ASUS ROG Overclocking Showdown at Dreamhack Winter 2009 in Frosty Sweden

November 18, 2009 // 4:49 p.m.

ASUS will hold the world’s first overclocking competition on the 27th and 28th of November, where skill is the only factor; ASUS ROG OC Showdown. The competition takes place live in the ASUS booth at Dreamhack Winter 2009, in Sweden. The true unique characteristic of this competition is that the structure of it removes the element of variables, such as different quality CPU and GPU. The aim is to create an overclocking competition format that is truly viable as a sport, rather than a product exhibition.



The world renowned 3DMark-overclockers who will battle for the ROG Champion title:



belgium


[Belgium] Massman


italy


[Italy] Gorgioprimo

greece


[Greece] Hipro5


sweden


[Sweden] Elmor

finland


[Finland] SF3D


finland


[Finland] Sampsa

germany


[Germany] Stummerwinter


sweden


[Sweden] ME4ME



The Setups

The systems used in the competition features the most suited hardware and software for overclocking from ASUS, Intel, Microsoft and OCZ:



* Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
* ASUS ROG Maximus III Formula
* ASUS EAH5870 (2 in CrossfireX)
* ASUS ROG Notebook for ROG Connect
* OCZ DD3 w/ Elpida Hyper, OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB
* OCZ Z Series 1000W Gold Certified Modular
* Intel core i7 870



ASUS ROG Maximus III Series motherboards feature a revolutionary overclocking interface dubbed ROG Connect. ROG Connect enables users to link up to the embedded iROG controller via a separate PC – such as a notebook – connected via a USB cable. This allows users to tune the main system at a true hardware level in real-time, as well as view POST codes and hardware status readouts, on a notebook or netbook. Much like a race car engineer at the Formula 1 tracks.



The Competition

Each overclocking bracket (round) in the tournament has 2 identical systems, it last for 90 min (active time). Each overclocker gets 45 min at each system. The overclocker with the highest – total 3DMark Vantage “Performance Preset” score, added from each system – score after competing on both systems wins that bracket and moves on to the next level bracket.

30 minutes will be used to reset the setups to zero-state after an overclocker has used a system. The support team on location led by famous overclocker Kinc will handle the zero-state reset. Intel Core i7 870 will be liquid nitrogen cooled. ASUS EAH5870 graphics cards in Crossfire will use the default air cooling. ASUS Voltage Tweak, Smart Doctor and ROG Connect will be the tools to adjust voltages and frequencies.



Tävlingsstruktur (4)



The Grand Prize

The champion will besides the title and grand trophy receive a special edition ASUS ROG G51J-3D notebook, the world first notebook with 120Hz LCD LED backlit screen and true 3D-gaming support. To power the hottest 3D-game titles, the ROG G51J features Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Processor at 1.6GHz (with turbo boost up to 2.8GHz) and Nvidia Geforce GTX260M with 1GB VRAM.



About ASUS

ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than ten thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company’s revenue for 2008 was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS ranks among BusinessWeek’s InfoTech 100, and has been on the listing for 12 consecutive years.



ASUS Motherboards: No.1 in the World

ASUS is the No.1 motherboard brand in the world, commanding the biggest market share globally. Today, one in every three computers houses an ASUS Motherboard. ASUS is the pioneer of numerous innovations that have gone on to become industry standards. Recent examples include the Xtreme Phase power design, Stack Cool 3+ PCB, and anti-EMI shielding for safe operations. With its decades of expertise and dedication to pushing the envelope of motherboard design, ASUS is poised to continue leading the industry in motherboard performance, safety and reliability.



About Dreamhack

DreamHack is the world's largest computer festival and holds the official world record as world's largest LAN party in the Guinness Book of Records. During 2008 DreamHack reached over 70.000 unique visitors with its activities around the Nordic countries. DreamHack holds several festivals each year, BYOC Qualifiers and expos. The Spring Season ends with the Season Finals at DreamHack Summer and the Fall Season ends with DreamHack Winter. The major festivals take place during 4 days, 24-7.
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