The teams quickly started the assembly of the hardware, then were required to install the needed drivers and benchmarks. Luckily we found a workaround too get the Intel eXtreme Tuning Utility without any access to the Internet.
As this was a huge event with hefty money prices, some overclokers got very creative: imagine a mini keyboard build in a foot switch. This allowed John Lam from HKEPC team (who else) to validate a tad faster then via using the normal F7 key on the keyboard.
The MC of the nite was mister Isaie Trouffman, who was backed up by the rest of the Overclocking TV team Xyala and his girlfriend Adeline. Video footage was streamed by another professional camera crew.
The motherboards were based on the high end Z97 motherboards:
- ASUS Z97 Maximus Formula/Gene VII
- ASRock Z97 Formula
- Gigabyte Z97 SOC & LN2
- MSI Z97 MPower
- Memory: Pro: own choice
- Memory Amateurs: Kingston 2800C12 single sided MFR
- Cooling: Pro: LN2/Water/TEC & air cooling
- Cooling Amateur: Cooler Master Air cooler
The Pro air/liquid rules were interpreted in several different ways. Some installed the entire setup in a styrofoam box, this to allow maximum cold air to flow between the radiator fins. Others opted to provide chilled air to the radiator by pouring liquid nitrogen in a cardboard box or LN2 container. The ASUS team even put the beers inside to chill these while doing the overclocking.