Booj Posted January 31, 2012 Share Posted January 31, 2012 UPDATE BY HWBOT STAFF Alright, let's kick off this year's MSI Master Overclocking Arena! The official PR will be released at the end of this week, but obviously we'll leak the info a little early. Here's what the PR says, scroll down for more practical info: Celebrating its 5th anniversary, MSI’s Master Overclocking Arena (MOA) joins the most stable Military Class III components with record-breaking overclocking performance. Themed “Steel World”, MSI has forged the first evolution starting with the American Regional Qualifiers on the world-class overclocking community website HWBOT.org on April 13, 2012! The American Regional Qualifiers this year consist of three stages: 3DMark11, 3DMark03 and SuperPI 32M. Each with a different point scheme. There will be no model limitation on MSI mainboards and graphics cards, however entries are limited to single CPU and GPU setups. A cut-off elimination will be applied on May 4th (75% of the contest period) after which the qualifiers will continue with only the best 15 overall participants. At the end of competition on May 10th, the top three winners are qualified as MOA representative of the Americas. They are free to choose another friend to team up with and have the chance to continue their journey to the MSI Master Overclocking Arena Grand Final! Winner Awards: 1st: MOA 2012 Grand Final tickets to Taiwan 2nd: MOA 2012 Grand Final tickets to Taiwan 3rd: MOA 2012 Grand Final tickets to Taiwan 4th: MSI Mainboard Z77A-GD80*1 5th: MSI Mainboard Z77A-GD65*1 Lucky Draw(*2): MSI R7770 Newest Graphics Cards Do not hesitate now! Gear up your MSI weapons and let the evolution begins! More information please refer to MOA AM Qualifier- http://hwbot.org/competition/moa_americas_2012 (activates from Apr. 13) MOA website- http://msi-moa.com/ MOA Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/MSIMOA The Practical Stuff - Online Qualifiers Alright, so there will be 3 online qualifiers: Americas, EMEA and APAC. They will be running in different time frames and are also a little different in terms of qualification for the Grand Final later this year. Americas: 13/04 - 10/05, best of 3 continue EMEA: 18/05 - 14/06, best of 5 continue APAC: 15/06 - 19/07, best of 4 continue Fyi, there are no limitations on the amount of teams that can qualify per country. Ie, if the best 3 teams from the Americas qualifier are all from Bolivia, then 3 Bolivian teams will be in the MOA 2012 final. The Practical Stuff - Benchmark and hardware limitations As usual, the qualifiers have a couple of benchmarks and hardware limitations. The benchmarks each have a different weight in the calculation (weight applied to point algorithm). 3DMark11: 60 - 43,2 - 38,4 - 36 - 33,6 - 31,2 - 28,8 - 26,4 - 24 - 21,6 - 19,2 - 16,8 - 14,4 - 12 - 9,6 - 7,2 - 4,8 - 2,4 - 0 - 0 - ... 3DMark03: 25 - 18 - 16 - 15 - 14 - 13 - 12 - 11 - 10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 0 - 0 - ... SuperPI 32M: 15 - 10,8 - 9,6 - 9 - 8,4 - 7,8 - 7,2 - 6,6 - 6 - 5,4 - 4,8 - 4,2 - 3,6 - 3 - 2,4 - 1,8 - 1,2 - 0,6 - 0 - 0 - ... Fairly straight forward. As for the hardware limitations: single CPU videocard single GPU videocard only MSI mainboards only MSI graphics cards no ES samples allowed, only retail hardware used must be released before the start of the competition (note: commercial NDA, not media NDA!) the usage of Virtu MVP is not allowed Since Ivy Bridge will launch at the end of April (29th according to the rumours), they are not eligible for the Americas qualifier. For the EMEA and APAC qualifiers, they will be allowed. The Practical Stuff - Get Lost You Sandbagger! We all know how online competitions usually work, so for the MOA 2012 we will implement an elemination cut to force those annoying sandbaggers to play their cards a little earlier in the game. The elimination will take place after 75% of the competition (we'll provide exact date, time, timezone) and will only allow the 15 best overall ranked to continue submitting. If you don't make the top-15 cut, you will no longer be allowed to submit in the rest of the competition. Note that the scores of the eliminated participants are still valid for the competition. So, if someone only submits the highest SuperPI-32M score and gets eliminated, you'll still have to beat that score to get the 15 points. That's all for now, more info to follow. Good luck :celebration: // ORIGINAL FIRST POST // Almost time for a new thread Confirmation of the 2012 edition http://www.facebook.com/pages/MOA/127725360583064 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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