Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
wPrime - 32m Core i7 6700K 6240.4 MHz l0ud_sil3nc3 3sec 172ms 68.6 pts 5   3
XTU Core i7 6700K 5390 MHz jones965 1778 marks 51.5 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 6700K 6100 MHz Achill3uS 7272.79 pps 50.1 pts 0   0
3DMark11 - Performance GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1738/2013 MHz jones965 30464 marks 47.5 pts 0   0
wPrime - 32m Core i7 6700K 6158 MHz Splave.ROM 3sec 219ms 47.5 pts 0   3
XTU Core i7 5820K 4800 MHz FiestaMode 1942 marks 46.0 pts 0   1
3DMark11 - Performance GeForce GTX 980 Ti   futto-kun 30396 marks 45.6 pts 0   2
wPrime - 1024m Core i7 6700K 6160.4 MHz l0ud_sil3nc3 1min 41sec 469ms 44.5 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 6700K 4790 MHz loul 1671 marks 44.1 pts 0   2
wPrime - 1024m Core i7 6700K 6158 MHz Splave.ROM 1min 42sec 844ms 42.3 pts 0   1


HWBOT Articles

Welcome to our next overclocker profile video. This time we have the pleasure to get up close and personal with Dinos22, a very influential overclocker from Australia who works as a Marketing Manager and overclocking evangelist for GIGABYTE. We had a chance to speak to him in the aftermath of Computex 2015 where he had plenty of thought provoking ideas to share with us about the OC scene in general and the direction it is heading in.

"I joined a forum and started buying and selling stuff, (being a) tight-arse is the initial motivation. Then you start to buy components you don’t really need, and you think oh, maybe this can go faster. And then you see this guy EVA2000 and this dude is like a memory God... pardon the expression. He was a world famous memory overclocker, a local guy, so we all kind of started copying what he does."

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Hardware news

Z170 Statistics and BIOS Thread Updated; 47 new BIOSes and 1300 submissions

In the Skylake (Z170) OC subforum you can find thread related to Skylake overclocking, varying from thermal paste tests to the ROG Maximus VIII OC guide. In one of the threads you can find Z170 BIOS, tools, facts, stats and list of mainboards. Today we updated the thread with the latest statistics and uploaded 47 new BIOSes!

The new BIOSes coming from a variety of mainboard manufacturers. We have uploaded quite a lot of new BIOSes: 10x ASRock, 16x ASUS, 1x Biostar, 3x EVGA, 14x GIGABYTE, and 3x MSI. It's good to see mainboard vendors continuously update the firmware of their products as more bugs get ironed out and more overclocking headroom is made available to the overclockers.

In terms of statistics, we now have 1300 Skylake overclocking submissions in the database originating from about 150 overclockers worldwide. In total 32 mainboards have been used, which is less than half of the 82 mainboards we have in our database. The most popular brand currently is ASUS, with the Maximus VIII Gene as most used product. 34% of the overclockers are done with all-in-one water cooling. Digg_de from Germany is the most active overclocker with 201 submissions.

We look forward to seeing the Skylake overclocking activity pick up over the course of the next couple of weeks. Let us know if you have any guides or BIOSes to share so we can add it to the thread!


Kimir (France) Transcodes 4K x265 Video at 7.18 FPS with Core i7 5960X at 4704 MHz

Kimir from France is currently number one on the HWBOT x265 Benchmark 4K Hall of Fame leaderboard. His Core i7 5960X based system is overclocked to 4.7 GHz and able to encode 4K at 7.18 frames per second. That is the best so far at HWBOT!

His system consists of a CPU cooled by custom water cooling, a set of HyperX Predator DDR4 at DDR4-3200 CL16, an ASUS Rampage V Extreme X99 motherboard, the OCZ Technology Vertex 4 120GB SSD and an Enermax 1200W Platimax power supply. You can find a beautiful system picture on the left hand side.

For more information on the HWBOT x265 Benchmark, check out the thread on our forum where Havli explains the ins and outs of the benchmark! For more information about Kimir's submission, check out the result page.

Silicon Lottery Has Core i5 6600K in Stock: Up To 4.8 GHz; 6700K Coming in September

It is a known fact today that not all processors are fused equal. Some can 'clock better than others, and if you happen to find a gem you can count yourself lucky having won the silicon lottery.

Or, you can simply go to the Silicon Lottery and buy exactly what you want! is a Texas based online store that sells CPUs by the frequency bin. The product range is quite minimal: Core i7 5820K from 4.4 GHz to 4.7 GHz, Core i7 5960X from 4.5 GHz to 4.7 GHz, and Skylake offerings in the form of the Core i5 6600K and the Core i7 6700K. A Core i5 6600K rated for 4.8GHz is priced USD $300, which seems like a reasonable price. The Core i7 6700K is not in stock yet, but is due September 10th.

If you're looking for a decent overclockable Skylake processor and you don't want to bother testing a couple yourself, perhaps this is a good opportunity. In case you're looking for aid with delid, there's a USD $50 delid service available too!

Check out for more information.

AnandTech Investigates Core i7 6700K Overclocking Performance Scaling at 4.8GHz

AnandTech's in-house overclocking guru Ian "Borandi" Cutress published an article last friday detailing the performance scaling when overclocking the Core i7 6700K to 4.8GHz. In the article, Ian has a look at what exactly is the benefit of overclocking Skylake in terms of computing performance. According Ian, 4600 MHz is a good target for any ambient overclock and 4800 MHz, as tested in the article, is the mark of a good sample.

The investigation leads the audience through a variety of benchmark such as Cinebench R15, Agisoft Photoscan, PovRay, winRAR, and so on. Next to the professional and office work suite, Ian also looks at the performance of the integrated graphics and that's where it gets interesting. When overclocking the CPU to 4.8GHz, the cpu cores use up all of the available power budget leaving the integrated graphics with little to no headroom. The initial performance indication shows a lower graphics performance when overclocking the CPU, but when the IGP clock frequency is fixed the results are on par with expectations.

Overall a 14% overclock of the CPU translated in an 11.7% performance increase in CPU benchmark tests. For more information and all the details, head over to AnandTech for the full article.

[OC-ESPORTS] Rookie Rumble #21 and AMD Rumble #18 Winner Article

The 21st edition of the ever popular and entertaining Rookie Rumble series just came to a close and not for the first time, we see a complete newcomer take the crown with dianaOC from Romania pulling off one of the most dominant displays we have sever seen. On the AMD side of the fence we have Frenchman Niuulh take top spot for the third time in his fledgling Rookie OC career.

It’s interesting to see that in Round 21 the Rookies have taken to Intel’s new 6th Generation platform like a duck to water - or possibly a (sky) lake. Let’s take a look at how the new platform has shaken things up and check out the stages, scores and final standings in more detail.

Read full article at OC-ESPORTS.IO ->

Most Valuable Submission of Week 35, 2015: 177.4 points by Splave.ROM (United States)

Last week we received 4159 benchmark results from 845 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 52% of the active community. They were responsible for 30% 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 Splave.ROM in XTU 4xCPU using the new Core i7 6700K Skylake. With 177.4 points Splave.ROM scores 110 points more than Orion24 who had the Global First Place in the pocket a couple of hours before Splave submitted his score. In the Enthusiast class we find, as always, Nvidiaforever2, who has been incredibly active and successful in the past year. In the Novice and Rookie class we find two new names in the MVS table: Keika from Japan and WebMaximus from Sweden!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 35 generated in total 140 World Record Points, 8285 Global Points, and 6224.1 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 26% for Elite, 29% for Extreme, 20% for Enthusiast, 8% for Novice, and 27% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 4% Elite, 14% Extreme, 16% Enthusiast, 14% Novice, and 52% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 35, 2015

League Points Benchmark Overclocker
Elite 177.4 points XTU 4xCPU Core i7 6700K Splave.ROM
Extreme 67.0 points XTU 4xCPU Core i7 6700K Orion24
Enthusiast 52.2 points XTU 4xCPU Core i7 6700K Nvidiaforever2
Novice 30.9 points 3DMark11 Performance 1x GTX 980 Ti Keika
Rookie 31.8 points XTU 4xCPU Core i7 6700K WebMaximus

Top Hardware Points - Week 35, 2015

League Points Benchmark Overclocker
Elite 50.0 points XTU Core i5 4670K (1st) Xtreme Addict
Extreme 49.7 points CPU Frequency Pentium E2160 (1st) Nickolp1974
Enthusiast 23.6 points XTU Core i5 4690K (67th) andressergio
Novice 24.2 points XTU Core i7 4710HQ (11th) Dtaylor.nettech
Rookie 23.4 points XTU Core i5 4690K (76th) Lochekey

Dancop Shares Findings on Thermal Paste and Skylake: Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut Top Pick for Extreme Overclocking

The Dancop "ICE-Ball" effect on Skylake CPUs is the audible crack when the contact between the CPU die and IHS, and IHS and CPU pot, is lost. The loss of contact is significant for the overclocking capabilities of your processor as the thermal conductivity is reduced to the minimum. Overclockers have been struggling with the "thermal paste crack" problem for a long time, and Skylake doesn't make things easier.

As Skylake requires delidding to achieve the highest frequencies on liquid nitrogen, there are now two problem points for thermal paste (CPU-IHS and IHS-cooler). In a forum thread posted in the Skylake OC sub-forum, German overclocker and current #1 in the world, Dancop shares his findings on the ICE-Ball effect using different thermal pastes. Among the thermal pastes tested are: Innovation Cooling Diamand 7 Carat, Prolimatech PK1 and PK3, Thermal Grizzly Hydronaut and Kryonaut, Junpus DX-1, EK Ecotherm, Gelid GC-Extreme, and Noctua NH-1.

The results are spectacular. The ICE-Ball temperature under load varies between -120°C (Junpus DX-1) to -185 (Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut). That's 65°C difference for minimum load operating temperature! Check the thread for more information and detailed graph!

Lucky_n00b Tests 10 Retail 6700K CPUs in Preparation for AOCT 2015, the World's First Skylake OC Competition

In our Skylake 6700K/6600K Batch and Serial Numbers forum thread, people share their overclocking findings with Skylake CPUs. This morning we came across Lucky_n00b's post detailing the overclocking capabilities of 10 retail Core i7 6700K CPUs. He does this in preparation for AOCT 2015, the world's first Skylake OC competition to be hosted in Indonesia.

For the binning, Lucky_n00b tests three different scenarios. First, the maximum frequency the system can boot Windows 7 at with 4 cores and 8 threads enabled and using 1.35V. Second, the maximum stable frequency for Cinebench R15 using the same core and voltage configuration. Lastly, he checks the lowest CPU voltage required to achieve 4.6GHz stable through Cinebench R15. All the CPUs are tested with the same cooling solution: Noctua NH-U12S + Noctua NF-F12 iPPC-3000 at 25C ambient. On the website (Indonesian) you can find more information on the hardware used for the testing, including motherboard, memory, and so on. You will also find more information on the settings enabled and disabled in the BIOS. Very interesting stuff!

The end result is as follows. The highest frequency the best CPU can boot Windows 7 at is 4900 MHz. The maximum stable Cinebench R15 frequency with 4c/8t and 1.35V and air cooling is 4800 MHz. The lowest CPU voltage required for Cinebench R15 at 4600 MHz is 1.2V. You can find the detailed table in this forum post. Thanks for sharing!

Dinos22's Introduction to Subzero Memory Overclocking on Haswell-E X99 Platform (Video)

As part of a test for future livestream sessions, Dinos22 from Team Australia Extreme Overclocking has uploaded an introduction tutorial to subzero memory overclocking. He uses the GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion and a set of DDR4 memory (duh!).

In the tutorial video you get a more detailed overview of the GIGABYTE X99 BIOS, the tools required to prepare your memory for extreme cooling. There is a multi-camera setup, so you can see the BIOS, the memory cooling pot preparation, and Dino himself. The video is thirty seconds short of the ten minute mark and you can have a look by clicking on the picture on the left or in the thread linked to this news article.

We look forward to the next one!

[BLOG] Overclocking for CAD: let’s get dangerous

Back in the day, when single core processors could be overclocked to double its original speed and resulted in a incredible real-world performance boost, professionals who worked with applications such as CAD or photoshop could really use an overclocked system. Nowadays, the 3.5GHz to 4GHz CPUs can be overclocked 10-15% on air cooling and have enough cores for most people not needing a performance boost. On his blog Ed Lopategui, technology evangelist, entrepreneur, and aerospace engineer, has a look at overclocking for CAD professionals.

"You’ve heard the stories: buy a cheap CPU, throw some insane cooling on it and boost it into the stratosphere. Such is the promise of overlocking, pushing CPU processors past their design specs in the name of edging out extra performance for low, low prices. But these aren’t the heady days of the Celeron 300A, where the megahertz flowed freely. With the invention of improved configuration aware microarchitecture, overclocking’s gone a bit corporate these days. There’s still some fun to be had, but more importantly, does it still make sense for your CAD workstation?"

The article is an entertaining read and highlights the point of view from a technology enthusiast who is not familiar with the inner workings of the hardcore overclocking community. Overclocking became a thing when 1) processing power was useful, 2) it was a viable option for students, and 3) when it was available across the entire product range. With AMD not being competitive, the real-world use-case for overclocking being less relevant, the entry cost for overclocking drastically increased, and only available (for Intel) on a select product range, it's no surprise overclocking has lost some of its appeal to the general audience.

Click here to read the full blog post