Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i7 6700K 6000 MHz Splave.ROM 1986 marks 176.2 pts 5   9
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX 980 Ti   nacho_arroyo 56251 marks 100.4 pts 0   0
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset GeForce GTX 980 Ti   nacho_arroyo 7550.42 DX11 Marks 72.8 pts 1   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 6700K 6100 MHz Hideo 7439.14 pps 62.8 pts 0   2
XTU Core i7 6700K 5730 MHz FUGGER 1891 marks 61.0 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 6700K 5840 MHz Hideo 1877 marks 57.3 pts 2   2
3DMark11 - Performance GeForce GTX 980 Ti   nacho_arroyo 33680 marks 53.4 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 6700K 6005 MHz Splave.ROM 1344 cb 50.9 pts 0   0
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 980 Ti   nacho_arroyo 89703 marks 49.6 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 980 Ti   futto-kun 22298 marks 48.0 pts 0   1

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Welcome to our next overclocker profile video. This time we have the pleasure to get up close and personal with Dinos22, a very influential overclocker from Australia who works as a Marketing Manager and overclocking evangelist for GIGABYTE. We had a chance to speak to him in the aftermath of Computex 2015 where he had plenty of thought provoking ideas to share with us about the OC scene in general and the direction it is heading in.

"I joined a forum and started buying and selling stuff, (being a) tight-arse is the initial motivation. Then you start to buy components you don’t really need, and you think oh, maybe this can go faster. And then you see this guy EVA2000 and this dude is like a memory God... pardon the expression. He was a world famous memory overclocker, a local guy, so we all kind of started copying what he does."


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Lucky_n00b Tests 10 Retail 6700K CPUs in Preparation for AOCT 2015, the World's First Skylake OC Competition

In our Skylake 6700K/6600K Batch and Serial Numbers forum thread, people share their overclocking findings with Skylake CPUs. This morning we came across Lucky_n00b's post detailing the overclocking capabilities of 10 retail Core i7 6700K CPUs. He does this in preparation for AOCT 2015, the world's first Skylake OC competition to be hosted in Indonesia.

For the binning, Lucky_n00b tests three different scenarios. First, the maximum frequency the system can boot Windows 7 at with 4 cores and 8 threads enabled and using 1.35V. Second, the maximum stable frequency for Cinebench R15 using the same core and voltage configuration. Lastly, he checks the lowest CPU voltage required to achieve 4.6GHz stable through Cinebench R15. All the CPUs are tested with the same cooling solution: Noctua NH-U12S + Noctua NF-F12 iPPC-3000 at 25C ambient. On the website JagatOC.com (Indonesian) you can find more information on the hardware used for the testing, including motherboard, memory, and so on. You will also find more information on the settings enabled and disabled in the BIOS. Very interesting stuff!

The end result is as follows. The highest frequency the best CPU can boot Windows 7 at is 4900 MHz. The maximum stable Cinebench R15 frequency with 4c/8t and 1.35V and air cooling is 4800 MHz. The lowest CPU voltage required for Cinebench R15 at 4600 MHz is 1.2V. You can find the detailed table in this forum post. Thanks for sharing!

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Dinos22's Introduction to Subzero Memory Overclocking on Haswell-E X99 Platform (Video)

As part of a test for future livestream sessions, Dinos22 from Team Australia Extreme Overclocking has uploaded an introduction tutorial to subzero memory overclocking. He uses the GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion and a set of DDR4 memory (duh!).

In the tutorial video you get a more detailed overview of the GIGABYTE X99 BIOS, the tools required to prepare your memory for extreme cooling. There is a multi-camera setup, so you can see the BIOS, the memory cooling pot preparation, and Dino himself. The video is thirty seconds short of the ten minute mark and you can have a look by clicking on the picture on the left or in the thread linked to this news article.

We look forward to the next one!

[BLOG] Overclocking for CAD: let’s get dangerous

Back in the day, when single core processors could be overclocked to double its original speed and resulted in a incredible real-world performance boost, professionals who worked with applications such as CAD or photoshop could really use an overclocked system. Nowadays, the 3.5GHz to 4GHz CPUs can be overclocked 10-15% on air cooling and have enough cores for most people not needing a performance boost. On his blog Ed Lopategui, technology evangelist, entrepreneur, and aerospace engineer, has a look at overclocking for CAD professionals.

"You’ve heard the stories: buy a cheap CPU, throw some insane cooling on it and boost it into the stratosphere. Such is the promise of overlocking, pushing CPU processors past their design specs in the name of edging out extra performance for low, low prices. But these aren’t the heady days of the Celeron 300A, where the megahertz flowed freely. With the invention of improved configuration aware microarchitecture, overclocking’s gone a bit corporate these days. There’s still some fun to be had, but more importantly, does it still make sense for your CAD workstation?"

The article is an entertaining read and highlights the point of view from a technology enthusiast who is not familiar with the inner workings of the hardcore overclocking community. Overclocking became a thing when 1) processing power was useful, 2) it was a viable option for students, and 3) when it was available across the entire product range. With AMD not being competitive, the real-world use-case for overclocking being less relevant, the entry cost for overclocking drastically increased, and only available (for Intel) on a select product range, it's no surprise overclocking has lost some of its appeal to the general audience.

Click here to read the full blog post

[OC-ESPORTS] MSI Godlike OC Tournament: 2D Battle Concludes

The first chapter of the MSI Godlike OC contest on OC-ESPORTS has come to a close with the conclusion of both the Ambient and Extreme 2D battles just a few days ago. The MSI Godlike OC Tournament is divided into both Extreme and Ambient cooling categories to cater for all levels and abilities. Both the 2D and 3D rounds for both Ambient and Extreme categories are split into three stages (detailed below). Let’s take a look at the contest details, scoring and final standings in some detail.

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Firstly, congrats to IvanCupa from Indonesia whose first place finish is built on fantastic work in Stage 2 where he claimed all 25 points. The win was achieved using a Intel Pentium G3258 pushed to 5.3GHz to achieve 4,688.37 pps on HWBOT Prime. Stage 3 saw IvanCupa arrive in third place behind raules009 from Peru who claims Stage 3 with a score of 5,672 points in Geekbench3 using a Core i7 4790K clocked at 5.4GHz.

Full article at OC-ESPORTS.io (click to read)

Triple Global First Place from USA: K|ngp|n (2) and Splave.ROM (1)

K|ngp|n and Splave.ROM, two overclockers from the United States of America, have set a triplet of Global First Place results. K|ngp|n took back his Fire Strike Extreme 1xGPU title and increased the level of difficulty for the Fire Strike 1xGPU top spot. Splave.ROM uploaded a new XTU 4xCPU best after his score was beaten by French overclocker Orion24 earlier in the day.

K|ngp|n uses his very own GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|ngp|n Edition graphics card clocked at 2.1 GHz GPU frequency and 2.1 GHz memory frequency. Combined with a Core i7 5960X at 5700+ MHz, he achieved 13612 marks in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and 26455 marks in 3DMark Fire Strike. He is now respectively 158 and 780 points in the lead over second places Steponz and Xtreme Addict.

Splave.ROM is using the new Intel Skylake architecture in the form of a Core i7 6700K to achieve his Global First Place. Clocked at 5900 MHz, he obtained a score of 1965 points. That is 21 points higher than L0ud_sil3nc3 and 55 points better than his previous top. The most commented aspect of the result is the DDR4-3738 C15 memory used for this score.

For more information you can check out the results of K|ngp|n here and here, and the result of Splave.ROM here.

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning Announced and Detailed: 1303 MHz Boost Clock

Videocardz.com has revealed the first product pictures of the latest member of the MSI Lightning family. The MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning graphics card will go in direct competition with the ASUS Strix, EVGA K|ngp|n Edition, and GALAXY Hall of Fame graphics cards for the title of the fastest single GPU solution on the market. Currently the K|ngp|n Edition graphics card is leading the race, at least based on the Fire Strike Extreme 1xGPU leaderboard.

The MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning comes packed with features including a triple-fan & triple-slot Tri-Frozr cooler, 3 PCIe power connectors, V-Check points, Dual BIOS, 12+3 phase VRM and a 10-layer PCB. The card is clocked at 1202 MHz GPU by default and goes up to 1303 MHz with GPU boost. That's 100 MHz lower than the KP Edition, and 10 MHz lower than the ASUS Strix alternative.

We look forward to seeing extreme overclockers competing with the Lightning card! For more information and pictures, check out videocardz.com

News We Missed: Chi-Kui Lam Pushes Skylake to 6998 MHz and DDR4-4900 (WR)

Forum user Random reminded us of new Skylake frequency top results set about 10 days ago by Chi-Kui Lam. A couple hours before the kick-off at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco (Aug 18 - 20), The Hong Kong based overclocker achieved 6998 MHz CPU frequency and DDR4-4900.

You can find more information about the results on the submission pages for the CPU Frequency result HERE and the Memory Frequency result HERE. The combination of ASRock Z170 OC Formula and the G.SKILL DDR4 TridentX Skylake line-up is working out quite well. Aside from the overall memory frequency world record, set by Chi-Kui Lam, we've also seen the DDR4-4266 kits demoed at IDF.

The two weeks following the Skylake launch have been quite interesting for overclocking enthusiasts. Now that retail availability of CPUs and motherboards is getting better, we can expect more magic to come!

Bishop CPC (x64) (v2.03) Replaces CPU Thread Benchmark; Features New RaBIOs Benchmark Suite

Bishop CPC (x64) is a set of benchmark tests developed by RagingCain from bytemedev.com and PhillyB, member of the Overclock.net team. The benchmark used to carry the name "CPU Thread Benchmark", but is will from now on forward be known as Bishop CPC. Version v2.03 includes a new set of benchmark tests called Random Burst Input Output (RaBIOs), which tests the CPU, Cache and RAM's ability to gather and process stored numbers at random then store the resulting value.

In the forum discussion thread you can find more information on the benchmark. The 2.03 release features a full integration with CPU-Z UI data and Harmonic. It also includes an internal scoreboard that keeps track of your benchmark scores as you continue to benchmark over time.

RagingCain also hints to working on an HWBOT integration just like XTU, HWBOT Prime, GPUPI, and most recently the HWBOT x265 Benchmark. We look forward to seeing the benchmark development progress!

An Interview with OC-ESPORTS World No.3, Kodukula Satesh Kumar (KSATEAAA23)

Today we are delighted to bring you an interview with KSATEAAA23, one of the leading lights of the quickly growing overclocking scene in India. KSA has quickly established himself as a true force to be reckoned in OC-ESPORTS Challenger Divisions with outstanding performances in Divisions III through VII. Focusing mostly on affordable hardware, KSA is arguably a true pioneer in an overclocking scene that is evolving into a genuine Esport. Read on for the thoughts, opinions and motivations of one of the OC scene’s newest champions.

"[...]If you have an interest, even with used hardware bought from local stores/ ebay etc. you can still make a name for yourself in the Overclocking community. Where there is a will, there is a way. The key is utilisation of resources."

Find the full interview at OC-ESPORTS.io

Elinsphoria Overclocking Competition (Sep 5-6 2015, Yogyakarta) - World's Only AMD LN2 Competition?

Indonesia is booming when it comes to overclocking. Not only did Jagatreview announce the 2015 edition of the Amateur Overclocking Tournament, Elinsphoria also announced their Extreme LN2 Overclocking Competition. The competition will be held on September 5 and 6 in the Ramai IT Mall in Yogyakarta and features AMD hardware.

... Yes, that's right! The Elinsphoria Overclocking Competition may very well be the world's only AMD extreme overclocking competition. The partners of the event are: ASUS ROG, Deepcool, Kingpincooling, and Patriot Memory. The total prize purse is worth 32 million Rupiah, which is about USD $2275. To enroll, Indonesian overclockers are urged to register at http://fei.elins.org.

We wish the participants the best of luck!