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World Tour 2017 and HWBOT X
Road to Pro 2017
Starts Feb 1, 2018
|Cinebench - R11.5||Xeon Platinum 8176M||2100 MHz||H2o vs. Ln2||60.95 points||111.9 pts||2 2|
|Aquamark||GeForce GTX 580||1253/1205 MHz||Hideo||632301 marks||49.8 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i3 6100||3800 MHz||Gunslinger||699 marks||49.8 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i5 7200U||3080 MHz||supatel||546 marks||37.4 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i7 8700K||4410 MHz||umr||2372 marks||35.2 pts||0 0|
|3DMark03||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||1656/1474 MHz||kaidtor||319905 marks||35.1 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i9 7900X||4730 MHz||Looptron||3650 marks||33.5 pts||0 0|
|3DMark - Time Spy||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||2050/1520 MHz||Bruno||19735 marks||32.2 pts||2 0|
|HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p||Core i7 7700K||5600 MHz||gkmltd||45.42 fps||30.3 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i5 3230M||3060 MHz||arp||315 marks||29.3 pts||0 0|
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Starts Feb 1, 2018
Welcome back to another episode in our GPU Flashback Archive series. Following on from last week’s look at the GeForce FX series, we turn our attention to its successor, the NVIDIA GeForce 6 series. After rising to a position of relative dominance in the early years of GPU design, the GeForce 4 and subsequent FX series had seen NVIDIA lose ground to ATI who had stolen a march with their highly popular Radeon 9000 series. The stage was set for a return with the launch of a new GPU design and a series of cards that required more space in your rig and additional power to deliver a truly next generation gaming experience. Let turn our minds back to 2004 and check out the technologies and features that debuted with the GeForce 6 series, plus the most popular cards of the era and the most notable scores that have been submitted here on HWBOT.
The NVIDIA GeForce 6 series arrived in tech reviewers hands in April of 2004, debuting with a new NV40 GPU and two graphics card models, the GeForce 6 Ultra which commanded a price of $499 USD, and the GeForce 6800 (often referred to as the non-Ultra) for $299 USD. Let’s first consider the GPU itself, the NV40.
This week’s GPU Flashback Archive article continues with a look at the NVIDIA GeForce FX series, or GeForce 5 if you prefer to keep things somewhat tidier. In truth however, the FX series was perhaps one of the least tidy product launches that NVIDIA have produced. The GeForce FX series spanned two years in terms of graphics card releases, used a total of six different GPU designs, two manufacturing nodes, three bus interfaces and technically speaking three different kinds of memory. To keep things reasonably simple, we’ll look at the new features that the FX series debuted and the technologies that were introduced while at the same time keeping our remit in focus with a look at the launch flagship GeForce 5800 Ultra, and the budget GeForce FX 5200, the most popular FX series card with HWBOT members.
The NVIDIA FX series replaced the previous generation of GeForce 4 series cards, at least in terms of product launch dates. In reality the two products overlapped during the period towards the end of 2002 and early 2003. Although the GeForce 4 series was a success, bringing the video game industry the hardware needed to make DirectX 8.0 a reality, the GeForce 4 MX series had left a sour taste in the mouth of many tech reviewers and hardcore gamers. Despite being branded as a fourth generation NVIDIA product, it entirely lacked DX8 compatibility.
Today our GPU Flashback Archive series continues with a look at the GeForce 4 series that arrived on store shelves back in early 2002. It was historically another successful product launch from NVIDIA, one that helped to consolidate the company’s position as basically one of two GPU vendors that remained in existence. The GeForce 4 series arrived with a slew of new features and a broad range of price point options, strengthening NVIDIA’s position as market leader. Let’s take a look at the technologies and innovations that arrived with the GeForce 4 series, the cards that were popular with HWBOT members and some of the notable scores that we can glean from the database.
At the heart of the GeForce 4 series we have a wholly new GPU design, the NV25, a GPU which offered significantly improved performance over the previous NV20 GPUs used by the GeForce 3 series. It arrived in February 2002 with the launch of three new high-end cards, the flagship GeForce Ti 4600, Ti 4400 and the Ti 4200 which arrived a few months or so later. These three cards were essentially replacing the previous generation GeForce 3 Ti 500 and Ti 200 cards, which by early 2002 were becoming pretty rare due to stock shortages.
This week’s GPU Flashback Archive article is all about the GeForce 3 series of graphics cards from NVIDIA, a company that by this stage in history was recognized as industry leader in GPU development and innovation. The third iteration of its GeForce brand launched with a hiccup or two in early 2001 and enjoyed status as the company’s top tier offering for around a year before it was usurped by its successor, the mighty GeForce 4 series. Let’s take a peek at the new technologies and innovations that arrived with GeForce 3, the cards that proved to be most popular with overclockers on HWBOT and of course, the notable scores and benchmarks that it spawned.
First let’s set the scene. NVIDIA’s arrival on the graphics card market in the late nineties had been wholly disruptive. After TNT and RIVA series cards, NVIDIA blew the doors of the industry with its first GeForce series and simply didn’t look back. By the time we arrive at the GeForce 3 series, we find that Matrox had left the market to focus on more niche markets while S3 Graphics were basically clinging on by their front teeth. NVIDIA eventually put an end to 3dfx and their classic Voodoo cards by buying the company out. Only ATi endured, and we all know what eventually happened to them.
We return for our next episode of the GPU Flashback Archive with another classic graphics platform from NVIDIA, the GeForce2 series. It was unleashed on the scene in early 2000 and proved conclusively that NVIDIA had become the number one graphics company on the planet. Let’s take a look at the GeForce2 series as a whole, the cards that were popular at the time and of course a few of the scores that have been submitted to the HWBOT database using GeForce2 cards.
With the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce 256 card series in late 1999, the company had truly announced its presence on the graphics card market. Competing cards from ATI, S3, Matrox and 3dfx could not compete with the GeForce 256 DDR. Based on the NV10 GPU, it was the first to offer a hardware solution for T&L (Transform and Lighting) tasks, offer fastest ever vertex shading and probably the best gaming experience that anyone could imagine. NVIDIA stayed true to their core company identity and continued to follow a pretty aggressive product launch cadence. The GeForce brand was expanded to include the GeForce2 series just six months later, in sharp contrast to the release schedule the company keeps today.
Overclocking is popular with many enthusiasts because it is often possible to take cheaper hardware and use a little ingenuity to boost performance to something similar to a more expensive part. Who doesn’t like extra, free performance? PhilsComputerLab recently published a nice video which explores the potential hidden performance available with an NVIDIA GT 1030 card, in this case a low profile 2GB card from GIGABYTE.
The video kicks off with quick intro of Phil’s inexpensive small form factor build to which he has added the GT 1030 card just to bump up FPS when gaming. The card retails for around $70 USD and is fitted with a wee cooling fan. Using the bundled AORUS Graphics Engine app, Phil then starts tweaking first GPU, then graphics memory settings. With a 10% boost in clocks we find that in fact the graphics memory tweak actually proves to be most effective in raising frame-rates when gaming. By the end of his testing Phil manages to configure his entry-level Pascal GPU at 1,688MHz, a nice boost of 37.57%. In memory terms he ended up with a boost of 20%, all of which translated into a nice bump in frame rates in all games tested.
Overclocking entry-level graphics cards is probably not all that interesting to the majority of Enthusiast and Extreme HWBOT members, but there is another reason to cover this video from Phil. In a few weeks we hope to announce the second season of the Cheapaz Chips contest on OC-ESPORTS, a contest series that is all about overclocking, and indeed modding entry-level graphics cards. Season 1 was all about the GT 710 card. I wonder if you can guess which card we will be using in Season 2.
You can find the GT 1030 overclocking video from PhilsComputerLab here on his YouTube channel. It might not be an earth-shattering, LN2-fuelled romp at World Record breaking, but it definitely is an overclocking tutorial that many entry-level gamers could learn from. Nice work Phil.
The OBT BC1 Mini is a Portable, Lightweight Benchtable Designed Specifically for Small-Form-Factor Testing and Showcasing
[Press Release] October 18, 2017 – The Open Benchtable Project is today delighted to announce the official arrival of the BC1 Mini, a lightweight, toolless benchtable that has been designed specifically for Small Form Factor systems. Co-developed with HWBOT, OverClocking-TV and Streacom, the BC1 Open Benchtable is a community-developed product that has won awards from Red Dot and iF Design in recognition of its portability, esthetics and design prowess. Available in Q4 2017, the BC1 Mini follows the same design principles of the BC1 Open Benchtable, arriving in choice of three colors to match your preference.
“Just one year after we launched the popular BC1, we hope the enthusiast community will again be excited to receive the BC1 Mini, an Open Benchtable that re-defines the rules about small, compact and portable systems,” commented commented Isaïe Simonnet, Project Development Manager, VP of OverClocking-TV.
“Streacom has always had a keen focus on small form factor design so for us the BC1 Mini is a natural progression from the acclaimed BC1” commented Shimon Simon, Head of Design and Manufacturing at Streacom. “We have taken all the great feature of the BC1 and packed them into an ultra-compact form that is perfect for ITX based platforms.”
The Open Benchtable BC1 Mini: Enjoy Ultimate Portability - The Mini-ITX form factor standard is developed specifically to address the need for more compact systems. Today there is no compromise on performance, as more Mini-ITX motherboards are used by gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers in systems that use the latest high performance hardware. The OBT BC1 Mini redefines the desire for small form factor benchtable, bringing the advantages of the original Open Benchtable in a smaller footprint that offers the ultimate portable system.
Read the full news announcement here on the Open Benchtable website.
HWBOT World Tour – Taipei II Hosts Overclocking Workshops and Contests Outside Taipei’s Famous Technology Market
[Press Release] October 17, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings, today officially announces the Taipei II leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2017. Hosted on the doorsteps of the famous Taipei Electronics Market, HWBOT plus partners Intel, Seasonic, G.SKILL, CoolPC and Coolaler will give local PC enthusiasts a taste of Ambient and Extreme competitive overclocking.
“After the success of the Taipei 2017 event at Computex earlier this year, we are excited to return – literally bringing Overclocking to streets of this dynamic city,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “We looking forward to harnessing the energy and talent of Taiwan’s PC enthusiasts on the steps of one of the world’s most iconic computer markets.”
Oct 21st to 22nd: Free Ambient Overclocking Workshops for all Taipei Tech Market Visitors
Local technology enthusiasts are invited to enjoy free Overclocking Workshops just outside the Syntrend Creative Park. Located next to the famous Taipei Guanghua Computer Market, visitors who sign up for a workshop session will be treated to expert tuition from local Overclocking master Coolaler. After learning the basics of overclocking, it’s time to get hands on and start making some benchmark scores of your own. Submit your highest score to the OC-ESPORTS platform and you could be invited to compete in a live 1v1 final contest with some great hardware prizes for winner.
Read the full news announcement about the Taipei II 2017 event here on the HWBOT World Tour website.
It’s not every day that we get a brand new 2D World Record, but it seems that today is indeed one of those days. H2o vs. Ln2 is a US based overclocker who clearly gets to play with some pretty nice server hardware. His latest machine is based around a monster rig that uses a pair of 28-core Xeon Platinum processors, that combine to offer a massive 112 threads of Intel Skylake-X processing power. Just for a bit of fun H2o vs. Ln2 used the rig to bust three World Records; HWBOT x265 1080p and 4K, plus Cinebench R11.5.
The new World Record for the HWBOT x265 benchmark in the 1080p test now stands at 198.84 fps. The pair of Xeon Platinum 8176M processors have a default clock of 2.1GHz, but according to the benchmark submission H2o vs. Ln2 managed to leverage his custom cooling array to push the processors to 2,801MHz, 33.38% beynd stock settings. In the same benchmark using the 4K test, the H2o vs. Ln2 rig made a new World Record score of 47.8 fps. On this occasion the CPUs were (according to the submission info) pushed even higher to hit 3,791MHz, which is a pretty incredible +80.52%. This could however just be the built-in Max Turbo frequency at work. The third World Record involves the Cinebench R11.5 benchmark where H2o vs. Ln2 managed a score of 58.85 points with the CPUs at default settings.
The server rig itself was based around a dual-socket Supermicro X11DPiN motherboard. . This baby is based on the Intel C621 chipset and uses a pair of FCLGA 3647 sockets with 16 DIMM slots to support a maximum of 2TB of ECC DDR4 memory at speeds of up to 2666MHz. The Xeon Platinum 8176M processors have 28 Skylake-X cores (which means 56-threads each), a TDP of 165W and have a listed prize of $11,722 USD per chip. A pretty decent wee rig you could say.
You can find the three World Record submissions in the links above. You can also check out the H2o vs. Ln2 profile page were he has several other Global First Placed scores including a 2nd Place World Ranked score in wPrime 1024M.
Via this news article the staff is announcing a couple of rule updates which go in effect on November 1, 2017. The rule updates relate to benchmark version restrictions as well as general improvements to include more details in the overclocking results.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any of the staff members.
|ROG Czech OC Guys||26||12|
|ASUS Republic of Gamers||25||115|
|Oregon State Overclockers||13||0|
|Overclock & Gaming||10||5|
Every month or so we have a look at how well the overclocking teams adopt Rookie and Novice overclockers at HWBOT. We see the same three names at the top of the leaderboard as last month with /r/overclocking once again the top Rookie team accommodating 32 Rookies and 85 Novices. In second place we now have ROG Czech OC Guys up from third last month with 26 Rookies and 12 Novices. Last but not least there are the inevitable ASUS Republic of Gamers with 25 Rookies and 115 Novices.
In the Rookie League, Hannibal.Lekter (Overclockers.com) from the United Kingdom is leading with 532.40 points which is 162.9 points more than Ev0lv3 (Australia OC) from the Australia and 324.2 points more than Sergey.najdiigru from Russia.
Congratulations to all the overclocking teams adopting the new overclockers and of course the Rookies for their dedication to overclocking!
The 48th edition of the Rookie Rumble contest on OC-ESPORTS just finished up a week or so ago, which means it’s high time we took a look at the winners, scores and hardware that got pushed by our growing fraternity of Rookie Overclockers. In top spot we find a new face with French overclocker Skylead taking the win with a convincing points haul of 141 points. Aussie Rookie Castle takes runner up spot while aurion.2358 from France makes third spot.
Rookie Rumble #48: September 9th to 30th, 2017
The core concept behind the Rookie Rumble contest series is to give Rookie, Novice and Apprentice-class HWBOT members a place where they can compete against each other on a level playing field. For this reason Enthusiast, Extreme and Elite Overclockers are not eligible to compete. Round #48 of the contest was set up with three stages featuring the following benchmarks; Intel XTU, Geekbench 4 (Single Core) and HWBOT x265 1080P. Let’s check out each stage in a little more detail, starting with XTU.
Stage 1: Intel XTU - At the top of the table here in Stage 1 we find Castle (Australia) with a per core score of 468.75 marks (1,875 in total). He used a Core i7 7700K which he pushed to a very decent 5,300MHz (+26.19%) using an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard. In Second place we find Skylead (France) not too far behind with a score of 466.75 marks per core (1,867 marks) while wickpote (France) is third with 457.50 marks per core (1,830 marks).
Read the full roundup article of the Rookie Rumble #48 contest, plus news about this round’s Lucky Draw winner here on OC-ESPORTS.io
The OC Show returned last Friday night with Episode 14. Host Trouffman was joined as ever by Toolius and special guest Leeghoofd, a veteran overclocker and captain of the Madshrimps Begium OC Team that recently catapulted themselves to glory by winning the HWBOT Team Cup 2017 contest.
In fact, one of the key topics that the guys discuss is the approach taken by the Madshrimps team and the organization that goes on behind the scenes in order to win a team overclocking contest. The HWBOT Team Cup requires several scores from different team members using different hardware so having a team captain who can organize things is essential. Leeghoofd talks about how the fact that Belgium is quite a small country means that team members can meet up and share resources and knowledge to get the best scores possible. He explains how it’s virtually impossible to do any serious benching until 2am in the morning. A simple fact of life.
There is also some discussion about the contests that are currently happening on OC-ESPORTS. Although there are not so many contests running compared just a few weeks ago, there is plenty going on. One interesting contest is the GALAX GOC Finals which will take place in Bangkok in late November. The prize pool for the contest was announced earlier last week and includes $5,000 USD for the winner, $4,000 for the runner up and $3,000 for third place – the largest prize pool from GALAX ever. 12 overclockers will be flown out to Thailand having qualified via the online qualifier contest on OC-ESPORTS.
There is also some chat about the ROG OC Showdown Team Edition 2 contest which now has a very impressive 63 teams competing. Right now ROG Czech OC Guys have the lead, ahead of Overclock.net and Team MLG. Other competitors include ASUS Republic of Gamers, Warp9-systems, /r/overclocking and Cowcotland. Trouffman notes how the Rookie country teams are heavily involved and doing well.
Catch the OC Show Season 4, Episode 14 here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.
[Press Release] G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is very excited to announce the latest Trident Z RGB memory kit that boosts RGB-infused DDR4-4266MHz memory kits to a never-before-seen 32GB (4x8GB) configuration! Built from ultra-high performance Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs, this new DDR4 memory kit marks a new milestone as the fastest 32GB (4x8GB) RGB memory kit on the market thus far.
The Quest for Faster Frequency - Just one week after the launch of the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Z370 chipset motherboards, G.SKILL further fine-tuned the high-end RGB memory kits to reach even higher levels of overclocking speeds. Ever since the launch of Trident Z RGB almost a year ago, the largest capacity at DDR4-4266MHz was 2x8GB. In combination with the ASUS OptiMem technology, which complements the T-Toplogy layout that uses equalized trace lengths, four-DIMM memory configurations have improved stability and increased frequency headroom.
With the availability of this new optimization, G.SKILL is doubling the Trident Z RGB kit capacity to operate at DDR4-4266MHz CL19-23-23-43 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.4V. Below is a screenshot of the memory kit stress tested on an ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) motherboard and the Intel® Core™ i5-8600K processor.
Read the full press announcement from G.SKILL here.
In Week 41 of 2017, we received 3623 benchmark results from 919 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 32% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.
During Week 41 of 2017 four overclockers made it to the leaderboard with a golden cup. First up is Splave (USA) with a Global First Place in the 4xCPU HWBOT X265 1080P benchmark with a Core i7 7740X clocked at 6959 MHz. With 58.47FPS the US-based overclocker is 0.29FPS faster than Bigblock990. Next up is the inevitable K|ngp|n also from the USA. His 3DMark Time Spy 1xGPU Global First Place lists both in the 3D as well as the Hardware spot this week. For an overall score of 14507 marks, the 3D superpower uses a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at 2607/1665 MHz paired with the 18-core Core i9 7980XE processor at 5600 MHz. Next, we have two Hardware First Place entries. First of all, Bolc from France with a top spot in the Core i5 3470 category scoring 853 marks. Next, Ev0lv3 from Australia with 351 marks in the Core i5 5200U category. Congrats everyone!
The most used hardware components of Week 41 are the Core i7 7700K (12.0%), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11.1%) and the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex (4.0%). In total the community used 341 different CPUs, 222 different GPUs and 736 different motherboards.
The overclocking results submitted during Week 41 generated in total 430 World Record Points, 7271.5 Global Points, and 8094.5 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 16% for Elite, 28% for Extreme, 10% for Apprentice, 20% for Enthusiast, 12% for Novice, and 25% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 8% Extreme, 5% Apprentice, 19% Enthusiast, 11% Novice, and 55% Rookie.
Most Valuable Submissions - Week 41, 2017
|League||CPU Benchmark||GPU Benchmark||Hardware Points|
|Elite||Splave||121.1 pts (GFP!)||K|ngp|n||178.1 pts (GFP!)||K|ngp|n||41.2 pts (HFP!)|
|Extreme||Shar00750||57.4 pts||Superpatodonaldo||53.9 pts||Hellbert||49.8 pts|
|Apprentice||Ben Flint||44.9 pts||Tom_tol||40.6 pts||Aleslammer||23.6 pts|
|Enthusiast||Wernersen||50 pts||Ximi||42.4 pts||Bolc||49.7 pts (HFP!)|
|Novice||tknight||52.1 pts||RedundancyMaster||28.4 pts||Evasion||23.8 pts|
|Rookie||Ev0lv3||49.8 pts||Hannibal.Lekter||42 pts||Ev0lv3||49.8 pts (HFP!)|