that will be of greatest advantage to you and the team.

5: Backup your hardware
If possible bring some backup motherboards and CPUs with you to the event incase the worst happens, you dont want to be stuck with dead components with a plentiful supply of LN2 available to play with.

If anyone has any more suggestions, feel free to speak up.[/QUOTE]

Er I have not really benched Ln2 before - List of stuff to bring.

USB stick.
An open mind and a willingness to have fun.

That is about it pretty much. All the hardware stuff will be provided for you so you can just relax and enjoy Ln2 benching and learning from some of the top bencher's in the world, and UK.


United Kingdom Jumper118 says:

looks like i'm going to have to move my car around a bit on the friday. there are a few places to park but they are all 1-3 hours max stay. i don't know how long the medium stay in the smallest multi story car park ever is, but i hope its a few hours. that nice green park in the middle could do with some tarmac on it and a long stay car park i think.

United Kingdom HiVizMan says:

Why do you need to bring your car in? You not staying at the hotel?

United Kingdom Jumper118 says:

yes but i'm driving down.

United Kingdom Jumper118 says:

on the friday morning :)

United Kingdom HiVizMan says:

Ah right get you now. What we will do is arrange for you to park your car at the hotel and drive you back to the venue. So you will only need parking for a few hours. Check in is at 3pm but pretty sure we can arrange parking earlier.

United Kingdom Jumper118 says:

ok thanks :)

United Kingdom HiVizMan says:

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