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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i7 5820K 5180 MHz MrBreeze 2104 marks 54.3 pts 0   2
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 6700K 6398 MHz xXbladeXx 1409 cb 52.6 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 5200 MHz GtiJason 1859 marks 49.5 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 4710MQ 3510 MHz quim 841 marks 49.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 5200 MHz Digg_de 1843 marks 47.8 pts 1   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 5000 MHz SirOli 1797 marks 45.7 pts 2   0
3DMark03 GeForce GTX 460 (256bit) 1303/1110 MHz Bullant 111019 marks 39.0 pts 0   1
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1633/2145 MHz lnlcooling 21171 marks 36.8 pts 0   0
GPUPI - 1B GeForce GTX 1080   Samsarulz 14sec 977ms 36.7 pts 0   0
GPUPI - 1B GeForce GTX 1080 2150/1300 MHz delly 15sec 119ms 35.9 pts 0   0

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Revision 7 is designed in response to community feedback with the intent of awarding points more accurately as a reflection of overclocking result quality. The new revision re-balances the weight of benchmark applications and awards points based on result quality relative to the top result.

At the core of the HWBoints concept, invented by Mtzki from Finland, lie two distinct parameters: the weight of a ranking as determined by the amount of participants, and the quality of the result as determined by its position within the ranking. This concept is now being stretched to the end of its scaling capabilities due to two primary reasons: 1) the increase of global and hardware rankings, and 2) the direct submission capability of benchmark applications via our Open API. [...] This conflicts with the overclocking community’s desire to have the Overclockers League and submission points reflect the skill and effort required to achieve the position. Revision 7 addresses these concerns.


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Challenger Divisions, Round 2: Prize Draw Winners Announced

The curtain was drawn on the second round of the Challenger Divisions on OC-ESPORTS a few weeks ago. Today however we are proud to announce the winners of the lucky prize draw for each division. Two great prizes were up for grabs for each division and included a HyperX Savage DDR4 2666 8GB kit (HX426C13SBK2/8), plus a HyperX Savage 120GB SSD (SHSS37A/120G). Winners were drawn at random. Here is a full breakdown of the lucky overclockers:

The following overclockers will each receive a HyperX Savage DDR4 Kit:

  • Division I - Digg_de
  • Division II - Lochekey
  • Division III - xXbladeXx
  • Division IV - mirzet1976
  • Division V - max1024
  • Division VI - StingerYar
  • Division VII - Martin White
  • The following overclockers will be sent a HyperX Savage 120GB SSD:

  • Division I - Pedro2553
  • Division II - SergeyR
  • Division III - MetalRace
  • Division IV - Darky
  • Division V - Sweet
  • Division VI - FoX_UA
  • Division VII - pipes
  • Congrats to all the winners in Round 2 of this season’s Challenger Divisions. Remember that you can find more information about scores, submissions and prizes here, here and here on OC-ESPORTS.

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    Dhenzjhen Breaks GPUPI 1B World Record with 11 Tesla Workstation Cards

    Sometimes get the feeling that it’s always the other guys that gets to have all fun? Be warned. You’re about to have that feeling right now. Dhenzjhen is the Philippines current No.1 overclocker and is also currently ranked No.6 in the world. While he’s not in a fight for dual-core CPU dominance he can be found testing some seriously impressive server rigs. Recently he’s been playing with a server that runs a pair of Intel Xeon E5 2689 v4 Broadwell-EP chips, plus eleven Nvidia Tesla workstation cards. Envious yet?

    Using the server rig mentioned above dhenzjhen was able to submit a new World Record score for GPUPI 1B of 2sec 485ms, just ahead of Bulgaria’s OLDcomer who held the previous best score of 2sec 502ms using eight Radeon R9 290X cards. The new record takes advantage of the latest M40 Tesla workstation cards. The system packed 10 of theses 250 watt beasts, each of which has a Maxwell-based GM200 GPU (with 3072 Nvidia CUDA cores per chip) and a healthy 24GB of GDDR5 memory. The cards were run at stock settings and were joined by an additional Nvidia M4 card. Did I mention however that the pair of 10 core (20 thread) Broadwell-EP E5 2689 v4 processors were pushed to a tasty 3,700MHz (+32.14%)?

    Apart from setting the hearts of on looking overclockers aflutter, dhenzjhen also earned himself a 100 points for the World Record, 39.5 points for the multiple GPU (database doesn’t recognize more than four) 1st place ranking, plus 2 hardware points for the Tesla cards. You can check out the submission from Dhenzjhen for yourself here.

    Xtreme Addict (Briefly) Takes World No1. Ranking from Dancop

    The battle for top spot in the HWBOT world rankings is really heating up. Dancop has pretty much had the throne all to himself since 8 pack abdicated several months ago. Since then Xtreme Addict has been edging his way up ever closer. Remarkably, in the last few hours we have seen XA claim the celebrated top spot, if only briefly, as Dancop almost immediately struck back to reclaim it for himself. Currently the two sit in the top two spaces with Dancop enjoying a slim lead of just 63.7 points.

    In the last few days we have plotted the gradual ascension of Xtreme Addict to the throne of world overclocking, the HWBOT World No1 ranking. On Tuesday we noted how XA had accrued a massive 884 points with 20 submissions in the space of just 24 hours, an achievement based on XA digging through his hardware locker and collecting hardware points with older Intel Core Duo processors. Just yesterday we found XA (literally) breaking Catzilla 720p and 1440p World Records using triple and quad SLI’d GTX 980 Ti cards and an i7 6950X .

    It seems all of this work has paid off as he briefly managed to take top spot earlier today. Top spot was taken with an XTU submission using an i3 6320 processor to hit a score of 742 marks. Despite being only the 52nd highest ranked score on HWBOT, the popularity of XTU means that XA garnered a substantial 166.44 global points, plus 29.4 hardware points – more enough to carry him over the line to 1st place.

    Dancop then retook the 1st place with two submissions. Firstly he submitted a 3DMark05 score of 78,422 marks using a Core i7 6700K and a GeForce GTX 580. This gave him 48.9 hardware points. Secondly he enjoyed a turn on the XTU floor, also using the Core i3 6320 (remarkably scoring identically to XA with 742 points) which earned the German 166.4 Global points, 29.6 hardware points and his OC throne back.

    You know when these guys turn to dual core i3 processors on XTU that things are getting a touch scrappy, but it’s also an indication of how competitive these two friends really are. Congrats to Xtreme Addict for reaching the summit of Global Overclocking. Congrats also to Dancop for the swift retort. One thing is for certain – don’t take your eyes off this space. It could get messy.

    HWBOT Community Holds Fundraiser for Pulse88 & Rosty

    A week or so ago news emerged that Dimastech had officially gone out of business and was filing for bankruptcy in Italy. . Dimastech was a popular vendor of phase-change cooling systems and benchtables among other things. In the wake of the company’s demise however some overclockers were unluckily worse off, having paid up from for products that were ultimately not delivered - an outcome that has had a particularly negative outcome for two overclockers in particular; Pulse88 and Rosty.

    Considering the unfortunate nature of the circumstances outlined above, the HWBOT community has responded brilliantly. TheMadDutchDude, also known as Brendon, has kicked off a fundraising initiative on the HWBOT forum, essentially facilitating a way for members of the HWBOT community to make cash contributions to a fund which will then be divided equally between Pulse88 and Rosty. It’s not entirely clear how far the fundraiser will be able to compensate all losses, but it hoped that will considerably soften the blow.

    It’s great to see the overclocking community respond in this way. As a relatively new member myself, it is touching to see so many members actively trying to put right a situation that has made so many feel aggrieved.

    To make a donation to the fund simply follow the instructions posted by The MadDutchDude on the HWBOT forum here.

    Throwback Thursday: Turrican Runs Wprime 1024M for 50 days and 50 nights ...

    Today, as part of our Throwback Thursday series, we pay homage to a late, great member of the HWBOT team and a day back in July 2010 when he did something so remarkable it’s actually well worth revisiting. Turrican, known to many on HWBOT simply as Karl, was legend in terms of his dedication to overclocking. We take you back to a day six years ago when he proved just how dedicated he really was.

    On July 7th 2010 we posted a quick news piece which revealed how he had actually attempted to complete a Wprime 1024M run using a vary much outdated and Intel i486DX, a single core 24MHz processor that was available on the market in the early 1990’s. Wprime 1024M is known as a slow 2D benchmark, even today, a Core i7 6950X needs the best part of a minute to complete a run. However, using a 24MHz CPU from 1990 takes considerably longer. How’s about 50 days and nights!

    Here’s what Massman had to say in a newsflash article back in 2010:

    “I'm certainly not lying when I say I’m an absolute overclocking addict. Be it testing the newest hexa-cores, a couple of videocards in multi-GPU configuration, or breaking out the old K6/2 and Pentium 2 ... I'll enjoy it all. What I have not done before, however, is run a benchmark for 50 DAYS in a row!”

    “Austrian Hardware Master Turrican, however, is a tad more crazy than I am, it seems. Not only did he keep an i468SX running for 50 days to complete a run of Wprime 1024M, he also found a "bug" in the HWBOT database ... apparently it's "impossible" to submit a score carrying seven digits. Lame, server, very very lame!”

    Catch the full post from July 7th 2010 here.

    Xtreme Addict Breaks Two Catzilla World Records (with Off The Scale Scoring)

    Xtreme Addict it seems is not interested in taking a summer break from his main passion, Overclocking. In fact it seems that the World No.2 is doing everything in his power to catch with Dancop in the world rankings on HWBOT. Today we find XA taking aim both the 720p and 1440p Catzilla World Records armed with an Intel Core i7 6950X and 3x GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards. In almost hilarious fashion, the new 720p score busts the 100k barrier and can thusl actually be described as off the scale i.e. the score literally does not fit within the app's score field.

    The new Catzilla 720p World Record is a massive 100,179 marks, significantly ahead of the previous best of 96,708 marks from Dancop. It’s the addition of that extra sixth digit that breaks the app developer's mold, as you can see in the screenshot above.

    The score was made with a Broadwell-E Core i7 6950X tuned to 5,125Mhz, a huge +70% beyond the deca-core chip’s default settings. Vitally, he employed three of his limited edition Galax (KFA2) GTX 980 Ti Hall of Fame LN2 GOC cards, all of which had GPUs tuned to be 53% faster than stock, hitting a tasty 1,650MHz with graphics memory also cranked higher to 2,175MHz (+24%).

    To crack the Catzilla 1440p World Record, XA used the same Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, i7 6950X processor, however adding an additional GTX 980 Ti HOF LN2 GOC card to hit a score of 5,7175 marks. This time edging past (and taking points off) 8 Pack from the UK.

    The points haul for Xtreme Addict puts him almost within sight of the World No.1 spot on HWBOT. The Catzilla 1440p WR run earns him 130 points while the 720p record is worth 144.5 WR and Global points. This all means that our Polish OC master is only 58.4 points away from overcoming Germany's dancop.

    You can find the 720p World record and of course the1440p submissions here. . You can also find the full overclocking world rankings here.

    [PRO OC] DDR4 4x4GB Overclocking: Motherboard Challenge

    Elite Overclocker and current World No.2, Michal “Xtreme Addict” Vobozil examines the issues involved with DDR4 4x4GB overclocking at maximum efficiency levels, comparing and testing Z170 motherboards from four major vendors.

    Featuring HyperX Fury DDR4 Memory: Today I bring you another article for both the Extreme OC Community [XOC] and daily OC enthusiasts, this time focusing on 24/7 stability with proper (tight) settings with all memory DIMM slots filled. I hope the information gathered in this article will help users to forget about Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (“XMP”) and unleash the full potential of their systems.

    I have tried to included lot of detailed information in this article, combining a memory setting guide with OC tests of four popular motherboards. The results present us with a lot of interesting facts. Let’s look at MSI’s case – a strong connection with Kingston HyperX and full cooperation to make the HOT Final as good as it could be results in a very mature, fine-tuned BIOS for Hynix AFR memories. This is one of the facts why extreme overclocking is important and how it affects daily enthusiasts – where there is a demand for the best possible performance/result, more engineers are involved into making the product flawless. Please note that for the test I used the newest BIOS, and indeed it included the implementation of all HOT BIOS tweaks.

    Full article at OC-ESPORTS.io

    SuperPI 32M 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (July 21, 2016) - Splave Fastest at 5 minutes and 53.296 seconds with Skylake

    Just like every month we have a look at the SuperPI 32M low-clock challenge threads in our forum and make a list of the most efficient overclocks for various CPU architectures. In the Intel category, Splave (United States) is currently still leading with his Skylake submission of 5 min 53.296 seconds. He improved his previous best by tuning the memory further to DDR4-4086 C12-11-11-28 In the AMD category the competition with Excavator is pushing AMD towards the 10 minute mark for sub-5GHz submissions. L0ud_sil3nc3 (United States) is currently leading the race with a time of 10 min 12.078 seconds. Splave also grabs the top result for Zambezi, edging out fellow countryman Bones by two seconds.

    Check out the full table below. For more information and efficient SuperPI 32M overclocking results, check out the low-clock threads in our Overclocking and Tweaking sub-forum and the SuperPI 32M Low Clock - Fastest Per Architecture forum thread.

    Congratulations to all the leaders in their specific categories!


    SuperPI 32M Intel 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (July 21, 2016)

    Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
    Skylake 5 min 53.296 sec Splave Core i7 6700K G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-4086 C12-11-11-28 ASRock Z170M OC Formula
    Broadwell-E 6 min 10.469 sec Fugger Core i7 6950X Kingston HyperX Impact DDR4-3400 C12-16-16-28 ASUS Rampage V Extreme
    Broadwell 6 min 14.625 sec Splave Core i7 5775C Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-2000 C7-7-7-21 ASRock Z97 OC Formula
    Haswell-E 5 min 55.328 sec Dancop Core i7 5960X G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-3333 C10-11-11-28 ASUS Rampage V Extreme
    Haswell 5 min 53.687 sec Bullant Core i7 4770K G.SKILL PI DDR3-2858 C6-9-6-21
    Ivy Bridge 6 min 15.562 sec Bullant Core i7 3770K DDR3-2630 C6-9-6-24 ASRock Z77 OC Formula
    Sandy Bridge 6 min 30.359 sec Bullant Core i7 2600K G.SKILL PI DDR3-2268 C6-8-6-20 GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4 TH
    Gulftown 7 min 5.297 sec Gazza30 Core i7 980X Kingston DDR3-2000 C7-7-6-20 GIGABYTE X58A-UD7
    Bloomfield 7 min 8.020 sec Dsjjang Core i7 920 DDR3-1898 C6-7-6-19 ASUS P6T WS Professional

    SuperPI 32M AMD 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (July 21, 2016)

    Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
    Carrizo 10 min 12.078 sec L0ud_sil3nc3 Athlon X4 845 G.SKILL Flare DDR3-1934 MHz C6-9-9-24 ASUS Crossblade Ranger
    Kaveri 12 min 17.437 sec Zeropluszero A10-7850K DDR3-2400 MHz C8-11-9-18 GIGABYTE F2A88XN-Wifi
    Vishera 14 min 9.391 sec Robbo2 FX-8350 G.SKILL PI DDR3-2600 C8-11-8-24 ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Richland 14 min 9.156 sec Newlife A6-6420K G.SKILL TridentX DDR3-2368 C7-10-10-8 GIGABYTE F2A88XN-Wifi
    Trinity 14 min 11.016 sec Dinos22 A10-5800K Corsair Dominator DDR3-2666 C9-12-12-24 GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4
    Zambezi 15 min 16.953 sec Splave FX-4200 Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-2234 C7-8-8-18 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
    Llano 14 min 3.188 sec D3mox A8-3870K G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-2112 C7-10-7-24 GIGABYTE A75-UD4H
    Kabini 16 min 39.016 sec Wizerty Athlon 5350 G.SKILL PI DDR3-2026 C7-9-6-24 ASUS AM1I-A
    Thuban 13 min 42.953 sec Bones Phenom II X6 1100T BE G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-1944 C7-9-7-24 ASUS Crosshair V Formula
    Deneb 13 min 24.078 sec I.nfraR.ed Phenom II X4 965 BE Corsair Dominator GTX2 DDR3-1846 C6-6-6-18 GIGABYTE 970A-UD3

    Rookies Help Rookies: Optimized AMD Benching with 3DMark11 Physics

    Last Friday we added a new sub-forum to the HWBOT forum called Rookies Help Rookies. The idea was quite simple; to create a space where less experienced overclockers can share information and help each other progress.

    In the spirit of sharing and helping, HWBOT member mickulty just kicked off a thread in the new Rookies Help Rookie sub-forum entitled ‘How I got a high 3dmark physics score in the Rookie Rumble’. In response to a PM from a fellow Rookie overclocker, Mickulty (who is the current No1. rookie on HWBOT btw) offers several insights and advice on the topic of optimizing and improving your 3DMark11 Physics score when using AMD hardware. His advice includes the choice of AMD Phenom processor, the advantages of also using pushing you’re the GPU and how optimize the OS and memory timings to the most out of your hardware.

    Thanks for sharing mickulty. It’s clearly advice that’s worth taking on board as mickulty has gone from scoring 4,871 Points in 3Dmark11 Physics (a score that helped him seal runner up spot in the AMD Rookie Rumble #29 contest), to an improved score of 4,982 points which is currently the second highest ever recorded using an AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE processor.

    If you have more to add, or experiences to share with the Rookie community, go ahead and have your say here on the Rookie Help Rookies sub-forum.

    3DMark Time Spy-Gate: In Summary

    What do you get if take a pair of new GPU architectures, add a new API and a new benchmark…. Answer? A whole load of debate and plenty of discordant noise. It all started when some clued up people on the Overclock.net started debating the relative pros and cons of Futuremark’s decision to not implement any vendor specific architectural optimizations in its latest Time Spy benchmark which was rolled out earlier this week.

    Claims from the AMD fanboy estate fiercely point out that AMD has invested a great deal in making sure that its architecture is optimized for the arrival of DX12, and more specifically, ‘asynchronous computing’. Asynchronous computing in DX12 allows for applications to make specific choices about how the workload is distributed across GPU cores. This means that a 3D video game application can a) know which GPU is being used and b) make workload and queuing decisions to optimize the experience.

    One example that is used to illustrate just how AMD have worked hard and succeeded at making its Polaris GPUs optimized in a specific title is the massively improved experienced in Doom when using the Vulkan API (an alternative to DX12 which also supports asynchronous computing). According to German tech reviewers Computebase, a true implementation of asynchronous compute would give AMD a significant performance boost, whereas Nvidia would see significantly less improvement.

    So why did Futuremark decide to not implement vendor specific optimizations for asynchronous computing? After all it is a key feature of DX12, and Time Spy is billed as the first DX12 benchmark? A statement released by the company states:

    “Asynchronous compute is one of the most interesting new features in DirectX 12…. The implementation is the same regardless of the underlying hardware. In the benchmark at large, there are no vendor specific optimizations in order to ensure that all hardware performs the same amount of work. This makes benchmark results from all vendors comparable across multiple generations of hardware. Whether work placed in the COMPUTE queue is executed in parallel or in serial is ultimately the decision of the underlying driver.”

    So Futuremark are clearly trying to dispel any accusations of bias, instead arguing that using vendor specific optimizations would in fact be unfair. Users commenting on a reddit thread on the subject tend to disagree however:

    “…they just confirmed it's not a proper DX12 benchmark due to it not utilizing the benefits of DX12 low level optimization, all in the sake of "fairness" they used a single path... the path that fits Pascal architecture capabilites.”

    Reading the forum thread on OC.net and other comments around web, it’s clear that emotions between green and red camps can certainly run high. My view is perhaps that the customer should ultimately have a choice. If I want to assess how well a GPU vendor is doing in terms of low level optimizations to ‘get closer to the metal’ of a GPU, why shouldn’t a benchmark app provide me with that opportunity? Likewise, if I am of the opinion that a single, common path or compute implementation is fairer, perhaps I should have that option too.

    Yup. I vote for an on/off switch. Please add your thoughts in the forum thread below.