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HwBox Hellas O/C Team Win Old School is Best School Round 2

Just a few days ago we came to the conclusion of the second round of the Old School is Best School contest on OC-ESPORTS.

Just a few days ago we came to the conclusion of the second round of the Old School is Best School contest on OC-ESPORTS. The contest ran from January 15th to February 15th and attracted the attention of 28 teams of Overclockers. At the end of a month spent toiling with AMD?s classic socket 939 era processors and Nvidia?s GeForce 7 series, we find Greek overclockers HwBox Hellas O/C Team in total control of the Round with TechSweden.org in runner-up spot and Round 1 winners XtremeOverdrive OC Team Italy in third place. Let?s take a look at the Round 2 contest in a little more detail.

Old School is Best School, Season 3 Round 2: January 15th - February 15th 2017

Firstly a recap. The Old School is Best School contest on OC-ESPORTS is designed from the ground up to entice Overclockers who have enjoyed the sport for several decades or even longer. Older Overclockers certainly seem to enjoy sifting through the garage, loft or man cave for older hardware that many of us would prefer to donate to a museum. For the old school Overclocker, it?s all about revisiting these ancient platforms and benchmarks, turning back the clock to a day when PC hardware was very different from what it is today. It?s also an opportunity for younger Overclockers to gain some knowledge and experience with hardware that existed long before they got the OC bug.

OSiBS Round 2 - Benchmarks

Each Old School is Best School contest lasts for exactly one month and consists of three separate stages. In Round 2 of the OSiBS contest we find the following stages have been devised:

  • Stage 1: Cinebench R11.5 (per core)
  • Stage 2: 3DMark Ice Storm
  • Stage 3: RealBench (HWBOT Edition)

OSiBS Round 2 - Hardware Limitations

AMD Socket 939

Round 2 of Season 3 is centered on PC hardware that first appeared on the market around 2004. The AMD 939 platform was originally launched with AMD Athlon 64 processors, eventually evolving to include Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2 chips plus budget range Sempron CPUs and Server chips carrying the Opteron brand. Socket 939 was around for quite a while and spanned several AMD architectures including Newcastle, Venice, Winchester, Manchester, San Diego, Clawhammer and Toledo. It?s interesting to note that AMD Opteron chips are allowed in the contest.

Motherboard choices were massive, not only in terms of board manufacturer, but also in terms of which chipset to opt for. In those days AMD didn?t actually make their own North Bridge / South Bridge combos, meaning you basically had a choice of Nvidia or VIA.

GeForce 7 Series GPUs

The GeForce 7 series of GPUs from Nvidia included the popular 7900 GTX (yes, the GTX went at the end of the model in 2005, just to further confuse us tech writers) and may be well remembered as being one of the very first Nvidia chips that could do multi-GPU configurations. The 7900 GTX card was officially launched in mid-2006 and quickly became the card of choice for many PC enthusiasts and Overclockers. It is also the card of choice here in Round 2.

Stage 1: Cinebench R11.5

In Stage 1 we find the Greeks are already making a strong claim with an outright win on the Cinebench R11.5 benchmark, taking top spot with a score of 0.93 points per core. The win arrives in part with the decision to use a single-core CPU, a wise choice seeing as all scores are in fact divided by the number of cores present on the CPU. The HwBox Hellas O/C Team earned 25 points and top spot thanks to good work from Greek Overclocker Stelaras who pushed an AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 (San Diego) to 3,655MHz, a very tasty +30.54% beyond stock. In terms of motherboard, he used a DFI LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Expert.

In second place we find Japanese master Kotori, who managed to score 0.91 points on behalf of the Warp9-systems team. This was done with an LN2 cooled single-core AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (San Diego) clocked at 3,578MHz (+49.08%) using a DFI LANParty UT nF4 Ultra-D motherboard. Third place goes to Dead Things and his team at Hardware Canucks, managing a score of 0.91 points using an Athlon 64 FX-57 (San Diego) pushed to 3,535MHz (+26.27%) and the same DFI board as Kotari.

Here?s a shot of the rig used by Kotari on behalf of Warp9-systems:

Here?s the full Stage 2 table at the end of play:

You can find all the submissions and scores for Stage 2 here:


Stage 3: 3DMark Ice Storm

Stage 2 brings us to the art of pushing older GPUs, in this case revolving largely around the Nvidia 7900 GTX , a formidable card in its day. Once again we find the Greeks to be in control of proceedings, this time with Stelaras flexing his GPU muscles to push a GeForce 7900 GTX card to score 23,769 marks. The 7900 GTX had its GPU set to 780MHz (+20.00%) with graphics memory at 920MHz (+15.00%). Stelaras also employed an AMD Opteron 180 clocked at 3,251MHz (+35.46%). Nice going.

In second place we find XtremeOverdrive OC Team Italy making a splash with Italian sburnolo hitting a score of 22,910 marks thanks to a GeForce 7900 GTX wit the GPU clocked at 755MHz (+16.15%) and memory at 958MHz (+19.75%). Third place belongs to TechSweden.org and lanbonden who pushed his 7900 GTX card to 861MHz (+32.46%) / 940MHz (+17.50%) to score 22,392 marks.

He?s a shot of the rig used by lanboden from TechSweden.org:

Here?s the Stage 2 leaderboard at the end of Round 2:

You can find all the scores and submission for Stage 2 here: http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/osibs_s3r2/3267/3dmark_ice_storm

Stage 3: RealBench (HWBOT Edition)

In the final stage of Round 2 Overclockers were faced with the task of scoring as highly as possible in the RealBench benchmark developed by ASUS. Completing their dominant display we find the Greeks again at the top of the table, with Stelaras again at the helm to score 36,207 points. This was achieved using an AMD Opteron 180 pushed to 3,520MHz, a whopping +46.67% beyond the server chip?s stock settings.

In second place TechSweden.org again have lanbonden to thank. Pushing an AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 (Toledo) to 3,507MHz (+34.92%) he managed a score of 35,925 points. Third place belongs to Hardware Canucks and their main man of the day, Dead Things who also opted for an FX-60 chip which he pushed to 3,383MHz (30.14%) to score 34,623 points. We leave you with a photo of the rig used by Dead Things which featured an ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard.

Here?s the Stage 3 table at the end of the Round:

Find the Stage 3 contest page here: http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/osibs_s3r2/3268/realbench_hwbot_edition

Old School is Best School, Round 3: Final Standings

Firstly let?s have a substantial round of applause for the Greek HwBox Hellas O/C Team for not only winning the contest, but also for winning all three stages with such absolute authority. A special clap is deserved for team captain Stelaras, an Extreme Overclocker who pretty much single-handedly took the win here in Round 2 of the contest. Also well done to lanbonden who flew the flag for Sweden, dragging the TechSweden/org team to a runner up spot, and also to the guys at XtremeOverdrive OC team Italy who managed to claim a spot on the podium thanks to great work from GRIFF and sburnolo.

Here are the final standings for the Round 2 contest at the end of play:

You can find all the scoring and submissions for Round 2 of the Old School is Best School contest here on OC-ESPORTS: http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/osibs_s3r2

Old School is Best School, Season 3, Round 3

The next round of the Old School is Best School contest is already underway and involves benching on Intel?s classic Socket 478 platform Pentium 4 CPUs and Matrox GPUs. If you have this gear stashed away in your loft, dig it out, find a team and start pushing!

Old School is Best School Round 3: http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/osibs_s3r3

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