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Tournaments and Sponsored Contests
World Tour 2016 and HWBOT X
|Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset||Titan X Pascal||2300/1415 MHz||Strong Island||9801.28 DX11 Marks||85.8 pts||7 4|
|3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme||Titan X Pascal||oscar.pezzaldi||34746 marks||53.2 pts||0 0|
|Catzilla - 720p||GeForce GTX 1080||2228/5258 MHz||Traktor||55333 marks||28.7 pts||0 0|
|3DMark - Fire Strike||GeForce GTX 970||1570/2050 MHz||olegdjus||13529 marks||23.9 pts||0 0|
|Aquamark||GeForce GTX 295||738/1300 MHz||Bullant||441346 marks||23.6 pts||1 1|
|XTU||Core i5 4690K||4600 MHz||j4r3t||1073 marks||23.5 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i7 4710MQ||3620 MHz||kilkon777||782 marks||23.3 pts||0 0|
|3DMark03||Radeon HD 4850 GDDR3||1000/1260 MHz||shar00750||73118 marks||23.0 pts||0 0|
|Aquamark||Radeon HD 4850 GDDR3||1000/1260 MHz||shar00750||417730 marks||22.5 pts||0 0|
|HWBOT Prime||Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC v3 2457MHz||2764 MHz||Pedro2553||3536 pps||22.1 pts||0 0|
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October 1, 2016 Taipei, Taiwan - HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings today officially announces the World Championship Final to held in Berlin, Germany on the 5th of December 2016. The World Championship Finals pits the winners from each of the HWBOT World Series winners, plus a wild card and a ROG Camp entrant, against each other in a bid to find out who is Overclocking Champion of the World in 2016.
The World Championship Final is truly a quest to find the best live OC contest player of the year. The contest features the six World Series winners from each of the six HWBOT World Tour 2016 events. The six World Series winners will be flown out to the Final and will be joined by the winner of the HWBOT World Championship Wild Card Contest winner. The eighth contestant will be the winner of the ROG Camp 2016, just to add some new blood and spice things up a touch.
Both HWBOT World Championship Wild Card winner and the ROG Camp 2016 winner will be announced at a later date.
Last week we wrapped up the final stop of the World Tour 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The global tour featured six events and spanned five different continents. It was a success in every sense of the word. We connected with 627 overclockers worldwide, the majority of whom were new to the scene. The tradeshows and gaming events we visited had an accumulated attendance of over 250,000 people, and we reached over 150,000 people via livestreams on Twitch. Hundreds of articles appeared across the web and the response from the participants was overwhelmingly positive in most cases. It was great and I look forward to next year!
Choosing Indonesia as the last stop of the World Tour has a symbolic meaning too. It was in 2014 that we understood we needed to put a lot of effort into pushing amateur overclocking, through reaching-out to enthusiasts and running OC workshops. It was at the same tradeshow (Yogyakomtek) that we witnessed the power of JagatReview’s Amateur OverClocking Tournament (AOCT). Throughout the week I enjoyed seeing new amateurs push the Core i5 6600K to its limits as well as witnessing the five new extreme overclockers who attend the World Series competition. Perhaps the most inspiration I found however, was in conversations with Dedy and Alva from JagatReview and Benny from GIGABYTE’s distributor in Indonesia; three people who were right there at the beginning of (competitive) overclocking in Indonesia, in the year 2000.
I want to share their story with you.
September 1st, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan - HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings today announces Intel as primary partners for the Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT World Tour which will be held in conjunction with JagatReview at the Yogyakomtek event in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Overclockers will compete on Intel Core i5 6600K processors for the duration of the event which is supported by Intel. Primary partner Intel is joined by motherboard partners ASUS, BIOSTAR, GIGABYTE and MSI, with power supplies from Seasonic, memory from Corsair, displays from Phillips and Open Benchtables from Streacom.
"Once again we are fortunate to have the help and support of some of the industry’s most respected hardware manufacturers for the HWBOT World Tour stop in Indonesia," commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. "We are excited to join with JagatReview and integrate the influential Amateur Overclocking Contest (AOCT) into the HWBOT World Tour schedule, an undeniable source of Indonesian overclocking talent."
The Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2016 was confirmed a week ago. Today we can bring you an update about the rules and format of the World Series contest that will take place during the event. The Asia Pacific leg of the World Tour will largely follow the same structure that has been employed throughout the year with Amateur and Extreme World Series contests running side by side. In Indonesia however the Amateur contest will be integrated with the AOCT (Amateur OverClocking Tournament) organised and regulated by the staff at JagatReview (see below).
For those of you who are new to SkatterBencher, basically it’s a project dedicated to bringing you quick and simple step-by-step guides on how to overclock your PC. In episode #4 we are focusing on a specific hardware component, the GeForce GT 710 graphics card, one of the most affordable GPUs available today. Hopefully by the end of this guide you will see that is actually quite easy to get a solid performance boost when overclocking more affordable hardware like the GT 710. Let’s get started.
Note: The Nvidia GT 710 is in the fact the graphics card chosen for this season’s inaugural Cheapaz Chips contest on OC-ESPORTS. Anyone who follows this guide will be able to join the contest and make a score submission. Contest closes on August 2016.
HWBOT X just published a blog post about the recent rAge 2016 Expo event in Johannesburg, South Africa were DrWeez and Pepinorang held a workshop entitled the PC Building 101 Workshop. The idea was to give attendees at the show a chance to learn how to build their own PC and then learn to tweak it like a pro:
“Running from October 7th to 9th, the PC Building 101 Workshop was sponsored by MSI and completely free and even gave attendees a chance to show their newly acquired tweaking skills by running a benchmark to see how high they could score. The highest scoring winner was then awarded the fantastic prize of taking away the actual rig that he built and overclocked.”
“The workshop proved to be a big hit with attendees at the show with more 70 visitors attending the workshop each day. The day kicked off with a presentation from DrWeez who explained the basics of PC building. He then would go on to show attendees the basics of PC construction, from prepping and installing the motherboard in the chassis, adding drives, installing the PSU and finally entering BIOS to setup and prepare the OS install. Once the PC was built, Pepe was on hand to show them, how to tweak and push the machine to the max.”
You can read the full blog post here the on the HWBOT X website.
It’s that time of the week again were we look back with a tear of nostalgia to a time when the world overclocking was a little different than it is today. This week we take you back to a day in 2009 when HWBOT launched the very first Country Cup contest. In fact the HWBOT Country Cup 2009 was the first ever official HWBOT contest, providing a solid temple for subsequent contests and competitions run outside the purview of industry vendors. Here’s what Massman had to say back in 2009 when introducing the contest to the community for the first time:
“Wake up everyone!! HWBot is excited to present its first official competition. The concept is completely different from all other competitions so far, so let us explain.”
“The competition consists of seven benchmarks spread over seven weeks. In other words, chances are big that you will not have the time to submit a world record breaking result, which makes it interesting to see who will come up with the best result within a very limited time-frame. The results are grouped per country and countries are ranked based on the average score of the top-3 submissions. So, in order to win, you will have to motivate your fellow overclockers to submit good results. Per stage, countries are awarded points and the country that gathered most points at the end of seven stages wins the competition.”
The contest of course proved to be a roaring success, something which is proved by the fact that the this year's 2016 Country Cup is as eagerly anticipated as ever, kicking off in just a week or two from now. In 2009 the eventual winners were the Romanians who stormed to victory thanks to some truly great work from Matose and Monstru, legendary names that echo through the corridors of OC history even today.
The latest edition of The Overclocker magazine is now available via Joomag. For those of you in the dark, it’s a magazine dedicated all things OC. From hardware reviews, interviews with leading overclockers plus insight and comment regarding the PC hardware industry, The Overclocker is arguably the ultimate overclocking magazine.
Issue #39 covers a lot of ground and includes reviews of the latest GIGABYTE pascal series graphics cards, a look at the OC-ESPORTS rankings an article about AMD 480 LN2 overclocking and a look at the highly anticipated AMD Zen architecture CPUs. The issue kicks off with a great interview with Buildzoid, the guy behind the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel and a captain of the Reddit /r/overclocking team.
Here’s a sample of the Buildzoid interview: : “The name Actually Hardcore Overclocking is because there are so many sites that have overclocking in their name but as far as I’m concerned they don’t cover overclocking in-depth enough so I slapped the Actually in front of Hardcore Overclocking and went with that for my computer hardware blog where I covered overclocking as in depth as I could manage. Later on I tried to livestream my OC sessions and since I was archiving those to youtube I decided to start using the youtube channel for the their content as well.”
Regarding the GIGABYTE 100 series graphics cards: : For now, we are looking at a trio of three graphics cards from GIGABYTE. The new G1 GAMING line of GPUs which if the previous series is anything to go by, should be offering some of the highest levels of performance available to end users. As always, it’s a matter of designing a customized PCB based on the Founder’s Edition design. Configuring a custom BIOS/Firmware profile and finally wrapping it up in as capable a cooling heatsink complex as possible within the price bracket.
There’s also a look at the GIGABYTE Z170Z-X Ultra Gaming motherboard, a review of the G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200MHz 32GB kit plus a look at the GIGABYTE P57K V6 notebook.
You can find The Overclocker issue #39 here at Joomag.com
It’s official. The latest version of HWBOT x265 is here and ready to go. Updated from version 1.2.0 released last September, the 2.0.0 version adds an upgraded and improved encoder version 18.104.22.168, user selectable instruction sets, real-time monitoring, and an upgraded CPU-Z plus a few other fixes.
Developed by Czech developer and HWBOT member Havli, HWBOT x265 Benchmark is based on the open source x265 encoder. It can take advantage of modern CPUs instructions and scales well with multi-core processors. With two presets available, 1080p and 4k, the main workload involves converting H264 source video to H265/HEVC and measure average fps. Havli had this to say about the latest 2.0.0 version:
“HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.0.0 is based on improved x265 encoder, build 22.214.171.124 (compiled by GCC). Compared to previous version (126.96.36.1994 GCC), the new one greatly improves encoding speed on virtually all processor architectures. Also multi threading seems to be better - the bigger your CPU is, the better relative fps gain you can expect.”
Here’s the full change-log:
Note: Older version of the benchmark are still supported on HWBOT.
Today we bring you the third and final installment of our Challenger Division round up series, taking a closer look at Divisions VI and VII on OC-ESPORTS. Division VI is all about overclocking ARM system-on-chip processors, an increasingly popular platform in overclocking circles as Android devices become ever more ubiquitous. Division VII however takes us back to 2008 when AMD’s Agena-based processors were a popular overclocking medium. Let’s take a look at all the scores and submissions of Round 3 of the Challenger Divisions, the most comprehensive overclocking series you ever encounter.
Kristjan.krusic (Slovenia) Wins Challenger Division VI: Any ARM / Android Device
Stage 1 of Division VI involves benchmarking your device using the in-house developed HWBOT Prime, an app that calculates a device’s ability to calculate primes-per-second. The winner is Alan_Alberino from Argentina, an overclocker in possession of a brand new Google Nexus 6P smartphone, a device that sports a rather powerful SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994 v2.1).
Clocked at stock settings with a core speed of 1,958MHz, Alan_Alberino managed a score of 4,923 pps. In second place sits India’s csunit37 with 4,678 pps using the same processor. In third place we have Emiliano B, also of Argentina with the same chip and a score of 4,391 pps. Clearly Alan_Alberino has a few tweaks up his sleeve.
Catch the full round up of Challenger Divisions VI and VII here on OC-EPSORTS..
A few days ago we reached the end of the third and final round of the Challenger Divisions on OC-ESPORTS. You can read all about the winners from each Division here on the OC-EPSORTS news page.
Today however we are proud to announce the winners of the lucky prize draw for each of the seven divisiona. Two great prizes were up for grabs for each division and included a HyperX Savage DDR4 2666 8GB kit (HX426C13SBK2/8), plus a HyperX Savage 120GB SSD (SHSS37A/120G). Winners were drawn at random. Here is a full breakdown of the lucky overclockers you won all the HyperX goodis:
The following overclockers will each receive a HyperX Savage DDR4 Kit:
The following overclockers will be sent a HyperX Savage 120GB SSD:
Congrats to all the prize draw winners in Round 3 of this season’s Road to Pro Challenger Divisions.
Just under 24 hours ago we witnessed the conclusion of the HWBOT World Championship Wild Card Contest on OC-ESPORTS. The contest offered a chance for overclockers to compete for a spot in the HWBOT World Championship 2016 Final in Berlin later this year. Open from September 15th to October 17th the contest was eventually won by legendary Indonesian overclocker Lucky_n00b, who won the contest with a score of 297.3 points, taking the win in two of three stages. Let’s have a look at the scores and submissions that counted.
The HWBOT World Championship Wild Card Contest is one of the first contest on OC-ESPORTS were contestants were asked to purchase a ticket to take part. This is to offset the cost of flying an overclocker to the final in Berlin. The contest kicked off on September 15th but interestingly, the scoreboard remained hidden until October 10th, one week before its conclusion.
In terms of hardware restrictions the contest veered away from high-end hardware. Only Intel Core i3 and Pentium processors from the Skylake architecture family were allowed. In terms of VGA cards overclockers were restricted to using an affordable AMD Radeon RX 460 card.
Since the curtains were raised on the October 10th, it looked quite likely that HWBOT’s No.1 ranked overclocker Dancop would be the man joining up in Berlin, however with just hours to go we saw a flurry of activity on the leaderboard with several scores suddenly appearing from nowhere helping to make it a fascinating finale. The scores that counted in the end however, came from Alva “Lucky_n00b” Jonathan.
The contest revolved around three stages; 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, GPUPI 1B for GPU and 3DMark11 Physics (note: the benchmarks and contest structure were devised by the Community Contest Task Force). Stage 1 was dominated by Indonesian talent with Lucky_n00b taking the win with a Fire Strike Extreme score of 3,523 marks. This was made using a Core i3 6320 pushed to 56,52MHz (+44.92%), plus an RX 460 card at 1,650MHz (+17.86%) / 2100MHz (+40.00%). Second place went to bboyjezz with 3,443 marks while Dancop came in third place with 3,434 marks.
Stage 2 again saw Lucky_n00b at the top of the table with a GPUPI for CPU 1B run of 1min 3sec 685ms. This time Alva opted for a Core i3 6100 which he pushed to 4,441MHz (+20.03%), plus an RX 460 card, this time clocked at 1,800MHz (+28.57%) / 2,000MHz (+33.33%). Dancop came second with a run in 1min 3sec 882ms while American Splave made third place with a run of 1min 3sec 950ms.
Stage 3 sees oour eventual Champion arrive in sixth place, with Dancop taking the win with a 3DMark11 Physics score of 10,860 points – a dual-core Global 1st Place no less. Daniel achieved that score with an i3 6320 clocked at 6,161MHz (+57.98%) and a RX 460 clocked at 1,256MHz (-10.29%) / 1750MHz (+16.67%). Swedish overclocker Rauf hit second place with a score of 10,854 while Xtreme Addict (the Polish OC giant who already has a ticket to the finals) arrived in third place with 10,826 points.
Congrats to Lucky_n00b who has truly shown us his class when overclocking dual-core Skylake chips and RX 460 GPUs. Alva now joins an illustrious list of competitors that will compete for the title of HWBOT World Champion 2016. The list includes marc_0053 (N.America), PXHX(Latin America), DrWeez (S.Africa), Bullshooter (Europe), Xtreme Addict (Asia) and of course Alva's his fellow countryman Hazzan (Asia Pacific). In terms of other prizes, contest runner up Dancop will receive an Intel Core i7 6950X processor, while third place finisher Splave will get a G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 kit (F4-4133C19D-16GTZA).
You can find all the scores and submissions from the Wild Card contest here on OC-ESPORTS. See you all in Berlin for the final.
Der8auer has added a pretty useful resource to the Overclocking.Guide website which will be very useful for any of us who fancy trying to power mod their Nvidia GeForce graphics card. The new GeForce Power Mod Database contains accurate photos of exactly which resistor to target when using der8auer’s guide to disabling Power Limit on Nvidia cards.
The original guide is actually one of the easiest ways to disable Power Limit on recent GeForce cards so that additional voltage can be applied to the card when overclocking. It’s quite a simple trick that basically involves painting the shunt resistor on the card with Liquid Metal. These precision resistors are responsible for measuring electrical currents, so once disabled using Liquid Metal, the power limitations enforced by Nvidia are rendered totally ineffective, leaving you free to raise the power delivery to the GPU.
The new database allows anyone to follow the instructions in the guide with a range of cards from the recent 900 and 1000 GeForce series including cards from several vendors including Zotac, ASUS, Nvidia and more. Each data-set entry includes a close up shot of the resistor you need to target in order to apply the mod.
You can check out the Nvidia GeForce Power Mod Database here on Overclocking.Guide.
Here’s some good news for overclockers in Indonesia. Overclocker Ekky Jengkol is helping to organize competitive OC event in Jarkarta, Indonesia this weekend. The event will be at the Technofest 2016 event Mengga Dua Mall in North Jakarta and will feature both AMD and Intel Overclocking over the next weekend of October 22nd and 23rd. The theme of the event is is legacy overclocking. Not that the contestants are limited to legacy hardware. Nope, it’s the actual rules and regulations that are ‘legacy’ in nature.
Indonesia is famous for its Overclocking history. If you’re a little surprised by that, you should check this article written and compiled by Massman on the recent HWBOT World Tour event in Jogjakarta a few months ago. The guys at Jagat Review for example have been promoting and organizing OC events for well over a decade. The interesting thing about this particular event however is that they are trying to recreate the same vibe as OC contests had in the ‘old days’ when overclocking was somewhat different from what it is today. Here’s a quote from the Technofest 2016 listing on HWBOT X:
“For Overclocking “Back to Legacy”, we made new rules to make this competition become more interesting, and rookie overclockers could feel “old days” which was at that time, can only overclock via FSB because multi was locked. Overclockers should bring their own hardware. Any Intel processor allowed from 2nd gen until 6th gen. So new rookie ocers must think what good combination they should bring into the arena.”
Here are the basics of the legacy style rules. Firstly the scoring system is based on percentage overclock with processor multipliers locked at default settings. This is eliminate any advantages that ‘K’ SKU processors might enjoy. Teams of two bring their own hardware with Intel platforms from Sandy Bridge and up, AMD limited to FM2, FM2 +, AM3 and AM3 +. Cooling is limited to custom water cooling (no sub-zero). The restrictions regarding brand is that overclockers must use memory from event sponsors Patriot. Intel overclocking will take place on the 22nd with AMD the focus on the 23rd.
The full and very detailed list of rules can be found here on HWBOT X. The concept of the contest is certainly quite interesting. An attempt to create a level playing field for all contestants, more like things used to be back in the day. If you are interesting in competing, you can sign up on this community Facebook page.
A few weeks ago it came to light that some overclockers had gotten a bit over zealous when tweaking the Cinebench R11.5 and R15 benchmark app, altering textures to reduce the workload and consequently improve benchmark scores. HWBOT chief Christian Ney made a post recently that announced some new rules include the rule that all CB submissions must now show the rendered scene to prove that no altered textures are being used. Here’s what Christian had to say on October 3rd:
“For all Cinebench benchmarks the rendering scene must be entirely visible in the screenshot and atering benchmark files or the rendering is not allowed A while ago it came to our attention that there is a modified version of Cinebench around with altered textures which have as main effect to reduce the workload and consequently inflate the benchmark score.”
Christian later followed up with further information about what to do if you have (for whatever reason) used an altered version of CB in the past.
“I would recommend that everyone who has been using altered textures files remove their submissions themselves. From November 1st, leftovers will be considered an offence and will result in sanction.”
You can find the full post from Christian here, plus the original thread on the HWBOT forum here. If you have any questions regarding these issues, the HWBOT support staff will be happy to help as always.