Revision 7 is designed in response to community feedback with the intent of awarding points more accurately as a reflection of overclocking result quality. The new revision re-balances the weight of benchmark applications and awards points based on result quality relative to the top result.
At the core of the HWBoints concept, invented by Mtzki from Finland, lie two distinct parameters: the weight of a ranking as determined by the amount of participants, and the quality of the result as determined by its position within the ranking. This concept is now being stretched to the end of its scaling capabilities due to two primary reasons: 1) the increase of global and hardware rankings, and 2) the direct submission capability of benchmark applications via our Open API. [...] This conflicts with the overclocking community’s desire to have the Overclockers League and submission points reflect the skill and effort required to achieve the position. Revision 7 addresses these concerns.
Although I don’t want to make a habit of reporting on the business side of HWBOT, it’s good once in a while to share more details on the business side of HWBOT with the community. In last year’s HWBOT year overview I summarized some information shared in the XOC Focus Group private sub-forum on how we spend the income. In this article I want to share a bit more detail on how we spent our budget in the first half of this year.
First of all, let’s have a look at how we organize our activities. HWBOT’s activities center around 4 pillars: Community, Education, Competition and Technology. For each of the four pillars we have one or more activities that we put more or less focus on.
Hello SkatterBenchers. Today we will show you how to overclock this notebook in a minimum amount of steps and time. This is the ASUS ROG GX700 V0 notebook which comes with watercooling as well as a Core i7 6820HK processor, a desktop grade GTX 980 graphics card and 64GB of memory. To do the overclocking we will be using the ROG Gaming Center application and in there we will switch up the Turbo Gear settings. We will be using four different benchmarks in the operating system to measure the performance; Intel XTU, ROG Realbench, F1 2014 and 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme. Note: Today will be a little bit different than our other SkatterBencher videos because we can’t really change that much manually.
As a final step of our overclocking adventure, we will switch to manual mode. We increased the CPU frequency to 4.0 GHz, we increased the CPU cache frequency to 4GHz. We enabled XMP and then we also increased the GPU core frequency by 200MHz as well as the GPU memory frequency by 300MHz as well. In a final round of benchmarking we find that the XTU performance has gone up to 1,271 points which is 18% over stock performance. In Fire Strike Extreme we see that our performance went up to 6,665 points which almost 40% over stock performance - this is thanks to the 1,427MHz GPU frequency and 3.8GHz memory frequency. In F1 2014 our minimum FPS has gone up to 71, which is 20% over stock performance and in ROG Realbench we now have a score 103,741 points, 23% over stock. The CPU temperature under load is 83C and the GPU temperature under load is only 41C.
GIGABYTE have long been involved with the world of Overclocking. The company was an early pioneer when it came to hosting overclocking contests; the inaugural Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship, or GO OC, took place in September 2008 and involved worldwide qualifying rounds to make it one of the first truly international OC contests. GIGABYTE also developed the first motherboard designed by an overclocker for overclockers with the launch of the X58A-OC board. Designed by OC legend and in-house overclocker HiCookie, the board was a huge hit with extreme overclockers and set the standard for OC specific motherboard design.
Fast forward to Computex 2016 and find GIGABYTE taking a very considered approach to Overclocking that demonstrates that the company still has what it takes to win in the race for ultimate performance. The creation of the GIGABYTE OC Lab at the company’s HQ in Taipei provided the ideal space for overclockers to get together and and get down to some seriously extreme overclocking. GIGABYTE is also pioneering the concept of an overclocking invitational event where leading overclockers get the chance to bench alongside in-house overclockers HiCookie and Sofos1990. Dubbed the ‘Secret OC’, it has provided GIGABYTE with several reasons to be happy.
Today we want to take a look at last week’s Computex 2016 event from the context of overclocking, putting memory vendor G.SKILL under the microscope in terms of how the company integrated with overclockers and overclocking during the week-long event here in Taipei, Taiwan.
There is little doubt that G.SKILL has established themselves as the overclockers brand of choice for the last few years, a monumental feat that G.SKILL are keen to maintain in the coming years ahead. How have they arrived in such a lofty position? We had a chance to sit down with Product Marketing Manager Frank Hung, who told us it’s all about delivering the best product possible so that enthusiasts and overclockers get the message loud and clear - G.SKILL is No1. for performance in both DDR3 and DDR4 memory.
The connection with overclocking is one that validates these claims. G.SKILL know that there is no better way to demonstrate leadership than by getting overclockers to push their memory kits as hard as possible. World record memory frequencies might get headlines in the media, mainly because simple frequencies are easy to equate and digest - this company’s DDR4 can operate stably at higher frequencies than another’s - but it’s actually a much broader strategy where overclockers know they have G.SKILL in their corner.
This post is based on a forum thread that has been simmering away on the HWBOT forum for a few weeks. It basically revolves around a HWBOT member known to us as OLDcomer who found that his Core i7 5690X got knocked back by the Intel RMA staff who considered the residual stains of the liquid metal TIM to be signs of IHS damage and possibly sanding; two reasons that they argue invalidate any RMA claim. According to OLDcomer:
“My motherboard killed my 5960x recently and I sent the processor for warranty replacement to Intel's depot in Netherlands. The TIM was liquid metal and that's why there is some residue and it is hard to read the batch code but it is visible if look from the right angle. Intel Customer Support said that the processor is sanded which is not true.”
The Intel reply was thus:
“After further inspection the CPU is being rejected as the unit has substantial impact by some means which appear to be sanding marks and is being shipped back to you...”
It certainly seemed that all was lost, especially as many members suggested that Intel use barcodes to identify all processors and once a chip has been knocked back in an RMA case, it would be very difficult to find a way to convince the company otherwise. Fortunately The Stilt had a suggestion which OLDcomer was willing to give a shot.
“Try wiping the heatspreader with some < 10% hydrochlorid acid for couple of minutes. It should remove the gallium residue / oxidation. After wiping it with the acid, clean the acid residue first with water and then again with alcohol. The send it back to Intel.” –The Stilt.
Turns out that the solution offered above worked. Intel have agreed to replace OLDcomer’s i7 5690X. If you have experienced similar problems in the past when trying to RMA a CPU with residual liquid metal TIM, this solution looks to be your best shot. Kudos to The Stilt.
The guys from OverclockingTV had a very busy and fun weekend at the Summer OC Party in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania which finished up just yesterday. The event was organized primarily by community members from OCF including Stefan and Stephonz. The concept is pretty straightforward - a big get-together where anyone from Elite league extreme overclockers to absolute newbies were welcome to hangout and of course get down to some solid benchmarking.
One of the more interesting activities that happened was the experimentation of new live OC contest format called ‘1v1 Target Attack’. The rules have not yet been finalized, but basically it works like this; two overclockers compete 1v1 style, overclockers start with three live and compete in short 5 min rounds were they have to try and get as close as possible to specific (randomly drawn) target score. The looser of each round loses one life. Players lose a life if they fail to score, make the same score or score by the same distance from the target.
The Summer OC Party was the perfect opportunity to test the 1v1 Target Attack format. As you can see in the video (click the image to your left) Xyala and Trouffman set up a test contest between Marc0053 and Stephonz who stepped up as willing test pilots for the experiment.
The contest also proved to be useful platform for a test of a different kind as the OverClocking-TV team also experimented with a newly developed Overclocking Telemetry Shield device. Xyala has been working with hacker Gergely Imreh to come up with a small device that can monitor and display live temperatures and voltages. Based on an Arduino/Genuino Yún the Shield is perfect for displaying sensor data during live overclocking contests – as such was used during the contests last weekend. You can see temps clearly displayed onscreen during the contests, offering some additional insight for anyone watching the live stream.
“This summer Dennis took a rather short 3 day trip to Los Angeles, California to visit with some of the hardware manufacturers who support Hardware Asylum. The trip included visits with EVGA, Thermaltake, Gigabyte and Zotac on Day One, plus Cooler Master, InWIn and HyperX on Day Two.”
“While a trip like this seems simple for those living in California it becomes increasingly more difficult the further away you live. For Dennis this ment catching a flight from Boise to LA, renting a car and carefully planning where to be with estimations on meeting length and drive time. To complicate matters the US offices he visited are not open to the public and are often located in an unmarked industrial building with active security.”
In Week 30 of 2016, we received 3480 benchmark results from 888 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 55% of the active community. They were responsible for 33% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.
To accommodate more results we simplified the overview table to contain three types of information. The Most Valuable Submission, based on WR + Global + Hardware points, is separated in a CPU and GPU benchmark section. The top hardware points remain the same, but are not included in one table. In terms of scoring points, this week it's Xtreme Addict, Perica_barii and Johnd0e's turn to join the infamous 742-club. In the 100+ point category, excluding the XTU 2xCPU results, we find Xtreme Addict from Poland topping the Elite class scoring 148.3 points for his World Record in Catzilla 720P with three GeForce GTX 980 Ti at 1650/2175 MHz. In addition, OLDcomer from Bulgaria scoring 141.5 for his World Record of GPUPI 1B with 8(!) Radeon HD 290X.
In the Hardware rankings bracket, we find Xtreme Addict from Poland, Strong Island from United States, and Jlieu92 from United States scoring gold in their respective categories. Xtreme Addict scores the top rank in the SuperPI 1M Core 2 Duo E6600 bracket. Strong Island chose a GPU benchmark to score more gold - his GeForce 8800 GTX clocked at 999/1215 MHz scores number one in 3DMark06. As a rookie, Jlieu92 scores top in the XTU Core i7 6700HQ ranking. Congratulations to everyone making the table this week!
The overclocking results submitted during Week 30 generated in total 400 World Record Points, 4360.6 Global Points, and 8413.6 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 25% for Elite, 30% for Extreme, 14% for Apprentice, 13% for Enthusiast, 7% for Novice, and 25% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 8% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 17% Enthusiast, 11% Novice, and 58% Rookie.
Perennial GPU pusher K|NGP|N has been at it again, this time pushing a GTX 980 Ti to insane heights to break the single GPU global ranking in 3DMark11 Performance. In fact the new score smashes past the 37K barrier without so much as a glance over the shoulder.
A score of 37,423 is now the highest score from any single GPU system and was made using a Broadwell-E Core i7 6950X pumped to 5.2GHz (+73.33% beyond stock), joined by a GTX 980 Ti with the GPU clocked at 2,189MHz (+103.44%) and graphics memory clocked at 2,170MHz (+23.79%). A pretty incredible set up. The card in question is in fact an EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Kingpin Edition and was cooled by Vince’s very own TEK9-FAT LN2 pot and a whole load of LN2.
You certainly get the feeling however that these two buddies are not going to give up easily and allow the other to enjoy the ascendancy. No chance. In fact Dancop has already launched defense of his throne with a Global 1st Place GPU PI 1B score that at least keeps things really tight at the top. A score of 12sec 798ms was submitted using a Core i7 6950X clocked at a massive 5,261.39MHz, +75.38% beyond the deca-core CPU’s defaults. In terms of GPU Dancop used a GTX 1080 with the Pascal core squeezed to 2,505.5MHz, an awesome +55.91%.
The score beats the previous best of 13sec 242ms held by Xtreme Addict and earns Dancop a 117.2 points for the global 1st Place plus 6.6 hardware points for the GTX 1080 ranking. Every point counts at right now of course as Dancop sits just Xtreme Addict enjoys a lead of only 33 points. It will interesting to see how these two react in the days to come. Watch this space.
The curtain was drawn on the second round of the Challenger Divisions on OC-ESPORTS a few weeks ago. Today however we are proud to announce the winners of the lucky prize draw for each division. Two great prizes were up for grabs for each division and included a HyperX Savage DDR4 2666 8GB kit (HX426C13SBK2/8), plus a HyperX Savage 120GB SSD (SHSS37A/120G). Winners were drawn at random. Here is a full breakdown of the lucky overclockers:
The following overclockers will each receive a HyperX Savage DDR4 Kit:
Division I - Digg_de
Division II - Lochekey
Division III - xXbladeXx
Division IV - mirzet1976
Division V - max1024
Division VI - StingerYar
Division VII - Martin White
The following overclockers will be sent a HyperX Savage 120GB SSD:
Division I - Pedro2553
Division II - SergeyR
Division III - MetalRace
Division IV - Darky
Division V - Sweet
Division VI - FoX_UA
Division VII - pipes
Congrats to all the winners in Round 2 of this season’s Challenger Divisions. Remember that you can find more information about scores, submissions and prizes here, here and here on OC-ESPORTS.
Sometimes get the feeling that it’s always the other guys that gets to have all fun? Be warned. You’re about to have that feeling right now. Dhenzjhen is the Philippines current No.1 overclocker and is also currently ranked No.6 in the world. While he’s not in a fight for dual-core CPU dominance he can be found testing some seriously impressive server rigs. Recently he’s been playing with a server that runs a pair of Intel Xeon E5 2689 v4 Broadwell-EP chips, plus eleven Nvidia Tesla workstation cards. Envious yet?
Using the server rig mentioned above dhenzjhen was able to submit a new World Record score for GPUPI 1B of 2sec 485ms, just ahead of Bulgaria’s OLDcomer who held the previous best score of 2sec 502ms using eight Radeon R9 290X cards. The new record takes advantage of the latest M40 Tesla workstation cards. The system packed 10 of theses 250 watt beasts, each of which has a Maxwell-based GM200 GPU (with 3072 Nvidia CUDA cores per chip) and a healthy 24GB of GDDR5 memory. The cards were run at stock settings and were joined by an additional Nvidia M4 card. Did I mention however that the pair of 10 core (20 thread) Broadwell-EP E5 2689 v4 processors were pushed to a tasty 3,700MHz (+32.14%)?
Apart from setting the hearts of on looking overclockers aflutter, dhenzjhen also earned himself a 100 points for the World Record, 39.5 points for the multiple GPU (database doesn’t recognize more than four) 1st place ranking, plus 2 hardware points for the Tesla cards. You can check out the submission from Dhenzjhen for yourself here.
The battle for top spot in the HWBOT world rankings is really heating up. Dancop has pretty much had the throne all to himself since 8 pack abdicated several months ago. Since then Xtreme Addict has been edging his way up ever closer. Remarkably, in the last few hours we have seen XA claim the celebrated top spot, if only briefly, as Dancop almost immediately struck back to reclaim it for himself. Currently the two sit in the top two spaces with Dancop enjoying a slim lead of just 63.7 points.
It seems all of this work has paid off as he briefly managed to take top spot earlier today. Top spot was taken with an XTU submission using an i3 6320 processor to hit a score of 742 marks. Despite being only the 52nd highest ranked score on HWBOT, the popularity of XTU means that XA garnered a substantial 166.44 global points, plus 29.4 hardware points – more enough to carry him over the line to 1st place.
You know when these guys turn to dual core i3 processors on XTU that things are getting a touch scrappy, but it’s also an indication of how competitive these two friends really are. Congrats to Xtreme Addict for reaching the summit of Global Overclocking. Congrats also to Dancop for the swift retort. One thing is for certain – don’t take your eyes off this space. It could get messy.
Considering the unfortunate nature of the circumstances outlined above, the HWBOT community has responded brilliantly. TheMadDutchDude, also known as Brendon, has kicked off a fundraising initiative on the HWBOT forum, essentially facilitating a way for members of the HWBOT community to make cash contributions to a fund which will then be divided equally between Pulse88 and Rosty. It’s not entirely clear how far the fundraiser will be able to compensate all losses, but it hoped that will considerably soften the blow.
It’s great to see the overclocking community respond in this way. As a relatively new member myself, it is touching to see so many members actively trying to put right a situation that has made so many feel aggrieved.