Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset GeForce GTX 980 Ti   nacho_arroyo 9346.08 DX11 Marks 72.8 pts 4   3
XTU Xeon E5 2667 V3 3690 MHz andressergio 2786 marks 47.8 pts 3   0
HWBOT Prime Core i3 6320 6046 MHz nacho_arroyo 5315.84 pps 45.0 pts 0   1
3DMark06 Radeon HD 5870 1000/1275 MHz leeghoofd 51050 marks 44.1 pts 9   4
GPUPI - 1B Radeon R9 290X 1312/1250 MHz MaddMutt 17sec 731ms 38.8 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i3 6320 6046 MHz nacho_arroyo 7.37 points 38.5 pts 0   0
3DMark2001 SE Radeon HD 5870 1000/1275 MHz leeghoofd 121667 marks 38.2 pts 1   1
Cinebench - R15 Core i3 6320 6046 MHz nacho_arroyo 658 cb 37.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4890 MHz falken1 1635 marks 36.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5960X 4900 MHz xXbladeXx 2593 marks 36.1 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

Today on Overclocker in Focus we are treated to an engrossing conversation with one of Europe’s most seasoned Elite overclockers. Leeghoofd is Belgium’s current No.1, a team leader and massive contributor for the Madshrimps Belgium OC Team, and by all accounts a really nice guy too. We get him talking about his slow rise up the ranks at HWBOT and his thoughts and hopes regarding the future of the game.

"That was one of my best moments, and also I think the first moment I came to Taipei when PJ qualified for the GIGABYTE GOOC in 2009? PJ, I’m still not remembering ...something like that. So also my first visit to Taipei and in fact meet the people who you are chatting with, Skyping with, ICQ even in those days. So it was like real fun. That’s also one of the things that keeps me motivated, to be part of the community and come to Taipei and hook up with everybody."

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EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition – Built for VR

[Press Releasse] — The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR EDITION has arrived. Accelerated by the groundbreaking NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, the GTX 980 Ti delivers an unbeatable 4K and virtual reality experience.

With 2,816 NVIDIA CUDA Cores and 6GB of GDDR5 memory, it has the horsepower to drive whatever comes next. And with the VR EDITION, you get an included 5.25” drive bay with front HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 giving you easy access to your VR device’s input. The graphics card also has an internal HDMI connector, meaning no external cables will be visible.

New and Key Features - Built for VR: Included 5.25” Drive Bay with Front HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0. Internal HDMI: Connects to a 5.25” Drive Bay, no visible external wires! ACX 2.0+ Cooling: EVGA’s latest cooling solution offers improved cooling, reduced fan noise and better overclocking.6GB of GDDR5 Memory: Gives you access to higher texture qualities in games, improved 4K gaming performance and optimized for the next generation of gaming.

Learn more about the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition here


Microsoft Reveals Bug Fixes in Windows 10 Updates

Windows 10 might not be the darling of the Overclocking scene with the majority of chip pushers opting for the more mature Windows 7. In fact Windows 10 Windows 8.1 have had their issues when comes to Overclocking, but today the good news is that Microsoft have now decided to be much more open about exactly what issues are getting resolved in what Windows 10 update.

You can now visit this Windows 10 update site to see the bug fixes that have been applied with two of their most recent Win 10 updates released this month.

According to a Microsoft spokesperson:

"After listening to feedback regarding the level of disclosure for Windows 10 updates, we decided to implement a new system for communicating updates to the operating system. Today we are rolling out the Windows 10 update history site, a hub for the release notes that will accompany each update and serve as a historical record of prior release notes."

News source here on the Verge.

Budget Z170 OC? ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 Reviewed

If you’re an OC Rookie looking for some extra performance on a budget you might just be tempted to take a look at the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 from ASRock. It’s an ATX Z170 board that can be had for a very competitive $135 USD which is considerably cheaper than you’d ordinarily expect to pay for a board with the feature set and overclockability that the K4 has.

Tom's Hardware put the Z170 K4 through its paces to determine if a budget Z170 board can keep up with its more expensive brethren. In its favor, the Z170 K4 actually has four more voltage regulators than the absolute budget Z170 option from GIGABYTE, the Gigabyte Z170-HD3. But that does that really make a difference when pushing a Skylake processor? Here’s a sample of what veteran reviewer Thomas Soderstrom had to say:

“Even though the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 had a slight problem with voltage sag, it pushed our Core-i7 6700K to a stable 4.60 GHz. That far exceeds the limit of Gigabyte's cheaper Z170-HD3, and proves that the higher-current voltage controller is probably worth the difference in motherboard price for any user who relies on the performance advantage of CPU overclocking. DRAM overclocking was another matter, as the board's class-leading 2-DIMM data rate fell to a third-place 4-DIMM stability limit.”

The full review can be found here

SilverStone TD-02 Slim AIO Cooler Reviewed

Marc Adamas writing for has just published his review of the latest All-in-One CPU cooler from SilverStone. Like most AIO solutions around, it uses a radiator and a pre-filled, closed loop design that cools a standard cooper base – the main selling point with the TD02 Slim, as the name suggest, is that it slimmer than the majority of competing products out there. The radiator is self uses slimmer cooling fans that make the entire radiator only 37mm thick, handy when you’re restricted for space.

Here’s a taste of what Marc had to say:

“SilverStone has produced a unique All-In-One when it comes to the TD-02 Slim. The performance of the TD-02 Slim, while not the best, is very good considering its size. The TD-02 Slim is thin enough for users of mid-ATX cases to enjoy the benefits of water cooling. Creative users may even be able to squeeze this a small form factor setup but that would depend largely on the case and its dimensions.”

Check out the whole detailed review on HardOCP. .

Chi-Kui Lam Pushes i7 6700K to 7025.66MHz (+75.64%)

That man from Hong Kong is at it again, this time Chi-Kui Lam has pushed his i7 6700K to a massive to 7025.66MHz, making it the highest frequency for the Skylake top SKU yet recorded on HWBOT. The frequency is a very nice +75.64% beyond stock settings and was of course achieved using copious amounts of LN2 as well as an ASRock Z170M OC Formula board and G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 DDR4.

The new world record frequency edges out der8auer on 7007.85mhz. It’s also great to see PC Gaming media cover the news. Here’s a sample of what PC Gamer had to say about the submission:

“A couple of German overclockers, Der8auer and Dancop, came pretty close to that record recently using an Asus Maximus VIII Gene motherboard. They also impressively managed to increase the speed to over 7GHz, but fell just short of the record at 7007.85MHz, securing second place in the current rankings. This is the fastest speed for that specific motherboard and CPU combination however.”

Read more at PC Gamer here.

Check out the submission on HWBOT here.

Intel Shuts Down Cheap Skylake Overclocking

According to reports in the media, Intel has finally made a decisive and somewhat bold move of actually shutting down the loophole that allowed users to overclock non-K SKU Skylake processors. Since December of last year motherboard vendors started releasing revised BIOS versions that allowed users to increase performance by having full access the processor’s BCLK. Intel was rumored to be less than pleased, but today we finally have confirmation that they will issue a microcode update to motherboard vendors, which once implemented, will basically put end to non-K SKU overclocking.

According to PC World, an Intel spokesperson responded with the following quote:

“Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS. The latest update provided to partners includes, among other things, code that aligns with the position that we do not recommend overclocking processors that have not been designed to do so. Additionally, Intel does not warranty the operation of the processor beyond its specifications.”

So far it seems like the original BIOSes that allowed non-K SKU overclocking will remain usable out there in the wild, but in all likelihood newer boards will integrate the updated microcode.

Check out the full story on PC World.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 6, 2016: 181 pts by Sskmercer (Australia)

Last week we received 5041 benchmark results from 1020 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 58% of the active community. They were responsible for 40% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

The Most Valuable Submission is calculated by the sum of a submissions's World Record, Global, and Hardware points. The Top Hardware Points is taking into account only the Hardware Points of a submission.

The most valuable submission of the week is Sskmercer' XTU score of 742 points in the 2xCPU category which is one point higher than a dozen other overclockers got over the past couple of weeks. The scores result in 181 points contributing to the Overclockers League. In the Elite class we find the 3DMark03 World Record by Dancop with a set of Geforce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards. In the Enthusiast class we find Noliso from Germany also riding high in the XTU 2xCPU category. In the Novice class we find oTaNeR from Portugal and in the Rookie class we find Crimson OC from Italy, both active in the XTU 6xCPU ranking.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 6 generated in total 175 World Record Points, 7050.4 Global Points, and 8266.4 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 15% for Elite, 39% for Extreme, 17% for Enthusiast, 10% for Novice, and 20% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 12% Extreme, 14% Enthusiast, 14% Novice, and 58% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 6, 2016

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 178.8 points Dancop 3DMark03 (WR)
Extreme 181 points Sskmercer XTU 2xCPU (1st)
Enthusiast 52.8 points Noliso XTU 2xCPU (22nd)
Novice 42.4 points oTaNeR XTU 6xCPU (119th)
Rookie 35.3 points Crimson OC XTU 6xCPU (85th)

Top Hardware Points - Week 6, 2016

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 39.4 points Oldscarface 3DMark03 Radeon HD 5970 (2nd)
Extreme 49.8 points Rauf 3DMark05 GeForce GTX 480 (1st)
Enthusiast 24.4 points Niko993 3DMark11 Performance Radeon HD 6850 (1st)
Novice 24.3 points Andreacos92 XTU Core i7 4710HQ (12th)
Rookie 24 points Davidblanc333 XTU Core i5 4690K (67th)

Overclocked Intel Core i3 6100 vs Core i5 4690

WCCFTech have just published an interesting article that compares the performance of an overclocked Core i3 6100 ($125) and a more expensive Core i5 4690 ($225). The testing tries to discover if using a non-K SKU Skylake chip really does represent good value now that the majority of motherboard vendors have released BIOS revisions that circumvent Intel’s locked BCLKs. The results may well be interesting for PC builders on a budget in much the same way as we did back in the day when any CPU could be pushed for a free, additional performance boost.

Keith May took an i3 6100 and managed to establish a solid 4.5GHz clock which is +22% beyond stock settings. His findings indicate that for some builders out there, an overlocked i3 Skylake processor competes pretty favorable in most applications compared to a previous-gen Haswell processor that costs $100 more..

You can read the full article with benchmark results and more here on WCCFTech..

3 Competitions Lose OC-ESPORTS Points in February

The OC-ESPORTS points are a part of the equation for the HWBOT Overclockers League leaderboard as the league is based on a member's best 15 combined global and wr scores overall, best 20 hardware scores overall, and the 10 best OC-ESPORTS points from the past 365 days. To help you understand why you may lose points this point, below you can find a table of the competitions which will lose their points this month.

Competitions Losing Points in February 2016

Competition Date of Losing Points Level Winner
Rookie Rumble #14 2015-02-07 1 JohnITRW
Rookie Rumble AMD #11 2015-02-07 1 JohnITRW
Turrican Memorial Charity Challenge 2015-02-28 1 GunGod

Old School is Best School: Round 1 Winners

The curtain has just come down on this season’s first round of the Old School is Best School series on OC-ESPORTS. Perhaps not surprisingly, the winners are, an old school overclocking team that needs no introduction, being the dominant force in this contest for the duration of the 2015 season. Classicplatforms claim a resounding win in Round 1 with victories in both stages of the contest and a maximum haul of 50 points. In second place we find XTREME OC Team Bulgaria on 18 points while third place goes to Belarus OC Team on 15. Let’s take a look at both stages and the submissions in a little more detail.

While once again romped to victory thanks to an excellent performance from Kotari who swept away the competition in both stages, it’s also encouraging to see that a total of 16 teams took part in Round 1 of the contest. Teams from all around the globe went head to head in a battle to prove who is the king of Old School hardware tweaking. Congrats to all who participated!

Full Article at