Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i7 6700K 5000 MHz Elkim 1787 marks 43.4 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme Titan X Pascal 2126/1395 MHz jpmboy 16026 marks 42.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 5000 MHz KaRtA 1773 marks 41.9 pts 0   1
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 580 1475/1275 MHz dhenzjhen 52329 marks 39.8 pts 0   0
3DMark11 - Performance Titan X Pascal 2114/1434 MHz Punk Sods 35925 marks 37.6 pts 1   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4800 MHz pilu 1675 marks 35.1 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4990 MHz OC Nub 1669 marks 34.9 pts 0   0
3DMark2001 SE GeForce GTX 295 750/1100 MHz Alpi 141771 marks 33.9 pts 0   2
XTU Core i7 5820K 4600 MHz Frankz 1875 marks 33.7 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4790 MHz fragadefreitas 1639 marks 32.5 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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Buildzoid Livestreams Final Cheapaz Chips Benching Session with Nvidia GT 710

The Cheapaz Chips contest on OC-ESPORTS is just hours away from its conclusion and as predicted we find several overclockers submitting their scores to the contest at the last minute. While some could well be accused of sandbagging, there are some overclockers who simply didn’t get around to running all the benchmarks yet. One such overclocker is Buildzoid who actually made his first submission in Stage 1 several weeks ago. Having made a Catzilla 576p score of 3,801 marks, a score ranked in seventh place in Stage 1, last weekend he finally found time to return to his work with the GT 710 and start posting scores in the other two stages.

The cool thing, however, is that in true Buildzoid fashion, he decided to record the entire benching session, for no more reason than the entertainment and possible education of us all. The outcome of the session turned out to be reasonably fruitful, scoring in the top ten of each stage to arrive at the overall position of 7th in the contest so far.

Just a few days ago we took a look at the Cheapaz Chips leaderboard where Frenchman orion24 was in the ascendancy with Aussie macsbeach close behind. Today however we see a different picture emerging with Greek overclocker $@39@ coming from out of nowhere to claim straight wins across all stages. That’s right, $@39@ now sits at the top of the table with a points total of a maximum 150 points. He is now followed by Coolfx from Germany on 142 points.

With just over 24 hours to go, it will be interesting to see if $@39@ can be challenged. Until then, feel free to get into the spirit of the contest and check out the live stream from Buidzoid, an excellent synopsis of what the contest is all about.

Check out all the scores and standings from the Cheapaz Chips Season 1 contest here on OC-EPSORTS.


The Open Benchtable Project: Interview with Streacom’s Head of Design

The Open Benchtable officially became a reality last week with the official launch of the Community Edition. Today we are treated to an in-depth video interview with Xyala from OverClocking-TV and Shimon, Streacom’s head of design and manufacturing. The resulting conversation goes a long to revealing how the worlds, most portable and versatile benchtable came actually came into being.

The interview actually covers a great deal of ground; discussing the overall design approach that led to the final design that we have today, plus the specific materials used and the manufacturing processes involved in producing the product. Here’s a small excerpt from the full interview transcript:

Tim: “So when you start working on a project, so first you mentioned you research the market to see what is out there. What was the next step basically, following that?”

Shimon: “Ok, so I think at that point our initial thought was ok, I think you need to define what it needs to do in terms of spec, you know what type of motherboards it needs to support, what PSU size it needs to support. And then beyond that I think it was really just down to, ok here here’s a blank piece of paper, this is what it needs to do. Anything can be put down.”

“Of course the initial idea was a flat table, it was obvious that it was going to be something like that. But with the design process, what we normally need to have is the brief, and I think it’s a moment where you kind of have the inspiration. So it’s not really sure when that happens but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. I think at that point you have an idea which makes that product, differentiate it, gives it its character.

“So for me that was the point where with the feet and the handle and I think that has always been the defining characteristic of the Open Benchtable. Even if you compare the final product to the early prototype, that element hasn’t really changed and I think that was the defining moment of the product. The feet layout, the shape of the feet, the way they fit into the table and the carry handle. “

Catch the full interview here on the Open

ASUS ROG: The Red Pill - Opening the Door to Overclocking

Here’s an article from the ASUS ROG blog that caught our eye. Written by Simon Marshall, the article is entitled ‘The Red Pill – Opening the Door to Overclocking’. The analogy is of course from the movie ‘The Matrix’ where the character Morpheus offers Neo a choice of pills. One pill will allow you to wake up in your own bed oblivious that anything happened, while the choice of the red pill will take you on a journey to see just how far the rabbit hole goes. It’s actually an analogy that we have used on several occasions at HWBOT HQ, placing overclocking as the actual rabbit hole, an analogy borrowed from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

The article urges newbies to dip their toe in the world overclocking with the promise that there is a lot to explore once you get started. Here’s a sample of the article from Marshall, which deals primarily with the art of GPU overclocking:

“The main things you’ll want to keep in mind when overclocking are heat, stability and a fearless attitude (blue screens of death can be common when tweaking, but aren’t normally anything serious). If you're playing games, stability is key because a BSOD is no laughing matter (for you anyway).

There are some danger signs to watch out for. If your GPU temperature is 90 degrees or above, it’s best to stop what you’re doing as soon as possible. Throwing water on the PC is not necessary. If your rig starts shaking like a freight train or making unusual noises, again, it’s probably a good idea to stop. Luckily, it’s easy to keep an eye on temperatures with software like GPU Tweak II, and you can adjust fans speeds to keep everything nice and comfortable.”

Catch the full article here on the ASUS ROG blog.

The Lab #2: Sub-Zero Insulation Guide with MSI Z170i Gaming Pro AC

There are several important skills you need to acquire before attempting sub-zero or extreme overclocking. One of the most crucial skills is that of motherboard preparation, a task that for many overclockers involves the dark art of Vaseline application. DrWeez has produced a video that covers the topic in some detail, basically offering a step by step guide that stands as a great reference for anyone who is interested in benching with LBN2 for the first time.

The great enemy is of course moisture. Anyone who has dealt with LN2 will tell you just how wet things can get once you plunge below zero degrees Celcius. How much moisture is created by condensation will depend largely on the amount of moisture in the air – the humidity of Taiwan is probably as bad as anywhere, but in truth moisture will occur wherever you are overclocking. The trick, if you want to enjoy a prolonged benchmarking session, is to make sure your components are sufficiently protected from the inevitable moisture that will appear.

DrWeez, like all Overclockers, has his own preparation procedure. One that involves lots of Vaseline. After first he removes the heatsinks from the motherboard’s chipset and VRM areas, then he applies the Vaseliine liberally using a brush which has been trimmed a little, just to add a better degree of control. Once the Vaseline has been applied, being careful not to get any in the memory or PCIe slots, he then uses a hairdryer to warm up the Vaseline and make sure it gets into every nook and cranny of the board.

If you fancy trying some sub-zero overclocking and need to brush up your motherboard preparation skills, this is the video for you.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 35, 2016: Gold for Slinky PC (US), Leeghoofd (BE) and Chilli-Man (AU)

In Week 35 of 2016, we received 3889 benchmark results from 884 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 62% of the active community. They were responsible for 39% 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 terms of scoring points, this week it's Sofos1990, Pilu and Gasvbon's turn to join the infamous XTU 742-club. In the 100+ point category, excluding the XTU 2xCPU results, we find Slinky PC from United States topping the Elite class scoring 135.2 points for his World Record in the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme ranking with four TITAN X Pascal clocked at 2075/2750 MHz.

In the Hardware rankings bracket, we find Leeghoofd from Belgium scoring the a golden cup in the XTU Core i7 2600K ranking. The CPU is clocked at a stunning 5.95 GHz. We also find Chilli-Man from Australia on the leaderboard with a golden cup in the XTU Core i7 6700 ranking. He edges out his Aussie rivals by a mere one point. Congratulations to everyone making the table this week!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 35 generated in total 200 World Record Points, 5824.3 Global Points, and 6088.5 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 21% for Elite, 29% for Extreme, 11% for Apprentice, 17% for Enthusiast, 8% for Novice, and 26% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 8% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 15% Enthusiast, 9% Novice, and 62% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 35, 2016

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Sofos1990 198 pts Slinky PC 135.2 pts (WR!) Leeghoofd 49.7 pts
Extreme Gavbon 198 pts Marc0053 90.6 pts Chilli-Man 49.7 pts
Apprentice Pilu 198 pts Punk Sods 67 pts Pilu 31.6 pts
Enthusiast Mkiller 46.7 pts L3p 37.6 pts Mkiller 23.7 pts
Novice Domel0101 37.4 pts Tejira 28.8 pts Exnihilosum 23.3 pts
Rookie Maverip 40.6 pts Sapass1 22.8 pts Maverip 22.8 pts

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.