Overclockers.com Benching Party II: Philadelphia, PA – June 17-19, 2011

As the weather heats up, Overclockers.com is preparing to cool it down with some LN2, dry ice and some extreme overclocking. After the huge success of the first annual benching party, the team has decided to hold the second annual Overclockers.com Benching Party in Philadelphia, PA this June. For the first time ever, the party will be open to the public.

Frigid -190.8° C CPU Temperatures

Frigid -190.8° C CPU Temperatures

Frost Forming on Outside of CPU Pot

Frost Forming on Outside of CPU Pot

 

Benching Party II
Date Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19 2011
Venue Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Center City
Location 1800 Market St.

What is a Benching Party?

The OCF Benching Team, ranked #11 in the world on HWBOT, is gathering once again to take their CPUs, GPUs and other hardware to the extreme. By using liquid nitrogen, world-class hardware enthusiasts will be overclocking to the max. Using this cold compound will eliminate the worry about temperatures shifting the focus to tweaking hardware as far as possible. Attendees will team up to get the most out of their components by sharing knowledge, insight and troubleshooting tips. Many of the benchers in attendance will be shooting for world record scores on HWBOT or personal best frequencies on their CPUs.

Extensive knowledge or background in overclocking is not a prerequisite. Veteran overclockers will be glad to help get your feet wet in exciting world of extreme cooling and the intricacies of how to overclock.

Icebon Preparing to Unbox a New Motherboard

Icebob Preparing to Unbox a New Motherboard

Brolloks Using LN2 on His CPU and GPU

Brolloks Using LN2 on His CPU and GPU

Sponsors

Lamptron Logo

This year’s event will be sponsored by Lamptron and Mvix USA. Our readers should recognize these manufacturers from recent product reviews, including the Lamptron Touch Fan Controller and the Mvix Minix 6150SE-UC3 Motherboard. In addition, several other manufacturers, including Silverstone, Zalman and NZXT have agreed to provide door prizes and raffle items for the party.

 

Attend Overclockers.com Benching Party II

Overclockers Forums members from near and far are welcome to attend the party. In order to cover the high cost of liquid nitrogen and facility rental fees, each guest will pay a small entry fee.

3-Day Benching Pass

OCF Benching Team Member $40
Non-team OCF Member $45

Spectator Pass

1-Day Admission $5
3-Day Admission $10

Bencher passes offer full access to the liquid nitrogen Friday-Sunday. Keep in mind that spectators will be able to interact and assist benchers when possible, but not use LN2 for their own hardware. Save $5: we encourage you join the OCF Benching Team before June 17! Click here to view the requirements for team membership.

Watch the Action Live

Can’t attend the party? No problem. Join in the excitement on one of three livestream channels. The three-day event will be streamed live online to viewers throughout the world. Viewers will also be able to interact with the benchers using real-time chat on the stream. Over 230 simultaneous viewers tuned in for last year’s benching party, so don’t miss out! Stay tuned for further information and scheduling as it becomes available.

Other Resources

Stay up to date on all the details:

Huge thanks to Dolk for setting up the party! Without his vision and strong organization skills, this party would not be a reality.

- Matt Ring (mdcomp)

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108 Comments:

mdcomp's Avatar
Woohoo! Looking forward to it. I will be there.

Thanks Dolk for setting it up!

Matt
EarthDog's Avatar
I cant wait either!

Thanks to all who set it up!
Janus67's Avatar
I'm pumped, can't wait to get there!
bennoculus's Avatar
Woooooooot!

I'm excited. I'm really hoping to be there.
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
I will be there again this year! Can't wait, last year was an absolute blast!
dfonda's Avatar
Looks like a good excuse to visit Philly!!
mdcomp's Avatar
If anyone needs travel advice or directions: http://www.overclockers.com/forums/s...d.php?t=676991

Matt
Dolk's Avatar
Matt could you put this in OP thread, and make sure its in the article?

The thread you made is a lot of help for those that may want to make it by the tail ends of their budget.


OCF, PLEASE COME TO THIS EVENT! Yes there will be more of these in the future, but it may be further away next time. Don't miss this great chance for you to come out and meet some of the members of this forum.

If you missed our stream last time, you missed out on a lot of fun! Please do not hesitate to come out. It will be better than any internet gathering you can imagine.
saint19's Avatar
I wish be there
splat's Avatar
i will be there, in my party pants.
MattNo5ss's Avatar
If party pants are what I think they are (or aren't), then
Owenator's Avatar
I live so close I have to come and at least watch. Plus I already have that Friday off!

Put me down as a 'spectator' please!
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Owenator, you know you have some old hardware lying around you want to freeze!
Owenator's Avatar
True, but I don't have any of those 'copper thingies' to fill with LN2.
hokiealumnus's Avatar
There will be several of those there, plus a few sandy bridge setups. There is a good chance one will be available over the party time period for you to use. If you want to.

I'll warn you though, benching cold is very addictive!
Owenator's Avatar
Cool! Thanks for the info!
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Glad you are coming! Will be great just to have you there - the best part is getting to meet everyone.

You can use my container if you want to get chilly, I won't be using it all the time. Like last year, I'll probably manage the livestreams, help people out a little, and drink a lot of beer. I'll be overclocking though too, probably bringing my 1090T to redo some benches I think I messed up with it, then I'll be doing a few things with 3D on my 2600K and a vid card or two.
Dolk's Avatar
That 1090T is a She didn't want to behave at our last event.
mdcomp's Avatar
I'm a n00b Owenator, so you can definitely help me keep track of everything as we go!


Looking forward to meeting you.

Matt
Voidn's Avatar
You've come a long way since the last party. I expect more benching, less moderating the live stream!
EarthDog's Avatar
Yeah +1, Glorious Leader must bench...others taking a break can babysit the livestream.

Drunken insolent Earthdog will help.
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
That would be great. There was a ton of positive feedback from people thanking me for keeping the livestream updated. The core viewers want to know who is doing what, what settings are being run, etc... And its not a bad gig keeping them updated, asking the benchers what they are running currently, and drinking beer.

I'll be benching about half the time though probably, so if no one picks up the streamers, they'll just be hanging out when I'm benching.
hokiealumnus's Avatar
I volunteer mdcomp to babysit the stream.
EarthDog's Avatar
Thats probably best.
Dolk's Avatar
Now wait, who was it that I had to sit on the phone with for an hour to help try to OC a 1100T?

Just saying
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Hahaha...I'd even volunteer, but alas I won't be able to attend.

EDIT - That 1090T you guys were talking about has nothing on the 1100T.
mdcomp's Avatar


I will be when IMOG isn't doing it...hopefully we can get some good discussion going in the chat like last time. Gotta get out of the way so the AMD King can work...IMOG that is. Dolk needs to reclaim the crown ha.

Matt
Dolk's Avatar
Excuse me?
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Bring that 975BE Dolk, will be fun to play around at getting 7Ghz...

FWIW, I got my best clocks on AMD after Dolk told me to increase CPU-NB voltage when more CPU volts weren't helping any more. Got me a few hundred extra mhz on my quads.

I still rock Dolk's world though, he is more concerned about just OC'ing and seeing what it can do, where I play but I make sure I can get a bot submission out of it.
Dolk's Avatar
Testing limits is so much more fun

I'll be brining that 980 as well. Its been wanting to go cold ever since it got to me. I still have no clue who sent it.
Voidn's Avatar
Sick burn.

Title match at the party!
hokiealumnus's Avatar
You know darn well who sent it, ya bum!
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Awesome. I'll give you first stab at 7Ghz on the 980. You better hit it though, because if you don't I will.
Dolk's Avatar
I agree to this match. First one to 7ghz with Selected Hardware, that way it will be dependent on the user.

What should we agree on for losing / winning?
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
I'll bring a pink wine cooler again, since its sort of tradition. The loser has to have pictures taken drinking it in a dainty manner. Rumble in the AMD jungle!

Need to clarify how to win though... First one to see 7Ghz on the screen (your style) or first on to get a 7Ghz validation (my style). I am cool with either way.
EarthDog's Avatar
Same chip timed. Nobody can look at the others voltages.
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Who is bringing the hose this year? Xoke made it last year, and I'm not sure where it is now. It was really convenient for getting the LN2 out of the big tanks.
torin3's Avatar
I made one for my mini-party. I'm happy to bring it.
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Sounds great, want to make sure we don't forget the little things.
Dolk's Avatar
Agree, and its first to validate. I never did first to screen. I validate.

But I want to make an alteration... winner of course gets to keep the chip and the braging rights. Loser, has to drink the pink drink, also takes 2 shots of high caliber destruction (i.e. Crack Pipe Shot, Crystal Skull + SoCo.) Loser pays.
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Just like you to play for pink slips. Game on!
poppedkernel's Avatar
1. I want to come
2. I cannot come cause I'm only 17 (soon to be 18, 5 more days)
3. I would love to compete cause I'm underage, so I can't drink (Did i just use that as a advantage? )
4. I'm in Florida, too long of a drive.


I'll possibly be there next year though, I'll be watching the live stream for now.
Benihana's Avatar
I want to come and I will pay the bencher fee. I have a little Rig that I will bring and just want to learn everything possible, plus it sounds fun. Can't wait to go there.
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
Don't let age hold you back. I'm pretty sure that unless someone brings their kids, I'll be the youngest there, at 16.



Glad to have you on board!
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Great! I'll put you on the list! It really is a great time. I'll send the payment info via PM, and as we discussed in email, just let me know if you need any help getting a room, directions, or anything else!
Voidn's Avatar
F7 F7 F7. Loser should do 2 - 3 wise men shots (Jack, Jim, Jose) . Winner should do a car bomb, mmm car bombs.
poppedkernel's Avatar
Yall better have that on the feed....
Raymo1's Avatar
Man... Wish I could go..
The last one was a blast.. so much so that I bought a F1ee pot for the next one.. Unfortunately this one isn't in the cards for me.. Have fun guy's
Those that haven't been to one of these event..
please attend if you can, you will never forget it..

Nice set up Dolk
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Thanks Raymo, we'll be making it back to Tyler, and we'll be sure to send you an invite. If you know anyone in the NE area who may be interested, please pass on word to the folks at TRP!

BTW, I'll be taking some video with my camera this time around, I really enjoyed the short videos you did!
Dolk's Avatar
Hey YOU, yes YOU, the one READING this message. How come you are not coming?

Put aside your doubt, come, and hang out with those that you have met on the forum. If you have just been lurking and watching the benching team grow this year, come see how we do it!
Even though these events happen once a year, the event moves from place to place. This is your chance to come out and see us.
Come and support your Benching Team, have some fun, tell some tales, ask questions, and learn.
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
NoL, whose work you may have seen in the Extreme Cooling section of the site, will be coming to hang out. He is going to bring some of his "party favors" along also.
splat's Avatar
i love party favors
Dolk's Avatar
If its girls giving free messages again, I doubt people will want them again.
bennoculus's Avatar
Why can't June 17-19th come tomorrow?

Some new news... My parents are going to help me out by buying a pack of 12 or 24 rolls of blue shop towel from Home Depot for the benching party. So, as long as I make it, shop towel should be somewhat covered (especially if I get a pack of 24, or 2x12 packs).
Dolk's Avatar
We are only 3 weeks out, its not that far.

It was a lot worse for the first one. We all wanted it in August two weeks after we decided the party. Than we changed it to November before Thanksgiving. Imagine sitting in your office everyday for 4 months waiting to bench LN2 for the first time.
EarthDog's Avatar
Imagine? I lived it...it sucked. But the payoff was tremendous in meeting the team.
Voidn's Avatar
Sweet, we'll need tons of towels. Who's bringing the lube? .

Yeah that was but turned out great in the end. I hope my work calms down so I'm not all twitchy when I get there!
Owenator's Avatar
I have a tube a dielectric grease around here somewhere I can bring.
dkizzy's Avatar
I live in Pittsburgh maybe I will come out and be a spectator so I can learn and watch you guys rip through some benchmarks
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
If you can, you should come hang... Last year's party was a blast.
nzaneb's Avatar
Bump for the big week finally arriving
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
I'll be on the road at this exact moment, in five (5) days! See you there boys!
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Can't wait to see all you guys there!
Dolk's Avatar
Yes we are finally 5 days away from the event!

If you want to come, please let us know by Wednesday. All invitations will close than. However you are still more than welcome to come by and spectate.
Owenator's Avatar
What time does all this start?
Janus67's Avatar
I believe the plan is for the stream to go up around 5PM EST according to Matt. People will probably be there getting started as they roll in before that.
Dolk's Avatar
We will have an official schedule posted soon. IMOG is working on the final article now.

Or at least should be...

I should go check the sweat shop.
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Article will be out shortly, been a very busy day.
torin3's Avatar
Not too bad benching an i7 970 at the party.
cold.nut's Avatar
need updating results! would like to see the progress of people!
Dolk's Avatar
We are all busy, thats the update

Actually I have killed a 980, 975, 965, and M4A89GTD-Pro.

Not much left for me to do.
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Dolk may have killed the 980, last time I powered it on it was working fine... Or I killed it. Either way, it died gloriously.
Janus67's Avatar
I'm doing great, I've almost gotten two CPUs to boot on a motherboard, and have just about reached 70FSB less than what I can do on air on two motherboards. At least Dolk was nice enough to mod my 8800gt, which I may be able to run if I can borrow a SB setup from someone... Overall I may as well have lost boints for the weekend! Still a blast though watching others not on my level of fail.
hokiealumnus's Avatar
...and that, ladies and gentlemen is called leaving nothing on the table. Phenom II master going out with a bang. Good show!
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Got 11th out of 235 on the 4890 (1125 core/1150 memory) with a 2600K at 5.3Ghz:
http://hwbot.org/submission/2182251_...90_16349_marks

That was only one run, wrong drivers, and not maxed on the GPU clocks... I'll improve it next time I have time. Probably at Microcenter in St Louis next weekend.

For your enjoyment:

96476

96477

96478

96479
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Looks like I lost a good 3D03 run, not sure where I saved the screenshot... But I did get this aquamark run, 19th out of 157 for 11.9 points, good for 4 globals:
http://hwbot.org/submission/2182272_...0_393604_marks
ChanceCoats123's Avatar


Great work, kid!

Who won the prizes you all had? I think I left too early to win anything.
Janus67's Avatar
Dan and Nick got fan controllers, Torin got a case, Evan got the CPU cooler, and I walked away with the PSU after a trade
splat's Avatar
yeah we were all benching too much and forgot to run contests...or set up something to draw randomly. So the prizes went to whoever raised their hands first.
EarthDog's Avatar
Damn, left too early... LOL.
mdcomp's Avatar
Poop! I wanted that PSU. That was a beast.
Dolk's Avatar
I walked away with these

EarthDog's Avatar
At least you had a chance to walk away with your nuts!

Me, I left my shirt I was in such a hurry in the morning!
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
woulda been nice to have some consolation for my dead 5850.
Dolk's Avatar
Would be nice to have some consolation fro my dead M4A89GTD Pro, 980, 975, and 965.
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
What he said ^^^. Even though the 975 doesn't count. You killed that before the party.
mdcomp's Avatar
Somehow my n00b-self managed not to kill anything except my dignity. When can we do this again?

Matt
EarthDog's Avatar
Same here. I just came with dead parts.
Brolloks's Avatar

Pity what happened?
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
I assume something shorted, which doesn't totally make sense since conformal is non-conductive, but needless to say there is no longer video output and the fan just spins at 100% all the time.

Edit: Card doesn't even show up in device manager when installed as a secondary.
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
I have seen countless people think that conformal is the best form of insulation. I've also seen numerous times when people have moisture related issues when their boards are conformaled.

I'm not sure why that is, but I can't help but think that conformal doesn't create as good of a solid consistent seal from moisture as we might imagine. I think the problem comes from hoping a light conformal spray can be used, then RMA isn't a problem - I think the first priority with insulation has to be ensuring you don't get moisture where you don't want it.

Really though, this is just another chance for me to promote my vaseline fetish. If you have vaseline caked generously around anything you don't want wet, its hard to go wrong! (I might be wrong, but I've been under LN2 maybe a dozen times or so, and haven't killed anything other than that 980 at the party so far - that was volts tho)
ghost_recon88's Avatar
That's why when I spray conformal I put a nice thicker-than-necessary coat on. Odds are greater that they will take an RMA with a thin coat vs. a thicker coat, but there isn't any guarantee about them accepting your RMA with any amount of conformal on it so might as well protect your card upfront, or go the liquid tape route so it's removable
Bobnova's Avatar
I spray till there's a pool, then I tilt the card/board to walk the pool around over/under things. So far, no issues
Janus67's Avatar
What I learned from Nick is that LET may be the best way to go, especially with a thick-coat so you can peel it off later. Any reason not to do that?
Voidn's Avatar
You know you shouldn't be RMA'ing stuff you ln2 anyway.....

I think I had less problems with eraser than conformal.

Nope. Its one of the "approved" methods.
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
I'm not sure if this was directed towards me, but the reason I thought conformal would help my board is a) I've diced this card before and b) silicon conformal is non-conductive. If it were conductive, we wouldn't spray it on electronics. I'm not quite understanding what even happened to my card. There are no burnt sights or smells, and I doubt anything got shorted anyway because conformal covered all the traces. I made sure to put more than "a thin coat" on my card. Also, I'm 100% sure it was not moisture because the card died within 3 minutes of running. The pot hadn't even been pulled down yet. You show me a pot that can form moisture in less than three minutes at -5*C and I'll show you a card that died from moisture damage.
Voidn's Avatar
Was the card vmodded? Did you have good contact with the pot?
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
Card is reference so I needed no mods = completely stock. Pot contact was just fine. I've seen chips over heat before. There were literally no signs of death on the card or around it at the time. The fan blade moved and bumped the card and black screen from then on.
EarthDog's Avatar
I ended up with a ~40 boint take... Not the 100 I was looking for, but I didnt bench the GTX either which would have put me close if it was cooperating.
Spawne32's Avatar
Any pics from the event?
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
There are a bunch of pictures up on the FB page. Let me find you the link.

Edit:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...2.212461837440
Spawne32's Avatar
thanks! banner i sent over looks great if not...extremely huge LOL
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
The banners looked great!
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Still working on an after party article. The weekend before this event I was in CIN, the weekend after this event I was in STL for another event, and the weekend after that I moved to a new house. I've been working long hours also, so my spare time has dropped to subzero.

There are a lot of pictures on facebook, a couple videos, and a bit more media that hasn't been parsed yet, but there's already been a lot of interest in whats been shared on FB. We'll have our summary and highlights up on our frontpage soon, including the PHI and STL events.

Thanks for your support Rob. I thought the banner was huge also... If it weren't for the impressive amperage capacity on your fan controllers, I would have thought Lamptron was compensating for something!
Voidn's Avatar
A bit late but heres a 2.844 wprime32m and a shot of my new fan controller (thanks).

http://hwbot.org/submission/2188829_
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