Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Cinebench - R15 Xeon X5698 6230 MHz michel90 495 cb 107.5 pts 6   3
XTU Core i7 5820K 5130 MHz Nifir 2055 marks 53.5 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 5210 MHz Nifir 1763 marks 52.5 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 5960X 6094 MHz Bullshooter 9723.21 pps 50.9 pts 4   2
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i7 5960X 5875 MHz Bullshooter 25.51 points 48.5 pts 1   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4890 MHz raules009 1690 marks 45.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 5090 MHz scannick 1684 marks 43.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i3 6300 3910 MHz Nifir 710 marks 40.9 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5930K 4740 MHz Aliover 1894 marks 38.8 pts 1   0
XTU Core i7 6650U 3260 MHz draginol 587 marks 38.3 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

In the Indonesian Overclocking scene today there is one name which stands out from the crowd. One player that really epitomizes the spirit and energy of the country’s blossoming OC scene. That player is Lucky_n00b. Today we are delighted to bring you the thoughts and opinions of Lucky_n00b in the latest installment of the HWBOT Overclocker in Focus series. Enjoy!

"... well some enthusiasts like Overclocking because they like to tamper with things, they like to you know, change the variables, the parameters of their hardware and they like because it’s quite complicated. It’s kind of challenging. But right now the challenge factor is well… I’ll probably just be honest and say it’s been reduced by a lot. But when... Overclocking in the past was hard to learn, but after that it’s ok, or not that difficult to master. Overclocking right now is easy to learn, but it’s really hard to master."

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Most Valuable Submission of Week 48, 2015: 168.4 by Dancop (Germany)

Last week we received 4483 benchmark results from 908 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 54% of the active community. They were responsible for 34% 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 was the XTU 2xCPU of Dancop from Germany. The XTU 2xCPU category has been very competitive lately with the release of the Core i3 6320 Skylake processor. In the Extreme category we find another 2xCPU benchmark ranking, but this time it's in Cinebench R15 and with an older Xeon 5698 processor. Michel90 is the highest scoring overclocker here. In the Enthusiast class we find Pho5ph0ric, an Autralian overclocker we've seen pop up in the table more than once. In the Novice class we find cvdinvest.renato.silve from Portugal and in the Rookie class we find Jobinmat from the United Arab Emirates.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 48 generated in total 0 World Record Points, 6118 Global Points, and 8582.4 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 6% for Elite, 42% for Extreme, 20% for Enthusiast, 9% for Novice, and 23% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 23% Extreme, 27% Enthusiast, 14% Novice, and 34% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 48, 2015

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 168.4 points Dancop XTU 2xCPU
Extreme 107.5 points Michel90 Cinebench R15 2xCPU
Enthusiast 55.8 points Pho5ph0ric XTU 2xCPU
Novice 41 points cvdinvest.renato.silva XTU 2xCPU
Rookie 39.5 points Jobinmat XTU Core i5 4200U (3th)

Top Hardware Points - Week 48, 2015

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 24.3 points Doc.Brown 3DMark Vantage Radeon HD 5870 (11th)
Extreme 33.4 points Luumi 3DMark01 GeForce 7600 GT PCIE GDDR3 (2nd)
Enthusiast 35.2 points Vadimua 3DMark01 GeForce 7900 GT (1st)
Novice 25.6 points FiestaMode 3DMark11 Performance Radeon HD 6950 (3rd)
Rookie 39.5 points Jobinmat XTU Core i5 4200U (3th)


G.SKILL Sponsors Prizes for Rookie Rumble #25 and Rookie Rumble AMD #22

The final Rookie Rumble round of 2015 has just kicked off a few days ago, and we are very pleased to confirm that there is now an added incentive to signing up - G.SKILL is giving away a very nice Trident Z DDR4 16GB memory kit and Trident X DDR3 16GB in a prize draw for all participants who submit on all three stages.

For the Rookie Rumble #25, there's is kit of G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 16GB (F4-3200C16D-16GTZ) up for grabs. For the Rookie Rumble AMD #22, there's a kit of G.SKILL TridentX DDR3 16GB (F3-2133C9D-16GTX) ready to be shipped out.

More information on the competition pages: Rookie Rumble #25 and Rookie Rumble AMD #22. Good luck everyone!

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[HWBOT X] Shimizu Xtreme Overclocking Workshop at OlioSpec (Tokyo, Nov 28)

Shimizu hosts an overclocking workshop at Tokyo’s famous computer shop OlioSpec on November 28. Join him from 1:30pm onwards to learn how to overclock with liquid nitrogen and ask him any questions you want!

The event features two segments. First, an overclocking demonstration using the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard and GeForce GTX 980 Ti Matrix graphics card. Second, the extreme overclocking workshop with liquid nitrogen: you can join and try extreme overclocking on the demo system, or even bring your own computer and overclock it there with the expert’s assistance.

Check out the HWBOT X event page for more information. Stay up to date on the latest overclocking events with the HWBOT X Event Map.

[HWBOT X] MSI Overclocking Festival 2015 by ITCM (Korea, Dec 10)

ITCM korea is hosting the MSI Overclocking Festival 2015 in Seoul on December 10, 2015. The winner of the overclocking competition wins 1 million Korean won. Anyone can register until December 9 for one of the twelve seats in the final. Check out the official event page for more information.

The hardware components include the Intel Core i7 6700K Skylake, MSI Z170 Krait Gaming, MSI GeForce GTX 960 Armor 2X, Essencore Klevv DDR4 PC3-17000 CL15, Micronics Performance II HV 1000W Bronze, Micron Crucial BX200 240GB, BenQ 27″, Roccat Ryos TKL Pro, Roccat Kova, Microsoft Windows 10.

More information on the official event page at Stay up to date on the latest overclocking events on the HWBOT X Event Map.

Elmor's Lab: Independent Core Overclocking for Haswell-E

Elmor has a small section on the forum reserved for his overclocking research projects. For example, there is a support thread for the EVC software. Yesterday Elmor shared a small software application to overclock the cores of your Haswell-E processor independently.

Quick re-cap: overclocking an Intel processor typically goes via the Turbo multipliers, a set of ratios unlocked on -K and -X processor SKUs. (Edit*) The Turbo frequency is configured on utilization basis, assigning a specific frequency to a certain type of load. For example on an 8-core part, if any three cores are in use they will be boosted to the configured 3-core ratio while the five idle cores stay at the base frequency.

For AMD processors the situation is a bit different as all cores can be clocked independently. That is why you will often see 8GHz+ CPU overclockers with all other cores clocked to 800MHz or lower. Having independent frequency control for each core helps you push for better benchmark results in single threaded benchmark applications as you are not restraint by the weaker cores in the CPU.

The software tool Elmor developed works in combination with TurboC Core and is currently only tested on the Rampage V Extreme motherboard. As Elmor writes: "When first started it will ask you 'Init per core mode?', entering 'y' will apply the current max ratio to each core. After that you use TurboV Core only to set your maximum possible ratio. If you want you can just set it to 80 and forget about it until next reboot. Whatever ratio you set in this software will now be applied on a per core basis."

You can find all details and download information in the forum thread. Good luck!

(EPIC) The Truth about CPU Soldering - Der8auer Tries Solder Thermal Interface on Skylake

So, sometimes people complain about the relatively weak thermal interface material on the new Intel processors. Especially compared to their HEDT counterparts, which have a solder based TIM, it seems that it's a low-balling approach to use plain thermal paste on a CPU that still costs over USD $400. Well, luckily we have Der8auer who takes the time to explain the problems with solder and even tries to solder TIM on the 6700K Skylake. This is a good read, I promise!

The gist of the article comes down to this: micro-cracks in the solder interface puts the CPU at higher risk of damage earlier in its total lifespan than conventional thermal paste does. In addition, mining the materials required for preparing the CPU for solder thermal interface (like gold and indium) is expensive and ecologically not that great. Regular ol' thermal paste may perform worse, all things considered it's a better choice especially for small sized processor dies.

Please have a look at for the full article and scientific background information. Amazing research!

The OC Show - S02E23: HWBOT X Overclocking Events & Ranking Embeds for Everyone!

In the 23rd and last episode of the season Pieter and Tim are back with another episode packed with news out of the OC community. Click on the image on the left or HERE. A list of the topics below:

  • - OC-Esports competition updates
  • - HWBOT X - event directory by and for the community
  • - HWBOT ranking embed feature
  • - GIGABYTE streaming a PC build guide and an overclocking guide
  • - Overclockers in Focus


Join the live Q&A on Sunday November 29 9PM on the OCTV twitch channel:

SergeyR Wins Rookie Rumble #24 Again, Kos_S Wins AMD #21... Again

The 24th installment of the Rookie Rumble on OC-ESPORTS has just concluded with a distinctly ‘Ground Hog Day’ flavor to it. Ukrainian overclocker SergeyR again makes a full sweep of all three stages to claim a second consecutive Rookie Rumble title. While in terms of AMD rookie action, we also see a repeat of the previous round with Kos_S taking the AMD Rookie Rumble #21 title. Let’s look at the stages, scores and winners in a little more detail.

Secondly congrats to SergeyR for a dominant display that saw him not only claim all three stages once again, but also hit a number of scores that out-do his previous personal bests from the last round. Also congrats to and TAGG for their efforts in reaching second and third places on the podium. We should keep an eye on these two rising stars.


Congrats to all the AMD enthusiasts who took part. Especially to Kos_S who proved once again to be a worthy champion.

Full article at

Futuremark Tightens RTC Validation Check Following Tecmundo and Rbuass Findings

Futuremark is improving the detection of all types of 'gaming' of their benchmark software. Two weeks ago we reported on the removal of a ton of Hall of Fame submissions due to LOD alteration and following the Rbuass' findings shared in our forum and reported by Tecmundo, Futuremark is tightening the detection of the benchmark timer. For those who are not familiar with the problem, here is a brief overview of the Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 RTC problem.

On August 8, 2013, we published an article detailing issues concerning the use of timer in Windows 8. The use of the RTC timer impacts the veracity of benchmark results in such a way that decreasing the base clock frequency at run-time will cause a drift in timer. In short, a second no longer consists of 1000 milliseconds, but consists of 1000 milliseconds times the decrease in base clock frequency. For example, a decrease of 5% in frequency would increase the 'time in a second' by 5%. Because the system is unaware of this, the benchmark result will seem 5% better. For more information and supporting data, I suggest you to read through our original article.

In a response, Intel hot-fixed the XTU benchmark and uses the more accurate HPET since v4.2.0.8. Early September Futuremark announced a fix for the Windows 8 RTC bug though the Systeminfo service. From that moment, the HWBOT moderators accepted 3DMark benchmark submissions on the Windows 8 (8.1/10) operating system provided a supplementary verification link as proof that the RTC was not tampered with.

On November 20, Rbuass showed in a YouTube video that it's possible to validate 3DMark submissions even if the RTC had been affected. Based on data provided by Rbuass it seems that if one stayed within a 2% margin, a benchmark result would still validate correctly. As we have learned over the past couple of days, this is possible because the timer validation process Futuremark uses on their online database compares the data from the HPET and RTC timer and flags the result as invalid if the difference is too large. For competitive overclockers 2% is a large margin as even with a single GPU in Fire Strike Extreme it can easily mean a difference of a couple of hundred points. It's important to note that any RTC drift, where the OS time is not real time, means the benchmark score is NOT valid.

Christian Ney, Head of Moderating, got in touch with Futuremark to see if anything could be done about the situation. At the moment of writing, Futuremark has already tightened the margin of the RTC and HPET timer for new submissions, meaning any result with RTC drift will be invalidated. In addition, based on historical data Futuremark will also sort through the current Hall of Fame submissions and re-evaluate the validity of the scores.

As Futuremark (in)validates the top benchmark results, the HWBOT staff will proceed checking the Global rankings as well. More information to follow.