Our next entry in the Overclocker Profile series brings us to one the World’s true ambassadors of the sport, the one and only DrWeez. DrWeez is without doubt the biggest name in South African overclocking, a country not always recognized for its overclocking talent. As DrWeez prepares himself for his second attempt at a World Championship, let’s take a look at the man behind the LN2 flask and also recall how he managed to qualify for the OCWC contest.
The Man Behind the LN2 Flask: DrWeez (South Africa)
Andrew ‘DrWeez’ Roberts is an Elite League HWBOT member who currently ranks as No.2 in his native South Africa, and No. 53 in the overall World Rankings on HWBOT. He is a Team Captain of Team South Africa along with his friend and current South African No.1 Vivi. He has been an active member of HWBOT for more than eight years.
Andrew is certainly one of Overclocking’s most proactive members. His YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch accounts reveal a ton of live streams and videos where Andrew gives a fly-on-the-wall view of what extreme overclocking actually involves. His relaxed on-camera style and his attention to detail makes him the perfect evangelist and guru to many up and coming overclockers. Take for example his recent exploits with the ASUS ROG Overclocking Masterclass series where he invited groups of journalists, bloggers and YouTubers to his home to teach them how to Overclock systems using LN2. Talk about dedication…
DrWeez has plenty of pedigree in live extreme Overclocking contests. Along with Lucky_n00b (Indonesia), and PXHX (Brazil) he will also be making second trip to Berlin for an OCWC Final. This could truly be his biggest moment on the live OC stage.
The Road to the OCWC 2017 Final
Drweez earned his seat at the OCWC Final by competing in the OCWC Cape Town 2017 Qualifier contest which took place at Electronics and Gaming Expo (EGE) back in July of this year. The Qualification phase on Day 1 of the contest was dominated by DrWeez who pulled off two out of three stage wins. In the first Semi-Final head to head match he was pitted against his old mate and long time competitor Vivi.
The OCWC Cape Town 2017 Qualifier contestestants. From left to right – Schnubab, DrWeez, Vivi and QuantumX.
Semi Final 1: DrWeez vs Vivi – Here we find the two highest ranked Overclockers in South Africa take the stage. The country’s No.1 ranked overclocker Vivi faced the No.2 ranked overclocker DrWeez. The benchmark draw threw up the popular Cinebench R15 benchmark which is well known for responding well to pure CPU frequency. Vivi appeared to have a few problems, managing a high score of only 1,272 points while DrWeez came flying out of the traps with an initial score of 1,206, quickly raising to 1,342 points. By the end of the session DrWeez had hit a very impressive score of 1,418 cb points, quite far ahead of ViVi. DrWeez had made it to the Final.
The two highest ranked Overclockers in South Africa battle it out while fellow contestants and the EGE crowd look on (above) .
The Final: DrWeez vs Schnubab – Before the Final go underway, bother overclockers again drew their Core i7 7700K processors at random with BIOSes completely reset back to default settings. Schnubab had opted to come to the contest equipped with a Z170-based ASUS Maximus VIII Impact motherboard, a mini-ITX board known for its great memory overclocking. DrWeez however had brought along his board of choice, the newer Z270-based ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard, arguably the most popular motherboard with Kaby Lake overclockers on HWBOT.
The random drew brought out the 3Dmark11 Physics benchmark with DrWeez hitting the accelerator straight from the off with a score of 14,751 marks. Schnubab wasn’t to be deterred however and struck back with a score of 15,484 marks on the board. DrWeez was as tenacious as ever however, quickly raising his game and his CPU frequency to burst past the 16K barrier to eventually score a very impressive 17,097 marks, way ahead of Schnubab with a top score of 15,7056 marks. DrWeez was declared winner.
Catch the full OCWC Cape Town 2017 Qualifier contest roundup here on OC-ESPORTS.
Predict the Champion Contest
To celebrate the OCWC 2017 Final, we have teamed up with Seasonic to create the ‘OCWC 2017 Final – Predict the Winner’ contest. All you have to do is correctly guess which overclocker will win the contest and you will entered into a prize draw where you can win some great prizes thanks to sponsors HWBOT and Seasonic. Prizes include a latest generation Intel Core i7 8700K processor and a high-end Seasonic PRIME Platinum power supply.
The contest is set up so that the more social actions you take, the better chance you have to win a prize. What is a social action? Actions include visiting he HWBOT Facebook page, the Seasonic Facebook page, plus following our Twitter feeds. There are 11 different types of action, each of which gives you an additional chance to win.
When you make your prediction about which overclocker will win the contest, you might well be considered foolish to discount DrWeez, a really experienced pro with plenty of live extreme overclocking contests under his belt. Learn more about the Predict the Champion contest here.
Overclocking World Championship Final 2017, Berlin, Germany – December 9-10
The HWBOT World Tour 2017 featured overclocking events spanning ten countries around the world. These included the US, Brazil, France, Taiwan, South Africa, Russia, Indonesia and Australia. At each stop an Overclocking World Championship 2017 Qualifier contest was held – an extreme overclocking contest where the region’s most talented overclockers competed for a ticket to the OCWC Final.
After a year of competitive extreme overclocking, HWBOT is inviting all nine OCWC 2017 Qualifier winners to Berlin to compete for cash prizes and the right to be crowned Overclocking World Champion of 2017. Last year we saw marc0053 (Canada) step up to take the Championship title despite intense competition from some of the world’s most respected players. The 2017 OCWC Final promises to be even more intense with cash prizes adding an additional incentive to succeed.
Learn more about the OCWC 2017 Final here.