OCWC Taipei II Qualifier: Contest Rules and Hardware Confirmed

Right now we are just a week or so away from the Taipei II 2017 event which will take place outside the iconic Taipei Computer Market here in Taiwan. Today we can confirm the rules and contest for the Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest that will take center stage at the event. The OCWC Taipei II 2017 Qualifier is of course an Extreme Overclocking contest where the eventual winner will be awarded with a seat in the Finals which take place in Berlin in December. It promises to be another example of sub-zero, competitive, live overclocking.

The OCWC Taipei II Qualifier: October 21st – 22nd

The OCWC Taipei II Qualifier contest will be hosted outside the Syntrend Creative Park in downtown Taipei city. Attending overclockers will compete using a similar contest format to those used in previous OCWC 2017 contests. A Qualification Phase on Day 1 will see all competing overclockers compete across three benchmarks within a limited 3 hour time frame. The highest four scorers will be invited back to compete in 1v1 Semi-Final and Final matches on Day 2.

Contest Schedule:

October 21st – Qualification Phase (3 hours / 3 benchmarks) – 3pm – 6pm
October 22nd – Semi Finals and Finals (1v1 Semi-Finals / Finals) – 2pm – 6pm

October 21st – Qualification Round

Benchmarks (three in three hours)

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

Hardware:

  • Intel Core i7 7700K provided by HWBOT
  • G.SKILL Trident Z RGB DDR4-3600 CL16 8GB provided by HWBOT
  • Motherboard not provided. Any Z170 / Z270 (No ES / Non-Retail)
  • SSD not provided. Any model / OS
  • Power Supply not provided
  • Peripherals not provided
  • Cool 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).

October 22nd: Semi-Finals / Finals

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 7700K provided by HWBOT
  • G.SKILL Trident Z RGB DDR4-3600 CL16 8GB provided by HWBOT
  • Motherboard not provided. Any Z170 / Z270 (No ES / Non-Retail)
  • 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 pre-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!
  • Scores have to be submitted by each contestants here (HWBOT / OC-Esports rules apply) : http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/ocwc_montreal_17_qualifier

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 Taipei II 2017 Qualifier and the Taipei II 2017 leg of the HWBOT World Tour in general, visit this page.

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

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