Event Report: GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship 2008

by MAC     |     October 2, 2008



Although many of the competitors (and reporters) had only arrived in Taiwan the night prior, there was no rest for the weary as the breakfast/morning buffet started at 6:30A.M and the schedule for the day was packed:

8:00AM to 7:30PM is a grueling schedule, especially when one has to focus on tinkering and tweaking hardware and software settings, and it was definitely possible that mental exhaustion would come into play in the later hours of the day.


Competition I: Battle for the Best P45 OC

For the first part of the competition, Gigabyte provided the following hardware configuration:
  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Quad-Core Processor - Engineering Sample
  • Gigabyte EP45T-Extreme DDR3 Motherboard
  • Corsair CM3X1024-1800C7D Ver3.1 PC3-14400 1GB Module – Micron D9GTS ICs (x2)
  • Gigabyte GV-R487-1GH-B Radeon HD 4870 1GB Graphics Cards (x2)
  • Gigabyte GE-MK20A-D1 ODIN Pro 1200W Power Supply
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB SATA2 HDD
  • ViewSonic VX1962wm 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • Gigabyte GK-K8000 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Gigabyte GM-M6800 Gaming Mouse
Aside from the engineering sample processor, the rest of the configuration was comprised of components that you can easily find at your favourite online retailer. Windows XP SP2 was preloaded on the VelociRaptor, along with the Catalyst 8.8 (67975) graphics driver and all the necessary benchmarking programs and tweaking tools. For the full list of preloaded software, please visit the GOOC 2008 website.

The rules for this first competition were quite simple:
  1. Competitors were not permitted to use their own harware or software.
  2. Each component could be replaced only once.
  3. Competitors had to bring their own LN2 pots, soldering irons, hardware modification components, insulation material, multi-meters, digital thermometers, hair dryers, etc.
  4. Competitiors had to save their scores and screenshots on a Gigabyte-provided USB thumb drive, no others were allowed on-site.

  • Score Submission

Points were awarded based on the results of each benchmarking round. The Top 5 teams in each of the four benching rounds would be awarded points, except in 3DMark 2001 & 06 where only the Top 4 would receive points. The competitors had to do a printscreen, save the results on their USB thumb drive, and raise their hand to submit a score. Gigabyte judges would then verify and add the score to the live database. Naturally, the team with the highest point total at the end of the four rounds would be declared the winner. In case of a tie, the team with the highest 3DMark06 score would be the winner.

  • Prizes
In a competition of this caliber, competing for bragging rights would almost be enough, but Gigabyte sweetened the deal with some good old fashioned cash incentives:
  • 1st Place: US$ 5,000 cash and the sponsor products (Total US$6,000 prize value)
  • 2st Place: US$ 2,000 cash and the sponsor products (Total US$3,000 prize value)
  • 3rd Place: US$ 1,000 cash and the sponsor products (Total US$2,000 prize value)
They even had bonus prizes:
  • WR Prize: US$ 500 for anyone who broke a recent world record in any benchmark.
  • Event Prize: US$ 100 for anyone who broke the event target record in any benchmark.
Competition II: Freestyle Contest

The second half of the competition would be the Freestyle Contest, which would allow the competitors to show off their skills using a hardware configuration of their choosing.

However, there were a few basic requirements:
  • Competitors had to use an Intel CPU (any kind).
  • Competitors had to use a Gigabyte motherboard with an Intel chipset.
  • Competitors had to use an ATI-based graphics card(s).
The objective for the Freestyle Contest was easy, break as many world records in as many benchmark and individual hardware categories as possible in the alloted 2 hours. The qualifying benchmarking programs were 3DMark 2001/03/05/06/Vantage, PCMark 04/05/Vantage, Aquamark 3, SuperPI, wPrime, PiFast, and even CPU-Z validation. Effectively, anything that was recognized on hwbot.org could be used. The teams with the highest record breaking score in each respective category would be awarded 1 point. At the end of the Freestyle Contest, the team with the most points would be the winner. In the case of a tie, the team who broke a world record by the largest margin would be declared the winner.

  • Prize

  • 1st Place: US$ 3,000 cash

Simple enough? Well then let us move on to the actual Competition Day...

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