Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i7 6700K 6170 MHz Hideo 2142 marks 164.7 pts 7   9
3DMark05 GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1400/2100 MHz rsannino 81453 marks 71.2 pts 0   1
3DMark05 GeForce GTX 295 732/1130 MHz Coolfx 62733 marks 62.4 pts 1   1
XTU Core i7 5960X 5760 MHz jones965 2963 marks 60.7 pts 3   0
3DMark06 GeForce GTX 780 Ti   rsannino 60526 marks 59.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5820K 5300 MHz Amey 2132 marks 58.9 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 6700K 6400 MHz Coolfx 7612.28 pps 55.7 pts 0   0
XTU Core i3 6320 4000 MHz noliso 740 marks 52.8 pts 1   0
wPrime - 1024m Core i7 6700K 6384 MHz Hideo 1min 38sec 391ms 51.5 pts 0   0
wPrime - 32m Core 2 E8500 (3.17Ghz) 6080 MHz scannick 12sec 125ms 49.7 pts 1   0


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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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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!

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Most Valuable Submission of Week 5, 2016: 180pts by Acidsys (Australia)

Last week we received 4637 benchmark results from 1077 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 63% 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 Acidsys' XTU score of 741 points in the 2xCPU category which ties with the Global First Place. The scores result in a 180 points contributing to the Overclockers League. In the Elite class we find the 3DMark Fire Strike World Record by K|ngp|n with a set of Geforce GTx 980 Ti graphics cards. In the Enthusiast class we find Central_core from Iran. In the Novice class we find Mus1mus from phillipines and in the Rookie class we find Weibe Krahe from Germany.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 5 generated in total 100 World Record Points, 6763.6 Global Points, and 7524.4 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 12% for Elite, 39% for Extreme, 21% for Enthusiast, 9% for Novice, and 19% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 10% Extreme, 15% Enthusiast, 10% Novice, and 63% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 5, 2016

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 151.6 points K|ngp|n 3DMark Fire Strike (WR)
Extreme 180 points Acidsys XTU 2xCPU(tied GFP)
Enthusiast 42.5 points Central_core XTU 6xCPU (117th)
Novice 44.6 points Mus1mus XTU 6xCPU (95th)
Rookie 42.4 points Weibe Krahe XTU 4xCPU (100th)

Top Hardware Points - Week 5, 2016

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 27.2 points Rsannino XTU Core i7 6700K (5th)
Extreme 36.8 points Strong Island GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB (2nd)
Enthusiast 29.9 points Poparamiro GeForce GTS 250 (2nd)
Novice 24 points christopheorhan XTU Core i5 4790K (127th)
Rookie 23.7 points Mashmallo XTU Core i5 4200U (15th)

ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact Reviewed

Anyone with a passing interest in building a high-performance enthusiast Mini-ITX system will be curious to see how TechReport’s Mark Nelson got on with his review of the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact. ASUS has a reputation for taking the 17cm x 17cm space available to ITX motherboard designers and then creating a board which stacks up well compared to Full ATX boards. Have they managed to succeed once again with Skylake?

One notable design feature that ASUS has implemented on its Mini-ITX boards is the addition of a daughter board to house the board’s VRM components, something which once again impresses here on the Maximus VIII Impact Impact.

"The Maximus VIII Impact's daughterboard holds a premium eight-plus-two voltage regulation complex. Digital PWM controllers power eight phases for the CPU and two for the memory. This design should let the Impact hold its own against much larger motherboards in the VRM department. A slim ROG-branded heatsink cools these components. The few VRM components found around the CPU socket feed the processor's system agent and I/O voltage rails. Just as a reminder, Skylake processors once again rely on the motherboard's VRM to supply each of the processor's input voltage rails—the fully-integrated voltage regulator (FIVR) used by previous-generation Haswell chips has fallen out of favor."

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M.2 SSDs - Performance Compared

PC World’s Jon L. Jacobi has taken the time to examine a bunch of currently available M.2 SSDs in an attempt to separate the chaff from the wheat when it comes to delivering really fast read and write performance. The results are pretty interesting – guess what? Not all M.2 drives are equal.

M.2 SSD compatibility has become increasingly more common in recent times with almost all high-end and even mid-range motherboards supporting the newer, more discrete drive technology. M.2 drives remember, have direct access to PCIe Gen 3, offering way more potential bandwidth for fast SSDs compared to a traditional SATA connection.

Keep in mind that M.2 PCIe, and PCIe drives in general, are relatively new technologies. The SM951 AHCI, only a single generation removed from the XP941 AHCI, is dramatically faster. Both are x4 PCIe, but the XP941 is PCIe Gen 2 (500MBps per lane), while the SM951 is PCIe Gen 3 (1GBps) PCIe. But even the x4 PCIe 2.0 provides 2GBps of bandwidth, so that can hardly explain the entire disparity.

Check out the full article here on PC World.

AMD Talks Up Zen - Greater Than 40% IPC Improvement

AMD’s forthcoming Zen architecture CPUs, according to recent statements, will have more than 40% IPC (instructions-per-cycle) improvement. The source added that current testing is proving that the new design is performing even better than expected, news that means AMD may well be poised to once again compete with Intel in the high performance desktop PC segment.

The news apparently comes from forum posts made by a former AMD employee who also states that the new processor design had "Met All Expectations" with no "Significant Bottlenecks". Good news indeed if it is true. The figure of 40% more instructions per clock would mean a very substantial improvement over current AMD processors

AMD is expected to launch the new Zen-based CPUs later this year, arriving with a new AM4 socket, DDR4 support, and hopefully enough performance to really liven up the consumer and enterprise processor space. Good news for PC enthusiasts and overclockers who will doubtless be excited at the prospects.

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Broadwell-E i7-6950X CPU To Cost $1,500

Those of you who are eagerly looking forward to getting your hands on the new Broadwell-E processors from Intel can now digest the sobering thought that the new top-dog, the Core i7-6950X, is rumored to cost a substantial $1,500 USD. This is according to an article published by German tech bloggers at

The eagerly anticipated Broadwell-E processor architecture will succeed the current 22nm Haswell-E architecture chips on the Intel high-end desktop (HEDT) segment. They will join the same X99 “Wellsburg” platform and feature up to 40 PCI-e lanes as well as an integrated memory controller which will allow overclockers to use a base clock of 2,133Mhz or 2,400Mhz.

The Core i7-6950X certainly looks like a tasty bit of kit boasting no less than 10 cores and 20 threads. However, Intel has apparently deemed that its new flagship x86 processor will deviate from recent HEDT flagship pricing of $999 USD, and ask for a something closer to $1,500 USD, a price tag we haven’t seen since the days of the Core 2 Quad QX9775.

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Rafael Wins World Series 2016 Latin America Amateur Finals in Brazil

As you may possibly know the first stop of the HWBOT World Tour is underway in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We thought we’d give you a quick update on the amateur qualification round that has been running in the last few days and the results of the final.

After four days of solid amateur overclocking the qualification winner was GriloSoldier who topped the table with a total of 2790 points thanks to a winning display benching XTU. Top spot was claimed with GriloSoldier hitting 279 Marks XTU using a Pentium G3258 pushed to 4.6GHz (+43%). He was joined by fellow Brazilians rafael, gabrielxpc and manololuigi – the four overclockers who then went to fight it out for supremacy in the Amateur Final on Friday.

Despite winning the qualification round GriloSoldier was unable to finish at the top in the Final with Rafael finishing top. GriloSoldier finished second with manololuigi in third and gabrielxpc arriving in fourth. Prizes for the top three include Platinum 750W Power Supplies from Seasonic and Z97M-D3H and Z97X-SLI motherboards from GIGABYTE.

Check out the full scoring and details of the contest here at OC-SPORTS.

We will soon have news of the World Series Qualifiers and Final which is being held later today. Don’t forget you can watch it live on the OCTV Twitch Channel here:

G.SKILL Announces New DDR4-3200MHz 128GB (16GBx8) Memory Kit

Taipei, Taiwan (29 January 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is truly excited to announce yet another breakthrough in high-performance, high-capacity DDR4 memory kit by taking a full 128GB (16GBx8), the maximum supported capacity on an X99 motherboard, to an searing speed of DDR4-3200MHz CL14-14-14-34 under 1.35V.

Not only does this massive memory kit manage to max out on supported capacity at high speeds, its latency is also improved to CL14-14-14-34, which is also more efficient than the standard DDR4-2133MHz latency of CL15-15-15-35. At this point, there’s nowhere else to go but faster.

Equipped with XMP 2.0 profiles, this massive memory kit has an easy setup and installation. The following screenshot exhibits the DDR4-3200MHz 128GB (16GBx8) memory kit running comfortably on a MSI X99A GODLIKE Gaming motherboard with an Intel® Core™ i7-5960X processor, even after 42 hours of testing.

The DDR4-3200MHz 128GB (16GBx8) kit is the latest addition to the G.SKILL Ripjaws V series, and will be available via G.SKILL authorized distribution partners by the end of February 2016, at a starting price tag of $1069.99 USD.

Corsair Launch Their Fastest Ever DDR4 Vengeance LPX Kits

Corsair have taken the wraps off their fastest ever DDR4 kits with a set of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB Vengeance LPX kits. Designed for pushing Intel’s Skylake platform the new kits boast frequencies up to and beyond 3,000MHz and incorporate XMP 2.0 compatibility to make it more straight forward to reach those nice frequencies.

Not surprisingly the fastest kit is the Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4x8GB) kit which boasts a top frequency of 3,600MHz using CL18-19-19-39 timings. The 64GB (4x16GB) DDR4 kit is no slouch either, running up to 3,333MHz using CL16-18-18-36 timings. Lastly the 128GB (8x16GB) is capable of 3,000MHz with 16-18-18-36 timings.

Corsair is clearly aiming these DDR4 kits at enthusiasts and gamers who appreciate style as well as performance. According to Corsair:

Vengeance LPX DDR4 modules are compatibility-tested across 100 Series motherboards for reliably fast performance. There’s XMP 2.0 support for trouble-free automatic overclocking. And, they’re available in multiple colors to match your motherboard, your components, or just your style.

According to UK tech writers HEXUS , the 32GB kit will set you back just over $349 USD, while the 64GB kit will set you back $549. The 128GB kit may well have workstation builders drooling at the prospect of having so much high-performance memory at their disposal, but will they be deterred by the $1,750 buck price tag? Possibly not.

Old School is Best School Round 2 Begins

The second round of the Old School is Best School contest on OC-ESPORTS is just about to get underway, tempting old timers and young’uns alike with an Overclocking challenge that means dusting off some truly ‘old school’ hardware. Running from February 1st to 29th, the challenge this time around actually involves benching on Intel’s lesser known Socket 423 platform that supported the first generation of Pentium 4 processors. Let’s take a look at the contest stages in a little more detail.

Old timers will also enjoy getting reunited with the GeForce 2 series graphics cards and the excuse to run 3Dmark2000 once again, and who would blame them. Classic hardware and benchmarks from a bygone era like this is likely to cause nostalgic pangs of OC pleasure. The second stage also throws up the issue of memory tweaking on RD-RAM, a memory standard from 2000 that would soon be superseded and displaced by the now ubiquitous DDR despite having some genuine technical advantages.

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