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|Catzilla - 720p||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||2300/1566 MHz||Rauf||114843 marks||166.1 pts||0 5|
|3DMark - Time Spy||Titan V||1565/1455 MHz||jpmboy||15820 marks||141.2 pts||1 0|
|3DMark - Fire Strike||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||2379/1566 MHz||Rauf||49402 marks||133.8 pts||0 4|
|GPUPI - 1B||Titan V||H2o vs. Ln2||1sec 112ms||129.1 pts||1 0|
|3DMark - Time Spy||Titan V||2062/999 MHz||Menthol||15706 marks||105.9 pts||0 0|
|3DMark - Time Spy||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||2300/1566 MHz||Rauf||24389 marks||100.8 pts||0 2|
|3DMark - Time Spy||Titan V||H2o vs. Ln2||15379 marks||79.3 pts||0 0|
|3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||2379/1566 MHz||Rauf||32175 marks||78.6 pts||1 2|
|XTU||Core i7 8700K||5410 MHz||SAMBA||2930 marks||65.0 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i9 7900X||5827 MHz||safedisk||4695 marks||61.7 pts||0 1|
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The GPU Flashback Archive arrives today at the NVIDIA 600 series that debuted in Spring of 2012. The new range of cards showcased a new graphics architecture design and the beginning of what we might describe as the Kepler era. Let’s take a peek at the changes that the new design heralded as well as a close up view of on the GeForce GTX 680 card, the most popular 6-series card with HWBOT members historically speaking. Before we look at some notable scores that were made with the GeForce 680, let’s first kick off with an overview of what innovations arrived with the new Kepler architecture.
If we cast our minds back to 2012 we can recall a era when NVIDIA and AMD were virtually neck and neck, with successive graphic card launches from each company swinging the performance crown from side to side. The arrival of Kepler in many ways represents the beginning of the end of the competitive duopoly that is clearly absent today. Kepler helped NVIDIA push ahead of AMD in terms of graphics processor design, creating a performance lead which AMD still finds insurmountable, despite the arrival of their latest Vega-based cards. Let’s take a look at Kepler in a little detail.
This week the GPU Flashback Archive sets its sights on the GeForce 500 series from NVIDIA. Arriving in late 2010, the 500 Series was the second round of graphics cards based on the Fermi architecture which had limped over the line in the previous generation, ostensibly due to fabrication and yield issues. The new flagship GTX 580 arrived with a more polished take on the Fermi design that help NVIDIA combat the threat from AMD and their popular Radeon 5000 and 6000 series cards. As ever, let’s take a look at the new GPU, the new flagship card and a few of the outstanding scores that have been submitted to HWBOT.
To say that the NVIDIA 400 series graphics cards launch was less than smooth, would be a total understatement. The GF100 Fermi architecture GPU in fact arrived six months late with a significant number of cores hacked off. Blame was laid at the door of fabricators TSMC and a 40nm manufacturing process that clearly hadn’t been optimally adapted for NVIDIA’s Fermi, a monster chip boasting 3 billion transistors and a 529mm² die. While cards such as the GTX 480 had actually done well to make NVIDIA competitive in performance terms, the GTX 580 and its GF110 GPU was rather quickly shoved out the door just eight months later as a revised and improved version of the original.
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.
We are treated this week to a look at the NVIDIA 200 series of graphics cards. As well as rejigged product nomenclature, the 200 series represents a new and improved architectural approach to the GPU design from NVIDIA who managed to come up with their largest graphics chip ever. The 200 series was the latest weapon in the fight against ATI and one that proved to be fairly potent in terms of raw frame-rates. Let’s take a look at the new architecture, the graphics cards that were popular at the time with overclockers on HWBOT and of course, some of the more notable scores that have been made its introduction.
We mentioned in the previous GeForce 9 series article how this period of history shows plenty of overlap in terms of GPU series. In April 2008 NVIDIA launched the 9 series and the G92 GPU (read all about the 9 series here ) which was based on an improved but largely identical Tesla design. The 9 series served a purpose by bringing to market cheaper high-end enthusiast cards that could compete with ATI. It also eventually gave NVIDIA a chance to test out the 55nm manufacturing process from TSMC using a more familiar architecture. The GeForce 200 series initially launched on 65nm silicon with later revisions taking advantage the 55nm process.
This week the GPU Flashback Archive series turns its attention to the NVIDIA 9 Series of graphics cards that replaced the successful and much loved 8 series. Arriving in April 2008, the new series featured an updated GPU design that eventually found itself built on a new 55nm manufacturing process. The period also marks a time when ATI and NVIDIA were trading blows as equals. An era when taking the performance crown was all that mattered, creating a situation that proved how healthy competition in an industry could indeed be very beneficial for consumers. Let’s go back in time and revisit the NVIDIA 9 Series, the cards that were popular on HWBOT and some of the more notable scores that have been submitted to the database.
The era of the NVIDIA GeForce 9 series is actually one of considerable overlap. When the the 9 series became available in stores at launch on April fool’s day 2008, a full array of 8 series cards were still available in the retail channel. There’s nothing too odd about that, as the previous generation typically gets a price cut to help clear inventory. It is a little odd however when the next generation GTX 200 series arrived on shelves just three months later. Today we’ll try and keep things simple and just focus on exactly what the GeForce 9 series offered. The 9 series may always be compared to the second revision Tesla chips that followed it, but for now we’ll leave the GTX 200 series for next week’s edition.
Having covered Part 1 of the Overclocking World Championship Final 2017 contest, we now turn our attention to Part 2 and the Elimination Phase of the contest.
Day 2: 1v1 Elimination Phase - The second phase of the contest is a little more complex than usual as it uses an elimination, nine player format that ultimately means it is possible to lose a few 1v1 matches and still go on win the contest. The rankings from the previous day dictate when each contestant will participate and how many matches they will eventually have to compete in. 8th and 9th ranked players from the Qualification Phase start first, meaning they may in theory have to win more 1v1 matches than the other contenders to make it through to the decisive and final Match 16.
To make things a little more interesting, we’ll cover the contest from the experience and perspective of each individual overclocker, taking a look at the matches they competed in and the resulting outcomes. Remember, to better understand the flow of the contest, you can refer to the completed brackets by scrolling down to the bottom of this page. Let’s start with jordan.hyde99, Australia’s one big hope!.
jordan.hyde99 (Australia) - Jordan arrived at the contest as arguably the undisputed newcomer to Elite level competitive overclocking. For more info about Jordan, read the jordan.hyde99 bio in this profile article we did in the leadup to the contest. His performance in the Qualification Phase placed him at the foot of the table, meaning he faced PXHX in the first match of the contest in Round 1. This ended in a loss as he failed to make a valid score in the XH265 4K benchmark, while the Brazilian managed a score of 14fps. Perhaps the fairly long benchmark run involved with the 4K preset presented a problem for Jordan. Time management might well have been an issue here.
Read Part 2 of the OCWC 2017 Final roundup article in fullhere on OC-ESPORTS.
Just under a week ago NVIDIA launched its new Volta architecture graphics cards series, surprising a few onlookers by launching a $3,000 USD GeForce GTX Titan V that uses a ‘Big Volta’ GV100 GPU. So far a few HWBOT members have stumped up the asking price and started benching with the new latest and greatest from NVIDIA. Let’s take a look at handful of score submissions which include one World Record and 4 Global First Place, single card scores.
H2o vs. Ln2 (US) Breaks Catzilla 720p World Record - The original Mr Slinky, H2o vs. Ln2 from the US has acquired at least a few cards and has already broken his first World Record. The new VRMark Cyan Room World Record stands at 14,806 marks and was made with an NVIDIA Titan V at (apparently) stock settings, i.e. the GPU with a boost frequency of 1,455MHz and graphics memory at 850MHz. The rig also used an Intel Core i9 7980XE 'Skylake-X' chip, which puts the price of the rig's two key components at a tidy $5,000 USD alone.
H2o vs. Ln2 has clearly also been experimenting with his monster liquid cooled rig, pushing both GPU and CPU to break a few Global First Place scores. In the Unigine Superposition - 1080P Xtreme benchmark, the new fastest ever score with a single GPU now stands at 10,446 points. This was made with the Volta-architecture GPU pushed (according to the submission post) to 2,010MHz with memory at 2,132MHz. The CPU was also apparently pushed to apparently to 5.5GHz. The same rig also broke the Global First Place score for a single card in GPUPI - 1B, which now stands at 4sec 65ms.
jpmboy (US) Breaks 3DMark Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme GFP Scores - US Overclocker jpmboy has also been enjoying some Titan V performance breaking the 3DMark Time Spy Global First place record for a single card with a score of 15,570 marks. He pushed his GV100 GPU to 1,546MHz with graphics memory at 1,455MHz (+71.18%), also using an Intel Core i9 7980XE 'Skylake-X' pushed in this case to 4,900MHz. In the 3DMark Time Spy Extreme benchmark the new GFP score for a single card now stands at 8,180 marks.
NVIDIA’s new Volta GPUs certainly appear to offer a new level of performance compared to Pascal. It will be interesting to see how the GeForce GTX 2080 card performs when (if?) it arrives. Until then you can find all the new Volta scores in the links above. Enjoy.
Here’s a quick newsflash to let you know about some improvements and bugs fixes that have now been applied to the 3DMark benchmark suite from Futuremark. The relatively minor update has no affect on benchmark scores but does fix issues related to the Vulkan API Overhead feature, Custom Run looping and several other features. Here’s the rundown of the fixes applied to v2.4.4163:
Today we can bring you a full and detailed account of what happened in Berlin last weekend at the Overclocking World Championship Final were Italy’s leading overclocker rsannino took the crown and the $1,500 USD winners prize money. Let’s take a look at the contest scoring, the winners, the losers and the more interesting 1v1 matches that took place within a nine player elimination tournament.
HWBOT OC World Championship Final: December 9th-10th, 2017
The HWBOT World Tour 2017 visited ten countries around the world this year. At each stop an Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest was held, an extreme overclocking contest where the region's most talented overclockers went head to head to compete for a seat in the Final. Here’s the general schedule for the Final which spannd two days:
OCWC 2017 Final Contestants
At the end of the year we find nine Overclockers were invited to Berlin, Germany for the OCWC 2017 Final having each qualified at different Qualifier contest. The list below shows their HWBOT member nickname, country of origin and the contest through which they qualified for the Final:
Read Part 1of the OCWC 2017 Final roundup article here on OC-ESPORTS.
The latest podcast from Hardware Asylum is now available. Episode 82 sees Dennis and Darren examine the Rockitcool 99 Deliding tool while also tackling the topic of Watercooling Upgrades. Here are the show notes:
RockitCool Rockit 99 Delidding Tool - By now many enthusiasts are familiar with delidding, or the act of removing the Intel heatspreader to replace the factory thermal paste for better thermals. This is something we have talked about in episode 72 of the Hardware Asylum Podcast where we explored the process of delidding a Kaby Lake 7700K and how beneficial it was. With the launch of the Intel X-Series processors the concept of delidding is making a comeback. You wouldn’t think a $1000 USD processor would or “should” require delidding but, if you want to get the most from your processor and prevent throttling then you’ll need to delid.
In this segment Dennis goes over the process of delidding while describing the new RockitCool Rockit 99 delidding tool designed specifically for the Intel X-Series processors including the Intel Core i7 7740X and Core i9 7900X. The new tool is very similar to the Rockit 88 with a slightly improved design to address some issues they noticed. The end result is a tool designed to safely remove and reassemble the HEDT X-Series processors designed for the Intel X299 platform.
Addressing Watercooling Deficiencies - We have all seen watercooling builds. Some are done as show pieces while others are 100% functional and of them there are usually issues that people fail to address. When Dennis set out to build the View X31 casemod there were two major modifications. The first was the custom Pearl White paint job and the other was to address cooling. The front bezel on the View 31 didn’t breathe very well so he swapped on the front panel from the Core X31 and called it good. This is also the premise behind the View X31 name.
The View X31 mod was assembled rather quickly so we could take it to the Boise LAN 6.0 and as a result helped to expose some of the cooling deficiencies and in this segment the duo talk about what went wrong and how they decided to fix it.
Catch episode 82 of the Hardware Asylum podcast here.
It’s official. After an entire year of overclocking contests throughout a busy year, visiting ten countries around the globe, we finally have a new Overclocking World Champion – the one and only rsannino from Italy. The contest featured some the world’s most feared extreme overclockers with rsannino (Italy) competing alongside steponz (US), PXHX (Brazil), Dancop (Germany), Drweez (S. Africa), BlueFiber (Indonesia), Wizerty (France), Lucky_n00b (Indonesia) and jordan.hyde99 (Australia). All competing for the right to be crowned Overclocking World Champion 2017, walking away with a check for $1,500 USD.
The contest was held at the Caseking HQ in Berlin, Germany over the weekend. Saturday was all about competing across five stages and benchmarks using the latest Coffee Lake architecture Core i7 7800K chips. After a full day of overclocking Wizerty was just ahead of rsannino on the score card, offering them both a less heavy day in Sunday’s 1v1 matches. After beating steponz (US) in the 8th and final round of the 1v1 match series, rsannino pulled out a 3DMark01 score of 661.7 marks, beating steponz on 568.6 marks to win the Championship. Congrats to you Roberto! The final standings in the contest are as follows:
You can find the scoring and submissions from Day 1 of the contest here on OC-ESPORTS. We will also be following up with more coverage of the contest, including a more in-depth review of the all action, and plenty of photos too. Until then, congrats to all the guys who clearly had a really good time in Berlin.
We are delighted today to announce the second ever season of the Cheapaz Chips contest series on OC-ESPORTS. As you may recall the idea of the contest is to encourage overclockers to put all of their ingenuity and passion into overclocking entry-level hardware that we wouldn’t cry over too much if it got bricked. Cheapaz Chips Season 2 will run through what remains of 2017, ending on January 15th. It features three stages suited to benching NVIDIA GT 1030 graphics cards, the subject matter of season 2. As an added incentive, GALAX are also offering a GALAX GTX 1080 Ti HoF OC Lab Edition card for the eventual contest winner.
Cheapaz Chips Season 2: December 15th - January 31st 2018
The Cheapaz Chips Season 2 contest on OC-ESPORTS features a very simple format based around Pascal-architecture NVIDIA GT 1030 cards. Each of the three separate stages is a specific benchmark challenge:
Note that contestants may use any processor platform, with CPUs limited to 5GHz to make the contest more GPU-centric.
The benchmarks selected for each stage pretty much reflect the standard for hardware being used - i.e. they are either legacy or low-level benchmarks. This is keeping with the spirit of the contest which takes overclocking away the from heady echelons of Extreme benching, instead bringing it all down to pure creativity and ingenuity, with zero financial barriers to entry or success. Overclockers who succeed in this contest will of course have to find a way of pushing their GT 1030 card as hard as possible, while also experimenting on CPU and memory component choices and configurations.
You can read the full Cheapaz Chips Season 2 announcement here on OC-ESPORTS.
Our final episode of the Overclocker Profile series brings us to a young man who recently took the Australian OC scene by storm, jordan.hyde99. Despite being the least experienced contestant in Berlin today, and also the youngest guy in the contest, make no mistake, Jordan is hot OC property and one to watch out for. Let’s have a look at the boy behind the LN2 flask and also revisit his path to Berlin for the Overclocking World Championship 2017 Final..
The Man Behind the LN2 Flask: Lucky_n00b (Indonesia)
Let’s kick by saying that Jordan is in fact only 17 years old and is in year 11 at school in Australia. Let that sink in for a moment. I would attempt a full bio of Jordan but at his age, there might not be too much to cover. What I can tell you is that he is an absolute whizz when comes to numbers, a trait that does you no harm at all when overclocking. He travels to Berlin with his father in tow, clearly blessed with a family that is fully supportive of his new hobby.
Jordan first started overclocking using an Intel Core i5. After tweaking the bclk settings of his locked processor, he was blown away by the improvement in overall performance. The eureka sensation clearly affected the young man who quickly became hooked, chasing improved score after improved score to climb leaderboards and gain more respect from like-minded others.
The Road to the OCWC 2017 Final
Jordan qualified for the OCWC 2017 final by beating a host of experienced overclockers in the OCWC Melbourne Qualifier which took place at PAX AU just a few weeks ago. It all kicked of on day one with a Qualification phase based around three benchmarks; SuperPi 32M, Cinebench R15, 3DMark11 Physics. Of the five overclockers who competed in the Qualification Phase, three are veterans of the Australian OC Scene, most notably zeropluszero who has competed at the highest level for several years already. Likewise FatBoyNotSoSlim and newlife are seasoned HWBOT Extreme League overclockers. Both unityofsaints and jordan.hyde99 were newcomers to live, competitive overclocking.
Semi Final 1: jordan.hyde99 vs FatBoyNotSoSlim - The first Semi-Final 1v1 match saw newcomer jorden.hyde99 take on the more established FatBoyNotSoSlim, an Aussie overclocker with plenty of pedigree in recent years. The random benchmark draw saw Cinebench R15 used as the medium of competition. Getting a foothold on the scorecard early on we find Jordan making an early score of 1,390 points, not so much beyond stock settings surely, but a good firm foundation to build on. Not long after we find FatBoyNotSoSlim upping the ante, hitting scores of 1,706, 1,799 and eventually 1,851 points..
Read the full Overclocker Profile article about jordan.hyde99 here on the HWBOT World Tour website.
In our penultimate Overclocker Profile article we hone in one of the most dedicated and profoundly influential overclockers active today - Alva 'Lucky_n00b' Jonathan from Indonesia. Alva and the Jagat Review crew have had such a phenomenal impact on the Indonesian overclocking scene that we could probably put together a short novel to cover the story in earnest. For now, let's take a look at the man behind the LN2 flask and also take a look at how Lucky_n00b arrived in Berlin to compete for the ultimate prize, the Overclocking World Championship crown.
The Man Behind the LN2 Flask: Lucky_n00b (Indonesia)
Like many overclockers Alva made his first BIOS tweak when he was still in Junior High School. His first steps were simply the act of trying to get higher frame rates in Quake 3 without having to splash cash on expensive CPUs and graphics cards. Having finished a bachelor's degree in Computer Science his game progressed to the point where he wanted to compete in a live International OC contest.
That moment came in 2008 when he managed to qualify for the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2008 contest. To his own surprise he actually manged to finish in 1st place, winning a very tasty $3,000 USD in the process. That day he finished ahead of GoriLLakoS (Greece) and Coolaler (Taiwan) who came 2nd and 3rd. One thing is for certain, Lucky_n00b had the bug for live, competitive overclocking.
The Road to the OCWC 2017 Final
Alva's first attempt to Qualify for the OCWC Final came in Las Vegas when he competed in the OCWC Las Vegas 2017 Qualifier contest. Alva was in town to cover the CES 2017 event for Jagat Review, but there was no way he was going to miss out on a chance to compete in an Extreme overclocking contest. Having reached the final, was ultimately defeated by steponz (US) after a tense affair involving SuperPi 8M.
However, the obvious setting for Alva 'Lucky-n00b' Jonathan to qualify for the OCWC 2017 Final would have been the OCWC Yogayakarta 2017 Qualifier which took place back in September. Alva however ruled himself as ineligible to compete, seeing as he was actually involved as an event organizer, also helping out as a judge along side HWBOT's Massman. Again, a selfless move that underlines his dedication to the game.
Read the full Overclocker Profile article about Lucky_n00b here on the HWBOT World Tour website.
Some somewhat surprising news has emerged today that reveals how NVIDIA are launching its latest Volta architecture GPUs with a pro-sumer GeForce GTX Titan V card and a retail price of $2,999 USD. TechPOwerUp have all the details:
This card implements the "Volta" GV100 graphics processor, the same one which drives the company's Tesla V100 HPC accelerator. The GV100 is a multi-chip module, with the GPU die and three HBM2 memory stacks sharing a package. The card features 12 GB of HBM2 memory across a 3072-bit wide memory interface. The GPU die has been built on the 12 nm FinFET+ process by TSMC. NVIDIA TITAN V maxes out the GV100 silicon, if not its memory interface, featuring a whopping 5,120 CUDA cores, 640 Tensor cores (specialized units that accelerate neural-net building/training). The CUDA cores are spread across 80 streaming multiprocessors (64 CUDA cores per SM), spread across 6 graphics processing clusters (GPCs). The TMU count is 320.
The GPU core is clocked at 1200 MHz, with a GPU Boost frequency of 1455 MHz, and an HBM2 memory clock of 850 MHz, translating into 652.8 GB/s memory bandwidth (1.70 Gbps stacks). The card draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Display outputs include three DP and one HDMI connectors. With a wallet-scorching price of USD $2,999, and available exclusively through NVIDIA store, the TITAN V is evidence that with Intel deciding to sell client-segment processors for $2,000, it was a matter of time before GPU makers seek out that price-band. At $3k, the GV100's margins are probably more than made up for.