The last stop of the HWBOT World Tour 2015 is approaching rapidly. With less than three weeks to, over 50% of the bench spot tickets have been solved. In this announcement we want to inform you about the competition prize structure of the ROG OC Showdown and World Series competitions.
ROG OC Showdown Area
In addition to the regular World Tour activities, we partner up with ASUS, ROG, HyperX, Seasonic, and Dimastech to bring you the ROG OC Showdown Area. The area allows World Tour participants to show off their overclocking tricks and skills in a specific set of benchmarks. ASUS ROG and partners supply the participants who lack some gear the hardware on loan to compete for the prizes. In total there are 13 targets: 4x WR, 7x GFP, and 2x HFP.
The cash prize will be awarded to the overclocker who holds the World Record, Global First Place, or Hardware First Place at the end of the competition. We will communicate the exact details closer to the event. The cash prize awarded for a World Record is USD $750 and for a Global or Hardware First Place USD $250. As mentioned before, you can bring your own hardware or use one of the sets provided by ASUS ROG and partners. Note: to reserve hardware you first need to book your bench spot. You can do that via Eventbrite.
At the World Tour event, the ROG OC Showdown Area is a separate part of the venue, featuring its own branding and of course hooked up to our livestream system. The goal is to broadcast the World Record, Global First Place, and Hardware First Place results as they come in. For this purpose, we have four seats available during the ROG OC Showdown Area for participants to attempt to set the best results. Since there are more than four people attending the event, you need to reserve a time slot for your attempt. The available time slots are:
- June 6, 10AM – 2PM: 4 seats
- June 6, 2PM – 6PM: 4 seats
- June 6, 6PM – 10PM: 4 seats
- June 6, 10PM – June 7, 2AM: 4 seats
- June 7, 2AM – 6AM: 4 seats
- June 7, 6AM – 10AM: 4 seats
- June 7, 10AM – 2PM: 4 seats
- June 7, 2PM – 6PM: 4 seats
To reserve a time slot, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your nickname, which time slots you would prefer, and when you arrive and leave the event. In case there are slots not taken, we will allow multiple time slots per person. Hint: it’s quite likely that the top-bin hardware will be supplied at the ROG OC Showdown Area *wink*.
Hardware for loan
The participants who already purchased their ticket should have received an email asking what hardware they want to reserve for the event. For those who don’t know yet, the partners of the event have a selection of hardware reserved for the participants of the event. You can simple contact email@example.com to reserve the hardware you want to use for the ROG OC Showdown Area, the World Series, or you general benching session. See the list below for more information on what hardware is still available. Note that we have added a couple of Intel X99 CPUs to the list.
- 20+ Core i7 5960X
- 5x ASUS Rampage V Extreme Motherboard
- 8x HyperX 128GB SSD
- 3x HyperX DDR4-3300 4x4GB
- 10x Seasonic P1200W PSU
During the World Tour event, every overclocker with a bench spot is eligible to compete in the World Series competition. The competition stages and hardware limitations are identical to the previous two World Series competitions held in Canada and France. There are three stages: SuperPI 1M Hardware Points, Target Score, and Cinebench R15. The hardware is limited to the event partners, so: ASUS, HyperX, Intel, and Seasonic. In addition to the points for the OC-ESPORTS Official World Overclocking Ranking Season 2015, there are prizes to be won as well.
From our event partners we are able to give away bench tables, an upcoming GPU, the Rampage V Extreme, a HyperX DDR4 memory kit, and a HyperX SSD. Also, we provide a cash prize to the top-3 of the World Series. The total cash prize purse is double the revenue from ticket sales, which at the moment of writing stands at USD $1040 (prize purse USD $2,040).
The exact start and end time of the World Series competition will be announced closer to the event. Be sure to grab your bench spot ticket as soon as possible as only 15 are left at the moment. You can register for a ticket via Eventbrite.
The World Series competition starts on June 6 10AM GMT+8 and finishes on June 7 at 6PM GMT+8. All stages are open during the entire period of the competition, with the exception of the target score stage which is only open on June 7 between 12PM and 2PM. The stages are:
- SuperPI 1M Hardware Points: the points you earn equal the hardware points of your submission
- Cinebench R15 Full Out: the winner receives 50 points for this stage
- Target score: the fastest and closest to the target wins 50 points
For the target score, we will select a benchmark and target from the list below:
- 3DMark 11 Performance -> 12,000 – 15,000
- 3DMark Fire Strike -> 7,000 – 11,000
- 3DMark Sky Diver -> 25,000 – 30,000
- 3DMark Vantage -> 45,000 – 55,000
- Unigine Heaven Extreme -> 3,400 – 3,600
- Catzilla 1440p -> 5,000 – 7,000
For the World Series competition, the hardware is limited to our partners. So you need to use an ASUS motherboard, an Intel CPU, HyperX memory, and a Seasonic Power Supply to be eligible for the competition. Some hardware will be provided by the partners, but make sure to check if you have the right gear with you to compete. Note that there is no limitation to the platform. That means you can use anything ranging from Pentium II to the latest greatest Haswell-E processors. Also, you are free to swap components from one stage to the other.
The final competition page and livestream information will be provided closer to the event.
As you can see there will be no World Series for Amateurs at this stop. We welcome everyone who wants to learn more about overclocking to register as visitor to the event and share your enthusiasm with the rest of the crowd. We also want to inform you that in order to participate at the event you must attend our LN2 safety training session at the beginning of the World Tour event. We are aware that most of the participants have been using liquid nitrogen for a very long time, but with the safety training we want to refresh the knowledge on what to do in case things go wrong. Of course the participants who attended previous safety training sessions are exempt from the training.
That’s all for now, see you soon! For more information, check out our original news announcement or the Slideshare below.