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Overdrive: U.S. Team IRONMODS Wins!

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After 16 hours of intense overclocking over two days, we have a world champion. Team IRONMODS from the United States - Jeremiah Allen, Jake Crimmins and Ton Khowdee, achieved the best scores during our Overdrive event, overclocking Core i7 Extreme 965 systems on X58 Eclipse motherboards by MSI. The race was long, but it also was almost neck and neck, as the scores kept improving almost every minute.

The Taiwan team CBB had a head start, as they quickly posted scores during the event. France started a bit late, with one team member being delayed on day one. Italy and Germany were always very active and the US team took some time to get up to speed. But their efforts were worth it: they were fastest in two 3DMark benchmarks, they dominated in wPrime 1024M and 32M. These four wins, combined with good scores on the other benchmarks, assured IRONMODS win.

Italy was close behind, with two wins in SuperPI 1M and 3DMark 05. Germany reached third place, with the strategy being to not fall too far behind the others in any benchmark. France was fourth and Taiwan fifth, as they had issues running the Core i7 in triple channel memory mode.

Final results:

BenchmarkUSATaiwanGermanyFranceItaly
SuperPi 1.5 1M8,0788,1578,0937,9877,985
SuperPi 1.5 32M7 min 49,969 s7 min 52,516 s7 min 40,953 s7 min 24,990 s7 min 40.984 s
wPrime 1.55 32M5,1885,4225,2195,7565,297
wPrime 1.55 1024M160,937170,375165,872186,982165,11
PiFast 4.117,5617,8617,4417,2917,36
AquaMark 2003253814251703319212238929233043
3DMark 017101071591727647154571821
3DMark 037979475002761056986576188
3DMark 053676235893365863573337070
3DMark 062673325483241942231825143

As you can see, all the teams except Taiwan, which had those pesky hardware, were able to reach top scores in at least two benchmark categories. Even France, which took fourth place, reached two Overdrive records.

Congratulations to the US team, IRONMODS, which proved to be a magnanimous winner, thanking all the other guys for being excellent competitors and great sportsmen. We were glad to have the opportunity to host all these guys, and we'll provide a summary article next week.

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    Shadow703793 , December 14, 2008 2:56 PM
    Well done!
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    cl_spdhax1 , December 14, 2008 3:04 PM
    woot gj usa!!
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    Nicku , December 14, 2008 3:43 PM
    congrats to all teams !
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    dieseldre2k , December 14, 2008 8:06 PM
    yay, we regain the nerd crown! what an honor!
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    Pei-chen , December 14, 2008 8:16 PM
    So what's the final clock speed? You have only posted a "Clock Speeds Reached after Less Than 5 Hours" a few pages back. I assume the team managed to squeeze more performance.
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    kelfen , December 14, 2008 10:03 PM
    Wootz Wootz Great job
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    nebun , December 15, 2008 8:02 AM
    if they used some kind of fancy cooling set up then this is really not that great. how many people can really afford to cool their systems for every day use? not many. we need to see more test done an system that people can afford
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    Shadow703793 , December 15, 2008 11:51 AM
    Few pics here:
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=208212
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    blackened144 , December 15, 2008 11:57 AM
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    if they used some kind of fancy cooling set up then this is really not that great. how many people can really afford to cool their systems for every day use? not many. we need to see more test done an system that people can afford


    This was not the "who can get the most stable overclock using only air cooling and make the CPU last 500 years of 'regular use' contest"... This was a "who could overclock the most using "fancy cooling' with it being just barley stable enough to post the fastest scores before their CPU melted down "OVERDRIVE" contest"..
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    nebun , December 15, 2008 12:53 PM
    blackened144This was not the "who can get the most stable overclock using only air cooling and make the CPU last 500 years of 'regular use' contest"... This was a "who could overclock the most using "fancy cooling' with it being just barley stable enough to post the fastest scores before their CPU melted down "OVERDRIVE" contest"..

    so what's the point? if someone wants to know the potential of a certain cpu it would be much easier to just call the company that made it and ask them. i am sure that intel and amd perform such tests in their labs. at least you think that they would. oh well, such a waste.
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    blackened144 , December 15, 2008 1:13 PM
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    so what's the point? if someone wants to know the potential of a certain cpu it would be much easier to just call the company that made it and ask them. i am sure that intel and amd perform such tests in their labs. at least you think that they would. oh well, such a waste.


    This competition was not to determine "the potential of a certain cpu", the purpose of this competition is to see which overclocking team is better than the other. Stop being such a pantywaste.
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    rambo117 , December 15, 2008 1:35 PM
    yay!!! go IRONMODS!!!
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    nebun , December 15, 2008 2:05 PM
    blackened144This competition was not to determine "the potential of a certain cpu", the purpose of this competition is to see which overclocking team is better than the other. Stop being such a pantywaste.

    i say again: what does this prove?
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    blackened144 , December 15, 2008 2:24 PM
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    i say again: what does this prove?


    This proves that the team from America IRONMODS is the best overclocking team around and that you are indeed a pantywaste trying to ruin it for everyone else.
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    bounty , December 15, 2008 2:36 PM
    that IRONMODS got a better sample and guessed the better mobo to use?
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    bounty , December 15, 2008 2:40 PM
    Don't get me wrong, these people have mad skillz, but the margins on stuff like this leaves alot to chance I think.
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    blackened144 , December 15, 2008 4:00 PM
    Thats why this only proves they are the best overclockers in this competition on that day.. If they did it the next day, or chose different hardware, who knows what would have happened. I compare it to professional poker. It takes a lot of skill to play the game competitively, but its a card game that in the end all boils down to chance.
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    blackened144 , December 15, 2008 4:07 PM
    My point about the comparison to poker was simply that just because there is chance involved doesnt mean it still shouldnt be done.
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    nebun , December 15, 2008 5:11 PM
    blackened144My point about the comparison to poker was simply that just because there is chance involved doesnt mean it still shouldnt be done.

    any of those teams could have won, it all depends on the hardware. as you know not all processors, memory, or chipsets perform the same. it just happened that they had better performing hardware.
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