It’s that time of the week again were we look back with a tear of nostalgia to a time when the world overclocking was a little different than it is today. This week we take you back to a day in 2009 when HWBOT launched the very first Country Cup contest. In fact the HWBOT Country Cup 2009 was the first ever official HWBOT contest, providing a solid temple for subsequent contests and competitions run outside the purview of industry vendors. Here’s what Massman had to say back in 2009 when introducing the contest to the community for the first time:
“Wake up everyone!! HWBot is excited to present its first official competition. The concept is completely different from all other competitions so far, so let us explain.”
“The competition consists of seven benchmarks spread over seven weeks. In other words, chances are big that you will not have the time to submit a world record breaking result, which makes it interesting to see who will come up with the best result within a very limited time-frame. The results are grouped per country and countries are ranked based on the average score of the top-3 submissions. So, in order to win, you will have to motivate your fellow overclockers to submit good results. Per stage, countries are awarded points and the country that gathered most points at the end of seven stages wins the competition.”
The contest of course proved to be a roaring success, something which is proved by the fact that the this year's 2016 Country Cup is as eagerly anticipated as ever, kicking off in just a week or two from now. In 2009 the eventual winners were the Romanians who stormed to victory thanks to some truly great work from Matose and Monstru, legendary names that echo through the corridors of OC history even today.