Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i3 6100 3700 MHz pho5ph0ric 669 marks 168.4 pts 4   2
3DMark06 GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1720/2000 MHz Vivi 59694 marks 91.6 pts 7   2
3DMark05 GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1550/1953 MHz Vivi 77441 marks 90.8 pts 5   3
HWBOT Prime MSM7627 600MHz   michaellang54 3276 pps 89.1 pts 0   0
Aquamark Radeon HD 4870X2 800/1000 MHz Rauf 523948 marks 73.5 pts 0   1
wPrime - 32m Core i7 6700K 6300 MHz zwitterion93 3sec 140ms 71.9 pts 0   4
XTU Core i7 6700K 5930 MHz Rauf 1820 marks 60.6 pts 0   1
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1842/2052 MHz dRweEz 24272 marks 50.9 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4890 MHz Behzad Tak 1690 marks 50.0 pts 2   2
HWBOT Prime Core i7 6700K 6116 MHz Rauf 7417.97 pps 45.4 pts 0   1


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Today the Overclocking in Focus series continues, this time putting the spotlight on one of the most respected overclockers from Europe. We are very happy to bring you an interview with FlanK3r, a leading overclocker from the Czech Republic.

"With overclocking, I started many years ago, in 2008 I think. Before computers was not my hobby because I needed from a computer was only gaming. But I was a student with not much money so I had old PCs, not for hardcore, high-end gaming. And so I started to be interested in my dream… a new PC. So read articles, on websites about hardware, forums and read about everything from the beginning."

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Core i3 6100 Skylake is In! Benchmarks 669 in XTU at 3.7 GHz and 11% Faster than 4.2GHz i3 Haswell

"Easy Points", that's what Australian overclocker Pho5ph0ric describes his Core i3 6100 XTU result. It is the first result of the Core i3 Skylake we find in our database and it gives fresh numbers for analysis.

First of all, at 3700 MHz the Core i3 6300 CPU scores 669 points in XTU. This is 74 points higher than the fastest-ever Core i3 Haswell, a result made by Dancop. For the result of 595 marks, Dancop overclocked the locked Core i3 4370 to 4223 MHz CPU frequency, cooled with liquid nitrogen, and fine-tuned the DDR3 memory to a healthy DDR3-2668 with Cas Latency 6, also cooled with liquid nitrogen. It is thus quite remarkable that a stock clocked Skylake is 11% faster than an highly overclocked Haswell. Per GHz the Core i3 Skylake outputs 18 XTU marks whereas the Core i3 Haswell does barely over 14 marks, a difference of almost 30%!

Bear in mind that XTU is a software application developed by Intel and that, although based on the Prime95 code, the benchmark results have to be taken with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, an improvement of 28% per clock over the previous architecture is quite remarkable and we look forward to seeing more overclockers take the locked processors for a spin!

In the meantime we congratulate Pho5ph0ric with his Global First Place in the XTU 2xCPU category


Update! HyperX OC Takeover Season III Qualifier from October 19 to November 8; Final December 15 and 16

Even though we're at the dawn of winter in the northern hemisphere, it's getting HOT for overclocking. The HyperX OC TakeOver qualifier details will soon be announced at HWBOT and OC-ESPORTS, but here's what we can already give away:

There will be one global qualifier for all tickets to the grand final at the end of this year. The tickets are divided by region with a little twist. The hardware limitations require HyperX memory, a Skylake CPU, and of course a matching Z170 motherboard. As reigning champion, Xtreme Addict will attend to defend his back to back titles from the previous two editions of HOT. The finals will take place in the middle of December in California. The prize pool will be the same like last year, so stay tuned for the final announcement.

UPDATE 13/10

More details on the HyperX OC Takeover Season III Qualifier and Final are now available on the Qualifier competition page. The qualifiers will be held from October 19 until November 8, with two tickets for North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia each. One Wild Card ticket is available for a top-20 finisher who doesn't qualify via the regular qualification. The finals will be held in the HyperX Headquarters in California on December 15 and 16 later this year.

Participants compete in Maximum Memory Clock, XTU at 5GHz, and 3DMark11 Physics Full Out. The hardware is limited to Kingston and HyperX memory as well as the Skylake Z170 platform. Important: only 4c4t is allowed, which means Core i7 6700K users have to disable hyper-threading to participate.

For more information, check out the Rules tab on the Qualifier competition page. Good luck everyone! Covers rAge 2015's NAG OC Workshop: "Winning At Overclocking"

Six days ago we informed you about the upcoming overclocking workshop at rAge 2015, a massive gaming tradeshow in South Africa. Just a couple of hours ago, published an editorial piece on the OC Workshop from the perspective of an amateur participant. The entertaining read is highly recommended!

Marco, the author, starts off with introducing the main components of the workshop: the Intel Core i7 6700K processor, MSI Z170 motherboards, and a couple of MSI GeForce GTX 950 graphics cards. The overclocking staff consisted of Vivi, DrweeZ, Pepi (MSI), and ShockG (TheOverclocker).

"[...] The aim of the workshop/competition was not to simply throw us Overclocking Neanderthals into a pit to duke it out with each other for a chance to win some tasty tech, but it served a far larger purpose I believe. Chatting with the professional overclockers over the course of the weekend it became clear that they not only wanted to help people push their computers as fast as they could, but also to dispel a few misunderstandings about the way the different parts of the PC affect performance in different ways. For instance, the effect of overclocking the GPU was more important for frame rates than overclocking the CPU, since most people still think the biggest performance increase in gaming can be attained from overclocking the CPU, which is simply not the case. [...]"

It looks like the event was a massive hit and we look forward to more pictures, results, and videos!

Intel Extreme Tuning Utility v6.2.0.8 Available for Download

Earlier this month a new version of the popular Intel Extreme Tuning Utility launched on the Intel Download Center portal. The new version carries the number v6.2.0.8 and is not so different from the previous 6.2 versions. The benchmark performance is the same and aside from the resolved issues for developers, there are no updates for the regular users.

You can download the new version at Intel Download Center

The release notes read as follows:

  • XTU ProfileHelperModel.dll is regarded as hostile by Norton Anti-Virus Software
  • Performance improvement required for SDK initialization, Tuning, and profile management
  • XTU SDK binaries (DLL and MSM) are digitally signed
  • Updated WDT driver to the latest version.
  • When XTU is installed on the top of OEM OC application, it will cause OEM application to crash
  • When XTU is uninstalled, the XTU service and drivers are removed which breaks the OEM OC application.
  • XTUCLI command line option does not have a help option.
  • New tuning api to query tuning controls individually
  • Divided IntelOverclockingSdk.dll into two modules: IntelOverclockingSdk.dll and IntelBenchmarkSdk.dll
  • Introduced new redistributable without BCLK support and BIOS support

HW-DB Checks Out Klevv Urbane and Genuine 8GB DDR3-2400 and Overclocks it to DDR3-3000 C12-14-14-16 at 1.68V

While all the Skylake minds are already in the DDR4 cloud, a lot of people are still running DDR3 memory in their system. HW-DB had a look at a relative newcomer on the DRAM market, Klevv, and tested two kits: the Urbane and Genuine 8GB DDR3-2400 kits.

The Urbane overclocks to a healthy DDR3-2933 C12-14-13-16 using 1.77V while the more higher-end Genuine kit could do DDR3-3000 C12-14-14-16 using only 1.68V. As the author indicates in the article, "The overclocking properties of all Hynix-based DDR3 modules can generally be described as follows. If the CAS latency is kept without change, then the dependency between stable frequency and necessary voltage is almost linear. What comes to the rest of primary timings (tRCD, tRP and tRAS), the minimal stable values depend primarily on the memory frequency with voltage playing a secondary role in the borderline areas."

For more information and details, check out the review at

Gartner Says Strong US Dollar is to Blame for Global PC Shipment Decline

According to a report by Gartner, relayed by, the strong US dollar is a reason for a decline in PC shipments, with impacted regions including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Japan, and Latin America. Quoting Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, "These impacted regions posted double-digit declines in the third quarter [...] The global PC market has experienced price increases of around 10 percent throughout the year, due to the sharp appreciation of the US dollar against local currencies. In the third quarter of 2015, this continued to be a major cause for weaker demand in those regions."

Earlier this year it was already announced that motherboard manufacturers would be increasing their price in Europe due to the falling Euro currency. It appears that this trend is now affecting the majority of the PC tech industry as you can notice for example by the price of the Core i7 6700K. Gartner further comments that "The currency squeeze is forcing PC vendors to increase their prices in order to remain profitable and, as result, it is suppressing purchases. We expect businesses will delay purchases of new PCs, and consumers will delay or 'de-feature' their purchases. However, this reduction in purchasing is not a downturn; it is a reshaping of the market driven by currency."

It's however not all doom and gloom for the PC enthusiasts as raising prices may eventually lead to more innovation. The K-SKU product segment remains a highly profitable business for Intel, so hopefully we see even more product quality innovation in the next couple of years!

Most Valuable Submission of Week 41, 2015: 178.2 by Splave.ROM (United States)

Last week we received 4552 benchmark results from 835 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 53% of the active community. They were responsible for 29% 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.

As you can see in the table below, the most valuable submission of the week was the Global First Place of Splave.ROM in HWBOT Prime 4xCPU using the Core i7 6700K Skylake. Splave.ROM published his score right after the deadline of last week's MVS deadline, beating Dancop who was last week's top scorer. With 178.2 points Splave.ROM scores almost 100 points more than Bullshooter from Germany. In the Enthusiast class we find Pho5ph0ric from Austrlia; in the Novice and Rookie class we find B4DWOLF from Italy and Battlegoofy from Sweden!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 41 generated in total 55 World Record Points, 7581 Global Points, and 7415.11 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 17% for Elite, 40% for Extreme, 18% for Enthusiast, 11% for Novice, and 15% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 3% Elite, 12% Extreme, 17% Enthusiast, 15% Novice, and 53% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 41, 2015

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 178.2 points Splave.ROM HWBOT Prime 4xCPU
Extreme 79.5 points Bullshooter XTU 6xCPU
Enthusiast 55.8 points Pho5ph0ric XTU 4xCPU
Novice 35.7 points B4DWOLF XTU 4xCPU
Rookie 31.9 points Battlegoofy XTU 4xCPU

Top Hardware Points - Week 41, 2015

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 49.8 points Bullant 3DMark01 GeForce GTX 580 (1st)
Extreme 49.7 points Mylth Cinebench R15 Core i7 4790K (1st)
Enthusiast 24.5 points Gulftown XTU Core i5 4670K (28th)
Novice 26.6 points German Berserker XTU Core i5 2500K (6th)
Rookie 30.2 points Nicolas.corvalan XTU Core i7 4510U (5th)

GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion Sub-Zero Overclocking Review by Ryan Leiserowitz

For those who don't know Ryan, he is an American overclocker who goes by the internet handle TheGoat Eater. I have never inquired about the origins of the nickname as I assume it's just one of those occasions where ignorance is bliss and you don't ask questions you don't want to know the answer to.

At Ryan published his review of the GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion motherboard. The review include a section on sub-zero overclocking as he competed in the Challenger Division I Round 3 at the time. The CPU used for the review is the Core i7 5960X and paired with a set of Kingston DDR4-3000 C15 4x4GB kit, you find yourself with a very capable and competitive system. The verdict reads as follows:

"The overall verdict is I would say if you want this board, get it and give it a spin and take the plunge into sub-zero benching. I will advise that it is very rewarding and fun if you like benchmarking on air or water already. The board was a pleasure to tweak and has been rewarding to work with prepping for the cold on-air and I have found that it has become my favorite board to use right now. I look forward to some more bios updates to hopefully play with some of the brand new DDR4 that are hitting the channels now as it should be fun to see what they should do, especially so with this motherboard at the heart of the testing."

Splave First American Overclocker Since K|ngp|n in 2009 to Break PiFast World Record

The early adopters and industry backed overclockers have shown us, mortals, what Skylake is capable of when overclocked as high as possible. Launch day was packed with World Records and Global First Places. Some of the results published on August 5th have been beaten, but PiFast stood strong. Until Splave happened.

Remarkably, Splave is the first American PiFast World Record holder since K|ngp|n in 2009. On May 27 2009, K|ngp|n achieved 14.05 seconds with the Core 2 E8600, only to be beaten by F.O.G.N.A from Italy a couple of months later. Let's hope Splave's record will stand longer, although it certainly has attracted attention now.

For the World Record, Splave uses a liquid nitrogen cooled Core i7 6700K mounted on a Z170 OC Formula motherboard. He uses a kit of HyperX Predator DDR4 memory clocked at DDR4-3660 with Cas Latency 12. For more information, check out the submission page.

Futuremark: "How we protect our benchmarks from cheating"

Futuremark Press Communique:

"Have you been following the VW scandal? It's a timely reminder to be wary of manufacturers' claims. Our benchmarks help people see their hardware's true performance, but you might wonder how we ensure that the scores are honest and accurate? Our commitment to providing you with benchmarks you can trust means that:

  • - Futuremark has public rules for manufacturers. In short, a platform must treat the benchmark as if it were any other application.
  • - You can only get a valid 3DMark score for a Windows PC by using WHQL drivers that Futuremark has checked and approved.
  • - Futuremark was the first benchmark developer to delist and remove mobile devices with hidden optimizations from its performance rankings.
  • - All Futuremark benchmarks are backed by detailed technical guides that explain exactly what's being measured and how the scores are calculated.
  • - Futuremark's Hardware Channel and Best Mobile Devices lists only show publicly available models. Futuremark never lists or leaks unverified scores from pre-release hardware.

If you've been writing about PC hardware for more than a decade, you'll remember the outcry when various vendors were caught making dubious driver optimizations. And more recently, some smartphone manufacturers have tried, and failed, to cheat their way to higher benchmark scores. So if there is one thing to take away, it's that the cheaters always get caught. Not only because it is easy to detect, even without the special tools we have in our test lab, but because there are hundreds of press reviewers using 3DMark and PCMark, and millions of people benchmarking at home, all watching intently for any funny business."