I always find it funny how manufacturers won’t cover your hardware under warranty if you overclock it. But then turn around and encourage you to overclock the snot out of it with some of these contests they put out. At the same time, overclockers are a different breed of computer users. They’re not into gaming so much and they’re not into heavy duty content creation, but they are into pushing their hardware to the limit and living with the consequences of liquid nitrogen soaked parts. For those of you that fall into the latter category, this contest is for you. As some overclockers say “It’s a lot cheaper than drag racing”.

Check out the full post after the break on GIGABYTE”s latest competition for you OC Guru’s out there…

Taipei, Taiwan, 29 March, 2010 GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announces the launch of a global Graphics Card overclocking competition, OC Guru is You. This event coincides with the recent announcement of GIGABYTEs latest family of Graphics Cards, the Super Overclock Series. Contestants around the world are invited to upload the ultimate score on HWBOT.

The winners of highest Vantage Overall and highest GPU score will receive USD1,500 cash and a new HD 5870 Super Overclock Series graphics card with GPU Gauntlet Sorting and Ultra Durable VGA+. In GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series, all of the GPUs in this new range of high-end graphics cards have been cherry-picked for top performance, efficiency and reliability. Utilizing GIGABYTEs innovative GPU Gauntlet Sorting process ensures that only premium GPU processors are used in these graphics cards. Coupled with Ultra Durable VGA+ boards, users can rest assured that the Super Overclock Series graphics cards wont let them down when they step onto the digital battleground.

To express gratitude for gamers support, there will also be a lucky draw for all OC Guru is You entries with the winner receiving a GIGABYTE unique Silent Series graphics card- GV-R575SL-1GI.

Competition will be held from April 1st to April 30th. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3DMark Vantage -Performance scores and benchmark. Contestant who achieves the highest GPU score of the competition will be awarded a GIGABYTE HD 5870 Super Overclock Series graphics card. Contestant who whose score comes to first place in the competition will receive USD1,500 cash.

Contestants are required to use ONLY GIGABYTE HD 5870 graphics card and GIGABYTE motherboard in this challenge.

Rules of the competition:

– General HWBOT submission rules and guidelines must be followed (in other words: submitting results like you do on normal HWBOT system).

– Please provide a Futuremark verification link as well as screen shots.

– Please add a system picture to the submission.

– People who damage the integrity of the overclocking spirit are removed from the competition (eg: cheating).

– Special software tweaks must be disclosed during the competition to the HWBOT staff and will be made public afterwards.

– Both GIGABYTE and HWBOT have the right to remove a doubtful score.

– Limitation: using only retail for this competition.

For further details about the GIGABYTE OC Guru is You challenge please visit HWBOT http://hwbot.org/competition/gbt_r5870_challenge

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For more details of the Super Overclock Series, please visit the GIGABYTE Graphics Card webpage at: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/VGA/Default.aspx

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