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.

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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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Discussion
  1. Spawne32
    Any pics from the event?


    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. :thup: 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!
    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.
    http://hwbot.org/submission/2183442_isplati_wprime_1024m_phenom_ii_x2_560_be_393sec_682ms/

    http://hwbot.org/submission/2183443_isplati_wprime_32m_phenom_ii_x2_560_be_11sec_949ms/

    forgot to make sure the ram was in dual channel mode...doh.
    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.
    I.M.O.G.
    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)


    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. :blah:
    You know you shouldn't be RMA'ing stuff you ln2 anyway.....

    I think I had less problems with eraser than conformal.

    Janus67
    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?


    Nope. Its one of the "approved" methods.
    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?
    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 :D
    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)
    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. :rain:
    mdcomp
    Somehow my n00b-self managed not to kill anything except my dignity. When can we do this again?

    Matt
    Same here. I just came with dead parts. :facepalm: