Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Catzilla - 720p Titan X Pascal 2126/2822 MHz marc0053 71558 marks 90.7 pts 5   0
Catzilla - 1440p Titan X Pascal 2138/2750 MHz Slinky PC 26158 marks 58.9 pts 1   0
GPUPI - 1B Titan X Pascal 2150/1250 MHz team_austria 5sec 634ms 44.2 pts 0   1
Catzilla - 1440p Titan X Pascal 2126/2810 MHz marc0053 26034 marks 44.1 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5820K 4700 MHz SAMBA 1922 marks 40.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4790 MHz speed.fastest 1717 marks 38.5 pts 1   0
XTU Core i7 5820K 4800 MHz NastyNessOc 1902 marks 38.1 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 1080   racoon 32038 marks 33.6 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4800 MHz davestarrr 1633 marks 32.0 pts 0   0
3DMark06 GeForce GTX 680 1200/1800 MHz Digg_de 49249 marks 29.5 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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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 OpenBenctable.com.

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.

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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:

Improved

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.

HWBOT Database Now Has 142 Z170 Motherboards, Will Z270 Have More?

The transition from Intel’s Skylake architecture to the new and improved Kaby Lake is apparently only a few months from now. As well as a new series of newly ‘Optimized’ processors, we can also forward to the new Z270 chipset and a range of new motherboards to go with it. It is interesting however to try and predict just how much love from the overclocking community we will see. Will the Z270 platform offer any improvements other than a relatively minor 5-10% boost from the CPU, or will it arrive as a much more mature platform generally speaking, building on the previous work done for the Z170 platform? Here are some interesting thoughts on the subject.

There are currently 142 Intel Z170-based motherboards in the HWBOT database. This is significantly more than what we had with previous Z87 boards (87 models) and also Z97 (137). Why such a broad range of motherboard offerings? Well, before go and blame GIGABYTE (just kidding guys….) we can see that most major vendors have opted for deeper segmentation within their product ranges, with more models than in previous platforms.

In terms of Z87 boards on the HWBOT database. ASUS produced 25 models, GIGABYTE 25, MSI 18 and ASRock 19. Fast forward to the Z170 platform and we see ASUS have produced 28 models, GIGABYTE in fact remain on 25, MSI have actually created the most with 29 models while ASRock have also expanded their portfolio to bring to market 25 boards. Why the expansion in SKUs? Well, that’s probably an article for another day, but I would suggest the rise of both ‘Gaming’ and ‘OC’ boards, plus specific regional models with game bundles (in China for example) are factors to consider.

If we go back to those original numbers from Z87 to Z97 however, we can see that particular transition saw a significant increase in the number of models in the database, a rise from 87 models, to 137 models – that’s 57.5% more models! If we are making predictions, could we therefore say that there will even more board models for the Z270 platform? Will we see a similar transition? The reasoning for this is simple enough – Z270 motherboards will effectively serve two processor markets, previous-gen Skylake and current-gen Kaby Lake.

Backwards compatibility aside, Z270 will also most likely offer better performance and add new storage support among other things. There is also the momentum factor, as motherboard vendors and indeed Intel grasping much more mature platform with Kaby Lake. Take a BIOS engineer’s perspective; Haswell to Skylake was a wholly new architectural transition, requiring a ton of seemingly endless hard work. Kaby Lake will be a much easier transition and one that should offer mature, solid performance gains from day one.

There certainly is evidence that we will see more overclocking attention arriving on the Z270 platform, with even more motherboard model options than previously seen with Z170. Chime in with your thoughts in forum link below.

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Old PCs Donated to Animal Sanctuary in Taiwan, a Hardware Hoarder’s Tale

We all have old hardware. Really old hardware that tends to linger around your man cave like ancient debris on a Tomb raider set. It’s probably fair to say that I am guilty of hoarding old hardware as much as the next man. I know it. If it still works, I don’t throw it away or recycle it. It stays put, just in case one day it can be of use once more.

It turns out that such an occasion did arrive. A week or so ago, an old friend of mine who now runs an Animal Sanctuary in Northern Taiwan, posted on their Facebook thread that they were desperately in need of a few old computers for their new office. The organization, known locally as The PACK Sanctuary is, in their own words:

“An animal sanctuary on the northern tip of Taiwan specializing in the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing or lifelong care of animals in dire need of help or unlikely to find suitable homes elsewhere.”

Run by along time acquaintance of mine, I was keen to help out. I know just how much good work these guys do rescuing animals, many of which are unfortunately found in appalling conditions. In fact their work in Taiwan has also done a great deal to raise awareness of issues such as animal cruelty to a wider, local audience.

His request came with a caveat however. We need old, but working computers for our office and the budget is zero. I started digging through my collection of hardware and eventually managed to put together two machines that (although painfully slow by today’s standards) still managed to perform well enough for most daily office tasks.

The first machine was based on the classic Conroe-based Core 2 Duo E4500, a dual core 2.2GHz chip from 2008. It was a relic of an old Acer machine that I upgraded for a friend several years ago, but it still worked a treat. I dug out and tested 4GB of DDR2, hooked up an old Hitachi HHD and was actually surprised by how well it ran Windows 7 (although it did take about a day to successfully update Windows). The second rig was based on an AMD Phenom II 9850, an Agena-based quad-core chip clocked at 2.5GHz. Not a hugely popular choice when it first arrived in 2008, it was good enough for the job and at least had the benefit of having four cores. Again 4GB DDR2 would have to do, as well as a Seagate HHD that I found lying around doing nothing.

The fun of tinkering with old hardware cannot be over exaggerated. I enjoyed several hours of testing and messing about with decade old hardware that I rememebr well from back in the day. In fact I almost enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed helping out some very, very good people. Old hardware, surrendered for a very good cause. Check out the PACK Sanctuary website here.