After some delicous breakfast and a strong cup of coffee we explained to the participants what the planning of the day was.
First up : A small introduction on Gigabytes latest offering the X58A-OC. One of the systems was used to set a reference Vantage score. The 990X CPU at 4ghz ( hail to the 4G button on the OC board ) and the GTX 580 GPU at stock clocks . Since we had one real overclocker amongst us, we opted to go for the Entry test iso the the Performance preset. (otherwise chiller would have an idea about he CPU/GPU scaling as we use the same test at HWbot) The shown score was a to serve as a guide line as some never even heard of Futuremarks Vantage. Each contestant then had to write down a high score, that he thought was achievable on the fastest available setup. The score submitted closest to the highest score, reached by one of the students, would go home with a brand new Intel I7 930 CPU and one of the X58A-OC boards
Then it was back to the school banks ! We divided the students per two. Myself, Massman , Gamer and Teemto ( one of the participants of last years edition ) tried to carefully explain how to squeeze that little bit more performance out of the available hardware.
Like in last years edition it surprised us how quick people get suck into the world of overclocking. Once the ahum "Pros" deemed their padawans to be able to work independantly we allowed them to "free" play.
Some worked step by step with little increments in CPU speed, other went straight into CPU and GPU overclocking. Our reference score of 86K was rapidly beaten, as the participants were quickly soaring over 4Ghz.
The watercooled setup based on the G1 Sniper was able to plus minus compete with the high clocks of the other teams. Running 3DMark Vantage at 4.7Ghz, being operated by newbies is quite impressive.