Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark2001 SE GeForce GTX 580 980/1225 MHz BarboneNet 192283 marks 82.1 pts 12   8
XTU Core i7 6700K 5000 MHz Elkim 1783 marks 43.2 pts 0   1
Catzilla - 720p Titan X Pascal   MetalRacer 67799 marks 42.9 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 5000 MHz PKBO 1773 marks 42.2 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5930K 4540 MHz tizy3000 1869 marks 31.7 pts 0   0
Catzilla - 1440p Titan X Pascal 2164/1425 MHz jpmboy 26009 marks 30.6 pts 1   0
XTU Core i7 5820K 4600 MHz Maverip 1851 marks 29.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5820K 4570 MHz kristjan.krusic 1838 marks 27.5 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 5960X 4700 MHz Blacksmith912 2475 marks 26.5 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 6700K 4996.4 MHz speed.fastest 7230.73 pps 25.4 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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The OC Show – S03E11: Open Benchtable Launch, Intel IDF 2016 & CS:GO Drama

The latest episode of the out OC Show from OverClocking-TV is now available. The latest edition covers a great deal of ground with Xyala and Trouffman discussing a range of topics that center on the word of overclocking.

The show kicks off with a look at the news that has come to light regarding the forthcoming Zen architecture from AMD. AMD held a press event for media ostensibly in San Francisco for IDF 2016, where it revealed technical details about Zen as well as a benchmark run that appears to show the new AMD chips being marginally faster than Broadwell-E. Quite a claim and one that has us scratching our heads somewhat. The guys then go on to discuss other technical news including the newly finalized PCIe 4.0 which should arrive in 2017 with 16GT/s data rates and a new connector.

Regarding the HWBOT World Tour, Xyala outlines the recently confirmed Asia Pacific leg of the tour which will take place at the Yogyakomtek show in Indonesia on September 6th. The event will include both Amateur and Extreme overclocking including the World Series contest where a seat in the World Championship finals is at stake.

Other important news includes the Open Benchtable which got launched earlier this week. It’s a thin and lightweight Benchtable designed specifically for overclockers who travel. It features full integrated tools and components and supports all form factor motherboards and up to 4 VGA cards. The Community Edition of the Open Benchtable is now on sale for only $149.

Trouffman also introduces some of the issues that the Counter Strike Global Offensive scene is facing, including the controversial change in scoring that the community is facing. And of course we also get an update from Xyala regarding all the contests currently running on OC-EPSORTS.

Check out the full video from OverClocking-TV here on their YouTube channel.


Cheapaz Chips Update: Orion24 (France) Still in the Lead, Only Five Days to Go

The Cheapaz Chips Season 1 contest on OC-EPSORTS is only days away from its conclusion. For those of you not in know, the contest involves what some would describe as pure overclocking. The focus is less about breaking word records or pushing the frontiers of performance, instead urging overclockers to enjoy the pleasure of pushing cheaper hardware with particular emphasis on old fashioned hardware modding.

The Cheapaz Chips contest has three distinct stages, each involving a GPU benchmark. The real twist? Combatants can only use an entry-level Nvidia GT 710 graphics card, one of the most affordable cards on the market today. The contest started in mid-July and ends in five days time, so let’s have at a look at the standings.

Just as we saw a few weeks ago France’s mercurial orion24 heads the leaderboard with a total score of 144 points thanks to two outright wins in Stages 1 and 3. Since we last looked we can certainly see some improvements in scoring – clearly some sandbagging going on. Two weeks ago orion24 held the lead in Stage 1 with a Catzilla 576p score of 3,979 marks. He now leads the stage with a score of 4,063 marks, altering his GT 710 GPU frequency from 1,868MHz to a lower 1,855MHz. What’s going on? How does a lower clock get a higher score? The secret lies in the memory frequency which has increased from 1,140MHz to 1,190MHz, a tidy +32.22% beyond stock.

Stage 1 basically mirrors the contest as a whole with Macsbeach (Australia) in second place close behind orion24 on 4,053 marks while Aussie mod-master newlife sits in third place on 3,991 marks.

Stage 2 is all about benching on the classic 3DMark01 benchmark. Here we find macsbeach98 in control of things with a score of 63,053 marks. This was achieved with a GT 710 clocked at 1,843MHz (+90.59%) / 1270MHz (+41.11%) plus a Core i7 4790K pushed to 4,900MHz (+22.50%). His nearest competitor is a dark horse for the title from Brazil known as NoMS who scores 62,614 marks with a card pushed to 1850MHz (+91.31%) / 1196MHz (+32.89%).

Finally, in Stage 3 we have contest leader orion24 who has managed a GPUPI 1B run in just 5min 48sec 772ms. His GT 710 in this instance is pushed to 1,934MHz (+100.00%) / 1000MHz (+11.11%). A pair of new faces appear on the podium in second and third place with SDhydro (US) scoring 5min 53sec 155ms using a GT 710 clocked at 1907MHz and GtiJason (US) pushing his card to 1900MHz to score 5mins 53mins 155ms.

With five days to go there is still plenty of tome to see a shake up at the top of leaderboard. In fact there is a good chance that some folks still have a few scores up their sleeves, sandbag style. Check out the Cheapaz Chips contest here on OC-EPSPORTS.

If you enjoy ambient overclocking and modding, you may also enjoy competing in the MSI Godlike OC Season 2: Ambient 2D Battle.

The Open Benchtable: First Glamour Shots Posted

The Open Benchtable was officially launched this week, offering the world a wholly unique take on what a benchtable should be. Created by the team at HWBOT and OverClocking-TV with enormous help from manufacturers Streacom, the idea was to create a benchtable that could be used a traveling Overclocker or technical professional.

Ok, some quick details for those of you who are not in the loop. The Open Benchtable is light at only 1.82kg, has an integrated carry handle and contains every component you need with an integrated heavy duty aluminum frame. You don’t even need a screwdriver to get going as the design includes thumbscrews throughout. It’s pretty versatile too, supporting all standard motherboard form factors and up to four VGA cards. The special Community Edition is on sale now for $149 USD.

Until today however we only had access to graphical renderings of the Open Benchtable. Granted they look absolutely stunning, but let’s be honest it’s important to have a look at the actual thing. Which is what has just been added in a news post on the

To take a look at these stunning images (100% no render), click here to visit the Open Benchtable website. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

ASUS Launch ROG Showdown Formula Series: August 26 – September 26

The first round of the ASUS ROG OC Showdown launches tomorrow and runs until 26th September. The contest invites overclockers from HWBOT’s Rookie, Novice and Enthusiast leagues to compete using any ASUS motherboard and ambient cooling (no lower than 30°C). Round 1 involves three stages; Intel XTU, GPUPI for CPU - 1B and HWBOT x265.

In terms of prizes this contest has lots to offer thanks to partners Seasonic, Der8auer, the Open Benchtable Project, Thermal Grizzy and of course ASUS. Prizes for Round 1 include ASUS Strix X99 and ROG Maximus VIII Impact motherboards, Seasonic power supplies and Kryonaut thermal paste from Thermal Grizzly.

Round 2 of the contest will run from October 28th to November 28th. At the conclusion Round 2, points from both Rounds 1 and 2 will be tallied to determine an overall winner. The overall winner will be awarded prizes that include a next-generation ROG motherboard, an Open Benchtable, a Delid-Die-Mate tool, plus an exclusive ROG OC Showdown Formula Series 2016 trophy. Second and third placed runners-up will also receive a next-generation ROG motherboard, an Open Benchtable kit and a Delid-Die-Mate tool.

But wait, that’s not all. Contestants can also earn bonus points by carrying out mystery activities, which will be revealed on the competition page during the contest. Plus, prize draws running for the duration of the competition will see contestants drawn at random to win ROG T-shirts, exclusive ROG 10th-anniversary goodies and tubes of Thermal Grizzly thermal paste.

What are you waiting for? Get over to the ASUS ROG Showdown Formula Series contest here on OC-ESPORTS.

You can learn more about the contest here on the ASUS ROG website.

3DMark Updates to v2.1.2973, Includes Improvements and Bug Fixes

We just got word from Futuremark about an update to the 3DMark benchmark suite. The new version is now 2.1.2973 and it includes a bunch of improvements and fixes.

Here is the changelog in full:


SystemInfo module updated to 4.48 for improved compatibility with the latest hardware.

The video RAM check that warns if your system may not be able to run a test now accepts extra main RAM beyond the minimum requirement as VRAM for integrated graphics.

We've added a DETAILS button to the panel for the Recommended test on the Benchmarks screen to make it easier to find more information and the settings for the test. This is also where you find the option to enable or disable the demo for each test.

Fixed Fire Strike Custom run settings

Unfortunately, the previous version of 3DMark used an incorrect setting for Fire Strike Custom runs that resulted in slightly lower than expected scores. Fire Strike Custom run results from 3DMark v2.1.2852 should not be compared with the latest version nor with any other version of 3DMark. The standard Fire Strike benchmark run was not affected, nor were Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Ultra.

Restored the control for volumetric illumination sample count setting on the Fire Strike Custom run screen, which was missing in the previous version.

Fixed the default value for volumetric illumination sample count for Fire Strike Custom runs. In 3DMark v2.1.2852, Fire Strike Custom run used an incorrect default setting of 1.5. This has been reverted to 1.0, which is the correct value for the test.

Other fixes

Fixed an issue that could prevent the in-app update from working properly.

Fixed an issue that prevented Sky Diver from starting on 32-bit Windows.

Fixed an issue that caused Time Spy to crash when scaling mode was set to Stretched.

Fixed an issue that could cause result parsing to fail on complex systems with lots of devices due to the unusually large data set generated by the SystemInfo scan.

Fixed an issue that caused installation to fail if the unzipped installer content resided in a path that included a folder name with a space.

Known Issues

Time Spy fails to run on multi-GPU systems with Windows 10 build 10240, but this is not the fault of the benchmark. You must upgrade Windows 10 to build 10586 (“November Update”) or later to enable multi-GPU configurations to work.

Installing the 3DMark app and the DLC test data to the same folder is not a supported configuration. The latest version will prevent you from installing both to the same folder. If you currently have 3DMark and the DLC test data installed to the same custom folder you will need to uninstall 3DMark then reinstall the latest version using the full installer.

Throwback Thursday: The Stilt Breaks CPU Frequency World Record

It’s the time of the week when get all nostalgic and look back at point in time when something truly astounding happened in the world of Overclocking. This week we take you back just a few years to August 2014 when a well respected Finnish overclocker by the name of The Stilt managed to break the World Record for the highest ever CPU frequency.

To the uneducated, Overclocking sounds like it’s simply a matter of raising the clock speed of your computer to make it go faster. In some respects that is mostly true, but an even truer fact is the reality that CPU clock speeds have strict limitations. AMD’s Piledriver architecture CPUs however are designed in such a way that the clock speeds can indeed to pushed to pretty amazing heights, a fact proved so emphatically by The Stilt back in 2014. The talented Finn took an AMD FX-8370, an Octa-core 4.0GHz processor, and pushed it to a massive 8.72GHz, a percentage increase of +118%. The record was made with the Vcore voltage set to a huge 2.064v using an ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard and AMD Radeon Performance DDR3 memory clocked at 2,218MHz.

The Stilt's World Record still stands today, but perhaps the fact what makes it all the more impressive is that the FX-8370 was using all 8 cores at the time. Most competing CPU frequency submissions actually only use one or two active cores.

You can check out the original article from August 2016 here, plus the World Record submission from The Stilt. It’s worth a look if only for the comments.

[Video] Extreme Overclocking with G.SKILL at Computex 2016

We just found out that G.SKILL have released an official video showing off all the extreme overclocking that happened during Computex 2016. It’s basically an entertaining and dramatic aftermovie that runs like a highlights reel of the competitive OC contests that the company hosted during the show here in Taipei. Well worth a look.

During Computex 2016 G.SKILL once again showed that they really understand overclocking, hosting two of the most respected and well-run contests in the game. They’re also not shy when it comes to fanfare, as anyone who has visited the G.SKILL booth in the Nangang exhibition will attest.

The World Record Stage featured in-house overclockers from all the major motherboard vendors including ASUS, GIGABYTE, EVGA, ASRock and MSI. Each day they invited OC teams to bench alongside G.SKILL’s own overclocking talent in an effort to break as many World Records as possible. It was a popular event at the booth not least because you could find some the scene’s most respected overclockers pushing hardware to the limit on liquid nitrogen.

The of course you also have the G.SKILL OC World Cup 2016 which kicked off wih three-day qualification round where online qualifiers competed for a place in the final. In the end Dancop and Splave entered the final for face-off contest with a very attractive top prize of $10,000 up for grabs. Seriously extreme overclocking at its best.

You can find the G.SKILL Computex 2016 video here.

GIGABYTE Joins Dual Core XTU ‘742 Club’

The current Global 1st Place for a dual-core CPU on the Intel XTU is 742 points. It was submitted by Aussie overclocker sskmercer back in February of this year. His weapon of choice was a Skylake Core i3 6320 which he cranked up to 4,015.21MHz, alongside a pair of B-die G.SKILL Ripjaws clocked at 1,920.5MHz. What is perhaps more remarkable, is that this score is now shared by over 60 overclockers, all of whom have equaled the 742 marks score. After some thorough head scratching it was noted that all of these scores used the ASRock Z170 OC Formula – a slightly odd outcome considering that we usually see a spread of several models and vendors.

Yesterday we got news that GIGABTE too has joined the XTU 742 club. Greek No.1 and current World No.3 Sofos1990 posted an XTU 742 score using a fabled GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard. He also used an Intel i3 6320 but opted for a set of Galax B-die DDR4. Despite being the 69th overclocker to hit this score, Sofos1990 earned himself a tidy 166.4 global points, plus 31.2 hardware points – all which has contributed to placing him in third place in the HWBOT rankings. Good going.

The exact nature of the secret sauce that helps hit the 742 points score remains a mystery, but I believe the answer lies somewhere in the motherboard’s BIOS. It will be interesting to see if GIGABYTE includes this recipe in future BIOS updates for other motherboards.

Check out the XTU 2x CPU ‘742 Points’ Hall of Fame of fame here, as well as the submission from Sofos1990 here.

Buildzoid Discusses First Experience with Radeon RX 480 on LN2

Buildzoid recently posted a log of his first experiences overclocking a Radeon RX 480 with LN2. The talented Czech has become a pivotal figure as a captain of the /r/overclocking team (who just finished third in the Novice Nimble) and has posted plenty of videos showing off his modding skills. His current muse is the Radeon RX 480, a card which he volt modded in one of most recent videos. His session with LN2 has resulted in a thread on HWBOT where he shares his findings:

“My reference card didn't have either CB or CBB so I ended up running full pot. However I do suspect that my mounting might have failed at some point in time because I was clocking a little low and because I couldn't use the backplate for my Raptor 4 due to it conflicting with my extra cap placements.”

“If you can get into BIOS but not into windows then you need to go into safe mode and reinstall the drivers because Wattman remembers your last unstable OC and is trying to boot with it(praise AMD! /s). If you have an SSD and a clean setup this should not take too long.”

Check out the forum post here, and get involved in the discussion if you have experience of pushing an RX 480 on LN2.

HardwareAsylum Podcast #67 - Changing the Face of Overclocking Competitions

The latest edition of the Hardware Asylum Podcast is now available. We are in for treat because episode #67 is very much focused on Overclocking, specifically, how to make competitive Overclocking more entertaining:

“In this episode Dennis and Darren revisit an older topic that was first discussed in the Episode 47 main show. In that episode one of the topics was how to change Overclocking Competitions to make them more interesting to watch and offer benefits to everyone involved including the overclocker, hardware makers and even the company hosting the event.”

“The Duo revisits the topic to evaluate if the original idea was still a valid one and if there were anything that needed to be added or changed. Overclocking TV hosted a test broadcast while attending an overclocker gathering in Pennsylvania. The purpose of the stream was to test some new broadcast concepts and experiment with a target based overclocking competition. While their effort was good and a sampling from Dennis’s article it was still missing a few key details to make it work.”

Listen to the full podcast Catch here on Hardware Asylum.