Overclocking World Championship Final 2017 Roundup (Part 1)

Today we can bring you a full and detailed account of what happened in Berlin last weekend at the Overclocking World Championship Final were Italy’s leading overclocker rsannino took the crown and the $1,500 USD winners prize money. Let’s take a look at the contest scoring, the winners, the losers and the more interesting 1v1 matches that took place within a nine player elimination tournament.

HWBOT OC World Championship Final: December 9th-10th, 2017

The HWBOT World Tour 2017 visited ten countries around the world this year. At each stop an Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest was held, an extreme overclocking contest where the region’s most talented overclockers went head to head to compete for a seat in the Final. Here’s the general schedule for the Final which spanned two days:

  • December 9th – Day 1: Qualification Day (to determine rankings for Day 2)
  • December 10th – Day 2: 1v1 Matches + Award Ceremony

OCWC 2017 Final Contestants

At the end of the year we find nine Overclockers were invited to Berlin, Germany for the OCWC 2017 Final having each qualified at different Qualifier contest. The list below shows their HWBOT member nickname, country of origin and the contest through which they qualified for the Final:

  • steponz (US) – Las Vegas 2017 Qualifier
  • PXHX (Brazil) – Sao Paulo 2017 Qualifier
  • Dancop (Germany) – Poitiers 2017 Qualifier
  • rsannino (Italy) – Taipei 2017 Qualifier
  • Drweez (S. Africa) – Cape Town 2017 Qualifier
  • Bluefiber (Indonesia) – Yogyakarta 2017 Qualifier
  • wizerty (France) – Moscow 2017 Qualifier
  • Lucky_n00b (Indonesia) – Taipei II 2017 Qualifier
  • jordan.hyde99 (Australia) – Melbourne 2017 Qualifier

The contest room at CaseKing HQ in Berlin has plenty of serious faces early on.

OCWC Final Cash Prizes

The following cash prizes were made available for the top five placed overclockers at the end of the contest.

  • 1st Place: $1,500 USD
  • 2nd Place: $1,000 USD
  • 3rd Place: $750 USD
  • 4th Place: $500 USD
  • 5th Place: $250 USD

Trophies were also made for all Overclockers in recognition of their win in the Qualifier contests that got them to Berlin.

And of course a larger trophy for the OCWC 2017 Final winner.

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, provided by HWBOT)
  • 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)

Note: All CPUs were drawn at random before the Qualification Stage began to ensure as even a playing field as possible for all contestants.

Day 1: Qualification Phase

On the Day 1 the contest kicked off with a four hour Qualification Phase. Overclockers were invited to score as highly as possible in the following five largely CPU and memory sensitive benchmarks. The resulting rankings after Day 1 would then be used in Day 2 with advantage given to the higher ranked contestants:

  • Stage 1: X265 1080P
  • Stage 2: 3DMark Time Spy Physics
  • Stage 3:Reference Clock
  • Stage 4:Cinebench R15
  • Stage 5: Geekbench 4 Single Core

Stage 1: X265 1080P

At the top of the table in Stage 1 we find Dancop at the top of the table with a score of 78.33 fps, some way ahead of Wizerty in second place with 77.81 fps. Italy’s number one sits in third with 77.31 fps, while steponz is fourth with 72.97 fps, marking quite a drop off from the top scores. Drweez will have been disappointed with his score of 65.33fps having pushed his CPU to 6,300MHz (+70.27%). The winning score from Dancop was made with his Core i7 8700K pushed to a very decent 6,508MHz (+75.89%) the highest CPU clock of the Stage.Here’s the Stage 1 table:

A very relaxed Dancop enjoying the contest.

Stage 2: 3DMark Time Spy Physics

When it comes to the 3DMark Time Spy Physics benchmark, DrWeez had an altogether better time, finishing second place with a score of 7,197 marks, just behind Stage winner Wizerty 7,275 marks. Lucky_n00b appears in the top places for the first time with a score of 7,168 marks, while his compatriot BlueFiber is fourth with 6,674 marks. Wizerty’s winning score was made with his Core i7 8700K clocked at 6,563MHz (+77.38%) and memory settings at what appear to be 1,998.6MHz (12-12-12-28). Here’s the Stage 2 table:

Stage 3: Reference Clock

Stage 3 was a straight up reference clock fight, the winner of which was relative newcomer BlueFiber with a clock of 504.66MHz. Interestingly he used a ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex, the exact same motherboard as all but one overclocker in the contest. Licky_n00b is second with a clock of 450.97MHz, which perhaps highlights just how good the score from Chandra really is. Rsaninno is third with a clock of 421.97Mhz while DrWeez is 4th with 419.87Mhz.

Andrew ‘DrWeez’ Roberts in deep contemplation.

Stage 4: Cinebench R15

HWBOT No.1 Dancop claims another Stage here with the Cinebench R15 benchmark and a score of 2,182 cb points. American steponz is not far behind, with a score of 2,180 cb points. Wizerty and rsannino sit further back with 2,160 cb points and 2,162 points respectively. Dancop’s winning score was made by pushing his Intel Core i7 8700K to a nice 6,600MHz (+78.38%), which interestingly was not the highest clock of the stage. That belongs to PXHX from Brazil who managed to hit a clock speed of 6,700MHz (+81.08%), a configuration that gave him a score of 2,158 cb points, indicating that perhaps memory and OS tweaking played a part.

Paulo looking quite happy with things thus far.

Stage 5: Geekbench 4 Single Core

Geekbench4 Single Core is the challenge in the final stage. Dancop again shows his class with a leading score of 8,913 points, just ahead of Wizerty with 8,908 points, and rsanino with 8,872 points. Steponz is fourth, while PXHX is fifth. The two top scores were made with CPUs clocked at 6,667MHz (+80.19%) from Dancop and 6,695MHz (+80.95%) from Wizerty, again showin that the German has plenty of tweaks up his sleeve.

Here we find steponz having fun with his thermal paste.

Qualification Phase: Final Standings

Here are the final standings at the end of the Qualification Phase, an important factor in deciding which overclockers will be afforded an advantage in the following 1v1 Match Elimination Phase:

Strong overall performances in all five stages mean that Wizerty (France) takes top spot with a total of 41 points. Rsannino (Italy) is second with 38 points while Dancop (Germany), despite making two stage wins, has to make do with 37 points and third place. Most importantly however we find the bottom two spots taken up by PXHX (Brazil) and newcomer jordan.hyde99 (Australia). These two will face a preliminary round before any of the others join the fray.

You can find the Qualification Phase contest page right here.

Catch Part 2 of the Overclocking World Championship Final 2017 roundup here.

Note: All images published in this article are reproduced courtesy of OverClocking-TV.


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