Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 980 Ti 2070/2100 MHz k|ngp|n 25233 marks 145.2 pts 11   10
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 980 Ti 2090/2100 MHz k|ngp|n 13091 marks 124.1 pts 13   10
Cinebench - R15 Xeon X5698 6200 MHz ObscureParadox 487 cb 64.3 pts 3   0
XTU Core i7 5930K 4750 MHz davidmoffitt 1924 marks 44.5 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 5820K 5792 MHz hotrod717 1707 cb 44.1 pts 0   0
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i7 4770K 6200 MHz Achill3uS 4min 25sec 104ms 37.1 pts 2   1
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i7 5820K 5750 MHz hotrod717 18.8 points 36.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 4790K 4902.8 MHz Digg_de 1295 marks 35.8 pts 0   0
3DMark06 GeForce GTX 980 1366/1895 MHz Sn@ke 51907 marks 31.4 pts 0   0
XTU Core i3 4170 3990 MHz Behzad Tak 540 marks 29.6 pts 3   3


HWBOT Articles

Last week we already extensively covered the interesting overclocking results from 0.0 who overclocked a locked mobile Haswell CPU to achieve a Global First Place in the XTU dual core category. This week we listen to the man himself, Alex, who was kind enough to take the time for an interview.

"... Having the BCLK run at 99.8MHz instead of a nice round 100MHz just doesn't look proper and there is no center spread spectrum to adjust it. The next problem was power throttling. As the CPU relies on a slope value for current, it's easy enough to trick the CPU into thinking it's using less power than it really is and prevent power throttling. However that is not an ideal solution, I don't really want to stress the battery. Power limiting in laptops is ultimately driven by the embedded controller (EC) firmware, so instead I modified that to give control back to the MSR while on AC power ..."

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Hardware news

[PR] G.SKILL Conquers DDR4-4000 Speed Barrier and Releases New Trident Z and Ripjaws V Series for Skylake

In a press release issued today, G.SKILL announces the first retail memory kit to break through the DDR4-4000 barrier and two brand new memory series – the Trident Z and Ripjaws V series – with updated performance specifications designed for the latest 6th generation Intel Core Skylake Processors and Z170 motherboards!

The new Trident Z DDR4 memory is the successor to the high-end Trident memory series and making its debut on the latest DDR4 standard, designed and tested for the next generation Skylake-S platform! For the first time in the history of extreme memory kits, Trident Z is entering the arena with a DDR4-4000, built with highest-end Samsung IC memory chips and validated on the ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboard.

With a new generation, comes a new heat spreader design concept. Game in style; work in style. Ripjaws V is the newest member of the classic performance Ripjaws family, featuring suave new looks in five illuminating colors: Blazing Red, Steel Blue, Radiant Silver, Gunmetal Gray, and Classic Black.

You can read the full press release with all specs and information here, or click on the image on the left hand side. We will be uploading the pictures of the kits to our Facebook page as well so stay tuned for those!


Toolius From India Grabs Geekbench3 (HWBOT) World Record: 75155 with 2 Xeon E5 2699 V3 at 2883MHz

Shamelessly, we reference the news article posted at the ROG blog because we completely lost track of this story.

And ashamed we are, because this is quite amazing news. For the first time ever (as far as my memory goes back), an HWBOT Overclocking World Record was broken by an Indian overclocker! Toolius achieved this feat by beating established Filipino top-overclocker Dhenzjhen in Geekbench3 using 2 Intel Xeon E5 2699 V3 processors at 2883MHz. He uses the ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard, hence why it's covered on the ROG blog.

The Geekbench3 benchmark is a recent addition to the HWBoints suite and now features World Record, Global, and Hardware Points for participants. Toolius' score yields him a total of 114.1 points. Pretty sweet!

You can check out the score submission page here and the original sourced news article at ROG blog here.

WCCFTech Reports Overclocking Enabled on Locked Skylake CPUs (but it's not true)

Linking back to as the original source of the screenshot that led to the news article, WCCFTech is reporting that overclocking might be back on "locked" processors with Skylake.

Based on the screenshot linked to this article which shows a Core i7 6400T ES Q0 revision overclocked to 133 MHz base clock frequency up from a default of 100 MHz, it appears that this rumour might be true.

Truth be told,this rumor has been floating within the inner circle of the (overclocking) industry for months, but last week it was explicitly stated that this feature was no longer supported. The main reason why it could be possible is because the Skylake platform has an external clock generator, unlike Haswell, Ivy Bridge, or Sandy Bridge. The last platform to have an external clock generator was Nehalem. But bear in mind that Intel's strategy for overclocking has been to explicitly limit it to the K- and X-SKU processors since Sandy Bridge.

Important to note is that the leaked CPU-Z validations at 5.2 GHz and 6.5 GHz are both with R0 stepping. The screenshot of the overclocked "locked" Core i7 6400T is with a Q0 stepping processor.

To summarize: this rumor existed for a long time, but was very recently denied. The screenshot shows an older revision of the Skylake silicon as Q0 transitioned into R0. The ability to overclock "locked" processors would certainly be an interesting development for overclocking and its community. Moving closer to the launch of Skylake rumored (meh, confirmed!) next week, we are very interested in finding out the truth behind this story.

You can find WCCFtech's article here and the original source in Chinese at here.

Update: an industry overclocker stated that the older engineering samples could be overclocked, but the retail silicon will not support overclocking via the base clock frequency.

Probably Most Comprehensive VGA OC Guide Ever: Uncorking the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti KPE

The Kingpincooling forum is the home of EVGA's in-house overclockers and all-round performance enthusiasts TiN and K|ngp|n. On the forums you can find pretty much anything you need for overclocking EVGA hardware. On special occasions you'll find so-called "super-guides" or "uncorking guides" which tell you everything you need to know about pushing a particular piece of hardware.

The Uncorking guide for the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti KPE published yesterday is probably the best overclocking guide published on this generation's GeForce graphics cards. It has everything! Do you want to know how to overclocking on air? It's there. Are you maybe interested in BIOS and tools for extreme overclocking? Yup, it's there. Do you need specifics on LN2 scaling? YES, it's there. Do you want to use your Raspberry Pi for voltage control? YES IT'S THERE!

The article is a piece of art and a must-read for everyone overclocking the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, even if it's not an EVGA K|ngp|n Edition card. Hopefully we can see other vendors produce similar community supporting guides for overclocking, and even if it's only half as good as this one it would be fantastic in our eyes.

Check out the article, pictures, guides, the PDF version, or simply give praise in the thread over at

TechPowerUp Investigates AMD Fury X Voltage Scaling: 1215/560 MHz stable, +150W Power Draw

Since the launch of the Fury X last month there's been a lot of speculation on the overclocking capabilities of the new GPU. The speculation was mainly instigated by AMD, stating their Fury X has "a lot of overclocking headroom" thanks to the AIO water cooling and power input. In reality however, the GPU core frequency could only be overclocked about 100MHz (+10%) using default cooling and voltage and the memory overclocking was even more limited as AMD didn't provide tools out of the box to overclock.

At TechPowerUp, W1zzard has figured out a way to over-voltage the Fury X "Fiji" GPU. In the article he explains the background details on the difficulties to crack the "over-voltage code" and provides early insight in the scaling capabilities of the GPU with elevated voltage levels.

With a voltage bump of +144 mV (1.35V), the card scales up to about 1215 MHz, an increase of about 20%. The performance in Battlefield 3 jumps from an average of about 53.5 FPS to 55 FPS. Beyond +144 mV the card throttles and requires better cooling for stable overclocking. At the same elevated GPU frequency of 1215 MHz, W1zard also tests the impact of memory overclocking. Testing 560 MHz up from a default 500 MHz (+ 12%), the FPS increases further from 55 FPS to about 56.5 FPS.

Overall, the performance after overclocking increased by about 6% when overclocking the GPU and memory to 1215/560 up from 1050/500 MHz. The bad new is that the (full system) power draw increases by a whopping 27% (or 150W) when overclocking. The temperature increases a mere 67°C to 71°C, proving the solid cooling solution AMD is so proud of.

For more details and information, check out the article at

Translation Update: Portuguese / Brazilian (+20%), Norwegian (+50%), and Ukrainian (+35%)

The last time we checked the progress on the translations was two months ago. In the end of May, we reported about progress on Italian, Hungarian, and Romanian language.

Today we update you once more. We want to highlight Spanish moving close to the 100% mark. Also we see good improvement for Portuguese / Brazilian (+20%), Norwegian (+50%), and Ukrainian (+35%).

Note that every overclocker participating in the translation project automatically becomes the owner of the HWBOT Project Contributor and HWBOT Translator achievements. We are humbled by the efforts of the overclocking community to make HWBOT more accessible and more available for the international community. Thank you very much!

ROG OC Showdown Formula Series – Round 2 Results

ROG OC Showdown Formula Series Round 2 dedicated to enthusiast overclockers who use air and water cooling has ended, and the results are now finalized!

Round Two ran from June 19 to July 20, 149 participants from around the world showcased their overclocking skills in the quest for overclocking glory in Intel XTU, GPUPI for CPU – 1B and HWBOT Prime. Here are the rankings after the completion of round two of the Formula Series.

Congratulations to Nvidiaforever2, [Wanted], IvanCupa, Teza.harsony, and Vadimua for finishing in top-5. Congratulations to kimir, charlesjshelby, Ziken, JJAK, and andressergio for winning the lucky draw prizes.

Full article: here

AIDA64 v5.30 Press Release - Announcing Microsoft Windows 10 and Intel Skylake Support

In a press release statement published today, FinalWire announced their latest version of AIDA64. Version v5.30 now includes support for the upcoming Intel Skylake processors, adds advanced support for Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 operating systems, and supports the latest graphics and GPGPU computing technologies by both AMD and nVIDIA.

In a quote, Tamás Miklós (managing director of FinalWire) states: "When we release an update, it's always one of our priorities to ensure that AIDA64 seamlessly supports the needs of home users, system integrators and sysadmins, so that they can use our software on the latest hardware and operating systems. We believe that PC users will migrate to Windows 10 and Intel Skylake in great numbers, that's why providing support for these was our top priority."

You can find more details on the new features by reading the press release at You can download the latest version of the AIDA64 (extreme version) software here.

The OC Show Live Q&A S02E14: Overclocking in Indonesia with Lucky_n00b, What's the Best Thermal Paste for Overclocking?, and more ...

Another week, another OC Show. This morning (or evening depending on your location), Tim and Isaie are joined by Alva "Lucky_n00b" Jonathan" from the Indonesian overclocking team Together they discussed the various topics brought up in the 14th episode of The OC Show which aired about five days ago. Included in the topic list are:

  • - Update on the OC-ESPORTS competitions
  • - EVGA Epower controlled by RaspberryPi and its future applications
  • - What thermal paste to choose and how to apply it
  • - Overclocking in Indonesia with Lucky_n00b from

Check out the replay of the Twitch broadcast by clicking on the image on the left-hand side or by going straight to Overclocking-TV's YouTube channel!

Most Valuable Submission of Week 30, 2015: 101.5 points by Rbuass (Brazil)

Last week we received about 4082 benchmark results from 862 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 36% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

As you can see in the table below, the most valuable submission of the week was the second place in 3DMark Fire Strike 1xGPU of Rbuass using the GeForce GTX Titan X. With 101.5 points generated, the result is slightly more valuable than ObscureParadox' Global First Place in Geekbench3 Multi Core 2xCPU. At the bottom we find that the best Novice and Rookie submission yielded 22.9 and 44.4 points respectively, which is a fraction of the other top earning submissions.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 30 generated in total 550 World Record Points, 5410.8 Global Points, and 6796.5 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 21% for Elite, 31% for Extreme, 19% for Enthusiast, 9% for Novice, and 20% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 3% Elite, 12% Extreme, 14% Enthusiast, 13% Novice, and 58% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 30, 2015

League Points Benchmark Overclocker
Elite 101.5 points 3DMark Fire Strike 1xGPU GeForce GTX Titan X Rbuass
Extreme 86.1 points Geekbench3 Multi Core 2xCPU Xeon X5698 ObscureParadox
Enthusiast 30.2 points 3DMark11 Performance 1xGPU GeForce GTX Titan X George.kokovinis
Novice 22.9 points Catzilla 720P 1xGPU GeForce GTX Titan X Don Fica
Enthusiast 44.4 points XTU 6xCPU Core i7 5820K JohnMainhard