Event Report: GO OC 2010 North America Regional Final

Author: MAC
Date: August 24, 2010
Product Name: Event Report: GO OC 2010 North America Regional Final
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Schedule / Guidelines


As is the custom at the North American regional event, all the competitors arrived to the hotel the day before the event. Unlike for the final in Taiwan, nobody really traveled for any extended amount of time, so jet lag was not a concern for these competitors.

As you can see, the competitors were given 2.5 hours of preparation and setup time the day of the competition. This is shorter than in previous years, but since this year's competition has no 3D benchmarks, there was no need to prep and modify graphics cards which is always a time intensive process. The amount of time allocated to actual benchmarking was about 4.5 hours, with added time tacked on at the end if needed, and there was need since a few guys lost power on more than one occasion due to inadvertent power bar issues.


Round I: PiFast & wPrime 32M & Round II: SuperPI 8M & MaxxMEM

For this regional event, Gigabyte provided the following hardware configuration:
Aside from the engineering sample processors, the rest of the components were products that you can easily find at your favorite online retailer. Windows XP SP3 was preloaded on the SSD, along with the latest NVIDIA Forceware graphics driver and all the necessary benchmarking programs and tweaking tools. Here is the full list of preloaded software:

Since there was no 3D element to this competition, GIGABYTE wisely chose XP SP3 as the operating system, since it is a fair bit faster than Vista or Win 7 in 2D benchmarking apps. The N.A event was the only regional GO OC to use the newer X58A-UD7 revision 2.0 motherboard, so the competitors had to make due with the first release FA BIOS. I didn't hear any complaints during or aftwards though.

The rules for this competition were quite simple:
  1. Competitors were not permitted to use their own hardware or software.
  2. GIGABYTE would provide one hardware replacement for each component, but only in the first round.
  3. Competitors had to bring their own LN2 pots, soldering irons, hardware modification components, insulation material, multi-meters, digital thermometers, hair dryers, etc.
  4. Competitors 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 7 places in each of the benching rounds would be awarded points. The competitors had to do a printscreen, save the results on their USB flash drive, raise their hand, and then the judges would record their result. The actual USB flash drives would only be collected once every hour. Naturally, the person with the highest point total at the end of the two rounds would be declared the winner. In case of a tie, the competitor with the highest Super PI 8M would be declared the winner.

  • Prizes
Since this was a regional competition, there were no cash prizes per se, but the Top 3 competitors did walk away with some impressive loot, notwithstanding the two invites to the final event in Taiwan.
Simple enough? Now on to the competition room and opening ceremony.

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