Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Cinebench R11.5 Core i7 4770K 6437 MHz Dancop 14.29 points 174.7 pts 2   1
Aquamark Radeon HD 4870X2 875/1025 MHz Dancop 523159 marks 76.9 pts 0   1
wPrime - 1024m Core i7 4770K 6429 MHz Dancop 1min 51sec 188ms 55.1 pts 0   0
3DMark06 GeForce GTX 580 832/1050 MHz futto-kun 52507 marks 50.1 pts 0   3
Catzilla - 1440p GeForce GTX 980 1674/2082 MHz nacho_arroyo 28396 marks 43.1 pts 6   3
3DMark06 GeForce GTX 980   futto-kun 55413 marks 41.4 pts 3   2
wPrime - 32m Core 2 E6600 (2.4Ghz) 5448 MHz 2ShEp 14sec 874ms 39.7 pts 1   1
XTU Core i7 4790K 5000 MHz andreymamontov 1256 marks 34.4 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 4790K 5100 MHz JohnITRW 1244 marks 33.4 pts 0   0
wPrime - 1024m Core 2 E6600 (2.4Ghz) 5268 MHz 2ShEp 8min 14sec 218ms 33.1 pts 0   1

Competition Entries

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces OC Showdown 2015

Taipei, Taiwan (30th January, 2015) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the opening round of OC Showdown 2015, an online competition inviting hardcore and enthusiast overclockers from around the world to compete to win both kudos and great prizes.

ASUS ROG has organized two series, each divided into three rounds. In co-operation with, and competition partners Intel®, G.Skill, Enermax and der8auer Extreme Cooling Components (8ECC), subzero overclockers will enter the Extreme series. All other contestants will compete in the Formula series, in collaboration with partners Intel, HyperX® and Enermax.


HWBOT Articles

A week ago we announced the first stop of the HWBOT World Tour 2015 in North America. We are amazed, pleased, and humbled by the many positive responses and to see so much enthusiasm in the community. Discussions sparked and a questions were asked. Based on the feedback, I want to take some time to clarify the topics that came up the most in this write up.


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Intel X99 Motherboard & CPU Statistics Update

Author: TheMadDutchDude

In the past, when you were chasing after world records, the motherboard played a vital part in the efforts to get you there. It had to have the right specifications in many areas such as the CPU and RAM power circuitry and it had to have a strong North Bridge (wow, old school!) in order to be able to maintain high frequencies. Due to there no longer being a North Bridge on todays’ Intel motherboards, as it is all built into the CPU, it eliminates the motherboard being something which could hold you back. Sure, if it lacks in the VRM department, you’ll struggle to attain anything, but most X99 motherboards are equipped to go the distance.

When it comes to picking a board, many opt for the most reputable from previous a generation. It is therefore no surprise that the ASUS Rampage V Extreme tops the charts with almost three times the amount of results compared to the next ranked motherboard that is the MSI X99S SLI Plus. Dominating the charts by a considerable distance, the Rampage V Extreme is accountable for 35.40% of all X99 results which is huge when you consider that the X99S SLI Plus is at 13.31%. That’s a 22.09% difference between the top two motherboards currently in use at HWBOT. The EVGA X99 Classified is a close third at 12.26%, and the rest speaks for itself in the chart below.

At the time this was written, there were 10851 overclocking results which have been submitted by a total of 720 overclockers. Out of the 39 motherboards from five manufacturers that are currently on the market, 36 motherboards have been used to produce some stunning results.

The most commonly used motherboard for LN2 users is without doubt the ASUS Rampage V Extreme. The GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion is quickly becoming a favourite amongst extreme overclockers, or so it seems, but it is hard to tell as it isn’t available on a global scale yet. The ASRock X99 OC Formula is next on the list which is followed by the GIGABYTE X99 SOC Force. To finish off, the MSI X99S XPower AC is the final contender on our list of five motherboards.

It’s probably no surprise that the Intel Core i7-5960X is the most popular CPU on the X99 platform as it provides users with an unlocked 8 core 16 thread beast to tear through multithreaded 2D benchmarks and the physics aspect of 3D benchmarks. The Core i7-5820K is a six core chip which is the cheapest of Intel’s X99 CPU product line, and it has proven itself popular who want to get on to the X99 wagon but cannot afford the near triple cost of the i7-5960X. Bizarrely, one of the most expensive CPUs to ever hit the market is fourth on our list, and it is the Xeon E5 2698 V3 – a 16 core 32 thread server chip which would set you back a wallet stinging $3300+ if you can find a retailer. Fifth on the list is the Xeon E5 2687W V3 which has 10 cores and 20 threads.

Whether you’re an enthusiast, rookie or extremist, you want to make sure that your CPU(s) remain cool enough to avoid a meltdown. When we are pushing extreme clock speeds, there’s nothing quite like Liquid Nitrogen, which accounts for 15.16% of X99 submissions, to take the heat away. Well, there’s always Liquid Helium (LHe), but LN2 is the most common one due to a variety of reasons – think extremely flammable and expensive to get you started. The most common way to cool an Intel X99 system according to our records is with Custom Water Cooling. Over half of the submissions seen on are done with water cooled systems, 60.00% in fact. That leaves us with three on the list. They are the Single Stage users who make up 10.64% of the results, the Air Cooling users which count for 9.34% of the submissions and of course our newly added All-In-One water coolers which make up the remaining 2.09% of cooling methods on the Intel X99 platform.

It’s time for some statistics about our overclockers and teams! There’s one member on HWBOT who holds over 10% of the Haswell-E results all by himself. He goes by the name of NATA 58 (1160 results). It almost goes without saying that his team, HW Legend OC (1399 results), has the most results on out of any team at the moment. It is the United States (2375 results) who currently hold the most Haswell-E results in the country rankings. That’s hardly surprising, though, given that the USA has the largest amount of overclockers in the world.

An overclocker from the Australian planes going by the name of Dinos22 has used the most CPUs as a single user. He has used 4 CPUs thus far. The team who has used the most LGA 2011-3 CPUs is currently (go team!) with 7 CPUs to their name. The record for the most CPUs used goes to Australia again with 6 CPUs being used.

Given that this article started out as a motherboard statistics page, it only feels right to end it on such a note too. A Romanian overclocker called Bruno has currently used the most Intel X99 motherboards. He holds 5 mainboards to his name which is very close to the two teams Australia and who both hold 8 mainboards each. However, now we can go back to the United States who has used a grand total of 28 mainboards out of the 36 that are currently on the market.

Haswell-E is still a relatively new product to the consumer, so we expect these numbers to continually change. For now, though, this is the current outlook on Perhaps the cheaper GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion or the ASRock X99 OC Formula will surpass the ASUS Rampage V Extreme in time to come, but no one can be certain.

Source: HWBOT forum


Arise Wins Mobile Geeks 801 Tweaker Challenge + Interview

Last week the dust settled on the world's first ever mobile overclocking contest, the Mobile Geeks 801 Tweaker Challenge. Run in conjunction with the contest invited all and sundry to pit their wits against each other in a quest to push the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor as far as possible to reach the highst possible score on the HWBOT Prime benchmark.

The prize on offer was a high-end OPPO Find 7 smartphone, but more importantly, the contest offered the opportunity to become world No.1 in the field of mobile processor chip overclocking… a prestigious position that now belongs to Arise from Romania.

Arise: "Running my Snapdragon CPU at 3GHz proved to be not very stable at all at 1.2V for the length of the benchmark, so I had to lower the ambient temperature. Placing my phone in the fridge for 10 minutes proved to be enough to prevent the phone crashing, restarting or any throttling. I used no insulation or any other types of extreme cooling, just made sure to let the phone return to room temperature, but keeping it in a cold room to prevent excessive condensation."

Read the full article at OC-ESPORTS

Translation Update 21/01: Moving Slowly But Steadily, German and Spanish Improving

The translation of HWBOT is a project in the hands of our dear community. Over the past couple of months, we progressed quite well finishing almost three languages. The languages which are near completion are being beta-tested on our User Acceptance Test server and we hope to see them live on HWBOT soon.

In the recent evolutions we see German and Spanish closing in on the upper third percentile of completion. That's very nice! We would like to thank everyone involved with the translations and look forward to seeing a translated HWBOT soon. For those who would like to join in the project, please get in touch with Timothée (Xyala). You can find his information on our contact page.

Dancop #1 in Overclockers League!

News just in! After a long period of 8 Pack hegemony in the HWBOT Overclockers League, we have a new king! Dancop, a German overclocker from the overclocking team, managed to take down 8 Pack. Scoring 2849.90 points, Dancop is leading the table with only 18.10 points margin.

Dancop truely is an inspiring example for a lot of new overclockers as he manages to become number one mostly on his own resources. He acquired his monster of a CPU, which we talked about in an previous news article, by himself. Of course it's not possible to achieve this accomplishment on your own. We see Dancop regularly thanking other overclockers such as Der8auer, BenchBros, K|ngp|n, and others too. Pretty cool to see this happening!

In the end everyone competes to their own possibilities. We look forward to seeing 8 Pack, TeamAU, and Smoke's response to this. No one is unbeatable, and the competition just got more interesting!

As a bonus feature, here is Dancop and Andi from BenchBros after their recent victory in the ASUS Open Overclocking Cup 2014 Final.

Turrican Memorial Charity Challenge Extended – Additional Prizes by EK Water Blocks and HWBOT invite you to join us in honoring his name by participating in the donation campaign for an Austrian children hospital dedicated to researching cancer especially for young patients.

For this donation campaign has redesigned Karl’s “Hardware Terminator” shirts and made them available in the web shop in multiple cuts and colors. They will be printed on demand in small by a little company here in Austria and shipped by us as soon as they are ready. To be able to buy one, you have to donate at least 5 Euros to the donation campaign. We let the amount of the donation open to your choosing. Every Euro is appreciated and will be directly forwarded as it is. The proceedings of the whole campaign will be officially handed over to St. Anna Kinderspital in February next year. More details on that as soon as possible.

Together with our friends from Noctua, EK Water Blocks, and HWBOT teamed up to present you the Turrican Memorial Charity Challenge! It's a contest with two stages using GPUPI, the benchmark I dedicated to Turrican a few weeks ago. The first stage is called "Turrican's Choice" and focuses on old hardware. Run GPUPI in 1B on the oldest CPU possible and overclock the hell out of it afterwards. The oldest chip with the fastest run wins! Yes, you know you wouldn't stand a chance if Karl could participate. The second stage is GPUPI in 1B for graphics cards all out. The fastest run wins, whatever it takes! We would like to see some crazy 290s on liquid nitrogen here, so be ready to refill your containers.

More information on the competition and the prizes

G.SKILL Releases Extremely High End DDR4 Memory Kit at 3400MHz, CL16-16-16!

Taipei, Taiwan – 15 January 2015 – G.SKILL International Co. Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid-state storage, is proud to release the Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) memory kit at CL 16-16-16-36, and a new Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (4GBx4) memory kit with a faster CL15 timing. These extremely high end memory kits also come with awesome Turbulence III memory fans!

Below are the specifications for these two new extreme high end DDR4 memory kits:

The new Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) memory kit is made from hand-picked IC and G.SKILL’s highly-selective binning process. It has also been tested for compatibility on the ASUS Rampage V Extreme and GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion motherboards, shown in screenshots below


Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory and SSD products, designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical innovation and rock solid quality through our in-house testing lab and talented R&D team, G.SKILL continues to create record-breaking memory for each generation of hardware and hold the no. 1 brand title in overclocking memory.

HyperX OC TakeOver (HOT) 2015 World Finals - Competition Round Up from Las Vegas

In the heat of the Las Vegas desert last week there was one place where sub-zero temperatures abounded: the Caesar's Palace Hotel. At Caesar’s there was plenty of LN2 on hand for a select group of overclockers that qualified for and competed in the HyperX OC Takeover 2015 World Finals.

The HyperX OC TakeOver (“HOT”) is organized by HyperX, the enthusiast sub-brand of memory giant Kingston, in partnership with Intel, GIGABYTE, Cooler Master and GELID. A prize pool of USD $15,000 was up for grabs for the top three finishers, as well as some very attractive trophies.

The final standings and prizes looked like this, with Xtreme Addict showing his class once again.

Full article at!

“Gold or nothing!” For Hardware Master TaPaKaH

Author: TheMadDutchDude

When you are looking at a particular piece of hardware, you will most likely come across the name “TaPaKaH” at some point. As of this moment, TaPaKaH, or Sam as some of us know him, has quite a few cups to his name. Well, a few is a serious understatement. He currently holds 616 golds, 296 silvers, 151 bronze and 167 medals for his overclocking efforts.

Sam is currently ranked 3rd in the Extreme league, and he is the king of the Hardware Masters at present. Here’s a brief snapshot, and I really do mean brief, of some of his top earning scores. The silver which you can see in this particular screenshot below is actually a joint first position with another member, “The Mutt,” who got the score first and thus earned him a gold cup, putting Sam second as a result. However, it’s not all bad as he got the same points for the submission (due to the tie). The maximum amount of hardware points you can currently earn in any one benchmark is 49.9, which is dependent on how many participants benchmark both that test and that piece of hardware.

Whilst he doesn’t possess anywhere near the amount of cups that Norwegian overclocker “knopflerbruce” has to his name, Sam definitely has his fair share.

There’s a vast amount of knowledge that is required to master so many platforms, and he seems to do it with ease. Aside from the knowledge aspect, you have to go through a process that we overclockers call “binning” in order to obtain the best chip, and sometimes that can take a hundred CPUs until you find the one that you’re looking for. This not only costs a small fortune, it also takes a lot of pre-testing and dedication to pull it off. Some of us have pot luck, and we win the silicone lottery with an absolute gem (quite rare these days), and sometimes we strike out for months on end. That is story for another day, though.

Congratulations on your recent cups from what is a very heavily contested set of processors that you’ve used in recent days, Sam. From all of us at HWBOT, keep up the good work and most importantly, keep pushing!

Vivi Dominates GIGABYTE Goodbye 2014 OC Challenge

Centered around three separate stages, the GIGABYTE Goodbye 2014 OC Challenge saw 35 overclockers go head to head with 140 separate submissions spanning the festive season. South African OC legend Vivi took two of the stages to finish first overall with a total score of 64 points. Bulgarian fgi took 2nd place with 50 points while Alan_Alberino of Argentina came in third with 42 points.

Check out the stages and leaderboard standings at OC-ESPORTS. (Note - If an overall challenge winner is also a stage 1st place winner, the stage prize will go to the stage next best performance)

GIGABYTE certainly spiced things up with some very enticing cash and hardware prizes. All stage winners got to walk away with a rare and special beast that is the GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force LN2, a LGA 1150 board that is optimized for serious overclocking, forgoing the standard 4 DIMM slots in favor of just two slots that are positioned as close to the CPU as possible for optimum memory performance. It even forgoes cooler holes in the VRM area to get the memory that bit closer.

But as well as luxury OC hardware, the winners will have doubtlessly been motivated the cash prizes that GIGABYTE were also offering:

  • 1st place: USD $1,000 (Vivi)
  • 2nd place: USD $600 (Fgi)
  • 3rd place: USD $400 (Alan_albertino)

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