From the end of December 2019 to the end February 2020, Overclock.net hosted a large scale computer overclocking competition. This was the fourth competition of its kind to be hosted at OCN. It was a different type of competition because the goal was to create one universal platform that would entice as many people as possible.
This competition was designed with the goal that everyone can participate and be competitive. Whether you are an experienced subzero overclocker or just starting and this is all new, you can learn and participate in a fair and even environment. There are separate categories for ambient-cooled and extreme-cooled computers.
For this competition we did things a little different. Instead of limiting participants to only one specific GPU like we have done in the past, this time we allowed an offering from both AMD and Nvidia. To make things fair we limited the cards down to only a few models. The Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB and AMD RX 580 8GB have been battling each other in the reviews since their release. There is no better paring of cards from the two companies that is so evenly matched, so it seemed like an obvious choice.
techspot.com did a nice comparison of the two graphcis cards, and in terms of global performance, they are well matched.
Image Credit: techspot.com
The second big change is the adoption of the Benchmate result verification software. For all of the 2D stages, we required the use of the Benchmate software to validate all scores. This revolutionary software ensures that everyone plays fair. Simply run the selected benchmark in the Benchmate software and click the save result button. It generates a benchmark summary which includes many useful pieces of info such as processor MHz during bench, benchmark result, and temp during bench.
To make things even more interesting, we allowed all generations of both AMD and Intel CPU's. Simply put, participants were able to use practically any CPU ever made.. You might be saying to yourself, hey that's not fair since I only have a 4 core CPU and others might have 32 core CPU’s. To make things fair with regard to core count, we chose benchmarks that produced the best results with 2-8 cores. To take things a step further, we only used the graphical portions of 3D benchmark programs so the CPU did not influence the score. No matter what CPU you have, you can compete in a fair environment!
Our test run of the Benchmate software was very successful. We did unearth some minor problems with temperature monitoring and system info monitoring, but those have since been corrected in the newest versions of the software. The software does an excellent job of verifying the results. In fact, we put so much trust in the software that we were able to conduct the 2D portion of this competition without requiring CPUz at all… and that is quite impressive. We are looking forward to continued use and development of this impressive benchmark validation software.
We received a plethora of excellent benchmark results. While it would be fun to analyze all of them, we just don't have time for that in this summary thread. Because we used the Time Spy benchmark as the tie-breaker most competitive participants put a lot of effort into that stage.
is the winner of the ambient category. He was running the RX580 8GB at an impressive 1660MHz for a total graphics score of 5426. This is his second time winning the ambient stage of a Freezer' Burn competition...who's going to stop him for the next one?
came in second place for ambient. He had the highest clocking ambient RX580 8GB in Time Spy with a truly impressive clock speed of 1694MHz and a score of 5529.
I came in third in this competition but for obvious reasons I was prize exempt. Therefore the official third place rank goes to the next person in line. In this case there was a tie for 4th and 5th place, but
had the best Time Spy score so he takes the official third position. Similar to others, he was running the RX 580 8GB with a clock speed of 1639MHz and a total graphics score of 5311. He also deserves an honorable mention because his Time Spy score was submitted at the beginning of the competition on the 8th January 2020 and it stood strong until the end, well done!
is the winner of the extreme category. He was running a mind-bending 1900MHz with an RX580 8GB and a Time Spy graphics score of 5998.
comes in second in extreme. He was the only competitor to land on the podium using a GTX1060 6GB. With an impressive clock speed of 2695Mhz, he managed to score 5696 in Time Spy.
Third place in extreme gets a little tricky so bear with me here.
had the third place finish in sight but his Time Spy score was rejected on a technicality (not showing GPU-Z). There was a tie for third place, but
had the better Time Spy score so he took it. However, he chose to opt-out of the prize pool so the official third place goes to
. He was running an RX580 8GB, clocked at 1780MHz for a total graphics score of 5568.
Interesting side notes:
- Even though his score was rejected, Bullshooter250 produced the best Time Spy result of the competition with a GTX1060 6GB clocked at 2708Mhz and a Time Spy score of 6019.
- The top ambient Time Spy score (Kolby Powers @ 5529 ) was remarkably close to the third place extreme Time Spy score (shar00750 @ 5568)
- The GTX1060 was competitive with RX580 on LN2, but not at all with ambient cooling. The RX580 hands down ruled this competition on the Fire Strike side of things. In fact, the all-out GTX1060 Firestrike LN2 scores are just about tied with the ambient RX580 ones.
One unique and special aspect of this competition is that we are offering 12 lucky draw prizes. The top three finishers of each category (6 total) won a set price, but everyone else who participated (except those who entered as prize exempt or were ineligible) were entered into a drawing for the lucky draw prizes. The competition ended with 45 total participants. Of the participants, 6 were the winners and 2 were prize exempt. With 13 lucky draw prizes and 37 eligible, the odds are quite good.
In summary, 43 eligible participants and 18 total prizes means that roughly 42% of everyone involved won a prize!!!
Please take a minute and thank the sponsors by simply going to their website. This seems like a small and meaningless thing, but it makes a big difference.
OCN Freezer' Burn Event Sponsors
A formal drawing was held to determine the winners of the lucky draw prizes. The winners are as follows:
If you won any of the prizes outlined above expect a PM from me in the next few days. Please be patient with the prize disbursement timeline, as this process can take many weeks to collect all the information and coordinate with the prize sponsors.
The luck draw was done in a very official manner, and everyone had an equal opportunity. Please check out the official drawing results here (with a full list of the entries and winners):
RandomPicker result: https://app.randompicker.com/Project...aspx?ID=655826
I want to give special thanks to:
Special thanks: @Noxinite
For co-managing and working tirelessly updating the spreadsheet
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Special thanks: @Splave
For lurking in the shadows with a BANHAMMER in his hands
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