Few acts manifest the Maximum PC ethos as much as overclocking. Overclockers with something to prove have long been able to post their various benchmarking scores on HWBot to determine the king of the processor-pushing hill; now, that drive for MOAR can earn more than just bragging rights. Gigabyte just announced it has teamed up with HWBot for the "Gigabyte Spring Extreme Competition." Tinkerers with Gigabyte mobos and AMD processors are invited to try to push their systems to the (almost) breaking point, and the three people with the most prolific overclocking prowess will earn brand-spankin'-new Bulldozer-friendly mobos.
The overall winner nabs the high-end GA-990FXA-UD7, while the runner-up and second runner-up will walk away with the GA-990FXA-UD5 and GA-990FXA-UD3, respectively. Of course, every competition needs rules, and the Spring Extreme Competition has four benchmark "stages" designed to separate the best from the rest. Contenders need to submit benchmark scores from Wprime 32M, Super PI 32M, PiFast, and PC Mark 05. In case of a tie, the PC Mark 05 score will be used as the tiebreaker.
If you're rig meets the specific AMD/Gigabyte criteria needed to enter the contest, you have until March 15th to submit your benchmark scores. Head over to the
Spring Extreme Competition page on HWBot
for more info, including detailed information for the requirements for each stage of the event. Now get to tweaking!