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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 6700K 6420 MHz The Overclocking Knights 1410 cb 105.9 pts 4   5
XTU Core i7 6700K 4990 MHz BoTSkill 1722 marks 55.3 pts 0   0
Catzilla - 1440p GeForce GTX Titan X 1480/2010 MHz george.kokovinis 49495 marks 45.9 pts 2   5
wPrime - 32m Core i7 6700K 6100 MHz DrTanK 3sec 249ms 40.9 pts 0   1
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i7 6700K 6200 MHz DrTanK 4min 13sec 103ms 40.5 pts 0   2
HWBOT Prime Core i7 6700K 5750 MHz hotrod717 7217.87 pps 38.5 pts 0   0
3DMark11 - Performance Radeon HD 6950 1030/1425 MHz Matt26LFC 8754 marks 38.0 pts 0   0
wPrime - 1024m Core i7 6700K 6100 MHz DrTanK 1min 42sec 984ms 37.9 pts 0   1
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset GeForce GTX 980 Ti   MetalRacer 6751.09 DX11 Marks 34.5 pts 0   0
3DMark11 - Performance Radeon HD 6950 1030/1450 MHz matthewgt86 8737 marks 30.1 pts 0   0


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Today the Overclocking in Focus series continues, this time putting the spotlight on one of the most respected overclockers from Europe. We are very happy to bring you an interview with FlanK3r, a leading overclocker from the Czech Republic.

"With overclocking, I started many years ago, in 2008 I think. Before computers was not my hobby because I needed from a computer was only gaming. But I was a student with not much money so I had old PCs, not for hardcore, high-end gaming. And so I started to be interested in my dream… a new PC. So read articles, on websites about hardware, forums and read about everything from the beginning."

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Splave First American Overclocker Since K|ngp|n in 2009 to Break PiFast World Record

The early adopters and industry backed overclockers have shown us, mortals, what Skylake is capable of when overclocked as high as possible. Launch day was packed with World Records and Global First Places. Some of the results published on August 5th have been beaten, but PiFast stood strong. Until Splave happened.

Remarkably, Splave is the first American PiFast World Record holder since K|ngp|n in 2009. On May 27 2009, K|ngp|n achieved 14.05 seconds with the Core 2 E8600, only to be beaten by F.O.G.N.A from Italy a couple of months later. Let's hope Splave's record will stand longer, although it certainly has attracted attention now.

For the World Record, Splave uses a liquid nitrogen cooled Core i7 6700K mounted on a Z170 OC Formula motherboard. He uses a kit of HyperX Predator DDR4 memory clocked at DDR4-3660 with Cas Latency 12. For more information, check out the submission page.


Futuremark: "How we protect our benchmarks from cheating"

Futuremark Press Communique:

"Have you been following the VW scandal? It's a timely reminder to be wary of manufacturers' claims. Our benchmarks help people see their hardware's true performance, but you might wonder how we ensure that the scores are honest and accurate? Our commitment to providing you with benchmarks you can trust means that:

  • - Futuremark has public rules for manufacturers. In short, a platform must treat the benchmark as if it were any other application.
  • - You can only get a valid 3DMark score for a Windows PC by using WHQL drivers that Futuremark has checked and approved.
  • - Futuremark was the first benchmark developer to delist and remove mobile devices with hidden optimizations from its performance rankings.
  • - All Futuremark benchmarks are backed by detailed technical guides that explain exactly what's being measured and how the scores are calculated.
  • - Futuremark's Hardware Channel and Best Mobile Devices lists only show publicly available models. Futuremark never lists or leaks unverified scores from pre-release hardware.

If you've been writing about PC hardware for more than a decade, you'll remember the outcry when various vendors were caught making dubious driver optimizations. And more recently, some smartphone manufacturers have tried, and failed, to cheat their way to higher benchmark scores. So if there is one thing to take away, it's that the cheaters always get caught. Not only because it is easy to detect, even without the special tools we have in our test lab, but because there are hundreds of press reviewers using 3DMark and PCMark, and millions of people benchmarking at home, all watching intently for any funny business."

Coming Soon! Details of the HyperX OC TakeOver Qualifier and Final

Even though we're at the dawn of winter in the northern hemisphere, it's getting HOT for overclocking. The HyperX OC TakeOver qualifier details will soon be announced at HWBOT and OC-ESPORTS, but here's what we can already give away:

There will be one global qualifier for all tickets to the grand final at the end of this year. The tickets are divided by region with a little twist. The hardware limitations require HyperX memory, a Skylake CPU, and of course a matching Z170 motherboard. As reigning champion, Xtreme Addict will attend to defend his back to back titles from the previous two editions of HOT. The finals will take place in the middle of December in California. The prize pool will be the same like last year, so stay tuned for the final announcement.

More information soon!

Steponz Shoots for Gold in HWBOT Prime 8xCPU - Contending with #1 Dancop

steponz hwbot prime x99-soc champion

Steponz from the USA and Dancop from Germany are the two top contenders for gold in the 8xCPU HWBOT Prime global ranking. At the moment of writing, Steponz just pulled a 9841 pps from the backup folder leaving Dancop two points behind.

The past couple of weeks Steponz had been busy defending and attacking the top spots in the single GPU benchmark rankings such as 3DMark11 Performance and the two 3DMark Fire Strikes. The HWBOT Prime is a change of terrain as the US-based overclocker isn't too active in 2D benchmarks usually. Dancop on the other hand is well-versed in both 2D and 3D and is the current #1 in the Overclockers League.

Steponz' current Global First Place system consists of an Intel Core i7 5960X at 6260 MHz, 16GB of G.SKILL DDR4 memory clocked at DDR4-3070C11, the GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion and a Corsair 1500W power supply. Cooling-wise, he chooses the Gelid GC-Extreme and a KPC F1 Dark. You can find more information on the submission page.

PC Gamer's How to Overclock your AMD Processor Guide with the A10-7870K CPU

amd overclocking guide

As AMD pushes back the Zen architecture back to end of Q4 next year or even 2017, the owners of AMD processors need to wait a bit longer to get an upgrade. For the AMD users, PC Gamer compiled an easy AMD overclocking guide using the A10-7870K Godavari CPU.

The A10-7870K is a refresh of the Kaveri architecture and is, well, not so popular at HWBOT. With only 51 submissions in the database, it's doing significantly worse than its A10-7850K predecessor. But we digress. In the PC Gamer guide you'll find tips and tricks on how to overclocking the AMD processor using an ASUS A88X Pro motherboard and a couple of G.SKILL TridentX DDR3 sticks. Using a combination of the AMD Overdrive software tool and the motherboard BIOS, you get a brief introduction to everything AMD overclocking. That includes: CPU, Northridge, Memory, and even iGPU tuning!

Fly over to for more information and details on overclocking the AMD A10-7870K!

Up For Some GeForce 8800 Action? is Throwing the 8800 Destruction Contest

The overclocking season 2015 at HWBOT and OC-ESPORTS is running at its end as the last quarter of the year is reserved for live competitions such as the GALAX OC Carnival, HyperX OC TakeOver, and of course the Country Cup. This doesn't mean overclockers are ready to slow down yet, though. At there's a Geforce 8800 DESTRUCTION Competition running, for example.

Reading the competition introduction: The Geforce 8800 series are among the most iconic video cards ever produced by Nvidia. Now they lay forgotten in closets and drawers and garages. wants you to take them out, dust them off, solder them and ultimately destroy them. But, of course, not before laying down a few runs of 3DMark '01, '03 and Aquamark. If your thinking to yourself, "Why does OCN just like to give prizes to Dhenzjhen?" Do not worry. This contest is limited to Geforce 8800 of the GS, GT, and GTS varieties only. All GTX and ULTRA cards are banned from this competition, real overclockers use G92 Core."

Next to eternal OCN fame, there are also a couple of small cash prizes up for grabs: 1ST - $100, 2ND - $75, 3RD - $50, and $25 for the top submission without using subzero cooling.

For more information, check out the thread at!

We Need You! Get Involved with the Community Competition Task Force Initiative

hwbot community competition task force

With the introduction of the OC-ESPORTS platform for online and offline overclocking competitions, there are much more possibilities to host competition series. Series can focus on specific types of overclocking that certain people find more interesting. For example the Old School is Best School competitions focuses on legacy hardware and the Skylake Low-Clock Challenge focuses on tweaking the Skylake platform.

Organizing, maintaining, and supporting overclocking competitions is quite time-intensive. It requires good knowledge on the competition subject to choose the right stage duration, hardware limitations, and benchmarks. In case the competition is very popular, it also takes a lot of time to moderate the incoming submissions.

That’s where the Community Competition Task Force ("CCTF") Initiative comes in. Under the supervision of the senior moderator staff, members of the community can volunteer to help manage the community competitions from inception to moderation and announcing the results.

For more information, check out Christian's thread in the forum.

Get Ready for rAge 2015 (Oct 9-11) - Join the NAG OC Workshop with dRweEZ, Vivi, and ShockG!

nag overclocking workshop at rAge

For the South African overclockers out there, an exciting weekend is coming up! It's rAge time from October 9 to 11 in Johannesburg. If you're looking to break into the overclocking scene, check this out!

In collaboration with MSI, NAG is hosting an Overclocking Workshop. With teachers as prominent as ndrew "dRweEZ" Roberts, Goddy "ViVi" Roodt, and Neo "ShockG" Sibeko by your side, you're sure to have a solid introduction in the world of overclocking. And if that's not enough incentive, there's also a R$15,000 for the winners of the amateur tournament. Here's a summary of the event:

For the first time in South Africa, novice and amateur enthusiasts will get a chance to learn from some of the best overclockers in the world and compete for the latest hardware prizes. Throughout the weekend competitors will not only learn about Intel’s latest Z170 platform, but overclocking using the latest components from MSI, Corsair, G.SKILL and Intel.

There will be three sessions per day, with competitors selected from a pool of online entries. There will be three sessions on Friday and the winner of each of those sessions is entered into the final on Sunday. On Saturday the winners for each session again make it to the final on Sunday afternoon. On Sunday morning, a final session will determine the last two competitors for the weekend, who have to finish in 1st and 2nd place. On Sunday afternoon, there will be a total of 8 competitors for the final.

For more information on how to register, check out!

September 2015 World Record & Global First Place Report: 5 World Records and 59 Global First Places

During the month September 2015 a total of 5 World Records and 59 Global First Places were achieved by the overclockers listed below. The most successful overclocker is Xtreme Addict with 5 World Records. The most used components for the record-breaking achievements are: Core i7 5960X processor, ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard, ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix graphics card, HyperX Predator DDR4 memory, Corsair AX1500i Power Supply, and Samsung 840 Pro SSD.

Congratulations to all the overclockers involved: Dancop, der8auer, dRweEz, Gunslinger, k|ngp|n, l0ud_sil3nc3, nacho_arroyo, ObscureParadox, Rbuass, S14, SHIMIZU, Slinky PC, Sn0wMe, Splave.ROM, steponz, Strat, Wizerty, and Xtreme Addict.

September 2015 WR and GFP - 5 World Records!

Category First Second Third
Overclocker Xtreme Addict (5 WR / 0 GFP) Splave.ROM (0 WR / 10 GFP) Steponz (0 WR / 9 GFP)
Country Poland (5 WR / 0 GFP) United States (0 WR / 29 GFP) Brazil (0 WR / 9 GFP)
Team PURE (5 WR / 6 GFP) XtremeSystems (0 WR / 13 GFP) TecLab OC Team (0 WR / 9 GFP)
Processor Intel Core i7 5960X (5 WR / 31 GFP) Intel Core i7 6700K (0 WR / 22 GFP) Intel Xeon E5 2699 V3 (0 WR / 5 GFP)
Motherboard ASUS Rampage V Extreme (5 WR / 8 GFP) ASRock Z170 OC Formula (0 WR / 15 GFP) GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion (0 WR / 9 GFP)
Graphics Card ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix (5 WR / 2 GFP) GeForce GTX 980 Ti (0 WR / 19 GFP) EVGA GTX 980 Ti K|ngp|n Edition (0 WR / 9 GFP)
Memory HyperX Predator (5 WR / 6 GFP) G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 (0 WR / 10 GFP) G.SKILL Ripjaws Z (0 WR / 3 GFP)
Power Supply Corsair Professional Gold Series 1500W (5 WR / 9 GFP) Antec High Current 1300W (0 WR / 10 GFP) Seasonic Platinum 1200W (0 WR / 4 GFP)
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series (5 WR / 1 GFP) HyperX Predator (0 WR / 2 GFP)

Cowcotland win Novice Nimble #4 - Four Wins in a Row!

Novice Nimble #4 won by Cowcotland

The fourth edition of the Novice Nimble came a close a few days ago resulting in another dominant display from French overclockers Cowcotland who fended off and HWReady OC Official Team to retain the novice team OC crown. The Novice Nimble #4 also saw the largest ever field with 29 teams competing head to head across five unique stages based on a blend of Intel and AMD processors plus GPU benching. Let’s take a look at how it panned out in a little detail.

Congrats to all the team members who played a vital part on making the fourth ever Novice Nimble a success. Cowcotland once again proved to be the masters of group organisation with a real team effort that keeps them securely at the top of the Novice table. came a little closer to becoming Novice Nimble champions thanks to two solid wins in Stages 3 and 4 and will feel that the gap between themselves and the French champs has been closed to some extent. Don’t forget that the fifth installment of the Novice Nimble has just gotten under way. Check the link below to get involved, join a team and start pushing!

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