Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark03 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2328/1552 MHz Smoke 353103 marks 217.4 pts 4   3
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2354/1560 MHz Smoke 13044 marks 102.8 pts 0   2
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2000/1377 MHz Smoke 11187.37 DX11 Marks 95.6 pts 0   2
3DMark - Time Spy Titan Xp 2240/1676.7 MHz Dancop 12982 marks 73.0 pts 3   2
Catzilla - 1440p Titan Xp 2152/1645 MHz H2o vs. Ln2 28301 marks 56.6 pts 0   0
XTU Core i3 7350K 6400 MHz bob(nz) 1168 marks 52.3 pts 0   0
CPU Frequency Pentium E2160 5115.9 MHz Oldscarface 5115.89 mhz 49.7 pts 3   2
SuperPi - 1M Pentium E2160 5019 MHz Oldscarface 11sec 641ms 49.7 pts 4   2
3DMark2001 SE Radeon HD 3870 GDDR4 1134/1233 MHz scannick 133063 marks 49.6 pts 1   1
wPrime - 32m Pentium E2160 5012 MHz Oldscarface 15sec 859ms 49.6 pts 0   2


HWBOT Articles

The Motherboard Memory Lane series returns today with a look at the Intel X79 platform and the era of Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E architecture processors. The X79 platform was in fact the first update Intel’s High-Performance Desktop (HEDT) segment since the launch of the aging Intel X58 platform. As usual we will examine the platform itself, the most popular motherboards and CPUs of that particular era, and the record scores that were made.

The Intel HEDT platform became wholly refreshed with the arrival of the X79 platform. HEDT describes a high-end, high-priced offering for enthusiasts that simply want the most powerful system that money can buy. The platform included the promise of hexa-core computing with enough PCIe lanes to support maxed out multi-GPU configurations, plus quad-channel memory.

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[Video] AMD Explain Secrets of Ryzen Memory Overclocking

The MSI Dragon Squad is an exclusive group of social media personalities that MSI describes as brand ambassadors. As a member of the MSI Dragon squad you get exclusive access to the latest MSI products and a chance to create some exclusive content. Dragon Squad member Blunty was fortunate to get the chance to visit AMD Headquarters in Austin Texas. One section of the trip involved a presentation from AMD executives, including a briefing with Robert Hallock, AMD’s Evangelist for Processor Technologies. The briefing involved a really interesting look at overclocking memory on the new AMD Ryzen platform.

Robert kicks off my explaining what he describes as some ‘absurdly named BIOS options’ that may well seem unintelligible to even the most ardent enthusiasts. These include ProODT, which stands for Processor On-Die Termination –it’s a value that determines whether or not, or indeed when the electrical signal between memory and the CPU should be terminated. Robert then recommends somewhere between 40-60ohms as ideal ProODT settings. The setting is there to aid stability with certain memory DIMMs.

One other area that Robert explores is the Ryzen architecture in terms of voltages and the Uncore settings (also known as SOC) which concerns things like the PCIe bus, memory controller, USB etc. Altering the Vcore settings adjust only the voltage for the Zen cores themselves, not the other aspects of the chip that reside in the SOC voltage. He also explains that raising the SOC voltage to 1.1v can dramatically improve high speed memory stability.

For anyone who really wants to bone up on AMD Ryzen memory overclocking, this video is a great resource. You can find it here on the Blunty YouTube channel.

1 Test and Compare 26 Thermal Pastes

When it comes to choosing a good quality thermal paste there are certainly plenty of options with tons of different price points and specialist features. Some are designed with serious subzero overclocking mind, while some are more suited to everyday systems that are water or air cooled. For most Overclockers and enthusiasts it can be case of simply going with the one that your peers recommend, or the one that suits your budget. Gavin Bonshor (known to HWBOT members as gavbon) writing for decided to separate myth from reality and embarked on a mission to find out the truth – the result is an exhaustive study of 26 different thermal paste products. Over to Gavin:

What is the best thermal paste to use? - It really depends on the type of cooling you are using. My recommendations are different based on if you’re using conventional cooling methods such as air, water and even sub-zero; liquid nitrogen and dry ice. What I will say though is for air and water cooling, most of the ‘decent’ aftermarket thermal pastes will have a couple of degrees Celsius between them…aside from those with high thermal conductivity ratings such as liquid metal.

Different types of thermal paste consist of different materials; some are better than others in terms of thermal conductivity. A good example is liquid metal against ceramic based pastes. The liquid metal not only plugs the gaps better between the IHS and the CPU cooler, but it also features better conductivity meaning more heat can be transferred per application than other types used. The drawback to liquid metal paste however is the application can be messy, the paste is more expensive and overall, some people just prefer to go with the easiest route; I don’t blame them in all honesty!

You can find all the data from Gavin’s thermal paste testing session here on You can also watch this great video where Gavin tackles the issue in person here on the Play3r TV YouTube channel.

[Video] Relive the OCWC17 Poitiers Final: Dancop vs Niuulh

The Poitiers 2017 leg of the HWBOT World Tour took place a few weeks ago, bringing overclocking workshops and contests to Gamers Assembly in France. Arguably the highlight of the event was the Overclocking World Championship Poitiers 2017 Qualifier which invited Europe’s most feared and respected extreme overclockers to compete for a place in the OCWC Final at the end of the year. The great news today is that you can now relive the grand final between Germany’s Dancop and France’s Niuulh thanks to OverClocking-TV who as always, were at ground zero hosting a live stream.

The OCWC17 Poitiers Qualifier got underway with a qualification segment where twenty extreme overlockers competed on three stages; SuperPi 32M, Cinebench R15 and 3DMark11 Physics. The top four qualified for the semi-finals and were invited back the next day – Wizerty, Dancop orion24 and Niuulh made the cut. Semi-final 1v1 matches were held, each lasting 30 minutes using randomly drawn Core i7 7700K CPUs. Benchmarks were also drawn at random with each Overclocker possessing one veto to avoid an unfavorable selection. Semi-Final matches went ahead and saw French No.1 lose out to outsider Niuulh who is ranked 3rd in his native France and 42nd globally. Meanwhile Dancop showed his class in live overclocking contests by beating orion24. The grand final was setup.

You can watch a replay of the Final between Dacncop and Niuulh here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel. As well as the final itself the video also includes interviews with both overclockers plus some great commentary from host Trouff and Buildzoid who offers technical summaries of all the action. Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday: Team Finland LN2 OC Meeting in 2010

Once we again we revisit a news post from the past that evokes happy Overclocking memories. This week we take a peek behind the curtain of time to recall a meetup organized by Team Finland, a story we covered in April 2010. The meetup was essentially an Extreme Overclocking workshop / try out which included overclockers SF3D, Asmola, Junksu, hOLIC, SeMbEr and Koneksi. Here’s what we wrote back on April 9th 2010:

“It’s definitely not easy getting started with extreme overclocking, or overclocking for benchmark scores for that matter. In the old days, when men were still men and most of us still playing Counter Strike getting started with extreme overclocking meant having the guts to order a couple kilos of Dry Ice, killing a couple of boards because of the lack of insulation and, most of all, spending hours and hours reading about extreme overclocking. Nowadays, experienced overclockers such as SF3D appear on local team sessions to meet up with the upcoming guarde to show how LN2 works and let them get familiar with the ‘stuff’.”

The event provided some crucial experience and preparation for the finals of the Gigabyte Intel P55 OC Challenge, a contest in which the Finland team eventually finished in second place. SF3D OC managed to shoot some cool footage of the meetup event which he posted on his YouTube channel. You can also check out the original post from 2010 here.

GIGABYTE Announces Summer Spectacular 2017 Overclocking Contest

[Press Release] GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce the start of Summer Spectacular 2017, the third of four contests in GIGABYTE’s 2017 overclocking season. A total prize pool of over $2,500 USD in enthusiast-grade hardware is available for the top three contestants in both Ambient and Extreme cooling categories along with six “Lucky Draw” winners.

With this contest restricted to only Intel® Core i3-7350K CPUs and NVIDIA® GT730 graphics cards, the playing fields are evened as participants look to push budget hardware to their limits! For those just learning the ins and outs of overclocking—a lucky draw is also part of this competition, where prizes including two GIGABYTE Z270X-UD3 are up for grabs for participants who submit scores in all stages of the competition. Prize info and event rules for Summer Spectacular 2017 are listed below:

Summer Spectacular 2017: May 1st, 2017 – May 31th, 2017

Ambient Cooling Class :

  • 1st Place Prize -GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 Mini-ITX OC ($399.99 USD)
  • 2nd Place Prize -GIGABYTE Gaming Z270X-Gaming SOC ($239.99 USD)
  • 3rd Place Prize - G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 Memory ($159.99 USD)

Extreme Cooling Class

  • 1st Place Prize - Intel® Core i7-7700K ($349.99 USD)
  • 2nd Place Prize - GIGABYTE Gaming Z270X-Gaming SOC ($239.99 USD)
  • 3rd Place Prize - GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X-Gaming 7 ($239.99 USD)

Lucky Draw Prizes

  • 2x GIGABYTE Gaming Z270X-UD3 ($149.99 USD)
  • 2x G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 Memory ($159.99 USD)
  • ENERMAX Platimax 850W PSU ($169.99 USD)
  • Open Benchtable ($149.99 USD)

To enter and for more event details, please visit the contest page at HWBOT:!/round/gbt_summer_spectacular Publish AMD Ryzen Overclocking Guide

AMD Ryzen platform has been with us for a few months now. Although motherboard BIOSes continue to be updated and improved while enthusiasts and overclockers also learn more about the subtle nuances involved with pushing Ryzen CPUs, there’s still plenty to learn. In fact when it comes to different CPU models and different motherboards from different vendors AMD Ryzen can be a challenge – all of which is the reason why Shawn Jennings from (known to many of us on HWBOT as Johan45) has put together a comprehensive Ryzen Overclocking guide.

The guide contains of all the findings and data garnered from weeks and testing and reviewing, making it a really solid resource for anyone who really wants to improve their game with AMD Ryzen processors. Here’s a sample of the introduction from Shawn in which he outlines a few of the challenges that Ryzen overclocking can involve:

Overclocking AMD Ryzen in General

I’d like to start this by saying overclocking is quite unique to the system/CPU. Different motherboards, memory, and CPUs will yield different results. There really are no “plug and play” settings for all systems. This is a process that needs to be done slowly and methodically with a lot of testing along the way. This is really the only way to assure you have decent stability and won’t corrupt your operating system over time.

One observation I have made is the majority of Ryzen 7 CPUs will run at 3.8 GHz with 1.35 V or less and the CPU “binning” appears to be quite parallel to the model. Meaning the best chance of the high Core clocks would be with the 1800x then the 1700x and finally the 1700. Now that doesn’t mean there aren’t Ryzen 7 1700 CPUs that will easily do 4.0 GHz at 1.35 V because there are but the odds are not in your favor. Realistically, you should expect to see 3.8-3.9 GHz for 24/7 operation on a Ryzen 7 1700.

Catch the full AMD Ryzen Overclocking Guide from here.

Road to Pro Challenger Series - Round 2 Starts May 1st

Just a few weeks ago we witnessed the conclusion Round 1 of the Road to Pro Challenger Divisions here on OC-ESPORTS. Round 1 was as competitive as ever and drew good participation numbers across the Divisions as a whole. Be sure to check out our roundup articles with all the winners, scores and more here on the OC-ESPORTS newsfeed. Today we look forward to Round 2 which gets underway in just a matter of days.

Road to Pro Challenger Series Round 2: May 1st to June 30th 2017

The Road to Pro Challenger series is arguably the most comprehensive Overclocking contest ever. It spans a total of eight Divisions and includes challenges on a broad range of hardware including Intel, AMD and Nvidia plus classic hardware platforms from the past. The idea behind the series is very simple - it offers something for everyone. A place where we can all find our niche in terms of a preferred platform and available resources. Once you know what your focus is, you can then compete head to head against the best there is.

Every season the Challenger Series consists of three rounds, each lasting two months. Round 2 of the 2017 series runs from May 1st and ends on June 30th. Let’s take a look at the stages and benchmarks involved with each of the Divisions in Round 2.

Read the full Road to Pro Challenger Divisions introduction article here on OC-ESPORTS.

Buildzoid Discusses BIOS Flashing with Radeon RX480 and RX 580 Cards

In the last week or so there have been reports in the media that it is possible to give your old RX 480 card a boost in clock speeds by flashing your card’s BIOS with a new one designed to be used with the newly launched RX 580 cards. This is not a new phenomenon of course – overclockers have been unlocking cores and upping clock speeds and more since television was called books. But as outlined by this article from ExtremeTech’s Joel Hruska using a non-verified BIOS can be a source of agony as well as joy, if things go wrong. The good news for anyone considering flashing his RX 4-series card for a new 5-series card is that Buildzoid has plenty of thoughts on the matter, all which he has just shared with on his YouTube channel.

The video kicks off with advice about flashing a RX 470 card with a new RX 570 BIOS. It will not work. However it is possible to flash a RX 480 card with a RX 570 BIOS. The problem is that you will inadvertently have lost some shaders, an outcome that again is most unwelcome. So as a general rule, -70 cards should only ever be flashed with -70 BIOSes. The same goes for -80 cards.

The second question raised is - Which BIOSes work on which cards from which vendor? The answer is very hard to establish. One thing that does make things easier is having a dual BIOS card. Of course this allows you to experiment and and find out which one works without actually bricking your card. The key rule to follow is that you should always flash just one of the two BIOSes – seems pretty self explanatory and obvious, but yes. Point well made.

Needless to say, Buildzoid discusses the ins and outs of BIOS flashing on the AMD Radeon RX 4XXX and 5XXX series, and BIOS flashing in general here on his Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.

DrWeez Overclocking Session #52: 2C / 2T on Core i7 7700K w/ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex

A few weeks ago South Africa’s No.1 ranked overclocker DrWeez got his hands on an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard, the perfect platform for him to get more familiar with the latest Intel Kaby Lake architecture CPUs. Last week he returned to YouTube screens with Overclocking Session #52 and an effort to push past the limitations he encountered in the previous session. In Session #51 Andrew managed to push his Core i7 7700k to 6.7GHz, a limitation that hoped to push past in session #52.

To kick off the session Andrew loads up a profile created by Russian overclocker Slamms, with a few alterations to the CPU core voltage settings – just to rein it in a touch. Next he turns off HyperThreading and also turns off two of the processors cores. In terms of benchmarks he aims to run a series of single threaded 2D benchmarks including SuperPi, PiFast and others with two cores and two threads and a target clock of around 6.9GHz – 200MHz above the highest clocks achieved in the previous session.

You can watch the full two and a half hour benching adventure with DrWeez, his Core i7 7700K and the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard, here on the DrWeez YouTube channel.

Der8auer Examines the GALAX GTX 1080 Ti Hall of Fame Graphics Card

Towards the back end of last week GALAX revealed their Hall of Fame GTX 1080 Ti graphics card . It certainly got plenty of attention from enthusiast tech media as the company has gone all out to produce one of the heftiest and most highly-specced 1080 Ti cards on the market. It’s also targeted at overclockers, featuring a monster VRM design that is actually powered by three eight-pin power connectors. With all the buzz around the new card, our buddy Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung decided to take a closer look in attempt to find out if it really is an overclockers Wet Dream!

As well as the additional eight-pin power adapter, one other thing that got plenty of attention with enthusiasts getting hot under the collar was the VRM design of the GTX 1080 HoF. The GALAX marketing team have made claims of using up to 19 phases, however, images of the card’s PCB have revealed the VRM design to be based around a 16 phase design for the GPU itself, plus an additional three for the graphics memory. Roman notes how in fact the GPU uses an eight phase which has been doubled to sixteen – a common design approach that should offer great power delivery with heat dissipating across a wider surface that will allow for lower temperatures. The choice of using an International Rectifier voltage controller means that extreme overclockers will be able to control voltages from software – something that Nvidia might not wholly condone.

Roman concedes that this card might not be the Holy Grail of Overclocking simply due to the fact that Pascal GPUs don’t scale too well when you up the voltage - he does conclude however that it’s design looks really, really good. You can catch the video from Roman here on the der8auer YouTube channel.