Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i7 5820K 5630 MHz dhenzjhen 2181 marks 118.3 pts 7   9
Catzilla - 1440p Radeon R9 290X 1300/1645 MHz lautajo 29563 marks 71.7 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 4790K 6131 MHz ikki 6989.52 pps 52.9 pts 0   1
Cinebench R15 Core i7 4790K 6000 MHz rety 1223 cb 48.9 pts 2   1
XTU Core i7 4790K 5500 MHz rety 1367 marks 48.0 pts 0   0
Cinebench R11.5 Core i7 4790K 6000 MHz rety 13.23 points 44.9 pts 3   1
Catzilla - 720p Radeon R9 290X 1300/1645 MHz lautajo 55747 marks 44.4 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 4770K 5900 MHz T.Rex 6851.12 pps 44.2 pts 1   1
XTU Core i7 5930K 5250 MHz NAMEGT 1989 marks 44.2 pts 0   0
Cinebench R15 Core i7 4790K 5924 MHz ikki 1205 cb 41.3 pts 0   1

Competition Entries

JunkDogg (Australia) and Nvidiaforever2 (France) Extend Rookie Rumble Titles!

For the first time in the history of the Rookie Rumble both Rumble Kings extended their title. Nvidiaforever2, now a Novice, dominated the Rookie Rumble #8 scoring once more the maximum of the points. JunkDogg from Australia, still a Rookie, won the Rookie Rumble AMD #5 scoring 122 out of 150 points. Congratulations!

HWBOT Articles

The world of overclocking is a magical thing. There are no teachers in universities telling us how to operate in this world which makes this a completely open field. That is one of the things we love about our jobs and passion.

In this job, we are fortunate enough to travel the world and talk with everyone involved in the process of overclocking. From the hardware manufacturer designing the products we use, over the distributor selling on feature sets to the end-users and overclockers enjoying the competitions we organize at HWBOT. Every week we learn something new and our vision is affected daily by the input of opinions and feedback from the people that cross our path.

We love to talk about the future of overclocking and what it takes to get there. Sadly enough, over the past couple of months we noticed that these discussions increasingly revolve around one single term: “World Record”. And that must change.

In this editorial we will explain the stance we take on the term World Record. We introduce new terminology, publish communication guidelines and the only official HWBOT World Record table


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Hardware news

Overclock.net Remains Top Rookie Magnet Team With 35 Rookies Recruited

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.

At the top of the ranking we still see Overclock.net. With 35 Rookies recruited, the North American overclocking team is by far the biggest magnet for newcomers to overclocking. In second place we find the German PC Games Hardware with 20 Rookies. That is two less than a month ago. In third place we find Cowcotland from France with 15 Rookies in the line-up.

We like seeing this evolution and hope many other Rookies find their way to active and vibrant overclocking teams! Judging by the chart on the right, there are plenty of Rookies to be recruited!


Team Rookies # since Aug 17
Overclock.net 35 +3
PC Games Hardware 20 -2
Cowcotland 15 +2
Overclockers.com 8 +3
Fusion-oc.com 7 +1
Republic of Clocker 7 -1
Australia OC 6 N/A
AOCT 5 N/A
Middle Earth 5 +1
Team Russia 4 -2

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Antinomy Joins HWBOT Staff As Hardware Database Manager

With this news article we want to wish Antinomy a warm welcome in the HWBOT family, as he joins the staff to look after the Hardware Database. Antinomy is just like our lost friend Turrican a walking encyclopedia of hardware and will be able to curate the database with great care and attention. We are happy to have Antinomy on board and wish him a happy stay.

Thank you for taking up this task and welcome!

The processor of requesting hardware to add to the database remains the same as before.

Haswell-E Record Update: GIGABYTE Strikes Back With XTU World Record, HWBOT Prime and Wprime Globals

Last week we referenced a couple of Haswell-E records in an editorial about Intel's latest platform. Today we can report on a couple of new Haswell-E Top Scores set by the GIGABYTE overclocking team live at IDF and of course in the well-known OC Lab. The top scores include the XTU World Record and Global Top Scores, HWBOT Prime and both WPrime 8xCPU and are set by GIGABYTE's in-house dynamic duo HiCookie and Sofos1990. In addition, one top score was set by US overclocker CL3P2O from the XtremeSystems overclocking team.

Congratulations to everyone involved! In the table below you can find more information about the results.

BenchmarkScoreCPUMotherboardMemory
XTU WR2866Core i7 5960X5715 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC Force LN2G.SKILLRipjaws 4
WPrime 32M (8xCPU)2.000Core i7 5960X5945 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceCorsairDominator Platinum
WPrime 1024M (8xCPU)59.593Core i7 5960X5945 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceCorsairDominator Platinum
XTU (8xCPU)2866Core i7 5960X5715 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC Force LN2G.SKILLRipjaws 4
XTU (6xCPU)2171Core i7 5820K5680 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceG.SKILLRipjaws 4
HWBOT Prime (8xCPU)9622.77Core i7 5960X5966 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceCorsairDominator Platinum


Final Confirmed List of MSI MOA 2014 Participants - Huge Line-up!

MSI just published the final confirmed list of MSI MOA 2014 Grand Final attendees. In the list there are of course no surprises as all the participants are the same from the various qualifiers at HWBOT. I took the liberty of adding the overall League ranks for each of the participants and it is now very clear how tough the line-up for this year's MOA is.

Only 3 of the 19 overclockers are not in the global top-100 and 10 of them are in the top-30. It goes to show how prestigious the MOA competition series are: even the top crop of overclockers are eager to show off their overclocking skills in the capital of overclocking, Taipei.

Looking forward to the finals! Good luck everyone!

Stage Region Overclocker Ranking
Class A AM Rbuass #25
Mikecdm #26
Nacho_arroyo #23
Gunslinger #9
EMEA Vivi #3
Xtreme Addict #6
Zzolio #8
Perica_barii #38
Moose83 #14
Wizerty #4
T0lsty #32
APAC Rhodie #1233
OC_Windforce #49
DFORDOG #54
Bob(nz) #107
SniperOZ #24
Class B WW Drweez #74
Steponz #34
Bboyjezz #327

Updated X99 Information Threads: New GIGABYTE BIOSes, CL3P20 Top SuperPI 32M 4G

Just a quick news flash to inform you we have updated the Haswell-E information threads in the forum. We updated the basic statistics on the Haswell-E overclocking hardware and updated the SuperPI 32M 4G Challenge.

On the statistics side of things, we see very little change apart from the GIGBAYTE X99-SOC Force moving up in the popularity charts. Interestingly we also see that the Core i7 5960X, the most expensive of all Haswell-E processors, is the most popular SKU for this X-series platform. This is in contrary to what we saw with Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E.

In the 4G low clock challenge two people entered a first score: Sskmercer from Australia and CL3P2O from the United States. The latter currently has the fastest result scoring 7 min 34.266 ms with the DDR4 memory clocked at DDR4-3000 CL12-13-14-15 2T in combination with the X99-SOC Force. Looking forward to the upcoming results!


On the BIOS side of things we updated each GIGABYTE X99 motherboard with two new BIOSes. One is the final stable version, the other a new beta. For more information you can check the threads below.

Haswell-E Threads

  • X99 BIOS, facts, stats and list of mainboards: click
  • Haswell-E SuperPI 32M 4G Challenge: click

HWBOT Family Expands: Ann-Sofie Joins As Graphical Designer

HWBOT expanded to Taipei two years ago and set up shop in the overclocking capital of the world. With Timothée joining the office in December last year, we could focus on external projects the result of which you'll see in the coming months and year.

Ann-Sofie, also known as Mink, is now joining the family and will be filling the position of graphical designer. With her background in overclocking (she competed in the MSI MOA competition!), her creative artwork will streamline the site and project's purpose and vision. We're really excited to have Ann-Sofie on board and look forward to the first artwork, banners, competition pages and other visual stimuli to feature on- and off-site.

Welcome to the family, Ann-Sofie!

Timelapse of OCTV's 4K Extreme Cooling Video Shoot by TechALook

A while back Xyala wrote an editorial about the "Frozen PC Project", a 4K video shoot with extreme cooling as main subject. The video editing is still in progress as 4K has proven to impose a lot of new but interesting problems, but today TechALook who provided the video shoot environment posted a very cool timelapse video of the project.

In the timelapse you can see Xyala work the camera's, system and lighting for the 4K video shoot. Agreed, this is not the high-quality footage yet but gives you enough energy to patiently wait for the release of the 4K footage. Enjoy!

Haswell-E Spikes XTU Usage Charts To New Heights: Almost 600 Weekly XTU Overclockers

In our "Early Findings" article published two days ago, we already covered the Haswell-E adoption trend briefly. Haswell-E, Intel's latest high-end platform, only launched two weeks ago and retail availability is still a factor in the popularity of the platform. Yesterday we had a peek at the XTU activity rating including last week's data and to our pleasant surprise found that we reached a new top peak. Last week almost 600 overclockers analyzed, shared or joined the rankings with their XTU score. We received over 2,500 results which is an increase of over 250% compared to last year.

We are happy to see XTU doing so well and in particular we are excited about the surge of new Rookie overclockers. Hopefully the new overclocking community that is forming will one day lead overclocking to new heights as well. 'Clock on!

G.SKILL Live Demo Extreme DDR4-3333 32GB (4GBx8) and DDR4-3200 32GB (8GBx4) at IDF 2014

Taipei, Taiwan – 10 September 2014 – G.SKILL International Co., Ltd., the leading extreme performance memory manufacturer and designer, is excited to feature two extremely high end DDR4 memory at 3333MHz 32GB (4GBx8) and 3200MHz 32GB (8GBx4) during Intel Developer Forum 2014 (IDF 2014).


Driven by the newest Intel i7-5960X CPU on the newest ASUS Rampage V Extreme X99 and X99-Deluxe motherboards, the Ripjaws 4 series DDR4 3333MHz 4GBx8 and 3200MHz 8GBx4 memory demonstrates the highest DDR4 speed available in 4GB and 8GB modules, respectively.

“It’s very exciting to show the world what we can do with the new DDR4 memory standard for the latest Intel X99 platform. There is no doubt that breaking the 3000MHz memory barrier with ease is the next big thing in desktop performance, effectively doubling bandwidth throughput compared to the previous DDR3 memory standard,” says Frank Hung, Product Marketing at G.SKILL.


Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory and SSD products, designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical innovation and rock solid quality through our in-house testing lab and talented R&D team, G.SKILL continues to create record-breaking memory for each generation of hardware and hold the no. 1 brand title in overclocking memory.