Welcome to the ninth episode of our SkatterBencher series. This time we’re taking a look at the Ryzen 7 1700 processor, the most affordable member of the Ryzen 7 series which we first looked at in episode #8 with the Ryzen 7 1800X. The Ryzen 7 1700 retails for around $329 USD, an attractive price for an octa-core processor, especially one which can be overclocked. As always we’re going to show step-by-step how to configure the processor and the system memory to get that extra free performance. Then, we’ll run some benchmarks to see how much the performance has improved compared to stock settings.
As well as the AMD R7 1700 processor, in this guide we will also be using the ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard from ASUS and a G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory kit. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor is an octa-core chip that uses SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) to deliver 16 threads. It has a base clock frequency of 3.0GHz which can boost as high as 3.7GHz.Unlike the Ryzen 7 1800X, the 1700 processor does not feature XFR (Extended Frequency Rate).
Welcome to the latest in our Motherboard Memory Lane series on HWBOT. It’s a series of short articles that focus on specific motherboard and CPU platforms from the past. We examine chipsets that helped define the platform, the motherboards and CPUs that were popular on HWBOT at the time, and take a peek at some of the records broken.
This week our focus is directed at the Intel X58 chipset, a major component in Intel’s push to reign supreme in the top tier PC segment that we now refer to as the High-End Desktop, or HEDT segment. The X58 platform replaced the relatively short-lived Intel X48 platform and was for most gaming enthusiasts and overclockers, the platform of choice until Sandy Bridge and the P67 platform arrived several years later.
Launched in November 2008, the Intel X58 chipset was a traditional Northbridge/Southbridge design codenamed Tylersburg. It arrived in tandem with Intel’s latest Core i7 Series processors which were based initially on Nehalem, and later Gulftown architectures. One crucial difference between the X58 design and previous chipsets was that it no longer featured a memory controller - which had been moved to CPU itself. Whereas Intel had previously used the term Memory Controller Hub (MCH) to describe Northbridge chipsets, the removal of the memory controller meant that technically the X58 was an I/O Hub or IOH.
Welcome back to our Motherboard Memory Lane series on HWBOT, a series of short articles that examine specific motherboard and CPU platforms from the not too distant past. The idea is look at the chipsets that helped define these platforms, the motherboards and CPUs that were popular with HWBOT members, plus a look at some of the records broken around that time.
Today the focus is on the Intel P55 chipset, a platform that heralded the arrival of the PCH or Platform Hub Controller, a change that (among several other things) saw the end of the traditional Northbridge / Southbridge chipset design. The platform also arrived with the first major change in socket design for several years and a change in the way discrete graphics card bandwidth and other features were delivered. Let’s look at the Intel P55 platform in a little more detail.
Welcome to the eighth edition of our SkatterBencher series. This time we refocus our attention back to CPU Overclocking, taking on the freshly launched AMD Ryzen platform. The mission, as ever, is to push the silicon to improve overall performance and see just how much additional performance can be had from these new Zen architecture CPUs. We’ll go through the Overclocking process step by step, running several benchmarks to assess overall performance gains from a platform which is still fairly new in terms of BIOS maturity.
As well as the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor we will also be using the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard and a GSKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory kit. First let’s hone in on the Ryzen 7 1800X processor, the flagship model of AMD’s new Ryzen series. The first thing we can note is that the R7 1800X is an octa-core chip with 16 threads that retails for $500 USD. It has a base clock frequency of 3.6GHz which can can boost as high as 4.1GHz thanks to AMD’s XFR (Extended Frequency Range) technology.
Today we bring you the next installment of our Motherboard Memory Lane series on HWBOT. As with previous articles, the idea is to revisit a specific chipset platform from the past. This time around we’re looking at the Intel X48 platform, its features, the motherboards and CPUs that were popular with Overlockers at the time and some of the record high scores that were submitted to the database at that that time. The Intel X48 platform is the second of Intel’s X- Series platforms that were market specifically at the high-end consumer space - the space that Intel now refers to as the High-End Desktop or HEDT segment. Let’s start by taking at look at the technologies and the features that helped define it.
The Intel X48 platform was first revealed in late 2007, hot on the heels of the recently launched mid-range P45 chipset, and the first X-series chip, the X38. In most respects however the X48 Northbridge was very similar to the technical features of the X38. A side by comparison reveals one major difference - official support for 1600Hz FSB speeds and DDR3-1600. The enthusiasm of tech media, enthusiasts and overclockers towards higher FSB and memory speeds was tempered however with the fact that most motherboard manufacturers had already offered FSB speeds of 1600MHz and beyond on the previous X38 platform.
After a break away from the OC Lab, South African No.1 returns to the fray with a couple of live streamed OC sessions. His latest streams take on a few topics, the first of which is the ‘Game Boost’ function that MSI have developed on their Z270 XPOWER Titanium motherboards.
In Session #47 DrWeez sets up a Core i7 7700K system using the MSI board and does some thorough testing to see exactly what’s happening behind the curtain. He examines how feature actually works while monitoring key metrics such as voltages and temperatures. Once the setting is applied in the BIOS Dr Weez found that his CPU was pushed to 5GHz using 1.38 volts – a configuration that would probably result in a stable overclock for 99% of all Core i7 7700K CPUs.
However it’s also a little high on the volts, probably by around 0.1 volts, a significant margin that could result in unnecessarily high temperatures. Using a Cooler Master Nepton 280L when running Cinebench R15 he found temps as high as around 84 degrees C. He then attempts some manual tweaks with the voltages that, not surprisingly help with thermal efficiency. Later on in this video, he whips out the Core i7 770K and delids it using the Delid Die Mate tool. He then replaces the standard paste with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut. The mission? To see how much the thermals are actually improved by the delidding process.
Just a few days later DrWeez was back in action to share with us the moment that he opened his latest new toy, the ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard from ASUS. As one of the most popular Z270 motherboards among extreme overclockers right now, Andrew shares his initial thoughts with us on his new board – insightful hardware porn from an extreme overclocking perspective.
Round 1 of the Road to Pro Challenger Divisions on OC-ESPORTS are almost at close. If look at Division IV you will find Buildzoid currently sitting in 9th place, a pretty high placing seeing as he has yet to post a score in Stage 1. His place on the table is due to an extreme overclocking session that he undertook a few days ago. In true Buildzoid fashion the entire session was live-streamed (warts and all) and uploaded to his Actually Hardcore YouTube channel. The result is an interesting fly-on-the-wall record of what needs to happen if you want to compete in the Challenger Divisions.
Each of the Road to Pro Challenger Divisions offer specific competitive overclocking spaces. If you can afford the most expensive hardware that money can buy, Division I would be your cup of tea. If you're benching on a budget, Division III is about Core i3 CPUs. Division IV however is centered AMD’s FX series processors with any AMD card allowed, a Division that suits Buildzoid to a tee. To compete in Division IV Buildzoid is using an AMD FX-9590 processor and a cap-modded AMD Fury X graphics card. In terms of motherboard he opted for an ASUS 970 Pro GAMING/ AURA motherboard plus a G.SKILL Ripjaw DDR3 kit.
Buildzoid’s exploits in the session manage to earn him a decent spot in the top ten of Challenger Division IV. Benchmarks in Round 1 include GPUPI for CPU 1B, Geekbench3 Muliti-Core, Unigine Heaven Xtreme, Cinebench R11.5 and 3DMark Time Spy. His most notable performance arrived in Stage 5 where he currently sits in second place in the 3Dmark Time Spy benchmark with a score of 5,374 marks, just behind Canada’s Johan45 with 5,683 marks.
This Thursday we’re looking back to a day not so long ago when Xyala managed to get some valuable the face time with current French No.1 Wizerty. Back March 27th 2014 Wizerty had just climbed to the top of the HWBOT rankings, moving past South African Overclocker Vivi to claim the HWBOT throne. Here’s a sample of the interview which covers plenty of topics including Wizerty’s background, the origins of his love for overclocking, his rise to the top of the HWBOT rankings and more:
Hello Wizerty, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Wizerty: Hello everyone! My name is Jean-Michel Tisserand, but most of the people know me under my nickname Wizerty (or “Wiz”). I live in a small town in the East of France.
Last week, you were at the first position on the Overclockers League. How did you get it?
Wizerty: Being number 1 isn’t just a “one day of work” achievement. It takes a lot of time, hard work and devotion because you need to accumulate thousands of points on different benchmarks. It was already a few months that I was achieving new best scores that gave me quite a lot of points – and so a solid base. Especially on graphics cards like HD3870, HD4850, 8800GT… which bring a lot of points when you have the best score. Meanwhile those cards are very accessible and a lot of overclockers are using it. One of the overclockers I think has really good skills is Sofos1990, the current number 3 of the Overclockers League.
When we are almost at the top it becomes more difficult to acquire more points. You really need to be dedicated and push your limits.
One night, a couple of weeks ago, I benched Unigine Heaven DX11 with a Radeon R9 290X and I achieved a new world record. This gained me hundreds of additional points. That really was the trigger and felt my time was finally coming! It was two o’clock in the morning and I had to wake up at 7am for work, but the challenge was too great to give up right now.
I changed quickly my frozen setup to prepare another one. I just needed a few hundred extra points to beat Vivi. Ten minutes later I got a new world record for HWBOT Prime and I knew the first position was almost here. But as time passed by I started running low on liquid nitrogen. I decided to change rig again and tried a Radeon HD4870, but the results were not good enough. I had the feeling that everything was lost with only 2 liters of LN2 left in the tank. The next delivery would only come in two weeks! – damn! But at 5AM, revelation! I hit a new world record on CineBench R11.5 with my Core i7 4930K. I was Number 1, my dream became reality. I went to bed a proud man, and woke up only one hour later to start the working day.
The history of extreme overclocking is one that extends back further than people often think, certainly back before the ’good old days’ of the hobby. With this fact in mind we bring you another OC Archeology piece that reveals some pretty awesome extreme overclocking happening back in 2001, in Japan. The archeological artifact we’ve dug up today is an article that is published on ASCII.jp and written by Mr. Kazuhisa Suzuki, an overclocker who was also known for his skill at motherboard restoration.
Mr. Kazuhisa Suzuki managed to use dry ice to cool his AMD Athlon 1.2GHz chip below -70 degrees Celcius, pushing it to almost 1.8GHz. The motherboard in question is a EP-8K7A, a board from now largely forgotten Taiwanese vendor known as EPoX which featured an AMD-761 Northbridge and a VIA VT 82 C 686 B Southbridge.
The article covers a massive amount of detail, especially considering its pedigree. Kazuhisa tells us exactly how he hard modded the motherboard, adding a variable resistor so that higher DDR voltages are possible, plus an external dip switch so that voltages can be changed while the system is enclosed in an insulated box. He also goes in to detail about how he added sensors to the CPU, memory and motherboard to monitor voltages. The end result after clearly a lot of hard work was a CPU overclock of 1,799.77MHz, an impressive 48% beyond stock settings.
Hot on the heel of his Kaby Lake overclocking article last week where he dissected the newest Intel platform in meticulous detail, French OC maestro Wizerty has just published a follow up article. Published again on Tom’s Hardware, Wizerty compares Kaby Lake and Skylake predecessors when overclocked on different platform motherboards. Questions answered in the article include: Is Kaby Lake worth investing from an Overclocking fun perspective? Is it essential to have a Z270 motherboard, or will a Z170 board give me the same performance and overclocking experience? Plenty to chew over.
Wizerty starts by examining the two platforms from a chipset perspective. For comparison purposes he selected a pair of MSI boards; the MSI Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium and its updated younger brother, the Z270A XPOWER Titanium. His testing revolves as you might expect around the top CPU SKUs of each generation – the Core i7 6700K and the Core i7 7700K. Wizerty then compares the BIOSes of the two boards side by side, including the difference in memory and other settings.
He then offers performance comparison data focusing on the differences between the two CPUs when used with Z170 and Z270 motherboards. Although the two chipsets offer generally comparable performance, there are a few spots where minor differences are apparent. Finally he compares data related to the two chips in overclocked configurations, including how the two chipset platforms perform in terms of voltages and thermals.
You can catch the article from Wizerty here on Tom’s Hardware. The article is written in French, but thanks to the power of Google Translate, that is no longer a problem for non-French speaking people like myself.
Today is the day we officially say goodbye to Jane Nash. Futuremark has announced they will soon stop supporting its 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage benchmarks. The company has taken the decision to end support in light of the fact that Microsoft is withdrawing support for Windows Vista on April 11 of this year. Futuremark Vantage benchmark support will end on the same day.
The withdrawal of support for 3DMark and PC Mark Vantage means the following; the benchmark will no longer sold be Futuremark, the benchmarks will no longer receive updates (other than SystemInfo), they will no longer work with Futuremark online services including the result validation services and customer support. From April 11th, both benchmarks will be available for free as ‘legacy’ benchmarks.
3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage are DirectX 10-based benchmarks, designed to work specifically on the Windows Vista OS. It was released in April 2008 and succeeded the DirectX 9-based 3DMark06. According to Futuremark it no longer makes sense for them to support a benchmark designed to run on an OS that is ten years old and no longer supported by Microsoft. According to StatCounter only 1.12% of users currently still run Windows Vista.
The HWBOT World Tour website just published a blog post with an update regarding the forthcoming Poitiers 2017 event in France. The event takes place at Gamers Assembly from April 15th to -17th, and the news coming out today is that they have confirmed the industry partners involved:
”It’s exciting times for us right now as the next stop of the HWBOT World Tour 2017 is just a few weeks away. The next stop of the tour arrives in Poitiers, France in time for the Gamers Assembly. The great news today is that we can now confirm the partners that are supporting us in this adventure, bringing the world of Overclocking to the gamers and enthusiasts in France. The HWBOT World Tour, Poitiers 2017 event would not be possible without the valued support of its key industry partners.”
“Each HWBOT World Tour event requires enormous amounts of manpower and time as well as hardware support and more to facilitate the Overclocking Contests and Workshops that we host. Seasonic, Alphacool and Streacom will be providing support with hardware at the event while the French Federation of Overclockers will be providing vital help to organize and run the Performance Tuning Workshops. And as always, online viewers will be able to follow all the action thanks to media partners OC-TV.”
You can read the full post here on the HWBOT World Tour website where you can also book your seat for the Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest(nudge: yes there are a limited number of seats still available).
k|ngp|n is at it again. A week or so ago we noted how the world most feared GPU pusher had leveraged the performance of a GTX 1080 Ti card to break several GFP scores. Having tired of single GPU benching with the latest Pascal card he has now setup a rig using four of them. The first World Record to tumble is 3DMark Time Spy, and wow did it tumble. The new 3DMark Time Spy World Record stands at 31,550 marks, a score that busts past the 30K barrier with room to spare!
The new 3Dmark Time Spy record score was made using a deca-core Intel Core i7 6950X processor pushed to 5,200MHz, a very satisfactory +73.33% beyond stock settings. This was paired by the what is surely the most powerful consumer grade GPU array in history – x4 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founder Edition cards. Each of the Pascal-based GP102 graphics processing units were tuned under LN2 to hit 2,354MHz which is an incredible +59.05% beyond stock settings. In terms of graphics memory we find the 11GB of GDDR5X pushed to a 1,576MHz, an overclock of +14.53%. Other hardware used in the run includes a 32GB G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 kit clocked at 1,631MHz (13-13-13-28) and an EVGA X99 FTW K motherboard.
For the sake of interest, the next highest ever 3DMark Time Spy World Record was submitted by bob(nz) earlier last month. He achieved a score of 28,778 armed with 4x GeForce Titan X Pascal cards. The new score from Vince beats that score by a pretty amazing 2,772 marks. The top ten scores in the Time Spy rankings all involve either 3x or 4x Titan X Pascal cards, so it will be very interesting to see how the arrival of the GTX 1080 Ti will shake things up in the long run. For now, k|ngp|n certainly has a healthy lead.
[Press Release] Taipei, Taiwan, March 24th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce the addition of the Z270X-DESIGNARE to GIGABYTE’s 200 Series Family. The DESIGNARE motherboard, as the name implies, is geared towards the creative minds of content creators. This series of motherboards was first introduced in the Intel 100 Series Chipset to promote Nvidia Quadro graphics cards. By placing it through tried and tested benchmarks with real world environment settings, the DESIGNARE Motherboard is optimized for content creators of all levels.
With the 200 series GIGABYTE has done it again and this time with a distinctive silver alloy PCB design and unique markings along the front and rear of the board. Just like its predecessor, the 200 series DESIGNARE Motherboard is fully validated and optimized for Nvidia Quadro graphics cards and high-performance graphics to ensure designers have nothing holding them back.
“Content creators need a high-performance platform that can keep up with the inventive minds as they craft their masterpieces.” – Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE’s Motherboard Business Unit.
Not only is the DESIGNARE Motherboard the perfect canvas for any artist, it also has the technology to transfer media via the newest standards, USB3.1. With the first onboard USB3.1 header the Z270X-DESIGNARE is not only breathtaking but revolutionary.
Sweden’s number one Overclocker Rauf was in attendance at Dustin Expo 2017 where he managed to pull off a fantastic new World Record in the Unigine Heaven Xtreme benchmark. Using a Kaby Lake Intel Core i7 7700K and a pair of GTX 1080 Ti cards, Rauf managed to make a score of 11,380.58 marks. It's an even more impressive score when you consider that he managed to do it live on stage!
The new World Record score of 11,380.58 Marks was achieved with a Core i7 7700K pushed to 6,970MHz, a sweet +65.95% beyond stock settings. The CPU was joined by two of the latest Nvidia Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards. Both cards had their GPU clocks pushed to 1,722MHz which is a tasty 8.84% beyond stock. Other notable hardware includes an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard and a GALAX Hall of Fame DDR4 kit clocked at 2,082MHz (12-11-11—28).
The Dustin Expo event is arguably the biggest IT and electronics trade show in Sweden. Attracting 10,000 or so visitors the show gathers together the country’s leading technology companies at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. Hats off to nordichardware, sponsors ASUS and to Rauf for making sure that Overclocking made its presence felt at this year’s event. You can find the World Record submission from Rauf here, as well as the global rankings for the Unigine Heaven Xtreme benchmark here.