Overclockers.com Benching Team SuperPi Competition!

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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)

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  1. Winner's announced:


    Discussion thread here:


    Congrats to the winners! Thanks to all who participated!
    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!
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    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!
    Yeah competition closed early :(

    If it closed early, complain to hwbot - they were the hosts and we communicated everything correctly. :-/
    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 :D
    Competition closed. Should I get some more info about prizes? Didn't understand well what gets the OCer who finished competition as first?

    Yeah competition closed early :(
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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 :)

    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 :D and a 40x40mm fan for the ol' NB.