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Gigabyte Holding GeForce Overclocking Contest

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Win some cash and video cards!

Think that you're a super overclocker of GPUs? Now is your chance to prove it and win some cash or free hardware.

Gigabyte will be holding an overclocking competition that starts October 1 and runs to the end of 2009.

The contest will run for three rounds, with each round having its own unique theme. In October, enthusiasts will compete their overclocking using a GeForce GTX260. In November, it'll be a GeForce GTX275. In December, it'll be two GTX275s in SLI.

Contestants will compete based on 3DMark Vantage P scores as well as Resident Evil 5 numbers. Gigabyte will also be doing some overclocking of its own in-house to see what sort of numbers an OEM can achieve.

The champion of each round will receive US$1,500 cash. Second prize is a Gigabyte GTX295 graphics card and the third place winning will receive a Gigabyte Ultra Durable VGA GTX285. As an added bonus, any contestant that beats the benchmark set by the Gigabyte team will double his/her prize.

Even if you're not a super overclocker, there's a chance for all entrants. All entries into the contest will be eligible to win the GM-M8000 gaming mouse.

Check out Gigabyte's contest page for the full details – and if you win, be sure to let everyone know that Tom's Hardware sent you. Good luck!

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    bh2o , September 28, 2009 7:40 PM
    Darn, this requires me to upgrade my 2 8800 GS's just so I can enter this contest :( .
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    BallistaMan , September 28, 2009 8:02 PM
    Yeah I'm still running off of a pair of 8800GTS 640s (albeit with respectable clocks of 675/2052), and with the 300s coming soon and the 5000s out, can't say I'm inclined to upgrade to a 200 now.
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    frozenlead , September 28, 2009 8:09 PM
    It'd be cool to see if someone comes up with an LN2 cooler for the cards.
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    superblahman123 , September 28, 2009 8:15 PM
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    As an added bonus, any contestant that beats the benchmark set by the Gigabyte team will double his/her prize.


    Very nice incentive for people already working for EVGA, ASUS, XFX, BFG, so on...

    Not to say it's unrealistic that it'll happen, but good luck getting those who can out of their basements.
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    False_Dmitry_II , September 28, 2009 8:17 PM
    It says no liquid hydrogen, I'd imagine liquid nitrogen would be the same. Also under "forbidden tweaks" is no PhysX drivers... Really? I thought that was the point of making it nVidia...

    It also wasn't clear about how many cards you could run just by looking at the rules.
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    nforce4max , September 28, 2009 8:18 PM
    frozenleadIt'd be cool to see if someone comes up with an LN2 cooler for the cards.


    Na try liquid helium.
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    doomtomb , September 28, 2009 8:29 PM
    I got two GTX 275s, I can enter :) 
    These things are beasts.
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    scook9 , September 28, 2009 8:36 PM
    I also got 2 GTX 275's :) 

    tempting....good use of a weekend I guess?
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    sciencectn , September 28, 2009 8:45 PM
    I'd really like to see a heatsink made out of pure diamond.
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    Shadow703793 , September 28, 2009 8:55 PM
    frozenleadIt'd be cool to see if someone comes up with an LN2 cooler for the cards.

    Already have them. Check out kingpin's work.
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    1ni3shi , September 28, 2009 10:00 PM
    there's more details abotu the comp @ http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=305
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    christop , September 29, 2009 3:44 AM
    I would try this if they gave me a card of theirs to use whats the point trashing your card for 1500 or another lower end card...
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    False_Dmitry_II , September 29, 2009 4:49 AM
    christopI would try this if they gave me a card of theirs to use whats the point trashing your card for 1500 or another lower end card...


    I thought that myself. I considered building something to go with, but then realized the top 3 will be going to people who already have systems that have crazy cooling and literally all they have to do is run the benchmarks.
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    sunflier , September 29, 2009 2:46 PM
    The very first rule is No liquid Helium. Does anyone know how they will know if you use liquid Helium when, as far as I can tell, you submit your scores via the internet??
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    neiroatopelcc , September 30, 2009 7:47 AM
    Looking forward to seeing what gigabyte can do to stay ahead of the 'pros'
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    n9986 , October 12, 2009 1:41 PM
    neiroatopelccLooking forward to seeing what gigabyte can do to stay ahead of the 'pros'


    They will probably hire a dozen pros to do it for them...