The HWBOT World Tour 2016 officially came to a halt a few days ago with the completion of the World Championship Finals. The Finals took place at the Caseking Showrooms in Berlin, Germany, bringing together the six World Series winners from each of the World Tour events around the world. At the end of a grueling day of the most extreme, competitive overclocking imaginable, Canadian Marc0053 was crowned HWBOT World Champion of 2016. Let’s take a look what happened at arguably, the most important overclocking contest of the year.
The concept of the HWBOT World Championship 2016 is to declare who is the most potent and competitive overclocker in the world today. Six overclockers from six different regions of the globe then joined by a Wild Card contest winner and the winner of the ROG Camp contest (just to make sure there’s some new blood involved). Here are the eight overclockers who competed in the Finals on December 4th 2016:
- DrWeez (Africa Winner)
- PXHX (South America Winner)
- Marc0053 (North America Winner)
- Bullshooter (Europe Winner)
- Xtreme Addict (Asia Winner)
- Lucky_n00b (Wild Card Winner)
- Bene11660 (ROG Camp Winner)
- DSLREye (ROG Camp Runner Up)
Note: Hazzan (Asia Pacific Winner) was unable to make the trip to Europe for the Finals. Swiss overclocker DSLREye, runner up in the previous day’s ROG camp 2016 contest stepped in and took his place in the Finals.
As you can see from the list above, many of the world’s biggest names were present in Berlin. The contest began with a qualification round which was used to decide who would face who in the Quarter-Finals. Marc0053 showed his class straight out of the traps, winning the qualifier and a Quarter final against the less experienced DSLREye from Switzerland. After three hours of benchmarking SuperPi 32M, Cinebench R15 and 3DMark Fire Strike Physics (all full out) this is how the Qualification table looked:
You can check out the scores and submissions from the Qualification stage here on OC-ESPORTS.
The Quarter finals were the start of the 1v1, head to head matches. Marc0053 managed to overcome newcomer DSLREye after the Swiss overclocker showed a little inexperience and accidentally killed his Core i5 6600K processor. Likewise South African No.1 DrWeez sailed past ROG Camp winner Bene11660 who also killed his CPU (note: contest rules dictate that if you kill the CPU, you are immediately disqualified).
In the other two Quarter-Finals we find Brazil’s PXHX squeezed past Germany’s Bullshooter after great work benching Wprime 1024. Xtreme Addict (the current World No.2) put in a fantastic performance to outwit Indonesia’s Lucky_n00b.
The Semi-Finals threw up an odd match between Xtreme Addict and PXHX. It appeared that XA had a bug of some sort that would not allow him to run the Y-Cruncher 1B benchmark. It appeared that he was heading out of the contest having not made a single score, that is until PXHX revealed that he had in fact disqualified himself by frying his CPU.
You can watch the Semi-Final between Xtreme Addict and PXHX here, thanks to great coverage from OverClocking-TV:
In the other Semi-Final Marc0053 beat DrWeez who’s motherboard may have hampered his potential progress to the Final. Marc0053 managed a SuperPi 1M score of 5sec 907ms, slightly ahead of DrWeez who was very close behind with a run of 5sec 969ms. This was actually one of the closest matches in the contest.
The Final ensued with Marc0053 facing Xtreme Addict. Marc0053’s ASUS motherboard had performed superbly throughout the contest meant that he was very quickly making some decent scores. Xtreme Addict meanwhile was having less luck with his system which was still reeling from the previous round. With just five minutes to go Marc0053 had made a score of 40.33 FPS while Xtreme Addict remained on 36.35FPS. A champion was born.
Watch the entire Final here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube Channel:
You can also find a full and detailed write up of the HWBOT World Championship contest here on OC-ESPORTS.
Finally, you can enjoy a full photo album here on the HWBOT Facebook page.
A huge round pf applause to all who took part, plus a special congrats to Marc0053, the first ever HWBOT World Champion!