OCWC Melbourne 2017 Qualifier: Rules and Hardware Confirmed

The HWBOT World Tour embarks on its first trip down under in just over a week from today. From an extreme overclocking perspective the highlight of the event will be the Melbourne 2017 Overclocking World Championship (OCWC) Qualifier contest. It will see the region’s top extreme overclockers compete for the chance to attend the OCWC Finals which will take place in Berlin, in December. Today we can bring you an update which confirms the hardware that will used, the format that will be employed and the benchmarks and other rules that will be used.

Overclocking World Championship – Melbourne 2017 Qualifier

Extreme overclockers in the ANZ region are invited to take part in the Melbourne 2017 Qualifier contest. The contest will take place at PAX AU 2017 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Here’s a breakdown of how the contest is organized:

Contest Structure

  • October 28th – 10am – 1pm: Qualification Phase
  • October 29th – 1pm – 4pm: 1v1 Finals Phase

October 28th – Qualification Round

Benchmarks (three in three hours)

  • SuperPi 32M
  • Cinebench R15
  • 3DMark11 Physics​

Hardware:

  • Intel Core i7 8700K provided by HWBOT
  • DDR4 provided by HWBOT (model TBC)
  • GIGABYTE Z370 SOC Force LN2
  • SSD not provided. Any model / OS
  • Power Supply not provided
  • Peripherals not provided
  • Cooling Solutions not provided
  • LN2 provided by HWBOT (Cascades not allowed)

General Rules:

  • If the processor is damaged (read: 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.
  • Submitted score(s) will stand and will be taken into account for the ranking.
  • 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!
  • For every phase (i.e. Qualifier phase or Semi-Final, Final phase), a minimum of one score is required per benchmark. Else round is lost.Contestants are free to choose and use their own OS for the qualifiers. Typical 1v1 OS installs may be made available when possible for cloning (win10).
  • Scores have to be submitted by each contestant here (HWBOT / OC-Esports rules apply) : http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/ocwc_melbourne_17_qualifier

October 29th: Finals Phase

Each Semi-Final, Bronze Final and Final is a 1v1, 30 minutes match.

Benchmarks (drawn at random from the following pool for each match):

  • SuperPi – 8M
  • SuperPi – 16M
  • Geekbench 3 Multi Core (6GHz)
  • Cinebench R15
  • GPUPI for CPU – 500M
  • HWBOT x265 1080p
  • 3DMark11 Physics
  • 3DMark11 Physics (6Ghz)

Benchmark Selection:

  • During the draw, participants may not talk outside the awaited answer – Pass, or Veto.​
  • A maximum of one Veto is allowed per competitor.
  • Competitors have 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. The Highest ranked from the qualifiers always gets to choose first.

Hardware

  • Intel Core i7 8700K provided by HWBOT
  • DDR4 provided by HWBOT (model TBC)
  • GIGABYTE Z370 SOC Force LN2
  • SSD 128GB SATA with Windows 10, provided by HWBOT
  • Seasonic 750W Power Supply, provided by HWBOT
  • Peripherals provided by HWBOT
  • Cool Solutions provided by HWBOT
  • LN2 provided by HWBOT (Cascades not allowed)

General Rules

  • BIOS/software profiles will be reset by the judge before the start of the match. Loading any per-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.
  • 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
  • After each round the CPU and memory kit 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.

For more details regarding the OCWC Melbourne 2017 Qualifier and the Melbourne 2017 leg of the HWBOT World Tour in general, visit this page.

You can purchase a ticket to the OCWC Melbourne 2017 Qualifier here. Tickets include a seat at the Overclockers Gathering, entry to the OCWC Melbourne 2017 Qualifier and access unlimited LN2.

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