|by MAC | January 19, 2011|
Schedule / Guidelines
Schedule / Guidelines
As mentioned in the introduction, this event was held on January 6th, which was the first official day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 week. Most of the competitors arrived to the hotel the day before the competition. Jet lag had always been a concern at these type's of events, but since all the competitors were flying from somewhere in the America’s, none had particularly exhausting flights.
As you can see, this event started at noon, which was hugely appreciated by all the competitors. Most live overclocking events that I have attended are scheduled for the early morning, where no one is at their best, so this was definitely a refreshing approach.
Since everyone was able to work through the opening ceremony and speeches, the overclockers had a full 2 hours to do their setup and preparation. This might not seem like a lot due to the fact that the teams had to prep both motherboards and graphics cards, but quite a few of the teams came with their hardware pre-modded. The first round consisted of 2.5 hours of SuperPI 32M, more than adequate, and a full 3 hours of 3DMark 11, so again ample time for teams to really max out the hardware they had on hand.
For this worldwide final event, MSI 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. The operating system was preloaded on the hard drive, along with the NVIDIA Forceware graphics driver and all the necessary benchmarking programs and tweaking tools. Here is the full list of preloaded software:
Since 3DMark 11 was one of the benchmarks in this competition, MSI wisely chose Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit as the operating system, since it is the only OS that officially supports DirectX 11. The competitors used the publicly available A7666IMS.148 beta BIOS, which apparently is quite solid since no one of the overclockers did any voltage modifications to their motherboards. By the way, MSI flashed all the graphics card with a custom MOA 2011 BIOS live during the setup phase of the event
As per MSI, the rules for this competition were quite simple:
Each team’s Final Score was composed of the combined SuperPI 32M (40% weighted) and 3DMark 11 (60% weighted) growth score. This was a little confusing since the baseline “standard score” was not really established. If the two top teams had identical final scores, the winner would be the one with the highest 3DMark 11 result.
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