FULLY REVISED INFO BELOW >>>>> At 6:30pm, 28th February 2009 at Beyond Gaming (525 George Street, Sydney) Gigabyte and The Overclocker will be holding the Australian qualifiers for The Gigabyte Open Overclocking Pan-Asia Championships in Thailand in 4th-7th April. More than just a competition, it is an opportunity for all Australian tech enthusiasts and overclockers to meet up. It is completely free, but please tell us that you are coming here... firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE BEER will be provided! Booth Babes will be present! There will be loads of giveaways. Several events/competitions will take place:- 1. The Open Overclocking Championship. To qualify for this you need to send us your scores for the following benchmarks:- Super Pi 32M and 3DMark Vantage. HWBot.org validation rules apply. A Core i7-based system must be used. Closing date for benchmark submission is midnight February 16 (Eastern time). Send everything to email@example.com The four highest scorers will be flown to Sydney (if appropriate) and given overnight accommodation. A fifth qualifier will join them and be chosen at the discretion of the jusges (this will probably reflect someone who did amazingly well with lesser hardware). 1st prize: $1,000 + X58 Extreme motherboard + one set of Kingston KHX14400D3K3/3GX RAM + ENERMAX Revolution85+ 850W PSU + all expenses paid trip to Thailand to represent Australia in the Pan-Asia Championships (which are qualifiers for the World Championships) and experience the lavish hospitality of Gigabyte! 2nd prize: $500 + GIGABYTE EX58UD4P motherboard 3rd prize: $250 + GIGABYTE EX58UD4P motherboard 2. In order not to leave non-extreme overclockers out there will be an amateur Air Overclocking competition too. You may not enter both! The benchmarks for this are 3DMark 2001 SE and SuperPi 1M. HWBot.org validation rules apply. We cannot fly competitors in for this one, you will have to make your own way to Sydney. The two highest scorers will qualify plus a third at the judges discretion (as before). Send everything to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can use any processor you like. Benchmarks are here:- SuperPi 1M 3DMark 2001SE 1st prize: Gigabyte X58 EX58UD4P motherboard + graphics card + hard disk 2nd prize: Gigabyte X58 EX58UD4P motherboard + hard disk 3rd prize: Gigabyte X58 EX58UD4P motherboard 3. Everyone that turns up can compete in our LAN game tournament. Game(s) are yet to be finalised but the prizes are the same as for the Air Overclocking challenge. 4. Rumours of a Counter Strike team tournament are to be confirmed... 5. Did I mention the Free Beer for all? So please come on down and meet everyone. We will have pictures going in to The Overclocker and probably TV coverage too. Good luck to everyone who competes! Just note that all rules and regulations are subject to change at no notice whatsoever. They probably will not, though... hopefully. Any requests... post here or let us know at the above address. Finally, if this event works as well as we expect, there's no reason why we can't have similar(ish) events around the country.