Having covered Part 1 of the Overclocking World Championship Final 2017 contest, we now turn our attention to Part 2 and the Elimination Phase of the contest.
Day 2: 1v1 Elimination Phase
The second phase of the contest is a little more complex than usual as it uses an elimination, nine player format that ultimately means it is possible to lose a few 1v1 matches and still go on win the contest. The rankings from the previous day dictate when each contestant will participate and how many matches they will eventually have to compete in. 8th and 9th ranked players from the Qualification Phase start first, meaning they may in theory have to win more 1v1 matches than the other contenders to make it through to the decisive and final Match 16.
Here are the brackets for the contest. As you can see, the contest is divided into a total of sixteen 1v1 matches within 8 distinct rounds.
Each match lasts 30 mins and starts with a benchmark draw where each overclocker has one veto that he can use to avoid an unfavorable benchmark. Benchmarks were drawn from the following pool:
- X265 1080P
- X265 4K
- 3DMark Ice Storm
- 3DMark Sky Diver
- GPUPI 1B
- 3DMark Time Spy Physics
- CPU Clock
- Reference Clock
- Memory Clock
- Cinebench R11.5
- Cinebench R15
- Geekbench3 Multi Core
- Geekbench4 Multi Core
- GPUPI for CPU 100M
- Geekbench3 Single Core
- Geekbench4 Single Core
- SuperPI 8M
To make things a little more interesting, we’ll cover the contest from the experience and perspective of each individual overclocker, taking a look at the matches they competed in and the resulting outcomes. Remember, to better understand the flow of the contest, you can refer to the completed brackets by scrolling down to the bottom of this page. Let’s start with jordan.hyde99, Australia’s one big hope!
Jordan arrived at the contest as arguably the undisputed newcomer to Elite level competitive overclocking. For more info about Jordan, read the jordan.hyde99 bio in this profile article we did in the leadup to the contest. His performance in the Qualification Phase placed him at the foot of the table, meaning he faced PXHX in the first match of the contest in Round 1. This ended in a loss as he failed to make a valid score in the XH265 4K benchmark, while the Brazilian managed a score of 14fps. Perhaps the fairly long benchmark run involved with the 4K preset presented a problem for Jordan. Time management might well have been an issue here.
As with all 1v1 matches, things begin with a friendly handshake.
In his second 1v1 match in Round 2 he faced the mighty Wizerty (France) in fight over the Geekbench4 Multicore benchmark. The French No.1’s experience will certainly have helped him to win with a score 37,963 points compared to Jordan’s 33,591 points.
In his final 1v1 match, he again faced a very savvy opponent. Lucky_n00b made a score of 23.02 cb points in the Cinebench R15 benchmark, narrowly beating the young Australian with 22.53 cb points. For the young and hopeful jordan.hyde99, a seat on the sidelines awaits.
Brazilian PXHX was competing in the OCWC Finals for the second time and would have been very hopeful of having a good contest after some early success in Round 1. You can read his bio here. After beating jordan.hyde99 in the first round of the contest PXHX skipped ahead to enjoy a match against BlueFiber in Round 3 of the contest. This was all about 3DMark Skydiver benchmark which was drawn at random. At the end of the 30 mins game time, BlueFiber had managed a score of 7,558 marks, while the Brazilian could not quite get things going as he would have wanted, scoring only as high as 5,274 marks. BlueFive continued on, PXHX would have sit out the remaining rounds.
Continuing on, we focus on the performance of BlueFiber from Indonesia who began the contest in Match 2, competing against the in-form rsannino (Italy). Firstly however, if you’re curious about BlueFiber’s road to the OCWC Final, you can read his bio here. The benchmark drawn was the old classic CPU clock. Whoever could muster the highest clock on their randomly drawn Core i7 8800K chip would progress. The Italian was too hot for BlueFiber to handle however, managing a CPU clock of 6,967MHz, pretty impressive in such a short 30 mins time slot. BlueFiber could only reach 6,626MHz with his Coffee Lake chip. BlueFiber, as we know went on to defeat PXHX in Round 3, however in Round 4, he met his match. DrWeez (South Africa) managed to outpace the young Indonesian with a Geekbench 4 Single Core score of 8,779 points, ahead of Chandra with 8, 061 points.
Next up we have Lucky_n00b who arrived at the OCWC Final having won the Taipei II 2017 Qualifier contest. Lucky_noob began the tournament with a Round 2 match against steponz (US). The American held sway with a SuperPi 8M run in just 59. 506 seconds, faster than the 1,00.678 seconds run from the Indonesian No.1. It wasn’t over just yet however as he then faced jordan.hyde99 in Round 3, a match in which he made a convincing win. This setup a match with the mighty Dancop (Germany). The X265 1080p was drawn and accepted by both overclockers. After 30 mins of extreme overclocking, Dancop prevailed with a score of 77.10 compared to Alva’s 74.86. Alva would be disappointed to lose, but let’s be honest, Dancop is no slouch either.
Alva ‘Lucky_n00b’ Jonathan – as vivacious and energetic as ever.
DrWeez (South Africa) – 5th Place Finish, $250 USD
Next up we take a look ad DrWeez from South Africa, winner of the Cape Town 2017 Qualifier. DrWeez started his campaign with a 1v1 match against Dancop, losing out to an Cinebench R15 score of 2,188 from the German, compared to his highest score of 1,852. No doubt he remained determined to succeed, despite the setback. As we mentioned, he then managed to avoid defeat in his match against jordan.hyde99, earning him match with French OC master, Wizerty.
Smiles all around, underlining the friendly yet competitive atmosphere at CaseKing HQ.
The Round 3 1v1 match between DrWeez and Wizerty was all about the GPUPI 100M benchmark. At the end of the 30 mins session, we find Wizerty with a run of 10.635 seconds compared to DrWeez who was just slightly slower with 10.654 secs. DrWeez’s contest was over, but the win earned him 5th place and nice $250 USD check. Congrats to Andrew!
Wizerty (France) – 4th Place Finish, $500 USD
Wizerty is France’s No.1, a feared overclocker who won the Moscow 2017 Qualifier. Wizerty began his quest for glory with a 1v1 match with a match against jordan.hyde99 (above). Having overcome the new Aussie kid on the block he faced steponz in a Round 3 Match involving the GPUPI 1B benchmark. The American proved to be fastest, making a run in just 2min 50sec 150ms, a score that would be in the top four of all six-core scores ever submitted to HWBOT. Alas it meant a major dent on the hopes of Wizerty who could only manage a run in 2min 56sec 565ms.
All was not lost however, as he then progressed to Round 5 and a match with DrWeez which he won (see above). This meant a showdown with Dancop and a truly world-class live extreme 1v1 match. In Match 14 the Geekbench3 Single core benchmark was selected at random by the Gods. Dancop again worked hard to bolster his reputation as World No.1 with an eventual score of 7,945 points, ahead of his French competitor on 6,857 points. Wizerty would go home with Fourth place and a check for $500 USD. Well done!
Dancop (Germany) – 3th Place Finish, $750 USD
Next up is Dancop, current HWBOT No.1 and winner of the Poitiers 2017 Qualifier. The travails of Dancop have to a large extent already been documented above. He began by beating DrWeez in Round 2, setting up a match with rsannino. The Italian was no mood to be defeated, managing a Geekbench3 Muliticore score of 41,333 points. This was too much for Dancop who could push his system to score only as high as 40,854 points.
Regardless of the defeat, he would go on to face and defeat Lucky_n00b (above) in a fight over X265 1080p. This was followed by a win over Wizerty in Match 15 which led to a bout with steponz involving a BCLK challenge. The American proved to be the worthier opponent, hitting a BCLK frequency of 473.63MHz, just ahead of Dancop on 445MHz. Dancop goes home with a 3rd place trophy and $750 USD.
steponz (US) – 2nd Place Finish, $1,000 USD
All of which brings us to the performance of steponz from the US, one of the hardest working Overclockers in the game today. Read all abut steponz’s endeavor in the Las Vegas 2017 Qualifier here in this profile article. In the Elimination Phase he managed to defeat both Lucky_n00b and Wizerty in Rounds 2 and 3 to setup a huge Match in Round 5 against rsannino. With one life to spare (having avoided defeat thus far) he knew he could afford to lose and still have a chance to make it to the final. rsannino once again showed why he is No.1 on OC-ESPORTS this year, beating the American with a 3DMark Time Spy Physics score of 8,110 marks to the American’s 7,615 marks.
You get nothing but steely-eyed determination from this fella.
With one chance left to make it to Match 16, steponz simply had to beat Dancop, no easy feat. As we already know, he eventually managed to outgun the German in a match involving reference clock overclocking. This set up a final 1v1 match of the day against rsannino of Italy.
The final benchmark drawn with only three benchmarks left in the bag, was the classic 3DMark01. The Italian was able to maintain his fearsome form, pushing his way to a very impressive score of 661.7 marks. This score had the beating of steponz who appeared to have run out of steam with a disappointing score 568.6 marks.
All eyes look on as rsannino and steponz act out the final battle of the day.
At this stage, the American was competing in his fifth match of the tournament, one fewer than rsannino, and the more than any other competing overclocker in the contest. Fatigue may well have been a decisive factor. Regardless, congrats to Joe, who takes runner up spot and a tasty $1,000!
rsannino (Italy) -1st Place, $1,500 USD
This guy is having the year of his life in terms of Overclocking. Let’s see, he won the G.SKILL OC World Cup earlier this year which gave him a check for $10,000 USD. He has also finished in 1st Place five times in the Road to Pro Challenger Divisions, plus two runner up appearances. He also recently made an appearance in the GALAX GOC 2017 Finals. Are we surprised he managed a win here in the OCWC 2017 Finals? I think not. Read more about Roberto here in this profile article.
To become the Overclocking World Champion of 2017, Roberto had to overcome some truly top class opposition. After beating BlueFiber (Indonesia) in Round 1, he went on to defeat HWBOT No.1 Dancop (Germany) and the legendary steponz (US), not once, but twice! In fact he ended up finishing the contest as an emphatically as possible – as an undefeated winner. What more can we say, except to give him a thoroughly deserved round of applause. Congrats to Roberto once again!
OCWC 2017 Final: Final Standings
Here are the final standings and complete brackets at the end the contest:
Congrats to All Competing Overclockers
We leave you with a massive congrats to all the many organizers, judges and CaseKing folk who made the OCWC 2017 Final possible. Plus a huge shout out to contest sponsors Intel and Seasonic. Let’s also offer a huge congrats to all the overclockers who competed in each of the locations around the world, making 2017 a very special year for overclocking. To all and sundry… Keep Pushing!
Note: All images published in this article are reproduced courtesy of OverClocking-TV.