Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Gigabyte Crowns An Overclocking Champion For 2010

Gigabyte's GO OC finals came to a conclusion over the weekend. Europe's dominance of the overclocking scene was retained, while a Hong Kong native came up short. Check out how using obscene amounts of LN2 can bring you a couple thousand dollars.

Gigabyte’s six-month effort to find and crown a champion came to a conclusion in Taiwan this weekend during the Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship 2010 (GO OC). What came between the 15 hopefuls who made it to the finals and the first prize? Several hours of liquid-nitrogen overclocking action.


9:28:26 - The finalists and media reps that flew in arrived at the contest venue, Huashan Creative Park. All the pre-chosen hardware was already set up in each contestant’s station, and the overclockers spent the next hour or so unpacking the components and breadboarding their rigs.


11:41:31 - A team gong strike by executives representing the chief sponsors and startling pyrotechnics marked the official start of GO OC. The finalists would attempt to attain the highest benchmark scores possible within the next four hours and 50 minutes. These extreme overclockers only had their experience, personalized tool sets, and luck (according to one competitor) to count on. At least all the players enjoyed an endless supply of liquid nitrogen.

12:08:48 - Mihatoiu Costin Matel from Romania (Matose) set the pace. His wPrime time of 2.827 seconds gave him a clear lead over Juan Sebastian Campos of Colombia (e-Killer; 2.969) and Nikočević Dušan from Serbia (Perica_barii; 3.000). They were the only three who posted times at this point, leaving the scoreboard mostly blank. Shortly after, Yeong Tak Kin from Hong Kong (stephenyeong) slotted into second by virtue of his 2.828 wPrime score.


12:41:03 - As other competitors started posting times, it became clear that Matose was the man to beat. By the time he ranked first in two benchmarks (PiFast: 14.080 seconds and MaxxMEM: 23,653 MB/s), stephenyeong maintained his placing with a 14.130 PiFast value, while Jeremy Clifton from the United States (sno.Icn) placed third (PiFast: 15.160, wPrime: 2.906, and MaxxMEM: 21, 720).

13:45:26 - Matose maintained his first-place ranking even as he lost a crown to Shahriar Barani from Iran. Shahryar_NEO set the MaxxMEM bar at 26,576.

14:20:20 - A welcome diversion, at least for the legions of photographers at the event: four Chinese beauties clad only in bikini tops and skimpy shorts, took the stage to introduce themselves.


14:41:13 - Matose finally lost his PiFast crown. However, the Romanian was a picture of consistency. While none of his benchmarks (PiFast: 13.920, SuperPI: 32.609, wPrime: 2.827, and MaxxMEM: 26105) ranked the highest, his scores were still high enough for him to maintain the overall lead. Yu Meng Yao of China (speedtime.wing) inherited top-dog PiFast status with 13.910. e-Killer grabbed the SuperPI crown with a 6:27.750 score. stephenyeong and American Michael Graf (mikeguava) were tied for first in the wPrime race with 2.749, while Belgium’s Pieter-Jan Plaisier (Massman) held the MaxxMEM fort with 26,741. With the competition more than halfway done, more benchmarks appeared on the scoreboard.

15:41:20 - By dropping .100 seconds from his PiFast time, stephenyeong pushed speedtime.wing down to third. With less than an hour left, the finalists scrambled to maximize their scores. By this time, stephenyeong started concentrating on producing a MaxxMEM benchmark, the only score lacking from his score line.

16:05:03 - A small crowd started gathering around stephenyeong, wondering whether he’d be able to generate a MaxxMEM benchmark. With a good score, the Hong Kong native would’ve built a big lead over Matose. However, the Romanian wasn’t sitting pretty, concentrating on upping his PiFast value.


16:19:31 - With a little less than 16 minutes left in the competition, Matose sealed the deal. By resolving his PiFast benchmark within 13.830 seconds, he managed to solidify his lead over stephenyeong. speedtime.wing ended up tying with Rekky (Jengkol) from Indonesia. However, by virtue of the former’s faster PiFast time, the rankings remain unchanged.

16:29:32 - Even with the scoreboard turned off during the final minutes of the competition to keep the winner a secret until the official awards ceremony, stephenyeong went down fighting. He finally managed to get MaxxMEM to finish properly. Unfortunately, his score wasn’t enough to overcome Matose. Game, set, and match for the Romanian!


16:56:21 - Rankings remained consistent during the last 15 minutes of the competition—even before the scoreboard went dark. The announcement that Matose was the GO OC 2010 World Champion was a formality. By this time, he had proudly waved the Romanian tri-color on stage and hoisted his trophy. The winner was flanked by stephenyeong and speedtime.wing, who placed second and third, respectively.

We’ll post screenshots of Matose’s setup soon, so stay tuned!

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