Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 7700K 6779 MHz Splave 1532 cb 143.3 pts 16   10
wPrime - 32m Core i7 7700K 6840 MHz Splave 2sec 890ms 120.1 pts 4   1
3DMark11 - Performance Titan X Pascal 2100/1400 MHz bob(nz) 53377 marks 88.3 pts 2   2
wPrime - 1024m Core i7 7700K 6809 MHz Splave 1min 31sec 765ms 44.3 pts 0   1
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i7 6700K 6400 MHz GtiJason 15.71 points 44.0 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 6700K 6450 MHz GtiJason 1396 cb 40.9 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7700K 5820 MHz Lays 2029 marks 39.8 pts 4   1
SuperPi - 1M Core 2 Duo E6400 5122 MHz willemc700 11sec 110ms 39.6 pts 1   1
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 7700K 6719 MHz oc_windforce 1495 cb 39.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7700K 5660 MHz d88b 1977 marks 37.6 pts 0   0


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Welcome to SkatterBencher #6. In this episode we are focusing our attentions on the latest Kaby Lake architecture processors from Intel, specifically the Core i7 7700K. In this guide we want to show you how to Overclock an i7 7700K from its default clock frequency of 4.5GHz, to 5GHz and beyond. We're also going to show you in our typical quick-and-easy style, how to also push the DDR4 memory frequency, the integrated graphics, plus a nice trick that will push the CPU even further while only using an all-in-one cooler. Of course we'll also examine just how much performance can be gained by running some benchmarks.

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HWBOT World Tour – Las Vegas 2017: Giveaway Winner Announced, Plus Poll Results

To celebrate the launch the HWBOT World Tour 2017 we hosted a ‘Predict and Win’ Giveaway contest on our Facebook page. All you had to do was makes sure your ‘likes’ were in order, give us some brief details and you were in the hat for a random draw to win one of three great prizes; an Intel Core i7 7700K, a GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming SOC motherboard and a Seasonic Snow Silent power supply. Today we can reveal the winners.

The winner of the Core i7 7700K is Andrew N. The Z270X-Gaming SOC motherboard goes to Ed. A and the Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU will soon be heading its way to Mellanie J. Congrats to you all!

Alongside the prize draw we also had a poll of sorts, just for fun. The contest asked all entrants to tell us who was their favorite American Overclocker. We actually got several really weird answers from several folks who clearly didn’t know any US overclockers (or perhaps, what Overclocking actually is….) but we did manage to figure out the top three. In third place we have (ironically maybe) the actual Las Vegas 2017 champion, steponz. In second place we find Strong Island, but the guys with the most votes was k|ngp|n. Way to go Vince…

As we get closer to the next HWBOT World Tour event at the Campus Party Sao Paulo, we will again put together a giveaway contest with more fantastic prizes. Watch this space.


Der8auer Launches Delid-Die-Mate 2

Roman 'der8auer' Hartung this week launched the second edition of his Delid-Die-Mate, an ingeniously simple tool for delidding modern Intel CPUs. Dubbed the Delid-Die-Mate 2, it has an improved design that makes it more compact and lighter, being made of high quality anodized aluminum. It also comes in black and features a cool looking der8auer logo on the side.

If you are extreme overclocker you will no doubt know and understand the value of delidding the CPU and replacing the thermal paste with liquid metal. Basically you get a much improved thermal exchange between the integrated heats spreader (IHS) and the silicon itself. The problem is that actually getting the IHS off the chip can prove to be a major challenge, even for seasoned pros. Extreme overclockers around the world could share horror stories of utterly mutilated CPUs that have fallen victim razor blade hacking. The Delid-Die-Mate resolves the entire issue in an elegant and thoroughly simplistic way.

In this video, Roman gives us a demonstration of how the Delid-Die-Mate works. You simply place your processor in the aluminum housing, add the cover and tighten the screw to hold it in place. Then with a few turns of a Hex key the HIS just pops off. Another great feature of the second gen product, is that it also comes with a vice-like tool to help re-glue the HIS, holding it firmly in place within the housing while the glue dries.

The Delid-Die-Mate will be a available in a few weeks for 29 Euros, and according to Roman it will in fact be available globally. You can find the product page with more details about the Delid-Die-Mate here on the Caseking website. You can also watch a video where Roman explains the new design and gives a demonstration here on his YouTube channel.

XtremeOverdrive OC team Italy Win Old School is Best School Round 1

Just a few days ago we arrived at the conclusion of the Old School is Best School, Season 3, Round 1 contest on OC-ESPORTS. The contest witnessed 18 teams of old school Overclockers competing on classic Intel Socket 771 socket CPUs and Nvidia Quadro G96 grade GPUs. The contest was won by team who finally managed to take their first ever win in the contest series. XtremeOverdrive OC team Italy broke their duck with a total of 59 points, defeating Hardware Canucks and Overclocking Team Austria who also managed spots on the podium. Let’s take a look at the contest, the scoring and the hardware used in a little more detail.

Old School is Best School, Season 3 Round 1: December 15th - January 15th 2017

The Old School is Best contest on OC-ESPORTS is a contest designed and shaped to tickle the OC taste buds of Overclockers who are usually pretty long in the tooth. It is a well known fact that older Overclockers enjoy digging out old hardware that they hoard in their man caves, benching them again simply for the kudos of doing so. It’s about revisiting old platforms and benchmarks for a bit of fun. It’s also an opportunity for younger Overclockers to get to know long lost hardware that some would argue belong in a museum.

Read the full roundup article here on OC-ESPORTS.

VRMark Challenge Contest Launched on OC-ESPORTS, Starts Jan 28

Today we bring you news about a new contest that will be launched on OC-ESPORTS in just over a week’s time – welcome to the VRMark Challenge. The name of the contest kind of gives away some details. The VRMark Challenge is centered on the relatively new VRMark benchmark that is now part of the 3DMark suite from Futuremark. The contest begins on January 28th, finishing on the 28th of February exactly one month later.

The VRMark contest consists of two separate stages based around both the Orange Room benchmark and the more intense Blue Room benchmark. The VRMark Orange Room benchmark that is designed to asses if a PC meets the recommended hardware requirements for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR technologies. The Blue Room benchmark uses a huge 5K rendering resolution coupled with spectacular volumetric lighting effects, and is in fact one of the most demanding 3D benchmarks available today.

In terms of hardware limitations, it’s all very simple and straight forward. Overclockers can use any processor (or indeed any number of processors) with any single GPU. Bring it on! Futuremark verification link required.

You can check out the VRMark Challenge contest page here on OC-ESPORTS.

Throwback Thursday: AMD Presents Kaveri in Taipei, OC Not As Good As Richland

It’s that time of the week when we take a nostalgic look at a point in the past which still resonates. Today we not going back too far in time, revisiting a point just three years ago when many of us where trying our best to get excited about AMD’s Kaveri platform chips which were launched in Taipei back in January 2014. It’s a story that certainly does resonate today as we edge closer to the launch of AMD’s highly anticipated Ryzen CPUs. Back in 2014, this is what Massman had to say:

“Those following us on social media will probably already know this, but yesterday AMD came to Taipei, Taiwan to present the new Kaveri micro-architecture. Since this was the last stop of their business trip, there's not much new to tell. From a performance perspective HSA seems to be interesting, although it's still too early to see the real effect. I enjoyed seeing references to overclocking on the marketing slides, especially highlighting the benefit of increasing the memory bandwidth. With HSA, system memory bandwidth is again a bit more important.”

“They didn't mention any early overclocking results, but during our chat behind-the-scene it became clear that AMD too was a bit underwhelmed by overclocking potential of the Kaveri APUs. Currently the maximum frequency on LN2 (internally) is about 7GHz, which is far away from the 8GHz the Richland APUs could do. From what I gather, the potential problem might be the new 28nm silicon. Because the CPU part is using a different process than the GPU part, mixing them together on one die is complicated. Early Q3 (June/July) they expect to have better yields after optimizing the process. Maybe the Kaveri refresh will bring us more overclocking joy.”

Clearly AMD had very little chance of rivaling Intel with its Kaveri APUs, especially in the area of Overclocking. All indications suggest however, that its new Zen architecture could put them back in the game. Fingers crossed. Catch the full article from January 11th 2014 here.

Overclocking World Championship - Las Vegas 2017 Qualifier: Full Roundup

The HWBOT World Tour 2017 got under way a week or so ago with its first stop ever in the US. Arriving in Las Vegas in time for CES 2017, one of the biggest tech industry trade shows of the year, the Las Vegas 2017 event included a Performance Matters Kick Off Event and Party, Overclocking Workshops for newcomers and of course, two days of intense Extreme Overclocking in the form the Overclocking World Championship Las Vegas 2017 Qualifier. The idea is simple. At each stop of the HWBOT World Tour, Extreme Overclockers are invited to compete for a spot in the World Championship Final at the end of the year and a chance to become Overclocking World Champion 2017. Let’s take a look at the scores and stories from the first leg of the OCWC Qualifier contest.

Overclocking World Championship 2017: The Ultimate Global OC Contest

The format of the Overclocking World Championship Qualifier will be identical at each of the World Tour locations this year. All Overclockers will be given unlimited access to LN2 and the task of trying to achieve the highest scores possible on a number of predetermined benchmarks. The final day of the event will involve the top four highest scoring Overclockers competing head to head in 1v1, 30 minute benching sessions. These will include two Semi-Finals, plus a Bronze Final and a Grand Final to decide the winner.

Read the full round up article here on the OC-ESPORTS website

Early Bird Tickets for HWBOT World Tour – Poitiers 2017 Available, Book Now and Win a Seasonic Power Supply

Tickets for the first European leg of the HWBOT World Tour in Poitiers, France are now available. The good news is that if you book your ticket before March 15th you will be entered into a prize draw where you can win one of three Seasonic Snow Silent 750 Power Supplies.

The HWBOT team lands in France for the Gamers Assembly event on April 15th. Following up on last year’s visit, it should again prove to be a great way to expose Overclocking to broader audience of PC gamers and enthusiasts. As well as workshops and Ambient contests for newbies, there will of course also be an Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest. The contest pits Extreme Overclockers in attendance against each other for two days of intense, competitive OC action. The top prize? A seat in the World Championship Finals at the end of the year.

A standard €50 entrance ticket is available for anyone who would like to join the overclocking area and overclock using air or watercooling. An LN2 Pass is available for €100 for individuals who want access to unlimited LN2 and the OCWC contest (note: contest participation is not mandatory). For the workshops and the Ambient overclocking contest, no specific ticket is required. Anyone that has access to the Gamers Assembly event and isn’t a member of the Apprentice or higher leagues can participate.

Anyone who purchases a ticket (either the 50 or 100 Euros option) before March 15 will be entered in a prize draw to win a Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU. The draw will happen on location at Gamers Assembly and requires the participant to be present.

Tickets are available for purchase now from the Gamers Assembly website here. You can also find more details here on the HWBOT World Tour website.

HardwareAsylum Podcast #71a - Highlights from CES 2017 with Special Guests

The latest podcast from the guys at HardwareAsylum is available now. This week Dennis and Darren discuss the CES 2017 event in Las Vegas a week or so ago. Joined by some other special guests, the guys discuss the highlights in terms of innovative product launches, the general feelings about the format of the trade show and what they each think will be the biggest game changer of 2017. Here are the podcast notes.

“CES is full of trends, some trends actually become ways to make our lives better while others are the hardware equivalent of “Me Too Iguana”. In this episode we talk about some of the cooler things we saw at CES that, frankly, doesn’t involve RGB LEDS and Tempered Glass.”

“Seriously though had there not been a continual theme of IoT (Internet of Things) you would think the future of 2017 is all RGB lights on motherboards and tempered glass side panels for that extra bit of bling in your PC builds.”

“We talked about several things from the importance of the Gigabyte Aorus Launch, ASUS 200 series overclocking, OLED Televisions and what Samsung is doing with their IoT implementations. Of course that doesn’t encompass the entire show.”

“Towards the end of the podcast I ask everyone what technology or product do you feel will be a game changer for the rest of the year. The results might surprise you.”

Check out the Hardware Asylum podcast here.

Rookie News 17/01: ASUS Republic of Gamers Top Rookie Team, topyoyoguybest (US) leading Rookie League with 403.30 pts

Team Rookies Novices
USA ASUS Republic of Gamers 27 62
United States /r/overclocking 16 77
Germany PC Games Hardware 13 31
Ukraine Overclockers.UA 12 32
Poland TechLipton 11 1
Greece Hellas Overclocking Team 9 3
France Cowcotland 7 10
United States 7 42
United States 6 0
Malaysia ASUS 9 3

Every month or so we have a look at how well the overclocking teams adopt Rookie and Novice overclockers at HWBOT. The most friendly Rookie teams are based in North America mostly. The ASUS Republic of Gamers team is confirming as biggest magnet of Rookie overclockers. They enrolled 27 Rookies and 62 Novices. /r/overclocking, also from the USA, is following in second place with 16 Rookies and 77 Novices. In third place we find PC Games Hardware which has 13 Rookies and 31 Novices in the team.

In the Rookie League, topyoyoguybest from United States is leading with 403.30 points which is 65.1 points more than tyger81 from the France and 151.8 points more than ShadowPlay from Greece.

Congratulations to all the overclocking teams adopting the new overclockers and of course the Rookies for their dedication to overclocking!

Check out Rookie League here

Most Valuable Submission of Week 2, 2017: Gold for Dancop (DE), K|ngp|n (US) and Rtsurfer (US)

In Week 2 of 2017, we received 4328 benchmark results from 1121 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 64% of the active community. They were responsible for 42% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

The year 2017 is off to a strong start with Kaby Lake pushing the excitement for overclocking up in anticipation for AMD's Ryzen launch on February 28, 2017. In the second week of the year we once more find Dancop from Germany grabbing the top spot in the Elite category with a World Record in SuperPI 32M. The German overclocker outpaced Fredyama by a couple milliseconds and he posted 4min 17sec 359ms with the Core i7 7700K at 7048.2MHz. In the 3D category we find K|ngp|n from the USA. In the 3DMark11 Performance benchmark he scores a Global First Place with 2 GPUs, which also gives him second place in the overall Hall of Fame. Impressive! Last but not least we're happy to include Rtsurfer in the list of golden cup winners of the week. Backed by a strong retail Core i7 7700K, the US-based overclocker outscored all the industry-backed overclockers' results from launch week and takes the Cinebench 4xCPU Global First Place. Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard this week!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 2 generated in total 245 World Record Points, 7475.9 Global Points, and 7440 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 25% for Elite, 34% for Extreme, 7% for Apprentice, 14% for Enthusiast, 4% for Novice, and 23% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 8% Extreme, 3% Apprentice, 15% Enthusiast, 8% Novice, and 64% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 2, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Dancop 137.2 pts (WR!) K|ngp|n 152.4 pts Xtreme Addict 10.7 pts
Extreme Rtsurfer 140.2 pts Superpatodonaldo 55.2 pts Delly 49.7 pts
Apprentice g_trud 59.9 pts Menthol 60.8 pts Phase 23 pts
Enthusiast Falken1 33.7 pts Olegdjus 31.9 pts TyphooNick 24.7 pts
Novice Chill00r 39.8 pts WiLLius 11 pts Vunhtrungha99 23.1 pts
Rookie LMRig 31.7 pts Särmä 31.5 pts TardCarnival 24.3 pts