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Welcome to SkatterBencher #6. In this episode we are focusing our attentions on the latest Kaby Lake architecture processors from Intel, specifically the Core i7 7700K. In this guide we want to show you how to Overclock an i7 7700K from its default clock frequency of 4.5GHz, to 5GHz and beyond. We're also going to show you in our typical quick-and-easy style, how to also push the DDR4 memory frequency, the integrated graphics, plus a nice trick that will push the CPU even further while only using an all-in-one cooler. Of course we'll also examine just how much performance can be gained by running some benchmarks.
The quest to find out which country has the best overclockers in the world in 2016 is almost upon us. The HWBOT Country Cup 2016 kicks off in just a matter of days, pitting country against country across six gruelling stages that promise to be the truest test of overclocking pedigree. The contest starts on November 1st and closes the day before Christmas eve with prizes, as well as lots of kudos lined up for the winners.
In previous years we’ve seen wins from Romania (2x), Poland and Greece, but in 2013, 2014 and 2015 the Australians were the top global force to be reckoned with, producing three displays of such dominance that they barely dropped a point. Will they be in the ascendancy once again in 2016, or are their natives of other countries willing to put their OC creedance on the line and go for the win? Could Germany finally flex their OC teamwork muscles, or perhaps the US will find a winning team ethic. And let’s not underestimate the Belgians after their recent Team Cup exploits. An intriguing battle lies ahead, that is the only certainty.
October 1, 2016 Taipei, Taiwan - HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings today officially announces the World Championship Final to held in Berlin, Germany on the 4th of December 2016. The World Championship Finals pits the winners from each of the HWBOT World Series winners, plus a wild card and a ROG Camp entrant, against each other in a bid to find out who is Overclocking Champion of the World in 2016.
The World Championship Final is truly a quest to find the best live OC contest player of the year. The contest features the six World Series winners from each of the six HWBOT World Tour 2016 events. The six World Series winners will be flown out to the Final and will be joined by the winner of the HWBOT World Championship Wild Card Contest winner. The eighth contestant will be the winner of the ROG Camp 2016, just to add some new blood and spice things up a touch.
Both HWBOT World Championship Wild Card winner and the ROG Camp 2016 winner will be announced at a later date.
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.
I want to share their story with you.
September 1st, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan - HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings today announces Intel as primary partners for the Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT World Tour which will be held in conjunction with JagatReview at the Yogyakomtek event in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Overclockers will compete on Intel Core i5 6600K processors for the duration of the event which is supported by Intel. Primary partner Intel is joined by motherboard partners ASUS, BIOSTAR, GIGABYTE and MSI, with power supplies from Seasonic, memory from Corsair, displays from Phillips and Open Benchtables from Streacom.
"Once again we are fortunate to have the help and support of some of the industry’s most respected hardware manufacturers for the HWBOT World Tour stop in Indonesia," commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. "We are excited to join with JagatReview and integrate the influential Amateur Overclocking Contest (AOCT) into the HWBOT World Tour schedule, an undeniable source of Indonesian overclocking talent."
The latest podcast from the guys at HardwareAsylum is available now. This week Dennis and Darren discuss the CES 2017 event in Las Vegas a week or so ago. Joined by some other special guests, the guys discuss the highlights in terms of innovative product launches, the general feelings about the format of the trade show and what they each think will be the biggest game changer of 2017. Here are the podcast notes.
“CES is full of trends, some trends actually become ways to make our lives better while others are the hardware equivalent of “Me Too Iguana”. In this episode we talk about some of the cooler things we saw at CES that, frankly, doesn’t involve RGB LEDS and Tempered Glass.”
“Seriously though had there not been a continual theme of IoT (Internet of Things) you would think the future of 2017 is all RGB lights on motherboards and tempered glass side panels for that extra bit of bling in your PC builds.”
“We talked about several things from the importance of the Gigabyte Aorus Launch, ASUS 200 series overclocking, OLED Televisions and what Samsung is doing with their IoT implementations. Of course that doesn’t encompass the entire show.”
“Towards the end of the podcast I ask everyone what technology or product do you feel will be a game changer for the rest of the year. The results might surprise you.”
Check out the Hardware Asylum podcast here.
|ASUS Republic of Gamers||27||62|
|PC Games Hardware||13||31|
|Hellas Overclocking Team||9||3|
Every month or so we have a look at how well the overclocking teams adopt Rookie and Novice overclockers at HWBOT. The most friendly Rookie teams are based in North America mostly. The ASUS Republic of Gamers team is confirming as biggest magnet of Rookie overclockers. They enrolled 27 Rookies and 62 Novices. /r/overclocking, also from the USA, is following in second place with 16 Rookies and 77 Novices. In third place we find PC Games Hardware which has 13 Rookies and 31 Novices in the team.
In the Rookie League, topyoyoguybest from United States is leading with 403.30 points which is 65.1 points more than tyger81 from the France and 151.8 points more than ShadowPlay from Greece.
Congratulations to all the overclocking teams adopting the new overclockers and of course the Rookies for their dedication to overclocking!
In Week 2 of 2017, we received 4328 benchmark results from 1121 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 64% of the active community. They were responsible for 42% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.
The year 2017 is off to a strong start with Kaby Lake pushing the excitement for overclocking up in anticipation for AMD's Ryzen launch on February 28, 2017. In the second week of the year we once more find Dancop from Germany grabbing the top spot in the Elite category with a World Record in SuperPI 32M. The German overclocker outpaced Fredyama by a couple milliseconds and he posted 4min 17sec 359ms with the Core i7 7700K at 7048.2MHz. In the 3D category we find K|ngp|n from the USA. In the 3DMark11 Performance benchmark he scores a Global First Place with 2 GPUs, which also gives him second place in the overall Hall of Fame. Impressive! Last but not least we're happy to include Rtsurfer in the list of golden cup winners of the week. Backed by a strong retail Core i7 7700K, the US-based overclocker outscored all the industry-backed overclockers' results from launch week and takes the Cinebench 4xCPU Global First Place. Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard this week!
The overclocking results submitted during Week 2 generated in total 245 World Record Points, 7475.9 Global Points, and 7440 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 25% for Elite, 34% for Extreme, 7% for Apprentice, 14% for Enthusiast, 4% for Novice, and 23% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 8% Extreme, 3% Apprentice, 15% Enthusiast, 8% Novice, and 64% Rookie.
Most Valuable Submissions - Week 2, 2017
|League||CPU Benchmark||GPU Benchmark||Hardware Points|
|Elite||Dancop||137.2 pts (WR!)||K|ngp|n||152.4 pts||Xtreme Addict||10.7 pts|
|Extreme||Rtsurfer||140.2 pts||Superpatodonaldo||55.2 pts||Delly||49.7 pts|
|Apprentice||g_trud||59.9 pts||Menthol||60.8 pts||Phase||23 pts|
|Enthusiast||Falken1||33.7 pts||Olegdjus||31.9 pts||TyphooNick||24.7 pts|
|Novice||Chill00r||39.8 pts||WiLLius||11 pts||Vunhtrungha99||23.1 pts|
|Rookie||LMRig||31.7 pts||Särmä||31.5 pts||TardCarnival||24.3 pts|
Today we announce the Sao Paulo 2017 Qualifier rules and prizes for the Overclocking World Championship 2017. On February 3, 2017, the qualification tournament kicks off with a three-hour qualifier featuring three benchmarks. The top four overclockers return on February 4, 2017, to fight for a spot in the Final and win the prestigious ticket to the Overclocking World Championship at the end of the year.
The OCWC Qualifier in Sao Paulo will be spread over two days. Day 1 will act as a preliminary qualification round with the four fastest Overclockers moving on to Day 2 which will involve two Semi-Finals, a Bronze Final and a Grand Final. The overclockers will compete using Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors provided by Intel and HWBOT. The prizes included a ticket to the Overclocking World Championship, Seasonic power supplies, HyperX memory and SSDs.
The HWBOT World Tour – Sao Paulo 2017 is our second event of the year. Like last year, the Campus Party Sao Paulo is our venue for the only Latin American overclocking event of the year. From January 31 until February 5 you can join some of Brazil’s best overclockers to learn about overclocking and see them in action. The event features an interesting amateur workshop and of course a qualification tournament for the Overclocking World Championship.
The Overclocking World Championship Qualifier will be sponsored by Seasonic and is open to all overclockers. The extreme overclockers will use the latest Intel Kaby lake processor and have the choice of any LGA1151 motherboard. The qualification tournament kicks off on February 3rd, 2017, with a three-hour tournament featuring three benchmarks. The top-4 of the qualifier proceed to the finals on February 4th, where a 1v1 elimination tournament will decide who wins the Brazilian ticket for the Overclocking World Championship at the end of the year.
Welcome to another Throwback Thursday, a day of the week when we allow ourselves a nostalgic glance at a time in the past. This week we take you back to day in January 2011 when GIGABYTE leaked the first peak of the X58X-OC motherboard, arguably the first motherboard that was designed by an Overclocker, for Overclockers. The X58X-OC was of course designed by legendary Taiwanese Overclocker HiCookie, GIGABYTE’s in-house overclocker and overall performance guru.
The X58X-OC motherboard was the first board that was actually marketed as an Overclocking motherboard. It featured a stunning 12 phase VRM with POScaps, MPFC Chokes, and DriverMOSFETs – all way, way beyond spec. Plus it was the first board to feature individual buttons for changing CPU frequency. Even the back panel IO was paired back, offering just four USB ports, PS2 ports, basic audio and Ethernet. Back in 2011 this is what Dino had to say about the board, which at this time, had only been whispered about behind closed doors:
What do you get when you give an overclocker freedom to design a new OC board?
Cookie’s been busy and I hear he’s expecting a new bun out of the oven or did they say a board of some kind?!? She is matte black (hmm or white?!?) with orange stripes and some unusual looking features. Wait, where’s the rest of the I/O panel? Some of you know this board as the new “orange OC board” but in fact her real name is X58A-OC. I can’t wait to show you more of this board that’s designed by overclockers for overclockers. Stay tuned!
Catch the original post on HWBOT back on January 21st 2011. The comments are worth a read for sure.
We are always keen to support and give credit to any Overclocker that is willing to share his or her experience of overclocking a specific piece of hardware. That’s why it’s great to Isaiah from OverclockersClub.com make an effort to share his experiences with the Nvidia GTX 1070 card, presenting us with a video and written article that makes a really constructive guide for any less experienced overclocker who wants to push a GTX 1070:
“So, you acquired an NVIDIA GTX 1070 and you want to get the most out of it. Well you are in luck, as this guide I will cover the How-To part of overclocking a GTX 1070. This guide applies to all GTX 1070 cards, no matter the model or brand.”
“As NVIDIA approaches the company's third integer of GPU Boost, it comes at a cost. Although not all bad, NVIDIA Boost 3.0 has been integrated into all Pascal GPUs (i.e GTX 10 Series). Therefore, gone are the days of linear voltage offset and NVIDIA's hands-off approach, allowing users to push the boundaries and easily void warranties. It's not that bad, as the more NVIDIA uses its technology, the more the last few generations of cards have come to a high point for the average user. The ability to click and go is a great addition to getting the maximum performance out of your product.”
The video guide for the GTX 1070 can be found here on the OverclockersClub YouTube channel here. The written guide can be found here on the OverclockersClub website and actually goes into a lot more detail about specific configurations.
The second round of this year’s Old School is Best School contest kicks off next, inviting old school Overclockers to revisit the classic AMD Socket 939 platform plus Nvidia GeForce 7 series graphics cards. Round 2 runs from January 15th to February 15th with three stages designed specifically to tickle your nostalgic senses.
Old School is Best School Round 2: January 15th to February 15th
Firstly, let me give you a quick rundown on exactly what the Old School is Best School contest is all about. We all know that many older overclockers can get pretty nostalgic and dewey-eyed for the ‘good old days’ of overclocking. We all remember the first PC we built, repaired or overclocked. The truth is that seasoned members on HWBOT and OC-SPORTS enjoy any excuse to revisit hardware platforms from the distant past, digging out boxes of classic hardware that we have stashed away in our attics and garages. An old school overclocker enjoys any kind of retro action, which is exactly the point of the Old School is Best School contest.
The OSiBS contest series spans the Overclocking season with month-long contests that challenge Overclockers to compete on three stages using specific hardware from the past. Here are the stages we have lined up in Round 2 of Season 3.
Read the full article on OC-ESPORTS here.
Just in case you’ve been living under rock, steponz (US) won the Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest in Las Vegas last weekend. He edged out Indonesia’s Lucky_n00b to clinch an exciting Grand Final where the two battled it out on the latest Kaby Lake Core i7 7700K chips using brand new GIGABYTE Z270 motherboards. Trouffman from Overclocking-TV managed to get hold of steponz after the match to get his thoughts on the contest.
The interview is actually quite revealing. Jo steponz is veteran of several live Overclocking contests so it’s great to see him reveal his thoughts on the contest format. The 1v1 format used in all OCWC Qualifier matches is fairly new to Overclocking. It forces two Overclockers to bench side by side with the same hardware on a randomly drawn benchmark with time limit of just thirty minutes. steponz explains that this format definitely ups the stress levels while also being fun. Having just himself and Lucky_n00b on the stage facing each other added an extra dimension that you cannot get with a group-based format.
Jo also explains his strategy for the 1v1 with Alva. Having experienced certain issues getting the memory timings tight ion Day 1, Jo was careful to take his time dialing in all the memory settings, also testing stability at regular intervals. While he was doing this, Lucky_n00b was busy aggressively making scores with steady improvements on each run. Jo knew he would had to make big score straight off the bat, a feat he achieved by coming in ahead of Lucky_n00b with a run of 1m 6.726sec.
You can catch the full interview with Jo 'steponz' here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.
Here’s some quick news to let you all know that HWBoints are now enabled for the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark. As I’m sure most of you know, Time Spy is the latest 3D benchmark from Futuremark. It’s designed to run on Windows 10 64-bit and is one of the first to use a DirectX 12 3D graphics engine. From today, World Record and Global First Place will be awarded in accordance with the HWBoints system.
As one of the most demanding 3D benchmarks around, Time Spy is suited to overclockers who are benching high-end GPU arrays, mainly because it actually scales quite well. In fact, a quick look at the top twenty ranked scores for Time Spy reveals some insanely high-end rigs. The top four results are all using 4x Titan X Pascal card systems, just to give you an idea of who is going to benefit from the new points available. I think we can expect Overclockers with a couple of Titan cards on hand to glean a few extra points out of the Time Spy benchmark.
Another thing that sets the Time Spy benchmark aside from previous 3DMark benchmarks is the improved integration that Time Spy offers with the HWBOT database. Overclockers using the 3DMark benchmarking suite can now add scores to the HWBOT database at the click of a button which makes it easier to submit a validated score. You can find more information about the Time Spy benchmark here, as well as the current score rankings here.