Over the course of four months, 89 teams from around the world took on the challenges presented in HWBOT Team Cup 2014. The challenges were divided over four different sub-competitions, each with either 10 or 5 stages depending on the sub-competition type. The sub-competitions were split up based on the hardware. SC 1 featured only CPU benchmarks, SC 2 was about GPU overclocking, SC 3 about memory clocking and finally SC 4 was a miscellaneous challenges featuring reference clock and mobile benching.
After four months of intense overclocking HwBox Hellas O/C Team came out on top, winning the HWBOT Team Cup. They were joined on the podium stage by Xtreme OC Team Bulgaria and Classicplatforms.com who finished second and third at respectively 242 and 404 points from the winner. Congratulations to everyone! For each of the sub-competitions we prepared a list of target scores. The targets were the best score in the database fitting the limitations set per stage and were used by the competitors to have a better idea of what they should aim for. For example, in the first stage of the CPU Challenge the target score for the CPU-Z % OC Intel was 207%. The winner of the stage, Zafiropo from the HwBox team, overclocking an Intel Mobile Celeron 1.2GHz to 4400 MHz, resulting in a 266.72% overclock and 50 points for the team ...
In an article published last month we explained our point of view on the way the overclocking community and related industry communicates about benchmark results. The term ‘World Record’ is used so often that it has lost its meaning and the over-usage devaluates the real world record. To address this problem we want to revise how we communicate about overclocking achievements.
After taking the time to consult partners, media, the staff and of course members of the overclocking community, we have finalized the terminology and definitions of overclocking achievements at HWBOT. From now on, the official communication for benchmark results submitted at HWBOT is defined as follows.
After months of preparation and hard work, the HWBOT team is incredibly happy to finally introduce OC-Esports.io, a completely new platform for competitive overclocking. Better known under its working title of Revision6 (or #revision6 for the social media adepts), this new platform focuses completely on the competitive side of overclocking. With our in-house competition structure known as Road To Pro, we create a divisional structure where any type of overclocker can find a place to compete and excel. The platform allows for partners to set up their own competition series too and combining the Road To Pro, the online and live competitions we build a Global Seasonal Leaderboard for competitive overclocking. Without further ado, let's have a look at some of the main features!
First of all I want to thank GIGABYTE. I had the possibility to bench at their OC Lab in Taipei, Taiwan for one week. Without their resources (CPUs and motherboars) I would not have figured this out. Thanks a lot guys especially Sofos and HiCookie!
NOTE: This is all based on some reverse engineering and experimenting. I’m just reporting what worked for us and giving you advice. This modification was tested on three different Core i7 5960X CPUs and different mainboards. Nothing died even after applying some ridiculous voltages. However, I can’t guarantee nothing will go wrong. In addition I have no idea how this could affect the lifespan of your chip. In other words: All modification on your own risk!
I tested this modification on the normal X99-SOC Force (without OC-Socket) and on the LN2 version with OC-Socket. It works on both boards without burning anything. However I can’t guarantee that it will work on all boards from other vendors. It would be up to you guys to test and approve this. I’m pretty confident that it will work though.
So in order to achive higher uncore clocks we have to modify some of the CPU voltages. This means we have to mod the CPU. Yes - talking about modding a USD $1,000 processor. There are two ways how to do this. The first way is the “lazy solution” and depending on your chip and board you should be able to run 4000-4200 MHz with this mod.
The world of overclocking is a magical thing. There are no teachers in universities telling us how to operate in this world which makes this a completely open field. That is one of the things we love about our jobs and passion.
In this job, we are fortunate enough to travel the world and talk with everyone involved in the process of overclocking. From the hardware manufacturer designing the products we use, over the distributor selling on feature sets to the end-users and overclockers enjoying the competitions we organize at HWBOT. Every week we learn something new and our vision is affected daily by the input of opinions and feedback from the people that cross our path.
We love to talk about the future of overclocking and what it takes to get there. Sadly enough, over the past couple of months we noticed that these discussions increasingly revolve around one single term: “World Record”. And that must change.
In this editorial we will explain the stance we take on the term World Record. We introduce new terminology, publish communication guidelines and the only official HWBOT World Record table