My apologies if this news post is a bit too chauvinistic for your taste, but … it’s not every day a Belgian overclocker wins a competition. After quite an interesting series of back-up game play by Nick.UA and Yotomeczek, everyone thought Polish overclocker Ryba would take the win eventually hitting the 35k mark just a few hours before the end of the competition. However, Leeghoofd, at that point at around 33k, managed to take the win with an impressive 36386 points. That’s 1000 points higher than Ryba, who ended second, and 1100 points more than Chew*, who finished third.
This month’s challenge was a bit different from the previous challenges since the dollar/euro-input was a bit higher as in order to participate you needed a high-end integrated graphics card. Most of the overclockers went for and AMD-based platform: either 790GX (HD3300), 785G (HD4200) or 890GX (HD4290). Unlike what many figured at the beginning of the competition, the winning platform wasn’t produced by one of the major high-end hardware manufacturers, but by the smaller and sometimes considered inferior Asrock.
The HD4290 IGP of the Asrock 890GX Extreme3 mainboard was pushed to a pretty impressive 1.3GHz and the HT Link, which is one of the most important frequencies when improving the IGP rendering performance, to an equally impressive 3576MHz. Combining this with a CPU frequency of 5914MHz, the memory clocked to DDR3-1824 CL6-6-6-18 and a Northbridge frequency of 3839MHz, yielded a perfect score of 36386 points. Do note that both the CPU as the Northbridge were cooled with liquid nitrogen; the CPU to -196°C, the IGP to roughly -70°C.