Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Xeon X5698 6270 MHz ObscureParadox 10min 24sec 99ms 74.4 pts 6   1
XTU Core i7 5960X 5501.6 MHz Sn@ke 2891 marks 56.3 pts 0   0
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 470 788/947 MHz manurap46 34529 marks 39.4 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5820K 4800 MHz ParAn0id92 1869 marks 38.2 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 5820K 5903.6 MHz nacho_arroyo 8311.33 pps 37.7 pts 0   0
Catzilla - 1440p GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1500/1974 MHz ikki 40146 marks 36.6 pts 0   1
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 980 1400/1900 MHz Sn@ke 69700 marks 27.7 pts 0   0
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i7 5960X 5751 MHz Sn@ke 2min 23sec 566ms 25.5 pts 0   1
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX Titan X   SergeyR 19422 marks 24.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 4670K 4700 MHz dianaOC 1159 marks 24.3 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

Today we are enormously pleased to announce the launch of the eagerly anticipated Team Cup 2015 on OC-ESPORTS, a contest that pits dozens of teams of overclockers against each other with a total of thirty stages based across virtually every hardware category imaginable.

The Team Cup 2015 is the ultimate team-oriented overclocking contest, requiring the broadest possible collection of hardware platforms and skill sets - from socket 775 and AGP slot GPUs, to Raspberry Pi and ARM processors, the Team Cup must surely be the truest test of OC teamwork.

Last year’s Team Cup was a roaring success, drawing in a massive total of 89 overclocking teams,and we are confident this year’s edition will again prove to be popular. The eventual 2014 winners were HwBox Hellas O/C Team from Greece who thrashed the competition with a total score of 1,268 points, beating 2nd place finishers XTREME OC Team Bulgaria who amassed 1,026 points. Judging by last year’s performance other hopefuls this year will include and, both largely US based, plus several other big hitters from Germany, Sweden and elsewhere.

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Seventy-Seven (77!) Hours of Aquamark3: (Germany) does Team Cup 2015

Unless you have either been occupied preparing the Skylake launch of today or been living under a rock for the past three weeks, you're most certainly aware that we're currently hosting the annual HWBOT Team Cup 2015. You can find a lot more information on the competition in our launch article posted on the front page.

In Stage 1 of the GPU sub-competition the teams are asked to get the lowest possible score in Aquamark3. The peculiar characteristic of this stage is that Aquamark3 is a fixed-frame benchmark, meaning it measures the time it takes to render a specific set of frames. This is different from for example 3DMark benchmarks, which measure how much data is rendered during a certain timeframe. Long story short: low Aquamark scores take longer to render than fast Aquamark scores.

Two days ago, submitted their contribution to the competition stage for the German AwardFabrik team. Combining an underclocked AMD Athlon II X2 250 at 50 MHz with a powerful GeForce 8400 GS at 81/50 MHz, he scores 20 points. Or better put: 77 hours of (stable) benchmarking!

Check out the submission page here for more information. Oh, and in case you're wondering: TeamAU's World Record is 593932 points, which is just a bit shy of 3 million percent faster.


Classicplatforms Claim Old School is Best School Round 3

When it comes to pushing and benching really old hardware it would seem that the Classicplatforms team are pretty much peerless, claiming a third straight win the Old School is Best contest on OC-ESPORTS. As Round 3 has just concluded a few days ago, let’s take a look at the contest in some detail and check out the final standings, scores and submissions after two months of intense competition on hardware that you may expect to only see in an computer museum.

A quick glance at the scoreboard reveals that Classicplatforms were able once again to build on their previous performances to claim top spot with a score of 36 points. But unlike previous contests where the team had dominant displays in at least one stage, here we find that in fact Classicplatforms were denied any outright stage wins. This underlines the team ethic needed to make sure that you compete well in both stages.

Congrats to all who took part in the Old School is Best School Round 3! The big take away this time around is that although Classicplatforms managed to win the round, they are clearly not unassailable, managing 2nd place finishes in both stages. Can anyone topple from the top in the next few rounds? Time will tell.

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The OC Show - S02E15: EVGA K|ngp|n over 13k FSE, Windows 10 overclocking, and more!

In the fifteenth episode of The OC Show Tim and Pieter go over the news and latest happenings in the overclocking world. As always, you can ask questions on Twitch during the livestream next Sunday/Monday. The topics for this episode are:

  • - K|ngp|n from EVGA passes the bar of 13k on Fire Strike Extreme 1xGPU
  • - Windows 10 and overclocking (is the clock issue fixed?)
  • - GIGABYTE OC School at EUSKAL Encounter LAN in spain
  • - Competition updates at OC-ESPORTS

Check out the video by clicking on the picture or going straight to Youtube.

ChentinoX Teaches Overclocking at EUSKAL Encounter 23 during GIGABYTE OC School

During the EUSKAL Encounter 23 lan party in Bilbao, Spain, hosted in the weekend of July 25 ChentinoX was the main teacher at the GIGABYTE OC School. The lan party has serious attendence with 6000 people rocking away with their notebook, desktops, and other electronics equipment. During the OC School participants learned about everything related to overclocking, going from how to insulate to how to participate in competitions.

The OC Show (soon to appear in a news post) also covered the event briefly, but perhaps pictures and video tell a better story. ChentinoX has uploaded a nice set of videos to his YouTube account under the GIGABYTE OC SCHOOL EUSKAL ENCOUNTER 23 playlist. There's also a bunch of pictures uploaded to a Microsoft OneDrive account.

It's very nice to see this kind of local initiatives to teach new people about overclocking. The event looks like a prime candidate for next year's World Tour series!

Overclocking Team Leaderboards Week 31, 2015: Cowcotland (FR) and Team Russia (RU) Leading

Following yesterday's news article about the overclocker leaderboards, today we have a look at the two overclocking Team Leaderboards. The Official World OC Team Ranking 2015 is based on the performance of a team's overclockers in the competitions hosted at OC-ESPORTS, the HWBOT Team League is based on the points gathered in the HWBOT global and hardware rankings.

In Official World OC Team Ranking Season 2015 we see Cowcotland from France leading the pack with 1447 points collected this season. and Team MLG are a fairly close second and third. In the HWBOT Team League we find Team Russia from Russia topping the leaderboard, followed by PURE and PC Games Hardware.

Team Leaderboards - Week 31, 2015

OC-ESPORTS World Ranking 2015
HWBOT Teams League
1. 1447 Cowcotland 1. 70703.85 Team Russia
2. 1080 2. 69037.52 PURE
3. 1046 Team MLG 3. 67887.15 PC Games Hardware
4. 945 4. 52100.77
5. 866 PC Games Hardware 5. 51877.58
6. 784 Klan-OC 6. 50737.10
7. 677 XtremeSystems 7. 47281.12 XtremeOverdrive OC team Italy
8. 613 8. 46548.58
9. 605 PURE 9. 45090.77 Team MLG
10. 576 Hellas Overclocking Team 10. 41971.80 HwBox Hellas O/C Team
11. 568 Team South Africa 11. 41551.71 AwardFabrik
12. 548 12. 40718.27 Klan-OC
13. 537 OC Team 13. 40394.00 HW Legend OC
14. 512 TecLab Terabyte Team 14. 39448.04 Madshrimps Belgium OC Team
15. 498 Indonesia 15. 38324.01 OC-Lab

AnandTech's Ian "Borandi" Cutress Looks at Overclocking Broadwell: 4.2GHz at 1.325V

We're going straight to page two of AnandTech's architectural review of Intel's Broadwell, jumping into the overclocking results. With Skylake rumoured at 5GHz on air cooling, something we still confirmation of, its predecessor architecture isn't particularly appealing.

In fact, from an overclocker's point of view Broadwell is appalling. The sample reviewed by AnandTech reaches a mere 4.2GHz on air cooling with 1.325V, disappointing to say the least. In Intel's defense, Broadwell was never meant to be be a full-blown desktop CPU and is more of an up-scaled mobile design. With its replacement Skylake coming tomorrow, there's no reason why we will need to bother with Broadwell anyway.

Check out AnandTech's overclocking review here. They also do a proper IPC comparison with hardware dating back to Sandy Bridge.

Overclocking Leaderboards Week 31, 2015: Topdog, Dancop, and Knopflerbruce Leading

Combining the statistics at HWBOT and OC-ESPORTS, there are three major overclocker leaderboards. First of all, there's the Official World Overclocking Ranking Season 2015 which is based on the activity in all overclocking competitions hosted at OC-ESPORTS. You can find out more about the specific scoring algoritm here. Secondly, there's the HWBOT Overclocker League which is based on the sum of your 15 most valuable global and 20 most valuable hardware scores submitted to your HWBOT profile. Lastly, there's also the less well known HWBOT Hardware Masters which is based on the total sum of all hardware points you gather at HWBOT.

Last weekend we had a look at the leaderboards and updated it for today's newsflash. At the top of the leaderboards we find Topdog from the United Kingdom, Dancop from Germany, and Knopflerbruce from Norway. Each of the leaderboards are characterized by requiring different overclocking skills. In the OC-ESPORTS World Ranking, for example, you need to be very active in the various online and offline overclocking competitions, whereas the HWBOT Overclockers League is mostly based on being strong with latest generation equipment. The Hardware Masters are all about knowledge on the widest variety of hardware imaginable.

Congratulations to everyone who made it in the top-15 of the respective leaderboards! Feel free to let us know if you want to see more frequent updates on the leaderboards or if you have any other questions!

Overclocker Leaderboards - Week 31, 2015

OC-ESPORTS World Ranking 2015
HWBOT Overclockers League
HWBOT Hardware Masters
1. 567 Topdog 1. 2704.70 Dancop 1. 12860 Knopflerbruce
2. 487 Xtreme Addict 2. 2564.90 8 Pack 2. 12039 Alibabar
3. 472 Nexus35 3. 2256.60 der8auer 3. 9533 _12_
4. 453 Ksateaaa23 4. 2001.70 sofos1990 4. 8928 Gamer
5. 427 Dancop 5. 1919.90 Strat 5. 8893 Poparamiro
6. 392 Lau Kin Lam 6. 1813.00 Smoke 6. 8795 Delly
7. 353 Rasparthe 7. 1788.40 dhenzjhen 7. 8522 Michel90
8. 349 Vivi 8. 1688.60 TeamAU 8. 7863 Ice Angel
9. 336 DreDVD 9. 1659.40 Wizerty 9. 7610 Blackbolt
10. 327 Spiedie 10. 1612.80 Rbuass 10. 7275 Matti OC
11. 312 Macsbeach98 11. 1478.60 _12_ 11. 7217 Bullshooter
12. 305 Splave.ROM 12. 1466.60 Hideo 12. 7010 Moonman
13. 290 Martin White 13. 1435.50 BarboneNet 13. 6658 DopeLex
14. 288 Wizerty 14. 1447.90 Vivi 14. 6644 Leeghoofd
15. 277 MrPaco 15. 1435.10 K|ngp|n 15. 6406 UE50

OC-ESPORTS Road To Pro Challenger Division: Round 3 Gets Underway

The third round of the OC-SPORTS Challenger Division launches today, pitting overclocker against overclocker in the most comprehensive competitive arena imaginable. There are seven Challenger Divisions in total each featuring five individual stages focusing on a specific hardware segment. The idea is to make things as inclusive as possible, allowing all overclockers to compete, regardless of ability, skill set or budget.

The concept of the Challenger Division involves the idea of a year-long season. The 2015 season will consist of three two-month Rounds with Round 3 of the Challenger Division starting on August 1st and reaching a climax on September 30th. Each round involves a different set of benchmarks and limitations, so let’s have a look at all seven divisions in Round 3 and the contest stages in more detail.

Good luck to all competitors in all Divisions. The Road to Pro is long and arduous, but remember, it’s a journey that defines the sport. Keep pushing!

Check out the full overview at Finds Out How Much Higher Frequency You Get Going From Air to Liquid Nitrogen Cooling (Dutch)

On Sunday (yesterday), published an article on the frequency scaling using the most common and most exotic cooling methods. Going from air cooling over water cooling, to cascade and eventually liquid nitrogen, the Dutch technology website finds out how much extra MHz you get out of your system as well as what the effect is on voltage scaling.

Using the Core i7 5960X processor, the maximum stable CPU frequency goes up from 4.6GHz on air cooling using 1.3V to 5.4GHz with liquid nitrogen using 1.65V. That's about 18% extra frequency. The performance as measure by Cinebench R15 went up from 20,08 points to 23,65 points, which is also about 18%. That's a pretty good deal! Almost 1:1 performance scaling with frequency.

Other interesting testing includes checking how the frequency scales with just the temperature as the voltage is kept at 1.3V. As it turns out, the frequency goes up to 5GHz from a default overclocking on air at 4.6GHz. Also, using liquid nitrogen the required voltage for running 4.6GHz is only 1.175V as opposed to 1.3V using air cooling.

For more information and details on the test, check out the original article in Dutch at or the Google Translated version to English here.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 31, 2015: 146 points by K|ngp|n (United States)

Last week we received about 3765 benchmark results from 901 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 60% of the active community. They were responsible for 40% 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 K|ngp|n in 3DMark Fire Strike using a single GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card. We covered his overclocking escapades with the new K|ngp|n edition graphics card in a newsflash article earlier this week, highlighting breaking the 13,000 marks barrier in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme. With 146 points K|ngp|n yields about 80 points more than UK based ObscureParadox who has been very active lately. In the Rookie area we see Davidmoffitt scoring 44 points in XTU with a Core i7 5930K and (go check out the submission!) 64GB of DDR4-2666 memory.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 31 generated in total 550 World Record Points, 5410.8 Global Points, and 6796.5 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 21% for Elite, 31% for Extreme, 19% for Enthusiast, 9% for Novice, and 20% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 13% Extreme, 13% Enthusiast, 12% Novice, and 60% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 31, 2015

League Points Benchmark Overclocker
Elite 146 points 3DMark Fire Strike 1xGPU GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|ngp|n
Extreme 64.3 points Cinebench R15 2xCPU Xeon X5698 ObscureParadox
Enthusiast 31.4 points 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme 1xGPU GeForce GTX Titan X Ximi
Novice 30.6 points Catzilla 720P 1xGPU GeForce GTX 980 Ti Sandalo
Rookie 44.6 points XTU 6xCPU Core i7 5930K Davidmoffitt