GIGABYTE Z97-Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge

GIGABYTE today announced its latest overclocking contest hosted on, the GIGABYTE Z97-Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge. The main focus will be centred on the latest GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards and the G3258 Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition CPU.

The challenge is open to all overclockers and will be separated in 5 stages running various benchmarks on air/water cooling and LN2 cooling. A total of USD $2,000 in cash prizes and two GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC LN2 will be offered to the winners, as well as a lucky draw with 5 participants winning a GIGABYTE G-Powerboard kit.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pentium® brand, Intel delivered to the overclocking community an unlocked processor with great potential at a very fair price. To put this bad boy to the test, GIGABYTE is giving HWBOT’s community the opportunity to see if they can keep their cool under pressure and win big from August 24th until September 28th, 2014.

Contest Stages

  • Stage 1: XTU – Submission deadline: Sunday, September 7th
  • Stage 2: HWBOT Prime – Submission deadline: Sunday, September 7th
  • Stage 3: Super Pi 32M – Submission deadline: Sunday, September 14th
  • Stage 4: Memory Clock – Submission deadline: Sunday, September 21st
  • Stage 5: CPU Frequency clock – Submission deadline: Sunday, September 28th

Contest Rules

All submissions must be made using a GIGABYTE 9 series motherboard (except Z97 SOC FORCE LN2) and retail Intel® Pentium® G3258. All screenshot submissions must include the competition wallpaper including the benchmark score. All submissions must include a picture of the rig used, including competition background. Usual HWBOT submission and verification rules apply. Stage 1 is open to HWBOT Enthusiast, Rookie and Novice overclockers only using Air/Water cooling, LN2 not allowed. Stages 2 to 5 are open to all HWBOT overclockers. To remain qualified, the participants of Stage 2 to Stage 5 MUST submit a score before the deadline. For the lucky draw, the G-Powerboard kit version (Nvidia/AMD) will be sent randomly. Winners of Stage 1 and Stage 2 to 5 will be excluded from the Lucky draw.

Contest Prizes

  • Stage 1:
    1st place receives $500 USD
  • Stage 2 to 5:
    1st place receives $1,000 USD and a Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2
    2nd place receives $500 USD
    3rd place receives a Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboard
  • Lucky draw (To be held at the end of the competition)
    Five randomly selected participants will receive a G-Powerboard kit, including a G-POWERBOARD, a Powerboard controller, cables and a copper sheet.

The GIGABYTE Z97-Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge will run from August 24th 2014 until September 28th 2014, midnight GMT/UTC (8AM 29/07 GMT+8).

For a complete list of contest rules, scoring and more details, please visit the contest page hosted on

Thank you GIGABYTE for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of GIGABYTE.