Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 980 1925/2015 MHz 8 Pack 40006 marks 142.6 pts 4   1
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 980 2000/2000 MHz 8 Pack 109069 marks 114.6 pts 0   1
3DMark11 - Performance GeForce GTX 980 1950/2000 MHz 8 Pack 44538 marks 114.3 pts 0   1
CPU Frequency FX-8320 8553.2 MHz Smoke 8553.25 mhz 98.0 pts 8   11
XTU Core i7 4770K 5705.4 MHz l0ud_sil3nc3 1485 marks 67.9 pts 0   3
XTU Core i3 4370 MHz michel90 576 marks 53.5 pts 1   2
XTU Core i5 4690K 5374.9 MHz l0ud_sil3nc3 1326 marks 49.7 pts 2   2
XTU Core i3 4370 4190 MHz Bullshooter 564 marks 46.2 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 5960X 5410 MHz Splave.ROM 2847 marks 46.0 pts 4   5
3DMark03 GeForce GTX 280 1060/1270 MHz michel90 97376 marks 45.2 pts 3   2

Competition Entries

DaNE Victorious In Rookie Rumble #10 and Rookie Rumble AMD #7

After the last Rookie Rumble we announced Zwitterion93 to be the first ever to achieve a double victory in the Rookie Rumbles and little did we know DaNE from Denmark would do exactly the same for this round. Just like Zwitterion93, he dominated in both competitions scoring a near-perfect 141 out of 150 points in the Rookie Rumble #10 and a perfect 150 out of 150 in the Rookie Rumble AMD #7. What an excellent achievement!

HWBOT Articles

The staff at HWBOT is proud to announce that as of today, ASUS Republic Of Gamers will be joining the HWBOT force as a partner. ASUS Republic Of Gamers was founded in 2006 for the sole purpose of delivering the most innovative hardcore hardware for truly dedicated gamers, performance enthusiasts and overclockers. Since then, the efforts of the ROG team have led to a constant flow of PC gaming and overclocking technologies that have become legendary among enthusiasts for its performance. ROG is more than just hardware as they take an active part in global PC and gaming communities, helping develop the industry by sponsoring events such as QuakeCon, BlizzCon,Dreamhack and AOOC. Worldwide media have recognized ROG as a leader in PC hardware, with many of our products winning awards and gaining very positive feedback from hardware pros. Learn more at and follow on Facebook at

We would like to express our gratitude to ASUS Republic Of Gamers for the support and trust in HWBOT and its community, and enabling us to continue promoting overclocking and the overclocking community. With ASUS' support, we have found extra motivation to make the platform and all its functionality as pleasant as possible for the overclocking community!

Thank you ASUS Republic Of Gamers!

(Note: stay tuned for live coverage from the ASUS Open Overclocking Cup 2014 Final and expect more competitions like the ROG OC Showdown | Z97 in the near future)

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Hardware news

SuperPI Low-Clock Challenge Overview Table Update

The most hardcore overclockers are without a doubt familiar with the SuperPI low-clock challenges. The challenges limit the CPU frequency to a fixed MHz and allows for software and memory tuners to show their optimization skill. In our forums we have a couple of low-clock challenge threads running and we've just updated all the rankings. For those who don't want to locate all the threads and top scores in the forums, we've compiled an easy overview with links to the threads and the scores in the table below.

Congratulations to all the leaders in their specific category. Top stuff!

SuperPI 32M Low-Clock Challenge

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Haswell-E 4G 7 min 20.594 sec Dancop Core i7 5960X G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 1509 MHz C11-13-15-13 ASUS Rampage V Extreme
Haswell 5G 5 min 54.578 sec Splave.ROM Core i7 4770K G.SKILL PI 1410 MHz C6-10-6-21 ASRock Z97 OC Formula
Ivy Bridge 5G 6 min 16.094 sec Bullant Core i7 3770K G.SKILL PI 1327 MHz C6-10-6-27 GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH
Sandy Bridge 5G 6 min 31.031 sec Bullant Core i7 2600K Patriot 2000EL 1112 MHz C6-8-6-18 ASRock Z77 OC Formula
Kaveri 5G 13 min 23.411 sec Delly A10-7850K 1256 MHz C9-11-11-31 MSI A88X-G45 Gaming
Vishera 5G 14 min 13.312 sec I.nfraR.ed FX-9370 G.SKILL PI 1300 MHz C8-12-8-28 GIGABYTE 970A-UD3
Richland 5G 14 min 14.625 sec Newlife A8-6600K G.SKILL TridentX 1196 MHz C8-9-9-8 GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X
Trinity 5G 14 min 20.156 sec Calathea Athlon X4 750K Corsair Dominator 1333 MHz C9-12-12-24 GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4
Kabini 2.5G 21 min 31.433 sec Woomack Athlon 5150 1013 MHz C9-10-10-28


Christian Ney First To Hit Target in Stage 1 of GIGABYTE Target OC Competition

Busy with the coverage of live events, the news of the GIGABYTE Target OC competition slipped our mind. But now that we're back in office on full throttle, we can relay the news of Christian Ney being the first to hit the target in Stage 1 of the competition. Submitting a lightning fast 1 second after opening of the stage, Christian Ney out-submitted MarineOC, VVojtas and A. Coppens.

To help out the contestants for the next stages, Christian advises to have several tabs open to submit the result as fast as possible. His strategy consisted of submitting three different results: one at 8 seconds before the deadline, one at 6 seconds and then another one 3 seconds before the deadline. The first one was submitted too early and the submission engine refused the score. The second submission passed through and eventually resulted in winning the prizes of USD $400.

Note that "spamming" the server may cause additional latency for all your submissions. In other words, it is essential to plan out a limited amount of submissions.

The competition background for the next stage is now available for download. The target is 2967.55 points in HWBOT Prime. If you want to be eligible for the lucky draw prize give-away, you must participate in this stage (even if you don't hit the target). Good luck everyone!

More information on the competition page. Also check out the competition on our new competition platform!

Overclocking-TV Interviews the MSI MOA 2014 Classic Battle Winners: Vivi, T0lsty and OC_Windforce

You can find all information on the MSI MOA 2014 Classic Battle on our dedicated competition page (click), but for the interviews you have to be at Overclocking-TV. Xyala had a post-competition chat with Vivi, T0lsty and OC_Windforce to find out their thoughts on the competition and check how happy they were with the placing in the contest. Must watch! and PC Games Hardware Most Friendly Rookie Teams

It's been exactly one month since our last news article about the Rookie recruitment activity of the overclocking teams. So today we have a look what changed in the top-10 most rookie-friendly overclocking teams. is still the main supplier of Rookies with 24 newcomers. That is eleven less than a month ago, but still very impressive. The German community at PC Games Hardware are increasingly more Rookie friendly, closing in on Further on the list we find two French teams. Without spilling the beans too much, we can say that we have something really exciting coming up for the French Rookie community next year.

We like seeing this evolution and hope many other Rookies find their way to active and vibrant overclocking teams!

Team Rookies # since Aug 17
Canada 24 -11
Germany PC Games Hardware 20 =
France Cowcotland 15 +3
France Republic of Clocker 9 +2
USA 8 =
Ukraine Overclockers.UA 7 /
Australia Australia OC 7 /
Indonesia BNCC Overclocking 6 N/A
Brazil 7 -1
GB Team MLG 5 =

Update On Site Translation Progress: Dutch and French Near Completion

//UPDATE// Updated the translation progress.

The volunteers who are working on the translation of the website are putting in over time, it seems. Their incredible effort has lead to a near-complete translation for both Dutch and French. Once the final translations are done, we will upload the translations to our test environment so other community members can check if the translation was done correctly and improve where necessary.

Once again, a big thanks goes out to everyone involved in the translation work. You're awesome!

New 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra Preset Added To Benchmark Suite

Yesterday Futuremark made claim to releasing the world's first 4K benchmark with their new Fire Strike Ultra preset of the 3DMark benchmark. Fire Strike Ultra is preset number eight for the 3DMark benchmark, which features presets for pretty much any device now ranging from the very low-end mobile devices to the ultra high-end 4K rigs.

We have included the Fire Strike Ultra preset in our benchmark suite database and it is now possible to submit your benchmark results. For now no points are awarded to the benchmark, but this may change in the future as the benchmark becomes more accepted amongst the overclocking community.


  • Link to benchmark page: click
  • Link to download page:

PS: right before I was going to push the publish button, I checked the benchmark overview page and found out NeCrOmAnCiN from Canada made the first submission. That's within minutes of adding the benchmark to the database and before the news announcement. Well, I guess congratulations with the record! :-)

Newlife Improves Vishera/Richland SuperPI 32M 5GHz Challenge Top Score: 14min 14.625sec

Last week we already reported about the interesting back-and-forth going on in the Vishera/Richland SuperPI 5GHz challenge thread. In a turn of events, Newlife from Australia has restored his number one position in the ranking with a score of 14min 14.625sec. He is using an AMD A8-6600K Richland, a G.SKILL 2x 4GB 2600C10 kit, the Sniper A88X motherboard and of course a lot of software tweaks.

Nice result! We are eagerly awaiting the response from the other overclockers.

ShockG, Drweez and Tweak Venetica Overclocking at RAge 2014 Expo in South Africa on October 12-14

RAge is a gaming, computer and technology expo in South Africa. In the weekend of October 12-14 the 2014 is held in the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg. There is plenty of overclocking action going that weekend as ShockG, better known as Neo from TheOverclocker, are showing off their skills at the venue.

"Titan-Ice will be hosting the overclocking events and the man doing all the fun stuff with finger-freezing LN2 is Warren Kramer, better known as "Tweak Venetica". Warren is part of the Below0 overclocking group along with Andrew "dRweEZ" Roberts, DeatMeat and SystemTech. There are a number of overclocking groups based in South Africa, but very few with the same caliber of enthusiasts as these guys."

For more information, check out the news post at NAG. Enjoy the expo, everyone!

Windows 10 Affected By Same Downclock Bug Like Windows 8/8.1, Disallowed For Now

Microsoft recently released a Technical Preview of its upcoming Windows 10 operating system. We had a quick look at the operating system to find out it still has the same underclocking bug as their previous two operating systems. The benchmark veracity is in other words still compromised and there is currently no other option than to disallow Windows (10) Technical Preview for submissions at HWBOT.

To recap the problem, here's an excerpt from our Windows 8 article:

“The concept of ‘time’ on a PC configuration is, if not synced via network or internet, an arbitrarily defined constant designed to ensure that the configuration is running in sync with the real world. In other words: hardware and software engineers ensure that ‘one second’ on your PC equals ‘one second’ in real time. One of the reasons why it’s so important to have the PC’s timer line up with the real world time is to ensure that your PC can produce accurate measurements and predictions.” The points we brought up in that editorial are relevant again. To ensure that the arbitrarily defined constant of ‘time’ is the same on everyone’s benchmark system, we rely on the OS and hardware. This worked quite well, until Windows8 came around.

The problem builds on the problems we faced with Heaven. When downclocking the system under Windows8, the Windows RTC is affected as well. The biggest difference between Windows7 and Windows8 is that now all benchmarks (no exception) are affected.

Let us make this more practical. On our Haswell test system we downclocked the BCLK frequency by about 6% from 130 MHz to 122MHz. Using a CPU ratio of respectively 32x and 34x, the resulting CPU frequency remains 4160MHz. Then we ran comparison benchmarks.

We ran a quick test to verify the problems using SuperPI 1M. Below you can find a table with the information.

BCLK frequencyCPU RatioOperating FrequencyBenchmark score
100 MHz40x4000 MHz9.079 sec (reference)
102.5 MHz39x4000 MHz9.282 sec
97.56 MHz41x4000 MHz8.870 sec

As you can see from the above table, lowering the BCLK frequency while maintain the same operating frequency results in a "faster" benchmark time. Increasing the BCLK frequency while maintaining the same operating frequency results in a "slower" benchmark time. This is identical to the behavior we are seeing in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

For reference we also made a video showing that the system timer is running out of sync. For this video we underclocked the base clock frequency from 100 MHz to 98 MHz. After 8 minutes and 50 seconds, the system is lagging behind about 8 seconds.

Update: Elmor Takes First Place 1xGPU Fire Strike Extreme from K|ngp|n With GeForce GTX 980 at 2208/2098 MHz

Update: Elmor from Sweden took down K|ngp|n's score with a GeForce GTX 980 at 2208/2098 MHz and a score of 9568 marks. Congratulations! We might be in for an epic battle.

Original News flash: With a new generation of Nvidia graphics card, there is of course a new series of overclocking madness from K|ngp|n. Demoing the first results live at GAME24, Nvidia's 24 hour gaming event for the Maxwell launch, he now shows an even better, tougher and bigger score of 9415 points.

Of course K|ngp|n is using liquid nitrogen to clock the card to 2120/2150 MHz. The frequency is quite similar to what we see Smoke do with his card and (scoop!) we've heard this score is not quite unbeatable according to inside sources at another company. That means we might see a couple of point increases on this score in the near future. There still is some performance left in the setup, that's for sure. After all, the Xeon E5 1660 V3 'Haswell-E' is only clocked at 5.2 GHz.

Congratulations on the Global First Place!