Date: January 7, 2011
Author(s): Richard Searle
Las Vegas isn’t just about the Consumer Electronics Show this time of year, other events take place as well. Head on over to the Pole Position Raceway and chill out with some liquid nitrogen, bad plumbing, great music and a race track as Richard Searle finds out what’s happening down at the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011.
The LN2 was flowing and Vaseline, torches and Copper Pots were in close reach as MSI hosted their first on site Master Overclocking Arena 2011, Americas Final from the Pole Position Raceway in Las Vegas. The best overclockers from North America and South America were on hand to show off their skills and overclock the MSI Big Bang-XPower mainboard to chase down some world records.
The Pole Position Raceway provided a great workspace for all of the competitors to set up and tune their equipment and the raceway made sure that it was a race to the finish, both on and off the track. With the cars spinning around the race track, the live DJ pumping out beats throughout the day and a mist of LN2 covering the floor, an exciting atmosphere for teams and everyone in attendance.
Of course, holding an event like this at a racetrack, we were bound to see some crashes. Thankfully for all of the teams in the event, the crashes were limited to the race track and not the equipment. All riders were ok of course! We just can’t say the same for the karts.
The competition was broadcast on Justin.TV so viewers from all over the world could keep track of the action on their PC and Mobile Device, giving the user the capability to adjust the screen quality on the live stream. 25 minutes into the competition there were over 900 viewers following the event. Word was getting out quick about this amazing event as the total number of viewers for the event was just under 131,000!
Teams were made up of 2 competitors from the Americas, competing for their opportunity to take part in the third annual MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Worldwide Final in Taipei. This however was the first time MSI held the Americas final on site, in previous years an online event was held to determine the participant in the World Final.
The pre-selection for the contest was done using an online qualifier on HWBOT. Using specific contests, and of course MSI gear, teams were invited to the event. The teams are as follows:
The setup ran from 12:30 – 2:00 and allowed the competitors to assemble and tweak their gear before the competition got underway. Each competitor added their own twist to their gear to try and get the temperature just right for their performance.
Contestants were required to use the computer equipment provided by MSI. However, each competitor was allowed to bring their own overclocking gear. Using everything from hair dryers to coffee cups and paper towels to get their systems just right.
The computer equipment used for the competition provided by MSI and their event sponsors included:
The final score for the competition is a weighted total of the overclocking performance growth score using SuperPI 32M (40% Weighted) and 3DMark11 (60% Weighted). In the event of a tie, the 3DMark11 score is used as the tiebreaker. Once a score was achieved it was confirmed by a judge and then submitted in a screen shot.
Task 1 was SuperPI 32M and Team Over The Edge jumped out to an early lead posting a score of 6m51.311s. Quickly after posting the first time of the day their score was improved again before anyone else got on the board, improving their time to 6m38.768s.
After posting their second score another team accidentally unplugged Over The Edge’s gear, but they quickly got back up and running, improving their score numerous times throughout task 1.
With all of the competitors attempting to reach the scores of Over The Edge it was time for the audience, MSI staff and media to start competing on the race track. There was defiantly some fierce competition on the track, it wasn’t uncommon to see the odd bump amongst racers as MSI put up cash prizes for the best lap times.
Along with the audience and media, the MSI Girls decided to get out on the racetrack and burn some rubber and look great in the racing gear!
Task 1 proved to be a 1 team race as everyone attempted to keep up with the dominance that was Over The Edge, but nobody could best their time as they finished in 1st for SuperPi 32M with a score dominate score of 6m26.257s (66.872%). Chasing them down in second place was OCAlliance with a score of 6m31.795s (66.556%) and in Third position, Team XS with a score of 6m33.651s (64.134%).
With no break teams jumped into task 2, 3DMark11. The early leader, only minutes in was OCAlliance with score of 7977 (79.505%). Team Pure ensured we were not going to see one team dominate in 3DMark11 by quickly jumping into first place with a score of 8726 (86.97%).
As the competition started to heat up, the LN2 started to cool everything down, building up ice on the equipment. Out comes the blowtorches to try to maintain a stable temperature.
Lead changes were fast and fierce in the later stages of the evening with OCAlliance ultimately coming out on top posting an amazing score of 9213 (91.8246), smashing the previous world record for 3DMark11. TeamPure nipping at their heals in second with a score of 8928 (89.083%) and I213 rounding out the top 3, posting a score of 8926 (88.963%). The top 3 scores all beat the previous world records for 3DMark11, taking the MSI Master Overclocking Arena to the next level of competition and proving that MSI’s products are highly tuned for the best performance possible.
With all the scores now on the board, it was time to calculate the winners for the event. Don’t forget, the final scores are weighted with SuperPI 32M being 40% and 3DMark11 being 60%.
3rd place was a close race between I213 Xtreme (Rbuass and Fugger) and Team PURE (G H Z and Gautam) with Team PURE taking the third place award with a combined score of 154.512%.
Over The Edge (Patch and Dentlord) earned 2nd place honors with their dominant performance in SuperPI 32M, leading the benchmark from start to finish of the round. In 3DMark11, Over The Edge finished in 4th place with a score of 8893 (88.635%) to bring their combined score to 156.465%.
1st place was well earned by OCAlliance (Splave and Romdominance). They smashed the current world record for 3DMark 11 and finished 2nd in the SuperPI 32M, posting a combined score of 158.696%. They have now earned the opportunity to represent the Americas at the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Worldwide Final in Taipei.
Although MSI MOA 2011 is very competative, the amount of respect the overclockers have for each other is evident throughout the event, with teams sharing overclocking tools, laughs and even in some cases advice. The participants are truly professionals in this field and it showed from the start of the event right through to the awards ceremony. Splave and Romdominance will represent the America’s at the MSI Master overclocking Arena 2011 Worldwide final and that was truly earned today.
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Here is a collection of other photos taken at the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 event which were not used in the main article, but placed here for your viewing pleasure.
Here is the continued collection of other photos taken at the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 event which were not used in the main article, but placed here for your viewing pleasure.
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