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).
For those of you who are new to SkatterBencher, basically it’s a project dedicated to bringing you quick and simple step-by-step guides on how to overclock your PC. In episode #4 we are focusing on a specific hardware component, the GeForce GT 710 graphics card, one of the most affordable GPUs available today. Hopefully by the end of this guide you will see that is actually quite easy to get a solid performance boost when overclocking more affordable hardware like the GT 710. Let’s get started.
Note: The Nvidia GT 710 is in the fact the graphics card chosen for this season’s inaugural Cheapaz Chips contest on OC-ESPORTS. Anyone who follows this guide will be able to join the contest and make a score submission. Contest closes on August 2016.
Revision 7 is designed in response to community feedback with the intent of awarding points more accurately as a reflection of overclocking result quality. The new revision re-balances the weight of benchmark applications and awards points based on result quality relative to the top result.
At the core of the HWBoints concept, invented by Mtzki from Finland, lie two distinct parameters: the weight of a ranking as determined by the amount of participants, and the quality of the result as determined by its position within the ranking. This concept is now being stretched to the end of its scaling capabilities due to two primary reasons: 1) the increase of global and hardware rankings, and 2) the direct submission capability of benchmark applications via our Open API. [...] This conflicts with the overclocking community’s desire to have the Overclockers League and submission points reflect the skill and effort required to achieve the position. Revision 7 addresses these concerns.
Although I don’t want to make a habit of reporting on the business side of HWBOT, it’s good once in a while to share more details on the business side of HWBOT with the community. In last year’s HWBOT year overview I summarized some information shared in the XOC Focus Group private sub-forum on how we spend the income. In this article I want to share a bit more detail on how we spent our budget in the first half of this year.
First of all, let’s have a look at how we organize our activities. HWBOT’s activities center around 4 pillars: Community, Education, Competition and Technology. For each of the four pillars we have one or more activities that we put more or less focus on.
Hello SkatterBenchers. Today we will show you how to overclock this notebook in a minimum amount of steps and time. This is the ASUS ROG GX700 V0 notebook which comes with watercooling as well as a Core i7 6820HK processor, a desktop grade GTX 980 graphics card and 64GB of memory. To do the overclocking we will be using the ROG Gaming Center application and in there we will switch up the Turbo Gear settings. We will be using four different benchmarks in the operating system to measure the performance; Intel XTU, ROG Realbench, F1 2014 and 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme. Note: Today will be a little bit different than our other SkatterBencher videos because we can’t really change that much manually.
As a final step of our overclocking adventure, we will switch to manual mode. We increased the CPU frequency to 4.0 GHz, we increased the CPU cache frequency to 4GHz. We enabled XMP and then we also increased the GPU core frequency by 200MHz as well as the GPU memory frequency by 300MHz as well. In a final round of benchmarking we find that the XTU performance has gone up to 1,271 points which is 18% over stock performance. In Fire Strike Extreme we see that our performance went up to 6,665 points which almost 40% over stock performance - this is thanks to the 1,427MHz GPU frequency and 3.8GHz memory frequency. In F1 2014 our minimum FPS has gone up to 71, which is 20% over stock performance and in ROG Realbench we now have a score 103,741 points, 23% over stock. The CPU temperature under load is 83C and the GPU temperature under load is only 41C.
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.
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.
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 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%).
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.
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 OpenBenctable.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”