Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i7 5960X 5514 MHz Splave.ROM 2891 marks 58.2 pts 2   3
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 980 2102/2164 MHz Hideo 19102 marks 57.2 pts 0   1
3DMark11 - Performance GeForce GTX 980 1903/2100 MHz Hideo 25477 marks 49.4 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 980 2102/2174 MHz Hideo 9223 marks 46.6 pts 0   1
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 980 1550/2104 MHz jpmboy 25332 marks 35.3 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 5960X 5800 MHz Splave.ROM 9480.93 pps 33.6 pts 0   1
Aquamark GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 1067/1253 MHz vadimua 299425 marks 33.0 pts 0   0
Cinebench R15 Core i7 5960X 5564 MHz Splave.ROM 2239 cb 31.2 pts 0   1
Cinebench R11.5 Core i7 5960X 5564 MHz Splave.ROM 24.26 points 30.4 pts 0   1
3DMark11 - Performance GeForce GTX 980 1500/2091 MHz jpmboy 21377 marks 28.3 pts 0   0

Competition Entries

GIGABYTE Announces TARGET OC Winners

Taipei, Taiwan, November 21st, 2014 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announced the winners of the GIGABYTE TARGET OC competition hosted on The GIGABYTE TARGET OC challenged the participants to hit specific scores on 5 different benchmarks. The scores ranged from epic bad performances to historic high records. Overall, the goal was to get the overclocking community to break from trying to reach the highest performance, and instead, learn how to tweak their hardware in order to reach very specific targets.

Today, we are happy to announce the winners of the GIGABYTE TARGET OC. GIGABYTE would like to congratulate every winner and sends their special thanks to everyone who helped make this challenge a success!

HWBOT Articles

Looking back at the past twelve months, it is hard to argue this has been an incredibly intense year for us. We launched a beta version of the new competitive overclocking platform OC-ESPORTS.IO. We established a permanent base in Taipei, Taiwan. We have significantly improved the communication tools for the staff, allowing more input from and responsibilities for the first-in-line members of the community. We are in the process of professionalizing the organization's structures to streamline and optimize our resources.

We helped our major partners organize some of the most prestigious and disruptive overclocking competitions ever. At Computex 2014 we helped Intel host the highest dollar-value overclocking competition (USD $25,000, Intel OC Challenge) and G.SKILL gave away the single largest cash prize (USD $10,000, G.SKILL OC World Cup) ever in the history of overclocking. Last month we helped MSI set forward the MOA tradition (with USD $70,833 the most prestigious series) and later this week we are flying to Russia for ASUS's third edition of the ASUS Open Overclocking Cup. At very beginning of next year, we fly out to Las Vegas for the final conclusion of HyperX's OC Takeover 2014 competition.

It is amazing to cooperate with such an inspiring set of people, pushing overclocking further every year, and the team feels blessed with the ability to enjoy producing, sharing and creating OC content in all directions of the world map. But don't be fooled, we are not done yet. If you thought 2014 was amazing, then prepare yourself for 2015!

Today we (not-quite-yet-officially) announce the launch of something we hope to inspire and excite you with. Over the past couple of months the team has brainstormed, discussed, budgeted, and coordinated efforts with community volunteers, enthusiasts and partners to bring you a series of worldwide overclocking gatherings.

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Hardware news

TeamAU Breaks 3DMark01 World Record With GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force and ASUS GTX 780 Ti Strix

TeamAU, from Australia, broke the 3DMark01 World Record on November 20 2014. TeamAU improved the record set by 8 Pack earlier that day by 411 points. 8 Pack broke the record during the ASRock 9 Series OC Competition

For the record TeamAU uses a Core i7 4770K clocked at 6600 MHz, the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti at 1700/2000 MHz, all mounted on a GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force motherboard. TeamAU is leading the Hall of Fame before 8 Pack, Vivi, Sofos1990 and Slaske6. Congratulations!

More information:

  • TeamAU's 3DMark2001 SE score of 191142 marks: click
  • 3DMark01 Hall Of Fame: click
  • 3DMark01 1xGPU Ranking: click


SuperPI Low-Clock Challenge Overview Table Update 21/11

We updated the SuperPI Low-Clock Challenge threads in our forums. In the threads listed below you can find the most efficient SuperPI 32M scores at HWBOT. Compared to our last update, we see that both Delly (IT) and Newlife (AU) updated their best result in respectively the Kaveri and Richland category. In the Haswell-E category Hiwa established a new top 4G score.

Well done, everyone!

SuperPI 32M Low-Clock Challenge

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Haswell-E 4G 7 min 18.890 sec Hiwa Core i7 5960X G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 1550 MHz C10 13-14-15 ASUS Rampage V Extreme
Haswell 5G 5 min 54.578 sec Splave.ROM Core i7 4770K G.SKILL PI 1410 MHz C6-10-6-21 ASRock Z97 OC Formula
Ivy Bridge 5G 6 min 16.094 sec Bullant Core i7 3770K G.SKILL PI 1327 MHz C6-10-6-27 GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH
Sandy Bridge 5G 6 min 31.031 sec Bullant Core i7 2600K Patriot 2000EL 1112 MHz C6-8-6-18 ASRock Z77 OC Formula
Kaveri 5G 12 min 56.195 sec Delly A10-7850K 1256 MHz C9-11-11-31 MSI A88X-G45 Gaming
Vishera 5G 14 min 13.312 sec I.nfraR.ed FX-9370 G.SKILL PI 1300 MHz C8-12-8-28 GIGABYTE 970A-UD3
Richland 5G 14 min 14.094 sec Newlife A8-6600K G.SKILL TridentX 1187 MHz C8-9-9-8 GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X
Trinity 5G 14 min 20.156 sec Calathea Athlon X4 750K Corsair Dominator 1333 MHz C9-12-12-24 GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4
Kabini 2.5G 21 min 31.433 sec Woomack Athlon 5150 1013 MHz C9-10-10-28

Travis Jank (V2-V3) Shares His Bitcoin Story at TedX Salem - Recommended Video!

For those who don't know TED: TED is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). You can find the most inspirational and interesting stories on the site, covering topics ranging from science to technology, global issues to business. TED spread out and in many cities around the world you can find TEDx (exchange) events hosting local people who want to share a story. Personally speaking, I am an avid follower of the TED Talks and recommend anyone spending some time browsing through some of Talks.

On one of the TEDx events in the United States, Salem to be specific, overclocker Travis Jank (V2-V3) gave a talk on Bitcoin. He shares his personal story and adventure going from overclocking to bitcoin, and explains the basics of Bitcoin to the attending audience. It's not an in-depth analysis of Bitcoin, but most certainly an interesting talk. Well done Travis, a must watch!

OC-Esports v1.1.1 Released - 8 Bugs, Features and Improvements

Our new competitive overclocking platform OC-ESPORTS.IO is in beta testing phase from October until the end of December. We are preparing the 2015 launch based on the many positive and not-so-positive feedback from the community, trying to squeeze in as much fixes and usability enhancements as possible. Last weekend we released a patch version v1.1.1 which includes 8 bugs, features and improvements.

The most noticeable new feature relates to the Country Cup 2014 competition. On the stage tabs, clicking on the county points will now serve a pop-up showing the individual submissions of the participating users.

You can find an overview of the resolved bugs, new features and improvements below.

New Feature

  • On stage and round page, clicking stage points should show you the related submissions.


  • Improperly displayed popup when the ranking is lower on the page and there are multiple submissions
  • Custom banner shown on round page, but not on the stage page of that round
  • Long names don't show properly on leaderboard table
  • Fix gelid image url


  • Add the banner of a competition page as image meta so Facebook picks it up when previewing the page in a shared link
  • Road To Pro: add links to users/teams
  • Login isn't that user-friendly

AOOC'14 Finalist BenchBros Achieve Global First Place in 3DMark Vantage 1xGPU: 82348 with GTX 780 Ti at 1950/2100

On November 15 BenchBros from Germany achieved the Global First Place in the 1xGPU 3DMark Vantage Performance category. With 82348 marks, BenchBros scores about 400 points higher than 8 Pack from the United Kingdom. BenchBros will be attending the ASUS Open Overclocking Cup 2014 Final in Moscow, Russia, later this week, teaming up with Dancop.

For the Global First Place, BenchBros use an Intel Core i7 5960X at 5.7GHz cooled with liquid nitrogen. The graphics card is an ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti Matrix Platinum Edition clocked at 1950/2100 MHz. The motherboard is ASUS as well: Rampage V Extreme.

Congratulations! More info:

  • BenchBros' 3DMark Vantage Performance of 82348 marks: click
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance 1xGPU Ranking: click
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance Hall of Fame: click

TeamAU Breaks Aquamark3 World Record: 593,932 marks with GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force and ASUS Strix GTX 980

Only a couple of days after the previous Australian overclocking World Record from SniperOZ (read more here), we can announce another top result. TeamAU (YoungPro) broke the Aquamark 3 World Record with a score of 593,932 points, only 7,000 points short of the magical 600K barrier.

To achieve the score TeamAU used a Core i7 4770K clocked to 6464 MHz using liquid nitrogen, DDR3-2700 C6-10-6 memory, the GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force motherboard and an ASUS Strix GTX 980 graphics card clocked at 1400/1950 MHz. TeamAU outscores number two Sofos1990 by about 7,300 points.

Congratulations! More information:

  • TeamAU's Aquamark World Record: click
  • Aquamark3 Hall of Fame: click

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7 New X99 BIOSes for GIGABYTE and ASRock motherboards + Updated Haswell-E Stats

As usual, Stasio provided us with a couple of new X99 motherboard BIOSes which we re-hosted on our servers. There are new BIOSes for two GIGABYTE motherboards and three ASRock motherboards; you can find the list below. In addition to the new available downloads, we also updated the Haswell-E statistics.

Nata58 from Italy remains the most active Haswell-E overclocker with over 500 benchmark results submitted. His submissions alone put the EVGA X99 Classified to the second most used motherboard in the database in terms of pure submission count. When we look at the most popular motherboards per capita, we find the ASUS Rampage V Extreme at the top of the table, followed by the MSI X99S SLI Plus and the ASUS X99-Deluxe. CPU-wise, king of the hill remains the most expensive Core i7 5960X which has almost double the submission count as the two other desktop Haswell-E SKUs. In terms of cooling, we see that the large majority of overclockers opt for water cooling based cooling solutions. Only 15% of the submissions are done with liquid nitrogen. With 25% of the submissions, the United States has the largest overclocking community at HWBOT.

Based on the adoption rate of the Haswell-E X99 platform, it seems the new high-end desktop is doing very well in comparison to the Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E platforms. The adoption curve is similar to the Gulftown processor series and similar to that platform the most used CPU of the series is the top end. For Gulftown that was the Core i7 980X and for Haswell-E, as we already mentioned, the Core i7 5960X.

The list of updated BIOSes:

  • GIGABYTE X99 UD5 WiFi F8f
  • ASRock X99 Extreme6/AC 1.40
  • ASRock X99 Extreme6/AC 1.30
  • ASRock X99 OC Formula 1.60
  • ASRock X99 OC Formula 1.50
  • ASRock X99M Killer 1.62
  • More information in the forum (click)