Overclockers.com Benching Team SuperPi Competition!

The OCForums Benching Team cordially invites you to our first annual Overclockers.com SuperPi 1M and 32M competition! This competition is open to anyone who is a member of the Overclockers.com forums. Signing up is very easy, just head over here to register!

We’re proud to announce there are prizes to give away courtesy of our sponsors!

The power supply is going to be given away in a random drawing of all participants…all you have to do is enter and submit a result to be eligible for the drawing! For the remainder, there will be a system to award the prizes and we’ll update the forum post accompanying this article as the contest approaches.

Scoring and Winning Prizes

There will be two competitions running simultaneously with each other, one with SuperPi 1M and the other with SuperPi 32M. The goal is rather simple – to achieve the fastest time in either or both benchmarks.

The person with the best score in each bench per class will receive 10 points. Each place below that will receive one less point, down to the 10th fastest time receiving one point.

i.e. If you get the best score in the i3/i5/i7 class for SP1M and the fifth best score in SP32M, you’d receive 10 + 6 points, respectively, for a total of 16 points.

Whoever’s point totals add up to the most wins!

Obviously there is the potential for tying. In the event of a tie, those with the highest point total will have their names drawn for the winnings. If three or more people tie for the highest total, the prizes will all be done by drawing….but the pool will be a whole lot smaller than that for the PSU, so by winning, even if you tie, your chances of getting a prize increase exponentially.

You may enter more than one system if you would like. Only your best two scores will be used, so you can’t enter three systems and take first by adding all of your scores together.

The Classes

There will be three classes for this event, based upon CPU type.

  • i3/i5/i7 CPUs. Both socket 1156 and socket1366 will be included in this class.
  • Core2Duo / Core2Quad socket 775 CPUs.
  • AMD CPUs.
  • The Slacker Class (run any cooling and any CPU…beat the heck out of it and see what you get! This class is not eligible for prizes.)

The Rules

  • Any CPU can be used with the exception of Gulftown chips.
  • Cooling is limited to ambient temperature air and water only. No chilled water, dry ice, LN2, liquid helium, single stage/phase change, or cascade cooling is allowed on any of the components (including the Northbridge and RAM).
  • The contest will run for two weeks from Monday, April 12, 2010 at 12:00am EST until Sunday, April 25th at 11:59pm EST. All scores must be submitted during that time; no late or early entries will be accepted.

Scores will be submitted using HWBot’s competition engine. To use it, you’ll need a HWBot account. If you don’t have one, it’s easy to sign up for an account here. Once you’ve signed up and logged in, you’ll see a “Submit Score” link under “Identification” in the left hand column.

To enter your score for this competition once it starts, you’ll click on Submit Score and select the competition from the list that shows up. It will look like this (but with this competition showing and active):

HWBot Screenshot

HWBot Screenshot

You’ll then click “Next” and enter the information requested. Benchmark entries should be adherent to HWBot Super Pi submission rules, which can be found here. Here are a couple notes to help you along the way. Please note: HWBot will require a photo of your system included with your score.

  • Screenshots must have two (2) instances of CPUz, one with the CPU tab and one with the Memory tab and of course the completed Super Pi run (before clicking “Ok”).
  • In order to verify your benches are run within the specified time period, we will be supplying a custom background for you to use on the date the competition starts. No timestamps are needed, just change your background to the supplied image and go to town benching!
  • Below is a sample screenshot (coretemp & timestamp optional; that is also not the background that will be used.)
SuperPi 1M Screenshot Example

SuperPi 1M Screenshot Example

  • The benching team leaders (Brolloks and¬†sno.lcn) have the right to inspect/and or invalidate suspicious or shady scores that would imply cheating. Cheating is defined as submitting any score with a screenshot missing any required component, that was run using a Gulftown CPU or subzero cooling, or a score that was achieved outside of the contest dates.

SuperPi Mod 1.5 will be used, and can be downloaded from here.

If you have any questions, just ask in the thread accompanying this post. The benching team is here to help!

So join us for a bit of fun…who knows, you may just win!!

- Jeremy Vaughan (hokiealumnus)


Brolloks's Avatar
Excellent, let's see the best air/water benchers come to play in this competition.
EarthDog's Avatar
Here!!!!!! (hehe!)

I cant wait for this! An in house contest! To bad I dont have my Q9650 anymore or I would have a chance at the 775 group (and with a quad!). A giant thumbs up on the sponsers and donations!!!
Brolloks's Avatar
Hint..a 775 quad is not what you want to use , C2D is what will take the crown here in that category
EarthDog's Avatar
HINT, I could sniff 5Ghz on ambient water... I would be up there. But I know a dual e8600 or 8500 could (should) beat me (I said chance - though its likely I am underestimating who will join this thing...).
ghost_recon88's Avatar
Time to whip out the old P5Q board
Yellowbeard XMS's Avatar
Great to see the revived activities here at OCers. Good luck to everyone. I have linked this at the Corsair forum so hopefully we'll send you guys some traffic and contestants.
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Thanks Yellowbeard...and thanks for the support from Corsair!!
Yellowbeard XMS's Avatar
I may dig out an X48 board and my 8500 and throw up a score just to see how I do. Of course it will be just for fun.
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
Time to pull out some old tricks. Question though, are the listed prizes available to each class?
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Yup if I understand your question correctly, each class gets a prize pack.
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Sorry, I guess that could be clearer. There are three prize packs total. One for the first, second and third highest point totals, regardless of class. It's all points and not class-based. The tie breaker drawings come when people have tied in points.

For instance, if someone is good enough to win first in both SP1M and SP32M in the i3/i5/i7 class, they would get 10 points for 1M and 10 points for 32M, totaling 20 points, the highest point total you can get.

Then someone else comes along and wins first in 1M in the skt775 class but second 32M for skt775. They would receive 10 points and 9 points, respectively, for a total of 19 points.

The person that has 20 points gets the first place prize pack and the person with 19 gets the second place prize pack.

If more than one person gets 20 points, there would be a drawing between them to determine which prize pack they get. i.e. If three people get 20 points, they will take all three prize packs. Which one will be determined by drawing.

Hope that clears it up a little bit. If not, I'm being convoluted and not explaining it properly. I'll happily try again. Sorry for any confusion.
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Ok, I must not be enunciating the point clearly.

Every class has equal chances of winning the prizes. The top SuperPi 1M time and the top SuperPi 32M time from each class will receive 10 points.

If you win both 1M and 32M in the AMD class, you will receive 20 points, just like if someone else won both 1M and 32M in the i3/i5/i7 class would receive 20 points.

You would then be tied and a drawing would determine which of you received the 1st place prize pack and which received the 2nd place prize pack.
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Sorry for complicating things - as Hokie explained it, seems very clear.
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
Yeah. I deleted it. I feel dumb.
||Console||'s Avatar
Maybe next year Yellow could score some ram for the top 2-3 of the class some nice ram to have a Mini Comp for the top dawgs with the same ram =)
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
Wai wai wait. Is the 750Hx up for grabs too? Because that has me drooling a little.
hokiealumnus's Avatar
The HX750 will be given away in a drawing of all contest entrants.
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
Thank you. And for the other questions.
!wfdi's Avatar
I'm sorry but where is that custom wallpaper that is mandatory, you say ?
Neuromancer's Avatar
yup its going to be p55 dual core, 775 dual core and 938 dual core. Anyone else want to make a bet? hehheh

Going to be hot as sin here this week... way to hot for ambient overclocking for me. Maybe next week I will try my hand out
It will be made available when the contest begins
ChanceCoats123's Avatar
It's always nice to have a cool basement and lots of fans. I'm not too excited for the warm weather to come around as far as I'm concerned with my computer. Hopefully it won't be too bad.
El Gappo's Avatar
Nice AMD and 775 are going to be getting some hammer from my end.
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Look for the post on the front page (http://www.overclockers.com) to show up at midnight EST folks...it's prepped & scheduled. Good luck!!!
Intratech's Avatar
I'll give it a go Hokie!
El Gappo's Avatar
I do believe you should make real temp or speedfan mandatory to stop ze cheaters.
K404's Avatar
Please can there be a full definition of chilled water?

If I fill a bucket with water and add ice-cubes, is that outwith the rules?

WHOA! It took me 4 1/2 years to make that post!
Picture of the system is manditory...I hope we don't have any cheaters

Sounds pretty chilled to me. I think the idea is that the ultimate cooling medium should be at ambient temperature...so the coldest rooms with water cooling will have to cooling advantage Or if you have very powerful air conditioning lowering your ambient temp, that should be within the spirit of the rules as well

WOW dude, you've been a member longer than me
sno.lcn's Avatar
Haha longer than me too. I always find it funny when I go to register on new forums only to find out I made an account years ago and never used it
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Bench away folks! It appears HWBot hasn't opened yet. If it's not up by tomorrow morning we'll follow up. Happy benching!
EarthDog's Avatar
W00t W00t!!!!!!!!
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
May need to followup with Massman at hwbot - contest submissions are still closed there as of this morning, it's the 12th, so it should be open!
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Already PM'ed Miah to follow up earlier this morning since he's been handling it with Massman.
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Alrighty everybody, HWBot has now opened for business. Thanks a lot to Miah for getting that set up and fixed!!

As a refresher, the required the background was published on the front page and in the forums last night at midnight. The competition is now going!

I'm requesting this thread be locked so we don't run into duplicate questions and answers. Please refer all questions, comments and issues to the new thread here. Thanks and good luck!
You're welcome...lets see some scores guys!
Rudster816's Avatar
Would having my rad in a window sucking in really cold air be valid? What about if I just took the whole thing outside?
Bobnova's Avatar
The Rules page on HWBot doesn't have a link to the wallpaper, if y'all can add one in that'd make it a lot easier to find.

Benching right now BTW
Rudster816's Avatar
Just grabbed first place Unedited screen shots below. If I get knocked off I have room to improve. Those arent my best scores with the way im setup right now. I did my best ones a couple days ago...


PhysX's Avatar
I wanna compete i nthe slacker class, however core temp doesnt recognize my Pentium D cpu ?
SamSaveMax's Avatar
In STAGE 1, I don't see any chances of i3s nor i5s would be able to compete with triple channel i7-9xx series. What gives?
Rudster816's Avatar
32nm's should be competitive. They can run at a much higher clock speed than 9xx chips on air\water.
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Huh? A decent clocking dualie will at least be competitive in SuperPi 1M. Tri-channel isn't all that much of an advantage and 1366 memory controllers aren't really as strong as the 1156 quads, so they'll be strong in SP32M. It's a pretty level playing field, at least as far as Super Pi is concerned.
MattNo5ss's Avatar
Yeah, in 1M it's definitely a level field. In 32M though, the IMC of i3 will limit them, but i5 and i7 should be pretty even. Just check my 32M submission with the i3, I have faster clocks but I'm still getting beat by like 1m 30s. I still have a few things to try, but I HIGHLY doubt I'll gain 1m 30s though...
hokiealumnus's Avatar
i3's IMCs just don't like high clocks / tight timings unfortunately. They'll definitely suffer in 32M. Thankfully, each one is worth as much as the other...which means it's level all around.
Jorlain's Avatar
I'm stuck at a 189 BCLK with a 25 multi at the moment. I'm hoping that when I get more time to fiddle with stuff I can push her a bit more. She doesn't like 190+ though. Hopefully when I drop down to 2 sticks of RAM I can push her a bit further!
MattNo5ss's Avatar
Good luck!

I have the opposite problem...I need more multiplier, I'm already into the ~230bclk range.
deadlysyn's Avatar
Reported this sig spammer.
sno.lcn's Avatar
Sit tight, I'll look into it.
RawZ's Avatar
Cheers Hokie for this. I'll get this done too
PhysX's Avatar
I believer luck is in my favour haha, for temps that is, idk about winning anything haha. anyhow, temps are supposed to drop to 5C, bit of snow / rain, and im picking up a megahelm with 2 fans and a 40x40mm fan for the ol' NB.
nornad's Avatar
Where I can find wallpaper for this competition?
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
It's in the announcement at the top of every forum, as well as in the frontpage article:


I'm adding it to the first post here now.
Bullet92's Avatar
Competition closed. Should I get some more info about prizes? Didn't understand well what gets the OCer who finished competition as first?
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Competition shouldn't be closed until 11:59pm EST tonight. I'll PM mbot now.

The people that win are the three with the most points when their 1M and 32M runs are combined. If there is a tie, they're decided in a drawing.
Rudster816's Avatar
When will the winners be announced
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Winners need to be tabulated, double checked, then announced. We'll get that done this week, and the official announcement will occur on Overclockers.com. A discussion thread will also be created here where you can congratulate the winners!
topdog.'s Avatar
Great competion, well done guys, some good times posted
Neuromancer's Avatar
Yeah competition closed early
nzaneb's Avatar
Do the winning entries for each class (1M and 32M) need to be run with the same rig? If not... I should have busted out the i5 650 for a 1M run... crap, guess I overlooked that. Oh well, at least I got to tweak the crap out of some 32M
hokiealumnus's Avatar
Nope, best of your two scores will be taken and the rest discarded.
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
If it closed early, complain to hwbot - they were the hosts and we communicated everything correctly.
DanutzuAC's Avatar
It was a timer on the submission page, every one was seen it. For me was ended to late!!! around 5 am on 26.04.2010 (GMT +2). I had to stay awake all night! Any way, congrats to the winners! Nice job!

L.E. I am wonder haw many people have been participating on each stage and in total!
Rudster816's Avatar
Who are the winners??
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
I have tabulated winners and announced them privately so that their entries can be reviewed and verified - official announcement should be made tomorrow on www.Overclockers.com!

Please note, if you reference the contest rules, you'll notice that the hwbot competition stages did not award points correctly. However, the rules listed at hwbot as well as overclockers.com do state the rules correctly, as well as how winners are determined!
Nick.ua's Avatar
We will be wait final results )
I.M.O.G.'s Avatar
Winner's announced:

Discussion thread here:

Congrats to the winners! Thanks to all who participated!
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