Overclockers Push Sandy Bridge to New Levels of Performance

In June Futuremark ran a worldwide overclocking competition to push the limits of performance for PCs using Sandy Bridge chipsets and today the company announced the winners of the contest that saw thousands of entries from more than 60 countries. There were two contests, the Sandy Bridge Z68 Integrated Graphics OC Contest and the Sandy Bridge Plus Palit Discrete Graphics OC Contest and get ready for some amazing results.
The first segment was restricted to PCs with Intel’s new Sandy Bridge Z68 chipset with integrated Intel HD Graphics where Alva “Lucky_n00b” Jonathan smashed through the P4000 limit to set a new world record of P4419 using 3DMark Vantage’s performance preset. His set-up consisted of an Intel Core i7-2600K with MSI Z68A-GD80 motherboard. To better appreciate Alva’s skills, with factory settings his set up would score around P2200.
The second contest segment was open to any PC using a Sandy Bridge-based CPU together with a single card, single GPU Palit brand discrete graphics card where Giorgioprimo took the honors, and collected the $1000 cash top prize, with a score of P10734 using 3DMark 11 performance preset. His set up included an Intel Core i7-2600K processor paired with a Palit GeForce GTX 580 graphics card. At factory settings, this set up would score P6600.
Great work to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners!