Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Catzilla - 1440p GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2500/1620 MHz k|ngp|n 85280 marks 244.5 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Ultra GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2400/1620 MHz k|ngp|n 17281 marks 201.2 pts 0   0
Geekbench4 - Single Core Core i7 7740X 7000 MHz Splave 9419 points 123.6 pts 0   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 4k Core i7 7700K 6600 MHz GeorgeStorm 13.02 fps 119.8 pts 0   5
Geekbench4 - Single Core Core i7 7700K 6838 MHz GeorgeStorm 9205 points 118.1 pts 0   5
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i7 7700K 6666 MHz GeorgeStorm 28644 points 110.0 pts 0   5
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 7700K 6739 MHz GeorgeStorm 1502 cb 106.8 pts 0   5
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2531/1676 MHz Gunslinger 18530 marks 95.9 pts 0   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 4k Core i9 7920X 5611 MHz Luumi 29.92 fps 82.5 pts 1   1
Catzilla - 4K GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2505/1676 MHz Gunslinger 14404 marks 68.0 pts 0   0


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Today we find the GPU Flashback Archive delving into the not so distant past to focus on the NVIDIA 900 series of graphics cards, the first to use NVIDIA’s new Maxwell architecture which had already seen the light day in mobile GPU solutions, an indication of the direction that the company were taking at the time. Let’s take a look at the cards that were launched as part of the 900 Series, the improvements and changes that Maxwell brought and some of the more memorable scores that have been posted on HWBOT.

The first question one may well have regarding the NVIDIA 900 series is simple - what happened to the 800 series? To answer the question fully, you must first look at the direction that NVIDIA was moving at the time. A movement to expand its product offerings in order to compete in the quickly expanding mobile SoC market. The suddenly ubiquity of Android-based smartphones around the globe was fuelled in part by the development of mobile SoCs from Qualcomm, Samsung, Mediatek, Marvell, Allwinner and others. The traditional feature phone was quickly being replaced by smartphones that now required improved multi-core CPU performance, HD display support and, importantly from NVIDIA’s perspective, decent enough graphics processing to actually play 3D games. Intel and NVIDIA were two companies with plenty of R&D and marketing budget who sought to enter a new market to help bolster revenues during an inevitable slow down of desktop PC sales, a traditional cash cow for both.

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K|ngp|n (US) and Xtreme Addict (Poland) Take Down Catzilla World Records with 4x GTX 1080 Ti Cards

Believe it or not, there are folks out there who believe that multi-GPU setups are increasingly a thing of the past. Try telling that to Xtreme Addict (US) and k|ingp|n (US), two overclockers who have been proving that there’s still plenty of fun to be had with 4-way SLI systems. Both overclockers have broken World Records in the classic Catzilla 3D benchmark series using no less than four LN2 cooled GTX 1080 Ti cards. Let’s take a look at the scores and the rigs used:

Xtreme Addict kicked it all off at the weekend, uploading a bunch of impressive 3D scores including World Record breaking scores in Catzilla 4K and Catzilla 1440p. The new World Record score in the Catzilla 4K benchmark now stands at 47,495 marks. His GPUs of choice come from GALAX with four Nvidia Hall of Fame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards (featured in the pic on the left). These were pushed under LN2 with boost clocks raised to 1,973MHz, a boost of over +33%. The rig was based around an ASRock X299 OC Formula motherboard with the rig’s Intel Core i9 7980XE 'Skylake-X' processor cranked up to 5.6GHz, a massive overclock of +115% beyond stock. The same rig also managed to garner several silver and bronze cups in 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra, Fire Strike Extreme and Time Spy. It also managed to break the World Record in the Catzilla 1440p benchmark, hitting a score of 82,968 marks. However, the World Record belonged to XA for just a matter of hours before k|ngp|n arrived on the scene to snatch it back.

As you would expect k|ngp|n opted to use his very own EVGA Kingpin Edition Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti cards for his latest 4-way Pascal adventure. Just a matter of hours ago he posted a Catzilla 1440p score that edged past XA. The new World Record for Catzilla 1440p now stands at 85,280 marks thanks to the four GPUs being clocked at a pretty incredible 2,500MHz (+68.92%). Vince also used an Intel Core i9 7980XE, in his case pushed to 5.7GHz which is +119.23% beyond stock. The rig also used an EVGA X299 DARK motherboard. Interestingly with only two GTX 1080 Ti cards, he also managed to break the World Record in the Catzilla 720p benchmark which now stands at 117,566 marks. Nice going.

You can find the score submissions in the links above. You can also keep[ breast of the action by checking out the Xtreme Addict and k|ngp|n profile pages. Indeed, there may well be more 4-way scoring to come.


Caseking and der8auer Launch Skylake-X Direct Die Frame

Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung and his colleagues at Caseking have come up with a new product that once again proves how they’re dedicated to giving overclockers the gear we need to achieve absolute maximum performance. Just a few days ago they launched the ‘Skylake-X Direct Die Frame’, a patent pending device that allows for direct-die mounting on all socket 2066 motherboards. It essentially replaces the Integrated Loading Mechanism (ILM) on your motherboard, allowing users to use a de-lidded CPU without the need for a heat spreader. Here are the details:

The outer edge of the der8auer Skylake-X Direct Die Frame is located a mere 0,1 mm below the silicon chip itself, effectively preventing any unwanted tilting of the CPU cooler and protecting against damage. Furthermore, the black anodized coating isolates the aluminium of the Direct Die Frame as it is no longer electrically conductive. As a result the SK-X DDF can be seated safely and securely against the contact area of the CPU.

Installation of the SK-X DDF requires that the Intel socket retention module first be removed, this then allows the bundled back plate to be attached to the reverse of the motherboard with adhesive pads, the CPU inserted, and the frame secured by means of four screws. The SK-X DDF is manufactured according to extremely tight tolerances to ensure an equal distribution of downward force. This helps to maintain optimum contact between the motherboard and CPU while ensuring all devices, such as PCIe cards or RAM modules, are recognized correctly.

The Skylake-X Direct Die Frame is available now at Caseking for 69.90€. You find more information here on the Caseking website. You can also check out this video from Roman which covers his new creation and its ‘German Engineering Perfection’ in all its glory.

Important GPUPI Update – Revision 3.1 Mandatory from February 1st 2018

Today we bring you an important update regarding the GPUPI benchmark. From February 1st 2018, users must use the latest 3.1 version of the app. Submissions using older versions after this date will not be accepted. The new 3.1 version of GPUPI eliminates a issue that was found on the EVGA SR2 motherboard. Developer _mat_ and HWBOT member skulstation (Belgium) have now eliminated what appeared to be a timer issue that would produce buggy and unreliable scores with certain Intel Xeon processors models.

In terms of the actual benchmark, GPUPI calculates the mathematical constant Pi in parallel by using the BPP formula and optimizing it for OpenCL capable devices like graphics cards and main processors. You can find more information about the change to revision 3.1 here on the main GPUPI thread on the HWBOT forum. You can download GPUPI revision 3.1 here. A massive thanks to _mat_ and skulstation for their efforts to eliminate these issues.

HWBOINTS Revision 7 is Now Implemented

If you are an active member of HWBOT you may have noticed a few changes in the last 48 hours or so. This is due to the transition from HWBOINTS Revision 6 to Revision 7. The transition to the new revision essentially alters how HWBOT awards points and how HWBOT members are ranked. At the heart of the HWBOT ranking system we have some quite complex algorithms that determine how scores and members are ranked. With Revision 7, these algorithms have been adjusted to help address the concerns of the community, and to address server constraints.

A more detailed overview of HWBOINTS Revision 7 is available for download here (.pdf) . What follows in an excerpt from that document:

HWBOINTS Revision 7 - Revision 7 is designed in response to community feedback with the intent of awarding points more accurately as a reflection of overclocking result quality. The new revision re-balances the weight of benchmark applications and awards points based on result quality relative to the top result.

Revision 7: Background Information - At the core of the HWBoints concept, invented by Mtzki from Finland, lie two distinct parameters: the weight of a ranking as determined by the amount of participants, and the quality of the result as determined by its position within the ranking. This concept is now being stretched to the end of its scaling capabilities due to two primary reasons: 1) the increase of global and hardware rankings, and 2) the direct submission capability of benchmark applications via our Open API.

Revision 7: Major Goals - The major goals set out for Revision 7 include addressing community concerns, as well as addressing server constraints. The major goals are to:

  • - Re-assess the impact of benchmarks with API submissions
  • - Re-assess the value of 3D benchmarks
  • - Reduce the server impact of point calculations
  • - Shift the importance for competitive overclocking from World Record focus to overclocking competition focus

The implementation of Revision 7 requires an entire database recalculation, which can take several days. In the next few days, we ask for patience while things settle down.

Australia Wins HWBOT Country Cup 2017

Today we are very happy to officially (and finally) confirm Australia as the winning country in the HWBOT Country Cup 2017 contest. After keeping quietly off the radar in the last few weeks of the contest we find the Aussies in complete control of things, following up on their wins in 2013, 2014 and 2015 to take a record fourth HWBOT Country Cup title. Let’s take a look at the scoring in a little detail, the HWBOT members who made the biggest contributions for their country and the prizes that are on offer from contest partners HWBOT, AORUS, Intel, Seasonic and Kingpin Cooling.

HWBOT Country Cup 2017: November 1st to December 23rd

In terms of contest format, each of the six stages of the HWBOT Country Cup 2017 contest were designed to make the contest as challenging as possible. Each stage is unique and involves a specific benchmark and a specific number of required submissions from different team members. Each stage also a specific type and number of different CPUs or GPUs while also offering a specific amount of points. Finally, each stage has a different end date, just to try and avoid total sandbagging on the very last day.

Taking a look at the final standings at the end of the contest, there’s no doubt regarding the utterly dominant performance from Australia. With wins in five out six stages, they really did jump out from behind their sandbags to take the contest by storm. When we last checked in on the contest two weeks prior to its climax, the Australians had yet to really show their hand, loitering around in 5th place. By the end of the contest, they have won the contest by a country mile, toting up a score of 225 points, just 5 points away from a maximum haul. In terms of prize places, the US and make second place with 180 points while France make third with 159 points:

Catch our full Country Cup 2017 roundup article here on OC-ESPORTS where you can also learn about the Lucky Prize Draw and GIGABYTE Special Winners.

l Nuke l (US) Wins Rookie Rumble #51, OnyxPetit (France) Wins AMD Rumble #45

Around three days ago we came to the conclusion of the 51st ever Rookie Rumble contest on OC-ESPORTS. The contest was won by a new face on the Rookie overclocking scene with I Nuke I (US) taking the contest by storm to rack up a first win in his first ever contest. On the AMD side of things we have OnyxPetit (France) winning the AMD Rumble #45 at a canter. Let’s take a look at the scoring and hardware used in a little detail.

Rookie Rumble #51: December 27th - January 15, 2017

At the end of yet another great Rookie Rumble contest, we find I Nuke I (US) living up to his name with a resounding win thanks to a points total of 118. This is just ahead of CSN7 (Germany) with 101 points, a member who might just feel a little disappointed not to clinch the win having taken top spots in Stages 2 and 3. His score of 347.42 per core in XTU was ranked 105th despite the overall score being an impressive 4,169 marks. The fact that XTU scores are divided by core-count was certainly hammered home in this case. I suspect we may see CSN7 invest in a Coffee Lake chip sometime soon.

Having not appeared on the podium in either of the stages, you may find it a little odd to see Canadian Rookie gyrocoptic in third place in the final standings. His consistent performance included 4th, 5th and 6th place finishes and a total of 90 points. Well done to you sir!.Congrats and kudos to all the 450+ Rookies that took part. You can find all the Round #51 scores and final standings here on OC-ESPORTS.

Head over to OC-EPSORTS for a full and detailed roundup of the Round #51 of the popular Rookie Rumble series.

Throwback Thursday: Interview (Former) Canadian No.1, FtW 420

Today we take you back to another great interview from PIzzaMan and This time we’re talking about a day in January 2012 when Canada’s No.1 overclocker was a guy who used the handle FtW (or FTW 420 as he was known on OCN). He was certainly popular among his OCN team mates and famously won the Best 3D Overclocker: The Paris Hilton of Overclocking contest that was organized by GIGABYTE and hosted here on HWBOT.

PIzzaMan - FTW, what was your initial inspiration to start benchmarking?

FTW 420 - I found OCN when I was looking to upgrade from my old pIII rig, after getting it built I ran some benchies to compare & then started overclocking. OCN had a 3dmark competition running around that time & I gave it a try. I did pretty well at it & that was encouraging, but I really wanted to try to catch up with some of the other guys & kept trying. I was pretty hooked from there, started voltmodding & trying to get things colder & clocked higher from that point on.

PIzzaMan - Over the past couple years, you've become very popular amongst our team and others. Earning you the nick name within our team of "The Paris Hilton of Overclocking" when you won the Gigabyte 3D overclocking challenge. Tell us your story about how you sandbagged the Giga competition.

FTW 420 - That was actually the result of a failed 2d benchmarking session, I was working on superpi & failing miserably while trying out a new board (x58 ud7), & looking at the other scores on hwbot as I went. Since the cpu was already frozen I decided to try a different bench & noticed there was a Heaven bench competition coming to a close. I grabbed the gtx480s & had a go at it. That was where I found that the cpu really has little to do with Heaven scores, I did better at 4.5Ghz than at 5.5ghz, so a bit of a waste having the cpu frozen but got the #1 global spots for single, sli & tri sli configurations. Won the competition & won an x58a ud3 while I was at it, so felt better about my pi failure. Didn't accomplish what I set out to do, but at least accomplished something & did well at it. It was really more of a late entry than sandbagging, & I still had to improve my scores to stay on top, SniperOZ was a tough competitor in that one.

You can find full interview with FtW and PIzzaMan here on

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 2.6.0 Released, Adds Titan V Support and More

The latest version of GPU-Z is now available from the guys at TechPowerUp. GPU-Z version 2.6.0 adds support for TITAN V, GeForce GTX 1060 5GB cards as well as several GPUs that have arrived on the market since v2.5.0 was released back in November. As ever there the new release includes a bunch of significant bug fixes and optimizations:

Version 2.6.0 adds support for new GPUs, and fixed several critical bugs. To begin with, GPU-Z 2.6.0 adds support for NVIDIA TITAN V, GeForce GTX 1060 5GB, Tesla K40m, GeForce 825M, Quadro M520, NVIDIA NVS 810, NVIDIA Grid M6-8Q; AMD "Raven Ridge" APUs (RX Vega 8), and Radeon Pro WX9100; and Intel HD Graphics P630, UHD Graphics 630, Gemini Lake UHD Graphics 600. Support is added for AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition.

Among the critical bugs fixed are the application failing to start on some systems due to a broken executable compressor, system crashes experienced on machines with Radeon RX Vega series GPUs, and an application crash on machines with graphics cards that have an empty board id (eg: MSI RX 580 Armor). Fan RPM monitoring is fixed on AMD RX Vega GPUs. Other fixes include "GP100" die-size (correction), and AMD RX 550 "Baffin" reported as "Polaris 21," Intel "Braswell" EU count. Grab it from the link below.

Here’s the full changelog for version 2.6.0:

  • - Sensor refresh will no longer lag the GPU-Z window
  • - Fixed GPU-Z not starting at all due to broken UPX EXE compressor
  • - Fixed crashes on RX Vega
  • - Fixed fan RPM monitoring on RX Vega
  • - Added support for Radeon Adrenalin Edition
  • - RX560 GPU renamed from Baffin to Polaris 21 at AMD's request
  • - Added support for NVIDIA Titan V, GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB, Tesla K40m, GeForce 825M, Quadro M520, NVIDIA NVS 810, NVIDIA Grid M6-8Q
  • - Added support for AMD Vega 8 Raven Ridge Graphics, Pro WX 9100
  • - Added support for Intel HD Graphics P630, UHD Graphics 630, Gemini Lake UHD Graphics 600
  • - Fixed GP100 die size
  • - Fixed Braswell 16 vs 12 EU count
  • -Fixed crash on AMD cards with empty board Id (MSI RX 580 Armor)

Find the latest GPU-Z v2.6.0 utility from TechPowerUp here.

NZXT Enter Motherboard Market with N7 Z370 (with ECS as OEM)

Younger overclockers and HWBOT members may not recall the days when the motherboard market was flooded with companies vying for your attention. Today we have the big four; ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock and MSI - but back in the day, we also had DFI, Chaintech, Foxconn, Sapphire, Elitegroup, Albatron and others. Just this week, a new company has emerged, creating its first ever consumer motherboard based on the Intel Z370 platform. Welcome to the N7 Z370 from NZXT.

NZXT have been around for a while of course and will known for its PC cases, PSUs and cooler offerings. The N7 Z370 is their first stab at a motherboard. Joe Shields at Anandtech was one of the first reviewers to put the NZXT N7 Z370 through its paces. The board retails for $299 USD which is the more affordable end of the Z370 spectrum. It has a decent 15-phase VRM and uses Infineon digital controllers, however the experience from an overclocking perspective might not be quite up to scratch with Joe experiencing what seems to be adaptive voltage changing. Despite that, the review has mostly positive things to say about a very first attempt from NZXT.

The N7 Z370 board also popped up at CES this week and was picked up by Steve Burke of Gamers Nexus. He managed to get some quality time with the board and put together a BIOS walkthrough video. He notes that although the BIOS is a basic mode that makes things as simple as possible. Advanced Mode offers much more, but nothing beyond the standard settings that you’d expect for an Intel Z370 platform board. Steve and the guys also have this introduction video which covers the key features, as well as some hypothesis as to which company is providing their OEM services to NZXT. Looks like ECS is in fact the OEM partner for NZXT.