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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i3 6320 4020 MHz FatBoyNotSoSlim 742 marks 196.2 pts 6   2
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset GeForce GTX 1080 2300/1350 MHz Xtreme Addict 10669.65 DX11 Marks 173.0 pts 9   6
GPUPI - 1B GeForce GTX 1080   rsannino 11sec 868ms 123.9 pts 1   0
wPrime - 32m Core 2 Duo E8600 6636 MHz Xtreme Addict 11sec 125ms 49.7 pts 2   2
3DMark03 GeForce GTX 980 Ti   TRES2 285348 marks 42.7 pts 1   2
wPrime - 1024m Core i7 6950X 5376 MHz sofos1990 48sec 500ms 42.6 pts 3   1
SuperPi - 32M Core 2 Duo E8600 6500 MHz Xtreme Addict 7min 20sec 438ms 39.5 pts 1   1
XTU Core i7 6700 4030 MHz FatBoyNotSoSlim 1378 marks 39.4 pts 0   1
3DMark2001 SE GeForce GTX 980 Ti   TRES2 190118 marks 36.8 pts 4   1
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX 1080 1966/1373 MHz andressergio 55325 marks 36.5 pts 1   1


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Revision 7 is designed in response to community feedback with the intent of awarding points more accurately as a reflection of overclocking result quality. The new revision re-balances the weight of benchmark applications and awards points based on result quality relative to the top result.

At the core of the HWBoints concept, invented by Mtzki from Finland, lie two distinct parameters: the weight of a ranking as determined by the amount of participants, and the quality of the result as determined by its position within the ranking. This concept is now being stretched to the end of its scaling capabilities due to two primary reasons: 1) the increase of global and hardware rankings, and 2) the direct submission capability of benchmark applications via our Open API. [...] This conflicts with the overclocking community’s desire to have the Overclockers League and submission points reflect the skill and effort required to achieve the position. Revision 7 addresses these concerns.

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The OC Show – S03E09: Road to Pro S02R3, US OC Summer Party plus HWBOT X Hits Spain

The latest edition of the OC Show from OverClocking-TV has just landed and as always, hosts Xyala and Massman give us a vivid and detailed overview of pretty much everything that has happened in the world of Overclocking in the last few weeks.

The show kicks off with a look at contests hosted on OC-ESPORTS such as the Rookie Rookie (a contest that is proving to be very popular with Indonesian and Indian rookies) and the Novice Nimble (where for once the OCN are not at the top of the table). The guys also introduce the Cheapaz Chips contest, a new contest organized by the Community Competition Task Force (CCTF), which is all about pushing voltmodded GT710 cards. Massman also brings us an overview of the HWBOT Team Cup 2016, a massive team contest that covers Current, Modern, Legacy and Vintage sub categories, plus a Dogpile category (I’ll let them explain that one).

Other major topics include the forthcoming Road to Pro series which enters the third and final round in just a few days time and includes all seven Challenger Divisions, plus the Pro OC Championship. The show gives us an overview of the standings in each of the Divisions as we approach Round 3, plus a look at a few things that combatants can expect in the final round.

The HWBOT World Tour again becomes a topic of conversation as the second Asian leg of the tour draws closer. The next stop of the tour will in fact take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The event is organized in partnership with Jagat Review and Jagat OC and should be one of the highlights of the OC calendar. As well as the World Tour, Xyala also provides a breakdown of what he encountered at the OC Summer Party in the US where several Overclockers enjoyed a relaxed get together where, among other things, some interesting contest formats got tested and tweaked.

Finally, there is also a look at what has been happening recently in Spain where local overclocker ChentinoX has been very busy organizing overclocking events. Events in Valencia and Bibao have been organized in conjunction with HWBOT X, offering OC presentations and workshops plus competitive OC contests that are hosted on OC-ESPORTS.

Catch the full OC Show from OverClocking-TV here on their YouTube Channel.


Throwback Thursday: 10 Year Old GIGABYTE Board Still Kickin’

Welcome again to Throwback Thursday, our weekly spot where we revive a notable moment from history. This week we drift our minds back to a day in 2012 when the marketing department at GIGABYTE HQ ran a contest called the ‘Hidden Gems’ competition on their Facebook page inviting all their fans to upload either photos or videos of their old GIGABYTE motherboard. The idea was to enjoy a nostalgic look at the company’s boards with prizes awarded for the most popular.

The winning submission was in fact a video from Victoria Chudinova from the Ukraine. Her video submission contained a GIGABYTE GA-586T2 board that originates from 1998. The board supports Cyrix MII, IBM/6x86MX and AMD K6-2/400 processors. What’s even more remarkable (and let’s be honest the cinematography and presentation of the video itself is pretty damn remarkable) is that the video features Victoria entering BIOS, installing Windows 98 and then cranking up a game of Need for Speed II. Back in 2012, this is what a besotted Massman had to say:

“One of the videos that caught the eye of GIGABYTE's Tim Handley is this one. Just have a look at it, very good video! It kind of makes me want to buy the GA-586T2 mainboard.”

You can find the original post from July 20th 2012 here. If you haven’t checked out the video, do yourself a favor and click here.

Summer OC Party: Meet the Participants, a Fly-on-the-Wall OC Event Video

As you may or may not know last weekend a bunch of (mostly) US, and Canadian overclockers got together for an Overclocking party in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Dubbed the Northeast Summer OC Party the event was notable for a) the relaxed and friendly atmosphere and b) the amount of LN2 made available to all in attendance. One of the cooler moments came about when Trouffman and Xyala did a tour of the room to check out who was in attendance and have a brief chat about what each bencher was doing in terms of platform and benchmark focus.

One thing that was pretty notable about the Summer OC Party was that it was organized, pretty much top to bottom, by two overclockers who pitched the idea to the HWBOT community and got sponsors Corsair involved. Stefan (Funsoul) and Joe (Steponz) did all the heavy lifting in terms of logistics and organizing, making it on of the most enjoyable OC events in the US so far this year. Great work guys!

As you can see from the video (click the image on the left), around fifteen overclockers made it to Harrisburg, including prominent members of the HWBOT community such as Stephonz, Splave, marc0053 plus several lesser known overclockers, some of whom were actually benching on LN2 for the first time.

Make sure you check out the ‘Meet the Participants’ video which was in fact originally broadcast as part of the live stream on the last day. It’s a real fly-on-the-wall view of a very relaxed, social and fun OC event. Something I know the community in the US would like to make happen much more often.

Dancop Re-Gains World No1. Spot with GPUPI for CPU 1B 4x CPU Global 1st Place

The battle royale at the top of the overclocking world rankings keeps simmering away with Dancop today taking back first place with a pair of tasty submissions - a Global 1st Place for the fastest quad-core CPU in GPUPI for CPU 1B, plus a second place ranked score in HWBOT Prime. The result of this action is that Dancop now sits just in front of Xtreme Addict by a super slim margin of just 12.5 points.

The new Global 1st Place score of 3mins 55 sec 674ms was made using an Intel Core i7 6700K pushed to 6,654.78MHz (+66.37%), joined by a G.SKILL Trident DDR4 kit pushed to 1,816MHz (12-12-12-28-1T), all mounted on an ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard. The score actually jumps ahead of the previous best held by Greek OC master Sofos1990 who managed a score of 3mins 55sec 760ms almost exactly a week ago.

In HWBOT Prime Dancop (also known as Dany apparently) was actually in possession of a 1st place ranking with a score of 8320.76pps until Alex@ro step in with an improved score of 8341.69 pps (possibly a back up score me thinks, such was the speed of the reply from Romania’s No.1). Alex@ro actually managed to squeeze a little more from his 0Skylake 6700K pushing it to 6,700MHz (+65.5%) compared to Dany’s chip which was clocked at 6,680.37MHz (+67.01%).

The upshot of course is that Dancop now sits at the top of the HWBOT world rankings thanks to these two scores which managed to earn him enough points to keep the prolific Pole Xtreme Addict at bay for now. XA has not been active for a day or two, but I suspect he may well reply soon enough.

Check out the new Global 1st Place scores from Dancop here, and Alex@ro here.

[HWBOT X] OC School at Dreamhack Valencia

Spain recently saw its first ever Overclocking event ever held at a major LAN party, in this case we’re talking about Dreamhack in Valencia. The event was organised by local overclocker ChentinoX, the current Spanish No.3, with support from sponsors GIGABYTE, Antec and HWBOT X. The OC School featured presentations, workshops and most importantly, a competitive OC contest hosted on OC-ESPORTS.

Running from Thursday July 14th to Saturday 16th, the first day involved getting up to speed with what Overclocking actually is, with presentations on the main stage and workshops to teach attendees the basics of overclocking. Topics included how to use the system’s BIOS, adjust CPU frequencies, multipliers, the processors uncore, how to improve memory latencies and above all how to control things like MHz, voltages and heat.

An overview of various benchmarks was also covered as well as more advanced areas such as volt modding and CPU delidding. Let’s just say that attendees were treated to a full-on, comprehensive introduction to the world of overclocking.

Continue reading this blog post here on HWBOT X.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 30, 2016: Gold for Xtreme Addict (PL), Strong Island (US), Oldcomer (BG) and Jlieu92 (US)

In Week 30 of 2016, we received 3480 benchmark results from 888 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 55% of the active community. They were responsible for 33% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

To accommodate more results we simplified the overview table to contain three types of information. The Most Valuable Submission, based on WR + Global + Hardware points, is separated in a CPU and GPU benchmark section. The top hardware points remain the same, but are not included in one table. In terms of scoring points, this week it's Xtreme Addict, Perica_barii and Johnd0e's turn to join the infamous 742-club. In the 100+ point category, excluding the XTU 2xCPU results, we find Xtreme Addict from Poland topping the Elite class scoring 148.3 points for his World Record in Catzilla 720P with three GeForce GTX 980 Ti at 1650/2175 MHz. In addition, OLDcomer from Bulgaria scoring 141.5 for his World Record of GPUPI 1B with 8(!) Radeon HD 290X.

In the Hardware rankings bracket, we find Xtreme Addict from Poland, Strong Island from United States, and Jlieu92 from United States scoring gold in their respective categories. Xtreme Addict scores the top rank in the SuperPI 1M Core 2 Duo E6600 bracket. Strong Island chose a GPU benchmark to score more gold - his GeForce 8800 GTX clocked at 999/1215 MHz scores number one in 3DMark06. As a rookie, Jlieu92 scores top in the XTU Core i7 6700HQ ranking. Congratulations to everyone making the table this week!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 30 generated in total 400 World Record Points, 4360.6 Global Points, and 8413.6 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 25% for Elite, 30% for Extreme, 14% for Apprentice, 13% for Enthusiast, 7% for Novice, and 25% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 8% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 17% Enthusiast, 11% Novice, and 58% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 30, 2016

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Xtreme Addict 196.2 pts Xtreme Addict 148.3 pts (WR!) Xtreme Addict 49.9 pts
Extreme Perica_barii 196.2 pts Coolhandluke41 72.2 pts Strong Island 49.9 pts
Apprentice MrBreeze 54.3 pts Menthol 34.6 pts Alan_alberino 27 pts
Enthusiast Hambaaallah 45.2 pts Oldcomer 141.5 pts (WR!) Hambaaallah 23.3 pts
Novice Johnd0e 196.2 pts Vellinious 22 pts Johnd0e 29.8 pts
Rookie Jlieu92 49.6 pts Jimmy97one61 10.6 pts Jlieu92 49.6 pts

World No.1 Xtreme Addict Takes 1x GPU GPUPI 1B Global 1st Place, Pushes GTX 1080 to 2,750MHz (+71.13%)

The new World Number overclocker, Poland’s Xtreme Addict is not certainly not resting his laurels. Having clinched the world title late last week, we now have him attempting to put distance between himself and World No.2 Dancop by taking away the German’s previous Global 1st Place for Single GPU benching in GPUPI 1B.

XA recently enjoyed a momentous week or so of furious benching that included a trip down memory lane to take down a bunch of hardware 1st places using socket 775 CPUS, plus all out assaults on Catzilla 720p and 1440p World Records using a Broadwell-E and Pascal combo. Dancop’s response was to submit a backup GPUPI 1B score in an attempt to stem the flow of Polish points.

Alas Xtreme Addict has also gone and taken this score with an emphatic single GPU run of just 11sec 961ms. a score is some way ahead of Dancop’s best, which is almost a whole second behind on 12sec 798ms. Xtreme Addict made the run with a GTX 1080 card pushed to wholly incredible 2,750MHz (+71.13%). In order to achieve these GPU clock heights he actually underclocked the graphics memory clock to 1,252MHz (-49.94%), an usual tactic, but one that has paid off big time here. Just for the sake of reference, in Dancop’s previous GFP score the GPU was configured at 2,505.5MHz (+55.91%).

The score from Xtreme Addict helps to keep him out in front, although Dancop remains just 33 points off top spot. Don’t take your eye off this race, it looks set to run all summer.

Congrats to XA! Don't forget you can find the full HWBOT world rankings here.

OLDcomer Reclaims GPUPI 1B World Record with 8x R9 290s, Dhenzjhen Takes it Back with 12x Nvidia Teslas

Lamenting the fact that some HWBOT members simply have all the fun, we brought you news that Dhenzjhen had broken the GPUPI 1B World Record using a server setup based around 11 Tesla cards and a pair of Xeon E5 2689 v4 Broadwell-EP chips. The new World Record score was a run of 2sec 485ms. What was interesting at the time was that the previous WR score of 2sec 502ms was held by Bulgarian overclocker OLDcomer who managed to do so using a considerably cheaper AMD-based rig based around 8x R9 290X cards.

Indeed just days after Dhenzjhen broke the record OLDcomer came back at him with a new high score of 2sec 401ms, again using his trusty set of 8x R9 290X cards, this time with the GPUs pushed just a little higher; from 1,200MHz (+22%) on the original run, to 1280MHz (+28%) on his new high score. Both scores were made using a Core i7 5960X clocked at 4,3MHz (43.33%). So as of Friday night OLDcomer was back in the GPU PI 1B World Record driving seat.

Fast forward to Monday however and we have a strong retort from Philippine No.1 Dhenzjhen who decided to expand his server rig by effectively adding another GPU to the mix. The original World Record breaking rig used 10x Nvidia M40 Tesla cards (250 watt beasts with 3,072 Nvidia CUDA cores and 24GB of GDDR5) plus an Nvidia M4 card for good measure. The revised build ditches the M4 in favor of a dual-GPU Tesla K80, thus we have a 12x GPU system. The new GPUPI 1B World Record score now stands at 2sec 398ms. Over to you OLDcomer.

You can find the new World record score from dhenzjhen here, as well as the full world rankings for GPUPI 1B.

RMA Issues with Liquid Metal (TIM) Stained Intel Processors? Try This Solution

This post is based on a forum thread that has been simmering away on the HWBOT forum for a few weeks. It basically revolves around a HWBOT member known to us as OLDcomer who found that his Core i7 5690X got knocked back by the Intel RMA staff who considered the residual stains of the liquid metal TIM to be signs of IHS damage and possibly sanding; two reasons that they argue invalidate any RMA claim. According to OLDcomer:

“My motherboard killed my 5960x recently and I sent the processor for warranty replacement to Intel's depot in Netherlands. The TIM was liquid metal and that's why there is some residue and it is hard to read the batch code but it is visible if look from the right angle. Intel Customer Support said that the processor is sanded which is not true.”

The Intel reply was thus:

“After further inspection the CPU is being rejected as the unit has substantial impact by some means which appear to be sanding marks and is being shipped back to you...”

It certainly seemed that all was lost, especially as many members suggested that Intel use barcodes to identify all processors and once a chip has been knocked back in an RMA case, it would be very difficult to find a way to convince the company otherwise. Fortunately The Stilt had a suggestion which OLDcomer was willing to give a shot.

“Try wiping the heatspreader with some < 10% hydrochlorid acid for couple of minutes. It should remove the gallium residue / oxidation. After wiping it with the acid, clean the acid residue first with water and then again with alcohol. The send it back to Intel.” –The Stilt.

Turns out that the solution offered above worked. Intel have agreed to replace OLDcomer’s i7 5690X. If you have experienced similar problems in the past when trying to RMA a CPU with residual liquid metal TIM, this solution looks to be your best shot. Kudos to The Stilt.

Check out the full forum thread here on the HWBOT forum.

Overclocking Telemetry Shield Debuts in 1v1v Target Attack Live OC Contest

The guys from OverclockingTV had a very busy and fun weekend at the Summer OC Party in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania which finished up just yesterday. The event was organized primarily by community members from OCF including Stefan and Stephonz. The concept is pretty straightforward - a big get-together where anyone from Elite league extreme overclockers to absolute newbies were welcome to hangout and of course get down to some solid benchmarking.

One of the more interesting activities that happened was the experimentation of new live OC contest format called ‘1v1 Target Attack’. The rules have not yet been finalized, but basically it works like this; two overclockers compete 1v1 style, overclockers start with three live and compete in short 5 min rounds were they have to try and get as close as possible to specific (randomly drawn) target score. The looser of each round loses one life. Players lose a life if they fail to score, make the same score or score by the same distance from the target.

The Summer OC Party was the perfect opportunity to test the 1v1 Target Attack format. As you can see in the video (click the image to your left) Xyala and Trouffman set up a test contest between Marc0053 and Stephonz who stepped up as willing test pilots for the experiment.

The contest also proved to be useful platform for a test of a different kind as the OverClocking-TV team also experimented with a newly developed Overclocking Telemetry Shield device. Xyala has been working with hacker Gergely Imreh to come up with a small device that can monitor and display live temperatures and voltages. Based on an Arduino/Genuino Yún the Shield is perfect for displaying sensor data during live overclocking contests – as such was used during the contests last weekend. You can see temps clearly displayed onscreen during the contests, offering some additional insight for anyone watching the live stream.

Watch the 1v1 Target Attack live OC contest between Marc0053 and Stephonz in the video here on the OverClocking-TV Youtube channel. You can also learn more about the Overclocking Telemetry Shield here on