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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX Titan X 2025/2029.5 MHz steponz 24326 marks 144.9 pts 3   4
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX Titan X 2029.7/2052 MHz steponz 54275 marks 135.5 pts 0   4
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i7 4770K 6296 MHz Strat 4min 20sec 9ms 77.6 pts 5   2
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX Titan X 1560/2050 MHz Natybaby2013 50834 marks 76.5 pts 0   0
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i7 5960X 5776.2 MHz Dancop 2min 25sec 128ms 71.9 pts 0   1
GPUPI - 1B Radeon R9 290X 1561/1525 MHz gubben 14sec 990ms 61.5 pts 0   0
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i7 4770K 6416.8 MHz Dancop 4min 23sec 602ms 58.2 pts 0   2
CPU Frequency FX-8320 8397.9 MHz gubben 8397.9 mhz 53.1 pts 2   0
CPU Frequency FX-8370E 8264.6 MHz Toolius 8264.63 mhz 38.0 pts 3   4
XTU Core i7 5820K 4700 MHz eng.ahmedhelal 1851 marks 38.0 pts 0   0

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The first quarter of 2015 has drawn to a close making it a great time to take stock of exactly what has been happening in that time at HWBOT and OC-ESPORTS. Here’s an analytical glance at three crucial months that are leading up to what appears to be a truly landmark year in the world of competitive overclocking.

Arguably, the main mission of HWBOT, and more recently OC-ESPORTS has been the attempt to grow the overclocking scene and bring new blood to the community. If you take a snapshot of the number of new member registrations in the last two years it is obvious that this is going quite well. A quick glance at the graph below tells the story in no uncertain terms, outlining a gradual and sustained boost in registrations from mid-2013 to today.


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OC-ESPORTS Road To Pro (Pro OC and Challenger Divisions) Round 2 Kicks Off

The second installment of the OC-ESPORTS Challenger Division gets underway today, with a total of seven separate hardware divisions each containing five distinct stages that are unique to each of the three, two-month rounds. Round 2 runs from May 1st to June 30th.

The general concept is to promote inclusiveness within the overclocking community and grow overclocking as an Esport. It spans across seven very different kinds of hardware types within a season-long competitive contest. It allows all HWBOT members to compete regardless of their ability to purchase high-end hardware. Forget about your budget, the Challenger Divisions provide a space where you can compete.

As mentioned above, the benchmarks and limitations used within each stage are modified with each round - ensuring plenty of challenges and learning curves for combatants throughout the year. Here’s a breakdown of the challenges involved within each stage of Round 2.

Find all relevant information on the competition pages: Road To Pro and the News Announcement.

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Old School is Best School Round 2: Slot 1 and Pentium III Return

As we have seen recently with the Challenger Division VII, there is plenty of enthusiasm within the OC community for fun contests that involve legacy hardware. Arguably however the real nostalgia trip is when you get to join a whole team of like-minded old timers to enjoy genuine hardware relics from a bygone age. Welcome to the Old School is Best School series, Round 2 at OC-ESPORTS.

Round 1 took us on a trip down a memory lane that involved Intel Socket 478, AMD Socket 939 and GeForce 5 Series cards. Round 2 takes us deeper into the woods of yester-year with two stages that involve Intel (or possibly VIA) Slot 1 processors, Intel Pentium 3 series chips and GeForce 6 series cards.

Find all relevant information on the competition page: Old School is Best School Round 2 and the Press Release.

GIGABYTE X99 CHAMPION CHALLENGE Hosted By HWBOT at OC-ESPORTS

You have until May 1st 2015 to get your platform ready and jump in to become the X99 Champion! To make your way up to the grand prize of $1,500 USD, you’ll have to collect the most points by submitting your best scores in 6 different stages designed to test both your CPU and Graphics card overclocking skills. Do you feel up to the challenge? Good luck to all!!


How to Win

Points will be given to the top ranking scores in each stage. The top 3 participants with the most points at the end of the challenge will win cash prizes. You also have the chance to win some great hardware via 3 lucky draws. Lucky Draw #1 will be rewarding participants that submitted scores with temperatures set above 25 Celsius, Lucky Draw #2 will be rewarding participants that submitted scores with temperatures set below 25 Celsius, and Lucky Draw #3 will be rewarding participants that submitted the lowest score. Please see the contest rules for more details.

Find all relevant information on the competition page: GIGABYTE X99 Champion Challenge at OC-ESPORTS and the Press Release.

Discussion: WR Points for Legacy Benchmarks

The Overclocking Leagues at HWBOT are based on four types of points: World Record Points, Global Points, Hardware Points, and Competition Points. As you know from a previous news article, we are currently testing the introduction of a new format for the competition points. Following a discussion on our forum we are also looking into the WR points for legacy benchmarks.

Firstly, let's re-iterate what the WR Points are. One of the main changes in the Rev4 points structure was the splitting up of the global benchmark rankings based on the core count rather than the socket count. For graphics card benchmarks, this means each configuration from 1xGPU to 4xGPU had its own global category. As the global points are calculated based on the competitiveness of the ranking (read: "how many participants"), the top scores in the 4xGPU categories are heavily under-rewarded. For example, 8 Pack's Fire Strike World Record with 4 GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card only receives 48.8 global points.

As a counter measure for the undervalued world record attempts, we introduced the WR points. The holder of a world record in undervalued categories receives an additional 100 bonus points. Second place gets 75 points, third place 55 points, all the way to 9th place receiving 10 points. As an effect, the undervalued 4xGPU world record attempts are worth about as much as the highest valued 1xGPU first places. Note that the bonus points are only awarded to benchmarks where we see undervalued world records. For example, for SuperPI 32M, there are no WR points because the world record submission is already awarded correctly (140 points).

As community members point out, we are awarding WR points to categories where the world record is achieved with a 1xGPU configuration. For example, the world record of Aquamark3 held by TeamAU is currently worth 100 WR points and 125.3 Global points, significantly more than any 4-Way record. This situation occurs with all 3D legacy benchmarks which have become CPU bound: Aquamark, 3DMark01, and 3DMark05. The suggestion from the community is to remove the bonus points for those benchmarks because the global points algorithm already rewards the scores correctly and therefore the categories do not require a correction.

On our UAT environment we currently disabled WR points for the three aforementioned benchmark. You can join the discussion HERE. Let us know what you think!


(left: Elite top-20 with WR points; right: Elite top-20 without WR points)

Test Re-Introduction of Competition Points on UAT Server

When we introduced the OC-ESPORTS Official World Overclocking Rankings a couple of months ago, we were all taken by surprise by the effect the rankings had on the Overclockers League. Moving on from the surprise, we understood that the competition points in its previous form - all points from all time - was not sustainable for the Overclockers League. Based on the feedback from the community, we have now a new version of the competition points for the Overclockers League running on our UAT test environment (http://uat.hwbot.org/league/).

The competition points contributing to the Overclockers League is calculated as follows: TOP 10 (most rewarding contests in the past year). The competition points integrated in the Overclockers League on UAT are based on the OC-ESPORTS point algoritm. That means: 50 points for winning a level 1 competition, 100 points for winning a level 2 competition, and 250 points for winning a level 3 competition. There are also points for winning competition stages. You can find the full distribution here: http://oc-esports.io/#!/rankings-details. Just like on OC-ESPORTS, one competition can only contribute once to your Overclockers League total. One major difference with the old implementation of the competition points is that only the competitions from the past year are applicable for points. Competitions that ended, to date, over a year ago, no longer contribute to your Overclockers League total.

Note that the maximum amount of points achievable for people who only compete in online competitions is 50x10 = 500 points. In case we have 10 level 3 competitions in one year, and one person wins all of them, the maximum points would be 250x10 = 2500 points.

On the UAT test environment you can find the new rankings. We look forward to hearing your feedback about this concept, so feel free to leave a message below. For validation purposes we loaded the latest production database from April 27. You can verify the new ranking, as well as check which competitions are contributing to your League total on the points tab on your profile page.

Let us know what you think


(left: current ranking - right: ranking on UAT)

Looking for Translation Help: Norwegian, Greek, and Italian

The translation project for the HWBOT site is quite the undertaking. Thanks to the active French and German community we can already offer localized versions of the database in respectively French and German. In our Translation Updates you can find a ton more languages that are in the works. For three specific languages we are looking for additional help.

For Norwegian, Greek, and Italian we are looking for a couple of passionate overclockers who have the time, energy, and courage to take on this project. The translation of the three languages has progressed respectively 13.96%, 11.11%, and 46.97%. There is still quite a lot of work to do, as you can see. If you're interested in helping out, feel free to drop a message below and the Head of Translation of each language will get in touch. In return you receive, next to the glorious Project Contributor achievement, an honorary mention on our Contribution Page and of course the ever-lasting appreciation from your fellow overclockers.

Thanks for your support!

GPUPI 2.1 Released: 64bit and Legacy, Support for Win8, Saving Datafile

Two weeks ago we launched the new GPUPI benchmark in cooperation with Overclockers.at. The new benchmark features both CPU and GPU benchmark tests and resembles the good old SuperPI interface. The stream of new submissions followed suit and based on the feedback from the community, a new version was released three days ago.

The most important changes are of course the introduction of a 64bit and legacy version for respectively optimal performance and compatibility with older hardware configurations. We are also very pleased that GPUPI V2.1 now supports Windows 8 and up as it detects the timer used for the benchmark time-stamp. Lastly, it is now possible to save your benchmark result in a datafile and upload it later. In particular the 64bit version, in combination with Intel's latest drivers, will result in a significant performance boost. This is the reason why some community members hinted that the older version of GPUPI had better performance; an experimental v1.2 64bit beta was available.

Because the datafile offers superior security compared to a screenshot, a datafile will be MANDATORY from May 3, 2015 forward. If you have scores with GPUPI V2.0 with just a screenshot as validation proof, please submit them before this date. After May 3, no scores without the datafile will be accepted for submission. From May 3, 2015, GPUPI V2.1 will be the ONLY allowed version for submissions.

Downloads: GPUPI 2.1< and GPUPI 2.1 - Legacy Version

For more information regarding GPUPI V2.1, check out the following links:

  • GPUPI - SuperPI on the GPU Forum Thread: click
  • GPUPI 2.1 Announcement at Overclockers.at: click
  • GPUPI: International support thread at Overclockers.at: click

You can find the full changelog below

Changelog:

  • 64 bit version to allow 64 bit hardware and drivers to use their full potential (GPUPI_x64.exe).
  • New time measurement using QPC if available and RTC as fallback for Windows 7/XP.
  • HWBOT submissions can now be saved as data file to disk and submitted later.
  • HWBOT submission supports skipping of CPU/GPU (for detection errors) and allows erroneous submissions to be updated manually when needed. Therefor the pure manual submission of scores will be disabled again, because it's the most secure way.
  • Legacy version compiled with Visual Studio 2012 (Update 4) and CUDA toolkit 6.0. It has CUDA and OpenCL support for Windows XP and allows GeForce 200 series cards (CUDA capability 1.3) to run the benchmark. The Legacy version is slower than the default executables and should only be used if necessary!
  • Detects ~50 AMD graphics cards now (about 30 more than 2.0) including R9 300 family.
  • Automatic window resizing after a benchmark run to avoid cutting off statistics or the result. It's only done if necessary and helps especially multi GPU results.
  • Adds a watermark to invalid results to easily distinguish them from successful runs.
  • Ctrl+A now selects all text in output window.
  • Added support for UNICODE file paths for logging and configuration.
  • Hardware detection fixed for Xeon CPUs, AMD HD 7770/7750/7730 and Core 2 Duos/Quads.
  • Reduced the executable file sizes by removing unnecessary source code and several dependencies

SuperPI Low-Clock Challenge Overview Table Update (Apr 24)

Today we have a look at the SuperPI 32M low-clock challenge threads in our forum and make a list of the most efficient overclocks for various CPU architectures. We update the table once more in this news article. There are a couple of new leaders in the specific categories such as Dancop for Haswell and Bullant in the Sandy Bridge. We have also included Bulldozer and Llano categories.

Congratulations to all the leaders in their specific category. Top stuff!


SuperPI 32M Low-Clock Challenge

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Haswell-E 5G 5 min 55.922 sec Dinos22 Core i7 5960X G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 1667 MHz C9-12-14-13 GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion
Haswell 5G 5 min 54.391 sec Dancop Core i7 4770K G.SKILL PI 1410 MHz C5-9-6-24 ASUS Maximus VII Impact
Ivy Bridge 5G 6 min 15.562 sec Bullant Core i7 3770K 1327 MHz C6-9-6-24 ASRock Z77 OC Formula
Sandy Bridge 5G 6 min 30.359 sec Bullant Core i7 2600K G.SKILL PI 1134 MHz C6-8-6-20 GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4 TH
Kaveri 5G 12 min 17.437 sec Zeropluszero A10-7850K 1198 MHz C8-11-9-18 GIGABYTE F2A88XN-Wifi
Vishera 5G 14 min 9.391 sec Robbo2 FX-8350 G.SKILL PI 1300 MHz C8-11-8-24 ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z
Richland 5G 14 min 9.156 sec Newlife A6-6420K G.SKILL TridentX 1184 MHz C7-10-10-8 GIGABYTE F2A88XN-Wifi
Trinity 5G 14 min 11.016 sec Dinos22 A10-5800K Corsair Dominator 1333 MHz C9-12-12-24 GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4
Zambezi 5G 16 min 3.953 sec Sburnolo FX-8120 Kingston 832 MHz C7-7-7-24 GIGABYTE 970A-UD3
Llano 5G 14 min 3.188 sec D3mox A8-3870K G.SKILL RipjawsX 1056 MHz C7-10-7-24 GIGABYTE A75-UD4H
Kabini 2.5G 21 min 27.018 sec Delly Athlon 5150 1006 MHz C9-9-9-24 ASUS AM1I-A

[PR] G.SKILL Announces the World's Fastest DDR4 128GB (16GBx8) Memory Kit at 2800MHz!

Taipei, Taiwan (23 April 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprises Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, is thrilled to announce the world’s first DDR4 128GB(16GBx8) 2800MHz CL16-16-16 -36 1.35V memory kit based on the newest 16GB capacity DDR4 consumer-class memory modules. These high capacity memory modules are manufactured with new 8Gb ICs produced on the latest 20nm fabrication process, which takes performance to a whole new level, by Samsung Electronics.

While 16GB capacity have been available for server memory in the past, support and design for such large capacity memory modules are now paving its way to consumer memory modules, suitable for workstation level workloads where high capacity memory is vital. These new G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series high capacity memory kits are capable of running in quad-channel at a grand total of 128GB, and have already been validated on the latest ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard with Intel Haswell-E processors. A stress-testing screenshot of the newly released memory kit with 16GB DDR4 modules can be found below.

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MSI OC Academy Cambridge Report by Play3r.net

Ben from Play3r.net attended the MSI OC Academy in Cambridge, United Kingdom last week and wrote a nice report on it. There are plenty of pictures inside for those who fear a long spun out article!

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When all is said and done, the event was good fun! There was plenty of overclocking going on from experienced users and they were always nice enough to answer questions that any of the new comers may have, or, even lend a hand if need be. There was plenty of hardware to go around and anyone that wanted to was able to get their hands on a bit of LN2 fun.

If you are interested in overclocking or just PC hardware in general these events are a great place to get acquainted with it all and have some fun with a great group of people. Aside from the new comers, everyone is quite knowledgeable and more than happy to answer a few questions on most things to do with LN2 and overclocking in general.

There was a couple of world records broken via Roman and Ian, but their efforts did seem to kill quite a few graphics cards which led to Mr Der8uer reaching for his soldering iron on a regular basis. Our fellow overclocking guru gavbon also had a great event; he lost both heats by 1 point and in the 2nd, his opponent was the 2nd highest ranked overclocker in the UK. A mightily impressive achievement and a lot of respect between fellow competitors and, of course, the community as a whole.

If you are interested in learning more or maybe even being able to attend the next event, make sure to follow MSI UK and Team Great Britain Over-clockers so you will know when the next event will be held. Alternatively you can let us know via social media as gavbon (our boss) is a huge advocate of the overclocking community and wants to help it grow; huge shout-out to Dagmar (HiVizMan) for being the glue that held the weekend together!