Taipei, Taiwan, March 7, 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announced its next competition for the overclocking community with the GIGABYTE Z170 March OC Madness Competition, to be hosted this March on HWBOT.org.

Kicking off March 12th, the GIGABYTE Z170 March OC Madness Competition will challenge overclockers to push their motherboards and 6th Gen Intel® processors to the limit, in a two category, three stage competition that’s absolute madness. This competition is open to all skill levels, with Novice, Rookie, Enthusiast, Elite and Extreme category levels allowing anyone to participate.

There are a number of cash and hardware prizes up for grabs! The winner for each category will be awarded $500 USD. In addition, participants that submit a score in all stages of their respective categories are eligible to enter a lucky draw for one of three GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 motherboards as the grand prize.

Here’s a breakdown of the categories and stages:

Category 1: Enthusiast, Rookie and Novice Overclockers

Stage 1: XTU

  • Submissions open March 12
  • Submissions close on March 24
  • CPU frequency must be set at 4.5GHz max

Stage 2: HWBOT x265 1080p

  • Submissions open on March 24
  • Submissions close on March 31
  • No restrictions, such madness!

Stage 3: SPI 32M

  • Submissions open March 31
  • Submissions close on April  9
  • CPU frequency must be set at 4GHz max

Category 2: Elite and Extreme Overclockers – 

Stage 1: XTU

  • Submissions open March 12
  • Submissions close on March 24
  • CPU frequency must be set at 5GHz max

Stage 2: Maxxmem Read Bandwidth

  • Submissions open on March 24
  • Submissions close on March 31
  • No restrictions, such madness!

Stage 3: Geekbench Single Core

  • Submissions open March 31
  • Submissions close on April  9
  • No restrictions, such madness!

Contest Rules

  • This competition is limited to GIGABYTE Z170 motherboards only.
  • Every submission must include the competition background and a picture of the rig.
  • To be eligible for the lucky draw, participants must submit in all stages of one category.
  • A participant is eligible to win only once. If a participant is a category winner, he will not be eligible for the lucky draw.
  • In case of a tie, the tie-breaker is the best score in Stage 3. If there’s still a tie, the best score in Stage 2, etc.

 

The GIGABYTE Z170-March OC Madness Competition will run from March 12th until April 9th 2016, 23:59 (UTC +8). Good luck to all!

For more details about the contest please visit:

http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/gbt_z170_march_madness

To find out more about the GIGABYTE Motherboards please visit:

http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/main.aspx?s=42

To learn more about GIGABYTE:

http://uk.gigabyte.com/

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About GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is known as a global leading brand in the IT industry, with employees and business channels in almost every country. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a research and development team and has since taken the lead in the world’s motherboard and graphics card markets. On top of Motherboards and Graphics cards, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones to serve each facet of the digital life in the home and office. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” with innovative technology, exceptional quality, and unmatched customer service. Visit http://uk.gigabyte.com for more information.

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