Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i7 5820K 5680 MHz CL3P20 2171 marks 118.2 pts 12   7
XTU Core i3 4370 4186 MHz Mikecdm 584 marks 116.4 pts 3   3
XTU Core i7 4770K 6020 MHz dRweEz 1488 marks 73.9 pts 0   3
SuperPi - 32M Core i7 4770K 6621 MHz Vivi 4min 38sec 250ms 72.2 pts 14   9
XTU Core i7 5930K 5300 MHz dhenzjhen 2074 marks 66.9 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 4790K 5700 MHz Andrix85 1419 marks 56.1 pts 0   1
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 780 Ti 1795/2130 MHz mortisboy 8303 marks 53.5 pts 0   3
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 780 Ti 1812/1880 MHz T0lsty 8180 marks 47.0 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 4790K 5005 MHz giorgioprimo 1344 marks 46.5 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 4790K 5004 MHz stummerwinter 1332 marks 44.5 pts 0   1

Competition Entries

JunkDogg (Australia) and Nvidiaforever2 (France) Extend Rookie Rumble Titles!

For the first time in the history of the Rookie Rumble both Rumble Kings extended their title. Nvidiaforever2, now a Novice, dominated the Rookie Rumble #8 scoring once more the maximum of the points. JunkDogg from Australia, still a Rookie, won the Rookie Rumble AMD #5 scoring 122 out of 150 points. Congratulations!

HWBOT Articles

The newest generation of Intel CPUs finally sports an 8-core SKU for the performance enthusiasts. The arguably widely anticipated launch took place on August 29 and not entirely unexpected we saw quite a lot of overclocking records broken. In this short editorial we want to provide an overview of the Haswell-E overclocking results as well as some statistics.

"... Let’s begin with the most important part for the enthusiasts: what benchmark records have been broken. A quick query in our database learns us that 8 overall records and 29 global records are currently in the hands of desktop X99 users. The large majority of the results originate from the pre-launch overclocking event at the ASUS Headquarters as the overclockers are using a combination of Rampage V Extreme and G.SKILL DDR4 memory ..."

"... From the looks of it, Haswell-E seems to have a fairly good start. Of course we have to take in to account that the amount of marketing effort on the side of overclocking is a lot higher now than it was in 2008 (Bloomfield) or 2010 (Gulftown) and that for the Nehalem platform the locked (and not included in the table) Core i7 920 was extremely popular thus eating away market share from the Extreme line-up ..."

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Hardware news

Antinomy Joins HWBOT Staff As Hardware Database Manager

With this news article we want to wish Antinomy a warm welcome in the HWBOT family, as he joins the staff to look after the Hardware Database. Antinomy is just like our lost friend Turrican a walking encyclopedia of hardware and will be able to curate the database with great care and attention. We are happy to have Antinomy on board and wish him a happy stay.

Thank you for taking up this task and welcome!

The processor of requesting hardware to add to the database remains the same as before.


Haswell-E Record Update: GIGABYTE Strikes Back With XTU World Record, HWBOT Prime and Wprime Globals

Last week we referenced a couple of Haswell-E records in an editorial about Intel's latest platform. Today we can report on a couple of new Haswell-E records set by the GIGABYTE overclocking team live at IDF and of course in the well-known OC Lab. The records included the overall and global XTU records, HWBOT Prime and both WPrime 8xCPU and are set by GIGABYTE's in-house dynamic duo HiCookie and Sofos1990. In addition, one record was set by US overclocker CL3P2O from the overclocking team.

Congratulations to everyone involved! In the table below you can find more information about the results.

XTU WR2866Core i7 5960X5715 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC Force LN2G.SKILLRipjaws 4
WPrime 32M (8xCPU)2.000Core i7 5960X5945 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceCorsairDominator Platinum
WPrime 1024M (8xCPU)59.593Core i7 5960X5945 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceCorsairDominator Platinum
XTU (8xCPU)2866Core i7 5960X5715 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC Force LN2G.SKILLRipjaws 4
XTU (6xCPU)2171Core i7 5820K5680 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceG.SKILLRipjaws 4
XTU (8xCPU)9622.77Core i7 5960X5966 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceCorsairDominator Platinum

Final Confirmed List of MSI MOA 2014 Participants - Huge Line-up!

MSI just published the final confirmed list of MSI MOA 2014 Grand Final attendees. In the list there are of course no surprises as all the participants are the same from the various qualifiers at HWBOT. I took the liberty of adding the overall League ranks for each of the participants and it is now very clear how tough the line-up for this year's MOA is.

Only 3 of the 19 overclockers are not in the global top-100 and 10 of them are in the top-30. It goes to show how prestigious the MOA competition series are: even the top crop of overclockers are eager to show off their overclocking skills in the capital of overclocking, Taipei.

Looking forward to the finals! Good luck everyone!

Stage Region Overclocker Ranking
Class A AM Rbuass #25
Mikecdm #26
Nacho_arroyo #23
Gunslinger #9
EMEA Vivi #3
Xtreme Addict #6
Zzolio #8
Perica_barii #38
Moose83 #14
Wizerty #4
T0lsty #32
APAC Rhodie #1233
OC_Windforce #49
Bob(nz) #107
SniperOZ #24
Class B WW Drweez #74
Steponz #34
Bboyjezz #327

Updated X99 Information Threads: New GIGABYTE BIOSes, CL3P20 Top SuperPI 32M 4G

Just a quick news flash to inform you we have updated the Haswell-E information threads in the forum. We updated the basic statistics on the Haswell-E overclocking hardware and updated the SuperPI 32M 4G Challenge.

On the statistics side of things, we see very little change apart from the GIGBAYTE X99-SOC Force moving up in the popularity charts. Interestingly we also see that the Core i7 5960X, the most expensive of all Haswell-E processors, is the most popular SKU for this X-series platform. This is in contrary to what we saw with Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E.

In the 4G low clock challenge two people entered a first score: Sskmercer from Australia and CL3P2O from the United States. The latter currently has the fastest result scoring 7 min 34.266 ms with the DDR4 memory clocked at DDR4-3000 CL12-13-14-15 2T in combination with the X99-SOC Force. Looking forward to the upcoming results!

On the BIOS side of things we updated each GIGABYTE X99 motherboard with two new BIOSes. One is the final stable version, the other a new beta. For more information you can check the threads below.

Haswell-E Threads

  • X99 BIOS, facts, stats and list of mainboards: click
  • Haswell-E SuperPI 32M 4G Challenge: click

HWBOT Family Expands: Ann-Sofie Joins As Graphical Designer

HWBOT expanded to Taipei two years ago and set up shop in the overclocking capital of the world. With Timothée joining the office in December last year, we could focus on external projects the result of which you'll see in the coming months and year.

Ann-Sofie, also known as Mink, is now joining the family and will be filling the position of graphical designer. With her background in overclocking (she competed in the MSI MOA competition!), her creative artwork will streamline the site and project's purpose and vision. We're really excited to have Ann-Sofie on board and look forward to the first artwork, banners, competition pages and other visual stimuli to feature on- and off-site.

Welcome to the family, Ann-Sofie!

Timelapse of OCTV's 4K Extreme Cooling Video Shoot by TechALook

A while back Xyala wrote an editorial about the "Frozen PC Project", a 4K video shoot with extreme cooling as main subject. The video editing is still in progress as 4K has proven to impose a lot of new but interesting problems, but today TechALook who provided the video shoot environment posted a very cool timelapse video of the project.

In the timelapse you can see Xyala work the camera's, system and lighting for the 4K video shoot. Agreed, this is not the high-quality footage yet but gives you enough energy to patiently wait for the release of the 4K footage. Enjoy!

Haswell-E Spikes XTU Usage Charts To New Heights: Almost 600 Weekly XTU Overclockers

In our "Early Findings" article published two days ago, we already covered the Haswell-E adoption trend briefly. Haswell-E, Intel's latest high-end platform, only launched two weeks ago and retail availability is still a factor in the popularity of the platform. Yesterday we had a peek at the XTU activity rating including last week's data and to our pleasant surprise found that we reached a new top peak. Last week almost 600 overclockers analyzed, shared or joined the rankings with their XTU score. We received over 2,500 results which is an increase of over 250% compared to last year.

We are happy to see XTU doing so well and in particular we are excited about the surge of new Rookie overclockers. Hopefully the new overclocking community that is forming will one day lead overclocking to new heights as well. 'Clock on!

G.SKILL Live Demo Extreme DDR4-3333 32GB (4GBx8) and DDR4-3200 32GB (8GBx4) at IDF 2014

Taipei, Taiwan – 10 September 2014 – G.SKILL International Co., Ltd., the leading extreme performance memory manufacturer and designer, is excited to feature two extremely high end DDR4 memory at 3333MHz 32GB (4GBx8) and 3200MHz 32GB (8GBx4) during Intel Developer Forum 2014 (IDF 2014).

Driven by the newest Intel i7-5960X CPU on the newest ASUS Rampage V Extreme X99 and X99-Deluxe motherboards, the Ripjaws 4 series DDR4 3333MHz 4GBx8 and 3200MHz 8GBx4 memory demonstrates the highest DDR4 speed available in 4GB and 8GB modules, respectively.

“It’s very exciting to show the world what we can do with the new DDR4 memory standard for the latest Intel X99 platform. There is no doubt that breaking the 3000MHz memory barrier with ease is the next big thing in desktop performance, effectively doubling bandwidth throughput compared to the previous DDR3 memory standard,” says Frank Hung, Product Marketing at G.SKILL.

Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory and SSD products, designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical innovation and rock solid quality through our in-house testing lab and talented R&D team, G.SKILL continues to create record-breaking memory for each generation of hardware and hold the no. 1 brand title in overclocking memory.

Some Haswell-E USA Engineering Samples Show Up As Retail

The news has been floating for a while now, but we want to re-iterate to ensure as much people as possible are aware of the situation. As you know, for many years we could distinguish engineering samples from retail by using CPU-Z. The engineering sample CPUs are marked with "(ES)", as identified by a flag in the processor register. With the launch of Haswell-E, this is no longer the case and some engineering samples are showing up as retail.

In particular the engineering samples from the USA factory present themselves as retail when using CPU-Z. A lot of the USA CPUs have found their way to the review media and, because they overclock well, also in the hands of extreme overclockers.

Why the engineering sample CPUs are no longer showing up as ES in CPU-Z is a question we don't have an answer to. Either CPU-Z is not detecting the right flag, or the flag is simply not enable on those CPUs. The consequence of this situation is that the moderating staff can not detect if a CPU was retail or engineering sample anymore. However, note that this has always been the case with AMD CPUs. With this news post we would like to stress the following items:

  • If you are using an ES Haswell-E that shows up as retail, please inform your fellow community members and don't enable points if you're not in the Elite League

  • Beware of reports of highly overclockable Haswell-E configurations by general media and in reviews

We hope we can rely on the community to maintain the fair playing field we try to provide at HWBOT. If you are using engineering samples, please move to the Elite League. Thanks!!