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Tournaments and Sponsored Contests
World Tour 2016 and HWBOT X
|XTU||Core i3 6320||4020 MHz||Toolius||743 marks||199.8 pts||0 1|
|Aquamark||GeForce GTX 580||1392/1231 MHz||Bullant||601479 marks||74.9 pts||3 1|
|XTU||Core i7 6700K||6000 MHz||xMec||2084 marks||59.4 pts||1 1|
|3DMark2001 SE||Radeon HD 3870 GDDR4||1134/1278 MHz||Luumi||132701 marks||49.6 pts||3 0|
|3DMark06||GeForce GTX 1080||2037/1251 MHz||DartMaul||65102 marks||45.8 pts||0 1|
|3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme||Titan X Pascal||2115/3000 MHz||marc0053||16134 marks||42.9 pts||1 0|
|Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset||Titan X Pascal||True Monkey||8689.13 DX11 Marks||42.6 pts||0 0|
|3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme||GeForce GTX 1080||2316/1500 MHz||DartMaul||13649 marks||41.0 pts||0 1|
|XTU||Core i7 5820K||4850 MHz||Kunter||1913 marks||39.5 pts||0 0|
|3DMark Vantage - Performance||GeForce GTX 1080||2316/1500 MHz||DartMaul||90340 marks||39.4 pts||0 0|
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October 1, 2016 Taipei, Taiwan - HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings today officially announces the World Championship Final to held in Berlin, Germany on the 5th of December 2016. The World Championship Finals pits the winners from each of the HWBOT World Series winners, plus a wild card and a ROG Camp entrant, against each other in a bid to find out who is Overclocking Champion of the World in 2016.
The World Championship Final is truly a quest to find the best live OC contest player of the year. The contest features the six World Series winners from each of the six HWBOT World Tour 2016 events. The six World Series winners will be flown out to the Final and will be joined by the winner of the HWBOT World Championship Wild Card Contest winner. The eighth contestant will be the winner of the ROG Camp 2016, just to add some new blood and spice things up a touch.
Both HWBOT World Championship Wild Card winner and the ROG Camp 2016 winner will be announced at a later date.
Last week we wrapped up the final stop of the World Tour 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The global tour featured six events and spanned five different continents. It was a success in every sense of the word. We connected with 627 overclockers worldwide, the majority of whom were new to the scene. The tradeshows and gaming events we visited had an accumulated attendance of over 250,000 people, and we reached over 150,000 people via livestreams on Twitch. Hundreds of articles appeared across the web and the response from the participants was overwhelmingly positive in most cases. It was great and I look forward to next year!
Choosing Indonesia as the last stop of the World Tour has a symbolic meaning too. It was in 2014 that we understood we needed to put a lot of effort into pushing amateur overclocking, through reaching-out to enthusiasts and running OC workshops. It was at the same tradeshow (Yogyakomtek) that we witnessed the power of JagatReview’s Amateur OverClocking Tournament (AOCT). Throughout the week I enjoyed seeing new amateurs push the Core i5 6600K to its limits as well as witnessing the five new extreme overclockers who attend the World Series competition. Perhaps the most inspiration I found however, was in conversations with Dedy and Alva from JagatReview and Benny from GIGABYTE’s distributor in Indonesia; three people who were right there at the beginning of (competitive) overclocking in Indonesia, in the year 2000.
I want to share their story with you.
September 1st, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan - HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings today announces Intel as primary partners for the Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT World Tour which will be held in conjunction with JagatReview at the Yogyakomtek event in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Overclockers will compete on Intel Core i5 6600K processors for the duration of the event which is supported by Intel. Primary partner Intel is joined by motherboard partners ASUS, BIOSTAR, GIGABYTE and MSI, with power supplies from Seasonic, memory from Corsair, displays from Phillips and Open Benchtables from Streacom.
"Once again we are fortunate to have the help and support of some of the industry’s most respected hardware manufacturers for the HWBOT World Tour stop in Indonesia," commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. "We are excited to join with JagatReview and integrate the influential Amateur Overclocking Contest (AOCT) into the HWBOT World Tour schedule, an undeniable source of Indonesian overclocking talent."
The Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2016 was confirmed a week ago. Today we can bring you an update about the rules and format of the World Series contest that will take place during the event. The Asia Pacific leg of the World Tour will largely follow the same structure that has been employed throughout the year with Amateur and Extreme World Series contests running side by side. In Indonesia however the Amateur contest will be integrated with the AOCT (Amateur OverClocking Tournament) organised and regulated by the staff at JagatReview (see below).
For those of you who are new to SkatterBencher, basically it’s a project dedicated to bringing you quick and simple step-by-step guides on how to overclock your PC. In episode #4 we are focusing on a specific hardware component, the GeForce GT 710 graphics card, one of the most affordable GPUs available today. Hopefully by the end of this guide you will see that is actually quite easy to get a solid performance boost when overclocking more affordable hardware like the GT 710. Let’s get started.
Note: The Nvidia GT 710 is in the fact the graphics card chosen for this season’s inaugural Cheapaz Chips contest on OC-ESPORTS. Anyone who follows this guide will be able to join the contest and make a score submission. Contest closes on August 2016.
Heads up guys. The ASUS RealBench Challenge kicks off once more on OC-ESPORTS in exactly one week from today with the arrival of Challenge III. Just to remind you about the contest’s structure, it is divided into four separate rounds, or Challenges, each with specific rules and limitations. A few weeks ago we saw conclusion of Challenge II with French overclocker Wizerty clocking up his second win of the contest. It will be interesting to see if he can keep his winning streak going in Challenge III.
Kicking off on October 28th, Challenge III will run until November 7th and offers a slightly different challenge from the first and second challenges as processors are in fact limited to two cores only. Combatants can still use any CPU, but they must ensure that only two cores are active when running the benchmark. As with the previous challenges, no Socket 2011-3 processors (X99 platforms) are allowed and hardware cooling is restricted to non-extreme methods i.e. CPUs must be shown to be over 20 degrees Celsius.
Don’t forget that the contest is open to HWBOT members from all leagues. Combatants must use the custom HWBOT version of the RealBench app. A more complete listing of all the rules, limitations and scoring can be found here. Remember, prizes are awarded to the winners at the end of each Challenge, but don’t forget that the main prizes on offer includes next-generation ROG motherboards for the top three finishers. Challenge III prizes include an ROG Sheath gaming mouse pad, plus an ROG Spatha gaming mouse.
Check out the ASUS ROG RealBench Challenge III contest page here on OC-ESPORTS. . As well as more details about the contest here on the ROG website.
It’s been literally a week since k|ngp|n took down the World Record for 3DMark Fire Strike. Today he’s gone and broken it again, putting even more light between himself and the rest of the world’s mere mortals. Last week he claimed top spot with a score of 47,621 marks. Today he has pushed that out to nudge just past the 48K barrier, scoring 48,070 marks.
The rig used to break the World Record was of course almost identical to the monster he had running last week. The machine is based around an Intel Core 6950X mounted on an EVGA X99 FTW-K motherboard. The LN2 chip was pushed just a little further than in last week's session, hitting 5,250MHz, a massive +75.00% beyond stock settings (and 0.77% faster than last week). The graphics array used remains the same too, with four Nvidia Titan X Pascal cards.
Interestingly the GPUs were configured at identical clock speeds as last week’s run, buzzing along at 2,200MHz (+55.26%), but in terms of memory today’s score has a frequency of 1,450MHz, which is a snip slower than what we saw last week when it was set at 1,470MHz. Other components of note include a G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 kit and SuperNOVA NEX 1,600 Watt power supply.
The score puts k|ngp|n way ahead of the pack. The nearest competitor is Sweden’s Elmor who managed a score of 46,873 using four GTX 980 Ti cards. How much performance can be squeezed out of the Titan XP cards? Only time will tell. I have a feeling I may be writing something similar to this story a week from now. Be sure to watch this space.
TechPowerUp have just released an update to the GPU-Z graphics utility app, adding among several other things support for a bunch of newer GPUs including the recently launched GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti cards. Version 1.12.0 also adds support for a bunch of mobile GPUs, server GPUs and AMD chips. The full list includes the GTX 1070 Mobile, GTX 1060 Mobile, Quadro P6000, 920 MX, and 940 MX, AMD Radeon R9 M385X, and R5 315; Intel HD Graphics 620 and 515. The last two on the list are iGPUs from the new Kaby Lake series.
There are also a few new features to mention. According to btarunr:
“GPU-Z now displays NVIDIA "Fermi" DirectX feature-level support as "11.0" and SLI status for GTX 1060 and GTX 1050 series is displayed as "not supported by GPU." New AMD socket AM4 APU platforms will correctly show memory type as DDR4 on motherboards with DDR4 memory. The BIOS Database uploader is made more functional, letting you open the Database page for the uploaded BIOS (or if your BIOS is already uploaded.) The PCI-Express warm-up stress test window now spawns to the left of the GPU-Z window, if the main window is too much toward the right of your screen.”
Here's the full change-log:
You can find the latest GPU-Z version 1.12.0 here at TechPowerUp.
[Press Release] GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce today, the launch of the newly revamped BRIX updated with the latest Intel® 7th Generation Core™ Processor. This compact PC will support the newest in multimedia standards as well as a 10% increase in graphics performance relative to its predecessor.
7th Generation Core Processors
The new BRIX barebones raises the bar once again with the new Intel® 7th Gen Core™ processor family—delivering more responsive performance than ever before. This 7th Gen Core processor utilizes a power efficient microarchitecture, advanced process technology and silicon optimizations to deliver faster performance than previous generation processors. By leveraging Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology, performance and power is dynamically controlled—for cores and graphics—boosting performance precisely when it is needed, and saving energy when it counts.
New Standards and Support for Graphics and Multimedia
With the new Intel® HD Graphics users can experience more with the increase in graphics performance, 10% greater than the previous generation BRIX. This new media engine offers HEVC 10-bit hardware acceleration that significantly improves upon 4K content playback as well as content creation when compared to previous generation processors.
GIGABYTE has also gone to ensure that users won’t be limited by the standards or connections on the BRIX, by including HDMI2.0 and support for HDCP 2.2, users can rest assured that their device will be able to display content to its full potential. With multiple display outputs, the BRIX can be configured as both a high productivity PC and an entertainment center. Other use case scenarios may include industrial and commercial multi-display applications.
Just like every month 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. In the Intel category, Micka (China) is currently still leading with his Skylake submission of 5 min 52.953 seconds. In the AMD category Demac (Greece) is still leading the race with a time of 9 min 57.485 seconds, but of course we are waiting for the first results with DDR4 on AM4 platform. FUGGER is the only overclocker with a new score on the board, scoring 6min 6.266s in the Broadwell-E category.
Check out the full table below. For more information and efficient SuperPI 32M overclocking results, check out the low-clock threads in our Overclocking and Tweaking sub-forum and the SuperPI 32M Low Clock - Fastest Per Architecture forum thread.
Congratulations to all the leaders in their specific categories!
SuperPI 32M Intel 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (Oct 21, 2016)
|Skylake||5 min 52.953 sec||Micka||Core i7 6700K||GALAX DDR4-4138 C12-11-11-28||ASUS Maximus VIII Impact|
|Broadwell-E||6 min 6.266 sec||FUGGER||Core i7 6950X||GALAX Hall of Fame DDR4-3268 C10-11-11-18||ASUS Rampage V Edition 10|
|Broadwell||6 min 14.625 sec||Splave||Core i7 5775C||Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-2000 C7-7-7-21||ASRock Z97 OC Formula|
|Haswell-E||5 min 55.328 sec||Dancop||Core i7 5960X||G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-3333 C10-11-11-28||ASUS Rampage V Extreme|
|Haswell||5 min 53.687 sec||Bullant||Core i7 4770K||G.SKILL PI DDR3-2858 C6-9-6-21|
|Ivy Bridge||6 min 15.562 sec||Bullant||Core i7 3770K||DDR3-2630 C6-9-6-24||ASRock Z77 OC Formula|
|Sandy Bridge||6 min 30.359 sec||Bullant||Core i7 2600K||G.SKILL PI DDR3-2268 C6-8-6-20||GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4 TH|
|Gulftown||7 min 5.297 sec||Gazza30||Core i7 980X||Kingston DDR3-2000 C7-7-6-20||GIGABYTE X58A-UD7|
|Bloomfield||7 min 8.020 sec||Dsjjang||Core i7 920||DDR3-1898 C6-7-6-19||ASUS P6T WS Professional|
SuperPI 32M AMD 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (Oct 21, 2016)
|Carrizo||9 min 57.485 sec||Demac||Athlon X4 845||G.SKILL PI DDR3-1968 MHz C7-9-9-26||ASUS Crossblade Ranger|
|Kaveri||12 min 17.437 sec||Zeropluszero||A10-7850K||DDR3-2400 MHz C8-11-9-18||GIGABYTE F2A88XN-Wifi|
|Vishera||14 min 9.391 sec||Robbo2||FX-8350||G.SKILL PI DDR3-2600 C8-11-8-24||ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z|
|Richland||14 min 9.156 sec||Newlife||A6-6420K||G.SKILL TridentX DDR3-2368 C7-10-10-8||GIGABYTE F2A88XN-Wifi|
|Trinity||14 min 11.016 sec||Dinos22||A10-5800K||Corsair Dominator DDR3-2666 C9-12-12-24||GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4|
|Zambezi||15 min 16.953 sec||Splave||FX-4200||Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-2234 C7-8-8-18||ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0|
|Llano||14 min 3.188 sec||D3mox||A8-3870K||G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-2112 C7-10-7-24||GIGABYTE A75-UD4H|
|Kabini||16 min 39.016 sec||Wizerty||Athlon 5350||G.SKILL PI DDR3-2026 C7-9-6-24||ASUS AM1I-A|
|Thuban||13 min 42.953 sec||Bones||Phenom II X6 1100T BE||G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-1944 C7-9-7-24||ASUS Crosshair V Formula|
|Deneb||13 min 24.078 sec||I.nfraR.ed||Phenom II X4 965 BE||Corsair Dominator GTX2 DDR3-1846 C6-6-6-18||GIGABYTE 970A-UD3|
HWBOT X just published a blog post about the recent rAge 2016 Expo event in Johannesburg, South Africa were DrWeez and Pepinorang held a workshop entitled the PC Building 101 Workshop. The idea was to give attendees at the show a chance to learn how to build their own PC and then learn to tweak it like a pro:
“Running from October 7th to 9th, the PC Building 101 Workshop was sponsored by MSI and completely free and even gave attendees a chance to show their newly acquired tweaking skills by running a benchmark to see how high they could score. The highest scoring winner was then awarded the fantastic prize of taking away the actual rig that he built and overclocked.”
“The workshop proved to be a big hit with attendees at the show with more 70 visitors attending the workshop each day. The day kicked off with a presentation from DrWeez who explained the basics of PC building. He then would go on to show attendees the basics of PC construction, from prepping and installing the motherboard in the chassis, adding drives, installing the PSU and finally entering BIOS to setup and prepare the OS install. Once the PC was built, Pepe was on hand to show them, how to tweak and push the machine to the max.”
You can read the full blog post here the on the HWBOT X website.
It’s that time of the week again were we look back with a tear of nostalgia to a time when the world overclocking was a little different than it is today. This week we take you back to a day in 2009 when HWBOT launched the very first Country Cup contest. In fact the HWBOT Country Cup 2009 was the first ever official HWBOT contest, providing a solid temple for subsequent contests and competitions run outside the purview of industry vendors. Here’s what Massman had to say back in 2009 when introducing the contest to the community for the first time:
“Wake up everyone!! HWBot is excited to present its first official competition. The concept is completely different from all other competitions so far, so let us explain.”
“The competition consists of seven benchmarks spread over seven weeks. In other words, chances are big that you will not have the time to submit a world record breaking result, which makes it interesting to see who will come up with the best result within a very limited time-frame. The results are grouped per country and countries are ranked based on the average score of the top-3 submissions. So, in order to win, you will have to motivate your fellow overclockers to submit good results. Per stage, countries are awarded points and the country that gathered most points at the end of seven stages wins the competition.”
The contest of course proved to be a roaring success, something which is proved by the fact that the this year's 2016 Country Cup is as eagerly anticipated as ever, kicking off in just a week or two from now. In 2009 the eventual winners were the Romanians who stormed to victory thanks to some truly great work from Matose and Monstru, legendary names that echo through the corridors of OC history even today.
The latest edition of The Overclocker magazine is now available via Joomag. For those of you in the dark, it’s a magazine dedicated all things OC. From hardware reviews, interviews with leading overclockers plus insight and comment regarding the PC hardware industry, The Overclocker is arguably the ultimate overclocking magazine.
Issue #39 covers a lot of ground and includes reviews of the latest GIGABYTE pascal series graphics cards, a look at the OC-ESPORTS rankings an article about AMD 480 LN2 overclocking and a look at the highly anticipated AMD Zen architecture CPUs. The issue kicks off with a great interview with Buildzoid, the guy behind the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel and a captain of the Reddit /r/overclocking team.
Here’s a sample of the Buildzoid interview: : “The name Actually Hardcore Overclocking is because there are so many sites that have overclocking in their name but as far as I’m concerned they don’t cover overclocking in-depth enough so I slapped the Actually in front of Hardcore Overclocking and went with that for my computer hardware blog where I covered overclocking as in depth as I could manage. Later on I tried to livestream my OC sessions and since I was archiving those to youtube I decided to start using the youtube channel for the their content as well.”
Regarding the GIGABYTE 100 series graphics cards: : For now, we are looking at a trio of three graphics cards from GIGABYTE. The new G1 GAMING line of GPUs which if the previous series is anything to go by, should be offering some of the highest levels of performance available to end users. As always, it’s a matter of designing a customized PCB based on the Founder’s Edition design. Configuring a custom BIOS/Firmware profile and finally wrapping it up in as capable a cooling heatsink complex as possible within the price bracket.
There’s also a look at the GIGABYTE Z170Z-X Ultra Gaming motherboard, a review of the G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200MHz 32GB kit plus a look at the GIGABYTE P57K V6 notebook.
You can find The Overclocker issue #39 here at Joomag.com
It’s official. The latest version of HWBOT x265 is here and ready to go. Updated from version 1.2.0 released last September, the 2.0.0 version adds an upgraded and improved encoder version 220.127.116.11, user selectable instruction sets, real-time monitoring, and an upgraded CPU-Z plus a few other fixes.
Developed by Czech developer and HWBOT member Havli, HWBOT x265 Benchmark is based on the open source x265 encoder. It can take advantage of modern CPUs instructions and scales well with multi-core processors. With two presets available, 1080p and 4k, the main workload involves converting H264 source video to H265/HEVC and measure average fps. Havli had this to say about the latest 2.0.0 version:
“HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.0.0 is based on improved x265 encoder, build 18.104.22.168 (compiled by GCC). Compared to previous version (22.214.171.1244 GCC), the new one greatly improves encoding speed on virtually all processor architectures. Also multi threading seems to be better - the bigger your CPU is, the better relative fps gain you can expect.”
Here’s the full change-log:
Note: Older version of the benchmark are still supported on HWBOT.
Today we bring you the third and final installment of our Challenger Division round up series, taking a closer look at Divisions VI and VII on OC-ESPORTS. Division VI is all about overclocking ARM system-on-chip processors, an increasingly popular platform in overclocking circles as Android devices become ever more ubiquitous. Division VII however takes us back to 2008 when AMD’s Agena-based processors were a popular overclocking medium. Let’s take a look at all the scores and submissions of Round 3 of the Challenger Divisions, the most comprehensive overclocking series you ever encounter.
Kristjan.krusic (Slovenia) Wins Challenger Division VI: Any ARM / Android Device
Stage 1 of Division VI involves benchmarking your device using the in-house developed HWBOT Prime, an app that calculates a device’s ability to calculate primes-per-second. The winner is Alan_Alberino from Argentina, an overclocker in possession of a brand new Google Nexus 6P smartphone, a device that sports a rather powerful SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994 v2.1).
Clocked at stock settings with a core speed of 1,958MHz, Alan_Alberino managed a score of 4,923 pps. In second place sits India’s csunit37 with 4,678 pps using the same processor. In third place we have Emiliano B, also of Argentina with the same chip and a score of 4,391 pps. Clearly Alan_Alberino has a few tweaks up his sleeve.
Catch the full round up of Challenger Divisions VI and VII here on OC-EPSORTS..