HWBOT Country Cup 2016 Kicks Off November 1

HWBOT Country Cup 2016 Kicks Off November 1

The quest to find out which country has the best overclockers in the world in 2016 is almost upon us. The HWBOT Country Cup 2016 kicks off in just a matter of days, pitting country against country across six gruelling stages that promise to be the truest test of overclocking pedigree. The contest starts on November 1st and closes the day before Christmas eve with prizes, as well as lots of kudos lined up for the winners.

In previous years we’ve seen wins from Romania (2x), Poland and Greece, but in 2013, 2014 and 2015 the Australians were the top global force to be reckoned with, producing three displays of such dominance that they barely dropped a point. Will they be in the ascendancy once again in 2016, or are their natives of other countries willing to put their OC creedance on the line and go for the win? Could Germany finally flex their OC teamwork muscles, or perhaps the US will find a winning team ethic. And let’s not underestimate the Belgians after their recent Team Cup exploits. An intriguing battle lies ahead, that is the only certainty.


The HWBOT Country Cup 2016: November 1st – December 23rd

Hosted on OC-EPORTS and running from November 1st to December 23rd, the Country Cup is pretty much the World Cup of Overclocking and it really is quite an epic and gruelling contest. It consists of six separate stages that challenges the best overclockers from around the world to bench on the best hardware they can lay their hands on.


HWBOT Country Cup 2016 Stages

The stages of the Country Cup work a little differently from most other contests on HWBOT. Each stage requires a number of submissions, each from a different overclocker using a different CPU or graphics card. This helps to enhance the team nature of the contest, favoring the team that can best organize themselves for optimal scoring. Here are the stages as defined in close cooperation with the Community Competition Task Force

All but one of the above stage require multiple scores from different team members, using different hardware. A real test of a team’s ability to be organized when deciding who benches on what. The final stage however will be a straight up battle to see who has the edge in extreme multi-GPU overclocking.


HWBOT Country Cup 2016 Prizes

For this year’s Country Cup we are fortunate to have some great prizes up for grabs:

Winning Country

  • G.SKILL F4-4000C19D-16GTZKW
  • G.SKILL F4-3600C16D-16GTZKW
  • G.SKILL F4-3733C17D-16GTZSW
  • GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 6
  • GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5
  • Kingpincooling Combo Pack (F1 Dark + Tek-9 FAT)
  • EVGA Epower

Second Place

  • G.SKILL F4-4000C19D-16GTZKW
  • G.SKILL F4-3733C17D-16GTZSW
  • GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 6
  • GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5
  • Kingpincooling Venom
  • EVGA Epower

Third Place

  • G.SKILL F4-3600C16D-16GTZKW
  • GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 6
  • GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5
  • EVGA Epower

3DMark Vantage Performance

  • Open Benchtable


For more details visit the contest page on OC-ESPORTS: http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/country_cup_2016

This year marks the eighth edition of the Country Cup competition from HWBOT. We hope that it will once again prove to be as competitive and exciting as ever. If you are interesting in joining a team and getting involved, check out the contest page above. If you have a notion of national pride, this is the contest to follow. Good luck to all!





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Belgium Massman says:

Best of luck everyone, and may the best country beat Australia! :D

Australia FatBoyNotSoSlim says:

Yeh roight. Straya '16

Belgium leeghoofd says:

I'll moderate this one with evil websmile :)

Germany emissary42 says:

Leeghoofd said: I'll moderate this one with evil websmile :)

Evil websmile = best websmile :D

Canada Johan45 says:

This is great been looking forward to it. Great list of prizes too thanks guys.

Australia newlife says:

Best to give up while you still have a chance 😅

Australia zeropluszero says:

Leeghoofd said: I'll moderate this one with evil websmile :)

All good, I got Massman on speed-dial

Germany BenchBros says:

Question to Stage 5: are multi socket systems (Opteron) allowed?

Germany please_delete_me says:

BenchBros said: Question to Stage 5: are multi socket systems (Opteron) allowed?


In addition to that: Is server-hardware in general allowed?

Belgium skulstation says:

i also like to know if we can use server gear.

Indonesia Lucky_n00b says:

Retail only or ES CPU/RAM allowed?

websmile says:

No ES, no server hardware :) - we will add the server part, on ES it is already in the rules :)

Belarus max1024 says:

COOL Prizes ))

Australia ozzie says:

hey boys, pretty hard to beat the aussies in anything let alone the country cup here lol...go for it boys

Belgium leeghoofd says:

ozzie said: hey boys, pretty hard to beat the aussies in anything let alone the country cup here lol...go for it boys


Ow really...

Anyway the old dogs of Madshrimps will not participate due to certain promises made during Team CUP to the misses lol :D

United Kingdom ObscureParadox says:

Since Brexit hasn't completely kicked in yet, can I be a Belgium national for a couple of months?

United States greyswindir says:

Looks like Gigabyte would be the board to get for overclocking, according to the results.

Australia ozzie says:

Leeghoofd said: Ow really...

Anyway the old dogs of Madshrimps will not participate due to certain promises made during Team CUP to the misses lol :D


well Lee the old saying is true mate...they bugger that up theyre in all sorts of dramas lol

happy wife , happy life ....lol

Romania Bruno says:

Please put the wallpaper in the contest page.

Australia sskmercer says:

Hey [MENTION=28752]Bruno[/MENTION] Massman did create a THREAD just for the wallpaper ut it would be helpful to have it on the stages so you don't need to jump around pages.

Also not sure if early bug or things aren't quite working right but the sahre links are not working at all.

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United States MrBreeze says:

Hey mods, for the superpi 1155 stage, what is meant by needing "different CPU subfamilies?"

Belgium Massman says:

sskmercer said: Hey [MENTION=28752]Bruno[/MENTION] Massman did create a THREAD just for the wallpaper ut it would be helpful to have it on the stages so you don't need to jump around pages.

Also not sure if early bug or things aren't quite working right but the sahre links are not working at all.

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Which stages are you linking from?

Australia sskmercer says:

Massman said: Which stages are you linking from?


Hi Massman, the first one was from X265 and the others from other stages which I can't remember at the moment sorry. Also it seems most of the pages are down in some way. The main home page has nothing on it for me,

X265 looks like this




and GPUPI is also blank




Here's the main page. I went there from main HWbot site, competetions drop down, CC 2016


Germany chrisdash says:

I think thats just some sort of database hiccup right now. It was looking fine yesterday afternoon.

Australia macsbeach98 says:

I cant get on either Massman fixed stage 5 and I was able to link my sub now I cant get onto the competition page.:confused:

Canada WhiteWulfe says:

Competition page on OC ESports works again, woohooo!


....But we're on the third day now, and no subs from the United States? So weird.

Canada WhiteWulfe says:

Aaaand now we can't submit anything at all, keeps giving this annoying error....

Belgium Massman says:

Your system picture is too large I think

Canada WhiteWulfe says:

Massman said: Your system picture is too large I think


Shrunk them a bit, went through that time. Odd though, as pics from my phone have never been an issue before.

United States MrBreeze says:

MrBreeze said: Hey mods, for the superpi 1155 stage, what is meant by needing "different CPU subfamilies?"


OK bump since no one answered. Is subfamilies like i7, i5, i3, Pentium, Celeron? And then Sandy vs. Ivy? So 10 total "subfamilies?"

websmile says:

Subfamilies means different models, 2600k and 2700k for examople are ok, but all models must be different to count to the ranking. Same on the G92-G98 stage, different gpu models with different device IDs defined by hwbot database, like 8800GTS 512MB and 9800GTX(+)

Greece $@39@ says:

So for second stage is it ok to use 2600k,2700k and 2600 although all of them are i7 sandybridge? And for third stage is it ok to use 9800gtx and 9800gt although they have the same core?

websmile says:

These are all different models on cpus, on vgas they all have a different device ID. I answered this before, will ask again but see no reason why it should be different

Germany BenchBros says:

CC page is down again :(

Belgium Massman says:

Should be back up :)

Strunkenbold says:

websmile said: Subfamilies means different models, 2600k and 2700k for examople are ok


Sure about that? Subfamily should actually mean i7, i5, i3...
Note: a i7 (Sandy Bridge) is a different subfamily than i7 (Ivy Bridge).

websmile says:

Not sure about this, but I still have no answer about how this is configurated

Australia zeropluszero says:

Well if you dont understand thats not very helpful for us. from what you told me in PM, its not split at all by "subfamily" (i7 sandy, i7 ivy, i5 sandy, i5 ivy) You have told me its essentially just different cpus, 3770k, 3570k, 2700k, 2600k, 2500k etc.

websmile says:

It was planned this way, this is what I told you^^ - now I checked myself because there seems to be no other way than get things done yourself.. Subfamilies indeed refers to i7, i5, i3, Petium and Celeron. So you need different classes and models to make it work, when I submitted a 2600K result to cc, the 2600 submission was blocked out of the scoreline at german Team

Australia zeropluszero says:

I really wish this was made more clear, I dont want to be making $200 purchases for CPU's we dont have if we dont need them.

websmile says:

I wish someone else than me would do a simple check because I have limited time as well... I simply submitted a cpu subfamily result already listed and things became clear

Strunkenbold says:

If we really forbid Server hw, we should write it to the rules. OR: Xeon and Opterons have all individual cpu sub families in the db, so we should be able to configure it bullet proof.

websmile says:

Server hardware is not allowed
OC eSports General rules at rules page :) - do we need more? Configuring might help to block unwanted scores, but I am not sure it is needed

Germany BenchBros says:

WHY there is always a "general" rule page and rules for every stage?
Just make ONE rule page and add all rules there. So you have only one location to check and update and we have only one location to read and understand without cross checking both rule pages with trying to guess what you mean. Its not the first time that general rules and stage rules are inconsistent...
add Stage LIMITATIONS to the Rule page and everything should be fine :)

Almost two weeks after the comp has started and not all rules are cristal clear.
After so many comps with rule problems hwbot should be more aware of good and clear rules.

Its like a typical skype session starts with "Can you hear me? Can you see me?"
So every hwbot comp starts with "What do you mean with this rule? Is this hardware allowed for Stage XY?"

Its not only you [MENTION=6723]websmile[/MENTION]! Like you said before... more staff people should check the rules and be in charge of taking care of the contest!

Strunkenbold says:

I see several problems: #1 TeamCup / CountryCup weren't ever E-Sports Competitions They existed before those E-Sports Comp site was released, so people dont expect that they have to look in the general E-Sports rules page first. #2 With "No Server Hardware" at all we exclude too many hw combinations Think of those Asus Dual Xeon boards with 875P chipsets? The board is not really a server part, but the CPUs are. OR Haswell Xeon S1151 CPUs with Z87 boards. Actually very common for desktop users. Didnt we had a stage with FB dimms lately? So this rule just cant apply for those special comps, this is not good for older hardware. #3 The Term "Server Hardware" is ambiguous What about Workstation parts, thin clients or embedded stuff? We cant let it stay this way, we have to explicit mention what is allowed and what not.

United States Mr.Scott says:

Strunkenbold said: I see several problems:

#1 TeamCup / CountryCup weren't ever E-Sports Competitions
They existed before those E-Sports Comp site was released, so people dont expect that they have to look in the general E-Sports rules page first.

#2 With "No Server Hardware" at all we exclude too many hw combinations
Think of those Asus Dual Xeon boards with 875P chipsets? The board is not really a server part, but the CPUs are.
OR Haswell Xeon S1151 CPUs with Z87 boards. Actually very common for desktop users.
Didnt we had a stage with FB dimms lately?
So this rule just cant apply for those special comps, this is not good for older hardware.

#3 The Term "Server Hardware" is ambiguous
What about Workstation parts, thin clients or embedded stuff? We cant let it stay this way, we have to explicit mention what is allowed and what not.


In addition, Opterons in socket 939 were a mainstay. Everybody used them and they were not considered server hardware. Only the socket 940 one's were.

Australia ozzie says:

BenchBros said: WHY there is always a "general" rule page and rules for every stage?
Just make ONE rule page and add all rules there. So you have only one location to check and update and we have only one location to read and understand without cross checking both rule pages with trying to guess what you mean. Its not the first time that general rules and stage rules are inconsistent...
add Stage LIMITATIONS to the Rule page and everything should be fine :)

Almost two weeks after the comp has started and not all rules are cristal clear.
After so many comps with rule problems hwbot should be more aware of good and clear rules.

Its like a typical skype session starts with "Can you hear me? Can you see me?"
So every hwbot comp starts with "What do you mean with this rule? Is this hardware allowed for Stage XY?"

Its not only you [MENTION=6723]websmile[/MENTION]! Like you said before... more staff people should check the rules and be in charge of taking care of the contest!



i said this ages ago but i think the "lead the horse to water" applies, and should be the same for any comp, 1 page for rules, background, downloads etc, then you go to whatever section of the comp and have to go back to the start to go to another section, time wasting and frustrating, it was the same with the team cup, all of a sudden they brought in you have to have a screen shot of the memory stick you used, BUT they had 1 year proir to work all this out, no it gets changed 1 mth into the comp and then say theres still plenty of time, its not the point of the comp, all rules should be decided b4 hand and clearly known by everyone, including the ones modding, to me they were chasin their arses all over the place the whole comp, the boys here do a good job, but with a little foresight it could be made a whole lot easier for them and everyone

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