Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
GPUPI - 1B Titan X Pascal 2240/2851.2 MHz Slinky PC 10sec 347ms 67.1 pts 1   1
3DMark - Fire Strike Titan X Pascal 2100/2790 MHz Slinky PC 41338 marks 51.2 pts 0   0
Memory Clock DDR3 SDRAM 2400 MHz mr_aleks 2400 MHz 49.9 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Titan X Pascal   MetalRacer 27341 marks 47.2 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 5000 MHz stivut 1797 marks 44.4 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 3770 4316 MHz aerotracks 918 marks 39.6 pts 0   1
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme Titan X Pascal   MetalRacer 15752 marks 38.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4990 MHz OC Nub 1722 marks 38.3 pts 0   0
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX 1080 2354/1435.5 MHz guerreiro215 57058 marks 37.5 pts 0   0
3DMark11 - Performance GeForce GTX 1080 2316/1435.2 MHz guerreiro215 31757 marks 37.1 pts 0   0

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The Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2016 was confirmed a week ago. Today we can bring you an update about the rules and format of the World Series contest that will take place during the event. The Asia Pacific leg of the World Tour will largely follow the same structure that has been employed throughout the year with Amateur and Extreme World Series contests running side by side. In Indonesia however the Amateur contest will be integrated with the AOCT (Amateur OverClocking Tournament) organised and regulated by the staff at JagatReview (see below).


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18 Competitions Lose OC-ESPORTS Points in September

The OC-ESPORTS points are a part of the equation for the HWBOT Overclockers League leaderboard as the league is based on a member's best 15 combined global and wr scores overall, best 20 hardware scores overall, and the 10 best OC-ESPORTS points from the past 365 days. To help you understand why you may lose points this point, below you can find a table of the competitions which will lose their points this month.


Competitions Losing Points in September 2016

Competition Date of Losing Points Level Winner
Rookie Rumble #22 2015-09-19 1 SergeyR
Rookie Rumble AMD #19 2015-09-19 1 Ncn_md
Novice Nimble #4 2015-09-19 1 Cowcotland
MSI Godlike OC Tournament: Ambient 3D Battle 2015-09-20 1 Raules009
MSI Godlike OC Tournament: Extreme 3D Battle 2015-09-20 1 DrWeez
Challenger 2015 Div I Round 3 2015-09-30 1 Steponz
Challenger 2015 Div II Round 3 2015-09-30 1 D0minat0r
Challenger 2015 Div III Round 3 2015-09-30 1 Demac
Challenger 2015 Div IV Round 3 2015-09-30 1 Gubben
Challenger 2015 Div V Round 3 2015-09-30 1 Topdog
Challenger 2015 Div VI Round 3 2015-09-30 1 Kristjan.krusic
Challenger 2015 Div VII Round 3 2015-09-30 1 QuickFast
Pro OC 2015 Round 3 2015-09-30 1 Team Pro OC EU
HWBOT Team Cup 2015 2015-09-30 2 Warp9-systems
HWBOT Team Cup 2015 - SC1: CPU Challenge 2015-09-30 1 Warp9-systems
HWBOT Team Cup 2015 - SC2: GPU Challenge 2015-09-30 1 AwardFabrik
HWBOT Team Cup 2015 - SC3: MEM Challenge 2015-09-30 1 Warp9-systems
HWBOT Team Cup 2015 - SC4: MISC Challenge 2015-09-30 1 Warp9-systems

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Overclocking: Taking Intel Down the Rabbit Hole

The great thing about working for HWBOT is that once in a while you find yourself taking to major technology companies on behalf of the overclocking community. One such occasion happened just a week or two ago as Massman (or Pieter as he is also known) was invited to attend IDF (Intel Developer Forum) in San Francisco. As well as taking the opportunity to bask in the warm glow of Intel’s latest technologies and take in the company’s vision for the near future (which also included a presentation from Overclocking czar Dan Ragland), Pieter also had the chance to connect with Intel’s leading thinkers at their conference center in Hillsbro, Oregon - a rare chance to interface with the company’s decision makers and influencers.

Armed with a Power Point presentation Pieter talked at length about Overclocking, the community, the HWBOT leagues and contests and essentially everything that Intel probably (or perhaps almost certainly) does not know about Overclocking. The presentation has since been uploaded to SlideShare and can be viewed within this page (on the left).

Entitled ‘Overclocking - Going Down the Rabbit Hole’, the presentation contains a pretty thorough walkthrough of the history of overclocking, the motivations of the people who participate, the many levels and types of overclocking that exist, the contests, the star players and more. What wasn’t covered was how to make money from having ‘K’ SKU CPU models, Z chipsets and other strictly business orientated topics.

By all accounts the audience of several dozen Intel employees not only enjoyed what they saw, they also engaged with the topic and had plenty of questions along the way. Check out the presentation slide included here and get a glimpse of what HWBOT is doing behind the scenes to influence one of the biggest and most important companies in the industry.

HWBOT World Tour 2016 Asia Pacific Giveaway: Enter, Share and Win

As is our custom on the eve of a HWBOT World Tour event, we have lined up some superb prizes for a giveaway in celebration of the Asia Pacific leg of tour which kicks off in just a few days time. The prizes this time around are as attractive as ever thanks to the generosity of our partners Corsair, Intel, Seasonic and Streacom. The giveaway is in celebration of the forthcoming Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT Tour which lands in Yogyakarta, Indonesia this coming Saturday.

To enter the contest, all you have to do is make sure that you ‘like’ our Facebook page plus those of our HWBOT World Tour partners, share it on your own Facebook page and hey presto - you will be entered in the prize draw. The contest is open until September 18th 11pm GMT+8 and as an added bonus, you get a bonus entry if you invite a friend to participate.

In terms of prizes on offer, the prize draw winners are in line to receive a Corsair Vengeance LED 2 x 8GB memory kit, an Intel Core i5 6600K CPU, a Seasonic P-1000 Power Supply and a Streacom BC1 Open Benchtable.

Check out the HWBOT World Tour Asia Pacific Giveaway here on our Facebook page.

Overclock.net Win Novice Nimble #10 (Yet Again…)

You could say with absolute certainty that there is a pattern emerging in this year’s Novice Nimble series on OC-ESPORTS. A pattern that involves Overclock.net winning in each and every round of the contest, and one that persists once again here in Round #10. The tenth round of the contest came to halt just a few days ago with the OCN gang taking top spot with a total of 241 points and outright wins in four out of five stages. Again, a very dominant display from the US-based Novice overclocking syndicate and forum. In second place we have the French contingent making their mark with Cowcotland on 214 points. Reddit overclocking club house /r/overclocking arrive in third place on 170 points. Let’s take a look at the standings, scores and major players in Round #10 of the Novice Nimble 2016 season.

The Novice Nimble as the name would suggest, is all about teams of Novice League overclockers on HWBOT competing head to head. In terms of format, the contest basically uses the same concept as the Country Cup. To move up the leaderboard, you need to improve your team’s best-of-three average for each stage. An important factor is that each submission must use different hardware.

Full article at OC-ESPORTS

ASUS ROG RealBench Challenge I: Begins September 2nd

We are just a day or two away from the kick off of the RealBench challenge on OC-ESPORTS. The contest is broken up into four parts or challenges, each lasting 11 days. The first Challenge runs from September 2nd to September 12th and basically involves benching on any quad-core CPU. Here’s a basic break down of the rules:

The contest is open to HWBOT members from all leagues, however in terms of hardware cooling you are restricted to non-extreme methods i.e. CPUs must be shown to be over 30 degrees Celsius. In terms of hardware platforms only socket LGA 2011 platforms are forbidden - both AMD and Intel platforms can be used. CPUs in Challenge 1 are limited to a maximum of 4 cores. Combatants must use the custom HWBOT version of the RealBench app. A more complete listing of all the rules, limitations and scoring can be found here.

The RealBench application is developed by the ROG team at ASUS. It includes four subs tests, each involving an Open Source software component; image editing, H.264 video encoding, OpenCL plus a heavy multi-tasking test which engages all three tests simultaneously. In terms of prizes, the first stage winner will receive an ASUS Gladius gaming mouse, plus a Whetstone mouse pad. The real draw however arrive at the end of the contest when the top three receive a ‘Next-Gen’ motherboard. Note: specific rules and limitations for each Challenge will be announced just prior to the start of each challenge(just to ramp up the tension to the max).

Check out the first round of theASUS ROG RealBench Challenge here on OC-ESPORTS.

Geekbench 4 Launched and Available Now

Today we got news that Primate Labs has updated their Geekbench benchmark application to version 4. Geekbench 3 has in fact been around for quite a while, and was launched back in 2013 with an emphasis on being cross-platform and offering two scores with each run, single-core and multi-core. The new and updated version 4 is designed take advantage of 64-bit processors with larger memory subsystems. There are also new CPU workloads that are larger and more demanding, putting stress on the CPU, its cache and memory as well as new workloads that specifically stress the GPU.

In the words of Geekbench founder John Poole:

“Geekbench 4 introduces several new and updated CPU workloads. These workloads are larger and more ambitious than the workloads in Geekbench 3, and are designed to put more stress on the CPU, its cache, and its memory subsystem. These updated workloads include several well-known codebases that are used every day on mobile devices, such as LLVM, SQLite, and PDFium. These updated workloads model real-world tasks and applications, and provide an objective measure of the performance of the CPU in your phone or laptop.”

“Geekbench 4 also introduces new GPU Compute workloads. These workloads measure the computational performance of GPUs. More and more applications use the GPU instead of the CPU for better performance or lower power usage. Geekbench 4 includes 8 GPU Compute workloads and include tasks such as image processing, computational photography, and computer vision, all of which are a natural fit for highly-parallel GPU architectures.”

You can learn more about the new Geekbench 4 benchmark and also download it for yourself here at the geekbench.com

Buildzoid Livestreams Final Cheapaz Chips Benching Session with Nvidia GT 710

The Cheapaz Chips contest on OC-ESPORTS is just hours away from its conclusion and as predicted we find several overclockers submitting their scores to the contest at the last minute. While some could well be accused of sandbagging, there are some overclockers who simply didn’t get around to running all the benchmarks yet. One such overclocker is Buildzoid who actually made his first submission in Stage 1 several weeks ago. Having made a Catzilla 576p score of 3,801 marks, a score ranked in seventh place in Stage 1, last weekend he finally found time to return to his work with the GT 710 and start posting scores in the other two stages.

The cool thing, however, is that in true Buildzoid fashion, he decided to record the entire benching session, for no more reason than the entertainment and possible education of us all. The outcome of the session turned out to be reasonably fruitful, scoring in the top ten of each stage to arrive at the overall position of 7th in the contest so far.

Just a few days ago we took a look at the Cheapaz Chips leaderboard where Frenchman orion24 was in the ascendancy with Aussie macsbeach close behind. Today however we see a different picture emerging with Greek overclocker $@39@ coming from out of nowhere to claim straight wins across all stages. That’s right, $@39@ now sits at the top of the table with a points total of a maximum 150 points. He is now followed by Coolfx from Germany on 142 points.

With just over 24 hours to go, it will be interesting to see if $@39@ can be challenged. Until then, feel free to get into the spirit of the contest and check out the live stream from Buidzoid, an excellent synopsis of what the contest is all about.

Check out all the scores and standings from the Cheapaz Chips Season 1 contest here on OC-EPSORTS.

The Open Benchtable Project: Interview with Streacom’s Head of Design

The Open Benchtable officially became a reality last week with the official launch of the Community Edition. Today we are treated to an in-depth video interview with Xyala from OverClocking-TV and Shimon, Streacom’s head of design and manufacturing. The resulting conversation goes a long to revealing how the worlds, most portable and versatile benchtable came actually came into being.

The interview actually covers a great deal of ground; discussing the overall design approach that led to the final design that we have today, plus the specific materials used and the manufacturing processes involved in producing the product. Here’s a small excerpt from the full interview transcript:

Tim: “So when you start working on a project, so first you mentioned you research the market to see what is out there. What was the next step basically, following that?”

Shimon: “Ok, so I think at that point our initial thought was ok, I think you need to define what it needs to do in terms of spec, you know what type of motherboards it needs to support, what PSU size it needs to support. And then beyond that I think it was really just down to, ok here here’s a blank piece of paper, this is what it needs to do. Anything can be put down.”

“Of course the initial idea was a flat table, it was obvious that it was going to be something like that. But with the design process, what we normally need to have is the brief, and I think it’s a moment where you kind of have the inspiration. So it’s not really sure when that happens but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. I think at that point you have an idea which makes that product, differentiate it, gives it its character.

“So for me that was the point where with the feet and the handle and I think that has always been the defining characteristic of the Open Benchtable. Even if you compare the final product to the early prototype, that element hasn’t really changed and I think that was the defining moment of the product. The feet layout, the shape of the feet, the way they fit into the table and the carry handle. “

Catch the full interview here on the Open Benchtable.com

ASUS ROG: The Red Pill - Opening the Door to Overclocking

Here’s an article from the ASUS ROG blog that caught our eye. Written by Simon Marshall, the article is entitled ‘The Red Pill – Opening the Door to Overclocking’. The analogy is of course from the movie ‘The Matrix’ where the character Morpheus offers Neo a choice of pills. One pill will allow you to wake up in your own bed oblivious that anything happened, while the choice of the red pill will take you on a journey to see just how far the rabbit hole goes. It’s actually an analogy that we have used on several occasions at HWBOT HQ, placing overclocking as the actual rabbit hole, an analogy borrowed from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

The article urges newbies to dip their toe in the world overclocking with the promise that there is a lot to explore once you get started. Here’s a sample of the article from Marshall, which deals primarily with the art of GPU overclocking:

“The main things you’ll want to keep in mind when overclocking are heat, stability and a fearless attitude (blue screens of death can be common when tweaking, but aren’t normally anything serious). If you're playing games, stability is key because a BSOD is no laughing matter (for you anyway).

There are some danger signs to watch out for. If your GPU temperature is 90 degrees or above, it’s best to stop what you’re doing as soon as possible. Throwing water on the PC is not necessary. If your rig starts shaking like a freight train or making unusual noises, again, it’s probably a good idea to stop. Luckily, it’s easy to keep an eye on temperatures with software like GPU Tweak II, and you can adjust fans speeds to keep everything nice and comfortable.”

Catch the full article here on the ASUS ROG blog.

The Lab #2: Sub-Zero Insulation Guide with MSI Z170i Gaming Pro AC

There are several important skills you need to acquire before attempting sub-zero or extreme overclocking. One of the most crucial skills is that of motherboard preparation, a task that for many overclockers involves the dark art of Vaseline application. DrWeez has produced a video that covers the topic in some detail, basically offering a step by step guide that stands as a great reference for anyone who is interested in benching with LBN2 for the first time.

The great enemy is of course moisture. Anyone who has dealt with LN2 will tell you just how wet things can get once you plunge below zero degrees Celcius. How much moisture is created by condensation will depend largely on the amount of moisture in the air – the humidity of Taiwan is probably as bad as anywhere, but in truth moisture will occur wherever you are overclocking. The trick, if you want to enjoy a prolonged benchmarking session, is to make sure your components are sufficiently protected from the inevitable moisture that will appear.

DrWeez, like all Overclockers, has his own preparation procedure. One that involves lots of Vaseline. After first he removes the heatsinks from the motherboard’s chipset and VRM areas, then he applies the Vaseliine liberally using a brush which has been trimmed a little, just to add a better degree of control. Once the Vaseline has been applied, being careful not to get any in the memory or PCIe slots, he then uses a hairdryer to warm up the Vaseline and make sure it gets into every nook and cranny of the board.

If you fancy trying some sub-zero overclocking and need to brush up your motherboard preparation skills, this is the video for you.