The HWBOT World Tour 2016 arrives in Canada on April 15th in time for LanETS, the biggest gaming event in North America. Competitive overclocking takes center stage with both Amateur World Series and Extreme Overclocking contests offering plenty of excitement where great hardware prizes are at stake, plus a chance to appear in the HWBOT World Championship Finals. Today we can bring you more details about contest format and rules.
The central concept of the HWBOT World Tour is to raise the exposure of overclocking with PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Each stop of the World Tour uses a major PC gaming event as a backdrop, providing overclocking Workshops where visitors at the event can learn more about their hardware and gain the basic skills needed to improve system performance.
However, an important part of nurturing the next generation of overclockers also involves exposing them to solid competitive action so that they really do understand the true nature of overclocking as an eSport. For this reason the World Tour also integrates two levels of competitive OC action with World Series events for both Amateur and Extreme players. Let’s take a look at how these contests are setup.
World Series Competition Rules: LanETS Canada
World Series for Amateurs
The World Series for Amateurs contests will be held during the LanETS with the OC Workshops ostensibly acting as qualification rounds. OC Workshops will be held on April 16th. All benchmarking will be on XTU with 30 minutes given for the qualification rounds and 2 x 15min swap brackets for both Semi-finals and the Final. Note: The four overclockers with the highest XTU score will qualify for the semi finals.
- April 16th: 30 min OC Workshops plus Qualification Rounds
- April 17th: Semi-Finals (Late Morning) – Final (Early Afternoon)
World Series for Extreme
The Extreme World Series contest will start in the afternoon of April 16th. Extreme Overclockers will be given 3 hours for the qualification round benching on XTU, SuperPi 32M, and 3DMark11 Physics. Note: For all these benchmarks the CPUs limited to Skylake @ 5GHz max and 5GHz uncore.
The Extreme Finals will start on the morning of April 17th with two 30 minute segments allowed for the semi-finals.
The Extreme Final will be held on the afternoon of April 17th shortly followed by an Award Ceremony. Note: Benchmarks will be drawn at random from six possible benchmarks: XTU, 3DMark 11 Physics , Cinebench R11.5, Wprime 32M, GPUPI 100M, Reference Clock (BCLK). Each overclocker in each segment will be allowed to veto-out one benchmark.
- April 16th: Qualification (Afternoon) – 3h
- April 17th: Semi-Finals (Morning) – Final (Afternoon) – 30min matches
Some important rules details for North America:
- You have to use your own gear.
- Any Z170 motherboard is allowed
- CPU is limited to 5G
- Memory can be everything besides B-die (to make sure everyone is equipped in time)
- No cooling restrictions, besides … cascades not being allowed.
- Qualifiers are only for event participants, and scores made at the event at your own place.
- Qualifiers run from 4pm to 7pm on April 16th – submissions are done through the usual way at OC-Esports (with all the usual rules in regards to validation etc.)
- We will provide you after the qualifier results are validated with: a memory kit (G.Skill Trident Z), and a CPU.
- All of the above mentioned items are “mandatory”
- We have four ASUS M8 Hero boards available (one each) for those that don’t have an ASUS motherboard for the final. If you already own, or want to use your own board, this extra board can be your spare. Note: Retail boards only.
- There is no spare set of hardware. The motherboard is the only component you can swap with your own.
- Finals are to be played in matches of 30min 1vs1 on a small stage are. Make sure you can move your system.
- First finals start at 10am on April 17th – be present at 9am!
Don’t forget that both Amateur and Extreme category overclocking contests include some great prizes for the winners including motherboards from ASUS, Seasonic Power Supplies, memory kits from G.SKILL and a “special World Tour edition” benchtable by Streacom. Also, the Extreme Series offers a chance to compete in the World Series Grand Final in Berlin at the end of the year.
Learn more about the HWBOT World Tour here: http://hwbot.org/article/world-tour-2016