Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Cinebench - R11.5 Xeon Platinum 8176M 2100 MHz H2o vs. Ln2 60.95 points 111.9 pts 2   2
Aquamark GeForce GTX 580 1253/1205 MHz Hideo 632301 marks 49.8 pts 4   1
XTU Core i3 6100 3800 MHz Gunslinger 699 marks 49.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i9 7940X   Wizerty 4430 marks 42.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 8700K 4410 MHz umr 2372 marks 35.2 pts 0   0
3DMark03 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 1656/1474 MHz kaidtor 319905 marks 35.1 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 3230M 3060 MHz arp 315 marks 29.3 pts 0   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p Core i7 7800X 4800 MHz electron libre 55.84 fps 26.2 pts 0   0
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 1080 1911/1251 MHz Wizerty 82689 marks 24.9 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7800X 4140 MHz Rubennnnn 2196 marks 24.0 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

Welcome back to another episode in our GPU Flashback Archive series. Following on from last week’s look at the GeForce FX series, we turn our attention to its successor, the NVIDIA GeForce 6 series. After rising to a position of relative dominance in the early years of GPU design, the GeForce 4 and subsequent FX series had seen NVIDIA lose ground to ATI who had stolen a march with their highly popular Radeon 9000 series. The stage was set for a return with the launch of a new GPU design and a series of cards that required more space in your rig and additional power to deliver a truly next generation gaming experience. Let turn our minds back to 2004 and check out the technologies and features that debuted with the GeForce 6 series, plus the most popular cards of the era and the most notable scores that have been submitted here on HWBOT.

The NVIDIA GeForce 6 series arrived in tech reviewers hands in April of 2004, debuting with a new NV40 GPU and two graphics card models, the GeForce 6 Ultra which commanded a price of $499 USD, and the GeForce 6800 (often referred to as the non-Ultra) for $299 USD. Let’s first consider the GPU itself, the NV40.

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Hardware news

[Video] Overclocking the NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030

Overclocking is popular with many enthusiasts because it is often possible to take cheaper hardware and use a little ingenuity to boost performance to something similar to a more expensive part. Who doesn’t like extra, free performance? PhilsComputerLab recently published a nice video which explores the potential hidden performance available with an NVIDIA GT 1030 card, in this case a low profile 2GB card from GIGABYTE.

The video kicks off with quick intro of Phil’s inexpensive small form factor build to which he has added the GT 1030 card just to bump up FPS when gaming. The card retails for around $70 USD and is fitted with a wee cooling fan. Using the bundled AORUS Graphics Engine app, Phil then starts tweaking first GPU, then graphics memory settings. With a 10% boost in clocks we find that in fact the graphics memory tweak actually proves to be most effective in raising frame-rates when gaming. By the end of his testing Phil manages to configure his entry-level Pascal GPU at 1,688MHz, a nice boost of 37.57%. In memory terms he ended up with a boost of 20%, all of which translated into a nice bump in frame rates in all games tested.

Overclocking entry-level graphics cards is probably not all that interesting to the majority of Enthusiast and Extreme HWBOT members, but there is another reason to cover this video from Phil. In a few weeks we hope to announce the second season of the Cheapaz Chips contest on OC-ESPORTS, a contest series that is all about overclocking, and indeed modding entry-level graphics cards. Season 1 was all about the GT 710 card. I wonder if you can guess which card we will be using in Season 2.

You can find the GT 1030 overclocking video from PhilsComputerLab here on his YouTube channel. It might not be an earth-shattering, LN2-fuelled romp at World Record breaking, but it definitely is an overclocking tutorial that many entry-level gamers could learn from. Nice work Phil.


Introducing the BC1 Mini, an Open Benchtable for Small Form Factor Systems

The OBT BC1 Mini is a Portable, Lightweight Benchtable Designed Specifically for Small-Form-Factor Testing and Showcasing

[Press Release] October 18, 2017 – The Open Benchtable Project is today delighted to announce the official arrival of the BC1 Mini, a lightweight, toolless benchtable that has been designed specifically for Small Form Factor systems. Co-developed with HWBOT, OverClocking-TV and Streacom, the BC1 Open Benchtable is a community-developed product that has won awards from Red Dot and iF Design in recognition of its portability, esthetics and design prowess. Available in Q4 2017, the BC1 Mini follows the same design principles of the BC1 Open Benchtable, arriving in choice of three colors to match your preference.

“Just one year after we launched the popular BC1, we hope the enthusiast community will again be excited to receive the BC1 Mini, an Open Benchtable that re-defines the rules about small, compact and portable systems,” commented commented Isaïe Simonnet, Project Development Manager, VP of OverClocking-TV.

“Streacom has always had a keen focus on small form factor design so for us the BC1 Mini is a natural progression from the acclaimed BC1” commented Shimon Simon, Head of Design and Manufacturing at Streacom. “We have taken all the great feature of the BC1 and packed them into an ultra-compact form that is perfect for ITX based platforms.”

The Open Benchtable BC1 Mini: Enjoy Ultimate Portability - The Mini-ITX form factor standard is developed specifically to address the need for more compact systems. Today there is no compromise on performance, as more Mini-ITX motherboards are used by gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers in systems that use the latest high performance hardware. The OBT BC1 Mini redefines the desire for small form factor benchtable, bringing the advantages of the original Open Benchtable in a smaller footprint that offers the ultimate portable system.

Read the full news announcement here on the Open Benchtable website.

HWBOT World Tour 2017 Returns to Taiwan for Exclusive Pop Up OC Event

HWBOT World Tour – Taipei II Hosts Overclocking Workshops and Contests Outside Taipei’s Famous Technology Market

[Press Release] October 17, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings, today officially announces the Taipei II leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2017. Hosted on the doorsteps of the famous Taipei Electronics Market, HWBOT plus partners Intel, Seasonic, G.SKILL, CoolPC and Coolaler will give local PC enthusiasts a taste of Ambient and Extreme competitive overclocking.

“After the success of the Taipei 2017 event at Computex earlier this year, we are excited to return – literally bringing Overclocking to streets of this dynamic city,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “We looking forward to harnessing the energy and talent of Taiwan’s PC enthusiasts on the steps of one of the world’s most iconic computer markets.”

Oct 21st to 22nd: Free Ambient Overclocking Workshops for all Taipei Tech Market Visitors

Local technology enthusiasts are invited to enjoy free Overclocking Workshops just outside the Syntrend Creative Park. Located next to the famous Taipei Guanghua Computer Market, visitors who sign up for a workshop session will be treated to expert tuition from local Overclocking master Coolaler. After learning the basics of overclocking, it’s time to get hands on and start making some benchmark scores of your own. Submit your highest score to the OC-ESPORTS platform and you could be invited to compete in a live 1v1 final contest with some great hardware prizes for winner.

Read the full news announcement about the Taipei II 2017 event here on the HWBOT World Tour website.

H2o vs. Ln2 (US) Breaks Cinebench R11.5 and HWBOT x265 World Records with 2x 28-Core Xeon Platinums

It’s not every day that we get a brand new 2D World Record, but it seems that today is indeed one of those days. H2o vs. Ln2 is a US based overclocker who clearly gets to play with some pretty nice server hardware. His latest machine is based around a monster rig that uses a pair of 28-core Xeon Platinum processors, that combine to offer a massive 112 threads of Intel Skylake-X processing power. Just for a bit of fun H2o vs. Ln2 used the rig to bust three World Records; HWBOT x265 1080p and 4K, plus Cinebench R11.5.

The new World Record for the HWBOT x265 benchmark in the 1080p test now stands at 198.84 fps. The pair of Xeon Platinum 8176M processors have a default clock of 2.1GHz, but according to the benchmark submission H2o vs. Ln2 managed to leverage his custom cooling array to push the processors to 2,801MHz, 33.38% beynd stock settings. In the same benchmark using the 4K test, the H2o vs. Ln2 rig made a new World Record score of 47.8 fps. On this occasion the CPUs were (according to the submission info) pushed even higher to hit 3,791MHz, which is a pretty incredible +80.52%. This could however just be the built-in Max Turbo frequency at work. The third World Record involves the Cinebench R11.5 benchmark where H2o vs. Ln2 managed a score of 58.85 points with the CPUs at default settings.

The server rig itself was based around a dual-socket Supermicro X11DPiN motherboard. . This baby is based on the Intel C621 chipset and uses a pair of FCLGA 3647 sockets with 16 DIMM slots to support a maximum of 2TB of ECC DDR4 memory at speeds of up to 2666MHz. The Xeon Platinum 8176M processors have 28 Skylake-X cores (which means 56-threads each), a TDP of 165W and have a listed prize of $11,722 USD per chip. A pretty decent wee rig you could say.

You can find the three World Record submissions in the links above. You can also check out the H2o vs. Ln2 profile page were he has several other Global First Placed scores including a 2nd Place World Ranked score in wPrime 1024M.

Upcoming Rule Changes on November 1, 2017

Via this news article the staff is announcing a couple of rule updates which go in effect on November 1, 2017. The rule updates relate to benchmark version restrictions as well as general improvements to include more details in the overclocking results.

  • Rule Update #1 - All Global Top-20 benchmark results must now include a valid verification screenshot and a system picture showing the benchmarked system in action.
  • Rule Update #2 - All verification screenshots must show the settings at which the benchmark was completed. This means it is not allowed to decrease the operating frequency for screenshot purposes. In effect, the staff reserves the right to reject a submission that is deemed out of line for the stated system parameters. For XTU specifically, the data file must contain monitoring information (frequency and temperature).
  • Rule Update #3 - All users are obliged to declare the original source of the hardware used for a submission in case they do not own the hardware. In effect, this is mandatory for all Engineering Sample hardware as they are legally not for sale.
  • Rule Update #4 - Joined accounts, that is an account used by multiple people, are still allowed. However, it is mandatory to disclose who achieved a specific result in the description field. Failure to disclose will lead to removal of the submission.
  • Rule Update #5 - XTU v6.4.1.12 is mandatory from Nov 1, 2017.
  • Rule Update #6 - HWBOT X265 Benchmark v2.1.0 is mandatory from Nov 1, 2017.
  • Rule Update #7 - It is not allowed to publicly, falsely accuse a user of foul play. In case of false accusations the accuser may see their account temporarily or permanently suspended. Foul play is interpreted in the broadest sense of the word.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any of the staff members.

Rookie News 17/10: /r/overclocking Top Rookie Team, Sufferage (AT) leading Rookie League with 471.80 pts

Team Rookies Novices
United States /r/overclocking 32 85
Czech Republic ROG Czech OC Guys 26 12
USA ASUS Republic of Gamers 25 115
United States 13 46
United States Oregon State Overclockers 13 0
France Cowcotland 10 14
Italy Overclock & Gaming 10 5
Japan OC CLUB 9 2
Australia Australia OC 8 20
Malaysia ASUS 7 26

Every month or so we have a look at how well the overclocking teams adopt Rookie and Novice overclockers at HWBOT. We see the same three names at the top of the leaderboard as last month with /r/overclocking once again the top Rookie team accommodating 32 Rookies and 85 Novices. In second place we now have ROG Czech OC Guys up from third last month with 26 Rookies and 12 Novices. Last but not least there are the inevitable ASUS Republic of Gamers with 25 Rookies and 115 Novices.

In the Rookie League, Hannibal.Lekter ( from the United Kingdom is leading with 532.40 points which is 162.9 points more than Ev0lv3 (Australia OC) from the Australia and 324.2 points more than Sergey.najdiigru from Russia.

Congratulations to all the overclocking teams adopting the new overclockers and of course the Rookies for their dedication to overclocking!

Check out Rookie League here

Skylead (France) Wins Rookie Rumble #48, Plus Lucky Draw Winner

The 48th edition of the Rookie Rumble contest on OC-ESPORTS just finished up a week or so ago, which means it’s high time we took a look at the winners, scores and hardware that got pushed by our growing fraternity of Rookie Overclockers. In top spot we find a new face with French overclocker Skylead taking the win with a convincing points haul of 141 points. Aussie Rookie Castle takes runner up spot while aurion.2358 from France makes third spot.

Rookie Rumble #48: September 9th to 30th, 2017

The core concept behind the Rookie Rumble contest series is to give Rookie, Novice and Apprentice-class HWBOT members a place where they can compete against each other on a level playing field. For this reason Enthusiast, Extreme and Elite Overclockers are not eligible to compete. Round #48 of the contest was set up with three stages featuring the following benchmarks; Intel XTU, Geekbench 4 (Single Core) and HWBOT x265 1080P. Let’s check out each stage in a little more detail, starting with XTU.

Stage 1: Intel XTU - At the top of the table here in Stage 1 we find Castle (Australia) with a per core score of 468.75 marks (1,875 in total). He used a Core i7 7700K which he pushed to a very decent 5,300MHz (+26.19%) using an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard. In Second place we find Skylead (France) not too far behind with a score of 466.75 marks per core (1,867 marks) while wickpote (France) is third with 457.50 marks per core (1,830 marks).

Read the full roundup article of the Rookie Rumble #48 contest, plus news about this round’s Lucky Draw winner here on

OC Show Season 4, Episode 14: With Special Guest Leeghoofd (Belgium)

The OC Show returned last Friday night with Episode 14. Host Trouffman was joined as ever by Toolius and special guest Leeghoofd, a veteran overclocker and captain of the Madshrimps Begium OC Team that recently catapulted themselves to glory by winning the HWBOT Team Cup 2017 contest.

In fact, one of the key topics that the guys discuss is the approach taken by the Madshrimps team and the organization that goes on behind the scenes in order to win a team overclocking contest. The HWBOT Team Cup requires several scores from different team members using different hardware so having a team captain who can organize things is essential. Leeghoofd talks about how the fact that Belgium is quite a small country means that team members can meet up and share resources and knowledge to get the best scores possible. He explains how it’s virtually impossible to do any serious benching until 2am in the morning. A simple fact of life.

There is also some discussion about the contests that are currently happening on OC-ESPORTS. Although there are not so many contests running compared just a few weeks ago, there is plenty going on. One interesting contest is the GALAX GOC Finals which will take place in Bangkok in late November. The prize pool for the contest was announced earlier last week and includes $5,000 USD for the winner, $4,000 for the runner up and $3,000 for third place – the largest prize pool from GALAX ever. 12 overclockers will be flown out to Thailand having qualified via the online qualifier contest on OC-ESPORTS.

There is also some chat about the ROG OC Showdown Team Edition 2 contest which now has a very impressive 63 teams competing. Right now ROG Czech OC Guys have the lead, ahead of and Team MLG. Other competitors include ASUS Republic of Gamers, Warp9-systems, /r/overclocking and Cowcotland. Trouffman notes how the Rookie country teams are heavily involved and doing well.

Catch the OC Show Season 4, Episode 14 here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.

G.SKILL Releases Fastest 32GB (4x8GB) Trident Z RGB Memory Kit at DDR4-4266MHz

[Press Release] G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is very excited to announce the latest Trident Z RGB memory kit that boosts RGB-infused DDR4-4266MHz memory kits to a never-before-seen 32GB (4x8GB) configuration! Built from ultra-high performance Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs, this new DDR4 memory kit marks a new milestone as the fastest 32GB (4x8GB) RGB memory kit on the market thus far.

The Quest for Faster Frequency - Just one week after the launch of the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Z370 chipset motherboards, G.SKILL further fine-tuned the high-end RGB memory kits to reach even higher levels of overclocking speeds. Ever since the launch of Trident Z RGB almost a year ago, the largest capacity at DDR4-4266MHz was 2x8GB. In combination with the ASUS OptiMem technology, which complements the T-Toplogy layout that uses equalized trace lengths, four-DIMM memory configurations have improved stability and increased frequency headroom.

With the availability of this new optimization, G.SKILL is doubling the Trident Z RGB kit capacity to operate at DDR4-4266MHz CL19-23-23-43 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.4V. Below is a screenshot of the memory kit stress tested on an ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) motherboard and the Intel® Core™ i5-8600K processor.

Read the full press announcement from G.SKILL here.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 41, 2017: gold for Splave (US), K|ngp|n (US), Bolc (FR) and Ev0lv3 (AU)

In Week 41 of 2017, we received 3623 benchmark results from 919 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 55% of the active community. They were responsible for 32% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

During Week 41 of 2017 four overclockers made it to the leaderboard with a golden cup. First up is Splave (USA) with a Global First Place in the 4xCPU HWBOT X265 1080P benchmark with a Core i7 7740X clocked at 6959 MHz. With 58.47FPS the US-based overclocker is 0.29FPS faster than Bigblock990. Next up is the inevitable K|ngp|n also from the USA. His 3DMark Time Spy 1xGPU Global First Place lists both in the 3D as well as the Hardware spot this week. For an overall score of 14507 marks, the 3D superpower uses a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at 2607/1665 MHz paired with the 18-core Core i9 7980XE processor at 5600 MHz. Next, we have two Hardware First Place entries. First of all, Bolc from France with a top spot in the Core i5 3470 category scoring 853 marks. Next, Ev0lv3 from Australia with 351 marks in the Core i5 5200U category. Congrats everyone!

The most used hardware components of Week 41 are the Core i7 7700K (12.0%), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11.1%) and the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex (4.0%). In total the community used 341 different CPUs, 222 different GPUs and 736 different motherboards.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 41 generated in total 430 World Record Points, 7271.5 Global Points, and 8094.5 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 16% for Elite, 28% for Extreme, 10% for Apprentice, 20% for Enthusiast, 12% for Novice, and 25% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 8% Extreme, 5% Apprentice, 19% Enthusiast, 11% Novice, and 55% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 41, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Splave 121.1 pts (GFP!) K|ngp|n 178.1 pts (GFP!) K|ngp|n 41.2 pts (HFP!)
Extreme Shar00750 57.4 pts Superpatodonaldo 53.9 pts Hellbert 49.8 pts
Apprentice Ben Flint 44.9 pts Tom_tol 40.6 pts Aleslammer 23.6 pts
Enthusiast Wernersen 50 pts Ximi 42.4 pts Bolc 49.7 pts (HFP!)
Novice tknight 52.1 pts RedundancyMaster 28.4 pts Evasion 23.8 pts
Rookie Ev0lv3 49.8 pts Hannibal.Lekter 42 pts Ev0lv3 49.8 pts (HFP!)