Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX 980 Ti 2010/2100 MHz Dancop 58093 marks 134.8 pts 2   4
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset GeForce GTX 980 Ti 2080/2104 MHz k|ngp|n 7893.7 DX11 Marks 129.2 pts 4   4
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i7 6700K 6424 MHz dRweEz 27200 points 111.5 pts 1   2
XTU Core i7 6700K 5870 MHz Strat 1947 marks 72.0 pts 4   2
HWBOT Prime Core i7 6700K 6299.1 MHz NAMEGT 7540.44 pps 63.4 pts 1   1
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 6700K 6310 MHz Hazzan 1393 cb 52.0 pts 1   3
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i7 6700K 6318 MHz Hazzan 15.39 points 50.1 pts 1   1
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 6700K 6100 MHz Achill3uS 1344 cb 47.1 pts 0   0
wPrime - 32m Core i7 6700K 6158.5 MHz NAMEGT 3sec 281ms 43.4 pts 0   0
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i7 6700K 6076.7 MHz NAMEGT 25612 points 41.2 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

Welcome to our next overclocker profile video. This time we have the pleasure to get up close and personal with Dinos22, a very influential overclocker from Australia who works as a Marketing Manager and overclocking evangelist for GIGABYTE. We had a chance to speak to him in the aftermath of Computex 2015 where he had plenty of thought provoking ideas to share with us about the OC scene in general and the direction it is heading in.

"I joined a forum and started buying and selling stuff, (being a) tight-arse is the initial motivation. Then you start to buy components you don’t really need, and you think oh, maybe this can go faster. And then you see this guy EVA2000 and this dude is like a memory God... pardon the expression. He was a world famous memory overclocker, a local guy, so we all kind of started copying what he does."

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[OC-ESPORTS] Xtreme Addict and Arhaam Win GIGABYTE Z79 Last Hurrah Contest

We just reached the conclusion of the latest overclocking contest from GIGABYTE, a right royal rumble centered around the now deposed Intel Z97 chipset. With the arrival of the new Skylake (Z170) platform a month ago the concept behind the Last Hurrah was to give the OC community the chance to give a solid send off to a platform that has been at the heart of mainstream overclocking since its launch over a year ago. Let’s take a look at the stages, scores and eventual winners in a little more detail.


Congrats to all overclockers who took part in making the GIGABYTE Z97 Last Hurrah contest a success. Stay tuned for forthcoming OC contests from GIGABYTE in the near future on OC-ESPORTS. For more a full breakdown of final scores and standings visit the contest page on OC-ESPORTS below:!/round/gbt_z97_lasthurrah.

Full announcement at OC-ESPORTS


Upcoming ASUS ROG GX700 Laptop Has Skylake Mobile K-SKU and ... Water Cooling

We found this news first at but it can be found across the web already. For example, The Verge has a video up as well. The latest ASUS ROG notebook has the capability of water cooling. Yes, that's right!

The specs of the ASUS ROG GX700 notebook are still unknown, but it is rumored to feature the upcoming Skylake Mobile Core i7 6820HK overclockable processor and Nvidia's latest mobile graphics solution. According to The Verge, ASUS says they can deliver up to 80% over the default configuration. This would be possible by cooling the notebook components so both the graphics card and processor can run at the maximum boost and turbo frequencies.

For now, there's not that much more information available. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Gaming PCs Account for 20% of PC Energy Consumption (but account for 2.5% of the overall usage) relayed a report from Berkeley Lab, in which it is estimated that the world's gaming PCs will be responsible for draining the power from 50 standard 500-megawatt power plants by 2020. However, even now in 2015, it would be possible for the average power consumption of gaming PCs to fall by 75 per cent "by changing some settings and swapping out some components, while also improving reliability and performance," according to the research. Some of the figures are quite staggering.

Gaming PCs account for 2.5 per cent of global PCs but use 20 per cent of the energy used by all PCs. A typical gaming computer uses 6x the amount energy of a typical PC in a year or 10x the amount used by a games console. With PC gaming in the ascendancy the 75 TWh of electricity used by gaming PCs globally in 2012 is expected to hit 150 TWh by 2020 unless such PCs can be designed to use less power. To see what could be done to reduce the power used by gaming PCs, without impacting on the all-important performance the researchers built five gaming PCs with varying component selections. It was found that it was possible to "achieve a 50 percent reduction in energy use while performance remained essentially unchanged."

Overclockers are known for their desire to push components to their maximum performance while keeping within a certain temperature envelope determined by the cooling used. This knowledge can be used to help Gaming PC builders and owners to optimize the energy usage for personal use.

Overclocking Skylake Z170 with MSI: 24/7 Air, Water and Sub-zero Cooling OC Results by Martijn Boonstra

On MSI's Gaming blog we find a nice Skylake Z170 overclocking article posted last week. Martijn Boonstra, product marketing at MSI Europe, took the latest MSI Z170 motherboard for a spin and wrote down his thoughts on overclocking the latest Intel processor architecture. In his article, he compares air, water, and sub-zero cooling results.

The setup he uses consists of the MSI Z170A Gaming M7 motherboard, an Intel Core i7 6700K processor, a set of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory, the MSI GeForce GTX780 Gaming graphics card, and it's all run on a Windows 10 Professional installation. The cooling gear used are the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO air cooler, the Corsair Hydro Series H100i all-in-one water cooler, and the LittleDevil Phase Change PC-V2 single stage phase change cooling.

The results are interesting. On air cooling, Martijn achieves a 12% overclock; using the all-in-one this increases to 17%, and using sub-zero cooling we end up with a 26% overclock. There is no information on whether the cpu was delidded and based on the high temperature under load (+15°C), we assume it wasn't. For overclocking, delid is important with Skylake!

For more information, pictures, and details, check out MSI's Gaming Blog!

The OC Show - S02E17: MSI 980Ti Lightning, OC at Pax Prime and in Indonesia

In the seventeenth episode of The OC Show Tim and Pieter discuss what's happened in the world of overclocking in the past two weeks. The topics vary from competitions, events, to graphics cards. As always, there will be a live Q&A on Sunday evening for you to ask questions about the latest show. For the time being, check out Episode 17 at YouTube. The topics for this episode are:

  • - OC-Esports competition updates
  • - Overclocking at Pax prime on the cooler master booth
  • - Two live OC events coming to Indonesia, one AMD, one Intel (#skylake)
  • - The MSI 980Ti lightning graphics card is finally here (in a week they said)
  • - Dinos22 and steponz streaming live

Check out the video by clicking on the picture or going straight to Youtube.

Z170 Statistics and BIOS Thread Updated; 47 new BIOSes and 1300 submissions

In the Skylake (Z170) OC subforum you can find thread related to Skylake overclocking, varying from thermal paste tests to the ROG Maximus VIII OC guide. In one of the threads you can find Z170 BIOS, tools, facts, stats and list of mainboards. Today we updated the thread with the latest statistics and uploaded 47 new BIOSes!

The new BIOSes coming from a variety of mainboard manufacturers. We have uploaded quite a lot of new BIOSes: 10x ASRock, 16x ASUS, 1x Biostar, 3x EVGA, 14x GIGABYTE, and 3x MSI. It's good to see mainboard vendors continuously update the firmware of their products as more bugs get ironed out and more overclocking headroom is made available to the overclockers.

In terms of statistics, we now have 1300 Skylake overclocking submissions in the database originating from about 150 overclockers worldwide. In total 32 mainboards have been used, which is less than half of the 82 mainboards we have in our database. The most popular brand currently is ASUS, with the Maximus VIII Gene as most used product. 34% of the overclockers are done with all-in-one water cooling. Digg_de from Germany is the most active overclocker with 201 submissions.

We look forward to seeing the Skylake overclocking activity pick up over the course of the next couple of weeks. Let us know if you have any guides or BIOSes to share so we can add it to the thread!

Kimir (France) Transcodes 4K x265 Video at 7.18 FPS with Core i7 5960X at 4704 MHz

Kimir from France is currently number one on the HWBOT x265 Benchmark 4K Hall of Fame leaderboard. His Core i7 5960X based system is overclocked to 4.7 GHz and able to encode 4K at 7.18 frames per second. That is the best so far at HWBOT!

His system consists of a CPU cooled by custom water cooling, a set of HyperX Predator DDR4 at DDR4-3200 CL16, an ASUS Rampage V Extreme X99 motherboard, the OCZ Technology Vertex 4 120GB SSD and an Enermax 1200W Platimax power supply. You can find a beautiful system picture on the left hand side.

For more information on the HWBOT x265 Benchmark, check out the thread on our forum where Havli explains the ins and outs of the benchmark! For more information about Kimir's submission, check out the result page.

Silicon Lottery Has Core i5 6600K in Stock: Up To 4.8 GHz; 6700K Coming in September

It is a known fact today that not all processors are fused equal. Some can 'clock better than others, and if you happen to find a gem you can count yourself lucky having won the silicon lottery.

Or, you can simply go to the Silicon Lottery and buy exactly what you want! is a Texas based online store that sells CPUs by the frequency bin. The product range is quite minimal: Core i7 5820K from 4.4 GHz to 4.7 GHz, Core i7 5960X from 4.5 GHz to 4.7 GHz, and Skylake offerings in the form of the Core i5 6600K and the Core i7 6700K. A Core i5 6600K rated for 4.8GHz is priced USD $300, which seems like a reasonable price. The Core i7 6700K is not in stock yet, but is due September 10th.

If you're looking for a decent overclockable Skylake processor and you don't want to bother testing a couple yourself, perhaps this is a good opportunity. In case you're looking for aid with delid, there's a USD $50 delid service available too!

Check out for more information.

AnandTech Investigates Core i7 6700K Overclocking Performance Scaling at 4.8GHz

AnandTech's in-house overclocking guru Ian "Borandi" Cutress published an article last friday detailing the performance scaling when overclocking the Core i7 6700K to 4.8GHz. In the article, Ian has a look at what exactly is the benefit of overclocking Skylake in terms of computing performance. According Ian, 4600 MHz is a good target for any ambient overclock and 4800 MHz, as tested in the article, is the mark of a good sample.

The investigation leads the audience through a variety of benchmark such as Cinebench R15, Agisoft Photoscan, PovRay, winRAR, and so on. Next to the professional and office work suite, Ian also looks at the performance of the integrated graphics and that's where it gets interesting. When overclocking the CPU to 4.8GHz, the cpu cores use up all of the available power budget leaving the integrated graphics with little to no headroom. The initial performance indication shows a lower graphics performance when overclocking the CPU, but when the IGP clock frequency is fixed the results are on par with expectations.

Overall a 14% overclock of the CPU translated in an 11.7% performance increase in CPU benchmark tests. For more information and all the details, head over to AnandTech for the full article.