Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 980 2120/2150 MHz k|ngp|n 9415 marks 119.4 pts 17   9
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 980 1482/2053 MHz Silent_Scone 17883 marks 55.1 pts 3   0
Cinebench R11.5 Sempron 145 6033 MHz Stelaras 1.72 points 40.1 pts 0   3
3DMark - Fire Strike Radeon R9 290X 1330/1660 MHz lautajo 24443 marks 39.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 4770K 5000 MHz electron libre 1264 marks 37.5 pts 0   0
3DMark Vantage - Performance Radeon R9 290X 1250/1625 MHz nedernakker 86176 marks 36.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5820K 4700 MHz lilchronic 1853 marks 31.7 pts 0   0
3DMark Vantage - Performance Radeon R9 290X   nedernakker 60036 marks 31.2 pts 0   0
3DMark2001 SE Radeon HD 3870 X2 931/1107 MHz ikki 129505 marks 30.7 pts 0   0
wPrime - 1024m Core 2 Q6600 (2.4Ghz) 4815 MHz funsoul 4min 23sec 827ms 30.7 pts 2   4

Competition Entries

Zwitterion93 (France) Wins Two Rookie Rumble Titles!

For the first time in the history of the Rookie Rumble competition series we announce a single Rookie King winning both Rookie Rumble competitions. Zwitterion93 dominated in both competitions scoring a near-perfect 141 out of 150 points in the two competitions. Combining both Rumbles, the man from France out-overclocked 309 other overclockers this month. That is an achievement to be proud of, that's for sure!

HWBOT Articles

First of all I want to thank GIGABYTE. I had the possibility to bench at their OC Lab in Taipei, Taiwan for one week. Without their resources (CPUs and motherboars) I would not have figured this out. Thanks a lot guys especially Sofos and HiCookie!

NOTE: This is all based on some reverse engineering and experimenting. I’m just reporting what worked for us and giving you advice. This modification was tested on three different Core i7 5960X CPUs and different mainboards. Nothing died even after applying some ridiculous voltages. However, I can’t guarantee nothing will go wrong. In addition I have no idea how this could affect the lifespan of your chip. In other words: All modification on your own risk!

I tested this modification on the normal X99-SOC Force (without OC-Socket) and on the LN2 version with OC-Socket. It works on both boards without burning anything. However I can’t guarantee that it will work on all boards from other vendors. It would be up to you guys to test and approve this. I’m pretty confident that it will work though.

So in order to achive higher uncore clocks we have to modify some of the CPU voltages. This means we have to mod the CPU. Yes - talking about modding a USD $1,000 processor. There are two ways how to do this. The first way is the “lazy solution” and depending on your chip and board you should be able to run 4000-4200 MHz with this mod.


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Hardware news

ChentinoX, 360Nat and Draco Overclock at Euskal Encounter 22

I was sent this cool overclocking demonstration video of three Spanish/Basque overclockers showing off their hobby and skills at the Euskal Encounter 22 event. As always, it's nice to see overclockers go out and show what (extreme) overclocking is about.

Enjoy the video below!

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Update on Site Translation Progress

Six days ago we informed about the progress of translating the HWBOT site. Since then there's quite a lot of progress made. Not only did we fix the calculation algorithm so we now have the accurate figures, we've also prepare the translation file for Simplified Chinese to be updated with more translations. We already have a Simplified Chinese interface as translated by former GOOC participant Druid, but the file was outdated. We have also updated the translation quantity of all the teams. Especially Genieben is storming to the top, translating up to 36% all by himself. Yikes!!

A shout goes out to all the translation teams for their awesome effort. Thanks everyone!! :)

OCTV's Road to MOA Live Show Episode #5 - Topic: Qualifier Recap + Announcement First Details on Grand Final Now Available On Replay

Last weekend the boys from OCTV aired the fifth and second to last episode of the Road to MOA Live Show. The show streamed on TwitchTV and had as main topic a recap of the online qualifiers, but also scratched the surface of the MOA 2014 Grand Final (which admittedly is a it out of date now). As guest appearance in this episode is yours truly, Massman.

The show replay is now available on YouTube. Also check out Overclocking-TV.com for more information about this week's giveaway. Enjoy!

TiN Publishes GeForce GTX 980 Uncorking Guide - Prepare Your Cards!

K|ngp|n and TiN were overclocking the new GeForce GTX 980 live at Nvidia's GAME24 event to speeds well over 2 GHz through 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme. On the Kingpincooling forums TiN published a guide on how to get the most out of your GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. In the so-called "Uncorking"-guide you can find 9 steps to max out the card, with pictures and information.

Thanks for sharing knowledge and letting us all push the GTX 980. Enjoy!

Link to the thread: http://kingpincooling.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2886

French Volunteers (Akane, Marine_OC, Wizerty) Translate 23% of HWBOT In 8 Days

On September 11 Timothée re-kick-started the HWBOT translations project. To keep the explanation short, volunteers who want to see HWBOT in their native language take it upon themselves to form a team of enthusiastic translators. Since the site has a lot of lines to translate (approximately 3000), translating is hardly a one-man job. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the community, we can see great progress already. Especially the French team has done extraordinary work translating almost a fourth of the entire site! Amazing and deserves a round of applause!

If you want to get involved in the project, drop Timothée a mail at xyala@hwbot.org and he will guide you in the right direction.

Thanks to everyone dedicating their free time to HWBOT and overclocking in general!

ASUS Open Overclocking Cup 2014 Final Teams Known - Exquisite Line-up!

From August 15 until September 15, overclockers from around Europe and CIS could qualify for the final of the ASUS Open Overclocking Cup 2014. The final will be held end of November in Moscow, Russia and features 8 teams formed by each two overclockers. The first seven teams are formed by the top-14 of the qualifier ranking and one team by the two best Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition overclockers.

The team formation process for this competition is quite unique. To quote the competition page: "The Top-14 of the contest qualify for the ASUS Open Overclocking Cup 2014 Final. The winners are divided in two groups. Group 1 is formed by the positions 1 to 7, Group 2 is formed by positions 8 to 14. Starting with the winner of the qualifier going to #7, the overclockers in Group 1 can select a team member from the pool of overclockers in Group 2. The overclockers will be paired in a team to compete at the Final."

You can find the table of teams below. You will be able to follow the final competition at HWBOT live! You can find more information on the Qualifiers on the ASUS Open Overclocking Cup 2014 Qualifier competition page.

Good luck everyone!

Team Overclocker Rank Overclocker Rank
Team #1 8 Pack#1 Der8auer#11
Team #2 Dancop#21 BenchBros#55
Team #3 Wizerty#5 TerraRaptor#108
Team #4 Alex@ro#265 Perica_barii#37
Team #5 Mortisboy#42 FireKillerGR#230
Team #6 Smoke#10 _12_ #28
Team #7 Xtreme Addict#6 Giorgioprimo#75
Team Pentium AE John_White#114 Maedhros#76

Overclock.net Remains Top Rookie Magnet Team With 35 Rookies Recruited

It's been exactly one month since our last news article about the Rookie recruitment activity of the overclocking teams. So today we have a look what changed in the top-10 most rookie-friendly overclocking teams.

At the top of the ranking we still see Overclock.net. With 35 Rookies recruited, the North American overclocking team is by far the biggest magnet for newcomers to overclocking. In second place we find the German PC Games Hardware with 20 Rookies. That is two less than a month ago. In third place we find Cowcotland from France with 15 Rookies in the line-up.

We like seeing this evolution and hope many other Rookies find their way to active and vibrant overclocking teams! Judging by the chart on the right, there are plenty of Rookies to be recruited!


Team Rookies # since Aug 17
Overclock.net 35 +3
PC Games Hardware 20 -2
Cowcotland 15 +2
Overclockers.com 8 +3
Fusion-oc.com 7 +1
Republic of Clocker 7 -1
Australia OC 6 N/A
AOCT 5 N/A
Middle Earth 5 +1
Team Russia 4 -2

Antinomy Joins HWBOT Staff As Hardware Database Manager

With this news article we want to wish Antinomy a warm welcome in the HWBOT family, as he joins the staff to look after the Hardware Database. Antinomy is just like our lost friend Turrican a walking encyclopedia of hardware and will be able to curate the database with great care and attention. We are happy to have Antinomy on board and wish him a happy stay.

Thank you for taking up this task and welcome!

The processor of requesting hardware to add to the database remains the same as before.

Haswell-E Record Update: GIGABYTE Strikes Back With XTU World Record, HWBOT Prime and Wprime Globals

Last week we referenced a couple of Haswell-E records in an editorial about Intel's latest platform. Today we can report on a couple of new Haswell-E Top Scores set by the GIGABYTE overclocking team live at IDF and of course in the well-known OC Lab. The top scores include the XTU World Record and Global Top Scores, HWBOT Prime and both WPrime 8xCPU and are set by GIGABYTE's in-house dynamic duo HiCookie and Sofos1990. In addition, one top score was set by US overclocker CL3P2O from the XtremeSystems overclocking team.

Congratulations to everyone involved! In the table below you can find more information about the results.

BenchmarkScoreCPUMotherboardMemory
XTU WR2866Core i7 5960X5715 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC Force LN2G.SKILLRipjaws 4
WPrime 32M (8xCPU)2.000Core i7 5960X5945 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceCorsairDominator Platinum
WPrime 1024M (8xCPU)59.593Core i7 5960X5945 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceCorsairDominator Platinum
XTU (8xCPU)2866Core i7 5960X5715 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC Force LN2G.SKILLRipjaws 4
XTU (6xCPU)2171Core i7 5820K5680 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceG.SKILLRipjaws 4
HWBOT Prime (8xCPU)9622.77Core i7 5960X5966 MHzGIGABYTEX99-SOC ForceCorsairDominator Platinum


Final Confirmed List of MSI MOA 2014 Participants - Huge Line-up!

MSI just published the final confirmed list of MSI MOA 2014 Grand Final attendees. In the list there are of course no surprises as all the participants are the same from the various qualifiers at HWBOT. I took the liberty of adding the overall League ranks for each of the participants and it is now very clear how tough the line-up for this year's MOA is.

Only 3 of the 19 overclockers are not in the global top-100 and 10 of them are in the top-30. It goes to show how prestigious the MOA competition series are: even the top crop of overclockers are eager to show off their overclocking skills in the capital of overclocking, Taipei.

Looking forward to the finals! Good luck everyone!

Stage Region Overclocker Ranking
Class A AM Rbuass #25
Mikecdm #26
Nacho_arroyo #23
Gunslinger #9
EMEA Vivi #3
Xtreme Addict #6
Zzolio #8
Perica_barii #38
Moose83 #14
Wizerty #4
T0lsty #32
APAC Rhodie #1233
OC_Windforce #49
DFORDOG #54
Bob(nz) #107
SniperOZ #24
Class B WW Drweez #74
Steponz #34
Bboyjezz #327