The freshly released fourth generation of the Intel Core processor series, codenamed Haswell, launched at Computex 2013 on June 2. Next to the usual marketing features - power consumption, higher clocks, and better performance - this CPU launch will be particularly interesting for overclockers. In cooperation with HWBOT, Intel has developed a new version of the Extreme Tuning Utility ("XTU"). The new version includes an in depth integration with the HWBOT website. This integration presents itself as a new opportunity for the community to promote, explain, and celebrate that one thing we are all so passionate about: overclocking.
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It has been two weeks since the HWBOT Team Cup 2013 closed and with the prize communication towards the competition main sponsor Cooler Master settled, it is time for a competition recap. In case you would not know, the Team Cup series is an online overclocking competition hosted by HWBOT and is designed with team spirit and cooperation in mind. Over the course of three months, the participating overclocking teams are challenged to compete in a wide range of benchmark stages. In this year's edition of the cup, there were no less than thirty-four (34) stages. That comes down to roughly one score per two and a half days - certainly no task for a solo player. As the teams are dealing with a large quantity of stages, the best way to address this style of competition is by engaging your existing overclocking community as well as possibly getting new members on board.
Before we continue, HWBOT would like to congratulate all the teams and overclockers participating in this gigantic competition. With near 1500 results and 78 teams participating, this is one of the largest competitions we have hosted in our history. It is because of competitions like this we find the energy to continue this project. Thumbs up!
The Pro OC Cup kicked off March 1 as a new competition that features the best and most extreme overclockers from around the world. As the competition is now half-way, let us have a look at what the competition brought so far. The focus of this article is the participants, results and overall standings. Hold on to your desk chair - this is going to be a lot to digest!
Fyi, to check out the Pro OC Cup standings, visit the competition page: http://hwbot.org/competition/pro_oc_cup_q213/.
As I am writing this, I am flying back from Beijing to Taipei. Tired, but intellectually challenged by the speakers at IDF 2013 Beijing, I am composing this article to disclose all the information I have picked up at the event. On the first day, we (the IDF attendees) had two one-hour introductions to the new Haswell micro-architecture, but the most valuable and interesting information came on the second day. In the technical seminar about overclocking, featuring GIGABYTE’s Hicookie demoing a 7GHz Core i7 3770K, Intel representatives disclosed a lot of valuable information on overclocking the upcoming Haswell. Check out the article for the full disclosure – hope you enjoy it!