Welcome to the Overclocker Profiles series where we introduce each of the overclockers that will compete in the Overclocking World Championship Final on December 9th and 10th of this year. We kick off the series today by introducing you to a legendary US overclocker known as steponz. Let’s take a quick look at how this guy qualified for the OCWC 2017 Final and also a look at the man behind the LN2 flask.
The Man Behind the LN2 Flask: steponz (US)
So exactly who is this guy who goes by the name steponz? What we can tell you is that Joe Stepongzi, aka steponz to use official HWBOT handle, lives is a residence in Florida, USA, loves fast cars, fast motorcycles and boats and indeed… fast computers. He is an Elite HWBOT league member and a member of the PURE team which boasts other OC luminaries such as Xtreme Addict (Poland), k|ngp|n (US), Gunslinger (US) and AndreYang (Taiwan) to name just a few. He’s currently ranked as number 21 in the world and will certainly be one to watch at the Finals in Berlin. Interestingly, despite the US being the largest represented country on HWBOT, steponz will be the American in the contest.
Last year we caught up with steponz for a chat as part of our Overclocker in Focus series. It’s well worth a watch. Check it out below.
The Road to the OCWC 2017 Final
Actually steponz was the first overclocker to qualify for the OCWC 2017 Final. Back in January of 2017 he attended the HWBOT World Tour visit to the US which took during the CES 2017 trade show. A handful of the world’s leading overclockers took time compete head to head in the OCWC Las Vegas Qualifier. In the Semi-Final 1v1 match of the contest steponz faced Indonesian bboyjezz, claiming a victory in the SuperPi 16M benchmark.
In the Final 1v1 match he faced another Indonesian, this time facing the legendary Luck_n00b in a fight over who could get the fastest run in SuperPi 8M. It’s testament to Joe’s skill as an overclocker that he was able to beat Lucky_n00b who is widely regarded as one of the most feared live overclockers around. Lucky_n00b stayed loyal to his trade-mark strategy of aggressively posting scores as early as possible, making the early running with a score of 1min 14.520sec before we’d even reached the five minute mark. Meanwhile steponz seemed to be experiencing a few issues, including a BSOD or two.
However, after conducting several stability tests to ensure a complete SuperPi 8M run, he put himself right back in the race with an impressive score of 1m 6.726sec. At this stage the match looked very open, with improved scores coming thick and fast as the minutes clicked down. In the end however a truly impressive score from steponz of just 1m 2.069 was enough to hold off Lucky_n00b who managed to hit a high score of 1min 5.131sec. Congrats to steponz!
You can read more about the OCWC Las Vegas 2017 Qualifier contest here with our full roundup article on OC-ESPORTS.
Predict the Champion Contest
To celebrate the OCWC 2017 Final, we have teamed up with Seasonic to create the ‘OCWC 2017 Final – Predict the Winner’ contest. All you have to do is correctly guess which overclocker will win the contest and you will entered into a prize draw where you can win some great prizes thanks to sponsors HWBOT and Seasonic. Prizes include a latest generation Intel Core i7 8700K processor and a high-end Seasonic PRIME Platinum power supply.
The contest is set up so that the more social actions you take, the better chance you have to win a prize. What is a social action? Actions include visiting he HWBOT Facebook page, the Seasonic Facebook page, plus following our Twitter feeds. There are 11 different types of action, each of which gives you an additional chance to win.
When you make your prediction about which overclocker will win the contest, steponz (US) must surely be worth a consideration. Learn more about the Predict the Champion contest here.
Overclocking World Championship Final 2017, Berlin, Germany – December 9-10
The HWBOT World Tour 2017 featured overclocking events spanning ten countries around the world. These included the US, Brazil, France, Taiwan, South Africa, Russia, Indonesia and Australia. At each stop an Overclocking World Championship 2017 Qualifier contest was held – an extreme overclocking contest where the region’s most talented overclockers competed for a ticket to the OCWC Final.
After a year of competitive extreme overclocking, HWBOT is inviting all nine OCWC 2017 Qualifier winners to Berlin to compete for cash prizes and the right to be crowned Overclocking World Champion of 2017. Last year we saw marc0053 (Canada) step up to take the Championship title despite intense competition from some of the world’s most respected players. The 2017 OCWC Final promises to be even more intense with cash prizes adding an additional incentive to succeed.
Learn more about the OCWC 2017 Final here.