Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme Titan X Pascal 2430/1464.7 MHz Dancop 18043 marks 113.0 pts 10   9
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 1080 2581/1350 MHz $@39@ 25080 marks 48.7 pts 0   5
XTU Core i7 6700K 5240 MHz Nik 1859 marks 47.7 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 5180 MHz Ziken 1843 marks 46.0 pts 1   1
HWBOT Prime Core i7 6700K 6000 MHz True Monkey 7733.4 pps 44.8 pts 0   1
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 1080 2530/1440 MHz $@39@ 91375 marks 44.6 pts 0   3
XTU Core i7 5930K 4750 MHz dinovespa 1944 marks 42.0 pts 0   0
3DMark06 GeForce GTX 570   True Monkey 47972 marks 39.4 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4820 MHz BlueFiber 1712 marks 36.8 pts 0   0
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i7 6700K 6000 MHz True Monkey 25504 points 35.5 pts 0   0


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Last week we wrapped up the final stop of the World Tour 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The global tour featured six events and spanned five different continents. It was a success in every sense of the word. We connected with 627 overclockers worldwide, the majority of whom were new to the scene. The tradeshows and gaming events we visited had an accumulated attendance of over 250,000 people, and we reached over 150,000 people via livestreams on Twitch. Hundreds of articles appeared across the web and the response from the participants was overwhelmingly positive in most cases. It was great and I look forward to next year!

Choosing Indonesia as the last stop of the World Tour has a symbolic meaning too. It was in 2014 that we understood we needed to put a lot of effort into pushing amateur overclocking, through reaching-out to enthusiasts and running OC workshops. It was at the same tradeshow (Yogyakomtek) that we witnessed the power of JagatReview’s Amateur OverClocking Tournament (AOCT). Throughout the week I enjoyed seeing new amateurs push the Core i5 6600K to its limits as well as witnessing the five new extreme overclockers who attend the World Series competition. Perhaps the most inspiration I found however, was in conversations with Dedy and Alva from JagatReview and Benny from GIGABYTE’s distributor in Indonesia; three people who were right there at the beginning of (competitive) overclocking in Indonesia, in the year 2000.

I want to share their story with you.

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Intel Demo Extreme Overclocking at Broadwell E Launch in Taipei, Taiwan

As many of you may recall HWBOT was pretty much at the center Intel's Broadwell E launch back in June, officially unveiling the new High-End-Desktop platform at the HWBOT World Tour event at Computex 2016 here in Taipei, Taiwan. The company was even kind enough to supply enough Core i7 6950X chips to keep the LN2 flowing for the remainder of the week. Although the launch was actually in Taiwan, it was not the local Intel PR group that organized it, in fact Broadwell-E got officially launched in Taiwan just a few weeks ago at a press event, and the good news is, they actually demoed some genuine extreme sub-zero overclocking.

The press event was held in Nangang, here in Taipei where they showed off a bunch of their latest technologies, the highlight of which was the new Core i7 HEDT series. They also showed off a 360 degree panoramic camera, the latest take on Virtual Reality as well as Gaming Area where media could get hands on with the latest Intel Core-powered systems. The interesting thing of course from our perspective is that they also showed some proper extreme overclocking in what they describe as the ‘Overclocking Experience Zone’.

An Intel in-house Overclocker, known only to us Edward, had a table setup where he showed off the full potential performance of the latest i7 6950X processor. He used LN2 to push the chip to a pretty tasty 5.38GHz, showing off the real performance gains by running Cinebench R15 for the delight of the onlooking crowd. An attractive young presenter also got in on the act, helping out with some LN2 pouring. Nice to see Intel Taiwan is as enthusiastic about overclocking as their counterparts in the US.

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ASUS ROG RealBench Challenge II: Begins September 30th

The RealBench Challenge runs until December 5th on OC-ESPORTS and is divided into four separate rounds, or Challenges, each with specific rules and limitations. It’s only been a week or so since Challenge I of the ASUS RealBench Challenge 2016 contest concluded with French overclocker Wizerty taking top spot, but have no fear folks, Challenge II is right around the corner.

Staring on September 30th, Challenge II will run until October 10th and offers a slightly different challenge from the first, with unique and specific limitations on CPU platform and frequency – Firstly, only Intel Socket 2011-3 processors are allowed. Secondly, processor clock speeds must not exceed 4,200MHz. As with Challenge I, hardware cooling is restricted to non-extreme methods i.e. CPUs must be shown to be over 30 degrees Celsius.

The contest is open to HWBOT members from all leagues. 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. Remember, prizes are awarded to the winners at the end of each Challenge, but don’t forget that the main prizes on offer include next-generation ROG motherboards for the top three finishers.

Check out the second round of the ASUS ROG RealBench Challenge here on OC-ESPORTS

[Video] The Titan X Pascal Project by Der8auer

Der8auer is back with a new video series centered on the Nvidia Tina X Pascal card. Named The Titan X Project, Germany’s No.2 overclocker plans to do a series of videos that explore pretty much every aspect of the new latest and greatest from Nvidia, from a strictly overclocking perspective.

Here's a quick overview of what we can expect in the days ahead. The plan is a get down to some modding, starting with a power mod to unlock the card’s power target. This will be followed up by a GPU volt mod to, unlocking the voltage controls and allow for higher, stable frequencies. Then the plan is a use a full cover EK water block to see what kind of performance the card is capable of with better cooling, using a special chiller which has a water temperature of around 16 degrees Celcius.

Did I mention that Roman has at his disposal not just one Titan X Pascal card, but four of them? A great excuse to set up a quad-SLI system. Before that however he plans to investigate the scaling potential the cards, testing 2-way, 3-way then 4-way SLI configurations using the standard SLI bridge.

Part 1 however, begins with an overview of the card in terms of the design, architecture and other technical details. This is followed up with some basic testing on air to establishing stock performance levels, followed by some basic power and fan speed tweaking. It’s interesting to see how the card's performance in The Witcher 3 increases with some simple tweaking in Afterburner.

As always Roman does a great job of presenting a lots deal of technical information, going into some pretty deep and well explained details that will be of interest to anyone who wants to see what the latest and greatest from Nvidia is capable of. Nice work. You can check out the video here on the der8auer YouTube channel.

[Opinion] Competitive Ambient Overclocking Continues to Thrive on OC-ESPORTS

Let’s take a look at three of the most recent vendor sponsored contests on OC-ESPORTS; the ‘MSI Godlike Season 2: Ambient Battle’, the ‘ROG OC Showdown 2016 - Formula Series Round 1’ and the ‘RealBench Challenge 2016 Challenge 1’ contest. You may notice that they all have one thing in common - they are all focused on ambient (non-extreme) overclocking. In fact, looking at the rules, these three contests have very specific limitations on the temperature of your CPU - limitations that ensure ambient cooling of at least 20 degrees C or above.

For many of the die-hard crew who have been overclocking since the good old days, this probably doesn’t sound too alluring. The common consensus remains: Extreme overclocking, usually with LN2, is 'real' overclocking. Ambient overclocking is just for newbies. Regardless of that statement, one thing is abundantly clear – ambient overclocking is popular, and seems to be gaining in popularity as time marches on.

In terms of participation, these three contests have 425 participants between them (or even more if you consider that many submissions were removed by moderators). That’s an impressive figure. Even if we agree that many of the same overclockers are participating in both or even all three contests, it still points to very positive participation levels.

What can we read into this? What conclusions can we draw? Firstly, there is little doubt that these contests are proving to be popular with Enthusiast and Novice and Rookie league overclockers. This is especially true of overclockers with a penchant for custom water cooling – of which there are many. These elevated participation numbers clearly reflect the growing Rookie and Novice segment on HWBOT.

Secondly. Of all the stages and benchmarks, the ever-present XTU stages are proving to be most popular. Being able to tweak, bench and submit directly from one simple UI based app is attractive to this segment. You can argue that real overclocking was never this easy, but perhaps a tedious submission and validation process where you need various screenshots and numerous tabs in view is simply not attractive to a new breed that expects an efficient UI. Furthermore, XTU brings people to a contest by simply telling them that there is one. The app itself makes you aware that a) there’s a contest you can enter, and b) that you can do it right now by just clicking here.

It’s refreshing to see that overclocking continues to grow and evolve. Hardcore, extreme overclocking with LN2 will always be the ‘poster boy’ of the scene, and it so it should be. It's the pinnacle of the game. But equally important is the fact that vendors are now starting to realize and understand the value of having ambient contests. Contests that attract greater numbers of regular folk. Regular folk who might not care too much about World Records.

Chip in with your thoughts and comments in the forum post below.

Dancop Wins Pro OC Round 3, Stage 4 with 3DMark Vantage (P) Global 1st Place

Last weekend saw another stage of the Pro OC 2016 contest on OC-ESPORTS come to a close. Once again World No.1 Dancop put in a dominant display to win his second stage of Round 3, a win that puts him in pole position for Round 3 and the 2016 championship as a whole.

Stage 4 of Round 3 was about 3D benching with focus on getting the highest score possible in the 3DMark Vantage (Performance) benchmark from Futuremark, a classic that hails from back in 2008. Being a GPU-centric benchmark, this stage saw Nvidia’s Titan X Pascal card become a very influential factor on how far up the leaderboard an overclocker can go.

Dancop has been thrashing GPU records with Titan X cards for several weeks now and his experience no doubt was a factor as he made a score of 103,308 marks, a global 1st place for any single GPU in 3DMark Vantage (Performance).

The score was achieved with a his Pascal GP102 chip tuned to 2,442.5MHz, a whopping +72.37% beyond stock settings. The Titan X card was joined by a Core i7 6950X processor clocked at 5,255.92MHz (+75.20%). Other key components in his rig include a G.SKILL Trident Z memory kit clocked at 1,752MHz (CL11.0 11-11-28 1T) and an ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard.

Second and third place finishers also involved Titan X Pascal cards which certainly seemed to make the contest slightly lop-sided. Switzerland’s raccoon managed to edge out World No.2 Xtreme Addict with a score of 99,313 marks compared to the Pole’s 96,924 marks.

In terms of Round 3, it means that Dancop now has a commanding lead at the top of the table with a total of 38 points. Xtreme Addict is right behind on 33 points while raccoon now sits in third place with 29 points. Check out the Round 3, Stage 4 leaderboard, score and submission in full here on the OC-ESPORTS contest page. Plus you can find the overall standings for Round 3 here.

Throwback Thursday: Dfordog (China) Hits 7,136MHz, New Haswell Top Frequency, Earns $1,000

It’s that time of the week again when we look behind us to a point in time when an event of some significance occurred on HWBOT. This week we look back to a day back in September 2013 when chips based on Intel’s Haswell architecture were all the rage.

Back in July of 2013 ASRock kicked off an OC tournament known as the 'ASRock 8 Series OC Competition' which offered some pretty impressive and tempting prizes. One overclocker that took part in the contest was China’s Dfordog who eventually came seventh in the contest, but managed to win Stage 1 which was all about CPU frequency. Dfordog managed a frequency on his Core i7 4700K of 7,136MHz, a new record frequency for a Haswell architecture chip - a score that earned him a sweet $1,000 US in cash.

Here’s what HWBOT wrote back on September 9th, 2016.

“In cooperation with ASRock, HWBOT hosted the "ASRock 8 Series OC Competition.” The overclocking competition started on July 22 and ended on September 2. Participants from around the world competed in three different events: CPU-Z, Super Pi 32M and memory overclocking.”

“Next to a bi-weekly prize for each of the events, and of course prizes for the overall event winners, ASRock provided a World Record bonus prize of USD $1000. DFORDOG from China took the bonus in the CPU-Z CPU Frequency stage by hitting a new Haswell top frequency of 7136 MHz. He used a Core i7 4770K, with all but one core disabled, liquid nitrogen, and an ASRock Z87 OC Formula motherboard. Congratulations!”

Of course records do tend to tumble over time and indeed Dfordog improved his own highest frequency score to 7,145.58MHz, a score which remains fourth overall in the Core i7 4770K rankings. The current leader however is Hong Kong overclocker Chi-Kui Lam who managed to hit a whopping 7,193.81MHz.

Catch the original post on HWBOT from September 2013 here. . Plus all the Core i7 4700K frequency rankings here.

GALAX Announce GOC 2016 Online Qualification Contest on OC-ESPORTS

GALAX have just confirmed the dates, prizes and stage of the online worldwide qualification phase of the GOC 2016. The online qualification contest is the prelude to the GALAX GOC 2016 Grand Final which will take place in Wuhan, China in mid-December. The qualification phase is open to all overclockers and spans four stages, which include both 2D and 3D challenges.

The online qualifier is open to all HWBOT members and will be hosted on OC-ESPORTS from October 7th to November 6th. The contest will involve the following stages: 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, 3DMark Time Spy, 3DMark11 Physics and SuperPi 32M. To enter the competition, simply submit your best benchmark scores on the contest page. The twelve contestants with the highest overall points will each win a ticket to the GALAX GOC 2016 Grand Final live event.

The following lucky draw prizes will be on offer for all who compete in the contest without making it into the top 12. Prizes will be drawn after the contest ends. The prize draw is only open to overclockers who made a submission in all four stages. Prizes: GALAX HoF GTX 1070, GALAX HoF DDR4 3600 2x 8GB, GALAX HoF Gamer SSD 512GB and GALAX HoF Black Edition Gaming Keyboard.

Full announcement at OC-ESPORTS. Check out the competition page here

SuperPI 32M 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (Sep 21, 2016) - Micka (CN) Fastest at 5 minutes and 52.953 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, Micka (China) is currently still leading with his Skylake submission of 5 min 52.953 seconds. He jumped over Splave with a fantastic CPU IMC capable of pushing the memory to DDR4-4138 C12-11-11-28 In the AMD category the competition with Excavator has pushed AMD beyond the 9 minute mark for sub-5GHz submissions. First Newlife (Australia) and later Demac (Greece) broke that barrier and the latter is currently leading the race with a time of 9 min 57.485 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 (Sep 21, 2016)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Skylake 5 min 52.953 sec Micka Core i7 6700K GALAX DDR4-4138 C12-11-11-28 ASUS Maximus VIII Impact
Broadwell-E 6 min 6.344 sec Benchbros Core i7 6950X G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-3589 C12-12-12-28 MSI X99A Xpower Gaming Titanium
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 (Sep 21, 2016)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Carrizo 9 min 57.485 sec Demac Athlon X4 845 G.SKILL PI DDR3-1968 MHz C7-9-9-26 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 Hold Two Final OC Events in Austria: IM.TOP and Game City

It’s great to see so many overclocking events happening around the world recently, but in truth getting the right sponsorship and backing for an event can as problematic as ever. Austrian OC hub are among those feeling a change in the industry as marketing budgets change direction, and funds for hardware, LN2 and floor space dry up. The decision to pull out of further OC event hosting was announced by mat just a week ago.

This unfortunate news however does have one silver lining as the guys have decided to out with a bang, announcing two final appearances to celebrate nine years of OC event involvement. They will be in attendance tomorrow at the IM.TOP 2016 exhibition followed by Game City 2016 in Vienna the day after.

Thanks to sponsors ASUS, Intel, HyperX, Seasonic and Noctua the team will be introducing retailers at IM.TOP 2016 to LN2 cooled systems. With some guidance show visitors will be able to tweak the system and then compete against each other - a great way to introduce overclocking to a more business focused crowd.

The next day will take their place on the main stage at Game City 2016, Austria’s biggest gaming exhibition. Taking place in at Vienna City Hall, the guys will again introduce extreme LN2 cooled overclocking, this time to a young audience, as they invite local gamers on stage to enjoy the overclocking experience first hand.

You can find information about the IM.TOP 2016 event here on HWBOT X, plus details about the Game City 2016 event here.

Phobos OC Musings: Testing and Comparing DDR4 ICs

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We’ve seen a few really articles emerge recently about the darker arts of overclocking memory, a rabbit warren of esoteric knowledge that can be a little intimidating for many less experienced overclockers. Today, we’d like to bring your attention to another article, this time from Polish No.2 Phobosq, also known in his other life as Szymon Wójcik.

The article centers on testing the comparative overclocking performance of different DDR4 ICs or chips. His testing and analysis compares the overclocking performance of Samsung B-die ICs, Samsung E-die ICs and Hynix MFR ICs using DIMMs from vendors G.SKILL and HyperX. Benchmarks used include Super 32M, XTU, Geekbench 3 and AIDA. In his own words:

“Earlier this year I researched information for an article which will be published on anytime soon. The article is going to cover comparison of performance of DDR4 modules in synthetic benchmarks and their overclockability. For that purpose, I will use following benches in their default settings as per HWBOT rules”

The article begins with testing at relatively safe voltages of between 1.4-1.45V and shows just how loose XMP timings can be. In a follow up article he will raise the voltages closer to the ma – we look forward to your findings.

If you are less experienced with memory overclocking, you will probably find this article from Phobos Musings a very instructive and interesting read. Enjoy.