Poitiers – 2017: OCWC Rules and Hardware Restrictions, Plus Prizes Confirmed

We are just a few days away from the next stop of the HWBOT World Tour 2017 which will take place at Gamers Assembly, Poitiers, France from April 14th. One of the most important aspects of the event is the Overclocking World Championship contest. Today we can confirm the comprehensive rules and hardware restrictions that will be implemented in the contest – vital information for competing overclockers who want to prepare themselves and hone their skills ahead of time.

Overclocking World Championship Poitiers 2017 Qualifier: April 14 – 15

The Overclocking World Championship Poitiers 2017 Qualifier contest will take place at Gamers Assembly on April the 14th and 15th. The contest invites the region’s top Extreme Overclockers to compete for a place in the World Championship Final at the end the year and the chance to be crowned World Overclocking Champion of 2017.

Note: Tickets for the OCWC contest are still available. More information can be found here.

OCWC Poitiers 2017: Prizes

The following prizes will be offered for both Ambient and OCWC Poitiers 2017 contests:

  • 1st Place: Seasonic Snow Silent Power Supply / AiO Watercooler / Memory Kit
  • 2nd Place: Seasonic Snow Silent Power Supply / AiO Watercooler / Memory Kit
  • 3rd Place: Seasonic Snow Silent Power Supply

OCWC Poitiers 2017: Full Rules and Hardware Restrictions

Key Nomenclature

  • Segments / Competition segment: The “OCWC qualifiers competition – OCWC Poitiers 2017” is broken down in two competition segments. The qualifiers and the finals. The qualifiers are All vs. All with score submissions via OC-ESPORTS. The finals are 1v1 matches. These are direct elimination versus matches between competing overclockers.
  • Rounds / Competition round: A round is a subdivision of a competition segment. In present OCWC settings, the “qualifier segment” has one single round, and there are multiple rounds (each round being a single 1v1 match) in the finals segment.
  • Stage / Competition stage: Inherited from the functioning of the OC-ESPORTS website, a stage represent a specific benchmarking task within a round. In present OCWC settings, the “qualifiers segment” holds three mandatory stages (three different benchmarks).
  • Provided hardware: Hardware supplied by the event organizers
  • Personal hardware: Hardware brought to the event by the competitors. It is the competitor’s personal responsibility to bring and use the hardware in the competition.

Segment rules

Qualifiers Segment:  All vs All / 3 Hours in Total

  • SuperPi – 32M
  • Cinebench R15
  • 3DMark11 Physics​ (v. 1.0.132)

Additional Notes:

  • For every stage a minimum of one score is required per benchmark.
  • Contestants are free to choose and use their own OS for the qualifier round. Typical 1v1 OS installs may be made available when possible.)
  • Scores have to be submitted by each contestants on the OC-Esports competition page (HWBOT / OC-Esports rules apply):
  • The qualifiers segment and the competition page will accept scores for a single window of 3h. No scores can be submitted outside the submission window.
  • Valid & correct screenshots as per HWBOT rules must be uploaded with each score.
  • Screenshots must make use of the competition wallpaper distributed on location
  • Posted scores must be valid. Make sure to check and double check after each upload.
  • Top four from the qualifiers segment are allowed to continue to the finals segment.

Finals segment (1v1)

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, per round.
  • Each competitor has 10 seconds to provide a clear reply. It will be repeated by the judge and can no longer be changed after vocal validation by the judge.
  • The draw priority is decided by the ranking position from the qualifiers segment. The highest ranked from the qualifiers segment gets to choose first.

Poitiers 2017 Benchmark Pool

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

General Rules

  • BIOS/software profiles will be reset and cleared by the judge before the start of the match. Loading any pre-configured user/manufacturer Bios/software profile is not allowed.
  • 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 not allowed. (only allowed during the qualifier segment)
  • Taking notes is allowed, but 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 round.
  • Setups have to be running at approx. 20°C Celsius before the round starts. Reading will be made from the thermometer connected to the probe at the base of the CPU container. Tampering with the temperature reading is not allowed.
  • The system must be in the BIOS before the start of the round.
  • The entirety of the benchmarks window have to remain visible at all times, no reducing, hiding or minimizing the benchmark window is allowed. The resolution used by contestant must allow a complete visibility of all portion of the benchmark.
  • To qualify for the next round at least one score has to be submitted. Failing to submit a score results in losing the match.
  • A round lasts for exactly 30 minutes. Overclockers must not start before the start signal from the judge, and must stop at the judge’s stop command.
  • Valid benchmark runs started before the end of the round will have it’s score accepted.
  • Backup hardware can be used only after the round (ie. contestants can’t swap a component during a 1v1 match). Maximum one replacement of provided hardware per contestant during the finals segment is allowed if stock allows for it.

Stage behavior

  • Contestant have to remain on stage. It is not allowed to leave the stage. Contestants may stop competing but they must remain on stage until the end of the round.
  • If a contestant walks off stage without the judge’s permission, he forfeits the round (W.O.).
  • Contestants are allowed to forfeit the match (W.O.) at any time. Contestant must inform the judge and the judge will announce the forfeit.
  • 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.

Foul play rules

  • Foul play leads to a verbal warning or disqualification.
  • Two verbal warnings lead to disqualification.
  • Warnings are valid for the entire contest.

Here some examples of foul play:


The following behavior will result in a verbal warning from the judge:

  • Annoy other participants. (warning)
  • Excessive swearing. (warning)
  • Consulting an electronic device such as a smartphone, a laptop or pre-made notes during a final segment round (match on stage). (warning)
  • Deliberately damage equipment. (warning)


The following behavior will result in a disqualification from the contest:

  • Not follow LN2 safety rules.
  • Deliberately damage hardware.
  • Inappropriate behavior towards the competition organizers or partners.

Hardware verification rules

  • Mandatory hardware tests between each round: After the qualifier round and each 1v1 matches, the CPU & memory kit has to be given back to the Judge.
  • Removal of the CPU + memory kit, 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.
  • No CPUs will be accepted by hand without the above mentioned testing protocol under the supervision of a judge. All provided hardware has to be verified on the spot for proper functioning.

Regarding Hardware Damage

  • Two types of hardware. Hardware provided – supplied by the organizers to the competitors. And personal hardware.
  • No matter what happens, submitted score(s) will stand and will be taken into account for the ranking.
  • The participant does not lose the round for an approved hardware swap by the judge.

Provided Hardware:

These rules apply at any point in time for all individual competition rounds:

  • If the supplied component 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.
  • The component will be replaced for the next round of the competition (if spares are available). A maximum of one replacement per competitor will be provided.
  • Judges must be informed of any damage/degradation/misbehavior or backup swap on a competitor’s hardware. The below rules can be adapted/changed depending on the availability of hardware.

Personal Hardware:

  • It is the overclockers own responsibility to come prepared with all the rest of non-supplied hardware. (ie hardware not listed in this document will be considered as personal hardware).
  • There is no limit to the amount of spares of personal hardware.
  • For the qualifier segment there is no limitation of how many spares can be used.
  • For the final segment there is no limitation of how many spares can be used.
  • It is the overclockers own responsibility to use personal hardware at the event. The event organizer, the event host or the sponsors cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal hardware.

Hardware rules specific to the OCWC Poitiers 2017


  • The processors will be supplied to overclockers by the organizers. (model: core i7 7700K)
  • Minimum of one, up to two CPUs are available per overclocker for the whole qualifier segment. (availability confirmed on location – depending on the numbers for participating overclockers in the OCWC)
  • One single CPU is available per overclocker for each 1v1 round within the finals segment.
  • Between each round the CPU has to be returned and redrawn.


  • Each contestant can choose his own motherboard. (Z170 or Z270 chipsets only)
  • No motherboards will be supplied by the organizers.
  • Each contestant can come to the competition prepared with backup hardware of his own.
  • All motherboards must be retail. No special or ES samples allowed.
  • BIOS installed on the motherboard must be retail / publicly available. Judges will check this at the start of each match as they reset the BIOS settings and clear saved profiles.
  • Competitors must be able to prove the origin of the motherboard and BIOS if asked by the judge.


  • Each contestant will be provided with a DDR4 memory kit. (2 sticks)
  • Specifications will be made public on location.
  • Overclockers are allowed to prep and cool memory as they wish.

Storage Drives

For the Qualifier segment:

  • Overclockers can use their own OS (choice of OS in accordance to the HWBOT rules)

For the Finals segment:

  • A Clean Windows 10 64bit SSD identical to all 1v1 contestants – with all the necessary benchmarks – will be provided at the start of the segment. The same drive can be used during the whole segment.
  • It is the contestant’s responsibility to test all the benchmarks and install all the necessary drivers for his hardware prior to each rounds.
  • A spare SSD can be requested. E.g. if needed to debug a potential problem, depending on availability.

Power Supply

For the Qualifier segment:

  • Overclockers must use their own PSU. No limitation of brand or model. No PSU will be supplied by the organizer.

For the Finals segment:

  • The organizer will provide Seasonic 750W PSUs to the four finalists.
  • 1x unit will be on the preparation table for each overclocker to use.
  • 1x unit will stay on stage and needs to be used by overclockers during their 1v1 match.
  • No other PSU model or brand is allowed during the finals segment.

Graphics card

For the Qualifier segment:

  • Overclockers can use their own graphic solution. No hardware will be provided by the organizers.

For the Finals segment:

  • Competitors will be provided with a GT 710 during each 1v1 round. Competitors must bring their own graphics solution for testings between the rounds.

Accessories (keyboard / mouse)

For the Qualifier segment:

  • Overclockers can use their own accessories. No hardware will be provided by the organizers.

For the Finals segment:

  • Competitors will be provided with a set of keyboard and mice at the preparation table and on the stage.

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.
  • All hardware not mentioned such as insulation, cooling gear, torch, hair dryers etc are not provided by the organizers. It is the overclockers own responsibility.



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