Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Titan Xp   H2o vs. Ln2 45930 marks 87.6 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 8700K 5220 MHz andressergio 2883 marks 60.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 8700K 5110 MHz roybotnik 2762 marks 44.9 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 8700K 5110 MHz Knoxx29 2761 marks 44.5 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7820X 4900 MHz ezric 3347 marks 43.3 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 1784/1450 MHz majkel 27323 marks 38.7 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 8700K 4990 MHz moejr2 2740 marks 38.5 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7820X 5110 MHz g_trud 3124 marks 35.8 pts 0   0
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 1760/1508 MHz SAMBA 93660 marks 33.5 pts 0   0
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 1784/1450 MHz majkel 11012 marks 32.4 pts 0   0


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This week in our GPU Flashback Archive series we cast our minds back to a very popular and well loved graphics card series, the GeForce 400 series. NVIDIA launched the GeForce 400 series in March 2010 armed with a new Fermi architecture that it hoped would help it compete with the successful AMD Radeon 5000 series. Let’s look at the new features that Fermi offered, the cards that were popular and the scores that were submitted to HWBOT in this era.

Compared to previous product launches from NVIDIA, the GeForce 400 series launch did not go as smoothly as hoped. September 2009 saw AMD come out with their Radeon 5000 series which made a solid case against NVIDIA 200 series offerings. It would be January before NVIDIA really started wooing tech media with tales of its forthcoming Fermi architecture lineup. It would be March 2010 before tech media actually got their hands on the new cards and several weeks after that before enthusiasts would be able to actually buy one. This was not the typical NVIDIA launch. Reasons for the delay certainly seemed to lie with issues with actual fabrication at TSMC who were not providing the yields expected on their new 40nm process. This was a problem that particularly hurt NVIDIA due to the fact that the new Fermi GPU, the GF100, was actually very large. When the GeForce 400 series finally arrived in the form of the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470, by most calculations they were six months late.

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Buildzoid PCB Breakdown: Gigabyte Z370X SOC Force LN2

Buildzoid returns to our YouTube screens for yet another PCB breakdown video and this time folks… you’re in for a real treat. Somehow he managed to acquire a high-res shot of what is already becoming a pretty legendary Z370 motherboard, the one and only GIGABYTE Z370 SOC Force LN2. As Buildzoid explains, the fact that the board carries the LN2 moniker is what really sets it apart from any other regular Z370 board. As you may already know, it basically means that it is designed specifically with extreme sub-zero overclocking in mind, being designed by GIGABYTE’s legendary in-house overclocker, the one and only Hicookie.

Going back as far as the Intel Z97 platform GIGABYTE and Hicookie have been developing LN2 branded boards, kind of building on the popularity and success of the original GIGABYTE X58A-OC board, probably the first ever motherboard marketed specifically for overclocking. The LN2 boards, as the name suggests are designed with extreme overclockers in mind. Subsequent Z170 and Z270 LN2 boards however, never made it to retail and were only obtainable to a very fortunate few overclockers who had the right connections within GIGABYTE.

Likewise the Z370 SOC Force LN2 board is not available via regular retail channels, which is why it’s making Buildzoid excited to simply have a high-res picture of it that he can pore over. He kicks off by going through the special features that GIGABYTE have added to the board. These include several buttons which includes a Retry Button which is handy when attempting aggressive memory settings. Then there are voltage read points for absolutely so many voltage read points that Buildzoid hasn’t even heard of them all (VCCTTV anyone?). Then we eventually get to the VRM design, which literally really has Buildzoid weak at the knees.

Catch the full PCB breakdown video from Buildzoid the here on the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.

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0 Announce Telemetry Support on All ASUS ROG Motherboards

Today we can bring you update related to the Overlay.Live a software platform currently in beta-stage of development that offers live telemetric data streaming as a live feed. In short, it’s exactly the kind of thing that you need if you want to show live telemetric data in real-time in a video stream, enhance your live benching sessions, making them more immersive and entertaining than ever. The great news today is that the technology is now compatible with all ASUS Republic of Gamer (ROG) motherboards. Here’s a sample from the blog piece:

If you’ve been following this project, you may know that streaming telemetry from PCs holds a very special place in our hearts. After several months of development and collaboration we are proud to announce that this is now fully possible. Today you are able to read, stream, and overlay telemetry from nearly all ASUS Republic of Gamer (ROG) motherboards with Using Managed Device, doing so is extremely simple and … automagical.

Telemetry from ASUS ROG motherboards - ASUS, and the Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboard brand is one of the most innovative PC brand out there. Since ever, the engineers driving the ROG engineering at ASUS have been working on creating the most ultimate boards out there. For both Intel and AMD ROG motherboards, you can now interface from (via a RaspberryPi) to the onboard ROG_EXT port of the motherboard – allowing you to get live telemetry from the system. This is the list of the sensors that are available include Boot Code, CPU Ratio, CPU Cache Ratio, BCLK, CPU Frequency, V1, V2, VCore, DRAM Voltage, CPU Temp and CPU Fan Speed.

Find all the details about using and how to get started on your ASUS ROG motherboard here on this blog post.

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GIGABYTE Unveils X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro Motherboard

[Press Release] Taipei, Taiwan, Nov 22nd, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has unveiled the new X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro motherboard. With support for the new Intel 18-Core i9 7980XE processor, the new motherboard is ready to elevate performance to the next level. Featuring an updated VRM design paired with Smart Fan 5 technology to satiate the power demands of the new 18-core processor while keeping the system icy cool, the new X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro is the definitive motherboard of choice for users who value performance first and foremost.

“The X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro motherboard is designed to fully support Intel’s newest Core™ i9 7980XE processor.” said Vincent Liu, Senior Associate Vice President of GIGABYTE’s Motherboard Business Unit. “With our tried-and-true approach and seasoned experience, we have designed a motherboard that truly fulfills enthusiasts’ highest expectations.”

The X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro motherboard utilizes a server-grade digital power design with 12 power phases, each providing up to 60 amps. A digital Intersil PWM controller has been implemented within the VRM to enhance the communication efficiency between the CPU and PWM. With the inclusion of the Turbo B-Clock tuning IC, the motherboard is geared to produce the best overclocking results.

Smart Fan 5 technology provides the perfect cooling solution for a motherboard that supports so many peripherals and impressive performance capabilities. Smart Fan 5 allows users to customize fan speeds and specify temperature parameters to their liking. Users also have the ability to allocate and configure fan headers in tangent with the thermal sensors to regulate temperatures on critical areas. The Active Cooling fan initiates to lower VRM temperatures once they surpass certain thresholds, mitigating the effects of excess heat on the VRM and CPU in overclocked systems.

Catch the full announcement from GIGABYTE here.

You can discuss this post in the HWBOT Community Forum here.

Throwback Thursday: Interview with Khalam,'s 1st 'Pro league' HWBOT Member

This week’s trip down memory lane takes us back to a day in November 2011 when published an interview with Khalam their very first Pro League overclocker. Khalam is of Polish origin and was actually the first member to achieve the lofty status as ‘Pro Overclocker’ (a term now replaced by Elite). In Novermber 2011 fellow member PizzaMan caught up with Khalam to ask him a few questions about his passion for overclocking and the man behind the benchmark scores.

Pizza: So, what brought you to

Khalam: It's very simple, this was the first professional OC forum I signed up for and after a few days here I decided I like the community here so much there is no point in looking any further. I've been on guru3d before but although a really nice place, there isn't much one can learn there once your past your basics. On OCN I have people who motivate me to push my self further with every bench.

Pizza: For a new member here on OCN, you seem to have become a very faithful member for OCN. What prompted you to choose as the team for you?

Khalam: Here I have really started to improve my skills and gain knowledge that I wasn't in other places, I only see it fair if I contribute back the best way I can. If I can add points to the team and represent OCN, then its something I do with pride and joy!

Pizza: When did you start overclocking?

Khalam: I started overclocking around 11 years ago, all the way through high school and college, then I took a little break, did some traveling, fell in love, got married (my lovely wife Magda who supports me every step of the way), had children (i've got a 16 month old son who is the world to me. At the end of last year, the flag ship store of the computer company I worked with, went into liquidation and I ended up in the unemployment line. I decided to try something I've always thought would be a great job: build custom pc's and overclock them for people. It started out quite well and only in a couple of months I was able to buy my first few peaces of hardware and start overclocking and benching: 2x 2500k and 3x2600k, ASUS P8P67 Pro, GTX 570 DCII and some Kingston HyperX memory.

You can read the full interview with Khalam here on the forum.

This post can be discussed here on the new HWBOT Community Forum.

3DMark Advanced Benchmark Suite -85% Discount in Steam 2017 Autumn Sale

The Steam 2017 Autumn Sale is on right now and will last until next Tuesday, November 28. As always it features some very heavy-percentage discounts on the best part of 5,000 gaming titles. The good news however if you’re overclocker, is that the Autumn sale also includes pretty much the entire Futuremark catalogue including the quintessential 3DMark Advanced suite which right now is available with a massive 85% discount. There are also bundle offers of up to 75% discounts on PCMark10 and VRMark.

3DMark Advanced Edition unlocks all benchmarks and additional features of the 3DMark benchmark suite, including Time Spy Extreme with custom settings and the Time Spy Stress Tests. The package includes 3DMark, 3DMark Time Spy upgrade, VRMark Preview, 3DMark Sky Diver benchmark, 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks, 3DMark Ice Storm benchmarks, 3DMark Cloud Gate benchmark and the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark. Instead of costing you around $30 USD, it should only set you back around $4.49. Not a bad offer.

You can check out the Futuremark titles available via Steam in the Autumn Sale right here on the Steam store.

This post can be discussed here on the new HWBOT Community Forum.

Dancop Takes Down 2 World Records and 6 Global First Place Scores with Core i7 8700K

The HWBOT No.1 ranked overclocker is back at it again, proving why he’s currently the best there is. Dancop (Germany) posted a bunch of scores at the back end of last week including new World Record scores in the 3DMark05 and 3DMark06 benchmarks and six new Global First Place scores, all the help of a very potent Core i7 8700K processor. Let’s take a look at what he’s been up to.

Last Friday Dancop pushed the World Record score in the 3DMark05 benchmark out to 92,210 marks. This was done with an ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti card and its Pascal GPU pushed to 2,075MHz (+40.24%) on the GPU and 1,501MHz (+9.07%) on graphics memory. Being an older 3D benchmark however, CPU grunt is where most of the magic happens, which why he pushed his Core i7 8700K to a massive 7,204.01MHz, a pretty insane +94.70% beyond stock settings. The rig he used also featured an ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex board and G.SKILL Trident Z memory clocked at 2,094MHz (12-11-11-28). The same rig was used with the CPU clocked a slightly more conservative 7,125MHz (+92.59%) to push the all time World Record score in 3DMark06 to a 74,797 marks. Both new World Records stand just ahead of TeamAU in the rankings.

Generally speaking Dancop has one key rival in terms of 2D, six-core Coffee Lake overclocking – Italy’s rsannino. Last week we noted how the mercurial Italian had managed to break a bunch of 2D Global First Place six-core scores with Core i7 8700K chip. Last Friday Dancop made the ultimate retort, claiming six of them for himself. Let’s start with wPrime 32M where Dancop made a run in just 1min 0sec 632ms with his Core i7 8700K pushed to 6,975.83MHz (+88.54%). In the XTU benchmark he pushed his six-core Coffee Lake chip to 6,873.03MHz (+85.76%) to score 3,845 marks, the highest ever with a hexa-core chip. In Cinebench R11.5 he managed a new GFP score of 25.74 points while in Cinebench R15, the new six-core record now stands at 2,340 cb points. In Geekbench3 Multi-core he hit a new GFP score of 43,306 points while in GPUPI for CPU 1B he managed to get the CPU humming along at 7,100.8MHz (+91.91%) to make a run in just 2min 27sec 396ms, another GFP.

You can find all the scores and submissions in the links above, as well as here on the Dancop profile page. In terms of the rivalry between rsannino and Dancop, we find the Italian just behind Dancop in the HWBOT rankings with 2,807 points to his 3,163 points. In terms of competitions so far this year on OC-ESPORTS rankings however, rsannino is ahead by some distance. It will be very interesting to see these two Coffee Lake heavyweights take part in the Overclocking World Championship in few weeks time, just to see how they compete in a live OC contest.

You can discuss this post in the HWBOT Community Forum here.

Man vs Machine, Manual vs Auto Overclocking with a GTX 1070 Ti Card with Gamers Nexus

In today’s tech world there are more ways than ever to overclock your PC, but to be fair motherboard and graphics vendors have probably done the most to make it as accessible as possible to mainstream DIY builders and gamers. One of the easier ways to achieve a pretty basic overclock is by using the bundled software to simply ‘Auto’ overclock key components. This may have been seen as ‘adding value’ to the product in the past, but the recent behaivour of NVIDIA now means that in fact, the factory preset overclock that we were used to getting on 3rd party AIBs is now only available to the consumer if you run an ‘Auto OC’ feature.

So how effective is an ‘Auto’ overclock compared to getting hands on and doing it manually? Well that is exactly the question posed by Steve Burke and Gamers Nexus. His latest video is touted as a ‘Man vs Machine’ battle where he runs the software bundled with his EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 1070 Ti SC card, and then tries to see if he can beat the resulting overclock with his own ‘Manual’ efforts. He even sets himself a similar time limit to make a bit more challenging.

So firstly, how does the ‘Auto Overclock’ actually work. Steve explains that the software essentially does a Volt / Frequency (or VF) scan to determine what should be the ideal voltage and frequency. There are in fact two ways this can happen. The card can be configured in ‘Basic’ mode meaning things are done automatically. After the scan the results are referenced against a Volt / Frequency table which tells the card what target voltages and frequencies to use. In fact there are three options on the table, the software will just chooses the most stable option. There are ‘Quick’ and ‘Full’ test options, with the full test taking up to an hour to complete.

I’m not going to ruin the video for you guys, but I think it’s an interesting look the current state of affairs with VGA overclocking, especially in an era when ‘out-of-the-box’ overclocks are now forbidden and end-users are forced to apply a software OC at home. Catch the video from Steve here on the Gamers Nexus YouTube channel.

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SuperPI 32M 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (November 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. 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
Coffee Lake 5 min 56.554 sec Rivaldokfc Core i7 8700K DDR4-4133 C12-12-12 ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex
Skylake-X 6 min 08.628 sec Aleslammer Core i9 7900X DDR4-4166 C15-15-15-30 ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex
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

The OC Show, Season 4 Episode 18: OCWC 2017 Final, Coffee Lake and Linus X299 OC Guide

The latest edition of the OC Show is now available via the OverClocking-TV YouTube channelwith show host Trouffman taking on a range of topics that are of course related to the field of Overclocking. Once again Trouff is joined by Buildzoid and Toolius, who as ever delivers an update on the competitions happening on OC-ESPORTS. The Country Cup is of course a major topic with 33 countries vying for dominance. With 30 or so days to go we find the US at the top of the table, followed by the Ukraine and the Czech Republic. Admittedly however, there will teams who are ‘sandbagging’ and saving their best scores for the very end of the contest.

Another area of discussion is the current battle between rsannino (Italy) and Dancop (Germany). The pair of Elite overclockers are competing for bragging rights for the Global First Place 6-core rankings in several benchmarks using the newly arrived Core i7 8700K. rsannino took down GFP scores just last Thursday which were soon greeted with a swift response from World No.1 Dancop who reclaimed a few of the scores. Interestingly, both overclockers will be competing in the OCWC 2017 Final in Berlin next month which we now know will be based on the Core i7 8700K processor. It will be very interesting to see how these compete in a live competitive setting.

The newly launched Coffee Lake platform is also a hot topic of discussion. Buildzoid notes how the new chips are showing plenty of potential in terms of high clocks. In fact despite the additional two cores, Coffee Lake seems to be able to clock even higher than Kaby Lake in certain situations. It’s a really solid platform and well suited for most extreme benchmarking purposes thanks to its ability to clock highly.

Other topics discussed in Episode 18 include the rumored Z390 chipset and a possible Coffee Lake platform refresh. The other major talking point is the Overclocking World Championship final which was announced. Plenty to look forward to. You can find the OC Show here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.

Discuss in the HWBOT Community Forum here.

GALAX Overclocking Carnival Grand Final 2017 Lands in Bangkok, Thailand

Twelve World Class Overclockers to Compete in the GALAX GOC 2017 Contest for $12,000 USD in Prize Money, Biggest Ever GOC Prize Pool

GALAX, an industry leading producer of high-performance graphics cards, memory and storage solutions, today announces the ninth edition of the GALAX Overclocking Carnival. The GALAX GOC 2017 contest will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 25th, 2017, inviting twelve of the world’s most respected and feared overclockers to compete in an extreme overclocking contest with a $12,000 USD prize pool - the biggest ever offered in a live GOC overclocking contest.

“We are excited to again bring GOC to the world,” commented Jack Lee, Vice president of GALAX Sales and Marketing. “Every year we have gathered overclockers and gamers from different countries to celebrate the biggest annual event for GALAX. Please come and join us as we share our passion and excitement with all PC enthusiasts.”

GALAX GOC 2017 Grand Final: Contest Benchmarks and Hardware

The twelve overclockers who qualified from the GOC 2017 Qualification contest are invited to score as highly as possible across four benchmarks. Benchmarks scores may be attempted in any order within a 90 minutes allocated for each benchmark. Here are the benchmarks selected for the GOC 2017 contest:

  • Geekbench 3 Multi-Core
  • 3DMark Time Spy Extreme
  • 3Dmark Time Spy
  • GPUPI-1B

Contest rules stipulate that all contestants must use the following hardware:

  • GALAX HOF OC Lab Edition NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Ti (single card only - provided by GALAX)
  • Intel Core i7 7740X Processor (provided by GALAX)
  • Any Intel X299 Platform Motherboard
  • GALAX HOF DDR4 4133 HOF Memory (4x 8GB)

Read the full announcement from GALAX here on OC-ESPORTS.

You can discuss this news post in the HWBOT Community Forum here.