Futuremark® and MSI Announce Operation Overclock Competition

HELSINKI, FINLAND – DECEMBER 16, 2011 – Futuremark® today announced the Operation Overclock competition sponsored by MSI. This worldwide competition challenges contestants to submit the highest 3DMark 11 Physics Test score by overclocking their CPU. The contest starts December 19, runs until January 16, and is open to overclockers with MSI brand motherboards and Intel Sandy Bridge and Sandy Bridge-E CPUs. Prizes include MSI motherboards and graphics cards, Kingston memory, Enermax power supplies and COUGAR cases and fans. Full prize details and rules can be found online: http://www.3dmark.com/competitions/MSI-OpOc/

During each week of the contest the three best scores will win these great prizes:

1st place prize:
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Motherboard
MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC Graphics Card

2nd place prize:
Kingston Genesis quad-channel memory kit
Enermax Platimax 1000W Power Supply

3rd place prize:
COUGAR Evolution Case
COUGAR Vortex HDB Fans

Zona Lin, the Manager of MSI Component Marketing Department at MSI, says, "Intel's new X79 chipset and Sandy Bridge-E series CPU's take consumer level performance to a new level. The flagship Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition processor is the fastest CPU available today. MSI are proud to highlight these recent advances in CPU technology by sponsoring this first-of-its-kind overclocking competition."

Ann Bai, DRAM Memory Sales Director, APAC Region at Kingston, says, “We are pleasant to sponsor the Operation Overclock Competition with our latest HyperX products. Kingston HyperX Genesis quad-channel kits are specifically made to maximize performance in Intel’s new Core i7-3960X or 3930K processors and also can scale new overclocking heights for extreme gamers, benchmarkers, content creators and enthusiasts.”

3DMark is known for bringing graphics cards to their knees, but 3DMark 11 measures more than the performance of your GPU. The dedicated Physics Test uses intensive rigid-body physics simulation to measure your computer's processing power too. The Physics Test score is linked to the speed and number of cores in your processor. PCs with fast, multi-core processors score well while overclocking your CPU can boost your score even higher.