*puts on his serious hat*
First off, I don't get why some people get offensive & some defensive when the words "Pro OC league" appear...
A lot of people say "I don't care about my rank" but if you change their rank ( not necessarily by switching them into another league, hypothetically even just by editing the rank in the database ) and lower it by 100 spots, the next second they'll start whining.
So, some people need to clear their minds, do they care about their rank or not.
I'm with knopflerbruce & Marc on this, with the following criteria only of course:
Having the opportunity to somehow ( how you do it doesn't matter, as long as the hardware to bin from comes for free, whether you keep all of them, or you keep the best 1-2-3-4-5 of them, for free or paying the normal rate they go on the shelves for ) test XXX amount of 3770Ks or 7970 Lightnings for free and then keep the good one ( or a few good ones ) for free or by paying only for the keepers and at a normal or reasonable price ( no, 3000$+ for a 3770K ain't reasonable, nor normal ) then they should be on the Pro OC League, willingly by preference or forcibly in the end.
If somebody has got the money to buy 100s of CPUs and VGAs from retailers, then he is free to choose whichever league he desires, it's his money, his motives, his work.
That's something everyone can do ( assuming that they have the money to do it )
Having a shop/distributor/whatever giving you hundreds or even 20-50 pieces to bin isn't something everyone can do, how many people are doing that ?
Like 10 globally ?
Maybe 20 ?
If it's more than 20, then it must be pretty simple, would you guys mind sharing your technique on cutting a deal with a shop ? Catch phrase maybe ?
Binning 100s of CPUs and/or VGAs with your own money, buying all of them from shops = ok, any league
Binning 100s of CPUs and/or VGAs without paying for them, but only pay for the ones you keep or even getting those for free = Pro OC League