Iran. That’s the name of the winning country of the second stage of the HWBOT country cup. During a week of benchmarking a Bloomfield platform using the PiFast benchmark, the three Iranian overclockers (Shahryar_NEO – BaRaN, G81 and Extreme) managed to average a BCLK frequency over 250MHz. Needless to say that this is a very impressive performance and a well-deserved victory. Romania came in second, again, just as in stage 1. Russia, the country that won the first stage, came in fourth, right after Brazil.
1. Most active user.
The most active submitter of this stage was Romanian overclocker Matose, who has submitted four results that lead his country to second place. Remarkably, this member also submitted four results in the previous stage, also leading his country to second place. If I were an overclocker from Romania … I’d know how to grab points in stage 3!
2. Most active country.
Next to the title of most active user, Romania also takes the title of most active country, having 9 submissions in total which is 2 more than Norway. Most active country of last month, Brazil, now doesn’t even finish in the top-5, although their result in the ranking was better than after the previous stage. More doesn’t always equal better, it seems! Also noteworthy is the effort Norway has put into this stage; although the points gathered in total remains zero, it seems that Norway is capable of having enough people submit to this Cup. There are still a couple of rounds to go, so nothing has been lost so far.
3. Most active HWBOT team.
Three timesâ€™ a charm; three victories in a row for Romania as the overclockers from the Lab501.ro hardware reviewing website have submitted the most results. Please let me be so chauvinistic that I also want to congratulate the Belgian overclocking team from Madshrimps for coming in fourth!
1. Most used CPU.
Our initial design stated that this stage would only be for Core i7 920 owners as it’s one of the more popular cpus at HWBOT. After a few discussions, the limitation was changed to the Bloomfield platform, but a limited CPU multiplier to allow more people to compete, but it’s satisfying to see that we reached the target audience we wanted to reach. The Core i7 920 and its Xeon variant are by far the most used processors for this stage.
Not surprisingly, the most popular Intel X58-based motherboard, the EVGA X58 SLI Classified, has also the board most used in this competition. The most surprising name in this list would be the XFX X58i product which comes in as third popular, although in all fairness it has to be said only one user used this particular motherboard.
3. Best performing motherboards – Absolute figures.
The best result has been made using a Foxconn Bloodrage GTI motherboard, closely followed by the EVGA X58 SLI Classified. Both EVGA and Foxconn have another motherboard in the top-5, where there’s no sign of the popular Rampage II Extreme.
In terms of BCLK overclocking, we see quite a similar list except for the Asus P6T, which ends third most overclockable motherboard, but did not enter the top-5 when looking at the end results. Looking up the result, we notice the P6T reached place 6 with a score of 17.80 seconds.
4. Best performing motherboards – Relative figures.
On average, the Bloodrage GTI performed best, but granted: there was only one submission with this motherboard, which is also the case for the Biostar and Asrock motherboard. From this list, the EVGA X58 Classified should be remembered as top-performer as even in despite of a lot of submissions, it still averages out at almost 18s flat.
Again, the BCLK overclocking results are pretty similar to the result ranking, except for the MSI Eclipse Plus.
4. Most popular manufacturer.
Most popular manufacturer was EVGA this stage, followed by Asus and Gigabyte, two manufacturers also present in last stage’s popularity ranking.