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  1. The wait is almost over.... HWBOT Competition Page E-Sports Competition Page Only prerequisite to enter: Retail Corsair DDR4 memory sticks For Air and Water Cooling setups only (no chillers nor any form of extreme cooling allowed) The Corsair DDR4 OC competition will run over 3 stages: Stage 1 from 15th of August till the 7th of September Stage 2 from 30th of August till the 12th of September Stage 3 from the 12th of September till the 26th of September General Rules Participants must use retail CORSAIR DDR4 memory. All participants must use commercially available components and software (Engineering Samples are not allowed). Hardware sharing is not allowed. All participants have to use the same platform (CPU & motherboard) for all 3 stages. All submissions must include the official CORSAIR competition desktop wallpaper, available here: All submissions must include a picture of the working overclocking setup (MB, MEM, CPU cooler clearly visible). After the end of the competition, no more submissions or rectifications will be allowed. We expect fair play from everyone. HWBOT and CORSAIR reserve the right to remove results and/or participants who compete unfairly; The decision is final and will not be discussed afterwards; Examples of unacceptable behavior: Influence others’ submissions to profit your ranking, Deliberately make a mistake in the submissions process and ask later for change. Cheating on cooling method or Software hacking might lead to a ban of your account. HWBOT and CORSAIR reserve the right to reject any entry. HWBOT and CORSAIR have the right to ask for video proof if needed. Hardware Must use commercially / retail available components. No ES samples. Participants must use retail available CORSAIR memory. Processor and Memory are cooled ONLY by Air/AIO or by Watercooling. No Chiller/Extreme/TEC cooling allowed on CPU or memory. CPU must be at idle 20+°C. Software Windows 10 submissions only. (No Windows Server or Windows 11). AIDA64 Extreme version 6.33.5749 Beta only. CPUZ 1.96.1 or newer version only. ( latest CPUZ Beta click here for Cezanne SPD support ) BenchMate version 0.10.8 only. Stage 1: AIDA64 Read Bandwidth (CLOSED) Use version AIDA64 Extreme from the compo package with key: RWN9Y-MUBDB-8L1WQ-7D2P1-Y87C8 Dual Channel Submissions only. Run Full Benchmark, not individual Read Bandwidth test. Screenshot with CORSAIR desktop wallpaper as background; AIDA64 score, CPU-Z 1.96.1 CPU tabs for Processor, Memory and SPD. CPUZ 1.96.1 or newer Validation link is required, registered on your HWBOT username. Stage 1 Care package (download here) or via Mediafire.com (click to open) Stage 2: Memory Frequency (CLOSED) Screenshot with CORSAIR desktop wallpaper as background; CPU-Z 1.97 Memory and SPD tab. CPUZ 1.97 Validation link is required, registered on your HWBOT username. Score on the verification screenshot matches the one from the CPUZ validation link (2MHz tolerance) No unchecked scores ( don't use CPUZ XOC mode) Stage 2 Care package Stage 3: Cinebench R23 with BenchMate per core (OPEN) Use BenchMate version 0.10.8 Dual Channel Submissions only. Screenshot with CORSAIR desktop wallpaper as background; CB23 render (can be partly covered), Benchmate score, CPU-Z 1.97 CPU tabs for Processor, Memory and SPD. Stage 3 care Package Final Notes In case of a tie, Stage 2 score is the tie breaker. Points per Stage 50-48-46-44-42-40-38-36-34-32-30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Contest Winners Thanks to the generosity of our partner CORSAIR, the overall winners at the end of the contest will receive the following prizes: 1st Place DDR5 Memory kit (not yet released) CORSAIR MP600 PRO 1TB CORSAIR RM1000X PSU CORSAIR K60 RGB PRO SE Keyboard CORSAIR Sabre RGB PRO Gaming mouse 2nd Place DDR5 Memory kit (not yet released) CORSAIR RM850X PSU CORSAIR K60 RGB PRO SE Keyboard CORSAIR Sabre RGB PRO Gaming mouse 3rd Place DDR5 Memory kit (not yet released) CORSAIR K60 RGB PRO SE Keyboard CORSAIR Sabre RGB PRO Gaming mouse 4th Place DDR5 Memory kit (not yet released) CORSAIR K60 RGB PRO SE Keyboard CORSAIR Sabre RGB PRO Gaming mouse 5th Place CORSAIR K60 RGB PRO SE Keyboard CORSAIR Sabre RGB PRO Gaming mouse Lucky Draw Winner DDR5 Memory kit (not yet released) CORSAIR MP600 PRO 1TB
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  2. Can't use early catalyst for newer cards anyway - looks like 3850 first appearance was in cat 8.6 and 4670 in cat 9.6:)
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  3. I'll start here with BIOS modding instruction for beginners. I hope my text is understandable. I am open minded for improvements or error corrections. For the first part, I start here with AWARD BIOS disassembly / change romsips / assembly of BIOS modules. 1.0 assembly - disassambly BIOS modules and change romsips in AWARD BIOS I start modding AWARD BIOS with disassembling and assembling BIOS modules. This is essential to be able to edit the system BIOS module. This method can be used for every AWARD BIOS, not only for NF2 boards. I will explain this method in an example. I will mod here a MSI Delta2 6.0 BIOS. 1.1 Tools we need: awdbedit, hex editor, modbin6 and cbrom32_198. Modbin / cbrom needs a DOS System, so I use a XP System to mod my BIOSes. 1.2 I start with extracting all modules to a seperate folder (here: bin). I use awdbedit to do this: Be aware: Do not edit your BIOS in awdbedit! Now we got our BIOS modules extracted to a seperate folder. The System Module is simple to find (always 128KB) 1.3 disassemby BIOS file Now we need to unload all BIOS modules except the system module. I will use cbrom32 to do this. commands in cbrom: /d -list all modules /modulename release -delete module /modulname extract -extract module /isa modulname - add isa module /modulename filename – add module to BIOS file First, I open two DOS Command boxes. Then i list in the first box all modules from the unmodded BIOS. This will be my lookup table. I copy the unmodded file (here w6570nms.bin) and rename it to "empty_b6a.bin" (name does not matter here). This will be my "empty.bin" BIOS file. I will use the release command in the second box to delete all modules except System BIOS module (most module #0). cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /logo release cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /vga release cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /pci release ---> B enter cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /pci release cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /group1 release cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /group0 release cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /ygroup release cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /epa release cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /acpi release cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /xgroup release Then command cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /d to list my empty.bin file. We see all modules are deleted, only system module is left. I duplicate my empty.bin file. I will need this later. Then I copy all extracted BIOS modules (from point 1.2) into folder. 1.4 edit System module I open the System module 6A61BM4K.BIN (128KB) with my hex editor. 1.4.1 Athlon XP-M name I search for "unknown CPU Type" and change this label to "AMD Athlon XP-M". Never change the size of the system module! 1.4.2 change romsips I search here for hex letters "65D0": All romsips tables begin with 65D0. One table has the size of 100h. This BIOS has 6 Tablles, so the romsips ends after 600h. I mark all tables (600h!) and paste the tables with the romsips I want (here 619XT). Now the system module is modded and I safe the file. 1.5 assembly BIOS file We now need to compress the modified system module. cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /other 5000:0 6A61BM4K.bin (modded sytem module) This command compresses the modified system module into the BIOS file. This makes the BIOS file unusable, but this command duplicates also a copy to a file named "bios.rom". This is the file we need. I delete the unusable empty.bin file and replace it with my copy. I open the bios.rom file and the restored empty.bin copy. We mark and copy complete code in bios.rom (length=13911h!), switch to the restored empty.bin and jump to offset 10000h. This is where the system module beginns. We mark the length of the bios.rom (13911h) after the offset 10000h. Then paste the marked code with modded / compressed code. Fill with FF if the new code is shorter then the old code. Save and exit. cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /d Everything looks fine. Now I will fill the BIOS wit the modules. This time, the order to fill the modules is important! cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /xgroup awardext.rom cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /acpi ACPITBL.BIN cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /epa AwardBmp.bmp cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /ygroup awardeyt.rom cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /group0 _EN_CODE.BIN cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /group1 BGROUP.BIN cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /pci NV2PXES.NIC cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /pci NVRAID.ROM cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /vga CR17NZ.ROM cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /logo Platinum.BMP cbrom32_198 empty_b6a.bin /d compare in case I made a mistake here: 1.6 conclusion: The modified BIOS files looks fine and is ready to use. CBROM did the checksum for us. This method to mod a BIOS file is not the fastest one, but necessary if you want to mod the strings (BIOS items) in the system module (more on this in another chapter). This method works with every BIOS (AN7 for example) 1.7 alternative There is a second and faster way to change romsips: open your BIOS file with modbin modbin creates a temporary ORIGINAL.BIN (128KB) file. This is the system module edit ORIGINAL.BIN, change romsips (1.4) and safe the modified ORIGINAL.BIN file. Safe as... in modbin and quit modbin. modbin will checksum for you end
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