Minfeld, Germany 25. / 26.10.2008
After months of preparation work the AwardFabrik crew around Michael "no_name" Schnetzer was finally ready to go for the 2nd AwardFabrik Overclocking Championchip.
Friday – Introduction and first impressions
Let's go for 2. AOCM 2008 !
Like last year, AwardFabrik and mifRe e.V. members already met on friday for setting up the seats, cabling and network in the Mundhohall / Minfeld. There was a lot work to do for everybody. At the end of the day there was the traditional BBQ with Michael Schnetzer as grill master - everybody enjoyed that meal after a hard day of work
The cabling was done by the guys from Netquarter and the crew discussed the schedule for the next days and had a beer (or two) during chatting with each other.
Saturday morning – Opening and contest "best overclocker of AwardFabrik"
Early in the morning, some already started to build up their systems and ran some air cooled tests for later this day. Piece by piece the visitors arrived and began filling the empty places with gaming systems and bench equipment.
The users Zero_Cool and chriFFer arrived with a fully functional "bench-bus". With generator, fog machine and light they could have even benched it
Around 10:30h the VIP Teams from Switzerland and Italy arrived after 10 hours of traveling non-stop for building up their bench-systems. At peak time there have been around 170 registered AwardFabrik members, 20 persons from mIfRe e.V. and netquarter and around 70 visitors inside the hall.
Just in time at 12:00h the 2nd AOCM was officially opened by Michael Schnetzer (No_Name, middle), owner and publisher of AwardFabrik, our Administrator Christoph Groß (SoF, left) and the treasurer of mIfRe e.V., Carsten Lavan (Killerman, right).
Like last year the opening speech was followed by the presentation of the entire AwardFabrik-Crew, which was completely present, except Monti, who could unfortunatly not make it.
from left to right: SoF, Heimwerkerking, dakappo, @rne, Otterauge, joe_cool, tempos14, steffel333 (covered), Dr.Casemod, stummerwinter, No_Name, Mome, KvD, SeLecT, radon
Michael Schnetzer thanked all sponsors afterwards for their great support this year. THANKS again ASUS, Mushkin, K&M Elektronik, SilverStone, topower and Cherry for everything! A special thanks to PC Games Hardware Extreme, presented by the moderators Daniel Möllendorf (PCGH_Daniel) and Oliver Pusse (PCGH_Oliver / fr3ak) for their support with previews of the 2.AOCM in their online and print magazines.
After the security introduction from Johann Broser, which delivered 1.450 liter free (!!!) LN2 for the overclockers, Christopher Groß welcomed the international visitors and teams from Hungary, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland.
At 12:21h the starting shot for 28 hours AwardFabrik Overclocking Championchip plus one extra hour due to the clock change!
The first contest wasn't meant that serious - the moderators from PCGH Daniel Möllendorf and Oliver Pusse searched for the slowest AM3 run on the prepared contest systems with following components:
Processor: Intel Core2Duo E8600@ 4GHz
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q-E
RAM: 4GB Mushkin PC6400 CL4-4-4-12
GPU: ASUS Radeon HD4870
HDD: 160GB Samsung HDD
PSU: Mushkin 400W PSU
Keyboard / mouse: Cherry ORCA Wireless Laser Design Desktop
It was about tweaking the other way round - how slow can you get the AM3 with up to 4 instances of SuperPi and other things. The run of the winner Chris Hülzemann (Yuscha) took over 20 minutes! As Daniel remarked: Even at publishing date of AM3 there have been higher scores
Without a break the test system were set back to original configuration for the next contest: best overclocker of AwardFabrik. In 15 minutes the participator had to get the fastest 1m time possible with a maximum CPU clock of 4000,99 MHZ, free FSB and max vdimm of 2.2V (to avoid the hardware decides that competition). Beside that you could tweak Bios and Windows with everything you know. You can see how close the best overclockers are together when seeing that 3 members had exactly the same time in their SuperPi 1M run. So the 3 members (Jowi69, giogioprimo and Ice_angel) had a play-off in SuperPi 2M for the 2nd and 3rd place. 2nd place finally went to jowi69 with 27,875s and 3rd to IceAngel with 28,188s.
Parallel to this competition our member klEb was running a RAM dart fun contest with self-made Samsung DDR1 modules. If the RAMs were able to overclock "on-the-fly" wasn't tested
Thanks Plaganos and klEb for idea and realization of this contest
Was very good for all to get some fresh air during that sunny day in Minfeld
Winner was Dracon Claw with 13 points and recieved an 8GB Mushkin USB stick for his accuracy.
Saturday afternoon – Casemodding and Aquamark 3
Around 15:45h the casemodding contest was opened. 10 member presented their cases to the critical jury Dr. Casemod and steffel333.
The jury payed special attention to innovation, clean manufacturing and building skills. Besi won with maximum possible points (60) with his dream mod. 2nd was sandman with 49 points and 3rd becamesilentboy89 with 46 points. Besi recieved a special Crysis airbrushed Thermaltake tower.
At 17:30h the next contest started - CPUz and Aquamark 3 with air, water and extreme-cooling. For 3,5 hours all overclockers could bench for the highest scores with their own systems. Every tweak and optimization was allowed to beat the competitors.
Saturday evening – Forum competition part 1 and K&M lottery
Finally at 22:00h the last competition was startet - the forum competition with SuperPi 1M, 8M, 3D Mark 01 as well as Aquamark 3. In the first round we had the forums Hardwareluxx and Extremeclockers, Team Switzerland as well as members and crew of AwardFabrik "fighting" against each other over 45 minutes.
The last teams until past midnight have been Team Italy, Denmark, Hungary, Freeocen, PCGHX and PC Masters. The rules for Pi were identical to thoose of the best overclocker competition. Meanwhile there was alert in the oc-area - LN2 was going to end soon...so Michael Schnetzer called Johann Broser while he was in the cinema and urgently needed some more LN2 after 1100L have been already used in less than 12hours
Johann had no more time for cinema and brought the last LN2 he had (~350L) around midnight. Thanks again for that great effort from all benchers and AwardFabrik to Johann!
Daniel Canoa from K&M started together with Michael Schnetzer to find a new owner for the 2000€ K&M PC. The only thing you had to do for winning was to have the right seat number reserved - Leghorn had it!
Additionally to the complete system K&M had some more prices for 6 other lucky winners:
7th place: 6 month Premiere paket DundEE
6th place: 6 month Premiere paket Shadowburner
5th place: 6 month Premiere paket ChriFFer
4th place: K&M gift coupon 25 Euro Tscherno Bill
3rd Platz: K&M gift coupon 75 Euro Dynamic
2nd place: K&M gift coupon 100 Euro OralB
1st place: K&M PC for 2000 Euro Leghorn / Team Italy
Saturday night – UT3 and bench-sessions
The rest of the evening was free-benching, chatting and having a good time with each other. The last LN2 was used until the last drop, a lot of beers and cocktails, and one WR of jowi69 in SuperPi 32m with 7:22,797 minutes from the afternoon - it couldn't have been any better!
Members of the GGMJ Unreal Tournament clan played against brave "canon food" one-on-one deathmatch. Not a single one could beat Billy or our SysOp Radon on the AwardFabrik Mod-PC. But everybody who tried it got a Mushkin T-Shirt for free.
All in all the atmosphere was fantastic: the different languages and dialects mixed with some scary screaming Delta fans and hair dryers, no conflicts, fun and friendship. That is how such an event has to be and fair play was always first. Helping each other with vmods, sharing knowledge and running some nice benches was always present in the extreme area.