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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."
Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain are back with the latest edition of the Hardware Asylum podcast (actually edition #71 technically speaking). The show focuses almost entirely on the new Z270 motherboards are now on the market and the impact that Kaby Lake has had on Overclocking as a whole. Show notes:
“On January 3rd 2017 Intel launched the new 7000 series Kaby Lake processors and matching Intel 200 series chipset. For the enthusiast this includes the Core i7 7700K processor and Z270 chipset but, encompasses a number of processors in the range. On the surface the new technology is just a process improvement over Skylake with a 200Mhz speed bump and 4x more PCI Express lanes added to the chipset.”
“On top of the motherboard changes there is also a HUGE improvement to overclocking performance, and by huge I mean 7Ghz under LN2 and 5Ghz on water. Those sorts of numbers are really exciting to see especially considering how “meh” CPU overclocking has been since the launch of the LGA 115x.”
Catch the full podcast here on Hardware Asylum.
The guys at Anandtech have put together new podcast that covers almost everything that happened at CES 2017 a few weeks ago. Hosted by Dr Ian Cutress, Senior Editor at Anandtech, the show goes into plenty of detail regarding the technical aspects of the newly launched Kaby Lake platform, 200 series motherboard launches and the new onboard controllers that they using, plus what the arrival of the first unlocked, K SKU Core i3 processor really means for enthusiasts. It’s a pretty interesting listen an involves several members of the Anandtech team who each share their opinions on all the new products and technologies that were launched at CES 2017.
“The annual CES show is always a mélange of announcements and sneak peeks for what is to come through the year. At the show we had most of our regular editors on foot, meeting with manufacturers to find out what exactly is going on under the hood. Despite some technical hiccups trying to record the podcast on site, I was able to track down some of our editors for a short burst into their main highlights from CES and thoughts on the year ahead.”
You can catch the full Anandtech Podcast here on their YouTube channel. There are links in the description so you can navigate to the part that interests you.
A few days ago Buildzoid posted a new video on his Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel, solely focused on the latest and greatest motherboard from ASUS – the ROG Maximus IX Apex. The board has already made quite an impact on HWBOT where it already has seen more submissions than any other Z270 motherboard. It was created by the ASUS R&D team to be the best performing motherboard for the new Kaby Lake platform, and if world records are anything to go by, they have done a fantastic job.
Buildzoid basically takes us a tour of the Maximus IX Apex. He kicks off with his thoughts on a slightly pared-down back panel IO, where he is delighted to see PS/2 ports for the keyboard and mouse. Did you know USB can affect stability under extreme temperatures and high BCLK configurations? You do now. The fact that the board features no USB 2.0 ports, only USB 3.0 ports is a source of minor disappointment however.
Buildzoid, as you would expect, also brings his technical expertise to the plate with an assessment of the motherboard’s power delivery, specifically the VRM. The VRM in fact uses a few components that he has never seen before, as well as more familiar components from International Rectifier and On Semiconductor. The conclusion is that considering the power needs of Kaby Lake processors, the VRM is pretty much overkill. The board in fact uses a true 8+2 phase design, pretty much as much as you can achieve without using a doubling scheme.
We look forward to live streamed OC sessions that will feature the Maxiumus IX Apex being put through its paces. Until then, you can catch this video here on the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.
Today we are delighted to share more details regarding the Overclocking World Championship roadmap, the structure of the contest and the locations and events we will attend in 2017. Hold onto your hats, it's going to be big!
The Overclocking World Championship (OCWC) is a key element of the HWBOT World Tour 2017. Each stop of the World Tour will feature a OCWC Qualifier tournament where extreme overclockers attending the event compete for a place in the OCWC Final at the end of the year. Let’s take a look at the tournament structure in a little more detail.
Overclocking World Championship 2017: Contest Structure
Each leg of the HWBOT World Tour represents a chance to compete in the Overclocking World Championship (OCWC) Final, a prestigious opportunity for any Extreme Overclocker. The World Tour contains ten locations, providing the ten finalists that will compete for the chance to become Overclocking World Champion 2017.
At each location around the world an OCWC Qualifier will be held. The specific rules, benchmarks and hardware restrictions may change from place to place according sponsorship and partner involvement, however the general format of all OCWC Qualifier will be consistent throughout. A preliminary qualification round will be held, usually last at least one whole day (depending on time restrictions). This round will involve Overclockers competing on three benchmarks in a strict three hour time period. The top four scorers at the end of the round will be invited to compete in Semi-Finals, a Bronze Final and a Grand Final (usually on the last day of the event).
Read the full and detailed article here on OC-ESPORTS.
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. Compared to last month, we have new scores to share. In the Intel category, Luumi (Finland) is currently leading with his Skylake submission of 5 min 52.750 seconds. In the Kaby Lake category Speed.fastest (Indonesia) is the first name on the board with a time of 5 min 54.172 seconds. In the AMD camp nothing has changed because, well, aren't we all waiting waiting for Ryzen?
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 (Jan 23, 2017)
|Kaby Lake||5 min 54.172 sec||Speed.fastest||Core i7 7700K||G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-3976 C12-11-11-28||ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Gene|
|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 53.687 sec||Bullant||Core i7 4770K||G.SKILL PI DDR3-2858 C6-9-6-21|
|Ivy Bridge||6 min 15.562 sec||Bullant||Core i7 3770K||DDR3-2630 C6-9-6-24||ASRock Z77 OC Formula|
|Sandy Bridge||6 min 30.359 sec||Bullant||Core i7 2600K||G.SKILL PI DDR3-2268 C6-8-6-20||GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4 TH|
|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 (Jan 23, 2017)
|Carrizo||9 min 38.328 sec||Newlife||Athlon X4 845||Patriot Viper II Sector 7 DDR3-2064 C6-10-6-24||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|
In Week 3 of 2017, we received 4897 benchmark results from 1141 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 61% of the active community. They were responsible for 36% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.
Overclockers from around the world continue to enjoy Kaby Lake in 2017 with no less than 7 golden cups in the leaderboard this week. First up is Splave from the United States with a Global First Place in Cinebench R15 with his Core i7 7700K clocked at 6779 MHz. He beat Hideo who had taken the top spot earlier this week. Next up is 8 Pack from the United Kingdom who showed off his 7GHz 3DMark05 stable Core i7 7700K, grabbing the World Record in the process. Impressive! Also from the Elite league we have BarboneNet from Australia scoring a Global First Place in the 3DMark01 GeForce GTX 280 category. His 7700K is clocked at 6.9GHz and paired with a 1060/1300 MHz graphics card it gives him the top spot in the ranking. Stepping down one notch in leagues, we find Hideo from Japan with a golden cup in the Cinebench R11.5 4xCPU ranking. His 7700K CPU is clocked at 6834 MHz and outpaces 8 Pack and Rtsurfer. Kintaro from Greece is keeping it more old-school with a golden cup in the Wprime 1024M Core 2 Quad Q6600 category with the CPU clocked at 4905 MHz. We also have two golden cup victories in the Apprentice league. First up is Pilu from Italy with a global first place in the GPUPI for CPU 1B 12xCPU ranking. His pair of Xeon E5649 processors are clocked at 4021.3 MHz, resulting in a score of 1min 18.035sec. Last but not least it's Poparamiro from Romania, a regular feature in this news segment. He scores a golden cup in the Unigine Heaven Xtreme preset with a Radeon HD 5850 clocked at 1270/1380 MHz. Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard this week!
The overclocking results submitted during Week 2 generated in total 140 World Record Points, 7682.2 Global Points, and 9743.7 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 16% for Elite, 38% for Extreme, 9% for Apprentice, 17% for Enthusiast, 6% for Novice, and 22% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 7% Extreme, 3% Apprentice, 17% Enthusiast, 10% Novice, and 61% Rookie.
Most Valuable Submissions - Week 3, 2017
|League||CPU Benchmark||GPU Benchmark||Hardware Points|
|Elite||Splave||143.3 pts (GFP!)||8 Pack||116.1 pts (WR!)||BarboneNet||49.6 pts|
|Extreme||Hideo||123.2 pts (GFP!)||Marc0053||90.4 pts||Kintaro||49.9 pts|
|Apprentice||Pilu||51.9 pts (GFP!)||Shar00750||32.4 pts||Poparamiro||25 pts|
|Enthusiast||Vishvesh Mishra||51.4 pts||Nicklas0912||31.1 pts||TyphooNick||24.7 pts|
|Novice||RileyMac||35.1 pts||Abilioalbino||23 pts||Tiraniumj||29.6 pts|
|Rookie||CharlieA||38 pts||Pijonson||76.7 pts||g1orgio||27.2 pts|
To celebrate the launch the HWBOT World Tour 2017 we hosted a ‘Predict and Win’ Giveaway contest on our Facebook page. All you had to do was makes sure your ‘likes’ were in order, give us some brief details and you were in the hat for a random draw to win one of three great prizes; an Intel Core i7 7700K, a GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming SOC motherboard and a Seasonic Snow Silent power supply. Today we can reveal the winners.
The winner of the Core i7 7700K is Andrew N. The Z270X-Gaming SOC motherboard goes to Ed. A and the Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU will soon be heading its way to Mellanie J. Congrats to you all!
Alongside the prize draw we also had a poll of sorts, just for fun. The contest asked all entrants to tell us who was their favorite American Overclocker. We actually got several really weird answers from several folks who clearly didn’t know any US overclockers (or perhaps, what Overclocking actually is….) but we did manage to figure out the top three. In third place we have (ironically maybe) the actual Las Vegas 2017 champion, steponz. In second place we find Strong Island, but the guys with the most votes was k|ngp|n. Way to go Vince…
As we get closer to the next HWBOT World Tour event at the Campus Party Sao Paulo, we will again put together a giveaway contest with more fantastic prizes. Watch this space.
Roman 'der8auer' Hartung this week launched the second edition of his Delid-Die-Mate, an ingeniously simple tool for delidding modern Intel CPUs. Dubbed the Delid-Die-Mate 2, it has an improved design that makes it more compact and lighter, being made of high quality anodized aluminum. It also comes in black and features a cool looking der8auer logo on the side.
If you are extreme overclocker you will no doubt know and understand the value of delidding the CPU and replacing the thermal paste with liquid metal. Basically you get a much improved thermal exchange between the integrated heats spreader (IHS) and the silicon itself. The problem is that actually getting the IHS off the chip can prove to be a major challenge, even for seasoned pros. Extreme overclockers around the world could share horror stories of utterly mutilated CPUs that have fallen victim razor blade hacking. The Delid-Die-Mate resolves the entire issue in an elegant and thoroughly simplistic way.
In this video, Roman gives us a demonstration of how the Delid-Die-Mate works. You simply place your processor in the aluminum housing, add the cover and tighten the screw to hold it in place. Then with a few turns of a Hex key the HIS just pops off. Another great feature of the second gen product, is that it also comes with a vice-like tool to help re-glue the HIS, holding it firmly in place within the housing while the glue dries.
The Delid-Die-Mate will be a available in a few weeks for 29 Euros, and according to Roman it will in fact be available globally. You can find the product page with more details about the Delid-Die-Mate here on the Caseking website. You can also watch a video where Roman explains the new design and gives a demonstration here on his YouTube channel.
Just a few days ago we arrived at the conclusion of the Old School is Best School, Season 3, Round 1 contest on OC-ESPORTS. The contest witnessed 18 teams of old school Overclockers competing on classic Intel Socket 771 socket CPUs and Nvidia Quadro G96 grade GPUs. The contest was won by team who finally managed to take their first ever win in the contest series. XtremeOverdrive OC team Italy broke their duck with a total of 59 points, defeating Hardware Canucks and Overclocking Team Austria who also managed spots on the podium. Let’s take a look at the contest, the scoring and the hardware used in a little more detail.
Old School is Best School, Season 3 Round 1: December 15th - January 15th 2017
The Old School is Best contest on OC-ESPORTS is a contest designed and shaped to tickle the OC taste buds of Overclockers who are usually pretty long in the tooth. It is a well known fact that older Overclockers enjoy digging out old hardware that they hoard in their man caves, benching them again simply for the kudos of doing so. It’s about revisiting old platforms and benchmarks for a bit of fun. It’s also an opportunity for younger Overclockers to get to know long lost hardware that some would argue belong in a museum.
Read the full roundup article here on OC-ESPORTS.
Today we bring you news about a new contest that will be launched on OC-ESPORTS in just over a week’s time – welcome to the VRMark Challenge. The name of the contest kind of gives away some details. The VRMark Challenge is centered on the relatively new VRMark benchmark that is now part of the 3DMark suite from Futuremark. The contest begins on January 28th, finishing on the 28th of February exactly one month later.
The VRMark contest consists of two separate stages based around both the Orange Room benchmark and the more intense Blue Room benchmark. The VRMark Orange Room benchmark that is designed to asses if a PC meets the recommended hardware requirements for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR technologies. The Blue Room benchmark uses a huge 5K rendering resolution coupled with spectacular volumetric lighting effects, and is in fact one of the most demanding 3D benchmarks available today.
In terms of hardware limitations, it’s all very simple and straight forward. Overclockers can use any processor (or indeed any number of processors) with any single GPU. Bring it on! Futuremark verification link required.
You can check out the VRMark Challenge contest page here on OC-ESPORTS.