Live from Taipei - Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship 2010


Setting up and Competition Mechanics

Setting up

While the official opening of Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) 2010 is scheduled for 11pm, the competitors have been busy setting up their systems since their arrival. Here are some candid shots we took.

Controlled chaos is the norm at such overclocking contests.

The LN2 section is probably the most crucial area for this competition. Here is where competitors get their cooling agent for their crazy high overclocks.

Competition Mechanics

CPU overclocking is the focus of this competition, so while every competitor gets a Core i7-980X processor, the graphics card is merely a Radeon HD 5450. Not only that, the graphics card cannot be modified in any way, and the 10.5 Catalyst drivers cannot be changed. Competitors are provided with a custom BIOS and other relevant software on a thumbdrive and their benchmark scores will be saved onto thumb drives. They have to run four benchmarks on a Win XP SP3 system and generate scores (or not) within the time limit of 4 hours and 50 minutes. It doesn't matter which benchmark they run first.

  • SuperPi mod 1.5 (32m)
  • MAXXMEM 
  • Pifast
  • Wprime 32m

Tools allowed for all competitors include Gigabyte EasyTune 6, SetFSB, CPU-Z and CPU Tweaker.

The top eight scores for each individual benchmark from the competitors will get points, ranging from 2 for eight to 20 for the best score. SuperPI also gets a heavier weightage, with 30 points for the top SuperPI score. Competitors with the highest aggregate scores will be the champion of GO OC 2010. In the event of a tie, the competitors with the highest Pifast score will be the winner.

Keep track of who's the current leader on this large scoreboard, which will be updated regularly. However, 30 mins before the end of the competition, Gigabyte will turn it off in order to build up the suspense.

With a top prize of US$5000 cash and products from sponsors, it will surely be an epic contest!