Again a bit overdue, but the entire staff is still working hard on the new revision of HWBOT, so I hope I have a valid excuse. As expected, this round was a bit less popular than the ones we had before because of a very simple reason: more strict limitations. During the stage itself, the staff feared that not even 8 countries would participate, but in the end all turned out just fine. In fact, top results are quite impressive as no less than 4 teams score over 25,000 points! Of those teams, Romania did just a tad better than Poland, totaling an average of 30932, which translates in a 400 point lead. Indonesia comes in third, followed by the USA.
As this stage was a bit less popular, we’ll skip a few statistics because of insufficient data.
In this stage, Romania was the most active again. This might be due to a sudden drop in the rankings during the stage as Romania went from first to fourth in no time; this most likely because USA and Indonesia started submitting very high results. Brazil, Russia and Indonesia each having submitted 6 results.
Similar to the country ranking we see a Romanian overclocking team at the top of the list: Lab501.ro, followed by the Moscow OCClub and [OverBR]. To my own joy and pleasure, I also see that the Belgian Madshrimps team has put some effort into this game again!
The same products return in this AMD stage and, maybe not entirely unexpected, also in the same order: the Phenom II X4 965 BE being the most popular by quite a large margin, followed by the other Phenom II products: X4 955, X4 940 and the X2 550. In fact, all the used processors come from the Phenom I/II series except for the 4800+ X2 Brisbane, which was also used 3 times.
Comparing to the previous AMD stage, the MSI 790FX-GD70 has become much more popular, kicking out the Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P out of the top-3. The two Asus motherboards, M4A79T Deluxe and Crosshair III Formula, are still popular.
3. Most popular videocard.
The new ATI graphics dual GPU graphics card comes out on top in the popularity ranking, followed by the inevitable Radeon HD 4890, which has been very popular amongst overclockers. The other new HD5000-series product, the HD 5870, comes in third followed by the Radeon HD 4870. Interestingly, no 4870X2!
4. Most popular manufacturer.
Asus comes out on top again, just like last week, followed by MSI and Gigabyte. DFI closes the ranking with one sole submission. Mine.