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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 5960X 5798.6 MHz DrTanK 2308 cb 47.1 pts 1   0
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 1080   racoon 44134 marks 40.9 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5820K 4650 MHz SAMBA 1910 marks 39.7 pts 0   1
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme Titan X Pascal 1618/1451 MHz l3p 14692 marks 37.7 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i7 5960X 5710.9 MHz DrTanK 24.84 points 37.1 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4990 MHz OC Nub 1652 marks 34.1 pts 0   0
GPUPI - 1B GeForce GTX 1080   racoon 16sec 64ms 27.2 pts 1   0
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i7 5960X 5710.9 MHz DrTanK 40823 points 22.6 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 4670K 4500 MHz eacosta1 1043 marks 22.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 4790K 4930 MHz JaxxGTA 1193 marks 21.6 pts 0   0


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The Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2016 was confirmed a week ago. Today we can bring you an update about the rules and format of the World Series contest that will take place during the event. The Asia Pacific leg of the World Tour will largely follow the same structure that has been employed throughout the year with Amateur and Extreme World Series contests running side by side. In Indonesia however the Amateur contest will be integrated with the AOCT (Amateur OverClocking Tournament) organised and regulated by the staff at JagatReview (see below).

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[Video] Extreme Overclocking with G.SKILL at Computex 2016

We just found out that G.SKILL have released an official video showing off all the extreme overclocking that happened during Computex 2016. It’s basically an entertaining and dramatic aftermovie that runs like a highlights reel of the competitive OC contests that the company hosted during the show here in Taipei. Well worth a look.

During Computex 2016 G.SKILL once again showed that they really understand overclocking, hosting two of the most respected and well-run contests in the game. They’re also not shy when it comes to fanfare, as anyone who has visited the G.SKILL booth in the Nangang exhibition will attest.

The World Record Stage featured in-house overclockers from all the major motherboard vendors including ASUS, GIGABYTE, EVGA, ASRock and MSI. Each day they invited OC teams to bench alongside G.SKILL’s own overclocking talent in an effort to break as many World Records as possible. It was a popular event at the booth not least because you could find some the scene’s most respected overclockers pushing hardware to the limit on liquid nitrogen.

The of course you also have the G.SKILL OC World Cup 2016 which kicked off wih three-day qualification round where online qualifiers competed for a place in the final. In the end Dancop and Splave entered the final for face-off contest with a very attractive top prize of $10,000 up for grabs. Seriously extreme overclocking at its best.

You can find the G.SKILL Computex 2016 video here.


GIGABYTE Joins Dual Core XTU ‘742 Club’

The current Global 1st Place for a dual-core CPU on the Intel XTU is 742 points. It was submitted by Aussie overclocker sskmercer back in February of this year. His weapon of choice was a Skylake Core i3 6320 which he cranked up to 4,015.21MHz, alongside a pair of B-die G.SKILL Ripjaws clocked at 1,920.5MHz. What is perhaps more remarkable, is that this score is now shared by over 60 overclockers, all of whom have equaled the 742 marks score. After some thorough head scratching it was noted that all of these scores used the ASRock Z170 OC Formula – a slightly odd outcome considering that we usually see a spread of several models and vendors.

Yesterday we got news that GIGABTE too has joined the XTU 742 club. Greek No.1 and current World No.3 Sofos1990 posted an XTU 742 score using a fabled GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard. He also used an Intel i3 6320 but opted for a set of Galax B-die DDR4. Despite being the 69th overclocker to hit this score, Sofos1990 earned himself a tidy 166.4 global points, plus 31.2 hardware points – all which has contributed to placing him in third place in the HWBOT rankings. Good going.

The exact nature of the secret sauce that helps hit the 742 points score remains a mystery, but I believe the answer lies somewhere in the motherboard’s BIOS. It will be interesting to see if GIGABYTE includes this recipe in future BIOS updates for other motherboards.

Check out the XTU 2x CPU ‘742 Points’ Hall of Fame of fame here, as well as the submission from Sofos1990 here.

Buildzoid Discusses First Experience with Radeon RX 480 on LN2

Buildzoid recently posted a log of his first experiences overclocking a Radeon RX 480 with LN2. The talented Czech has become a pivotal figure as a captain of the /r/overclocking team (who just finished third in the Novice Nimble) and has posted plenty of videos showing off his modding skills. His current muse is the Radeon RX 480, a card which he volt modded in one of most recent videos. His session with LN2 has resulted in a thread on HWBOT where he shares his findings:

“My reference card didn't have either CB or CBB so I ended up running full pot. However I do suspect that my mounting might have failed at some point in time because I was clocking a little low and because I couldn't use the backplate for my Raptor 4 due to it conflicting with my extra cap placements.”

“If you can get into BIOS but not into windows then you need to go into safe mode and reinstall the drivers because Wattman remembers your last unstable OC and is trying to boot with it(praise AMD! /s). If you have an SSD and a clean setup this should not take too long.”

Check out the forum post here, and get involved in the discussion if you have experience of pushing an RX 480 on LN2.

HardwareAsylum Podcast #67 - Changing the Face of Overclocking Competitions

The latest edition of the Hardware Asylum Podcast is now available. We are in for treat because episode #67 is very much focused on Overclocking, specifically, how to make competitive Overclocking more entertaining:

“In this episode Dennis and Darren revisit an older topic that was first discussed in the Episode 47 main show. In that episode one of the topics was how to change Overclocking Competitions to make them more interesting to watch and offer benefits to everyone involved including the overclocker, hardware makers and even the company hosting the event.”

“The Duo revisits the topic to evaluate if the original idea was still a valid one and if there were anything that needed to be added or changed. Overclocking TV hosted a test broadcast while attending an overclocker gathering in Pennsylvania. The purpose of the stream was to test some new broadcast concepts and experiment with a target based overclocking competition. While their effort was good and a sampling from Dennis’s article it was still missing a few key details to make it work.”

Listen to the full podcast Catch here on Hardware Asylum.

HWBOT Database Now Has 142 Z170 Motherboards, Will Z270 Have More?

The transition from Intel’s Skylake architecture to the new and improved Kaby Lake is apparently only a few months from now. As well as a new series of newly ‘Optimized’ processors, we can also forward to the new Z270 chipset and a range of new motherboards to go with it. It is interesting however to try and predict just how much love from the overclocking community we will see. Will the Z270 platform offer any improvements other than a relatively minor 5-10% boost from the CPU, or will it arrive as a much more mature platform generally speaking, building on the previous work done for the Z170 platform? Here are some interesting thoughts on the subject.

There are currently 142 Intel Z170-based motherboards in the HWBOT database. This is significantly more than what we had with previous Z87 boards (87 models) and also Z97 (137). Why such a broad range of motherboard offerings? Well, before go and blame GIGABYTE (just kidding guys….) we can see that most major vendors have opted for deeper segmentation within their product ranges, with more models than in previous platforms.

In terms of Z87 boards on the HWBOT database. ASUS produced 25 models, GIGABYTE 25, MSI 18 and ASRock 19. Fast forward to the Z170 platform and we see ASUS have produced 28 models, GIGABYTE in fact remain on 25, MSI have actually created the most with 29 models while ASRock have also expanded their portfolio to bring to market 25 boards. Why the expansion in SKUs? Well, that’s probably an article for another day, but I would suggest the rise of both ‘Gaming’ and ‘OC’ boards, plus specific regional models with game bundles (in China for example) are factors to consider.

If we go back to those original numbers from Z87 to Z97 however, we can see that particular transition saw a significant increase in the number of models in the database, a rise from 87 models, to 137 models – that’s 57.5% more models! If we are making predictions, could we therefore say that there will even more board models for the Z270 platform? Will we see a similar transition? The reasoning for this is simple enough – Z270 motherboards will effectively serve two processor markets, previous-gen Skylake and current-gen Kaby Lake.

Backwards compatibility aside, Z270 will also most likely offer better performance and add new storage support among other things. There is also the momentum factor, as motherboard vendors and indeed Intel grasping much more mature platform with Kaby Lake. Take a BIOS engineer’s perspective; Haswell to Skylake was a wholly new architectural transition, requiring a ton of seemingly endless hard work. Kaby Lake will be a much easier transition and one that should offer mature, solid performance gains from day one.

There certainly is evidence that we will see more overclocking attention arriving on the Z270 platform, with even more motherboard model options than previously seen with Z170. Chime in with your thoughts in forum link below.

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Old PCs Donated to Animal Sanctuary in Taiwan, a Hardware Hoarder’s Tale

We all have old hardware. Really old hardware that tends to linger around your man cave like ancient debris on a Tomb raider set. It’s probably fair to say that I am guilty of hoarding old hardware as much as the next man. I know it. If it still works, I don’t throw it away or recycle it. It stays put, just in case one day it can be of use once more.

It turns out that such an occasion did arrive. A week or so ago, an old friend of mine who now runs an Animal Sanctuary in Northern Taiwan, posted on their Facebook thread that they were desperately in need of a few old computers for their new office. The organization, known locally as The PACK Sanctuary is, in their own words:

“An animal sanctuary on the northern tip of Taiwan specializing in the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing or lifelong care of animals in dire need of help or unlikely to find suitable homes elsewhere.”

Run by along time acquaintance of mine, I was keen to help out. I know just how much good work these guys do rescuing animals, many of which are unfortunately found in appalling conditions. In fact their work in Taiwan has also done a great deal to raise awareness of issues such as animal cruelty to a wider, local audience.

His request came with a caveat however. We need old, but working computers for our office and the budget is zero. I started digging through my collection of hardware and eventually managed to put together two machines that (although painfully slow by today’s standards) still managed to perform well enough for most daily office tasks.

The first machine was based on the classic Conroe-based Core 2 Duo E4500, a dual core 2.2GHz chip from 2008. It was a relic of an old Acer machine that I upgraded for a friend several years ago, but it still worked a treat. I dug out and tested 4GB of DDR2, hooked up an old Hitachi HHD and was actually surprised by how well it ran Windows 7 (although it did take about a day to successfully update Windows). The second rig was based on an AMD Phenom II 9850, an Agena-based quad-core chip clocked at 2.5GHz. Not a hugely popular choice when it first arrived in 2008, it was good enough for the job and at least had the benefit of having four cores. Again 4GB DDR2 would have to do, as well as a Seagate HHD that I found lying around doing nothing.

The fun of tinkering with old hardware cannot be over exaggerated. I enjoyed several hours of testing and messing about with decade old hardware that I rememebr well from back in the day. In fact I almost enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed helping out some very, very good people. Old hardware, surrendered for a very good cause. Check out the PACK Sanctuary website here.

Newlife Hits Sub-10min SuperPi 32M Score on AMD Athlon X4 845. Is AMD's 28nm Process Improving?

A couple of months back we took a good hard look at the AMD Athlon X4 845 processor, one of the only chips around that uses AMD’s newer Excavator cores. Excavator succeeds the previous Steamroller architecture and despite being the fourth-generation of AMD’s Bulldozer derived processors, it showed enormous promise. We found that it offered way better single core performance in benchmarks such as Super Pi 32M, doing it with lower clocks, a lower NB frequencies with un-optimized, slower memory configurations. Today however we arise to a few new scores on HWBOT that indicate that AMD could actually be improving with each production run.

Enter Aussie overclocker, Newlife. AMD aficionado, retro benching expert and enthusiastic hardware modder – who better placed to examine AMD’s progress with Excavator. Having previously had issues getting hold an Athlon X4 845 chip in his native Australia, Newlife finally managed to get his hands on one. In fact it seems he got hold of more recent batch than had previously been pushed on HWBOT.

Armed with an X4 845 from a batch manufactured in Week 20 of this year (mid-May) Newlife took no time at all pushing the chip to its limits using his ice chilled AiO water cooler. His initial run pushed the CPU core to 4,569MHz (+30.54%) and managed a score of just 10mins 11sec 765ms, a new sub 5GHz record for AMD. The score was made with the CPU using a hefty 1.65v, NB at 1.4v and memory at 1.9v. One key aspect of the configuration was getting the base clock to run at 120MHz, a feat that would only complete a Super Pi run on the 1st core.

A few hours later Newlife had managed to squeeze a touch more out of his new Excavator cores – hitting a clock speed of 4,679.2MHz (+33.69) to complete a run in just 9min 58sec 875ms. This configuration required a somewhat high CPU core voltage of 1.7v, but it reaped the rewards of actually scoring below 10 minutes – a truly landmark result for an ambient cooled AMD processor.

The previous best SuperPi 32M score for the Athlon X4 845 was 10min 12sec 78ms. Posted by l0ud_sil3nc3 back in May of this year, the chip showed nowhere near the same headroom – despite being cooled on LN2 it managed only 4,597.57MHz (+31.36%).

The upshot as far as we can see is that AMD a) has significantly improved its single core, per thread performance and b), it appears to be getting better as time goes by as AMD’s 28nm manufacturing process matures and improves. This is all good news for the forthcoming Bristol Ridge platform, especially for a company that so desperately needs to get back in the high-performance race with Intel. Good news for Overclocking too IMHO.

Check out the new AMD Athlon 4X 845 1st place ranked score from Newlife here. Well done sir.

Xyala Talks to French eSports Gamers eXception About Overclocking, HWBOT World Tour and More…

While the worlds of PC gaming, eSports and Overclocking often touch, at times there can be disconnect where gamers don’t really understand how Overclocking actually works. With that in mind it’s great to see Xyla, known to many of us simply as Timothee, have a chat with the French gamers of eXception. Here’s a excerpt from an interview they conducted recently (apologies for the Google Translation):

“eXeption: HWBOT now has a strong reputation among PC gamers. Is this only in France or also in other countries?”

“Xyla: Everything depends on the year; last year we had only three events, this year we have made seven including six local events and a final. In recent years, HWBOT has continued to increase its recognition. Our organization brings together many enthusiasts as overclocking enthusiasts worldwide. We are not based in France as we try to organize meetings everywhere.”

“The Gamers Assembly was a major European event. We will probably organize events in Europe next year to share our passion with everyone. The gaming world is exploding almost everywhere so there's more and more demand for gamers to gain maximum performance. People just want to learn the operation of overclocking; this is why we need to travel everywhere.”

Read the full interview on the eXception website here (French).

Three US Overclockers in Top Ten of HWBOT League

I think it’s fair to say that right now US overclocking is enjoying a good moment. In fact as of today we now have three US overclockers in the top ten of the HWBOT league; they are Strong Island, Splave and Slinky PC. What makes the story more fascinating is that all three actually belong to different sub-league categories on HWBOT.

Splave of course is an Elite overclocker of high renowned so it’s no surprise to see him sit in 5th place in the overall global rankings with 2,274 points. Slinky PC, he of the many Titan X Pascal cards, belongs to the Apprentice class of overclockers and currently sits in 9th place with 1,902.9 points. Perhaps the most remarkable is the position that Strong Island who currently occupies a third place standing in the league with a total 2,308.1 points – a fact that remains all the more impressive when we consider his position as an Extreme overclocker. It’s not often that we see non-Elite players rise to such lofty positions.

In terms of overall standings these three overclockers by far the best representatives of the United States. Steponz sits way back in 31st place while the next US overclocker on the leaderboard is coolhandluke41, who ironically sits in 41st place in the world rankings. However, if we consider the top ten places of the league, the US are the dominant force. Only Germany has more than one place in the top ten, thanks to No1. Dancop and 8th placed der8auer.

While it’s not quite Olympic level domination, the US is certainly doing well at the summit of global overclocking. Kudos to Strong Island, Slinky PC and Splave.

Check out the full HWBOT league standings here.

Strunkenbold, Maintainer of the HWBOT Hardware Database, Re-Orgs Radeon Cards

HWBOT member Strunckenbold has been diligently and tirelessly working away behind the scenes to maintain and organize the HWBOT Hardware Database, a vast wasteland of gargantuan proportions. Yesterday Strunkenbold gave us an update regarding how we will be organizing graphics cards. Here’s what he had to say:

"Last time I added Radeon R2 to R9 categories and now these are already history. We have decided to sort them by architecture. This was necessary because we want to merge re-branded cards and those exists unfortunately over all Radeon families. So new categories are now:"

  • -TeraScale2
  • -TeraScale3
  • -GCN 1st Generation
  • -GCN 2nd Generation
  • -GCN 3rd Generation
  • -GCN 4th Generation
  • "This also allows us to do a major cleanup and finally have a chance to add all obscure AMD cards available."

    Also new:

    • -Geforce GTX 1060 3Gb version (1152 Shaders)
    • -Geforce GTX 1060/70/80 Notebook variants
    • -added Intel Kaby Lake i7, i5 models by preliminary information
    • -some Tesla and FirePro cards
    • Awesome work again from Strunkenbold. The community salutes you sir.