Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX Titan X 2065/2065 MHz Rbuass 55216 marks 137.7 pts 5   4
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX Titan X 2050/2055 MHz Rbuass 12342 marks 101.6 pts 0   3
Catzilla - 1440p GeForce GTX Titan X 2060/2055 MHz Rbuass 18604 marks 90.5 pts 1   3
XTU Core i7 4790K 4902.8 MHz Digg_de 1292 marks 35.5 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 4710HQ 3680 MHz reptileexperts 794 marks 33.4 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 4210U 2580 MHz t.hannell 323 marks 32.4 pts 0   0
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1371/1753 MHz Sandalo 65463 marks 30.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 4770K 4800 MHz Lays 1254 marks 30.0 pts 0   0
wPrime - 1024m Core i7 5960X 5604.7 MHz stubass 1min 4sec 802ms 29.8 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 5960X 5604.7 MHz stubass 9334.2 pps 29.6 pts 0   0

OC-ESPORTS Entries

HWBOT Articles

Last week we already extensively covered the interesting overclocking results from 0.0 who overclocked a locked mobile Haswell CPU to achieve a Global First Place in the XTU dual core category. This week we listen to the man himself, Alex, who was kind enough to take the time for an interview.

"... Having the BCLK run at 99.8MHz instead of a nice round 100MHz just doesn't look proper and there is no center spread spectrum to adjust it. The next problem was power throttling. As the CPU relies on a slope value for current, it's easy enough to trick the CPU into thinking it's using less power than it really is and prevent power throttling. However that is not an ideal solution, I don't really want to stress the battery. Power limiting in laptops is ultimately driven by the embedded controller (EC) firmware, so instead I modified that to give control back to the MSR while on AC power ..."


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Hardware news

Translation Update: Portuguese / Brazilian (+20%), Norwegian (+50%), and Ukrainian (+35%)

The last time we checked the progress on the translations was two months ago. In the end of May, we reported about progress on Italian, Hungarian, and Romanian language.

Today we update you once more. We want to highlight Spanish moving close to the 100% mark. Also we see good improvement for Portuguese / Brazilian (+20%), Norwegian (+50%), and Ukrainian (+35%).

Note that every overclocker participating in the translation project automatically becomes the owner of the HWBOT Project Contributor and HWBOT Translator achievements. We are humbled by the efforts of the overclocking community to make HWBOT more accessible and more available for the international community. Thank you very much!

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ROG OC Showdown Formula Series – Round 2 Results

ROG OC Showdown Formula Series Round 2 dedicated to enthusiast overclockers who use air and water cooling has ended, and the results are now finalized!

Round Two ran from June 19 to July 20, 149 participants from around the world showcased their overclocking skills in the quest for overclocking glory in Intel XTU, GPUPI for CPU – 1B and HWBOT Prime. Here are the rankings after the completion of round two of the Formula Series.

Congratulations to Nvidiaforever2, [Wanted], IvanCupa, Teza.harsony, and Vadimua for finishing in top-5. Congratulations to kimir, charlesjshelby, Ziken, JJAK, and andressergio for winning the lucky draw prizes.

Full article: here

AIDA64 v5.30 Press Release - Announcing Microsoft Windows 10 and Intel Skylake Support

In a press release statement published today, FinalWire announced their latest version of AIDA64. Version v5.30 now includes support for the upcoming Intel Skylake processors, adds advanced support for Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 operating systems, and supports the latest graphics and GPGPU computing technologies by both AMD and nVIDIA.

In a quote, Tamás Miklós (managing director of FinalWire) states: "When we release an update, it's always one of our priorities to ensure that AIDA64 seamlessly supports the needs of home users, system integrators and sysadmins, so that they can use our software on the latest hardware and operating systems. We believe that PC users will migrate to Windows 10 and Intel Skylake in great numbers, that's why providing support for these was our top priority."

You can find more details on the new features by reading the press release at aida64.com. You can download the latest version of the AIDA64 (extreme version) software here.

WCCFTech Reports Overclocking Enabled on Locked Skylake CPUs (but it might not be true)

Linking back to benchlife.info as the original source of the screenshot that led to the news article, WCCFTech is reporting that overclocking might be back on "locked" processors with Skylake.

Based on the screenshot linked to this article which shows a Core i7 6400T ES Q0 revision overclocked to 133 MHz base clock frequency up from a default of 100 MHz, it appears that this rumour might be true.

Truth be told,this rumor has been floating within the inner circle of the (overclocking) industry for months, but last week it was explicitly stated that this feature was no longer supported. The main reason why it could be possible is because the Skylake platform has an external clock generator, unlike Haswell, Ivy Bridge, or Sandy Bridge. The last platform to have an external clock generator was Nehalem. But bear in mind that Intel's strategy for overclocking has been to explicitly limit it to the K- and X-SKU processors since Sandy Bridge.

Important to note is that the leaked CPU-Z validations at 5.2 GHz and 6.5 GHz are both with R0 stepping. The screenshot of the overclocked "locked" Core i7 6400T is with a Q0 stepping processor.

To summarize: this rumor existed for a long time, but was very recently denied. The screenshot shows an older revision of the Skylake silicon as Q0 transitioned into R0. The ability to overclock "locked" processors would certainly be an interesting development for overclocking and its community. Moving closer to the launch of Skylake rumored (meh, confirmed!) next week, we are very interested in finding out the truth behind this story.

You can find WCCFtech's article here and the original source in Chinese at benchlife.info here.

The OC Show Live Q&A S02E14: Overclocking in Indonesia with Lucky_n00b, What's the Best Thermal Paste for Overclocking?, and more ...

Another week, another OC Show. This morning (or evening depending on your location), Tim and Isaie are joined by Alva "Lucky_n00b" Jonathan" from the Indonesian overclocking team Jagatoc.com. Together they discussed the various topics brought up in the 14th episode of The OC Show which aired about five days ago. Included in the topic list are:

  • - Update on the OC-ESPORTS competitions
  • - EVGA Epower controlled by RaspberryPi and its future applications
  • - What thermal paste to choose and how to apply it
  • - Overclocking in Indonesia with Lucky_n00b from Jagatoc.com

Check out the replay of the Twitch broadcast by clicking on the image on the left-hand side or by going straight to Overclocking-TV's YouTube channel!

Most Valuable Submission of Week 30, 2015: 101.5 points by Rbuass (Brazil)

Last week we received about 4082 benchmark results from 862 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 36% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

As you can see in the table below, the most valuable submission of the week was the second place in 3DMark Fire Strike 1xGPU of Rbuass using the GeForce GTX Titan X. With 101.5 points generated, the result is slightly more valuable than ObscureParadox' Global First Place in Geekbench3 Multi Core 2xCPU. At the bottom we find that the best Novice and Rookie submission yielded 22.9 and 44.4 points respectively, which is a fraction of the other top earning submissions.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 30 generated in total 550 World Record Points, 5410.8 Global Points, and 6796.5 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 21% for Elite, 31% for Extreme, 19% for Enthusiast, 9% for Novice, and 20% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 3% Elite, 12% Extreme, 14% Enthusiast, 13% Novice, and 58% Rookie.



Most Valuable Submissions - Week 30, 2015

League Points Benchmark Overclocker
Elite 101.5 points 3DMark Fire Strike 1xGPU GeForce GTX Titan X Rbuass
Extreme 86.1 points Geekbench3 Multi Core 2xCPU Xeon X5698 ObscureParadox
Enthusiast 30.2 points 3DMark11 Performance 1xGPU GeForce GTX Titan X George.kokovinis
Novice 22.9 points Catzilla 720P 1xGPU GeForce GTX Titan X Don Fica
Enthusiast 44.4 points XTU 6xCPU Core i7 5820K JohnMainhard

HW-DB Checks out HyperX Fury HX426C15FBK4/32 Overclocking: DDR4-2666C11 at 1.48V

... or DDR4-2800C12 at 1.41v, or DDR4-3000C13 1.40v, or DDR4-3200C14 1.40v (in dual channel)

TaPaKaH from HW-DB is at it again. After having not so unsuccessful look at SO-DIMM overclocking, he had a peek at a 32GB HyperX Fury kit. The default spec for the kit is DDR4-2666C15, but after a bit of tuning TaPaKaH succeeds in running the same frequency at Cas Latency 11. The kit requires a voltage bump from 1.35V to 1.48V to do so.

The performance increase in XTU is a mere 3 points, jumping from 1992 to 1995 points going from the default DDR4-2666C15 to DDR4-3000C13. Both in AIDA64 and Cinebench R15 the gains are marginal too, so it's safe to say the overclocking doesn't really have much other benefit that, well, bragging rights.

As a point of advice to enthusiasts, TaPaKaH notes: "On top of that, our sample has demonstrated phenomenal overclockability, which could compete with the best DDR4 models that are currently available. Of course, we might have been lucky with our sample. But, since Kingston still stick with Hynix across their entire DDR4 product range, the HyperX remains the go-to lineup if you are a memory enthusiast."

You can read the full review here and a Google Translated version here (just kidding, no link - the article is in English!).

ASUS Nails Top Results with ROG Rampage V Extreme and Strix GTX 980 Ti Combo

In an article at VR-Zone we learn about the accumulated domination of the German duo Dancop and Der8auer using ASUS equipment. We already knew what was going on when we spotted Dancop's 10/10 front-page table hogging and he was later joined by Der8auer with a couple more top results.

Accounting for all the results, the news article talks about one new World Record (3DMark Fire Strike) and 16 Global First Places in benchmarks varying from Cinebench to Geekbench and 3DMarks.

Congratulations to everyone involved and we're looking forward to the battle when Skylake hits retail early next month! Check out the full article at VR-Zone.com.

Wizerty Reviews Der8auer BEAST CPU Pot: Is It Worth EUR €500? (French)

Amidst a raging European crisis, there is a small bright light of hope coming from the overclocking community. That's the light of a French overclocker reviewing a Germany CPU pot."

... or some other less dramatic introduction. Anyway, over at Cowcotland.com Wizerty published his review of the Der8auer ECC BEAST CPU pot. The CPU cooler mainly specifically designed for extreme overclocking and liquid nitrogen comes at a beastly price of EUR €500 (it's not listed on the site yet). In exchange for serious coinage you receive a neatly packaged CPU cooler, insulation, and mounting gear. There is a thermal probe hole pre-drilled at the bottom of the pot for everyone's convenience as well.

As Wizerty explains in the review, the BEAST has an intricate design of the base. In a paint-style image you get a better understanding of the "small flood" and "big flood" mechanism. Further in the review, you get an overview on how to install the pot. Wizerty also includes his findings and conclusive thoughts on the pot in case you're looking for a top overclocker's point of view. You can find the review in French here or in sometimes hilarious Google Translate English here.

Perhaps the overclocking community will not bring peace to the European continent, but based on the BEAST review we might see a couple more smiling faces amongst the overclocking crowd.

Futuremark Peacekeeper Benchmark Support Ends July 29

Oh no!

In a press statement issued today, Futuremark announces the end of support for its Peacekeeper browser benchmark. Peacekeep is designed to test the JavaScript performance of any browser and was launched in 2009. In the press release, Futuremark indicates that the benchmark has become obsolete now that browser compete on feature sets rather than pure browsing speed.

Futuremark recommends PCMark8 (soon PCMark10) and PCMark for Android for any browser or internet connectivity benchmarking. For all intends and purposes, you can still strangle your browser with the Peacekeeper benchmark at http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/.