Gigabyte march oc madness competition

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 for cash and hardware prizes. This competition is open to all skill levels, with Novice, Rookie, Enthusiast, Elite and Extreme category levels allowing anyone to participate, and it additionally is open to competitors globally. Hit the jump to learn more.

The Gigabyte March OC Madness competition is hosted by HWBOT in partnership with Gigabyte, and runs from 12 March 2016 to 10 April 2016. Only submissions made during this period will be considered as entries into the competition.

There are a number of cash and hardware prizes up for grabs.  The winner for each category will be awarded $500 (approx. R7600*). 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. The schedule is as follows:

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!

To qualify to enter, you need to be in possession of a Gigabyte Z170 series motherboard, and only submissions made using Gigabyte-branded Z170 boards will be considered. You can read up on the full terms and conditions of the competition, as well as the general rules for a successful entry. Good luck!