Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
GPUPI - 1B GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2746/1350 MHz bob(nz) 8sec 362ms 48.3 pts 1   2
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2570/1570 MHz OGS 11758 marks 48.0 pts 0   1
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i9 7900X 6069 MHz Splave 1min 43sec 782ms 44.1 pts 1   1
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2556/1603 MHz ikki 16712 marks 43.5 pts 1   0
XTU Core i7 7820X 4800 MHz Artah 3053 marks 39.5 pts 0   0
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i7 7700K 6600 MHz mllrkllr88 28345 points 31.5 pts 0   2
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 1632/1431 MHz skorpi 10762 marks 29.5 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4790 MHz le.peace.up 1669 marks 27.5 pts 0   1
Aquamark GeForce 8800 GTS 640 Mb 891/1107 MHz Squirrel_Master 412077 marks 23.6 pts 0   1
3DMark2001 SE GeForce 8800 GTS 640 Mb 864/1134 MHz Squirrel_Master 107894 marks 23.4 pts 0   1


HWBOT Articles

This week’s GPU Flashback Archive article is all about the GeForce 3 series of graphics cards from NVIDIA, a company that by this stage in history was recognized as industry leader in GPU development and innovation. The third iteration of its GeForce brand launched with a hiccup or two in early 2001 and enjoyed status as the company’s top tier offering for around a year before it was usurped by its successor, the mighty GeForce 4 series. Let’s take a peek at the new technologies and innovations that arrived with GeForce 3, the cards that proved to be most popular with overclockers on HWBOT and of course, the notable scores and benchmarks that it spawned.

First let’s set the scene. NVIDIA’s arrival on the graphics card market in the late nineties had been wholly disruptive. After TNT and RIVA series cards, NVIDIA blew the doors of the industry with its first GeForce series and simply didn’t look back. By the time we arrive at the GeForce 3 series, we find that Matrox had left the market to focus on more niche markets while S3 Graphics were basically clinging on by their front teeth. NVIDIA eventually put an end to 3dfx and their classic Voodoo cards by buying the company out. Only ATi endured, and we all know what eventually happened to them.

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[HWBOT X] The Power of X, Intel Overclocking Unlocked Contest - Bangkok, Thailand

This weekend will see an exciting overclocking contest take place in Bangkok Thailand - the Power of X, Intel Overclocking Unlocked Contest. HWBOT will be helping out with organizing and moderating the contest which will span both days of this weekend and feature both individual and team overclocking. The clicmax of the contest will be 3v3 Semi-Final and Grand Final matches. The contest will be based on Intel's latest Core-X platform with CPUs cooled by ThermalTake AiO coolers. Here are the five, three-man teams that will compete, each of whom represent a local Thai overclocking community:

  • -OC Station
  • -ZoLKoRn
  • -extreme

The event is organized by Intel and HWBOT with the help and support of partners ASRock, ASUS ROG, AOC, MSI, ThermalTake, HyperX and Western Digital. The contest will be centered on Intel’s X299 platform with competing overclockers charged with pushing Intel latest Core i5 7640X processors. Various motherboards will be used by the teams including the ASUS STRIX X299, ASRock X299 Taichi and MSI X299 XPOWER GAMING boards. HyperX Predator DDR4 3000MHz memory will be used with CPUs cooled by ThermalTake Water 3.0 RGB coolers and powered Grand 1050W 80+ power supplies.

You can check out the contest rules, scores and of course submissions as they happen here on the Overclocking Unlocked contest page on OC-ESPORTS.


Seasonic Launch PRIME Ultra Power Supplies

HWBOT World Tour partner Seasonic have just launched their latest high-end power supply offerings, the PRIME Ultra series. The new series has already won the Power Supply of the Year 2017 European Hardware Award and pack a number of attractive new features that will be music to the ears of overclockers, system builders and enthusiasts alike. TechPowerUp have the full story:

As graphics cards and motherboards become more efficient, their ever-decreasing power consumption has called for a new power rating variant. The introduction of the PRIME Ultra 550 W Platinum- and Gold-rated units is an answer to these current market trends where most users need high-end, high-efficiency, yet mid-range power capacity power supplies. The PRIME Ultra 550 W in many cases will even provide high enough power to reserve some headroom for future expansion. Customers will find new additions in the retail box of the upcoming PRIME Ultra Series:

Seasonic has included a PSU tester in the box that will let consumers perform a quick and easy jump start on the power supply. When a system is not working properly, it can be particularly difficult to tell the difference between a faulty power supply and other components. With the help of the PSU tester, users will be able to verify whether the new power supply is working properly.

Each PRIME Ultra Series power supply will also ship with a SATA 3.3 adapter to support the "Power Disable" (PWDIS) feature of the newer, high-capacity hard drives. This is an important feature for people who are planning to use the PRIME Ultra to power hard drives of a smaller-scaled server at home or in an office.One of the most noticeable of the upgrades is that the inline capacitors on the cables were removed, which takes away from the bulk and improves cable management inside the system. Other features include:

  • -The new 180 degree SATA connectors will ensure more flexibility and easier installation.
  • -Ultra-quiet operation - thanks to the upgraded high-end capacitors and the quiet FDB fan driven by Seasonic's Premium Hybrid Fan Control.
  • -Low ripple noise and clean power output - due to high-end components
  • -Compact size to fit smaller cases - 140 mm depth on the lower wattage Gold and Platinum units
  • -Addded 12 years warranty

Catch the full story here on TechPowerUp.

G.SKILL Releases AMD Compatible Trident Z RGB Kits

[Press Release] Taipei, Taiwan (22 September 2017) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces a new lineup of Trident Z RGB DDR4 memory kits with enhanced compatibility on the latest AMD platforms. Specifically designed for AMD Ryzen™ and Ryzen™ Threadripper™ platforms, now there are vibrant options up to the popular DDR4-3200MHz CL14 or the massive 128GB (8x16GB) kits at up to 2933MHz. For a full range of memory kit capacity options, the new Trident Z RGB memory kit models are available at DDR4-2400MHz in 2-, 4-, and 8-module kit configurations with 8GB and 16GB modules, which allows for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB memory kits for your AMD system.

Trident Z RGB Memory Kits on AMD Platforms

AMD currently has two platform offerings, where Ryzen supports dual-channel with 2 or 4 memory modules and Threadripper supports quad-channel memory with 4 or 8 memory modules. To give a boost in memory performance to AMD number-crunching workstations and high-end graphic rendering systems, G.SKILL offers several selections for each AMD platform, including memory speeds of up to DDR4-2933MHz or ultra-high capacity at 128GB (8x16GB). For details on specifications and compatibility support of the new Trident Z RGB kits, please refer to the following table:

Catch the full press announcement from G.SKILL here on the G.SKILL website.

GALAX GOC 2017 Worldwide Qualifier: Ikki (Japan) Leads with Ten Days to Go

Right now there are only ten days left in the GALAX GOC 2017 Qualifier contest on OC-ESPORTS. The contest is the prelude to the GOC 2017 Finals which will be held in Thailand in November. Today however, we’re going to take a look at all the standings and a few of the scores that have been have submitted so far.

GALAX GOC 2017 Worldwide Qualifier: Sept 2nd - October 1st

The GOC 2017 Worldwide Qualifier runs throughout the month of September and is open to all HWBOT members. To compete however, contestants must first arm themselves with the appropriate hardware; a GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF OC Lab Edition graphics card and GALAX DDR4 memory. Other hardware restrictions include the use of any LGA1151 socket processor (Core i7 7700K or below). No limits are imposed on VGA, CPU or memory overclocks. Any form of cooling is allowed.

Stage 1: 3DMark Time Spy

The first stage of the contest is all about cranking up the VGA performance of your Pascal 1080 Ti card to score as highly as possible in the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark. At the top of the table with ten days to go we find OGS (Greece) leading the way with a score of 11,758 marks. This was made with the HoF OC Lab Edition card pushed to a pretty amazing 2,570MHz on the GPU (+73.65%) and 1,570MHz (+14.10%) on graphics memory. In CPU terms his Core i7 7700K is also getting quite a workout, being pushed to a decent 6GHz (+42.86%).

Read the full contest update article here on OC-ESPORTS.

The Overclocker Magazine #42: A Fond Farewell?

The latest edition of the Overclocker magazine is now available with issue #42 honing in on several hardware products that are designed specifically with overclocking in mind. Issue #42 includes hardware reviews of the GIGABYTE X299 SOC Champion motherboard, AMD Ryzen Threadripper, which is tested alongside the ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme board. Plus there’s a look at the Corsair ONE rig and the GALAX OC LAB Edition GTX 1080 Ti card.

Perhaps more poignant than any of that however, is the Editorial piece from Editor in Chief Neo Sibeko in which he basically reveals that Issue #42, may well be his last:

Here it is, Issue 42 of TheOverclocker Magazine. I’d go on about some half relevant aspect of the industry or whatever, or talk about what I believe to be “exciting”. I may still do that, but first I need to give you all a heads up, that this may possibly be the last issue of TheOverclocker Magazine.

Can’t confirm that at present, but what I’m saying is don’t be surprised if there is never another issue after this one. If there is great, but if not, consider this a goodbye and good luck. There’s nothing more to write about it really, you have been warned. It’s been a good ride, but it’s at a point where I or the publication itself needs a change. It’s been crazy to say the least, running and pushing out the magazine time and time again at random intervals. No need to recall all of that as the old issues are still available. From the boring and uninspired ones to the good ones, they all had a story, challenges and joys.

With all that said, if you’ll see Issue 43 or not, I can’t say. I’d hope you’re able to, but if not, this is thanking you for all the support, readers, emails etc. They were appreciated and will continue to be.

I sincerely hope that Neo opts to continue The Overclocker magazine. His hard work and dedication to producing a quality OC-focused publication has been thoroughly appreciated by this particular reader. For now at least, you can go ahead and savor Issue #42 of The Overclocker Magazine here on Joomag.

Throwback Thursday: Sami 'Macci' Mäkinen Interviewed on Bulldozer

This Thursday we take a trip back in time to a day in September 2011 when the overclocking and PC enthusiast community was eagerly awaiting AMD’s brand new Bulldozer architecture processors. Prior to launch only a handful of overclockers had actually managed to get their hands on the new AMD silicon, one of which was Finland’s Sami 'macci' Mäkinen who was actually involved with the launch itself. NordicHardware were fortunate to get an interview with macci in which they managed to confirm several details about Bulldozer specifically related to its overclocking potential.

NordicHardware: "Why don't your CPU's have a coldbug, and will all Bulldozer-samples come without it or does this only apply to handpicked samples?"

Sami Mäkinen: : "I’d need to clarify this from AMD Engineering teams (and not sure if they’d be able to provide much detail to be honest…). But in short (and this is just a personal guess) it likely has to do with the design margins and similar to the Deneb and Thuban CPUs the design appears to be very robust and can withstand even the most extreme cooling solutions. Bulldozer is a very descriptive name in this case.So far I have not seen a sample that would not run under LN2 – so it looks very promising! I have tested around 10 CPUs so far under LN2."

NordicHardware: : "What kind of voltage did you need to reach your 8.429 GHz result, and how many watts this the system pull?"

Sami Mäkinen: : "The sweet spot under LHe cooling and for the CPUZ workload was 2.0125V (CPUZ reported 2.016V). We did not measure the current going to the CPU rail but as usual the CPU power consumption drops dramatically when you move to very low temperatures. For this test the goal was to find out the max. CPUZ result so we didn’t need to load the system heavily. If I’d have to make a guess I’d say we probably stayed within the TDP".

You can catch the full interview with Sami from September 2011here on Nordic Hardware.

SuperPI 32M 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (September 21, 2017) - Luumi (FI) Fastest at 5 minutes and 52.750 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. It's been a while since we posted the last update on the most efficient results as things have been quiet on the SuperPI front this summer. Compared to last month we see an improvement in the Skylake-X category which is now led by Teracon from Germany.

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 (September 21, 2017)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Skylake-X 6 min 19.285 sec Teracon Core i7 7820X DDR4-3654 C14-14-14-28 MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC
Kaby Lake 5 min 52.890 sec Coolhandluke41 Core i7 7700K GALAX Hall of Fame DDR4-4083 C12-11-11-28
Skylake 5 min 52.750 sec Luumi Core i7 6700K G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-4138 C12-11-11-28 ASRock Z170M OC Formula
Broadwell-E 6 min 2.250 sec Dancop Core i7 6950X G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-3591 C11-11-11-18 ASUS Rampage V Edition 10
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 54.391 sec Dancop Core i7 4770K G.SKILL PI DDR3-2820 C5-9-6-24 ASUS Maximus VII Impact
Ivy Bridge 6 min 14.109 sec Splave Core i7 3770K DDR3-2710 C7-9-6-18 ASRock Z77 OC Formula
Sandy Bridge 6 min 30.219 sec Perica_barii Core i7 2600K Corsair Dominator GTX2 DDR3-2174 C6-7-5-20 ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z/Gen3
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 (September 21, 2017)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Summit Ridge 7 min 5.101 sec Johan45 Ryzen 7 1700X G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-2940 C12-12-12-22 ASUS Crosshair VI Hero
Carrizo 9 min 35.781 sec Newlife Athlon X4 845 Patriot Viper II Sector 7 DDR3-2064 C6-10-6-22 GIGABYTE F2A88X-UP4
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

Der8auer Compares Water Block and Monoblock Cooling on the Intel X299 Platform

A few weeks ago Germany’s renowned overclocking guru der8auer caused quite a stir on the interweb by categorically stating that the X299 motherboards that he had so far tested were not offering sufficient VRM cooling to handle the needs of Intel’s new Core-X processors when overclocked. The web exploded with every tech blogger, YouTuber and his mother chipping in with an option or ten. While there remain disagrements on the topic of testing philosophies and other details, it is true that these new Core-X chips do produce a great deal of heat when pushed beyond stock. There's also a case that perhaps current motherboard designs could do more to help dissipate heat from the VRM area of the board to help reduce CPU throttling under load.

So what is the best way to keep your shiny new Intel Core-X CPU sufficiently cooled? A question that takes center stage in der8auer’s latest video. He sought to explore the area of custom water cooling, and whether or not a water cooled CPU could offer fully stable, non-throttling performance under load. To do this he decided to compare the results when using a regular water block with that of a monoblock. For comparison sake, he also added data from a regular air cooler.

The system he used was based on an MSI X299 GAMING Pro Carbon motherboard and a ten-core Intel Core i9-7900X processor. The water block he used was an EK Supremacy EVO, while the monoblock used was a EK-Monoblock, in this case the EK-FB RGB Monblock which uses nickel-plated electrolytic copper. He also upgraded the thermal pads of the motherboard’s VRM heatsinks, using Minus Pad 8 pads from Thermal Grizzly.

As you might expect the monoblock does indeed do a better job of the keeping the VRM components in in check regarding thermals. However, that doesn’t quite tell you the whole story. For that, you’d better skip over to the der8auer YouTube channel and watch the video for yourself.

The OC Show, Season 4 Episode 11: OC-ESPORTS Roundup, HWBOT World Tour Montreal 2017, plus AOCT Indonesia

The OC Show, Season 4 Episode 11 took place a few days ago and is now available on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel. Atlas, Toolius, Buildzoid and Trouffman once again take on a broad range of overclocking-related topics in a pretty laid back and inform podcast.

As ever Toolius gets the show underway with an overview of the competitive overclocking that is taking place on the O-ESPORTS platform. Front and center we have the HWBOT Team Cup where things are hotting up nicely near the top of the table. We find Warp9-systems and vying for the win with just a handful of points separating the two. have the advantage for now, but how long will it last. The Road to Pro Challenger Divisions are also coming to a climax as well as the latest round of the Rookie Rumble. Plenty of action chew over as we move towards the end of September.

The topic then changes gears a little as the guys discuss the most recent HWBOT World Tour visits to Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Montreal, Canada. Trouff gives us an overview of the Montreal 2017 event which took place at DreamHack 2017, an event which saw thousands of gamers and enthusiasts attend the largest tech expo in the region. The event featured Ambient Overclocking Workshops that were free for all attendees. Take a 30 minute tutorial then sit down at a PC and try and score as highly as possible. The systems used for the workshops were all X299 platform systems with Core i9 7920X processors. Pretty nice rigs for Amateurs! Trouff also goes on to describe the Extreme Overclocking Workshops that were also hosted and the experience of getting folks up to speed with LN2 pouring, among other things.

There is also a discussion related to the Yogyakarta 2017 event which also took place a week or so ago. The highlight for many was the AOCT (Amateur Overclocking Tournament), arguably one of the best attended and most exciting amateur / ambient contests anywhere in the world. The event also featured the the OCWC Yogyakarta 2017 Qualifier contest which is where the region’s best extreme overclockers competed for a spot in the finals at the end of the year.

You can find episode 11 from Season 4 of the OC Show here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.

ROG OC Showdown Team Edition 2 Kicks Off September 22nd

Today we are delighted to bring you news of the ROG OC Showdown Edition Team Edition 2 contest. It's the highly anticipated sequel to the first ROG OC Showdown Edition Team Edition contest that took place on OC-ESPORTS earlier this year, and it starts in just a few days time. Once again ASUS invite teams of overclockers to compete across a broad variety to stages for some truly awesome prizes. Let’s take a look at the contest format, rules and prizes in a little more detail.

ROG OC Showdown Team Edition: September 22nd - November 6th 2017

The ROG OC Showdown Team Edition 2 contest is broken down into five individual stages. Each stage involves a specific benchmark, a specific number of scores that are required, restrictions on cooling and the different hardware needed. There are also restrictions about which of overclockers, from which HWBOT league may compete, these include Rookie, Novice, Apprentice, Enthusiast, Extreme and Elite leagues. The idea is to include challenges for all members of the team, from Rookie to Elite.

For an example, let’s look at Stage 1. Only Rookie or Novice overclockers may compete. Benching on Intel XTU, three different scores using three different quad-core processors are required. Cooling is restricted to air or water cooling (25°C at idle).

Thanks to sponsors ASUS and the Republic of Gamers, Seasonic, EK-WB and G.SKILL, many of the participants in the contest will walk away with some very impressive prizes. Check out the ROG OC Showdown Team Edition 2 contest page here on OC-ESPORTS. Get a team, and get pushing!

Read the full contest announcement here on OC-ESPORTS.