Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 1080 Ti   rsannino 138185 marks 172.6 pts 3   3
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2581/1620 MHz k|ngp|n 36074 marks 158.8 pts 2   1
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2354/1595 MHz k|ngp|n 58024 marks 132.0 pts 2   3
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2455/1601 MHz k|ngp|n 37596 marks 130.6 pts 2   3
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2404/1595 MHz k|ngp|n 49352 marks 128.4 pts 0   3
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p Core i7 7740X 6949 MHz bigblock990 58.18 fps 120.9 pts 5   4
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i7 7740X 7050 MHz bigblock990 17.31 points 118.8 pts 8   4
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p Core i9 7980XE 5601 MHz Splave 197.8 fps 116.2 pts 1   1
3DMark11 - Performance Titan Xp 2455/1664 MHz der8auer 45705 marks 114.8 pts 1   3
3DMark Vantage - Performance Titan Xp 2400/1676 MHz elmor 120425 marks 113.2 pts 0   1


HWBOT Articles

This week’s GPU Flashback Archive article is all about the GeForce 3 series of graphics cards from NVIDIA, a company that by this stage in history was recognized as industry leader in GPU development and innovation. The third iteration of its GeForce brand launched with a hiccup or two in early 2001 and enjoyed status as the company’s top tier offering for around a year before it was usurped by its successor, the mighty GeForce 4 series. Let’s take a peek at the new technologies and innovations that arrived with GeForce 3, the cards that proved to be most popular with overclockers on HWBOT and of course, the notable scores and benchmarks that it spawned.

First let’s set the scene. NVIDIA’s arrival on the graphics card market in the late nineties had been wholly disruptive. After TNT and RIVA series cards, NVIDIA blew the doors of the industry with its first GeForce series and simply didn’t look back. By the time we arrive at the GeForce 3 series, we find that Matrox had left the market to focus on more niche markets while S3 Graphics were basically clinging on by their front teeth. NVIDIA eventually put an end to 3dfx and their classic Voodoo cards by buying the company out. Only ATi endured, and we all know what eventually happened to them.

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Hardware news

Montreal 2017 Challenge: Winners Announced

Today we are very happy to announce the winners of the Montreal 2017 Challenge Giveaway contest. In celebration of the seventh HWBOT World Tour stop of the year in Montreal, Canada we teamed with partners Seasonic and Alphacool to bring you a fantastic opportunity to win some great prizes. It all kicked off on July 21st, with HWBOT fans and social media followers asked to click the link below to enter the Montreal 2017 Challenge. The contest was essentially a Giveaway where the more social media actions you completed, the better chance you had to win.

Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU - The latest Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSUs will be used to power the Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest as well as Overclocking Workshop systems that we setup at EGE. Seasonic Snow Silent 750 power supplies boast 80 Plus Platinum efficiency and a completely silent operation below 50 % system load. The proud winner of Snow Silent 750 PSUs is a social media follower known as Wilco B.

Alphacool Eisbaer 420 AIO CPU Cooler - Alphacool is fundamentally revolutionizing the AIO cooler market. Where traditional AIO CPU-coolers are disposable products which are neither upgradeable nor refillable, the Alphacool “Eisbaer” is modularly built and can be upgraded, rebuilt or refilled at any time and bring efficient cooling for your processor, no matter how hard you push it. The winner of the Alphacool Eisbaer 420 AiO is a social media follower known as Andreas G.

Catch the full announcement here on the HWBOT World Tour website.


[Video] Advice About Pushing the Intel Core i9 7980XE on LN2, from Der8auer

Der8auer was one of a handful of overclockers who were invited to the ASUS Labs in Taipei to lend his assistance to the ROG team a few weeks ago. The team were invited to push the latest Core-X processors from Intel using the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard, the X299 platform of choice for many overclockers right now. Today Roman has published a video in which he expounds his opinions on what he describes as the new ‘King of the Hill’, the Intel Core i9 7980XE.

The new flagship processor from Intel is a total beast. AMD fans will point to Threadripper being a better value offering with the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X offering 16-cores and 32-threads for around half the price of the new Intel flagship. However it does not change the fact that with the Core i9 7980XE, Intel have fully regained their performance crown, and as Roman explains, it’s not just because it has two more cores.

In his video Roman reveals a great of detail about his experiences with the new chip. For example, if you want to get the most from the new Skylake-X chip, you will need to delid it and replace the thermal paste. For extreme, sub-zero overclocking, Roman recommends using Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut which is designed specifically to operate at extreme temperatures. Whereas you usually need only a little thermal paste, testing has proved that with the new Intel High Core Count silicon, it’s best to simply apply as liberally as possible. Just cake it on! If not, you may be missing out on as much as 3-400MHz of performance. Another tactic that Roman experimented with is direct-die mounting. Mounting the cooler or LN2 pot directly to the die usually causes the CPU’s PCB to bend just a little, a fact that means poor contact with the socket pins beneath the chip. To prevent this from happening Roman created a modified heat spreader that allowed for direct mounting without bending the CPU.

Roman goes on to reveal more about his experiences with the new 18-core beast of a processor including FIVR and cold bug issues. If you want to get up to speed with extreme overclocking with the new flagship from Intel, you really should check out this video.

Intel Launch Core i9 7980XE Extreme Edition, World Records Tumble using ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex

Just a few hours ago the press embargo was lifted on the new 18-core, 36-thread Intel Core i9 7980XE and i9 7960X, Core i9 7940X processors. You can catch one of the first reviews of the new HEDT chips here on Anantech where as usual Ian Cutress gives us a full technical appraisal. The new Extreme Edition chip, as you would expect offers some pretty exceptional performance. In fact it has already been put to good use by a handful of Elite overclockers who were invited to the ASUS labs in Taiwan to give the new silicon a test drive using the ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard. ASUS are happy to report that the team managed to break 6 World Records and 16 Global First Placed scores using Intel's new Core-X memebrs. Here’s a sample of an article published on the ASUS ROG site:

Today, Intel is releasing the remaining members of the high-core-count (HCC) X-series family. We’ve already put the Core i9-7940X (14-core) and i9-7980XE (18-core) CPUs to the test in order to find out where the limits of these two chips stand, and we set six new World Records (WR) and 16 Global First Place (GFP) scores in the process.

Out of the box, the Core i9-7980XE is clocked at a 2.6GHz base frequency and tops out at 4.2GHz with turbo. Using liquid nitrogen to lower the CPU temperature to around -100°C, ROG overclocker ‘der8auer’ was able to save a CPU-Z validation at 6.104GHz on all 18 cores with Hyper-Threading enabled. That’s nearly 2GHz higher than the CPU's maximum turbo speed.

Overclockers der8auer (Germany), rsaninno (Italy) and alex@ro (Romania) have clearly been enjoying the new CPUs from Intel. You can find all the details related to the Core i9 7980XE processor and the new record scores made here on the ASUS ROG site.

The OC Show Season 4, Episode 12: OC-ESPORTS Roundup, GALAX GOC 2017, Overclocking Unlocked Thailand and Core i9 7980XE

Episode 12 of the OC Show was broadcast live on the OverClocking-TV TwitchTV channel at its regular Friday night time slot last week. Show host Trouffman was joined by guests Toolius and Buildzoid, who together took on a mammoth list of overclocking related topics. Firstly however, Toolius kicks off the show with a rundown of what is going on OC-EPSPORTS where Gunslinger and jccman1965 are battling it out for top spot in the Pro OC Division of the Road to Pro series. Once again we see ikki from Japan leading in Divisions I and II, an exceptional performance especially as he is also in the running to finish well in Division III. Toolius also gives an overview of the Team Cup 2017 contest and the recent ASUS OC Showdown Team Edition 2 contest that just got underway.

The topic then turns to the GALAX GOC 2017 Qualifier contest which has encountered some issues with the required hardware not getting into overclockers hands until late. Right now we have 13 overclockers competing for a spot in the GOC 2017 Finals which will take place in Thailand, this November. Contest leader ikki (that man again) has been pushed out of top spot by bob(nz) (Australia), Rauf (Sweden) and rsaninno (Italy). With only six days left, there is still plenty of time for sandbaggers and late arrives to make their mark.

The guys also discuss the Intel Overclocking Unlocked contest which took place in Bangkok Thailand over the weekend. Although not part of the official World Tour, it’s another example of ambient, team and individual OC contest being organized by industry partners Intel, ASUS and others with the help of HWBOT who are there moderating the contest.Other topics that are touched on Episode 12, is the decision from AMD to give Raja Koduri a sabbatical. There’s also plenty of talk regarding Intel’s Core i9 7890XE processor which launches this week and some chat about the new EVGA ‘Untouchables’ EPOWER V power board, which was announced last week for a retail price of $249 USD.

Catch the OC Show with Trouff, Toolius and Buildzoid here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.

[HWBOT X] The Power of X, Intel Overclocking Unlocked Contest - Bangkok, Thailand

This weekend will see an exciting overclocking contest take place in Bangkok Thailand - the Power of X, Intel Overclocking Unlocked Contest. HWBOT will be helping out with organizing and moderating the contest which will span both days of this weekend and feature both individual and team overclocking. The clicmax of the contest will be 3v3 Semi-Final and Grand Final matches. The contest will be based on Intel's latest Core-X platform with CPUs cooled by ThermalTake AiO coolers. Here are the five, three-man teams that will compete, each of whom represent a local Thai overclocking community:

  • -OC Station
  • -ZoLKoRn
  • -extreme

The event is organized by Intel and HWBOT with the help and support of partners ASRock, ASUS ROG, AOC, MSI, ThermalTake, HyperX and Western Digital. The contest will be centered on Intel’s X299 platform with competing overclockers charged with pushing Intel latest Core i5 7640X processors. Various motherboards will be used by the teams including the ASUS STRIX X299, ASRock X299 Taichi and MSI X299 XPOWER GAMING boards. HyperX Predator DDR4 3000MHz memory will be used with CPUs cooled by ThermalTake Water 3.0 RGB coolers and powered Grand 1050W 80+ power supplies.

You can check out the contest rules, scores and of course submissions as they happen here on the Overclocking Unlocked contest page on OC-ESPORTS.

Seasonic Launch PRIME Ultra Power Supplies

HWBOT World Tour partner Seasonic have just launched their latest high-end power supply offerings, the PRIME Ultra series. The new series has already won the Power Supply of the Year 2017 European Hardware Award and pack a number of attractive new features that will be music to the ears of overclockers, system builders and enthusiasts alike. TechPowerUp have the full story:

As graphics cards and motherboards become more efficient, their ever-decreasing power consumption has called for a new power rating variant. The introduction of the PRIME Ultra 550 W Platinum- and Gold-rated units is an answer to these current market trends where most users need high-end, high-efficiency, yet mid-range power capacity power supplies. The PRIME Ultra 550 W in many cases will even provide high enough power to reserve some headroom for future expansion. Customers will find new additions in the retail box of the upcoming PRIME Ultra Series:

Seasonic has included a PSU tester in the box that will let consumers perform a quick and easy jump start on the power supply. When a system is not working properly, it can be particularly difficult to tell the difference between a faulty power supply and other components. With the help of the PSU tester, users will be able to verify whether the new power supply is working properly.

Each PRIME Ultra Series power supply will also ship with a SATA 3.3 adapter to support the "Power Disable" (PWDIS) feature of the newer, high-capacity hard drives. This is an important feature for people who are planning to use the PRIME Ultra to power hard drives of a smaller-scaled server at home or in an office.One of the most noticeable of the upgrades is that the inline capacitors on the cables were removed, which takes away from the bulk and improves cable management inside the system. Other features include:

  • -The new 180 degree SATA connectors will ensure more flexibility and easier installation.
  • -Ultra-quiet operation - thanks to the upgraded high-end capacitors and the quiet FDB fan driven by Seasonic's Premium Hybrid Fan Control.
  • -Low ripple noise and clean power output - due to high-end components
  • -Compact size to fit smaller cases - 140 mm depth on the lower wattage Gold and Platinum units
  • -Addded 12 years warranty

Catch the full story here on TechPowerUp.

G.SKILL Releases AMD Compatible Trident Z RGB Kits

[Press Release] Taipei, Taiwan (22 September 2017) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces a new lineup of Trident Z RGB DDR4 memory kits with enhanced compatibility on the latest AMD platforms. Specifically designed for AMD Ryzen™ and Ryzen™ Threadripper™ platforms, now there are vibrant options up to the popular DDR4-3200MHz CL14 or the massive 128GB (8x16GB) kits at up to 2933MHz. For a full range of memory kit capacity options, the new Trident Z RGB memory kit models are available at DDR4-2400MHz in 2-, 4-, and 8-module kit configurations with 8GB and 16GB modules, which allows for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB memory kits for your AMD system.

Trident Z RGB Memory Kits on AMD Platforms

AMD currently has two platform offerings, where Ryzen supports dual-channel with 2 or 4 memory modules and Threadripper supports quad-channel memory with 4 or 8 memory modules. To give a boost in memory performance to AMD number-crunching workstations and high-end graphic rendering systems, G.SKILL offers several selections for each AMD platform, including memory speeds of up to DDR4-2933MHz or ultra-high capacity at 128GB (8x16GB). For details on specifications and compatibility support of the new Trident Z RGB kits, please refer to the following table:

Catch the full press announcement from G.SKILL here on the G.SKILL website.

GALAX GOC 2017 Worldwide Qualifier: Ikki (Japan) Leads with Ten Days to Go

Right now there are only ten days left in the GALAX GOC 2017 Qualifier contest on OC-ESPORTS. The contest is the prelude to the GOC 2017 Finals which will be held in Thailand in November. Today however, we’re going to take a look at all the standings and a few of the scores that have been have submitted so far.

GALAX GOC 2017 Worldwide Qualifier: Sept 2nd - October 1st

The GOC 2017 Worldwide Qualifier runs throughout the month of September and is open to all HWBOT members. To compete however, contestants must first arm themselves with the appropriate hardware; a GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF OC Lab Edition graphics card and GALAX DDR4 memory. Other hardware restrictions include the use of any LGA1151 socket processor (Core i7 7700K or below). No limits are imposed on VGA, CPU or memory overclocks. Any form of cooling is allowed.

Stage 1: 3DMark Time Spy

The first stage of the contest is all about cranking up the VGA performance of your Pascal 1080 Ti card to score as highly as possible in the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark. At the top of the table with ten days to go we find OGS (Greece) leading the way with a score of 11,758 marks. This was made with the HoF OC Lab Edition card pushed to a pretty amazing 2,570MHz on the GPU (+73.65%) and 1,570MHz (+14.10%) on graphics memory. In CPU terms his Core i7 7700K is also getting quite a workout, being pushed to a decent 6GHz (+42.86%).

Read the full contest update article here on OC-ESPORTS.

The Overclocker Magazine #42: A Fond Farewell?

The latest edition of the Overclocker magazine is now available with issue #42 honing in on several hardware products that are designed specifically with overclocking in mind. Issue #42 includes hardware reviews of the GIGABYTE X299 SOC Champion motherboard, AMD Ryzen Threadripper, which is tested alongside the ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme board. Plus there’s a look at the Corsair ONE rig and the GALAX OC LAB Edition GTX 1080 Ti card.

Perhaps more poignant than any of that however, is the Editorial piece from Editor in Chief Neo Sibeko in which he basically reveals that Issue #42, may well be his last:

Here it is, Issue 42 of TheOverclocker Magazine. I’d go on about some half relevant aspect of the industry or whatever, or talk about what I believe to be “exciting”. I may still do that, but first I need to give you all a heads up, that this may possibly be the last issue of TheOverclocker Magazine.

Can’t confirm that at present, but what I’m saying is don’t be surprised if there is never another issue after this one. If there is great, but if not, consider this a goodbye and good luck. There’s nothing more to write about it really, you have been warned. It’s been a good ride, but it’s at a point where I or the publication itself needs a change. It’s been crazy to say the least, running and pushing out the magazine time and time again at random intervals. No need to recall all of that as the old issues are still available. From the boring and uninspired ones to the good ones, they all had a story, challenges and joys.

With all that said, if you’ll see Issue 43 or not, I can’t say. I’d hope you’re able to, but if not, this is thanking you for all the support, readers, emails etc. They were appreciated and will continue to be.

I sincerely hope that Neo opts to continue The Overclocker magazine. His hard work and dedication to producing a quality OC-focused publication has been thoroughly appreciated by this particular reader. For now at least, you can go ahead and savor Issue #42 of The Overclocker Magazine here on Joomag.

Throwback Thursday: Sami 'Macci' Mäkinen Interviewed on Bulldozer

This Thursday we take a trip back in time to a day in September 2011 when the overclocking and PC enthusiast community was eagerly awaiting AMD’s brand new Bulldozer architecture processors. Prior to launch only a handful of overclockers had actually managed to get their hands on the new AMD silicon, one of which was Finland’s Sami 'macci' Mäkinen who was actually involved with the launch itself. NordicHardware were fortunate to get an interview with macci in which they managed to confirm several details about Bulldozer specifically related to its overclocking potential.

NordicHardware: "Why don't your CPU's have a coldbug, and will all Bulldozer-samples come without it or does this only apply to handpicked samples?"

Sami Mäkinen: : "I’d need to clarify this from AMD Engineering teams (and not sure if they’d be able to provide much detail to be honest…). But in short (and this is just a personal guess) it likely has to do with the design margins and similar to the Deneb and Thuban CPUs the design appears to be very robust and can withstand even the most extreme cooling solutions. Bulldozer is a very descriptive name in this case.So far I have not seen a sample that would not run under LN2 – so it looks very promising! I have tested around 10 CPUs so far under LN2."

NordicHardware: : "What kind of voltage did you need to reach your 8.429 GHz result, and how many watts this the system pull?"

Sami Mäkinen: : "The sweet spot under LHe cooling and for the CPUZ workload was 2.0125V (CPUZ reported 2.016V). We did not measure the current going to the CPU rail but as usual the CPU power consumption drops dramatically when you move to very low temperatures. For this test the goal was to find out the max. CPUZ result so we didn’t need to load the system heavily. If I’d have to make a guess I’d say we probably stayed within the TDP".

You can catch the full interview with Sami from September 2011here on Nordic Hardware.