Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset Radeon R9 290X 1485/1685 MHz 8 Pack 9338.07 DX11 Marks 157.1 pts 7   4
HWBOT Prime Core i7 4770K 6423 MHz der8auer 7119.22 pps 74.4 pts 9   2
XTU Core i3 4370 4187 MHz Splave.ROM 582 marks 60.9 pts 4   2
HWBOT Prime Phenom II X2 555 BE 6530 MHz Moose83 2827.76 pps 50.0 pts 4   1
XTU Core i5 4670K 5653.9 MHz l0ud_sil3nc3 1372 marks 49.9 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 4690K 5515 MHz Dancop 1371 marks 49.8 pts 1   0
Cinebench R15 Phenom II X2 555 BE 6400 MHz Moose83 489 cb 47.8 pts 3   2
Cinebench R11.5 Phenom II X2 555 BE 6411 MHz Moose83 5.71 points 46.9 pts 7   3
XTU Core i7 4790K 5510 MHz stubass 1335 marks 43.2 pts 1   0
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 980 1991/2053 MHz gubben 16780 marks 41.8 pts 0   0

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 Switzerland 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, Dreamhack and AOOC.

Worldwide media have recognized ROG as a leader in PC hardware, with many of their products winning awards and gaining very positive feedback from hardware pros. Learn more at rog.asus.com and follow on Facebook at facebook.com/ASUSROG.

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

Revised Moderation Guidelines Concerning 3DMark Verification Link (New Rules From December 1, 2014!)

Members of our community brought to our attention our benchmark validation regulations lack the specific requirements for validating Futuremark benchmarks with verification links for Global Top-20 results. In particular, there is no specific instruction for the SystemInfo component of said benchmark results. Previously we accepted benchmark submissions with SystemInfo disabled.

From December 1, 2014 it is no longer allowed to disable SystemInfo for the validation of Global Top-20 benchmark results. Benchmark submissions lacking this information will be invalidated by our Moderators and tagged as insufficient validation.

The main motivation is that we rely on the information provided by SystemInfo to verify the benchmark submission information. For example, we need the SystemInfo for benchmark submissions on Windows 8/8.1/10 operating systems. When SystemInfo is disabled we cannot verify this information.

The amendment to the rules only affects the Global Top-20 scores and competition submissions which require a verification link. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The HWBOT Staff

(PS: download systeminfo here)

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Sofos1990 Grabs Global First Place in 3DMark11 Performance 1xGPU With GIGABYTE X99-SOC Force and GTX 980

Long before Sofos1990 joined HiCookie at the GIGABYTE OC Lab in Taipei, Taiwan, he was already a seasoned overclocker topping the ranks of the Overclockers League. The man from Greece is well-capable of setting top scores and joining GIGABYTE obviously didn't stop this. Sporting the X99-SOC Force with a Core i7 5960X at 5536 MHz, he takes the GeForce GTX 980 to 2100/2100 MHz which results in a Global First Place in the 3DMark11 Performance 1xGPU category. He outscores Smoke from Russia by a couple of hundred points. But from what we have seen in the past couple of weeks, Smoke is planning a comeback without any doubt. Let's hope for a great battle!

Congratulations Sofos1990 on the Global First Place!

Zzolio Achieves Catzilla 1440P 1xGPU Global First Place With MSI GTX 780 Ti Lightning and Z97 Mpower

Zzolio was one of the contestants of the MSI MOA 2014 Grand Final last week in Taipei, Taiwan. Finishing 12th out of 18 the Danish overclocker scored below his rank and reputation. After all, he is currently 7th in the Overclockers League. To prove that he had an off-day at the finals, Zzolio re-tested the GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning MOA Edition at home and set a new Global First Place in the Catzilla 1440P 1xGPU category with a score of 14274 points.

For this he used a combination of the Core i7 4790K clocked at 5500 MHz using cascade cooling, the aforementioned GTX 780 Ti at 1923/2050 MHz, a pair of G.SKILL TridentX memory at DDR3-2800 C9-12-12 and the MSI Z97 MPower motherboard. For those who don't know, this is in fact the same system as used on the MSI MOA 2014 Classic Battle final. Earlier today Zzolio also showed his best Fire Strike result with this system: 17166 points. This results in a 8th poistion in the global ranking and more importantly it's by far the best Haswell + GTX 780 Ti Fire Strike result in the database.

For those interested, this result would have put Zzolio at 56.05% in the third stage of the MOA 2014 Classic Battle and he would have moved up to second place with 152.9 points! But of course, this is talk after the facts. In any case, those are some impressive results. Well done, Zzolio!

Translation Update: Beta-testing French, 15 Languages In Progress

The translation effort of our most dedicated community members is progressing nicely. In total there are now 15 languages in progress, including French, Spanish and Chinese. We are also pleased to announced that the French language is now in beta-testing on our UAT test environment. We hope to iron out the bugs and find the text strings that have not been translated yet. The French team has done a fantastic effort so far and we'd like to thank them for their effort and support.

Thanks everyone!

Four Different Intel CPU Architectures in Q2'15: Broadwell, Skylake, Haswell Refresh and Haswell-E

According to a report on Digitimes.com, "Intel will have a total of four CPU product lines for the desktop market in the second quarter of 2015: the new 14nm Broadwell series and Skylake-S series which are both set to launch in the quarter; the existing 22nm Haswell Refresh series and the overclockable Haswell-E series". For motherboard manufacturers that means not only overtime, but also careful inventory and production line planning. After all, we'll be seeing Z87, Z97, X99 and the new "Z170" chipsets being used on the different motherboard.

For overclockers, that means we will have at lot more to play with. At least, that's what we can hope for since an overclockable version of Broadwell has not officially been confirmed yet. In any case it looks like we'll be having heaps of fun at next year's HWBOT OC Gathering at Computex 2015!

Original news article: Digitimes.com

Hardware.info Investigates Scaling of Most Important Benchmarks of HWBOT Suite

For those who don't know, Hardware.info is a well-respected mainly Dutch portal which writes (and talks) about pretty much everything technology related. They are also the home of the Hardware.info Pro OC which is currently ranked 6th in the Pro OC League. Very recently Hardware.info published an interesting scaling article investigating the effect of CPU, GPU and Memory overclock on the most relevant benchmarks included in our benchmark suite.

For most overclockers familiar with the benchmarks the results will not be very surprising, although sometimes there are a couple of interesting findings. For example, 3DMark Ice Storm scales 3x better with CPU overclocking than XTU. 3DMark05 and 3DMark06 scale very similar with CPU frequency as for example Wprime and Cinebench, despite being a 3D benchmark.

For memory overclockers there's not that much to gain in terms of raw performance. Apart from XTU, which scales up to 14% going from DDR3-1600C9 to DDR3-2400C9, only SuperPI 32M and 3DMark11 scale a bit. The differences are even smaller when considering tuning the memory timings. The difference is not larger than 2%. That may seem insignificant, but note that an increase of 1.2% in 3DMark05 would push Steponz (#3 - 73835) over TeamAU (#2 - 74192) with about 74700 points. In other words, just like in any other sport that last little bit matters.

As for GPU overclocking it comes to no surprise that Fire Strike Extreme is one of the most intensive 3D benchmarks. The new Fire Strike Ultra is probably even more intensive, but was not included in the tests. Possibly because it was only released last week.

For more information, check out the article at Hardware.info.

8 Pack First To Acquire Over 3000 Points In Overclockers League

The HWBOT Overclockers League has a long-standing tradition of the world's best overclockers featuring at the top of the leaderboard. From K|ngp|n to Hipro5, AndreYang to HiCookie, NickShih and many other legendary overclockers feature at with their flag next to that big Number One. 8 Pack from United Kingdom has joined this exclusive club a while ago, but just before the weekend he managed something none of the other overclockers managed. He is the first overclocker to pass the mark of 3000 points in the Overclockers League!

Admittedly, back in the early days there were simply less points to earn as through the various revisions and point algorithm adjustments the League points changed over time. The HWBOT Leagues and their points structure are currently in its fourth revision. Points can be earned across the Global and Hardware categories and depend on the amount of competition in the category as well as your position. The sum of your best 15 Global and 20 Hardware scores contribute towards your League total.

Even though there are many aspects to take in to consideration, it does not make 8 Pack's achievement any less impressive. With a current lead of 600 points over #2 Smoke from Russia and 700 points over #3 TeamAU, he is dominating the League. Speaking of Smoke, it would be careless of 8 Pack to rest on his laurels. Smoke grew his points from 1620 to over 2400 in less than a month and may challenge 8 Pack sooner than later ... to be continued!

(PS: 8 Pack currently has 3 World Records, 12x Global First Place and 47x Hardware First Place - not too shabby either!)

Event Brief for ASUS Open Overclocking 2014 Finals Released

From August 15 until September 15, European and CIS based overclockers could qualify for the ASUS Open Overclocking Cup 2014 Final in Moscow, Russia. The finals are taken place in Moscow Cyber Stadium, a special venue for Esports. On November 22 and 23, in ice-cold temperatures, 8 teams of 2 overclockers will be competing in four benchmarks using the X99 platform. Amongst the participants we see the current #1 and #2 from the Overclockers League, 8 Pack and Smoke. The quality of the field is very high as we find Wizerty (winner of the MSI MOA 2014 No Limits Battle) as well as Xtreme Addict and Perica_barii who also participated in the MSI MOA 2014 Grand Finals.

The competition system consists of the following components: Intel Core i7 5960X, ASUS Rampage V Extreme, ASUS Strix GTX 980, Corsair Vengeance LPX 2800C16, Corsair AX1200i and of course loads of liquid nitrogen!

Below you can find the event brief. You will be able to follow the competition live at HWBOT, with livestream provided by Overclocking-TV. See you soon!

Updated Haswell-E X99 BIOS Download List and Statistics - NATA 58 from Italy Top Haswell-E Submitter

It's been about two weeks since the last update of our Haswell-E X99 BIOS thread, so this morning we uploaded all the new BIOSes provided by mainly (or rather solely) Stasio. You can find the full list of updated BIOSes below.

We also refreshed the Haswell-E statistics. Rather impressively we find Italian overclocker NATA 58 to be the most active Haswell-E overclocker. He has submitted almost 300 results! That is about 9% of all Haswell-E results we currently have in our database. Whats also interesting is that the Core i7 5960X is by far the most popular Haswell-E processor. We have to go back to the Gulftown Core i7 980X to see the most high-end SKU of the X-series platform be the most popular at HWBOT. For Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E the most popular processors were the Core i7 3930K and 4930K respectively. In other news, we see that water cooling is the most dominant cooling utilized by the overclockers. With 67% of the submissions cooled by water it is significantly more popular than liquid nitrogen, which is at only 17%.

We also had a peek at the usage rate of the new X99 platform compared to the previous high-end platforms. We are currently in the third month post-launch and see that the user activity is a bit better than the two previous generations of LGA2011 platforms. It is still too early to tell if the Haswell-E platform will become as popular and widely used like the Gulftown platform four years ago.

The list of updated BIOSes:

  • ASRock X99 Extreme6 1.50
  • ASRock X99 OC Formula 1.40
  • ASRock X99 Professional 1.40
  • ASRock X99 WS 1.60
  • ASUS Rampage V Extreme 0802
  • ASUS X99-A 1004
  • ASUS X99-Deluxe 1004
  • ASUS X99-Pro 1004
  • ASUS X99-S 1004

More information in the forum (click)

8 Pack Breaks 3DMark Fire Strike World Record With 4x MSI GeForce GTX 980, MSI X99S XPower AC and G.SKILL Ripjaws 4

Admittedly we published this news article yesterday, but as it turns out 8 Pack's previous score did not have the right screenshot verification so the article was pulled. In the meantime, the record was taken by Smoke from Russia, who pulled out a plus-four-point back-up score. But as 8 Pack hit solid ground coming back from Taiwan after MSI MOA, he uploaded his own backup to counter Smoke's. That was quite the rollercoaster-ride!

8 Pack, the current leader in the combined Overclockers League, attended the MSI MOA 2014 Grand Finals as one of the judges. After the event, he teamed up with Pepinorang from MSI and attacked the 3DMark Fire Strike record. With 4x MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming graphics cards, the MSI X99S XPower AC and a set of G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 memory, he set a new milestone for the benchmark: the first (and third) 40K in 3DMark Fire Strike!

The setup was of course cooled with Liquid Nitrogen. The Core i7 5960X was clocked to a relatively low 5625 MHz, below what the CPU is presumably capable of. This may be a sign of backup results! The four graphics cards are clocked at 1950 / 2025 MHz - the core clock 25 MHz higher than in his previous score. This is quite a bit below the frequencies the cards can achieve in single card mode, but that is to be expected when running four cards in SLI.

Congratulations to 8 Pack, Pepinorang and Der8auer (who prepared the cards) for achieving the milstone. Let's wait for more!