Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Aquamark GeForce GTX 980 1600/1950 MHz BarboneNet 610291 marks 60.9 pts 2   2
3DMark06 GeForce GTX 980 1500/1900 MHz BarboneNet 61858 marks 56.6 pts 1   2
3DMark2001 SE GeForce GTX 980 1550/1900 MHz BarboneNet 199341 marks 54.6 pts 2   2
3DMark05 GeForce GTX 980 1550/1900 MHz BarboneNet 80561 marks 52.6 pts 0   3
XTU Core i7 6700 3980 MHz Chilli-Man 1384 marks 49.7 pts 5   3
3DMark - Fire Strike Titan X Pascal   MetalRacer 27010 marks 44.4 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 5040 MHz UE50 1759 marks 41.2 pts 1   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4990 MHz OC Nub 1652 marks 34.1 pts 0   0
3DMark05 GeForce GTX 970 1345/7000 MHz _12_ 70944 marks 26.9 pts 0   0
Memory Clock DDR3 SDRAM 1834 MHz GtiJason 1834 MHz 22.5 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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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.

Newlife Hits Sub-10min SuperPi 32M Score on AMD Athlon X4 845. Is AMD's 28nm Process Improving?

A couple of months back we took a good hard look at the AMD Athlon X4 845 processor, one of the only chips around that uses AMD’s newer Excavator cores. Excavator succeeds the previous Steamroller architecture and despite being the fourth-generation of AMD’s Bulldozer derived processors, it showed enormous promise. We found that it offered way better single core performance in benchmarks such as Super Pi 32M, doing it with lower clocks, a lower NB frequencies with un-optimized, slower memory configurations. Today however we arise to a few new scores on HWBOT that indicate that AMD could actually be improving with each production run.

Enter Aussie overclocker, Newlife. AMD aficionado, retro benching expert and enthusiastic hardware modder – who better placed to examine AMD’s progress with Excavator. Having previously had issues getting hold an Athlon X4 845 chip in his native Australia, Newlife finally managed to get his hands on one. In fact it seems he got hold of more recent batch than had previously been pushed on HWBOT.

Armed with an X4 845 from a batch manufactured in Week 20 of this year (mid-May) Newlife took no time at all pushing the chip to its limits using his ice chilled AiO water cooler. His initial run pushed the CPU core to 4,569MHz (+30.54%) and managed a score of just 10mins 11sec 765ms, a new sub 5GHz record for AMD. The score was made with the CPU using a hefty 1.65v, NB at 1.4v and memory at 1.9v. One key aspect of the configuration was getting the base clock to run at 120MHz, a feat that would only complete a Super Pi run on the 1st core.

A few hours later Newlife had managed to squeeze a touch more out of his new Excavator cores – hitting a clock speed of 4,679.2MHz (+33.69) to complete a run in just 9min 58sec 875ms. This configuration required a somewhat high CPU core voltage of 1.7v, but it reaped the rewards of actually scoring below 10 minutes – a truly landmark result for an ambient cooled AMD processor.

The previous best SuperPi 32M score for the Athlon X4 845 was 10min 12sec 78ms. Posted by l0ud_sil3nc3 back in May of this year, the chip showed nowhere near the same headroom – despite being cooled on LN2 it managed only 4,597.57MHz (+31.36%).

The upshot as far as we can see is that AMD a) has significantly improved its single core, per thread performance and b), it appears to be getting better as time goes by as AMD’s 28nm manufacturing process matures and improves. This is all good news for the forthcoming Bristol Ridge platform, especially for a company that so desperately needs to get back in the high-performance race with Intel. Good news for Overclocking too IMHO.

Check out the new AMD Athlon 4X 845 1st place ranked score from Newlife here. Well done sir.

Xyala Talks to French eSports Gamers eXception About Overclocking, HWBOT World Tour and More…

While the worlds of PC gaming, eSports and Overclocking often touch, at times there can be disconnect where gamers don’t really understand how Overclocking actually works. With that in mind it’s great to see Xyla, known to many of us simply as Timothee, have a chat with the French gamers of eXception. Here’s a excerpt from an interview they conducted recently (apologies for the Google Translation):

“eXeption: HWBOT now has a strong reputation among PC gamers. Is this only in France or also in other countries?”

“Xyla: Everything depends on the year; last year we had only three events, this year we have made seven including six local events and a final. In recent years, HWBOT has continued to increase its recognition. Our organization brings together many enthusiasts as overclocking enthusiasts worldwide. We are not based in France as we try to organize meetings everywhere.”

“The Gamers Assembly was a major European event. We will probably organize events in Europe next year to share our passion with everyone. The gaming world is exploding almost everywhere so there's more and more demand for gamers to gain maximum performance. People just want to learn the operation of overclocking; this is why we need to travel everywhere.”

Read the full interview on the eXception website here (French).

Three US Overclockers in Top Ten of HWBOT League

I think it’s fair to say that right now US overclocking is enjoying a good moment. In fact as of today we now have three US overclockers in the top ten of the HWBOT league; they are Strong Island, Splave and Slinky PC. What makes the story more fascinating is that all three actually belong to different sub-league categories on HWBOT.

Splave of course is an Elite overclocker of high renowned so it’s no surprise to see him sit in 5th place in the overall global rankings with 2,274 points. Slinky PC, he of the many Titan X Pascal cards, belongs to the Apprentice class of overclockers and currently sits in 9th place with 1,902.9 points. Perhaps the most remarkable is the position that Strong Island who currently occupies a third place standing in the league with a total 2,308.1 points – a fact that remains all the more impressive when we consider his position as an Extreme overclocker. It’s not often that we see non-Elite players rise to such lofty positions.

In terms of overall standings these three overclockers by far the best representatives of the United States. Steponz sits way back in 31st place while the next US overclocker on the leaderboard is coolhandluke41, who ironically sits in 41st place in the world rankings. However, if we consider the top ten places of the league, the US are the dominant force. Only Germany has more than one place in the top ten, thanks to No1. Dancop and 8th placed der8auer.

While it’s not quite Olympic level domination, the US is certainly doing well at the summit of global overclocking. Kudos to Strong Island, Slinky PC and Splave.

Check out the full HWBOT league standings here.

Strunkenbold, Maintainer of the HWBOT Hardware Database, Re-Orgs Radeon Cards

HWBOT member Strunckenbold has been diligently and tirelessly working away behind the scenes to maintain and organize the HWBOT Hardware Database, a vast wasteland of gargantuan proportions. Yesterday Strunkenbold gave us an update regarding how we will be organizing graphics cards. Here’s what he had to say:

"Last time I added Radeon R2 to R9 categories and now these are already history. We have decided to sort them by architecture. This was necessary because we want to merge re-branded cards and those exists unfortunately over all Radeon families. So new categories are now:"

  • -TeraScale2
  • -TeraScale3
  • -GCN 1st Generation
  • -GCN 2nd Generation
  • -GCN 3rd Generation
  • -GCN 4th Generation
  • "This also allows us to do a major cleanup and finally have a chance to add all obscure AMD cards available."

    Also new:

    • -Geforce GTX 1060 3Gb version (1152 Shaders)
    • -Geforce GTX 1060/70/80 Notebook variants
    • -added Intel Kaby Lake i7, i5 models by preliminary information
    • -some Tesla and FirePro cards
    • Awesome work again from Strunkenbold. The community salutes you sir.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 34, 2016: Gold for Strong Island (US) and Slinky PC (US)

In Week 34 of 2016, we received 3371 benchmark results from 780 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 54% of the active community. They were responsible for 33% 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 Bruno and Chili-Man's turn to join the infamous XTU 742-club. In the 100+ point category, excluding the XTU 2xCPU results, we find Racoon from Switzerland topping the Elite class scoring 103.5 points for his 2nd place in the 3DMark Fire Strike 1xGPU category with a TITAN X Pascal clocked at 2113/2800 MHz. We also find Slinky PC with a 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme World Record sporting 4 (!) TITAN X Pascal graphics cards at 2076/2780 MHz.

In the Hardware rankings bracket, we find Strong Island from United States scoring the a golden cup in the GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB 3DMark06 ranking. The graphics card is clocked at 1175/1215 MHz and is combined with a Skylake Core i7 6700K at 6500 MHz. There are a couple more bronze cups distributed this week too! Congratulations to everyone making the table this week!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 34 generated in total 310 World Record Points, 4745 Global Points, and 5620 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 13% for Elite, 35% for Extreme, 23% for Apprentice, 18% for Enthusiast, 9% for Novice, and 25% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 10% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 18% Enthusiast, 12% Novice, and 54% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 34, 2016

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Bruno 197.2 pts Racoon 103.5 pts Bruno 30.8 pts
Extreme Chili-Man 197.2 pts Strong Island 54 pts Strong Island 49.9 pts
Apprentice George.kokovinis 39.2 pts Slinky PC 135.8 pts (WR!) George.kokovinis 24.7 pts
Enthusiast Nik 33.4 pts BossMac 31.7 pts Walhalla 33.1 pts
Novice TAGG 37.9 pts Johnd0e 29 pts TAGG 22.6 pts
Rookie Hernandez 42.3 pts Jckaboom 11.6 pts Freeway8610 23.5 pts

SuperPI 32M 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (Aug 21, 2016) - Micka (CN) Fastest at 5 minutes and 52.953 seconds with Skylake

Just like every month we have a look at the SuperPI 32M low-clock challenge threads in our forum and make a list of the most efficient overclocks for various CPU architectures. In the Intel category, Micka (China) is currently still leading with his Skylake submission of 5 min 52.953 seconds. He jumped over Splave with a fantastic CPU IMC capable of pushing the memory to DDR4-4138 C12-11-11-28 In the AMD category the competition with Excavator is pushing AMD towards the 10 minute mark for sub-5GHz submissions. L0ud_sil3nc3 (United States) is currently leading the race with a time of 10 min 12.078 seconds.

Check out the full table below. For more information and efficient SuperPI 32M overclocking results, check out the low-clock threads in our Overclocking and Tweaking sub-forum and the SuperPI 32M Low Clock - Fastest Per Architecture forum thread.

Congratulations to all the leaders in their specific categories!

SuperPI 32M Intel 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (Aug 21, 2016)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Skylake 5 min 52.953 sec Micka Core i7 6700K GALAX DDR4-4138 C12-11-11-28 ASUS Maximus VIII Impact
Broadwell-E 6 min 10.469 sec Fugger Core i7 6950X Kingston HyperX Impact DDR4-3400 C12-16-16-28 ASUS Rampage V Extreme
Broadwell 6 min 14.625 sec Splave Core i7 5775C Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-2000 C7-7-7-21 ASRock Z97 OC Formula
Haswell-E 5 min 55.328 sec Dancop Core i7 5960X G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-3333 C10-11-11-28 ASUS Rampage V Extreme
Haswell 5 min 53.687 sec Bullant Core i7 4770K G.SKILL PI DDR3-2858 C6-9-6-21
Ivy Bridge 6 min 15.562 sec Bullant Core i7 3770K DDR3-2630 C6-9-6-24 ASRock Z77 OC Formula
Sandy Bridge 6 min 30.359 sec Bullant Core i7 2600K G.SKILL PI DDR3-2268 C6-8-6-20 GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4 TH
Gulftown 7 min 5.297 sec Gazza30 Core i7 980X Kingston DDR3-2000 C7-7-6-20 GIGABYTE X58A-UD7
Bloomfield 7 min 8.020 sec Dsjjang Core i7 920 DDR3-1898 C6-7-6-19 ASUS P6T WS Professional

SuperPI 32M AMD 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (Aug 21, 2016)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Carrizo 10 min 12.078 sec L0ud_sil3nc3 Athlon X4 845 G.SKILL Flare DDR3-1934 MHz C6-9-9-24 ASUS Crossblade Ranger
Kaveri 12 min 17.437 sec Zeropluszero A10-7850K DDR3-2400 MHz C8-11-9-18 GIGABYTE F2A88XN-Wifi
Vishera 14 min 9.391 sec Robbo2 FX-8350 G.SKILL PI DDR3-2600 C8-11-8-24 ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z
Richland 14 min 9.156 sec Newlife A6-6420K G.SKILL TridentX DDR3-2368 C7-10-10-8 GIGABYTE F2A88XN-Wifi
Trinity 14 min 11.016 sec Dinos22 A10-5800K Corsair Dominator DDR3-2666 C9-12-12-24 GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4
Zambezi 15 min 16.953 sec Splave FX-4200 Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-2234 C7-8-8-18 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
Llano 14 min 3.188 sec D3mox A8-3870K G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-2112 C7-10-7-24 GIGABYTE A75-UD4H
Kabini 16 min 39.016 sec Wizerty Athlon 5350 G.SKILL PI DDR3-2026 C7-9-6-24 ASUS AM1I-A
Thuban 13 min 42.953 sec Bones Phenom II X6 1100T BE G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-1944 C7-9-7-24 ASUS Crosshair V Formula
Deneb 13 min 24.078 sec I.nfraR.ed Phenom II X4 965 BE Corsair Dominator GTX2 DDR3-1846 C6-6-6-18 GIGABYTE 970A-UD3

AMD Zen Demoed Next to Broadwell-E Core i7 6900K, Does Quite Well

The build up to the launch of AMD’s next generation of Zen processors is heating up nicely with the company trying to steal some of Intel’s IDF limelight with a media briefing in the same city. The upshot was a room full of tech media who were treated to technical details about the new platform, plus a demo of a Zen chip side by side with an Intel Core i7 6900K – the first time that AMD has actually shown a running Zen-based system to media.

The presentation went to a fair bit of detail regarding the technology that makes the new chips tick. Fundamentals about the Zen micro-architecture were revealed including how the new chips will have improved branch prediction, a larger unified 8MB L3 cache, plus a unified L2 cache for data and instructions. The company also talked at length about the hard work that has been done to design wholly new architecture from the ground up with particular attention to keeping thermal efficiency at the forefront of things. However, while they did not reveal any details about TDP at this stage, we can expect the flagship desktop SKU to be an 8 Core / 16 Thread APU that uses the new AM4 socket, DDR4 memory with a base clock of at least 3GHz.

In true media briefing fashion AMD also treated all in attendance to alive technology demo. The company showed two machines side by side doing a rendering job using the Open Source Blender app. What they saw was an 8 core Zen processor (known as Summit Ridge in terms of the complete platform) clocked at 3GHz, compared to an 8 core / 16 thread Core i7 6900K chip, that was underclocked to 3GHz. The demo showed both systems completing the render workload at pretty much the same time.

Regarding the fair and objective nature of the comparison, I think AMD’s marketing team probably don’t care too much – they just want to prove that with the same core-count and clock speed, AMD is back in the game at the high-end x86 processor market.

For a full and detailed look at the new Zen architecture from a technical perspective, check out this article from our buddy Ian Cutress at Anandtech. If you prefer to digest your tech in video form, you can check out this video from Paul’s Hardware which actually shows the benchmark demo that AMD presented to media and the systems used.

Slinky PC Takes Down 4 World Records and 8 Global 1st Places with 4x Titan X Pascals

SlinkyPC is certainly enjoying his new Titan X Pascal cards, all four of them. While we might feel a touch envious at the sheer 3D processing power that amounts to, let’s give credit where credit is due and stand agape at the scores and records that Slnky has amassed in this week alone. The guy has taken down four World Records, plus eight global first placed ranking scores – pretty much a VGA benching massacre.

The World records scores included a Catzilla 1440p score of 62,095 marks using a 3-way SLI Titan X cards. Using 4-way SLI Slinky PC broke World Records in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme (36,653 marks), 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra (24,656 marks) and in 3DMark Time Spy (24,138 marks. Links to all the submission below.

The rig that Slinky is using to break these recoards is based around a custom water cooled Intel Core i7 6950X, in most cases pushed to a tasty 4,700MHz (+56.67%). The Titan X Pascal cards are also overclocked, in some instances as far as 2,139MHz (+50.95%) on the GPU and 2,750MHz (+10.00%) on the graphics memory.

Here’s the full list of all the World Records and Global 1st Places that have fallen on this week’s Titan X Pascal spree.

World Records

Global 1st Places

Congrats to Slinky PC. Good work sir.