The dust has now settled on the Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT World Tour in Yogyakarta Indonesia. The eventual winner of the World Series extreme overclocking contest is none other than Indonesia’s current No.1 overclocker, Hazzan. The main prize for Hazzan is a ticket to the World Championship Finals in Berlin later this year, a fitting prize for a man that so narrowly missed out in the Final of the Asia leg of the World Tour at Computex back in June. I’m sure that those demons have now been thoroughly exorcised.
World Series APAC Semi Finals
The Semi finals involved our four qualifiers from the previous day. Speed.fastest was paired with bboyjezz in the first semi final which was centered on the Geekbench3 Multi-core benchmark. The Intel Core i5 6600K CPUs were restricted to 5.5GHz while both overclockers opted for ASUS motherboards. The contest used a 1v1 format where two overclockers go head to head for exactly 30 minutes.
After a very close contest, with 2 mins left, speed.fastest had the edge with a score of 19,803 points while bboyjezz remained 19,701 points. After a few BSODs trying to push every last ounce of performance from his system, bboyjezz simply could not match his competitor. Speed.fastest had a seat in the Final.
In the other Semi Final we had a 1v1 face-off between revOC and Hazzan. The two competed on 3DMark Physics. Hazzan was the big favorite to win against an overclocker ranked 40th in Indonesia and it certainly looked the case as Hazzan flew out of the traps early on. As the 30 min line approached Hazzan had established a solid score of 12,982 points with revOC trailing behind on 12,340 points. As the humidity played its part in making conditions as difficult as possible, Hazzan made it over the line to the Final.
World Series APAC Final
After a bronze playoff which saw bboyjezz win a tight contest against revOC benching on Geekbench3 Multi-core, the grand final began. Both speed.fastest and Hazzan were given new CPUs and Corsair memory kits before starting a 1v1 session on Cinebench R11.5 with CPUs at 5.5.GHz max. Anyone who enjoyed the live stream will recall how commentators Buidzoid and Trouffman were fascinated by the very gung-ho attitude of two overclockers who understood the deeper nuances of Cinebench, i.e. raise the voltages and attack it head on with as many tweaks as possible.
Hazzan again made the early ground setting the pace with a score of 10.49 with after just ten minutes. It looked like speed.fastest had somehow completely reset his BIOS and had to re-configure every setting from scratch. After around 15 mins speed.fastest managed to get some points on the board with a score of 10.68, then 10.72, gradually closing in on Hazzanand his score of 10.78.
The Cinebench R11.5 benchmark has a visual aspect of its workloads, a fact that was clearly lost on our two combatants on the stage. Both speed.fastest and Hazzan started using a tweak were the actual benchmark is run off-screen, a ploy which did indeed appear to offer a boost in scores. Live overclocking once again reveals a useful tweak. After several Cinebench R11.5 runs which ultimately failed to deliver a better outcome, Hazzan’s score proved to be good enough for the win. His relief and joy were palpable.
Congrats to Hazzan who now joins an Elite crew of overclockers who will now compete for global dominance in the World Championship finals in Berlin later this year. Hazzan will be in good company with marc_0053, PXHX, DrWeez, Bullshooter and Xtreme Addict in attendance. It promises to be a very interesting contest.