Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i7 7700K 6500 MHz orion24 2245 marks 74.1 pts 0   1
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset GeForce GTX 1080   Rauf 11055.07 DX11 Marks 70.2 pts 0   2
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i7 7700K 6880 MHz orion24 3min 47sec 498ms 60.0 pts 1   3
Aquamark GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1230/2092 MHz Bullshooter 644510 marks 58.0 pts 2   2
Aquamark GeForce 9800 GTX(+) 1203/1404 MHz $@39@ 524793 marks 49.7 pts 1   4
3DMark03 GeForce 9800 GTX(+) 1188/1404 MHz $@39@ 76733 marks 49.7 pts 0   4
Aquamark GeForce GTX 480 1154/1143 MHz ikki 608081 marks 49.6 pts 0   1
XTU Core i3 7350K 5660 MHz aerotracks 1035 marks 47.9 pts 0   0
XTU Core i3 7350K 5700 MHz Fasttrack 1035 marks 47.9 pts 0   2
3DMark - Fire Strike Titan X Pascal   Gunslinger 28046 marks 47.5 pts 2   2


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In the second episode of our Motherboard Memory Lane series we hone in on the Intel P35 Chipset, the successor to the Intel P965 chipset that we covered last week. The plan as always is to take a look at the P35 chipset and its Southbridge companion, the ICH9 in a little detail, outlining the new features that it brought to market, the most popular motherboards of that era on HWBOT, and of course the benchmark records that we can attribute to that era. With no further ado, let’s crack on.

Codenamed Bearlake, the P35 Chipset was launched in the 2nd Quarter of 2007, replacing the popular and long standing Intel P965 chipset. It was launched to target the enthusiast segment alongside mainstream and entry-level G35 and G33 offerings (which also featured integrated Chipset graphics capabilities). The P35 arguably boasted one key feature that made it standout from previous offerings from Intel; a higher 1333MHz Front Side Bus and support for Dual-channel DDR2 1066/800/667. It also support DDR3 at memory at similar speeds (and was the first commercial Chipset to do so) although at this point in history DDR3 kits remained around double the price of equivalent DDR2 kits while simultaneously bringing virtually no performance gains thanks to predominantly higher latencies. The fact that the vast majority of popular P35- based motherboards supported only DDR2 is clear evidence of this.

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HWBOT World Tour 2017 Brings the World of Overclocking to Brazil

[Press Release] February 16th, 2017 – HWBOT, an organization regulating international overclocking competitions and rankings, successfully wrapped up HWBOT World Tour 2017 stop at Campus Party Brazil in Sao Paulo, one of the biggest LAN parties in Latin America.

The event was organized with support of premium partner Seasonic and event partners GIGABYTE Brazil and HyperX, who provided suitable hardware. Over 150 newcomers attended Overclocking Workshops and applied what they had learned in ambient competitions, while the best Overclockers from Latin America went head to head in the Extreme Overclocking contest.

“Building on the success of our previous visit to Latin America, we managed to reach more gamers and PC enthusiasts than ever before,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “In terms of educating and informing Campus Party attendees about the world of Overclocking, the event truly excelled beyond our expectations.”

HWBOT World Tour – Sao Paulo 2017

The HWBOT World Tour 2017 is organized by HWBOT, the world’s leading platform for competitive overclocking whose mission includes evangelizing and promoting overclocking on a global level. Campus Party Sao Paulo has been a staple event for the HWBOT World Tour for years and in 2017 it is again a vital element in spreading the word of Overclocking in Latin America.

You can read the full press release regarding the Sao Paulo -2017 event here on the HWBOT World Tour website.


Max1024 Pushes Intel Pentium MMX to 500MHz+

As well as pushing the latest and greatest hardware to increasingly dizzying heights here on HWBOT, many of our members also have an undying thirst for truly retro hardware. A great example of a passionate retro-style Overclocker is Belarusian max1024 who recently caught our eye when he submitted a very impressive result using an Intel Pentium MMX chip.

The Pentium MMX processor was an updated version of the first Pentium, or Pentium 1 processor line. It featured an updated instruction set that was introduced by Intel in 1997 on its P5-based Pentium line of microprocessors under the moniker of ‘Pentium with MMX Technology’. Max1024 took a Pentium MMX 266MHz (in those days frequencies were used as model names), which he then pushed to 500MHz (+87.97%). Max1024 is in fact only the second Overclocker to have breached the 500MHz barrier with this chip – a massive feat that deserves plenty of respect.

This configuration may not be the fastest CPU clock for a Pentium MMX chip (that status belongs to Russia’s Gradu who managed a clock of 501.5MHz just a year ago), but max1024’s efforts have seen him pick up several Global First Place ranked scores using this chip. These include GFPs for PiFast, SuperPi 1M, Wprime 32M, PCMark04 and HWBOT Prime. The rig used was based around a Texas Micro MI5VP4 motherboard which was equipped with a VIA Apollo MVP4 chipset, plus 128MB of SDR memory (2-2-2-5 1T), and an Nvidia GeForce2 MX400 PCI card at stock settings.

You can check out the Pentium MMX 500MHz submission from max1024 here, along with all the GFP submissions here on the TMC MI5VP4 board page here.

HWBOT World Tour – Sao Paulo 2017: Giveaway Winners Announced, Plus Poll Results

In celebration of the Latin American leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2017 we hosted a very simple Enter, Share and Win giveaway contest on our Facebook page. The contest could not have been much simpler; enter your details, make sure that you ‘like’ us, share with your friends and hey presto! You were entered into a prize draw to win some fantastic prizes thanks to our partners HyperX and Seasonic. Today we can reveal the winners of the contest.

The proud winner of HyperX Savage 240GB SSD is a Mr Nicholas L. The winner of a HyperX Predator DDR4 Memory Kit is a Rinat H. Finally we have a Mr Sébastien V. who will soon be the owner of a Seasonic Snow Silent 750 Power Supply. Congrats to you all, and a special thanks to our sponsors for generously donating these prizes.

As well as a Prize Draw, we also asked contestants to tell us the name of their favorite Latin American overclocker. Top of the list it’s perhaps not so surprising to find the Sao Paulo 2017 Qualifier winner PXHX was voted as No.1. Known to many of us simply as Paulo, PXHX has the prestigious honor of being the first (and only) Overclocker to qualify for two consecutive Overclocking World Championship Finals. In second place we have Brazil’s number 1 overclocker Darkvenom who pushed PXHX closest on the Qualifier contest last weekend. Finally we have Brazilian legend Ronaldo, the original Latin American Overclocking evangelist and all-round technology celebrity.

Kudos to all who entered the Sao Paulo 2017 Giveaway. If you didn’t win this time, make sure you get involved with the Poitiers 2017 contest which is just weeks away.

[Video] HWBOT World Tour: Sao Paulo – 2017, the Aftermovie

Just a week or so ago the HWBOT team flew off to sunny Sao Paulo, Brazil for the Latin American leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2017. Taking place during the Campus Party, Brazil’s biggest and best attended technology event, the HWBOT team offered attendees the chance to get completely submerged in the world of Overclocking. The great news today is that you can get a taste of what happened at the event with a fantastic Aftermovie compiled as ever by OverClocking-TV’s Trouffman.

As with any HWBOT World Tour event, the purpose of the visit was to spread the world of Overclocking to an audience of bright young minds with a clear interest in computers, gaming and technology in general. Indeed the Campus Party proved to be the ideal forum for such a conquest. Local Overclockers were available in the first few days of the event to give Overclocking Workshops where all event attendees were welcome to learn the basics of Overclocking for free. After taking the class, newbies were then encouraged to get hands-on and give it a try by themselves. As ever an Ambient Sao Paulo Tournament was setup on OC-ESPORTS were amateurs could post scores and compete. It was great to see as many 150 Campus Party attendees make a submission in the tournament. As well as Ambient overclocking, the event also hosted the Latin American leg of the Overclocking Championship Qualifier contest. Local Extreme and Elite overclockers competed head to head in 1v1 matches to decide who would be flown out to Berlin at the end of the year for the OCWC Finals.

If you want to savor the passion of Latin American overclocking, look no further than this Sao Paulo 2017 Aftermovie video, available here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.

Rookie News 17/02: ASUS Republic of Gamers Top Rookie Team, topyoyoguybest (US) leading Rookie League with 691.30 pts

Team Rookies Novices
USA ASUS Republic of Gamers 41 63
United States /r/overclocking 16 67
Ukraine Overclockers.UA 15 29
Germany PC Games Hardware 14 34
Malaysia igPCMR 14 2
Poland TechLipton 11 1
United States 9 39
Greece Hellas Overclocking Team 9 7
United States 9 0
France Cowcotland 7 10

Every month or so we have a look at how well the overclocking teams adopt Rookie and Novice overclockers at HWBOT. The most friendly Rookie teams are based in North America mostly. The ASUS Republic of Gamers team is confirming as biggest magnet of Rookie overclockers. They enrolled 41 Rookies and 63 Novices. /r/overclocking, also from the USA, is following in second place with 16 Rookies and 67 Novices. In third place we find Overclockers.UA which has 15 Rookies and 29 Novices in the team.

In the Rookie League, topyoyoguybest from United States is leading with 691.30 points which is 274.3 points more than HexaOC from the Indonesia and 432.7 points more than Miker2ka from Romania.

Congratulations to all the overclocking teams adopting the new overclockers and of course the Rookies for their dedication to overclocking!

Check out Rookie League here

The Overclocker #40: Q&A with (Jonathon) “0J0” (Horne), ASUS Maximux IX Apex Review and More

The latest edition of The Overclocker Magazine is now available via Joomag. It’s one of very few publications available that truly focuses on the world of Overclocking, offering interviews, reviews and insights that make a damn good read for any serious Overclcocker. As always Edition #40 of The Overclocker pack plenty of great content between its sleeves including an interview with South African overclocker 0j0, reviews of the latest ASUS Maximus IX Apex motherboard, the Aorus Z270X-Gaming 8 motherboard and the ASUS $X480 Strix VGAcard. There’s also a piece covering the Corsair’s Platinum Special Edition Dominator DDR4 kit, plus a look at the Intel’s Kaby Lake and the latest Battlefield 1 shooter. Plenty to enjoy, for sure.

Here’s a sample of the fascinating 0j0 interview : “My first overclock was an accident on Socket 7 when I set the FSB (using jumpers on the motherboard) on my Pentium 120 to 66MHz by accident and ended up with it running at 133MHz. Back then I didn't have Internet and there was no coverage of overclocking in local magazines so I had no idea that what I was doing was actually a "thing." It was only the following year that I started buying cheap imported magazines and learned some of the ins and outs, leading to my first purposeful overclock on a Celeron 300A (I still have it to this day) and then the discovery of PowerStrip to 6 overclock my TNT2. I overclocked it to get better performance in the games I was playing back then, and that remained the reason to overclock for over a decade. These days I do it purely for fun - my 24/7 rig is running stock these days.

Regarding the ASUS Maximus IX Apex motherboard: ”This is an overclocking board, not by name only or via meaningless adjectives and deplorable attempts at being “hip” that are often thrown about. The APEX is genuinely an overclocking motherboard, which makes some concessions to those who may wish to under utilize it by sticking it in a box. This one is built for extreme overclocking and it seems to be where it is most comfortable. In the short stint one had with the motherboard and some LN2, despite some stability issues related entirely to some faulty operating systems, it was a breeze to overclock. Add the ability to eliminate completely the dreaded cold boot bug (CBB). It was the most OC friendly motherboard one has used ever.

You can find The Overclocker issue #40 here at

Throwback Thursday: The Dangers of Competitive Overclocking … “The King of Kong”

This Thursday we recall a post from back in 2010 which drew our attention to a documentary that in many, many ways accurately reflects the competitive nature of Overclocking. The documentary is entitled ‘The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters’ and it relates the story of a titanic rivalry between two of the world’s best King Kong video game players. The parallels between competitive gaming and Overclocking are stark and undeniably relevant. Here’s what we wrote back on February 26th 2010:

“Just this morning, I was notified by Finnish overclocker Sampsa about an eye-opening documentary about the competitive (classic) gaming community. Watching the entire documentary, both Sampsa and I agreed on the similarities between the classic gaming community and the overclocking community: the pitfalls, the rivalries, but also the dedication and passion for the game. A must-see for ANY overclocker!

“Without giving too much away, I must say that throughout the entire documentary I was able to put names of overclockers on each of the characters in the movie. It wasn’t that difficult to actually come up with similar situations we have experienced in the past and … yes, see a lot of the same problems we have faced in the last couple of years. I recommend every overclocker who’s highly involved in the scene to watch this eye-opening documentary.

Thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can now watch ‘The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters’ documentary with a mere click of a button. You can also find the original post from 2010 here.

Prizes Announced for VRMark Challenge

Today we can bring you an update regarding on the VRMark Challenge contest currently running on the OC-ESPORTS site. The good news for competing overclockers is that we can now confirm some cool prizes for the top three.

  • -1st place: 3DMark Advanced + 3DMark11 Advanced + 3DMark Vantage Advanced
  • -2nd place: 3DMark Advanced + 3DMark11 Advanced
  • -3rd place: 3DMark Advanced

Plus, there are 5x VRMark licenses available as Lucky Draw prizes. Overclockers who make a submission in the first stage will be eligible for the Lucky Draw.

Here’s a quick reminder about the general scope of the VRMark Challenge, just in case you missed the memo. Running from January 28th to February 28th, the VRMark Challenge is a contest centered (as you may have guesses) on the VRMark Challenge benchmark from Futuremark. The two stages of the contest involve benching on the two integrated benchmarks, commonly known as the Orange Room and the Blue Room. The VRMark Orange Room benchmark is designed to asses if a PC meets the recommended hardware requirements for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR technologies. The Blue Room benchmark however differs, in that it uses a huge 5K rendering resolution coupled with spectacular volumetric lighting effects, making it in fact one of the most demanding 3D benchmarks on the market today.

The contest itself involves very little in the way of hardware restrictions. Overclockers can use any processor (or indeed any number of processors) with any single GPU. Right now there are 18 days left to compete. What’s stopping you? Get involved and you could win one of the prizes outlined above. The current leader on the VRMark leaderboard is jpmboy (US), followed by Menthol (US), with Rookie overclocker topyoyoguybest (also from the US) in third place. You can check out all the standings and scores on the VRMark Challenge contest page here on OC-ESPORTS.

Buildzoid PCB Breakdown: The GIGABYTE HD 7970 SOC, VRM Overkill!

In Buildzoid’s latest PCB breakdown video he veers away from examining one of today’s modern VGA card offerings, preferring instead to revisit what he regards as a real classic design from the not too distant past. The card in question is a GIGABYTE HD 7970 SOC card, a card that Buildzoid describes as ‘one of the most complicated and awesome PCBs ever made’.

The Super Overclock range of VGA cards from GIGABYTE are indeed cards that are designed to stand up the rigors of overclocking, indeed they arrive with a tasty factory-defined overclock out of the box. The PCB features a VRM design that in many ways is actually perfect for any kind of overclocking, Extreme or otherwise. The design is, in Builzoid’s own words, ‘pretty freaking awesome’ with GIGABYTE going ‘a little insane’.

Examining the PCB in typical detail we find that the GPU itself is blessed with an eight-phase VRM that stretches the full height of the card (i.e. it is as substantial as it is physically possible to be without using a taller PCB), plus two additional phases for the memory and two more phases (quite uniquely) for the auxiliary power delivery. This is already shaping up to be a very strong power delivery design, bordering on overkill. But it doesn’t stop there.

The GPU’s core voltage delivery features eight phases, uses eight conductors (or chokes), plus eight power stages, controlled by a CHL 8228 digital muliti-phase buck controller from CHiL (a subgroup of International Rectifier now owned by Infineon). The presence of the CHL chip means you’re getting a true eight-phase VRM. This is in contrast to most of today’s AMD cards which tend to use IR controller chips that are limited to six phases. A CHil 8225 controller chip is used to form a true two-phase design for the memory alone. Again, pretty much overkill compared to today’s designs.

As you would expect from Buildzoid, there is a great deal of detail to be absorbed in this video as he explains the component choices on the PCB and the design decisions that possibly led up to them. It’s a great watch for any hardcore Overclocker interested in exploring a classic VRM design. Catch the video here on the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.

HWBOT World Tour Apparel (and Mugs) Now Available

The HWBOT World Tour website just published a blog announcing the availability of various items adorned with the HWBOT World Tour logo, map image and #Performance Matters slogan. It’s part of a drive to give World Tour attendees and fans the chance to own a little piece of memorabilia. All items are available through Teespring which means that the gear is all top quality and well worth the reasonable asking prices.

“The HWBOT World Tour seeks to touch the hearts and minds of enthusiasts and seasoned Overclockers in as many places around the globe as possible. Attendees at HWBOT World Tour events are pretty much guaranteed a memorable occasion, which is all the more reason to offer this range of high quality apparel as official World Tour memorabilia. All merchandise on offer features the HWBOT World Tour logo, the signature World Tour Map and /or the #Performance Matters slogan.”

You can purchase these exclusive HWBOT World Tour items direct from the HWBOT Store on Teespring by visiting this link. You can find the original blog post on the HWBOT World Tour website here.