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Road To Pro - Season 2015, Round 3
Rookie Rumble and Novice Nimble
|HWBOT Prime||Core i7 6700K||6432 MHz||Splave.ROM||7708.24 pps||175.9 pts||4 1|
|HWBOT Prime||Core i7 6700K||6432.7 MHz||Dancop||7707.44 pps||132.2 pts||9 4|
|PiFast||Core i7 6700K||6711 MHz||Splave.ROM||9sec 480ms||98.1 pts||4 1|
|Catzilla - 1440p||GeForce GTX 980 Ti||1520/2000 MHz||BenchBros||50125 marks||56.6 pts||4 3|
|XTU||Core i7 6700K||5490 MHz||hotrod717||1744 marks||56.2 pts||0 1|
|Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset||GeForce GTX 980 Ti||1880/2100 MHz||oc_windforce||7716.75 DX11 Marks||53.6 pts||2 1|
|3DMark Vantage - Performance||Radeon HD 5770||1380/1450 MHz||MetalRacer||18276 marks||49.8 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i7 5820K||4750 MHz||Softy||1944 marks||45.5 pts||0 0|
|3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme||GeForce GTX 980 Ti||1968/2100 MHz||oc_windforce||12842 marks||44.7 pts||3 2|
|XTU||Core i7 5820K||4630 MHz||princezinhoo||1888 marks||41.1 pts||0 0|
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Continuing our in depth series of overclocker interviews, today we bring you the thoughts and musings of one of East Europe’s most recognised players. Allow us to introduce you to Achill3uS, a Hungarian overclocker with plenty of thought provoking ideas to share.
"Of course live events, to meet the other guys, the other addicted guys of overclocking is the best part of it. In Hungary I can say I was (one of) the first generation of extreme overclockers. So it’s nice to be in a community in your own country and see the guys get the fun part of it and asking for help and questions to you, and in the end you reach really nice results."
Today we are very pleased to bring you the latest in our Overclocker in Focus series with an interview with Hiwa, one of the most respected and decorated overclockers on HWBOT. Originally from Iran, Hiwa is now a leading member of Switzerland’s ocaholic team. Read on for a glimpse at what drives one of the scene’s most experienced players.
"Share information. Sharing, sharing information. They have to share all the knowledge they find, but unfortunately it’s not like that. The new overclockers are more (like) rich people buying CPUs, CPUs, graphics cards… bin the CPUs, bin the graphics cards. Pull down with LN2 and then yeah they got the score… without any knowledge. It’s not nice to see, but that’s it"
If any one single individual has left his indelible mark on the OC scene, it would have to be Frederik “Richba5tard” Colardyn, the founder of HWBOT itself. Frederik was in town for Computex 2015 earlier this year, where we finally managed to get him to sit down and spill the beans on his origins as an overclocker and his role in the creation of HWBOT.
"I found it a real pity that you could not compare your scores against people from other forums. So I started writing a bot that gathered all the scores from all the overclocking forums and posted global rankings so on your own forum you could see, ok my score is good in my local forum, but there are other forums which have even faster scores"
In our latest edition of the Overclocker in Focus series we bring you an interview with one of the more influential overclockers from India, a country with tons of potential for growth and one which is steadily growing in stature and representation within the OC scene. Allow us to proudly introduce you to Toolius, one of India’s leading overclockers.
" It’s the overclockers gathering, or the power users gathering - stuff like this. That develops a good amount of interest. Ever since we started doing those meets, overclocking in India has taken off, there has a significant number of new people joining the BOT. "
Our series of Overclocker profile videos continues today with a very candid and revealing interview with Jonas, otherwise known to many as Mean Machine. Read on and enjoy a chat with one of the original players from back in the day.
" For those starting in overclocking I would probably say, just have fun. Do things just for fun. This is a hobby which is going to cost you a lot of money, just don’t let anyone suck the fun out of it. If you think it’s fun, go for it. [...] Furthermore I would say join the events, meet people. It’s fun. It’s the people that make the community ... "
Last week we received 4549 benchmark results from 868 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 53% of the active community. They were responsible for 32% 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.
As you can see in the table below, the most valuable submission of the week was the Global First Place of Dancop in HWBOT Prime 4xCPU using the Core i7 6700K Skylake. With 175.9 points Dancop scores about 66 points more than Hideo from Japan who scored Silver in 3DMark05 with the GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card. In the Enthusiast class we find Nik from Germany; in the Novice and Rookie class we find Peazz from United Kingdom and Caramba1 from Russia!
The overclocking results submitted during Week 40 generated in total 360 World Record Points, 8984,1 Global Points, and 7128,1 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 17% for Elite, 39% for Extreme, 17% for Enthusiast, 8% for Novice, and 19% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 3% Elite, 14% Extreme, 16% Enthusiast, 14% Novice, and 53% Rookie.
Most Valuable Submissions - Week 40, 2015
|Elite||175.9 points||Dancop||HWBOT Prime 4xCPU Core i7 6700K|
|Extreme||89.8 points||Hideo||3DMark05 1xGPU GeForce GTX 980 Ti|
|Enthusiast||57.5 points||Nik||XTU 4xCPU Core i7 6700K|
|Novice||45.5 points||Peazz||XTU 4xCPU Core i7 6700K|
|Rookie||50.5 points||Caramba1||XTU 6xCPU Core i7 5820K|
Top Hardware Points - Week 40, 2015
|Elite||49.8 points||MetalRacer||3DMark Vantage Radeon HD 5770 (1st)|
|Extreme||49.8 points||Bullant||3DMark06 (1st)|
|Enthusiast||23.8 points||andressergio||XTU Core i7 4790 (11th)|
|Novice||22.3 points||Alex1989||XTU Core i5 4690K (148th)|
|Rookie||24.6 points||Wernersen||XTU Core i5 4670K (22nd)|
On the Polish version of the Intel IQ blog, we find Xtreme Addict in conversation with Intel. The long and very interesting interview deals with various aspects of overclocking: what drivers people to try LN2, what kind of competitions are there, what are the risks for your hardware, and so on. Check out the interview at iq.intel.pl in Polish or use the Google Translated version in English. Below are a couple of quotes from Xtreme Addict.
The main difference between homemade and competitive overclocking is the use - the high-performance overclocking is only temporarily, for the duration of thebenchmarks to test the strength and potential of architecture when looking for bottlenecks platform. To this end, many solutions are created which then are used for daily overclocking. An example is the "Internal PLL voltage" known since the Sandy Bridge processors. Manufacturers have found a way to increase the frequency limit the cache in the processor (Sandy Bridge processors, core frequency and the cache were in a ratio of 1:1) and gave an additional 400-500 MHz processor. This helped to beat the previous record of architecture in the benchmarks.
I take it all as a great adventure and that is why I am most pleased with the fact that I won the largest number of finals live from all overclockers, including two times in a row HOT - HyperX Overclocking Takeover. I hope that this year I will be able to defend his title again. In the global ranking HWBOT currently ranks second in the world, and I'm near the first place.
In the latest episode of The OC Show, Pieter and Tim have a look at the latest hot news out of the OC Community. Click on the image on the left or HERE. A list of the topics below:
Join the live Q&A on Sunday October 4th 9pm on the OCTV twitch channel: http://twitch.tv/overclockingtv.
After I finished reading through Xtreme Addict's interview with Intel Poland, I had a peek at the submission table on the front page. What I found is 3D Madness. Xtreme Addict shines at the top of the table with a new 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme World Record, a score that scored him the stage win in the Pro OC 2015 Round 3. Then we find K|ngp|n with a new Global First Place in Unigine Heaven Extreme, edging out Splave.ROM who scores silver in that same benchmark. And if all that wasn't grand enough, Bullshooter scores silver in 3DMark03 2xGPU.
For his World Record, Xtreme Addict uses his typical set of hardware tools. Of course a Core i7 5960X at almost 5.9 GHz combined with what seems to be his favorite motherboard, the ASUS Rampage V Extreme. Aided with a special set of hyper-binned HyperX memory (apologies for the bad pun!) and four ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards at 1800/2075 MHz, Xtreme Addict is now leading the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Hall of Fame by almost 500 points. You can find the Hall of Fame here.
Boxx is a boutique system builder with an enthusiast edge. Today they introduced what they refer to as "the world's smallest overclocked workstation," the Apexx1. There are two processor options for the Apexx1 system: a non-overclocked (boo!) Xeon 18-core or the overclocked (yeey!) eight-core Core i7 5960X.
In an interview with Maximum PC, Boxx Senior Product Marketing Manager Chris Morley said: "We have a steady demand for overclocked workstations. Once we educate our customers on the benefits of overclocking and how it can benefit their workflow, they're on board." The main benefits for the customers are of course more frame rates per second for gamers, but more importantly it's a money-maker for creative professionals. Overclocked systems get the work done faster, which allows the professionals to get home to their families earlier. When asked about the failure rate, Boxx states something overclockers have known for a very long time: there is almost no real-world difference, if the system is configured properly.
Pricing for the Apexx1 with a Core i7 5960X at 4GHz starts from USD $5,181 and with a 3.5GHz Xeon at USD $4,284. More info at boxxtech.com
It's a known fact that HWBOT wouldn't be operating as efficiently as it does without the limitless support from dedicated community members who not only keep the database clean from faulty entries, but also take care of the hardware database and help out in the forum. It isn't easy to measure the impact of the volunteer staff as much of the activity happens behind the curtains. One of the statistics we have access to, however, is the number of "moderator actions". An action is for example checking a result as valid after a user flagged it.
In the first nine months of 2015, the moderator staff approved, edited, or blocked 9,500 result submissions at HWBOT. Per day, that is an average of almost 35 submissions! The most active staff member is the Head of Moderation Christian Ney who has processed almost 4,000 submissions this year. Second and third most active are respectively GENiEBEN and Leeghoofd. Of course the impact of the staff cannot be measured by actions alone. For example, Strunkenbold has been very active sweeping the hardware database of faulty hardware entries, and Websmile helped a lot steering the competitions in the right direction.
Some moderators are less active on the site, but are helping a lot behind the scenes with input and feedback on everything HWBOT related.
Thank you very much for the support and dedication; HWBOT wouldn't be the same without you guys!
Budapest, Hungary – September 30, 2015 - FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme 5.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; the immediate availability of AIDA64 Engineer 5.50 software, a professional diagnostic and benchmarking solution for corporate IT technicians and engineers; the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business 5.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Network Audit 5.50 software, a dedicated network audit toolset to collect and manage corporate network inventories.
The latest AIDA64 update introduces monitoring of sensor values on RGB LED keyboards, implements enhanced support for Intel NVMe SSDs and LGA-1151 motherboards, and supports the latest graphics and GPGPU computing technologies by both AMD and nVIDIA.
New features & improvements
In a Press Release published by HWinsights, analysis of the list price at launch and overall usage for the Intel HEDT platform since Nehalen points out that PC DIY enthusiasts are willing to spend a premium on products with the right features. Two of the most valuable CPUs, the Core i7 980X (Intel's first six core consumer processor) and the Core i7 5960X (Intel's first eight core consumer processor), were both listed at the USD $1,000 mark at launch.
Interestingly, the Core i7 920 processor was very profitable in terms of launch price and consumer adoption. The Core i7 920 is the most affordable variant of the Nehalem architecture launched at the end of 2008. It features four cores and a completely new architecture. It was the first of many quad core Core i7 products in the HEDT space and does remarkably better than all of its successors: the Core i7 3820 and Core i7 4820K. The new Core i7 5820K is the first six core processor product below USD $400, which may explain its popularity.
Long story short: Core i7 920 and Core i7 980X were very popular; only the recently released Core i7 5960X comes close to its performance in the market.
For anyone who's interested in extreme overclocking, take note. In the November edition of the PC Gamer magazine you'll find a Special Report on the ins and outs of Extreme Overclocking. Central guest of the article is Goddy 'Vivi' Roodt, the South-African top overclocker currently in the top-10 of the Overclockers League.
In the article you will find the most important tips for starting with extreme overclocking. You find out which tools are required, how you can get started, and how to deal with the inevitable frustrations of extreme overclocking. Going from killing that one, golden CPU to being edged out by someone who is more efficient ... the competitive nature of overclocking comes with first-world struggles. In addition to Vivi, PC Gamer also covers a bit of HWBOT history. Going from the start in 2005 to the latest step up with the World Tour events and the Rookie category, everyone has a good idea of what overclocking is.
The very well-written article can be found in the November edition of PC Gamer and will soon be published on the pcgamer.com website. Check it out!
In the Team Cup 2015 CPU Challenge sub-competition, one of the challenges is to validate the lowest CPU frequency. Trodas from Czech Republic is currently at the top of the leaderboard with a 10.75 MHz Pentium 1. After checking the database, it turns out that is the lowest validated frequency in our database!
With 10.75 MHz, Trodas is 'leading' by 21 MHz over the next contender I.nfraR.ed from Bulgaria. In contrary to I.nfraR.ed, Trodas is using an ancient processor which he underclocked 88%. Percentage-wise, I.nfraR.ed is doing significantly 'better' with a 98% underclock of a Phenom II X4 965 processor. The biggest challenge for Trodas was without any doubt finding the right operating system to pass the CPU-Z validation. It is remarkable to see that a 10.75 MHz Pentium 1 can run Windows XP!
When you're sitting behind your PC, frustrated because it takes a second too long to open a webpage, consider that things can always get slower ...