ASUS will hold the worldâ€™s first overclocking competition where skill is the only factor on the 27 and 28 of November: The ASUS ROG OC Showdown. The competition takes place live at the ASUS booth in Sweden, during Dreamhack Winter 2009. The true unique characteristic of this competition is that the structure of the competition removes the element of variables such as a difference in quality of the CPU and GPU. The aim is to create an overclocking competition format that is truly viable as a sport, rather than a product exhibition.
The competitors for the title of ROG Champion are:
The systems used in the competition feature the most suited hardware and software for overclocking from ASUS, Intel, Microsoft and OCZ:
- ASUS EAH5870 (x2 in Crossfire-X)
- ASUS ROG Notebook for ROG Connect
- ASUS ROG Maximus III Formula
- Intel Core i7 870
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
- OCZ DD3 w/ Elpida Hyper, OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB
- OCZ Z Series 1000W Gold Certified Modular
ASUS ROG Maximus III Series motherboards feature a revolutionary overclocking interface dubbed ROG Connect. ROG Connect enables users to link up to the embedded iROG controller via a separate PC â€“ such as a notebook â€“ connected via a USB cable. This allows users to tune the main system at a true hardware level in real-time, as well as view POST codes and hardware status readouts, on a notebook or netbook. Much like a race car engineer at the Formula 1 tracks.
Each overclocking bracket (round) in the tournament has 2 identical systems and the round lasts for 90 min (active time). Each overclocker gets 45 min at each system. The overclocker with the highest â€“ total 3DMark Vantage â€œPerformance Presetâ€ score, added from each system â€“ score after competing on both systems wins that bracket and moves on to the next level bracket. 30 minutes will be used to reset the setups to zero-state after an overclocker has used a system. The support team on location led by famous Swedish overclocker Kinc will handle the zero-state reset. Intel Core i7 870 will be liquid nitrogen cooled. ASUS EAH5870 graphics cards in Crossfire will use the default air cooling. ASUS Voltage Tweak, Smart Doctor and ROG Connect will be the tools to adjust voltages and frequencies.
The Grand prize
The champion will besides the title and grand trophy receive a special edition ASUS ROG G51J-3D notebook, the world first notebook with 120Hz LCD LED backlit screen and true 3D-gaming support. To power the hottest 3D-game titles, the ROG G51J features IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢ i7-720QM Processor at 1.6GHz (with turbo boost up to 2.8GHz) and Nvidia Geforce GTX260M with 1GB VRAM.