Author: Pieter-Jan Plaisier
It has been two weeks since the HWBOT Team Cup 2013 closed and with the prize communication towards the competition main sponsor Cooler Master settled, it is time for a competition recap. In case you would not know, the Team Cup series is an online overclocking competition hosted by HWBOT and is designed with team spirit and cooperation in mind. Over the course of three months, the participating overclocking teams are challenged to compete in a wide range of benchmark stages. In this year’s edition of the cup, there were no less than thirty-four (34) stages. That comes down to roughly one score per two and a half days – certainly no task for a solo player. As the teams are dealing with a large quantity of stages, the best way to address this style of competition is by engaging your existing overclocking community as well as possibly getting new members on board.
Before we continue, HWBOT would like to congratulate all the teams and overclockers participating in this gigantic competition. With near 1500 results and 78 teams participating, this is one of the largest competitions we have hosted in our history. It is because of competitions like this we find the energy to continue this project. Thumbs up!
About the HWBOT Team Cup 2013 competition
The Team Cup is back! As announced in the report of the last edition of the Country Cup, from February 1 until May 1 HWBOT is hosting the second edition of the Team Cup. In case you do not remember, the last edition was won by Overclock.net, so they are obviously the big favourites for this edition as well. The main theme of the Team Cup 2013 revolves around high-end performance since the beginning of this millennium. We took the most high-end components available at every second year, starting from 2000, and build a competition around it featuring the benchmarks SuperPI 1M, 3DMark03 and 3DMark Vantage.
The competition format is a little bit different from last year. We have reduced the amount of sub-competitions and stages, but slightly increased the hardware complexity. Even more than last year, it is quite likely you will have to poke your active and inactive community members to help out or even recruit new members! In addition, the focus lies with older hardware and not so much the new gear. New this year is also the “Live Performance” stage, which is designed as incentive to go out and promote your overclocking team and its activities in the outside world.
For this competition, we are teaming up with new HWBOT partner Cooler Master for the prizes. Both Cooler Master and HWBOT wish all the participating teams the best of luck!
For more information on the benchmark, hardware limitations and verification requirements, please refer to the specific competition pages.
Introducing Madshrimps Belgium OC Team – The Winners of HWBOT Team Cup 2013!
The Belgian overclocking team Madshrimps is certainly not an unknown name at HWBOT (or the overclocking community in general). Little known fact about the team is that it actually carries the team_id “1” in our precious HWBOT database. They have been around for a while, in other words, and even though the team has seen its share of members come and go, the core members have been sticking around for a long time. Last year, Madshrimps finished on the fourth place in the Team Cup and this year they were determined to do better.
The team from the land of chocolate, beer, fries, waffles and much more unhealthy yet delicious tummy joyfulness started off impressively. On March 11, we informed you about the Shrimps takeover of the number one position from Overclock.net and scoring the first 1,000-mark of the Cup. From the news posted on February 20 we know that Overclock.net had been at the top of the ranking for a while. Comparing the screen caps of the Team Cup ranking from the two news posts, we notice that Classicplatforms and Overclockers.com dropped out of the top five in favour of the Canadian Hardware Canucks and the German Freeocen. The European team of OC-Team Europe made the biggest tumbling as the team dropped from fifth place on February 20 to eighteenth at the end of the competition. The Team Cup is a difficult competition that is for certain.
Looking at the team line-up of Madshrimps, we see two names returning: Gamer and Leeghoofd. Their statistics are very impressive: a combined 112 (60+52) results submitted in respectively twenty-two and nineteen of the 34 stages. In terms of sheer submission volume, the two are outdoing the rest of the participants by far. The third most active participants is Rasparthe from Overclock.net with ‘only’ 44 submissions. The rest of the submissions were made by three other team members: Oldscarface, FunSkilZZ and – yes, our own developer – Devroush. Caesar spoke the words “… horum omnium fortissimi sunt Belgae …”, and that statement seems still true today – about two thousand years later. Not only have the Belgae the two strongest submitters in their ranks, they are also the only team to have participated in all thirty-four stages! Brave, strong and courageous without any doubt as they not only faced an intensive overclocking campaign, but also the wives and girlfriends whom are unfortunately usually less than inspired by the Team Cup.
Focus On Interesting Results
With close to 1500 benchmark results submitted to the HWBOT Team Cup, the search for the most interesting overclocking achievement is definitely not easy. The simplest way to do so is assume one of HWBOT’s main principles is true: the more competition in a ranking, the more difficult it is to reach the top and therefore the higher the reward for a top position. Or simply said: the more hardware points, the more impressive a result. That is exactly what our search led us to. The result that received the most hardware points from our engine, based on the amount of competition and the position within the ranking, is I.nfraR.ed‘s SuperPi 1M of 9sec 844ms with the Phenom II X4 965 BE at 6925MHz. This score is currently ranked third in its hardware category.
The second most remarkable result from the Cup, at least according to our engine, is also from and AMD-based configuration. BeepBeep2 scored 9sec 875ms in SuperPi 1M score with the Phenom II X4 955 BE at 6899.9MHz. The third result in terms of highest hardware points is yet another SuperPi 1M score: Ice Angel with his 29sec 485ms result using an Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz Northwood (133 FSB) clocked at 4950MHz.
Another set of interesting results:
|click||9sec 844ms with Phenom II X4 965 BE at 6925MHz||33.1 (#3)||I.nfraR.ed|
|click||9sec 875ms with Phenom II X4 955 BE at 6899.9MHz||24.2 (#6)||BeepBeep2|
|click||29sec 485ms with Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz Northwood (133 FSB) at 4950MHz||23.4 (#1)||Ice Angel|
|click||9sec 906ms with Intel Core 2 E6600 (2.4Ghz) at 5105MHz||23.4 (#29)||Moose83|
|click||43491 marks with 2x Radeon HD 5870 at 1080/1335MHz||23.2 (#9)||zupernico|
|click||10sec 47ms with Intel Core 2 E6600 (2.4Ghz) at 5025.8MHz||22.6 (#44)||Don_Dan|
|click||28711 marks with Radeon HD 5870 at 1100/1400MHz||22.5 (#36)||Berchorange|
|click||34179 marks with GeForce GTX 570||22.2 (#7)||Arne Saknussemm|
|click||61221 marks with GeForce 8800 GTX||21.9 (#39)||Gamer|
|click||28564 marks with Radeon HD 5870 at 1110/1280MHz||21.9 (#44)||Dancop|
|click||15774 marks with Radeon HD 5770 at 1090/1450MHz||21.9 (#24)||Berchorange|
|click||1min 20sec 426ms with Intel Pentium 3 1.0Ghz EB s370 at 1615MHz||21.2 (#1)||Gigioracing|
|click||6sec 422ms with Intel Core i7 Extreme 980X at 6300MHz||19.9 (#37)||Gamer|
|click||480972 marks with GeForce GTX 480 at 880/985MHz||19.5 (#10)||FunSkilZZ|
|click||200416 marks with Radeon HD 7970 at 1629/1831MHz||18.4 (#42)||FtW|
|click||32100 marks with GeForce GTX 570 at 950/1100MHz||18.4 (#26)||Ximi|
|click||12sec 969ms with Intel Core 2 E6400 (2.13Ghz) at 4304.2MHz||18.2 (#45)||varachio|
|click||199662 marks with Radeon HD 7970 at 1550/1800MHz||17.8 (#46)||Gamer|
|click||10sec 797ms with Intel Core 2 E6600 (2.4Ghz) at 4703.6MHz||17.6 (#135)||ivanov|
|click||163669 marks with GeForce GTX 580 at 1353/1100MHz||17.1 (#80)||8 Pack|
Focus on Stage 4 – Live Overclocking
Perhaps the most controversial aspect of this year’s Team Cup was the fourth sub-competition. For this stage, the challenge for overclockers was not to achieve the highest possible score in the controlled environment of their own home, but go out and spread the word on overclocking. Since it was the first time we included a “live performance” stage in an online competition, we were very lenient in terms of validating results. The most important aspect of the stage was to show overclocking to people who are not usually involved with this extreme hobby. All you had to do to collect a minimum of 25 points was demonstrate overclocking to non-overclocking people. Easy enough?
When we say this stage is controversial, it is because of the messages we found in the forum topic. To quote Rasparthe (Overclock.net):
“I do like the idea of this stage but I don’t think it has a place in a major competition like this. Perhaps on its own as a non-point stage for prizes or something but in its current form it is a failure. Only seven teams actually put up scores in the stage and some teams not even for both sub stages, that is less than 10% participation rate. By including this stage, it effectively eliminates from the competition any team that is not able to organize, cannot afford, or is not geographically situated to put on an event for the stage. Again, we respect the idea of the stage and what was trying to be accomplished by it, but to eliminate 90% of the teams based on something that does not have to do with overclocking skill/hardware/ability does not seem the greatest idea. Just my two cents, on this stage now that it’s over.”
In all honestly, we understand the concern and reason of complaint. In HWBOT’s defence, we just want to give enough incentive for people to go out and show overclocking. For us, awarding points is the simplest way to encourage people to do so. The most difficult aspect of the incentive is ensuring it is balanced in a way it will not skew the final results, but still is a good incentive for teams to take advantage of it. In this Cup, two of the thirty-four stages were reserved for the live performance, meaning 1/16 or 6,25% of the points. This type of stage is not about overclocking skill, hardware or ability. It is more about overclocking effort and spirit, two aspects of overclocking that rarely are rewarded. In any case, we are very happy with the feedback and will take it into consideration for the next time!
Aside from the complaints, we were very pleased with the outcome of this unique stage. No less than eleven videos were uploaded! Agreed, not all of the videos were one hundred percent according to the rules, but as said before we were lenient with the approval. Underneath three of the most interesting videos:
HWBOT Team Cup 2013 – The Statistics
The HWBOT Team Cup 2013 featured 78 teams this year – more than 100 if we include the removed submissions – and each of the teams had a great run. As much as the Cup is designed to inspire teams to engage their communities, most of the teams have to deal with very strict constraints time-, member and hardware wise. Given the size of this competition, it is very difficult to highlight each team’s best result or achievement, so instead we are providing you as selection of overview tables with the most interesting information. If you would like to see additional statistics of the Cup, feel free to let us know in the forums.
The Most -insert-
|Most Active User (results)||Gamer||60|
|Most Active User (stages)||Dead Things||29|
|Most Active Team (results)||Overclock.net||154|
|Most Active Team (results)||Madshrimps Belgium OC Team||34|
|Most Active Country (results)||United States||229|
|Most Active Country (stages)||Belgium||34|
|Most Stage Wins (user)||Gamer||8|
|Most Stage Wins (team)||Madshrimps Belgium OC Team||12|
|Most Stage Wins (country)||Belgium||12|
|Most Hardware Records (user)||I.nfraR.ed||6|
|Most Hardware Records (team)||XTREME OC Team Bulgaria||6|
|Most Hardware Records (country)||Germany||9|
|Most Hardware top-5 (user)||I.nfraR.ed||11|
|Most Hardware top-5 (team)||Madshrimps Belgium OC Team & Overclock.net||6|
|Most Hardware top-5 (country)||Germany||26|