Gamers Assembly – Poitiers, France – March 26-28

Introduction

From March 26th to 28th, HWBOT invited PC enthusiasts, gamers and overclockers based in Europe to join the HWBOT World Tour 2016 as it participated at Gamers Assembly in Poitiers, France.

Event Partners

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Event Information

MSI MOA 2016 Europe: Extreme

The Extreme World Series contest at Gamers Assembly, sponsored by MSI, is an Overclocking competition for Extreme overclockers attending the event. Among a bounty of attractive prizes on offer, the eventual MOA 2016 Europe Champion will also be rewarded with a place in the HWBOT World Championship 2016 in Berlin at the end of the year.

In terms of structure, the MSI MOA 2016 Europe contest will consist of Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals (including a Third Place playoff).

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Qualification Round (Sunday March 27th – Afternoon):

Extreme Overclockers will be given 3 hours for the qualification round, benching on the benchmarks; XTU, SuperPi 32M, and 3DMark 11 Physics. Note: For all these benchmarks the CPUs will be limited to Skylake @ 5GHz max and 5GHz uncore. Memory will be provided by event sponsors Klevv. Any Z170 motherboard allowed.

Quarterfinals (Monday March 28th – Morning):

The top eight overclockers from the Qualification Round will be invited to compete in 1v1 contests lasting 30 mins. Benchmarks will be drawn with one veto allowed for each overclocker. Benchmarks include XTU, SuperPi 1M, Reference Clock, 3DMark 11 Physics, Wprime 32M, Cinebench R11.5.

Semifinal (Monday March 28th – Early Afternoon):

Again, overclockers compete in 1v1 30 mins contests. Benchmarks drawn from XTU, SuperPi 1M, Reference Clock, 3DMark 11 Physics, Wprime 32M, Cinebench R11.5. One veto per overclocker.

Final (Monday March 28th – Mid-Afternoon):

Final and Third Place playoffs again involve 1v1 30 mins sessions using one of the same six benchmarks drawn at random. One veto per overclocker.

Additional Rules and Limitations

For both Quarterfinals and Semifinals, overclockers are asked to come prepared with a setup at ambient temperature. Each overclocker can veto a benchmark at the start of each round. From the Quarterfinal stage, SSDs with stock Windows 10 and pre-installed benchmarks will be provided. Other hardware will be provided and include – an MSI XPower motherboard (note: overclockers can use their own MSI XPower motherboard, and use the MSI provided board as backup. Retail boards only.), a Seasonic P-760 PSU, KLEVV CRAS Memory, plus Intel Core i7 6700K processors. No extra spare hardware is provided.

MSI OC Academy Finals

The MSI OC Academy offers overclocking classes for amateurs taught by local overclockers, providing an ideal environment for first time overclockers to get hands on with a new sport. The MSI OC Academy Finals brings the most adept MSI OC Academy attendees together in a competitive environment where prizes are on offer for the winners.

Qualification Round (March 26th – 27th):

The MSI OC Academy ostensibly acts as qualification rounds for the Finals. Held throughout the weekend from 10am to 8pm, amateur overclockers will be given the opportunity to show the skills they have acquired. All benching will use the XTU (Intel Extreme Tuning Utility) benchmark.

Semifinals and Finals (March 28th – Morning):

The most competent and talented four amateur overclockers from the OC Academy will be invited to compete in the Academy Finals on Monday, March 28th.

Overclockers will compete in two 15 minute head to head sessions; i.e. swapping systems after 15 mins to ensure an equal playing field for both (scores from both 15 minute sessions will be combined to make a final score). The winners of the Semifinals will compete head to head in a Final round, using the same format, to decide the MSI OC Academy Champion.

MSI MOA 2016 Europe: Competition Prizes

Our sponsors MSI, Seasonic and KLEVV are also offering great prizes for both Amateur and Extreme World Series overclocking contests in Poitiers, France. The winners, runners up and third place finishers of each contest will take home the following:

MSI MOA 2016 Europe (Extreme)

1st Place:

  • Ticket to HWBOT World Championship
  • USD $3000
  • Seasonic Platinum P-760 Power Supply
  • MSI Gaming Z170A XPOWER GAMING TE Motherboard
  • KLEVV CRAS Memory
  • Streacom BC1 “Special HWT 2016 Edition” Benchtable

2nd Place:

  • USD $2,000
  • Seasonic Platinum P-760 Power Supply
  • MSI Gaming Z170A XPOWER GAMING TE Motherboard

3rd Place:

  • USD $1,000
  • Seasonic Platinum P-760 Power Supply
  • KLEVV CRAS Memory

MSI OC Academy Finals

1st Place:

  • Seasonic Platinum P-760 Power Supply
  • MSI Gaming Z170A GAMING Pro Carbon Motherboard
  • KLEVV CRAS Memory
  • Streacom BC1 “Special HWT 2016 Edition” Benchtable

2nd Place:

  • Seasonic Platinum P-760 Power Supply
  • MSI Gaming Z170A GAMING Pro Carbon Motherboard

3rd Place:

  • Seasonic Platinum P-760 Power Supply
  • KLEVV CRAS Memory

World Series Contest Results

World Series – MSI MOA 2016 Europe

The first phase of the contest involved a qualifying round where 22 extreme overclockers competed for places in the quarter final stage. The qualification stage took place throughout the afternoon of the March 27th with overclockers given three hours to bench on the following three benchmarks; XTU, SuperPi 32M, and 3DMark 11 Physics. Note: For all these benchmarks the CPUs were in fact limited to Skylake Core i7 6700K chips clocked at 5GHz max and 5GHz uncore. Memory kits were provided by event sponsors Klevv. Any Z170 motherboard was allowed.

Straight out of the traps we saw World No.1 Dancop showing his class with wins in both Stages 2 (3DMark11 Physics) and Stage 3 (SuperPi 32M) plus a runner up spot in Stage 1 (XTU). In second place we have the ultra competitive Pole, Xtreme Addict, while in 3rd place we had Romania’s Bruno. In 4th pace we have the French maestro Wizerty, 5th place sees our eventual champion Bullshooter with orion24, zzolio and Aerou making up the eight that qualified for the quarter-finals.
Here’s the top ten as it stood at the end of the qualifiers:

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You can check out the full standings and scores of all 22 overclockers at the OC-ESPORTS website here: http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/ws16_eu_qualifier

World Series – MSI MOA 2016 Europe: Semi-Finals

That brings us to the semi-final stage of the competition which took place in the early afternoon of March 28th. The rules here vary slightly from the qualification round as overclockers had to use a setup that included an MSI Gaming Z170A XPOWER GAMING TE motherboard, Klevv CRAS memory and Seasonic PSUs. Again, the rules dictated a 1v1 format, a format that can be quite a challenge for overclockers used to working in teams. In a 1v1 situation, if something goes wrong you are on your own. The good news is that it can be quite entertaining, especially when see seasoned pros under pressure to perform in a given moment.
Semi-final One: Dancop v Orion24

The match up in the first semi-final contains all the sporting romance you could ever hope for. Orion24 was actually in attendance at last year’s World Tour stop in France where he competed as amateur. Last year he also competed in a few Rookie Rumble contests using water and air cooled systems to great effect. Clearly however he has moved on up the ranks, developing a taste for LN2 along the way, now ranking an incredible 16th in the Extreme League on HWBOT and 5th in France overall.

This romantic story is complete when you see this rising French star in a semi-final 1v1 with the World No.1 Dancop. You know you’re doing well when you are facing this guy in a live OC contest!

In the bag for the benchmark draw were six benchmarks; XTU, SuperPi 1M, Reference Clock, 3DMark 11 Physics, Wprime 32M, Cinebench R11.5. One veto per overclocker as with the quarter-finals. The first benchmark out of the (proverbial) bag was 3DMark 11 Physics, a benchmark that was accepted by both players. Dancop may have been worried that his i7 6700K CPU was not actually as good as his competitors’ chip, but being a master of memory optimization no doubt gave him hope of success in a 3DMark Physics bout.

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At around the halfway mark we see Dancop using all of his experience with Skylake processors to hit a score of 15,880, quickly hitting the 16K mark just a few minutes later. With 5 mins to go that lead had extended to 16,335 whereas Orion24 was scoring 16,092 marks despite having his CPU running at a higher frequency – this underlines the importance of being able to dial in precise and accurate memory timings. At the end of play the final scores were Dancop on 16,359 marks and, Orion24 on 16,092. The new guy performed well on the day, but the World No.1 was in no mood to succumb to an upset.

Don’t forget that you can relive the whole of this semi-final on OverClocking-TV here, with brilliant commentary from Trouffman and Leeghoofd: https://youtu.be/9xy2GexdFT0

Semi-final Two: Zzolio v Bullshooter

The second semi-final saw Zzolio, Denmark’s No1 overclocker and a member of the Elite League on HWBOT go head to head with Bullshooter, an Extreme overclocker from Germany. Zzolio apparently surprised himself a little when qualifying for the semi-final, struggling somewhat to get to grips with the Skylake platforms and memory kits being used. But surely he could take heart from the fact that he beat Xtreme Addict in the quarters. No mean feat indeed. Bullshooter had also managed to defeat an OC legend on his way to the semis, edging past French master Wizerty.

The benchmark draw again threw up 3DMark11 Physics which was accepted by both overclockers who quickly got their CPUs down to subzero temperatures using LN2.

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At around the 15 minute mark we saw Zzolio take the lead with a commanding a score of 16,359 marks compared to Bullshooter on 16,139 but as we edged toward the 30 minute line Bullshooter really started to get more from his CPU. In fact by the end of the 30 minute slot we saw Bullshooter stretch his legs to hit a pretty outstanding score of 17,081 marks, considerably ahead of Zzolio on 16,529 marks.

Here is the full coverage from semi-final two from the guys at OverClocking-TV: https://youtu.be/WDFJib1NxMA

World Series – MSI MOA 2016 Europe: Grand Final

The grand final ended being a clash of two German overclockers with Dancop and Bullshooter going head to head on the 3DMark11 Physics benchmark (again first out of the hat, and again no vetoes were used). Having already scored as highly as 17K+ in the previous round, it was clear that Bullshooter had the advantage in terms of CPU and that Dancop was going to have to use all of his memory tweaking ingenuity to claim a win. A nicely balanced final was in store for all in attendance. Or so you would think.

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In fact what happened was that Dancop’s system basically refused to boot, revealing a fault on the board possibly caused by condensation from the previous round. This fatal fault meant that Dancop was unable after several attempts to get into the OS, an outcome which meant that Bullshooter was wholly unchallenged throughout the final. Bullshooter nevertheless remained a worthy winner hitting a fine score of 16,915 marks.

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Above you can see the final standings and scores, including the third place playoff between Zzolio and Orion24, an interesting contest which went into extra time (an additional five mins added) after both players were drawn on 3.469sec in Wprime 32M. After additional time Zzolio had managed to hit 3.437 without reply from Orion24. Well done Zzolio who claims third spot on the podium.

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