Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i7 6900K 4400 MHz exnihilosum 54458 marks 124.9 pts 0   0
XTU Core i3 6320 4020 MHz Doc.Brown 742 marks 74.8 pts 1   4
XTU Core i7 5820K 4700 MHz frenk76 2026 marks 48.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4990 MHz cast0r.76 1704 marks 36.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 3570K 6060.4 MHz leeghoofd 1127 marks 33.6 pts 0   0
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i7 6950X 5245 MHz BenchBros 50918 points 33.5 pts 0   0
Catzilla - 1440p Titan X Pascal 2101/1474 MHz SirTryAlot 44354 marks 30.9 pts 0   0
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i7 5960X 5900 MHz Oldscarface 2min 19sec 698ms 30.9 pts 3   1
3DMark06 GeForce GTX 1070 2175/2400 MHz marc0053 57027 marks 27.9 pts 0   0
MaxxMem Read Bandwidth DDR4 SDRAM 4140 MHz Bruno 40793 MByte/sec. 26.3 pts 1   1

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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.

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AMD Bristol Ridge, AM4 and B350/A320 Chipset - Analysis from Anandtech

AMD formally announced its forthcoming Bristol Ridge-based APUs and CPUs a few weeks ago and while we have seen a few industry insiders take a peak regading performance ond overclocking headroom, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the new platform.

The good news is that a few days ago Anandtech’s Dr Ian Cutress published a pretty detailed analysis of the new platform, pulling together all the details and clues that we have on hand. It’s an interesting read for anyone who wants to understand the company’s latest strategy, the new AM4 socket, new chipsets and the likely performance we can expect from AMD moving forward.

Here’s a taste of what Ian had to say about Bristol Ridge’s potential from an overclocking perspective:

“Given that technically the systems with the new APUs have been released for a couple of weeks, some vendors have their internal enthusiasts play around with the platform. Bearing in mind that AMD has not announced any formal overclocking support on these new APUs, NAMEGT, a South Korean overclocker with ties to ASUS, has pushed the A12-9800 APU to 4.8 GHz by adjusting the multiplier. To do this, he used an unreleased ASUS Octopus AM4 motherboard and AMD’s 125W Wraith air cooler (which will presumably be bundled with PIBs later in the product cycle).”

Visit Anandtech for the full and very detailed article the covers pretty much everything related to Bristol Ridge.

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CNET Covers Overclocking: “How Breaking Your Computer Makes it Faster”

It’s not every day that the topic of overclocking, either competitive, extreme, casual or otherwise, actually meets a broad mainstream audience. Even though we have more Rookies and Novice overclockers than ever before, we have to admit that the topic remains largely esoteric and beyond the bounds of mainstream media. That said, it’s interesting to see a media channel like CNET tackle the subject, and attempt to do it in a way where your average man in the street can understand. Luke Lancaster, writing for CNET published an article yesterday with the following title:

“The overclocking lowdown: How breaking your computer makes it faster.”

A curious and slightly odd title. Broken computers do run faster than unbroken ones. Check out the sub-title:

“Some people crack open their computers, force their processors to run to near melting point and use liquid nitrogen to keep the whole thing in check. Here’s why.”

Despite the obvious 'click bait' title and sub-title usage, Luke almost manages to redeem himself as he plows through a layman’s description of what overclocking is at the basic level and how some enthusiasts enjoy taking things to the limits. Here, have another taste:

“It's digital frontierism, testing components well outside of the recommended settings to push current tech further or jury-rig older tech to keep pace with the cutting edge. There's even a competitive benchmarking scene, with overclockers competing to hit the fastest speeds in standard computer performance tests. This is the extreme far end of the spectrum, incorporating things like liquid nitrogen cooling systems, and keeping CPUs at -100 degrees Celsius (around -140 degrees Fahrenheit).”

In his defense, I’m quite fond of the idea of ‘digital frontierism’ - I think he’s nailed it there, but he seems surprised by the fact that there’s ‘even’ a competitive benching scene. Anyway, here’s my tuppence worth. The tone and nature of this article a) further underlines how detached from our world today’s modern ‘tech media’ really are, and b) sadly reminds me of the truly dire state of modern journalism in general - a few hours (max) of research online, and I’m an authority on the subject. Listen to me.

Check out the full article on CNET, and don’t forget to check out the comments. Chime in with comments in the forum thread.

Xtreme Addict Reclaims World No.1 Spot… Without a Titan X Pascal Card

Back in July of this year Xtreme Addict managed to live out his ultimate dream, edging past Dancop in the rankings to take the mantle of the World’s No.1 overclocker on HWBOT. It was really great to see as Dancop replied with a few sandbagged scores and we then treated a real battle on at the top of the table – not something that tends to happen too often. Dancop eventually regained his position at the top of the table, largely helped by his acquisition of a few Nvidia Titan X cards – a big help seeing as it is the best performing consumer GPU on the market today.

This week we have seen a true revival of that battle with Xtreme Addict putting in some great work to once again climb to the summit of the HWBOT World Rankings. The really interesting thing is however, he managed to do it without using an Nvidia Titan X Pascal card.

You could argue that the Polish master’s ascent to the top of the rankings kicked off when he paid a visit to the ASUS OC Summit meet up in Moscow last week. Running throughout the week it culminated in XA making a total of five benchmark submissions on HWBOT, each of which resulted a Global 1st Place Ranking. In one major session he claimed the top 4x CPU rankings for Cinebench R15, Cinebench R11.5, Geekbench3 Multi-core, GPUPI for CPU -1B and wPrime – 1024M.

XA didn’t give up there however, as of two days ago he managed to use a GTX 1080 to take down the World Record for 3DMark05 with a score of 85,525 marks (beating his bench partner Smoke in the process). The same setup also brought home an Aquamark score of 635,931 marks… yet another Global 1st Place ranking.

On the same day he also managed to break the World Record in 3DMark03 with a score of 327,155 marks using a pair of GTX card 1080 cards. Using the same rig he then followed up with a World Record score of 10,770.17 DX11 Marks in Unigine Heaven Xtreme.

Wow. Insane stuff. What a week XA has had. I feel exhausted just writing about it. Huge respect to a worthy World No.1.

Throwback Thursday: Der8auer’s Guide for Haswell-E 4GHz+ Uncore

Seeing as it’s Thursday once again, it’s time for us to take a quick stroll down memory lane. This week however you won’t have to think too far back, in fact just two years ago to a day in September 2014 when Germany’s der8auer penned a very helpful guide article about how to get the maximum performance from a Haswell-E processor. It’s actually a genuinely impressive bit of reverse engineering that shold tickle the spidey sense of any extreme overclocker.

Here’s a taste of what der8auer was writing back in 2014:

“So in order to achive higher uncore clocks we have to modify some of the CPU voltages. This means we have to mod the CPU. Yes – talking about modding a USD $1,000 processor. There are two ways how to do this. The first way is the “lazy solution” and depending on your chip and board you should be able to run 4000-4200 MHz with this mod. For everything above you have to step up to solution two.”

“I was trying to find the difference between the OC-Socket and the normal LGA2011 socket. So I just took the X99-SOC Force (no OC-Socket) and the X99-SOC Force LN2 (with OC-Socket) and measured the differences between the pins. After that I soldered thin wires to the empty pins of the CPU and measured the voltages while it was running. I came across two additional voltages which are not supplied on the normal socket, but are present on the OC-Socket. However the CPU internally supplies itself with different voltages there.The key is to get both of these to the same level and increase if you need even higher clocks. Since I have no pin-out of the OC-Socket or pin-in of the CPU itself I will name this “uncore supply voltage”.”

Nice work from a true hardware modding master. You can read the full guide from Sept 29, 2014 here on HWBOT.

HWBOT Announces ASUS ROG Camp 2016

Today we are pleased to announce the return of the ASUS ROG Camp in 2016. The idea behind the ROG Camp is give overclockers with little or no experience of extreme sub-zero competitive overclocking a chance to get up to speed. An online qualification contest will be followed by eight overclocker attending a day-long LN2 workshop, followed by a day of competitive extreme overclocking.

As an extra incentive, the winner of the ASUS ROG Camp 2016 will be awarded with a ticket to compete at the HWBOT World Championship 2016

The ROG Camp 2016 is sponsored by ASUS, Der8auer ECC and Apacer and will hosted in conjunction with HWBOT and OC-ESPORTS. The event will be held at Caseking in Berlin, Germany on December 2nd and 3rd with select Apprentice, Enthusiast, Novice and Rookie overclockers invited to learn the art of sub-zero Overclocking from respected German overclocker der8auer.

Full article at OC-ESPORTS

ASUS OC Summit, Moscow: Records Tumble for Team Russia and Xtreme Addict

HWBOT X just published a blog post about the recently held ASUS OC Summit in Moscow, Russia. As well as some of the biggest names in the country, the event also featured Xtreme Addict, marking the beginning of his most recent rampage that has once again seen him top the world rankings on HWBOT.

Slamms, Smoke, Atheros and XA were invited to the ASUS representative office in Moscow for the majority of last week. As well having a Titan X Pascal to play with (hooking up an Epower board for starters) the group was largely divided in to two groups, both benching on Core i7 6700K processors and ASUS boards. Smoke and Slamms focused on reaping as many points as possible from legacy 3D benchmarks using a GTX 1080 card, while XA and Atheros focused mostly on 2D.

In terms of World Records, I have a feeling that Team AU might not be too happy to see their recent hard work undone by the Russian contingent. Smoke managed to pull of new World records in 3DMark2001 and 3DMark06. He also managed a World Record score in 3DMark05 which Xtreme Addict subsequently beat just days later.

Last week was clearly a productive one for Xtreme Addict who also managed to achieve Global 1st Place rankings in Cinebench R15, Cinebench R11.5, Geekbench3 Multi-core, GPUPI for CPU -1B and wPrime – 1024M. This was the beginning of another full on assault at the World No.1 spot for the talented Pole who sits at the top of the world rankings once again.

Read the full bog post about the ASUS Autumn OC Summit here on HWBOT X. There is also this forum post started by Slamms here on the HWBOT forum. Nice work guys.

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 as processor clock speeds are limited to no higher than 4,200MHz. As with Challenge I, no Socket 2011-3 processors are allowed and 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

Hardware Asylum Podcast - Battlefield 1 Beta First Play and Impressions

“This episode is a little different from what we have done in the past and if people like the concept we’ll do a few more. Our idea was to find a way to record a Podcast but make it more YouTube friendly. What better way than to play a game and talk about stuff. For our first test Darren thought it would be fun to have Dennis sit down in front of Battlefield 1 Beta "Cold" and record his reactions to both the game and how well he could actually play. Given that Dennis hasn’t played any Battlefield game since Bad Company 2 it seemed like a good idea at the time.”

“There are two sections to this video. The first is the gameplay and voiceover which is about 15min. After that we finished the episode how we normally do with straight audio. In post I included some gameplay that was missing an audio track just to give everyone something to watch. Overall I think it turned out really good despite half of the screen being cut off and the gameplay audio being somewhat low. Let us know what you think.”

Catch the full podcast from Hardware Asylum here.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 39, 2016: Gold for Dancop (DE), Der8auer (DE) and Dhenzjhen (PH)

In Week 39 of 2016, we received 4191 benchmark results from 1053 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 58% of the active community. They were responsible for 41% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

To accommodate more results we simplified the overview table to contain three types of information. The Most Valuable Submission, based on WR + Global + Hardware points, is separated in a CPU and GPU benchmark section. The top hardware points remain the same, but are not included in one table. In the Elite category we find 3 golden cups, with one World Record. Dancop from Germany scored a Global First Place in the Cinebench R15 4xCPU ranking with a Core i7 6700K at 6616 MHz. His fellow countryman Der8auer scored an even greater golden cup with a World Record in Catzilla 1440P. His three GeForce TITAN X Pascal GPUs were clocked at 2088/2870 MHz. Last but not least we also find golden Dhenzjhen in the mix again. His GeForce GTX 580 Lightning graphics card clocks to 1550/1275 MHz and helped score first place in 3DMark Vantage Performance.

Congratulations to everyone making the table this week!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 39 generated in total 130 World Record Points, 5756.3 Global Points, and 7894.7 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 26% for Elite, 25% for Extreme, 9% for Apprentice, 12% for Enthusiast, 9% for Novice, and 28% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 3% Elite, 8% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 16% Enthusiast, 11% Novice, and 58% Rookie.



Most Valuable Submissions - Week 39, 2016

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Dancop 180.9 pts Der8auer 135.8 pts (WR!) Dhenzjhen 49.9 pts
Extreme $@39@ 127.5 pts $@39@ 91.9 pts Minicoopers 39.6 pts
Apprentice Shar00750 46.1 pts Mllrkllr88 22.2 pts Mllrkllr88 24.8 pts
Enthusiast Nik 47.7 pts Isonzo 39.6 pts KaRtA 38.8 pts
Novice Ventel 44.1 pts Googl4 24.3 pts Johnny Boy 24 pts
Rookie Leons 35.1 pts SirTryAlot 38.4 pts UNAVAILABL3 26.7 pts

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.

Source: PC DIY.com.tw