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Old March 1, 2013, 11:33 AM
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Contest closed! Thanks for participating!

Welcome one and all to the (Not Officially) Official Hardware Canucks Overclocking Team! If you are new to the team, and want to learn more about what it is all, um, about, please see the introductory team thread here. How many times can I say about? About this many, I guess.


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Overclockers, start your engines!

Welcome to the first ever Hardware Canucks Overclocking Team Challenge! We are here to find out who can score the lowest benchmark using SuperPi 32M at a clock speed of 4.0 GHz (or lower).

Contest Guidelines

Use SuperPi Mod (download link below) and calculate pi to 32M digits. Use any processor with a core frequency of 4000.99 MHz or less. Any submission of a benchmark run at 4001 MHz or higher will be ineligible.

To enter this contest, you will need the following:

Background image to be used in all submissions (use download link for 1920x1080 or attachment below for 1024x768). Without this background image in your verification screenshot, your contest entry will be invalid.

SuperPi Mod. Remember, there are a number of different benchmarks you can run with SuperPi – this contest is for 32M.

CPU-Z – at minimum, open two instances and show the CPU and Memory tabs in your verification screenshot. You may also wish to show the Mainboard and/or SPD tabs, but these are not mandatory.

Contest entries will be accepted from 12:01 AM EST on March 1, 2013 until 11:59 PM EDT on March 31, 2013. The official time stamp for a contest entry is based on when the submission link is posted in this thread.

How to Participate

Once you have your best SuperPi 32M score, submit it using hwbot.org here. Make sure your submission is in compliance with both the specific Hardware Canucks contest rules and the general hwbot.org rules for SuperPi. After you have submitted your score to hwbot.org, post the link to your submission in this thread to enter. Good luck, and may the best overclocker win!

Awards

In this contest, participants are competing for points towards the Championship Cup Series. Points will be distributed to contest participants as follows:

1st place = 10 points
2nd place = 7 points
3rd place = 5 points
4th place = 3 points
5th place = 2 points

All others who submit a score but don’t reach the top five will receive one point towards the Championship Cup Series.
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HWC OC Challenge #1 Standings

1: G777 @ 7:50.688 ~ 10 Points
2: JayDeeHobbit @ 8:20.555 ~ 7 Points
X: Xeven @ 8:25.167 ~ 0 Points
3: Inik @ 8:50.154 ~ 5 Points
4: Dead Things @ 8:52.078 ~ 3 Points
5: Jaydu @ 9:03.188 ~ 2 Points
6. LCB001 @ 9:20.406 ~ 1 Point
7: Soullessone21 @ 9:24.071 ~ 1 Point
X: Rasparthe @ 9:35.203 ~ 0 Points
8: Rollergold @ 9:42.202 ~ 1 Point
9: 3.0charlie @ 10:29.094 ~ 1 Point
10: IRQ Conflict @ 12:48.113 ~ 1 Point + Bonus
11: Valkyrie @ 14:25.958 ~ 1 Point
12: BlueByte @ 23:08.216 ~ 1 Point
13: MacJunky @ 39:57.235 ~ 1 Point

X = Exhibition
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Dead Things`s SuperPi - 32M score: 41min 20sec 197ms with a Turion 64 TK-57

Boo ya! Beat that, fools!
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I might participate, anybody got tips how to run this? would a VM running on ram disk be faster than a host machines? Should I dual boot to a ssd and read a bunch of guide on trimming windows 7 down to bones? Is there a pre-hardened/trimmed windows 7 distro available anywhere? At sub 4000mhz it's really all down to the OS.
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I have a time to submit, but i want to put a few more runs through before i admit its the best my rig can do.
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I might participate, anybody got tips how to run this? would a VM running on ram disk be faster than a host machines? Should I dual boot to a ssd and read a bunch of guide on trimming windows 7 down to bones? Is there a pre-hardened/trimmed windows 7 distro available anywhere? At sub 4000mhz it's really all down to the OS.

It's been quite a few years since I played much with benching superpi (I benched to dial in my OCs not for competition), but back then memory timings played a huge role. Proc might be limited to 4G (which BTW is a great idea IMO as it doesn't limit the competition to just folks with golden procs, and/or folks using extreme cooling) but the sky's the limit on your memory speed and timings. While it might not be a huge difference on intel procs, I suspect bus speed might have a small affect as well. :)

edit: so looking at the rules WRT superpi there's no restrictions on turning off cores? That might have an affect on a single thread App..... ;)
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I might participate, anybody got tips how to run this? would a VM running on ram disk be faster than a host machines? Should I dual boot to a ssd and read a bunch of guide on trimming windows 7 down to bones? Is there a pre-hardened/trimmed windows 7 distro available anywhere? At sub 4000mhz it's really all down to the OS.
Good 'ol XP is going to be outperform W7, I have read server 03 is also a good choice depending on the platform.

There are some stripped/lite versions out there, a good place to start would be to google tinyxp rev 9.

Keeping in mind that a lot of tweaks may or may not help depending on your specific set up, here are a few. As in most things ymmv, so testing yourself to find out what works best is key.

-Lite or stripped XP sp3 is usually your best best, install motherboard & gpu drivers

-Disable any services you don't need, such as LAN or audio

-Run with HT if off if applicable, and set affinity to 1 or 2 of your strongest cores (test to find)

-Set colour scheme to olive green and remove background, you can put it back for screenshot

-In system properties>advanced tab: Set processor scheduling to background services and memory usage to system cache.Under virtual memory click change,create a custom size of initial size 512 and a max of 512 on your c drive. (you can play with this amount to see what works best)

-Set large system cache by running regedit. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\SessionManager\Memory Management and set to 1

-Run msconfig, go to boot.ini tab and click on advanced. Set maxmem to 600 and make sure pcilock is ticked.

As sswilson said memory timings will play a crucial role, running high and tight timings will shave a lot of time off your run. Tweaking secondary and tertiary timings will also help as you get close to the edge of what your set up is capable of.

And then there is wazza...
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Just ran a little comparison, same bios and memory settings daily W7 machine vs stripped xp
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LOL Gav, you posted almost every other tip why not a short little Wazzaaaaaaaaaa guide? Only it doesn't really end up being a short guide does it? Good luck everyone, not sure if this open to guys not your HWBOT team but here is my starting submission.

24min 45.123secs

POW! Ninja'd for first place!
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MacJunky`s SuperPi - 32M score: 39min 57sec 235ms with a Turion X2 RM-72
Eat it, sillypants.

Unrelated:
HWbot will not show my Intel 330 :( stupid HWBot. That SSD is the best part of my DV4! :P
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