Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset GeForce GTX 980 Ti   rsannino 9931.6 DX11 Marks 137.4 pts 1   2
XTU Core i3 6320 4020 MHz scannick 741 marks 136.3 pts 7   1
XTU Core i3 6320 4020 MHz I.nfraR.ed 741 marks 136.3 pts 1   1
3DMark03 GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1420/1950 MHz Smoke 300460 marks 84.3 pts 4   5
HWBOT Prime Core i7 6700K 6467.2 MHz nacho_arroyo 7659.2 pps 67.6 pts 4   1
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 6700K 6360 MHz nacho_arroyo 1417 cb 56.1 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i7 6700K 6360 MHz nacho_arroyo 15.56 points 52.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 5000 MHz Sparks.nl 1792 marks 49.0 pts 0   0
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i7 6700K 6300 MHz nacho_arroyo 26759 points 46.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5930K 4850 MHz mus1mus 1959 marks 45.2 pts 0   0

OC-ESPORTS Entries

HWBOT Articles

Today on Overclocker in Focus we are treated to an engrossing conversation with one of Europe’s most seasoned Elite overclockers. Leeghoofd is Belgium’s current No.1, a team leader and massive contributor for the Madshrimps Belgium OC Team, and by all accounts a really nice guy too. We get him talking about his slow rise up the ranks at HWBOT and his thoughts and hopes regarding the future of the game.

"That was one of my best moments, and also I think the first moment I came to Taipei when PJ qualified for the GIGABYTE GOOC in 2009? PJ, I’m still not remembering ...something like that. So also my first visit to Taipei and in fact meet the people who you are chatting with, Skyping with, ICQ even in those days. So it was like real fun. That’s also one of the things that keeps me motivated, to be part of the community and come to Taipei and hook up with everybody."


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Hardware news

Chi-Kui Lam Pushes i7 6700K to 7025.66MHz (+75.64%)

That man from Hong Kong is at it again, this time Chi-Kui Lam has pushed his i7 6700K to a massive to 7025.66MHz, making it the highest frequency for the Skylake top SKU yet recorded on HWBOT. The frequency is a very nice +75.64% beyond stock settings and was of course achieved using copious amounts of LN2 as well as an ASRock Z170M OC Formula board and G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 DDR4.

The new world record frequency edges out der8auer on 7007.85mhz. It’s also great to see PC Gaming media cover the news. Here’s a sample of what PC Gamer had to say about the submission:

“A couple of German overclockers, Der8auer and Dancop, came pretty close to that record recently using an Asus Maximus VIII Gene motherboard. They also impressively managed to increase the speed to over 7GHz, but fell just short of the record at 7007.85MHz, securing second place in the current rankings. This is the fastest speed for that specific motherboard and CPU combination however.”

Read more at PC Gamer here.

Check out the submission on HWBOT here.

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Intel Shuts Down Cheap Skylake Overclocking

According to reports in the media, Intel has finally made a decisive and somewhat bold move of actually shutting down the loophole that allowed users to overclock non-K SKU Skylake processors. Since December of last year motherboard vendors started releasing revised BIOS versions that allowed users to increase performance by having full access the processor’s BCLK. Intel was rumored to be less than pleased, but today we finally have confirmation that they will issue a microcode update to motherboard vendors, which once implemented, will basically put end to non-K SKU overclocking.

According to PC World, an Intel spokesperson responded with the following quote:

“Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS. The latest update provided to partners includes, among other things, code that aligns with the position that we do not recommend overclocking processors that have not been designed to do so. Additionally, Intel does not warranty the operation of the processor beyond its specifications.”

So far it seems like the original BIOSes that allowed non-K SKU overclocking will remain usable out there in the wild, but in all likelihood newer boards will integrate the updated microcode.

Check out the full story on PC World.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 6, 2016: 181 pts by Sskmercer (Australia)

Last week we received 5041 benchmark results from 1020 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 58% of the active community. They were responsible for 40% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

The Most Valuable Submission is calculated by the sum of a submissions's World Record, Global, and Hardware points. The Top Hardware Points is taking into account only the Hardware Points of a submission.

The most valuable submission of the week is Sskmercer' XTU score of 742 points in the 2xCPU category which is one point higher than a dozen other overclockers got over the past couple of weeks. The scores result in 181 points contributing to the Overclockers League. In the Elite class we find the 3DMark03 World Record by Dancop with a set of Geforce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards. In the Enthusiast class we find Noliso from Germany also riding high in the XTU 2xCPU category. In the Novice class we find oTaNeR from Portugal and in the Rookie class we find Crimson OC from Italy, both active in the XTU 6xCPU ranking.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 6 generated in total 175 World Record Points, 7050.4 Global Points, and 8266.4 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 15% for Elite, 39% for Extreme, 17% for Enthusiast, 10% for Novice, and 20% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 12% Extreme, 14% Enthusiast, 14% Novice, and 58% Rookie.



Most Valuable Submissions - Week 6, 2016

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 178.8 points Dancop 3DMark03 (WR)
Extreme 181 points Sskmercer XTU 2xCPU (1st)
Enthusiast 52.8 points Noliso XTU 2xCPU (22nd)
Novice 42.4 points oTaNeR XTU 6xCPU (119th)
Rookie 35.3 points Crimson OC XTU 6xCPU (85th)


Top Hardware Points - Week 6, 2016

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 39.4 points Oldscarface 3DMark03 Radeon HD 5970 (2nd)
Extreme 49.8 points Rauf 3DMark05 GeForce GTX 480 (1st)
Enthusiast 24.4 points Niko993 3DMark11 Performance Radeon HD 6850 (1st)
Novice 24.3 points Andreacos92 XTU Core i7 4710HQ (12th)
Rookie 24 points Davidblanc333 XTU Core i5 4690K (67th)

Overclocked Intel Core i3 6100 vs Core i5 4690

WCCFTech have just published an interesting article that compares the performance of an overclocked Core i3 6100 ($125) and a more expensive Core i5 4690 ($225). The testing tries to discover if using a non-K SKU Skylake chip really does represent good value now that the majority of motherboard vendors have released BIOS revisions that circumvent Intel’s locked BCLKs. The results may well be interesting for PC builders on a budget in much the same way as we did back in the day when any CPU could be pushed for a free, additional performance boost.

Keith May took an i3 6100 and managed to establish a solid 4.5GHz clock which is +22% beyond stock settings. His findings indicate that for some builders out there, an overlocked i3 Skylake processor competes pretty favorable in most applications compared to a previous-gen Haswell processor that costs $100 more..

You can read the full article with benchmark results and more here on WCCFTech..

3 Competitions Lose OC-ESPORTS Points in February

The OC-ESPORTS points are a part of the equation for the HWBOT Overclockers League leaderboard as the league is based on a member's best 15 combined global and wr scores overall, best 20 hardware scores overall, and the 10 best OC-ESPORTS points from the past 365 days. To help you understand why you may lose points this point, below you can find a table of the competitions which will lose their points this month.


Competitions Losing Points in February 2016

Competition Date of Losing Points Level Winner
Rookie Rumble #14 2015-02-07 1 JohnITRW
Rookie Rumble AMD #11 2015-02-07 1 JohnITRW
Turrican Memorial Charity Challenge 2015-02-28 1 GunGod

Old School is Best School: Round 1 Winners

The curtain has just come down on this season’s first round of the Old School is Best School series on OC-ESPORTS. Perhaps not surprisingly, the winners are Classicplatforms.com, an old school overclocking team that needs no introduction, being the dominant force in this contest for the duration of the 2015 season. Classicplatforms claim a resounding win in Round 1 with victories in both stages of the contest and a maximum haul of 50 points. In second place we find XTREME OC Team Bulgaria on 18 points while third place goes to Belarus OC Team on 15. Let’s take a look at both stages and the submissions in a little more detail.

While Classicplatforms.com once again romped to victory thanks to an excellent performance from Kotari who swept away the competition in both stages, it’s also encouraging to see that a total of 16 teams took part in Round 1 of the contest. Teams from all around the globe went head to head in a battle to prove who is the king of Old School hardware tweaking. Congrats to all who participated!

Full Article at OC-ESPORTS.io

Most Valuable Submission of Week 5, 2016: 180pts by Acidsys (Australia)

Last week we received 4637 benchmark results from 1077 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 63% of the active community. They were responsible for 40% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

The Most Valuable Submission is calculated by the sum of a submissions's World Record, Global, and Hardware points. The Top Hardware Points is taking into account only the Hardware Points of a submission.

The most valuable submission of the week is Acidsys' XTU score of 741 points in the 2xCPU category which ties with the Global First Place. The scores result in a 180 points contributing to the Overclockers League. In the Elite class we find the 3DMark Fire Strike World Record by K|ngp|n with a set of Geforce GTx 980 Ti graphics cards. In the Enthusiast class we find Central_core from Iran. In the Novice class we find Mus1mus from phillipines and in the Rookie class we find Weibe Krahe from Germany.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 5 generated in total 100 World Record Points, 6763.6 Global Points, and 7524.4 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 12% for Elite, 39% for Extreme, 21% for Enthusiast, 9% for Novice, and 19% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 10% Extreme, 15% Enthusiast, 10% Novice, and 63% Rookie.



Most Valuable Submissions - Week 5, 2016

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 151.6 points K|ngp|n 3DMark Fire Strike (WR)
Extreme 180 points Acidsys XTU 2xCPU(tied GFP)
Enthusiast 42.5 points Central_core XTU 6xCPU (117th)
Novice 44.6 points Mus1mus XTU 6xCPU (95th)
Rookie 42.4 points Weibe Krahe XTU 4xCPU (100th)


Top Hardware Points - Week 5, 2016

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 27.2 points Rsannino XTU Core i7 6700K (5th)
Extreme 36.8 points Strong Island GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB (2nd)
Enthusiast 29.9 points Poparamiro GeForce GTS 250 (2nd)
Novice 24 points christopheorhan XTU Core i5 4790K (127th)
Rookie 23.7 points Mashmallo XTU Core i5 4200U (15th)

M.2 SSDs - Performance Compared

PC World’s Jon L. Jacobi has taken the time to examine a bunch of currently available M.2 SSDs in an attempt to separate the chaff from the wheat when it comes to delivering really fast read and write performance. The results are pretty interesting – guess what? Not all M.2 drives are equal.

M.2 SSD compatibility has become increasingly more common in recent times with almost all high-end and even mid-range motherboards supporting the newer, more discrete drive technology. M.2 drives remember, have direct access to PCIe Gen 3, offering way more potential bandwidth for fast SSDs compared to a traditional SATA connection.

Keep in mind that M.2 PCIe, and PCIe drives in general, are relatively new technologies. The SM951 AHCI, only a single generation removed from the XP941 AHCI, is dramatically faster. Both are x4 PCIe, but the XP941 is PCIe Gen 2 (500MBps per lane), while the SM951 is PCIe Gen 3 (1GBps) PCIe. But even the x4 PCIe 2.0 provides 2GBps of bandwidth, so that can hardly explain the entire disparity.

Check out the full article here on PC World.

AMD Talks Up Zen - Greater Than 40% IPC Improvement

AMD’s forthcoming Zen architecture CPUs, according to recent statements, will have more than 40% IPC (instructions-per-cycle) improvement. The source added that current testing is proving that the new design is performing even better than expected, news that means AMD may well be poised to once again compete with Intel in the high performance desktop PC segment.

The news apparently comes from forum posts made by a former AMD employee who also states that the new processor design had "Met All Expectations" with no "Significant Bottlenecks". Good news indeed if it is true. The figure of 40% more instructions per clock would mean a very substantial improvement over current AMD processors

AMD is expected to launch the new Zen-based CPUs later this year, arriving with a new AM4 socket, DDR4 support, and hopefully enough performance to really liven up the consumer and enterprise processor space. Good news for PC enthusiasts and overclockers who will doubtless be excited at the prospects.

Check out the full story on overclock3d.net

Broadwell-E i7-6950X CPU To Cost $1,500

Those of you who are eagerly looking forward to getting your hands on the new Broadwell-E processors from Intel can now digest the sobering thought that the new top-dog, the Core i7-6950X, is rumored to cost a substantial $1,500 USD. This is according to an article published by German tech bloggers at CompterBase.de

The eagerly anticipated Broadwell-E processor architecture will succeed the current 22nm Haswell-E architecture chips on the Intel high-end desktop (HEDT) segment. They will join the same X99 “Wellsburg” platform and feature up to 40 PCI-e lanes as well as an integrated memory controller which will allow overclockers to use a base clock of 2,133Mhz or 2,400Mhz.

The Core i7-6950X certainly looks like a tasty bit of kit boasting no less than 10 cores and 20 threads. However, Intel has apparently deemed that its new flagship x86 processor will deviate from recent HEDT flagship pricing of $999 USD, and ask for a something closer to $1,500 USD, a price tag we haven’t seen since the days of the Core 2 Quad QX9775.

Check out the full story on ComputerBase.de.