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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
HWBOT Prime Core i7 4770K 6462 MHz Achill3uS 7147.38 pps 74.2 pts 3   2
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i7 4770K 6405 MHz Achill3uS 4min 16sec 523ms 60.6 pts 3   3
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1425/1753 MHz ikki 112250 marks 45.7 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 5930K 4880 MHz ogmcvilletc 1896 marks 40.1 pts 0   0
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i7 4770K 6298 MHz Achill3uS 24109 points 38.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5930K 4730 MHz Dime 1864 marks 34.6 pts 0   0
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset GeForce GTX 980 Ti   IOWA 6364.19 DX11 Marks 31.0 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i7 5960X 5500 MHz hotrod717 23.87 points 29.6 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 4790K 4950 MHz bbaxter18 1238 marks 28.5 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 5960X 5500 MHz hotrod717 2177 cb 28.3 pts 0   1

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Today we are enormously pleased to announce the launch of the eagerly anticipated Team Cup 2015 on OC-ESPORTS, a contest that pits dozens of teams of overclockers against each other with a total of thirty stages based across virtually every hardware category imaginable.

The Team Cup 2015 is the ultimate team-oriented overclocking contest, requiring the broadest possible collection of hardware platforms and skill sets - from socket 775 and AGP slot GPUs, to Raspberry Pi and ARM processors, the Team Cup must surely be the truest test of OC teamwork.

Last year’s Team Cup was a roaring success, drawing in a massive total of 89 overclocking teams,and we are confident this year’s edition will again prove to be popular. The eventual 2014 winners were HwBox Hellas O/C Team from Greece who thrashed the competition with a total score of 1,268 points, beating 2nd place finishers XTREME OC Team Bulgaria who amassed 1,026 points. Judging by last year’s performance other hopefuls this year will include Classicplatforms.com and Overclockers.com, both largely US based, plus several other big hitters from Germany, Sweden and elsewhere.


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Hardware.info Finds Out How Much Higher Frequency You Get Going From Air to Liquid Nitrogen Cooling (Dutch)

On Sunday (yesterday), Hardware.info published an article on the frequency scaling using the most common and most exotic cooling methods. Going from air cooling over water cooling, to cascade and eventually liquid nitrogen, the Dutch technology website finds out how much extra MHz you get out of your system as well as what the effect is on voltage scaling.

Using the Core i7 5960X processor, the maximum stable CPU frequency goes up from 4.6GHz on air cooling using 1.3V to 5.4GHz with liquid nitrogen using 1.65V. That's about 18% extra frequency. The performance as measure by Cinebench R15 went up from 20,08 points to 23,65 points, which is also about 18%. That's a pretty good deal! Almost 1:1 performance scaling with frequency.

Other interesting testing includes checking how the frequency scales with just the temperature as the voltage is kept at 1.3V. As it turns out, the frequency goes up to 5GHz from a default overclocking on air at 4.6GHz. Also, using liquid nitrogen the required voltage for running 4.6GHz is only 1.175V as opposed to 1.3V using air cooling.

For more information and details on the test, check out the original article in Dutch at Hardware.info or the Google Translated version to English here.

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Most Valuable Submission of Week 31, 2015: 146 points by K|ngp|n (United States)

Last week we received about 3765 benchmark results from 901 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 60% 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.

As you can see in the table below, the most valuable submission of the week was the Global First Place of K|ngp|n in 3DMark Fire Strike using a single GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card. We covered his overclocking escapades with the new K|ngp|n edition graphics card in a newsflash article earlier this week, highlighting breaking the 13,000 marks barrier in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme. With 146 points K|ngp|n yields about 80 points more than UK based ObscureParadox who has been very active lately. In the Rookie area we see Davidmoffitt scoring 44 points in XTU with a Core i7 5930K and (go check out the submission!) 64GB of DDR4-2666 memory.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 31 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: 2% Elite, 13% Extreme, 13% Enthusiast, 12% Novice, and 60% Rookie.



Most Valuable Submissions - Week 31, 2015

League Points Benchmark Overclocker
Elite 146 points 3DMark Fire Strike 1xGPU GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|ngp|n
Extreme 64.3 points Cinebench R15 2xCPU Xeon X5698 ObscureParadox
Enthusiast 31.4 points 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme 1xGPU GeForce GTX Titan X Ximi
Novice 30.6 points Catzilla 720P 1xGPU GeForce GTX 980 Ti Sandalo
Rookie 44.6 points XTU 6xCPU Core i7 5930K Davidmoffitt

K|ngp|n and his GTX 980 Ti Graphics Card: A Love Story , First Over 13K FSE 1xGPU

In the world of graphics cards the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|ngp|n Edition was one of the most anticipated products hyped over the last couple of weeks. Introducing an interesting new business model using ASIC to differentiate products and supported with one of the most epic overclocking guides ever produced, the K|ngp|n edition of the GTX 980 Ti was destined for great things.

Two days ago, that's exactly what happened. If you were impressed by Rbuass, Dancop, and Der8auer's recent record spree, check out K|ngp|n's stuff. Where Dancop and Rbuass are the only two over 12,000 points only two over 12,300 points (Steponz was the first to breach the 12K mark) with a single GPU graphics card in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, K|ngp|n is ... over 13,000. Yes, you read that right: over thirteen thousand points!

Using a Core i7 5960X Haswell-E CPU at 5.5GHz and his GTX 980 Ti graphics card at near 2.1GHz on both GPU and memory, the score of 13091 is one for the history books.

We look forward to finding out what others will accomplish with the KPE card in the next coming weeks.

RagingCain Investigates GTX 780 TI "End Of Life" Kepler Driver Scaling From 331.93 to 353.38

Do drivers cripple performance?

In a thread posted on our forums and sourced at ByteMeDev.com, RagingCain investigated the effect of Nvidia's driver releases on the performance as measured with 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme. In total 18 drivers were tested with the GeForce GTX 780 Ti in both single GPU and SLI configuration.

In the conclusive lines RagingCain states: "The transitioning into 35x.xx family has caused a certain amount of performance penalty to some Kepler users, for example a loss of 4.05% in GPU score in Fire Strike, and 3.88% Fire Strike Extreme. A loss though should be read in context. The loss in performance since at least driver 347.25. I don't think there is a huge conspiracy to "withhold" performance as people speculate, but there is enough data to merit a review by nVidia. I don't expect major performance gains any more, now that we are EOL, but we shouldn't be going down in performance in a benchmark that even pre-dates this video card. The best driver currently for Kepler, in terms of 3DMark performance I have tested thus far is 347.25. If you must use a 35x.xx driver, I highly recommend the 350.12 or the 352.86. I have updated the charts and added the actual numbers."

For more information and details on the data-set, check out the thread posted on our forums or the original content at ByteMeDev.com

TechPowerUp Releases GPU-Z v0.8.5 - Windows 10 and GPU Voltage Monitoring for Fiji

Since it's hard to write a compelling news article about TechPowerUp's latest GPU-Z release, we'll just stick to the bare facts. It's version and it supports Windows 10. Oh, and also GPU voltage monitoring support for AMD's Fury X "Fiji" architecture. And also the other things listed below:

  • - Fixed Windows 10 detection
  • - Fixed CUDA detection in Windows 10
  • - Added GPU voltage monitoring for AMD Fiji
  • - Added memory controller load monitoring for AMD Sea Islands, Volcanic Islands, Pirate Islands
  • - Board Id moved into BIOS version tooltip
  • - Validation Id now displayed in GPU-Z window title
  • - Revision Id of recent AMD GPUs will now be displayed
  • - Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M & 980M (GM204-B), GeForce 940M, 930M
  • - Added support for Intel Atom x7-Z8700, Celeron N3150
  • - Added support for AMD R9 370, R9 370X, R9 380, R9 390, R9 390X, R9 Fury, A8-7100

You can find the download links of the regular and ASUS ROG themed version in the news article posted at TechPowerUp.

Join the Old School is Best School, Round 5: Bench on Socket 3 and Voodoo

The next round of the Old School is Best School contest on OC-ESPORTS is almost upon us. Running from August 1st to September 30th, the contest offers old timers a chance to revisit and benchmark classic hardware platforms of the past. For younger overclockers it’s a chance to explore pretty ancient hardware and gain a better historical perspective.

Old School is Best School Round 5 involves hardware that originates from almost twenty years ago with early Intel platforms that peak at 100MHz CPU clocks, and graphics chip technology from an influential company that pre-dates Nvidia and ATi. Let’s take a look at each of the stages in more detail.

Full announcement at OC-ESPORTS.io

[PR] G.SKILL Conquers DDR4-4000 Speed Barrier and Releases New Trident Z and Ripjaws V Series for Skylake

In a press release issued today, G.SKILL announces the first retail memory kit to break through the DDR4-4000 barrier and two brand new memory series – the Trident Z and Ripjaws V series – with updated performance specifications designed for the latest 6th generation Intel Core Skylake Processors and Z170 motherboards!

The new Trident Z DDR4 memory is the successor to the high-end Trident memory series and making its debut on the latest DDR4 standard, designed and tested for the next generation Skylake-S platform! For the first time in the history of extreme memory kits, Trident Z is entering the arena with a DDR4-4000, built with highest-end Samsung IC memory chips and validated on the ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboard.

With a new generation, comes a new heat spreader design concept. Game in style; work in style. Ripjaws V is the newest member of the classic performance Ripjaws family, featuring suave new looks in five illuminating colors: Blazing Red, Steel Blue, Radiant Silver, Gunmetal Gray, and Classic Black.

You can read the full press release with all specs and information here, or click on the image on the left hand side. We will be uploading the pictures of the kits to our Facebook page as well so stay tuned for those!

Toolius From India Grabs Geekbench3 (HWBOT) World Record: 75155 with 2 Xeon E5 2699 V3 at 2883MHz

Shamelessly, we reference the news article posted at the ROG blog because we completely lost track of this story.

And ashamed we are, because this is quite amazing news. For the first time ever (as far as my memory goes back), an HWBOT Overclocking World Record was broken by an Indian overclocker! Toolius achieved this feat by beating established Filipino top-overclocker Dhenzjhen in Geekbench3 using 2 Intel Xeon E5 2699 V3 processors at 2883MHz. He uses the ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard, hence why it's covered on the ROG blog.

The Geekbench3 benchmark is a recent addition to the HWBoints suite and now features World Record, Global, and Hardware Points for participants. Toolius' score yields him a total of 114.1 points. Pretty sweet!

You can check out the score submission page here and the original sourced news article at ROG blog here.

WCCFTech Reports Overclocking Enabled on Locked Skylake CPUs (but it's not 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.

Update: an industry overclocker stated that the older engineering samples could be overclocked, but the retail silicon will not support overclocking via the base clock frequency.

Probably Most Comprehensive VGA OC Guide Ever: Uncorking the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti KPE

The Kingpincooling forum is the home of EVGA's in-house overclockers and all-round performance enthusiasts TiN and K|ngp|n. On the forums you can find pretty much anything you need for overclocking EVGA hardware. On special occasions you'll find so-called "super-guides" or "uncorking guides" which tell you everything you need to know about pushing a particular piece of hardware.

The Uncorking guide for the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti KPE published yesterday is probably the best overclocking guide published on this generation's GeForce graphics cards. It has everything! Do you want to know how to overclocking on air? It's there. Are you maybe interested in BIOS and tools for extreme overclocking? Yup, it's there. Do you need specifics on LN2 scaling? YES, it's there. Do you want to use your Raspberry Pi for voltage control? YES IT'S THERE!

The article is a piece of art and a must-read for everyone overclocking the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, even if it's not an EVGA K|ngp|n Edition card. Hopefully we can see other vendors produce similar community supporting guides for overclocking, and even if it's only half as good as this one it would be fantastic in our eyes.

Check out the article, pictures, guides, the PDF version, or simply give praise in the thread over at Kingpincooling.com.