Overclocking World Championship Final 2017: Hardware, Structure and Rules Confirmed

Today we happy to be able to officially announce more important details regarding the forthcoming Overclocking World Championship Final 2017. As you may well be aware, the contest will take place at Caseking HQ in Berlin, Germany on December 9th and 10th and is the climax of a year-long campaign to discover this year’s Overclocking World Champion. Today we are confirming the hardware that will be used in the contest, plus the overall structure and rules in place.

OCWC Final 2017: December 9th and 10th, 2017

The Overclocking World Championship (OCWC) Final 2017 will be broken down into two separate sections; a Qualification Phase, followed by a series of 1v1 Matches. Here is a general overview of the contest schedule.

  • December 9th – Day 1: Qualification Phase + Round 1 & 2 1v1 Matches
  • December 10th – Day 2: Rounds 3 – 8 1v1 Matches + Award Ceremony

OCWC Final 2017: Hardware:

The following hardware restrictions will be enforced for the duration of the contest.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 8700K (provided by HWBOT)
  • Memory: Any DDR4 kit (not provided – no restrictions)
  • Motherboard: Any Z370 Motherboard (not provided – no restrictions)
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GT 710  (provided by HWBOT)
  • Storage: SATA 128GB SSD (1 partition w/Win10 Pro latest build)
  • Power Supply: Seasonic 850W (provided by HWBOT)
  • Peripherals: USB Keyboard and Mouse (provided by HWBOT – PS2 allowed)
  • Monitor: Standard 1080p (provided by HWBOT)
  • Cooling Solutions: Not provided
  • LN2: Provided by HWBOT (Cascades not allowed)

Qualification Phase – Structure and Rules

Five Benchmarks:

  • X265 1080P
  • 3DMark Time Spy Physics
  • Reference Clock
  • Cinebench R15
  • Geekbench4 Single Core

Schedule:

Time for submissions: 4 hours.

General Rules:

  • If the processor is damaged (read: does not function normally anymore), one single replacement will be provided for the next round. The participant is not disqualified nor loses the round, he may however be unable to continue competing depending on the damage.
  • Submitted score(s) will stand and will be taken into account for the ranking.
  • Participants must use the official wallpaper for a submission to be valid.
  • Scores have to be submitted by each contestants in person at this link: (HWBOT / OC-Esports rules apply) : http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/ocwc_2017_final

CPU Return Procedure (Important):

After the Qualifier the CPU has to be given back to the Judge. Removal of the CPU, positioning and closing the lid on the HWBOT test setup is the responsibility of the participant. This action is performed only in presence of a judge or HWBOT Staff member. Thus no CPUs are accepted by hand. CPUs have to be verified on the spot for proper functioning.

Finals Phase – Structure and Rules

Following the Qualification Phase each contestant will ranked from 1 to 9. The following 1v1 matches will held using the structure outlined below:

Additional Notes:

  • Round 1 and Round 2 of the Final phase will be played on Saturday 09/12 from 15:00 to 18:00. (Venue closes at 10pm).
  • Round 3 to 8 of the Final phase will be played on Sunday 10/12 from 8:00 to 18:00. (Venue opens at 7am).
  • Each Round will involve 30min prep, 30 min match, 30min clean up.

Benchmark Selection Procedure:

  • During the draw, participants may not talk outside the awaited answer: Pass, or Veto.​
  • A maximum of one Veto is allowed per competitor.
  • One has 15 seconds to provide a clear reply. It will be repeated by the judge and can no longer be changed. No decision = Pass.
  • The draw priority is decided by the ranking position from the qualifiers phase. The Highest ranked from the qualifiers always gets to choose first.

Benchmark Draw List:

  • X265 1080P
  • X265 4K
  • 3DMark Ice Storm
  • 3DMark Sky Diver
  • 3DMark01
  • GPUPI 1B
  • 3DMark Time Spy Physics
  • CPU Clock
  • Reference Clock
  • Memory Clock
  • Cinebench R11.5
  • Cinebench R15
  • Geekbench3 Multi Core
  • Geekbenck4 Multi Core
  • GPUPI for CPU 100M
  • Geekbench3 Single Core
  • Geekbench4 Single Core
  • SuperPI 8M

Additional Notes:

  • Once a benchmark is use for a match, it is taken out of the hat by the judge. It won’t be available for any further match of the competition.
  • Each 1v1 match lasts for exactly 30 minutes. A benchmark run started before the end of the timer is allowed to complete past the end time.
  • Contestants are allowed to draw a CPU 30 minutes before the start of each round.
  • Contestants have at maximum 30 minutes to return the CPU used following the end of the round.
  • This means there is a minimum of exactly 1h between each round.

General Rules

  • BIOS/software profiles will be reset by the judge before the start of the match. Loading any pre-configured user/manufacturer Bios/software profile is not allowed. The Judge will clear all Profiles (even empty ones) one by one before each round start.
  • During the match one can save new profiles, though these will be removed or reset again before the start of the next round.
  • Prepared notes, usage of any aid device (laptop, smartphone,…) is only allowed during the qualifiers. Taking notes is allowed during the 1v1, though these can’t be re-used for the next round. No smartphone or laptop allowed during the finals.
  • It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure the provided hardware/OS/Benchmarks and other software are working before the beginning of the match.
  • Setups have to be running at approx. 20°C Celsius before the round starts.
  • The system must be in the BIOS before the start of the match.
  • Benchmarks screens have to remain visible at all times, no reducing or minimizing the window is allowed. For Cinebench, Realtime mode is not allowed.
  • To qualify for the next round at least one score has to be submitted. Failing to submit a score results in losing the match.

CPU Return Procedure (Important):

After each round (each 1v1 match) the CPU has to be given back to the Judge. Removal of the CPU, positioning and closing the lid on the HWBOT test setup is the responsibility of the participant. This action is performed only in presence of a judge or HWBOT Staff member. Thus no CPUs are accepted by hand. CPUs have to be verified on the spot for proper functioning.

Stage Behavior

  • It is not allowed to walk off stage. Participants may stop competing but they must remain on stage until the end.
  • If a participant walks off stage without the judge’s permission, he forfeits the match (W.O.).
  • Participants are allowed to forfeit the match (W.O.). He must inform the judge.
  • Talking is allowed on stage, though intimidation or any form of firm verbal abuse will not be tolerated by the judge. Think before you speak as it can lead to a warning or even disqualification.
  • The audience is not allowed to interfere with the contestants on stage during the round in any manner that could affect the outcome of the benchmark result.
  • Leaving the stage and not being in attendance for the award ceremony voluntarily may result in disqualification. Please respect the audience, organizers and partners supporting the event.

Foul Play Rules

Foul play leads to a warning or disqualification. Two warnings lead to disqualification.

Warning

  • Annoy other participants. (warning)
  • Excessive swearing. (warning)
  • Consulting an electronic device such as a smartphone or a laptop. or pre-made notes
  • during a 1v1 match. (warning)
  • Deliberately damage other equipment. (warning)

Disqualification

  • Not follow LN2 safety rules. (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3)
  • Deliberately damage hardware.
  • Physical assault on anyone / anything.

Hardware Casualties Rules

General rules for hardware provided by the competition host/organizer:

  • Judges must be informed of any damage/degradation/misbehavior right away. The below rules can be adapted/changed depending on the availability of hardware.
  • The contestant isn’t allowed to swap the hardware without prior approval by the judge
  • It is the contestant’s responsibility to test and check that all his hardware is fully operational before the start of any round.
  • It is the contestant’s responsibility to test and check that all the installed benchmark and software operates properly before the start of any round.
  • No further than a 15 minute delay can be granted to resolve issues on the start of each round.

Processor (supplied by organizers)

  • If the processor is damaged (does not function normally anymore), no replacement will be provided. The participant is not disqualified nor loses the round, he may however be unable to continue competing depending on the damage.
  • The processor will be replaced for the next phase of the competition (if spares are available). A maximum of one replacement per competitor will be provided.

Graphics card (supplied – optional)

  • If the graphics card is damaged (does not function normally anymore), a replacement unit will be provided right away to the contestant by the staff. A maximum of one replacement per competitor will be provided.

Motherboard (not supplied)

  • For OCWC 2017 Qualifier, the motherboard is not supplied. Contestants will use their own boards. The board must be Z370 chipset-based motherboard.
  • If the motherboard is damaged (does not function normally anymore), no replacement willbe provided. The participant is not disqualified nor loses the round, he may however be unable to continue competing depending on the damage.
  • The participant is allowed to replace his motherboard to a maximum of one single time per competition round.

Memory (not supplied)

  • If the memory kit is damaged (does not function normally anymore), no replacement will  be provided. The participant is not disqualified nor loses the round, he may however beunable to continue competing depending on the damage.
  • The participant is allowed to replace his memory kit to a maximum of one single time per competition round.

Storage drive (supplied)

  • A Clean Windows 10 Pro 64bit SATA SSD identical to all 1v1 contestants is provided in the morning of both the Qualifiers and the Final phase (1x new drive for each day). The drive comes with all the necessary benchmarks. It is the contestant’s responsibility to test all the benchmarks upon reception of the drive and install himself all the necessary drivers and tools for his hardware prior to the rounds.
  • A spare SSD can be requested at any time. E.g. if needed to debug a potential problem during the round or round preparation, again depending on availability.
  • Only OS drives provided by the organizers are allowed for this event.
  • Contestants are allowed to clone (under judge control) their competition drive in order to have a spare drive ready with all drivers and tools for their system. A cloning station will be made available on site.

Other hardware

  • Depending on spare availability, the damaged item may be replaced after approval of the judge. Maximum one replacement per contestant. The aforementioned still applies even if there are more spare units.
  • The participant does not lose the round for an approved hardware swap.
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