Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark2001 SE GeForce GTX 780 Ti 1700/2000 MHz TeamAU 191142 marks 227.1 pts 16   13
3DMark2001 SE GeForce GTX 780 Ti 1705/2000 MHz 8 Pack 190731 marks 171.6 pts 6   2
CPU Frequency FX-8370 8659.6 MHz Smoke 8659.64 mhz 85.7 pts 6   7
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 980 2068/2181 MHz SDhydro 16524 marks 39.2 pts 0   0
3DMark11 - Performance GeForce GTX 980   Joa3d43 23481 marks 38.6 pts 1   0
3DMark11 - Performance GeForce GTX 980 1400/2100 MHz Slinky PC 33201 marks 35.0 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 980 2063/2181 MHz SDhydro 8514 marks 34.9 pts 0   0
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX 980 1656/2225 MHz dhenzjhen 37832 marks 34.4 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 4770K 5000 MHz Johan45 1245 marks 34.0 pts 0   2
Aquamark GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 1067/1253 MHz vadimua 299425 marks 33.0 pts 0   0

Competition Entries

GIGABYTE Announces TARGET OC Winners

Taipei, Taiwan, November 21st, 2014 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announced the winners of the GIGABYTE TARGET OC competition hosted on HWBOT.org. The GIGABYTE TARGET OC challenged the participants to hit specific scores on 5 different benchmarks. The scores ranged from epic bad performances to historic high records. Overall, the goal was to get the overclocking community to break from trying to reach the highest performance, and instead, learn how to tweak their hardware in order to reach very specific targets.

Today, we are happy to announce the winners of the GIGABYTE TARGET OC. GIGABYTE would like to congratulate every winner and sends their special thanks to everyone who helped make this challenge a success!

HWBOT Articles

Looking back at the past twelve months, it is hard to argue this has been an incredibly intense year for us. We launched a beta version of the new competitive overclocking platform OC-ESPORTS.IO. We established a permanent base in Taipei, Taiwan. We have significantly improved the communication tools for the staff, allowing more input from and responsibilities for the first-in-line members of the community. We are in the process of professionalizing the organization's structures to streamline and optimize our resources.

We helped our major partners organize some of the most prestigious and disruptive overclocking competitions ever. At Computex 2014 we helped Intel host the highest dollar-value overclocking competition (USD $25,000, Intel OC Challenge) and G.SKILL gave away the single largest cash prize (USD $10,000, G.SKILL OC World Cup) ever in the history of overclocking. Last month we helped MSI set forward the MOA tradition (with USD $70,833 the most prestigious series) and later this week we are flying to Russia for ASUS's third edition of the ASUS Open Overclocking Cup. At very beginning of next year, we fly out to Las Vegas for the final conclusion of HyperX's OC Takeover 2014 competition.

It is amazing to cooperate with such an inspiring set of people, pushing overclocking further every year, and the team feels blessed with the ability to enjoy producing, sharing and creating OC content in all directions of the world map. But don't be fooled, we are not done yet. If you thought 2014 was amazing, then prepare yourself for 2015!

Today we (not-quite-yet-officially) announce the launch of something we hope to inspire and excite you with. Over the past couple of months the team has brainstormed, discussed, budgeted, and coordinated efforts with community volunteers, enthusiasts and partners to bring you a series of worldwide overclocking gatherings.


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Hardware news

ASUS Open Overclocking Cup 2014 Final Live on Nov 22 and 23

On November 22 and 23, 2014, sixteen overclockers forming eight teams compete for the ASUS Open Overclocking 2014 Championship Title at the Moscow Cyber Stadium in Russia. You can follow the competition here live from November 22, 9.40AM local time.

More information: http://oc-esports.io/#/round/aooc_2014_final

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Travis Jank (V2-V3) Shares His Bitcoin Story at TedX Salem - Recommended Video!

For those who don't know TED: TED is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). You can find the most inspirational and interesting stories on the site, covering topics ranging from science to technology, global issues to business. TED spread out and in many cities around the world you can find TEDx (exchange) events hosting local people who want to share a story. Personally speaking, I am an avid follower of the TED Talks and recommend anyone spending some time browsing through some of Talks.

On one of the TEDx events in the United States, Salem to be specific, overclocker Travis Jank (V2-V3) gave a talk on Bitcoin. He shares his personal story and adventure going from overclocking to bitcoin, and explains the basics of Bitcoin to the attending audience. It's not an in-depth analysis of Bitcoin, but most certainly an interesting talk. Well done Travis, a must watch!

OC-Esports v1.1.1 Released - 8 Bugs, Features and Improvements

Our new competitive overclocking platform OC-ESPORTS.IO is in beta testing phase from October until the end of December. We are preparing the 2015 launch based on the many positive and not-so-positive feedback from the community, trying to squeeze in as much fixes and usability enhancements as possible. Last weekend we released a patch version v1.1.1 which includes 8 bugs, features and improvements.

The most noticeable new feature relates to the Country Cup 2014 competition. On the stage tabs, clicking on the county points will now serve a pop-up showing the individual submissions of the participating users.

You can find an overview of the resolved bugs, new features and improvements below.


New Feature

  • On stage and round page, clicking stage points should show you the related submissions.

Bug

  • Improperly displayed popup when the ranking is lower on the page and there are multiple submissions
  • Custom banner shown on round page, but not on the stage page of that round
  • Long names don't show properly on leaderboard table
  • Fix gelid image url

Improvement

  • Add the banner of a competition page as image meta so Facebook picks it up when previewing the page in a shared link
  • Road To Pro: add links to users/teams
  • Login isn't that user-friendly

AOOC'14 Finalist BenchBros Achieve Global First Place in 3DMark Vantage 1xGPU: 82348 with GTX 780 Ti at 1950/2100

On November 15 BenchBros from Germany achieved the Global First Place in the 1xGPU 3DMark Vantage Performance category. With 82348 marks, BenchBros scores about 400 points higher than 8 Pack from the United Kingdom. BenchBros will be attending the ASUS Open Overclocking Cup 2014 Final in Moscow, Russia, later this week, teaming up with Dancop.

For the Global First Place, BenchBros use an Intel Core i7 5960X at 5.7GHz cooled with liquid nitrogen. The graphics card is an ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti Matrix Platinum Edition clocked at 1950/2100 MHz. The motherboard is ASUS as well: Rampage V Extreme.

Congratulations! More info:

  • BenchBros' 3DMark Vantage Performance of 82348 marks: click
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance 1xGPU Ranking: click
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance Hall of Fame: click

TeamAU Breaks Aquamark3 World Record: 593,932 marks with GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force and ASUS Strix GTX 980

Only a couple of days after the previous Australian overclocking World Record from SniperOZ (read more here), we can announce another top result. TeamAU (YoungPro) broke the Aquamark 3 World Record with a score of 593,932 points, only 7,000 points short of the magical 600K barrier.

To achieve the score TeamAU used a Core i7 4770K clocked to 6464 MHz using liquid nitrogen, DDR3-2700 C6-10-6 memory, the GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force motherboard and an ASUS Strix GTX 980 graphics card clocked at 1400/1950 MHz. TeamAU outscores number two Sofos1990 by about 7,300 points.

Congratulations! More information:

  • TeamAU's Aquamark World Record: click
  • Aquamark3 Hall of Fame: click

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7 New X99 BIOSes for GIGABYTE and ASRock motherboards + Updated Haswell-E Stats

As usual, Stasio provided us with a couple of new X99 motherboard BIOSes which we re-hosted on our servers. There are new BIOSes for two GIGABYTE motherboards and three ASRock motherboards; you can find the list below. In addition to the new available downloads, we also updated the Haswell-E statistics.

Nata58 from Italy remains the most active Haswell-E overclocker with over 500 benchmark results submitted. His submissions alone put the EVGA X99 Classified to the second most used motherboard in the database in terms of pure submission count. When we look at the most popular motherboards per capita, we find the ASUS Rampage V Extreme at the top of the table, followed by the MSI X99S SLI Plus and the ASUS X99-Deluxe. CPU-wise, king of the hill remains the most expensive Core i7 5960X which has almost double the submission count as the two other desktop Haswell-E SKUs. In terms of cooling, we see that the large majority of overclockers opt for water cooling based cooling solutions. Only 15% of the submissions are done with liquid nitrogen. With 25% of the submissions, the United States has the largest overclocking community at HWBOT.

Based on the adoption rate of the Haswell-E X99 platform, it seems the new high-end desktop is doing very well in comparison to the Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E platforms. The adoption curve is similar to the Gulftown processor series and similar to that platform the most used CPU of the series is the top end. For Gulftown that was the Core i7 980X and for Haswell-E, as we already mentioned, the Core i7 5960X.

The list of updated BIOSes:

  • GIGABYTE X99 UD4F9
  • GIGABYTE X99 UD5 WiFi F8f
  • ASRock X99 Extreme6/AC 1.40
  • ASRock X99 Extreme6/AC 1.30
  • ASRock X99 OC Formula 1.60
  • ASRock X99 OC Formula 1.50
  • ASRock X99M Killer 1.62
  • More information in the forum (click)

Overclock.net Remains Most Rookie-Friendly Team, ShahrSakhtafzar Iran In Top-10 and Pho5ph0ric (AU) Leading Rookie League

Every month we look at how well the overclocking teams are adopting new Rookie overclockers. In our last news item about this, Overclocking.net was still the number one Rookie team. That remains unchanged this month and the team even accommodates for four more Rookies than the last count. The new team in the top-10 of most Rookie friendly overclocking teams is the ShahrSakhtafzar Iran team with 7 Rookies currently in their ranks.

With nearly 4,000 Rookies participating in the Overclockers League, the recruitement opportunities are wide open for the most enthusiastic and active overclocking teams. Check out the Rookie Overclockers League and get in touch with the people who may end up becoming the next 8 Pack, K|ngp|n or Vivi! On that note, we want to congratulate Australian overclocking Pho5ph0ric for currently leading the table in the Overclockers League!


Team Rookies # since Oct 19
Canada Overclock.net 28 +8
Germany PC Games Hardware 18 -2
France Cowcotland 15 =
GB Team MLG 8 +3
ir ShahrSakhtafzar Iran 7 /
USA Overclockers.com 7 -1
Australia Australia OC 6 -1
Indonesia BNCC Overclocking 5 -1
Ukraine Overclockers.UA 5 -2
Poland Overclock.pl Team 4 /