The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived – the Final of the HWBOT World Series Asia contest held at Computex 2016. With $1,000 prize money and a place in the World Championship finals up for grabs for the winner, it certainly didn’t fail to live up to expectations, providing an exciting climax to a fantastic week of Overclocking.
The Semi-Finals saw Hazzan (Indonesia) vs Raccon (Switzerland) followed by Dancop (Germany) vs Xtreme Addict (Poland). In Semi-Final 1 Racoon came out on top after some pretty close 1v1 action with an XTU score of 3259 points compared to Racoon’s 3227 points. Semi-Final two pitted World No.1 against World No. 2 on 3DMark Vantage, with Xtreme Addict taking advantage of a rare misstep from Dancop who pushed the voltage of his i7 6950X just marginally too high for the CPU drawn. Xtreme Addict pushed his chip by an additional 100MHz which resulted in a score of 82,589 marks, compared to Dancop who could only muster 81219 marks.
After four days of qualification rounds, plus two 1v1 Face Off Semi-Finals, it came down to two overclockers – Indonesia’s Hazzan vs Poland’s Xtreme Addict. Xtreme Addict is the current World No.2 and needs no introduction in terms of live overclocking contests. The Pole has a reputation for being one of the game’s truest competitors with several high profile and lucrative wins throughout his OC career. In the opposite corner we have Hazzan, another seasoned overclocker with plenty of live OC contests under his belt. Current No.2 in his homeland Indonsesia, Hazzan was well placed to give his Polish counterpart a very difficult time on the main stage.
The Final used the same 1v1 Face Off format that has been used throughout the contest, a format that tends to create plenty of tension and excitement and some true OC entertainment for the watching crowd at the event and on the live stream. Overclockers were bound by contest rules to use the same board that they qualified with; Hazzan would be using an MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon motherboard while Xtreme Addict was armed a GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion motherboard. In the initial benchmark draw both players used vetos to avoid memory clock frequency and XTU 4GHz – clearly both players were holding out for an ‘all out’ contest. The benchmark draw eventually threw up an absolute classic with Wprime 1024 becoming the area for the final fight, and what a fight it was.
From the off we saw Xtreme Addict fly out of the traps, wasting no time in finding the top clock frequency of the i7 6950X CPU he had received in the CPU draw (remember, all CPUs are drawn randomly at the start of the 1v1 contest to ensure as fair a fight as possible). Once he had settled the top CPU clock it was all about tuning the memory. Quite early on XA had a decent score of 50sec 80ms on the board. Hazzan looked to be having a bad day however, at least initially. With only ten minutes to go he had yet post a score. Moments later however, Hazzan gave the crowd something to cheer by posting a score of 49sec 955ms. As the clock ticked down to the wire a string of BSODs gave a clear indication of just how far these i7 6950X chips were being pushed. With just a few minutes left, Xtreme Addict made a run in just 49sec 657ms – alas a score that Hazzan could not beat despite a gargantuan effort to do so.
Xtreme Addict won the contest to much applause and appreciation from the gathering crowd which included several his fellow overclocking peers. Xtreme Addict walks away with a grand prize of $1,000 US dollars, plus a place in the World Championship in Berlin at the end of the year. Hazzan was presented with a check for $500 USD. Congrats and kudos to you both for making the World Series Asia Final one to remember!
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