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Win $1,500 in this month's Gigabyte comp

Win $1,500 in this month's Gigabyte comp

Win one of these cards by pitting your overclocking skills against Gigabye and the rest of the world.

Last month we brought you details of Gigabyte’s Beat Me If You Dare competition. Round two has just started, so here's what Gigabyte offers as this month’s prizes.

The prizes are:
  • First Prize: US$1,500 in cash
  • Second Prize: A Gigabyte GV-N295-18I-B – a GeForce GTX 295 graphics card.
  • Third Prize: A Gigabyte GV-N285OC-2GI – an overclocked GeForce GTX 285 graphics card with 2GB of memory rather than 1GB.
  • Lucky draw: A Gigabyte GM-M8000 gaming mouse.
Any contestant that beats the Gigabyte overclocking team with their score will double their prize.

All you have to do is get the best score in 3DMark Vantage and the in-built Resident Evil 5 benchmark and send your results to Gigabyte.

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To ensure that owners of GeForce GTX 295s or Radeon HD 5870s don’t win by virtue of their wallet, the Beat Me If You Dare competition will have three rounds, each of which is for a different GPU. In November, owners of GeForce GTX 275 cards can compete. Round two started on 1 November, and will end on midnight 30 November (+8 hours ahead of GMT).

To enter you need to register on the Beat Me If You Dare site and follow the terms and conditions. Pay particular attention to how you need to submit your scores, and to the rules forbidding liquid helium use and so forth. To prevent cheating, you must use a Gigabyte graphics card (again).

You can follow the proceedings, and ask questions and get tips via Gigabyte’s Twitter feed, its facebook page or the new Gigabyte Support Forum on bit-tech. Let us know what you think of the competition, and whether you’ll be entering, via the forums.

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xaser04 1st October 2009, 15:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by article

First Prize: A Gigabyte GV-N295-18I-B – a GeForce GTX 285 graphics card.

Slight error in the article - it should read GTX 295
mjm25 1st October 2009, 15:44 Quote
aaaaw no ATI love. my 4870x2 is a Gigabyte one as well!
Jack_Pepsi 1st October 2009, 15:46 Quote
Pffft!

Not open to ATi users, what a jip!
Claave 1st October 2009, 15:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by xaser04
Quote:
Originally Posted by article

First Prize: A Gigabyte GV-N295-18I-B – a GeForce GTX 285 graphics card.

Slight error in the article - it should read GTX 295

Too many numbers, I clearly got confused! It's fixed, thanks for reporting it.
Floyd 1st October 2009, 16:01 Quote
Hmm I have SLI 275s... I cant get good clocks on them though even though they are under water though. That and my Q6600 might hold me back.
flibblesan 1st October 2009, 16:16 Quote
So, overclock your expensive top of the range hardware to get the highest score then win some hardware you won't need?
Sutters 1st October 2009, 16:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by flibblesan
So, overclock your expensive top of the range hardware to get the highest score then win some hardware you won't need?

+1
Exactly what I was thinking - what a load of carp! :-(
g3n3tiX 1st October 2009, 16:28 Quote
No GTX280, sad.
I wouldn't want to burn it just so I might have a chance to win another card !

OMG in the terms and conditions they state that Core i9 (Gulftown) is forbidden to enter :p
l3v1ck 1st October 2009, 16:33 Quote
I see my 7800GTX isn't up to the job....... even if it is overclocked ;)
Zero_UK 1st October 2009, 16:42 Quote
As said above, the point of this is a bit odd, obviously the people who wins have the top end hardware already, and most likely have a fair bit of £££. Where as those who could use the upgrade cant and dont or could even sell it to have some ££.

Aw well :) gl.
capnPedro 1st October 2009, 17:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by flibblesan
So, overclock your expensive top of the range hardware to get the highest score then win some hardware you won't need?

Agreed. This sucks.
Centy-face 1st October 2009, 17:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by flibblesan
So, overclock your expensive top of the range hardware to get the highest score then win some hardware you won't need?

Yeah what a complete crock.
andrew8200m 1st October 2009, 17:18 Quote
Lol such negativity. I can't even enter my 295 sli with 285 physx as your required to use a 260 for October (or so I've been lead to believe by what it says)

andy
Skiddywinks 1st October 2009, 17:24 Quote
No GTX285 round? Sigh.
unknowngamer 1st October 2009, 17:27 Quote
Ditto.
I've just flogged a PC with a gigabyte mobo and GPU's
The machines at work are all built about Gigabyte mobo's
I'm a big fan of gigabyte.
(top notch help, I emailed them about ris support for the mobo's at work and got a prototype bios back in 1/2 an hour which fixed the problem, big love for gigabyte)

And my setup
gtx280, which is a sweet overclocker (gives factory OC'd 285's a kick up the rs) is no good

It's only drawing -ve press, not really what a comp is meant to do
deltaworld 1st October 2009, 19:19 Quote
Damn, I would love a 295 but I can't enter as I only have a 8800 gts oc, this is so unfair they should let everyone go in and then give the prize to the highest overclocker in terms of % from stock speed.
andrew8200m 1st October 2009, 19:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by deltaworld
Damn, I would love a 295 but I can't enter as I only have a 8800 gts oc, this is so unfair they should let everyone go in and then give the prize to the highest overclocker in terms of % from stock speed.

+1 there matey! However I think I may just buy a gtx260 and volt mod it. Provided the cooling is good enough I "should" be able to get a nice OC on it.. had a 260 on air at over 800mhz core before so I "could" be in with a reasonable chance if i strike lucky again. Of i dont Ill just sel it.

Andy
mp3manager 1st October 2009, 21:41 Quote
What a dumb competition!
M7ck 1st October 2009, 22:42 Quote
Its not a great introduction to the bit tech forums.
Indra EMC 2nd October 2009, 01:09 Quote
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To ensure that owners of GTX 295s or HD 5890s don’t win by virtue of their wallet

where's HD 5890 ??? they didn't exist today.....
FuzzyOne 2nd October 2009, 01:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mp3manager
What a dumb competition!
SMIFFYDUDE 2nd October 2009, 03:34 Quote
This is a stupid idea dreamt up by a complete f*ckwit. A competition for people who don't need the prize.

Well done Gigabyte!
Claave 2nd October 2009, 10:20 Quote
**Update** Gigabyte has informed us that actually first prize in this competition is US$1,500 in cash. Apologies for the confusion, the actual prize list is as follows:

* First Prize: US$1,500 in cash
* Second Prize: A Gigabyte GV-N295-18I-B – a GeForce GTX 295 graphics card.
* Third Prize: A Gigabyte GV-N285OC-2GI – an overclocked GeForce GTX 285 graphics card with 2GB of memory rather than 1GB.
* Lucky draw: A Gigabyte GM-M8000 gaming mouse.
Elton 2nd October 2009, 12:27 Quote
Still, you'll need quite a hefty computer to even compete.

It's like golf.
Von Lazuli 2nd October 2009, 12:48 Quote
Hmm... Will be interesting to watch. The majority of people will be completely unable to compete though, winning this one will need a 975 under LH2...
wuyanxu 3rd October 2009, 09:53 Quote
will be entering, great competition.
Matticus 3rd October 2009, 15:31 Quote
So if you have the cash for the newest cards and best cooling you can win money and even newer cards. :|
Sir Digby 4th October 2009, 00:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrew8200m
Lol such negativity. I can't even enter my 295 sli with 285 physx as your required to use a 260 for October (or so I've been lead to believe by what it says)

andy

Poor you!
Arnaud31 5th October 2009, 11:05 Quote
You need to win the prize from other competition : HD 5870 ... lol
Got an old 7950 GTX ... may be i wil enter in this competition !!! :'(
GIGABYTE 9th October 2009, 11:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
will be entering, great competition.

Come to join the competition, wuyanwu.
There're two contestants uploaded scores.
http://event.gigabyte.com.tw/BeatMeIfYouDare/
andrew8200m 9th October 2009, 13:19 Quote
I may buy one for the sake of it lol

Andy
wuyanxu 9th October 2009, 14:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GIGABYTE
Come to join the competition, wuyanwu.
There're two contestants uploaded scores.
http://event.gigabyte.com.tw/BeatMeIfYouDare/
Quote:
Qualifications: Contestants must use GIGABYTE graphics cards with appointed chip set.

ah great, BFG gtx260 here, so no dice :(

also, it's a 65nm version, so won't be able to beat those 55nm clockers.
andrew8200m 11th October 2009, 17:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
ah great, BFG gtx260 here, so no dice :(

also, it's a 65nm version, so won't be able to beat those 55nm clockers.

Lol... this is making for very fun reading. Watching a company like gigabyte attract such negative interest is just hilarious! It wont be enough to sink the company but Im sure many will boycott them now when graphic cards are concerned.

On a side note, why have they changed the rules to gigabyte only? Not only are gigabyte gtx260s hard to come by, there expensive and not the best overclockers unless you spend stupid money on there OC series cards that are more expensive than a stock gtx275.


Andy
flibblesan 11th October 2009, 17:53 Quote
or just edit the GFX card BIOS so it becomes a Gigabyte card lol
GIGABYTE 14th October 2009, 04:31 Quote
GIGABYTE graphics for the competition is not required anymore.

Contestants may use any brand of GTX 260 Graphics Card and no hardware limitation for participation.

Come on, Beat me if you dare!
GIGABYTE 16th October 2009, 10:53 Quote
Competition Analysis

First Place
Zed Ober Final score 69.569

v.s.

GIGABYTE Final score 78.553

Check on official website http://event.gigabyte.com.tw/BeatMeIfYouDare/Default.aspx
andrew8200m 20th October 2009, 13:03 Quote
Still might enter this as I know I could atleast get 2nd...

Andy

EDIT: 3dM vantage gives me a GPU score of 14192 with a gigabyte OC edition GPU at 878/1866/1310 (2620) which is like 1000+ shy of first place and of the gigabyte record. I cant complete the bench at those speeds though as it blue screens :( however dropping the speeds to STOCK 680/1500/1250 (2500) gives me 68.2fps which is majorly wrong somehow... I was expecting in all honesty at least 200+ at stock because of the system speeds.

Anyone have any clue as what I could be doing wrong? Im getting win7 shortly so I could use that incase I have some sort of odd conflict with vista somehow.


Andy
GIGABYTE 26th October 2009, 10:54 Quote
Hiya Andy,

What do you mean by 68.2fps?
We might help you if you tell us more information.

Cheers.
andrew8200m 26th October 2009, 11:24 Quote
I mean its running at 60 frames rather than around 200. its running slower than an 9600gt. not good.

Andy
GIGABYTE 27th October 2009, 10:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrew8200m
I mean its running at 60 frames rather than around 200. its running slower than an 9600gt. not good.

Andy
Hello Andy,

Do you mean 68.2fps is a benchmark from Resident Evil 5?

Cheers.
LoopyJuice 3rd November 2009, 13:44 Quote
As many others have already iterated, this really is an ass-backwards competition.

As an owner of a 275 who could compete I still believe its thoroughly stupid, there are a gobload of people on bit-tech that would chew off an arm to get any of the 3 cards (275/85/95) that are the baseline for even competing in the competition, let alone one of the prize cards... I mean what is this achieving anyway? "Wahey I got the second highest score in the competition with my watercooled overclocked GTX 295... and for my troubles I get... another GTX 295?"

Perhaps it would be an idea for Gigabyte to actually read though the competition draft before starting it in future and create one with a little more sense that would maybe benefit people that would be really motivated to enter a competition to get a decent upgrade.

Then again this might be a little optimistic :(
sakzzz 3rd November 2009, 14:14 Quote
Would have been better if they would have segregated ppl into more groups based on their hardware...and as a prize give out hardware a level up... That way there is more incentive to take part....
.
Overall its a BS competition...
Hg 3rd November 2009, 14:15 Quote
Very unfair comp if you ask me, you’re basically giving people with already top of the range machines, a change to win further top of the range components, and excluding a major part of bit-tech members.
The majority of us who have real live commitments and can’t afford to splash out all the time on new hardware, the way this comp should have been run is allowing everyone to upload their scores (no matter how good or bad) then x number of results to be picked at random to win the prizes on offer.
Intel use to run a similar comp like this at multiplay’s i-series and gave the top scores on a benchmark suite even more top of the range hardware, silly if you ask me.
bogie170 3rd November 2009, 17:00 Quote
This competeion sucks. You have to have a mammoth rig to stand any chance of winning. Not fair at all.
wuyanxu 3rd November 2009, 21:47 Quote
was going to enter, glad i forgot as i look at 260 winners, all were using LN2 running unrealistic clock speeds
andrew8200m 3rd November 2009, 21:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
was going to enter, glad i forgot as i look at 260 winners, all were using LN2 running unrealistic clock speeds

Lol, I dont blame you, I had 446w of TECs to get my card to get it to the speeds I had it at and 4.7ghz worth of i7. I thought I would have had a banging chance as I "could" have got in at around the 90 points area IF res evil had ran correctly instead of messing about as it did. still wouldnt have got me anywhere mind lol.


Andy
wuyanxu 3rd November 2009, 22:03 Quote
IMHO overclocking should be about obtaining most stable 24/7 clock. not about pushing the hardware to unimaginable length just for that few unnoticeable points.

i have tested my 4Ghz i5 750 to death (figuratively): Intel Burn Test ran for more than 1000 iterations, Prime for more than 24 hours and 99 Intel Burn Test for every possible combination of cores.

only now i can say my system is properly overclocked, it's stable and will never crash (will re-test in every 2 month for electro-migration)
GigaMan 4th November 2009, 12:00 Quote
Clearly this competition is not for everyone :-(
Plus everyone seems to have different opinions and other countries seem happy to compete and try to beat the score.

The point here is to show how the GIGABYTE VGA card can perform.
Gigabyte has archived some very good scores and is now offering a competition for anyone that is willing to beat them.
Maybe some competitor out there is willing to take on the challenge!

F1 is not for everyone, yet it attracts millions of people…
wuyanxu 4th November 2009, 12:18 Quote
F1 cars are able to drive the whole 50 laps with only a couple wheel changes and refuels.

the LN2 cooled cards Gigabyte used to achieve the "beat me" score cannot last a full day of Folding/stress testing with only electricity (the fuel) and LN2 topup (the wheel changes) without crashing.

all these top overclockers are luck really, pop-in and hope it doesn't crash. if racing engineers tweak their car like that, i doubt there are many drivers left to actually drive the cars
Jasio 4th November 2009, 17:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
IMHO overclocking should be about obtaining most stable 24/7 clock. not about pushing the hardware to unimaginable length just for that few unnoticeable points.

This is real overclocking. LN is just showing off (unless you could build a stable, long-term LN loop).
SMIFFYDUDE 4th November 2009, 17:22 Quote
Stop giving this competition the time of day bit-tech. It excludes pretty much everyone who actually could do with winning the prizes.
GigaMan 5th November 2009, 12:05 Quote
Well, GIGABYTE Announces the Top 3 Winners for round 1 of the “Beat Me If You Dare” Competition
http://event.gigabyte.com.tw/BeatMeIfYouDareRound1/Winners.aspx

To kick off the contest, GIGABYTE’s in-house OC team set a new 3DMark Vantage world record with an overall score of 16,877 and an incredible GPU score of 15,297 with a blazing fast GPU clock of 1,100 MHz and memory clock of 1,400 MHz.
It was then up to the contestants to see if they had the nerve and skill to beat the GIGABYTE record.
There were 6 contestants in round one who were able to get their GPU clock over 1,100 MHz.
Mr. Jon Sandström from Sweden, using a GIGABYTE GTX 260 Super Overclock Edition, successfully conquered the bottleneck and pushed his GPU clock up to an astounding 1,200 MHz.

The NVIDIA GTX 260 has proven time and time again to be an amazing overclocking GPU, continually allowing users to break and set higher and higher new world records.
Thanks in part to the Beat Me If You Dare competition and all the overclockers’ amazing work, the GTX 260 world record ceiling has possibly been reached with Hipro5 from Greece setting a new 3DMark GPU world record at 16,658. GIGABYTE would like to congratulate all contestants for their amazing scores.
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