Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i5 6600K 6200 MHz superpatodonaldo 1822 marks 45.2 pts 1   3
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme Preset GeForce GTX 480 1101/1131 MHz poparamiro 2173.66 DX11 Marks 42.0 pts 2   3
Aquamark GeForce GTX 480 902/1098 MHz Bullant 578491 marks 39.4 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4800 MHz ajc9988 1671 marks 33.7 pts 0   0
3DMark05 GeForce GTX 480 1101/1131 MHz poparamiro 60514 marks 28.3 pts 0   4
Catzilla - 720p Titan X Pascal 57783 marks 26.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 6600K 6018 MHz Lucky_n00b 1820 marks 24.8 pts 1   1
XTU Core i7 6850K 4490 MHz Phil812 1869 marks 23.9 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 6600K 4990 MHz gilatpr 1478 marks 23.7 pts 0   0
3DMark03 GeForce GTX 480 1121/1150 MHz poparamiro 153905 marks 23.3 pts 0   3


HWBOT Articles

The quest to find out which country has the best overclockers in the world in 2016 is almost upon us. The HWBOT Country Cup 2016 kicks off in just a matter of days, pitting country against country across six gruelling stages that promise to be the truest test of overclocking pedigree. The contest starts on November 1st and closes the day before Christmas eve with prizes, as well as lots of kudos lined up for the winners.

In previous years we’ve seen wins from Romania (2x), Poland and Greece, but in 2013, 2014 and 2015 the Australians were the top global force to be reckoned with, producing three displays of such dominance that they barely dropped a point. Will they be in the ascendancy once again in 2016, or are their natives of other countries willing to put their OC creedance on the line and go for the win? Could Germany finally flex their OC teamwork muscles, or perhaps the US will find a winning team ethic. And let’s not underestimate the Belgians after their recent Team Cup exploits. An intriguing battle lies ahead, that is the only certainty.

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Bit-Tech Preview Kaby Lake Overclocking Capabilities, 5.1GHz at 1.44V

It seems like the NDA that Intel has in place for their forthcoming Kaby Lake architecture CPUs is in virtual tatters. UK tech writers Bit-Tech have followed Tom’s Hardware and published a pretty exhaustive preview article focused on the Intel Core i7 7700k. As well running benchmarks and giving a thorough overview of the new platform, they also took the time to push the new chip to see exactly how well it overclocks. What they found using an early sample and a Z170 board was that the Core i7 7700K managed to reach 5.1GHz pulling 1.44v. Using a Corsair H105 CPU cooler the chip reached temperatures in excess of 90 degrees C.

“…we managed to get our sample to 5.1GHz - the best result we've seen for an age and even better than we managed with Sandy Bridge. Sure, this did need a hefty 1.44V and temperatures were edging into the 90s using Prime95's small FFTs test for stress testing with a Corsair H105 CPU cooler, but there is a glimmer of hope here that we may be dealing with a rather decent overclocker when it comes to Kaby Lake. Indeed, with a 300MHz higher boost speed out the gate starters and an improved manufacturing process, you'd kind of hope that there was some extra headroom anyway.”

Of course these preliminary findings are far from conclusive. We’re not exactly sure what motherboard was used during testing, but for sure it will have been a Z170 chipset board. Although these are compatible, the BIOSes will not yet be optimized for performance. The chip they used is also not final retail silicon, a fact that may also affect the findings.

Catch the full preview article from Bit-Tech here.


Throwback Thursday: Interview with MaSell (Poland)

Today is a Thursday of course which means it’s once again a time to take a trip down memory lane. Let’s take you back almost exactly ten years ago to the day in December in 2007. HWBOT managed to get an interview with one of the more influential and respected members of the community – MaSell, a Polish Overclocker who started Overclocking as early as 2001 . Here’s a sample of the interview which was published on December 7th, 2007:

HWBOT: Okay, first question, obviously, please tell us a bit more about yourself.

MaSell: My name is Mateusz (Matthew), I’m living in Olsztyn, Poland. I’m almost 20 years old. My hobby is OC … but hey! Everyone knows that, next question please :-).

HWBOT: Okay … you’re right. Next question then: How and when did you start overclocking?

MaSell: Some time ago, I guess 2001 or 2002 I read an article about overclocking in PC magazine. I tried it out on my GF2MX400… and it worked as I hit almost 3000points in 3DMark 2001! Incredible score :-). The first cpu with I overclocked, was my Athlon Thunderbird 1333MHz. I had problems to do it, because of my ECS motherboard which didn’t have any oc options in the bios. In 2003-2004 I flashed a modified bios and overclocked cpu to 1467MHz, entirely stable. This board still works in my friend pc!

HWBOT: Does your work/studies have something to do with computing hardware and/or overclocking?

MaSell: I study IT, but unfortunately that’s only about software, not hardware. Why can’t I study overclocking?

HWBOT: That’s a question many of us ask, I think. We all know Mr. Rocha admires 3DMark01, but what are our favourite benchmarks?

MaSell: SuperPI and 3DMark 2001SE for sure. I know it’s old, but these are still one of the most precious benchmarks around. You can use it to bench from Pentium 75MHz to QX9770, from PCI Riva to Tri Sli 8800Ultra monsters. I really like SPI, this is the mother (or father, who know?) of all benchmarks. If you know how to tweak your operating system for spi, you know how to tweak your OS for other benchmark. So next to Superpi, we have the oldie: 3DMark 2001. Why? It’s not as simple as the 2005 or 2006 editions, where you must only overclock, change some settings in drivers and press benchmark button. To get high 2001 score, you have much more work to do, such as finding the best MHz/timing/drivers setting for every single test.

Check out the full and detailed interview here.

k|ngp|n Breaks 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme World Record, Bursts 40K Barrier

Sometimes as a writer you just get the feeling that somehow, you have written that headline before. Today is a great example. Here’s some news about a new World Record in the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme benchmark from non other than k|ngp|n, surely the meanest GPU pusher in the world right now. What is even more remarkable about the score is the fact that it busts right through the 40K barrier like a hot knife through butter. The new world record score for Fire Strike Extreme now sits at 41,297 marks.

It’s perhaps not entirely surprising to find Vince at the helm of this benchmark, as there are not too many overclockers in possession of four Nvidia Titan X Pascal cards. Vince managed to get his top-end SLI rig to top out with all four GP102 chips humming away at a very tasty 2,350MHz a piece, a very nice +65% beyond stock settings. GPU memory was tweaked to 1,480MHz (+18.4%). The rig was pushed by a Core i7 6950X clocked at 5,147MHz which is a pretty incredible +71.57% beyond Broadwell-E specs.

When I say that k|ngp|n is the master of the this particular benchmark, consider the chronicles of this year alone. In January of this year he managed a recording breaking score of 35,067 marks using four GTX 980Ti cards. Move forward to April and he is again pushed the World Record, this time to 36,264 marks. He followed this up in June with an i7 6950X with all ten cores pumped to 5,200MHz (+73.33%) scoring 36,626 marks. Let’s just say it’s a benchmark he knows well.

The new World Record score from k|ngp|n earns him 100 points for the benchmark world ranking, plus an additional 30 for the 4x GPU hardware ranking. He currently sits in third place in the overall HWBOT rankings.Check out the new 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme World Record here.

HWBOT World Tour Las Vegas (CES) Confirmed, Tickets Available Now

The dust has just settled on the HWBOT World Tour 2016, culminating in the World Championship Final where Marc0053 became the first ever World Champion. Regardless, plans are already well underway to launch next year’s World Tour. Details about the first stop of the World Tour including ticket information have just been confirmed on the new HWBOT World Tour website in a blog that got published early today:

“Today we can confirm plans to host the first ever HWBOT Would Tour event on the West Coast of North America. The HWBOT World Tour Las Vegas event will be held at the GIGABYTE Suites on January 5th and 6th during the CES 2017 trade show. The event will start with a ‘Performance Matters’ launch event (with demos, speeches and a full blown party) followed by two days of overclocking workshops and contests, including the first Overclocking World Championship Qualifier.”

“The Overclocking World Championship Qualifier will be sponsored by GIGABYTE, Intel and Seasonic and is open to all Overclockers. Day one will feature a qualification round where Overclockers battle it out across three benchmarks in just three hours. The round will involve three benchmarks with Overclockers given processors from Intel’s latest product portfolio plus the latest motherboards from GIGABYTE. The top four will be invited to return for the Semi-Finals and Finals which will be based on the same 1v1 structure used in previous World Tour events.”

Read the blog post on the HWBOT World Tour website here.

For information regarding tickets for the even in Vegas, you can visit this Eventbright page here.

[Video] Relive the World Championship Between Marc0053 and Xtreme Addict

OverClocking-TV just posted the live stream that was recorded during the HWBOT World Championship that took place on Sunday afternoon. The final proved, as expected, to feature two of Overclocking’s most feared contenders as Marc0053, Canada’s No.1 took on the might of Xtreme Addict, the current World No.2 ranked overclocker.

Just in case you recently returned from a lengthy trip down the Amazon basin or perhaps a custodial sentence at one of her majesty’s finest institutions, here’s a quick breakdown of what the HWBOT World Championship actually is. It’s basically the World Cup for individual (not team) overclocking and also the climax of the HWBOT World Tour 2016. It’s a contest where all of 2016’s World Series winners battle it out to decide who will become the HWBOT World Champion of 2016. Six World Series winners were joined by the winner of the HWBOT Wild Card contest plus the winner of the ROG Camp 2016 contest.

After a full day of qualification, Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals, the contest came down to just two men. Marc and XA. The coverage from OverClockingTV covers the entire 1v1 battle royale in detail with some great commentary from Trouffman and Buildzoid.

Catch the HWBOT World Championship 2016 Final on the OC-TV YouTube channel here. Also, don’t forget you can catch our full roundup article here on OC-ESPORTS.

OC-ESPORTS Round Up: November 2016

A few days ago we said adios to the month of November 2016, which means it’s time to take a snapshot of what happened in the World Rankings on OC-ESPORTS for both individual overclockers and OC teams, as well as a look at the other contests on OC-ESPORTS that concluded during the month. In fact November saw plenty of overclocking action with two HWBOT X events taking place, the conclusion of the ROG Showdown Formula Series and the Realbench Challenge III, plus Intel and AMD Rookie Rumble contests. Lot’s to get through.

Official World Overclocking Rankings - November 2016

Let’s start with look at the Official World Rankings on OC-ESPORTS and compare the standings with last month. These rankings are based on the performance of individual overclockers throughout the last twelve months, i.e. this season. Points are gained via participation in all contests hosted on OC-ESPORTS. Higher rankings in top level competitions earn you more points. You can find more details about the scoring and ranking system on OC-ESPORTS here.

At the top of the table it’s absolutely no surprise to find that Germany’s Dancop still leads the way by quite a substantial margin. With a points haul of 988, he remains substantially ahead of his nearest rival. However things have had a shake up at the top of table mostly due to the fact that Qualification Round of the HWBOT World Championship is a level 3 contest with plenty of points to fight for.

Read the full roundup article for November here on OC-ESPORTS.

Old School is Best School Season 3 Kicks Off December 15th, All Rounds & Stages Announced

The popular Old School is Best School contest returns on December 15, kicking off the third season of the most retro overlocking ever created. Season 3 will feature a total of 5 Rounds, each with threes stages revolving around a uniquely devised pairing of classic hardware and classic benchmark. Round 1 is just a few weeks away, running from December 15th to January 15th 2017.

Just in case you are unfamiliar with the concept of the Old School is Best School contest, let me give you a quick rundown of what it’s all about. It’s a contest series created specifically for overclockers that enjoy benching on very old, classic hardware. Each month-long round features five stages, each with unique hardware and benchmarks.Let’s take a look at each of the Rounds and Stage devised for Season 3.

Old School is Best School Season 3: Round Breakdown

Round 1: Socket 771 (775 mod allowed) & Quadro G96 or Older (Single GPU only)

Round 1 features the classic Intel Socket 771 (with the option of also using modded Socket 775 processors). In terms of graphics contestants are limited to using Nvidia G96-based Quadro cards (single GPU only). Benchmarks include Maxmen Read Bandwidth in Stage 1, 3DMark06 in Stage 2 and 3DMark Vantage for Stage 3.

  • Stage-1: Maxmem Read BandWidth
  • Stage-2: 3DMark06
  • Stage-3: 3DMark Vantage

Read the full article outlining all five rounds of the Old School in Best School contest here on OC-ESPORTS.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 49, 2016: Gold for Dancop (DE), True Monkey (DE), [MSI] OGS (Greece) and Poparamiro (RO)

In Week 49 of 2016, we received 4189 benchmark results from 1030 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 65% of the active community. They were responsible for 38% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

The overclocking pace is picking up after two slow weeks with five golden cups in the leaderboard. Dancop took down the 3DMark03 World Record with NVIDIA TITAN X Pascal at 2265/3000 MHz. He also scored a Global First Place in the Cinebench R15 10xCPU with a Core i7 6950X clocked at 5292 MHz. In the hardware rankings we find the usual suspect [MSI] OGS from Greece. They score a golden cup in the AMD Radeon HD 5850 category with the card clocked at 1300/1330 MHz. The AMD VGA is paired with an Intel Core i5 6600K clocked at 6300 MHz. We also find True Monkey from Germany on the leaderboard. He grabs first place in the Core i5 3470 XTU category. Last but not least we also see Poparamiro pop up. His GeForce GTX 470 at 1135/1140 MHz gives enough fire power to place top spot in the 3DMark03 ranking. Congratulations to everyone who made it on the leaderboard this week!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 49 generated in total 210 World Record Points, 3849.4 Global Points, and 7932.6 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 8% for Elite, 33% for Extreme, 16% for Apprentice, 25% for Enthusiast, 5% for Novice, and 29% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 6% Extreme, 3% Apprentice, 16% Enthusiast, 8% Novice, and 65% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 49, 2016

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Dancop 63.4 pts (GFP!) Dancop 217.2 pts (WR!) [MSI] OGS 49.7 pts
Extreme Hambaaaallah 55.5 pts Nachtfalke 49.8 pts True Monkey 49.6 pts
Apprentice Ben Flint 43.9 pts Poparamiro 37.4 pts Poparamiro 37.4 pts
Enthusiast Kimandsally 49.6 pts Olegdjus 35.2 pts Kimandsally 49.6 pts
Novice Chnjab 27.7 pts Cool.tweak 9.7 pts philip.hrustalev 23.2 pts
Rookie Wehwet123 49.2 pts SpheX99 14 pts Wehwet123 27.7 pts

Marc0053 Wins HWBOT World Championship 2016 Final

The World Championship 2016 Final has now drawn to a close. Canada’s Marc0053 has just been crowned the official HWBOT World Champion of 2016. In second place we have Poland’s Xtreme Addict, while in third place we find DrWeez of South Africa. Let’s take a look in a bit more detail at the winners, scores, the blood, sweat and tears that helped make the event one of the most exciting days of the year.

HWBOT World Championship 2016 Finals: December 5th, Caseking Showrooms, Berlin

In terms of overclocking 2016 will almost certainly go down as one of the biggest years ever, not least of all because of the HWBOT World Tour 2016, the most expansive series of HWBOT-run overclocking events ever done. The climax of the World Tour is of course the World Championship Final, a contest where all of this year’s World Series winners battle it out become the HWBOT World Champion 2016.

The first part of the contest is actually more similar to time trials in Formula 1 racing than a true qualification round. Eight overclockers were asked to compete on three benchmarks withe the final standings used as the basis for deciding who face who in the following 1v1 elimination rounds. Obviously, there was perceived advantage for finishing higher up the table and therefore facing an opponent from further down the table.

Read the full roundup article here on OC-ESPORTS.

Bene11660 Wins ROG Camp 2016, Joins World Championship Final Today

The ROG Camp Final drew to a close yesterday evening with Rookie Bene11660 taking a clear win and booking himself a birth in Today’s World Championship 2016 Final. Bene11660 won the contest with dominant display that earned him straight wins in all three stages, while Swiss overclockers DSLREye and TAGG made second and third places respectively.

The ROG Camp is a pretty special event. Held annually in Germany it gives overclockers with little or no experience of subzero overclocking a chance to join an LN2 boot camp with veteran Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung . The online qualification contest was held to decide who gets to joins with eight overclockers attending a the LN2 workshop, followed by a day of competitive extreme overclocking.

In Stage 1 of the contest Bene11660 used a Core i7 6700K pushed to an impressive 6,450MHz to score 7,074 points in Geekbench3. The chip was certainly pushing the edges of performance pulling around 2 volts. In Stage 2 he configured the same chip to 6,200MHz to score 1,396 cb points in Cinebench R15. Also with the CPU pushed to 6.2GHz in GPUPI for CPU 1B we have Bene completing a run in 4min 13sec 817ms. All contestants used an ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard and Apacer DDR4 memory.

In fairness it’s no longer technically correct to refer to Bene11660 as a Rookie. Despite only signing up at HWBOT in October of this year, he is now considered an Extreme overclocker, along with all other ROG Camp participants who have made submission using LN2 this week. In Qualification Bene11660 finished 7th overall, so this convincing win would certainly indicate that he has picked up a few tips from der8auer this week.

A huge congrats to Bene11660 and in fact also to runner-up DSLREye who now join the World Championship Final (which is actually kicking off right about now). DSLREye joins the contest as Hazzan could not make it to Germany this time around. He joins a roster that includes many of the world’s best overclockers; PXHX (Brazil), DrWeez (South Africa), Bullshooter (Germany), Marc0053 (Canada), Xtreme Addict (Poland), and Lucky_n00b (Indonesia).

Check out all the scores and submissions from the ROG Camp 2016 here on OC-ESPORTS. You can also find a full photo album with lots of pictures from the event in Berlin here on our Facebook page.

Follow all the action from the World Championship 2016 Final here on the contest website, as well as live coverage of the event courtesy of the OverClocking-TV Twitch channel!