Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX 980 Ti 2200/2220 MHz Rbuass 63754 marks 145.0 pts 7   5
3DMark11 - Performance GeForce GTX 980 Ti 2131/2103.3 MHz steponz 36663 marks 143.8 pts 2   2
XTU Core i3 6320 4000 MHz TheMadDutchDude 741 marks 136.8 pts 3   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1955.4/2103.3 MHz steponz 24069 marks 98.2 pts 2   3
Catzilla - 1440p GeForce GTX 980 Ti 2220/2235 MHz Rbuass 21195 marks 94.6 pts 2   2
Catzilla - 1440p GeForce GTX 980 Ti 2172.9/2173.5 MHz steponz 21050 marks 71.3 pts 1   2
Catzilla - 1440p GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1955.4/2103.3 MHz steponz 36204 marks 65.4 pts 0   3
XTU Core i7 5960X 5500 MHz xXbladeXx 2878 marks 50.7 pts 1   0
HWBOT Prime Core i3 6320   coolhandluke41 5311.03 pps 43.6 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5820K 4800 MHz xMec 1919 marks 42.8 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

Today on Overclocker in Focus we are treated to an engrossing conversation with one of Europe’s most seasoned Elite overclockers. Leeghoofd is Belgium’s current No.1, a team leader and massive contributor for the Madshrimps Belgium OC Team, and by all accounts a really nice guy too. We get him talking about his slow rise up the ranks at HWBOT and his thoughts and hopes regarding the future of the game.

"That was one of my best moments, and also I think the first moment I came to Taipei when PJ qualified for the GIGABYTE GOOC in 2009? PJ, I’m still not remembering ...something like that. So also my first visit to Taipei and in fact meet the people who you are chatting with, Skyping with, ICQ even in those days. So it was like real fun. That’s also one of the things that keeps me motivated, to be part of the community and come to Taipei and hook up with everybody."

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Hardware news

Intel Launches Atom x5-E8000 Low Power Chips

It’s fair to say that not all Intel processor launches get the same attention. In fact some launches manage to occur well below the radar. Such is the case with Intel’s newest SoC Atom processors, the x5-E8000 series that are designed to power small devices that will eventually make up the 'Internet-of-Things'. The x5-E8000 series processors are 64-bit, quad-core processors that are actually based on the Braswell architecture. They’re not quite cheap as chips, but can be purchased for a tray price of $39 a piece.

Although launched as a ‘series’, thus far only one SKU has been confirmed. The x5-E8000 will have a clock speed of 1.04GHz and feature an integrated Intel HD graphics processor clocked at 320MHz. The x5-E8000 will also support up to 8GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, has x4 PCI 2.0 lanes and is capable of hooking up a maximum of three displays (eDP/DP/HDMI).

These new Atom x5-E8000 series chips may not light up the overclocking scene as much as the latest Skylake processors, but they do have a clock and doubtlessly they can (and probably will) be pushed to the max by somebody somewhere.

Read more on Liliputing here.


AMD Zen Opterons to Have 32 Cores

There is certainly a great deal of buzz surrounding AMD's forthcoming Zen architecture processors that are due to see the light of day some time towards the end of this year. Today that buzz is actually humming a little louder thanks to news that has surfaced regarding the Zen Opteron server parts which we now believe to have a very impressive 32 cores.

The story derives from a leaked slide that outlines the new Zen architecture including things we already knew (40% improvement in Instruction-per-clock, 14 nm FET process, DDR4 support etc), but the slide also mention the core-count and it looks like we’re getting 32 of them.

Along with their high-end desktop CPUs AMD’s server line up has not really evolved much in the last five years or so, a damning fact that has seen AMD fall way behind industry leaders Intel. The new Zen architecture designs target both of these market segments and represent possibly the company’s only realistic hope of gaining traction in the high-end desktop space. If the new top FX SKU has 32 cores, they might just have a chance.

Read the full story on Kitguru.

Micron Confirm GDDR5X to Reach Mass Production in Summer 2016

In a blog post on the company’s website a day or so ago, Micron have confirmed that they will begin mass production of GDDR5X memory in the summer of this year. They also confirmed that current samples are already hitting speeds of 13GB/s which means they remain on track for 14Gb/s performance at launch. This is good news for performance enthusiasts, especially of course in the area of graphics processors which should benefit massively from the improvements in speed as well as lower voltage and improved electrical performance.

According to Kristopher Kido, Director at Micron’s global graphics memory business:

“Micron is currently ramping GDDR5X to mass production, and will be announcing sample dates later this spring. We plan to be in full volume production this summer. I also hope to give you an update later this year on performance specifications. Based on the results so far, we believe that GDDR5X has the clear potential to achieve speeds of 14Gbps and potentially beyond.”

You can read the full blog on the Micron site here.


EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition – Built for VR

[Press Releasse] — The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR EDITION has arrived. Accelerated by the groundbreaking NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, the GTX 980 Ti delivers an unbeatable 4K and virtual reality experience.

With 2,816 NVIDIA CUDA Cores and 6GB of GDDR5 memory, it has the horsepower to drive whatever comes next. And with the VR EDITION, you get an included 5.25” drive bay with front HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 giving you easy access to your VR device’s input. The graphics card also has an internal HDMI connector, meaning no external cables will be visible.

New and Key Features - Built for VR: Included 5.25” Drive Bay with Front HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0. Internal HDMI: Connects to a 5.25” Drive Bay, no visible external wires! ACX 2.0+ Cooling: EVGA’s latest cooling solution offers improved cooling, reduced fan noise and better overclocking.6GB of GDDR5 Memory: Gives you access to higher texture qualities in games, improved 4K gaming performance and optimized for the next generation of gaming.

Learn more about the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition here

Microsoft Reveals Bug Fixes in Windows 10 Updates

Windows 10 might not be the darling of the Overclocking scene with the majority of chip pushers opting for the more mature Windows 7. In fact Windows 10 Windows 8.1 have had their issues when comes to Overclocking, but today the good news is that Microsoft have now decided to be much more open about exactly what issues are getting resolved in what Windows 10 update.

You can now visit this Windows 10 update site to see the bug fixes that have been applied with two of their most recent Win 10 updates released this month.

According to a Microsoft spokesperson:

"After listening to feedback regarding the level of disclosure for Windows 10 updates, we decided to implement a new system for communicating updates to the operating system. Today we are rolling out the Windows 10 update history site, a hub for the release notes that will accompany each update and serve as a historical record of prior release notes."

News source here on the Verge.

Budget Z170 OC? ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 Reviewed

If you’re an OC Rookie looking for some extra performance on a budget you might just be tempted to take a look at the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 from ASRock. It’s an ATX Z170 board that can be had for a very competitive $135 USD which is considerably cheaper than you’d ordinarily expect to pay for a board with the feature set and overclockability that the K4 has.

Tom's Hardware put the Z170 K4 through its paces to determine if a budget Z170 board can keep up with its more expensive brethren. In its favor, the Z170 K4 actually has four more voltage regulators than the absolute budget Z170 option from GIGABYTE, the Gigabyte Z170-HD3. But that does that really make a difference when pushing a Skylake processor? Here’s a sample of what veteran reviewer Thomas Soderstrom had to say:

“Even though the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 had a slight problem with voltage sag, it pushed our Core-i7 6700K to a stable 4.60 GHz. That far exceeds the limit of Gigabyte's cheaper Z170-HD3, and proves that the higher-current voltage controller is probably worth the difference in motherboard price for any user who relies on the performance advantage of CPU overclocking. DRAM overclocking was another matter, as the board's class-leading 2-DIMM data rate fell to a third-place 4-DIMM stability limit.”

The full review can be found here

SilverStone TD-02 Slim AIO Cooler Reviewed

Marc Adamas writing for has just published his review of the latest All-in-One CPU cooler from SilverStone. Like most AIO solutions around, it uses a radiator and a pre-filled, closed loop design that cools a standard cooper base – the main selling point with the TD02 Slim, as the name suggest, is that it slimmer than the majority of competing products out there. The radiator is self uses slimmer cooling fans that make the entire radiator only 37mm thick, handy when you’re restricted for space.

Here’s a taste of what Marc had to say:

“SilverStone has produced a unique All-In-One when it comes to the TD-02 Slim. The performance of the TD-02 Slim, while not the best, is very good considering its size. The TD-02 Slim is thin enough for users of mid-ATX cases to enjoy the benefits of water cooling. Creative users may even be able to squeeze this a small form factor setup but that would depend largely on the case and its dimensions.”

Check out the whole detailed review on HardOCP. .

Chi-Kui Lam Pushes i7 6700K to 7025.66MHz (+75.64%)

That man from Hong Kong is at it again, this time Chi-Kui Lam has pushed his i7 6700K to a massive to 7025.66MHz, making it the highest frequency for the Skylake top SKU yet recorded on HWBOT. The frequency is a very nice +75.64% beyond stock settings and was of course achieved using copious amounts of LN2 as well as an ASRock Z170M OC Formula board and G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 DDR4.

The new world record frequency edges out der8auer on 7007.85mhz. It’s also great to see PC Gaming media cover the news. Here’s a sample of what PC Gamer had to say about the submission:

“A couple of German overclockers, Der8auer and Dancop, came pretty close to that record recently using an Asus Maximus VIII Gene motherboard. They also impressively managed to increase the speed to over 7GHz, but fell just short of the record at 7007.85MHz, securing second place in the current rankings. This is the fastest speed for that specific motherboard and CPU combination however.”

Read more at PC Gamer here.

Check out the submission on HWBOT here.

Intel Shuts Down Cheap Skylake Overclocking

According to reports in the media, Intel has finally made a decisive and somewhat bold move of actually shutting down the loophole that allowed users to overclock non-K SKU Skylake processors. Since December of last year motherboard vendors started releasing revised BIOS versions that allowed users to increase performance by having full access the processor’s BCLK. Intel was rumored to be less than pleased, but today we finally have confirmation that they will issue a microcode update to motherboard vendors, which once implemented, will basically put end to non-K SKU overclocking.

According to PC World, an Intel spokesperson responded with the following quote:

“Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS. The latest update provided to partners includes, among other things, code that aligns with the position that we do not recommend overclocking processors that have not been designed to do so. Additionally, Intel does not warranty the operation of the processor beyond its specifications.”

So far it seems like the original BIOSes that allowed non-K SKU overclocking will remain usable out there in the wild, but in all likelihood newer boards will integrate the updated microcode.

Check out the full story on PC World.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 6, 2016: 181 pts by Sskmercer (Australia)

Last week we received 5041 benchmark results from 1020 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 58% of the active community. They were responsible for 40% 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.

The most valuable submission of the week is Sskmercer' XTU score of 742 points in the 2xCPU category which is one point higher than a dozen other overclockers got over the past couple of weeks. The scores result in 181 points contributing to the Overclockers League. In the Elite class we find the 3DMark03 World Record by Dancop with a set of Geforce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards. In the Enthusiast class we find Noliso from Germany also riding high in the XTU 2xCPU category. In the Novice class we find oTaNeR from Portugal and in the Rookie class we find Crimson OC from Italy, both active in the XTU 6xCPU ranking.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 6 generated in total 175 World Record Points, 7050.4 Global Points, and 8266.4 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 15% for Elite, 39% for Extreme, 17% for Enthusiast, 10% for Novice, and 20% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 12% Extreme, 14% Enthusiast, 14% Novice, and 58% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 6, 2016

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 178.8 points Dancop 3DMark03 (WR)
Extreme 181 points Sskmercer XTU 2xCPU (1st)
Enthusiast 52.8 points Noliso XTU 2xCPU (22nd)
Novice 42.4 points oTaNeR XTU 6xCPU (119th)
Rookie 35.3 points Crimson OC XTU 6xCPU (85th)

Top Hardware Points - Week 6, 2016

League Points Overclocker Benchmark
Elite 39.4 points Oldscarface 3DMark03 Radeon HD 5970 (2nd)
Extreme 49.8 points Rauf 3DMark05 GeForce GTX 480 (1st)
Enthusiast 24.4 points Niko993 3DMark11 Performance Radeon HD 6850 (1st)
Novice 24.3 points Andreacos92 XTU Core i7 4710HQ (12th)
Rookie 24 points Davidblanc333 XTU Core i5 4690K (67th)