Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i7 7700K 6500 MHz RULE 2449.7 marks 216.3 pts 2   0
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti   Rauf 11542.43 DX11 Marks 147.6 pts 0   2
SuperPi - 1M Core i7 7740K 7407 MHz der8auer 4sec 797ms 142.2 pts 1   1
HWBOT Prime Core i7 7740K 7150.3 MHz Dancop 8525.41 pps 141.4 pts 0   2
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 7740K 7176.2 MHz Dancop 1616 cb 139.3 pts 4   3
SuperPi - 32M Core i7 7740K 7300 MHz Dancop 4min 9sec 724ms 133.0 pts 1   2
3DMark2001 SE GeForce GTX 980 Ti   Rauf 218116 marks 130.4 pts 1   1
3DMark06 GeForce GTX 1080   Rauf 70826 marks 126.8 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 7740K 6900 MHz Alex@ro 2372 marks 126.8 pts 1   3
PiFast Core i7 7740K 7407 MHz der8auer 8sec 530ms 125.9 pts 2   1


HWBOT Articles

Today we say farewell to our series of Intel-based Motherboard Memory Lane articles on HWBOT, having exhausted history’s quota of Intel Chipsets from the Intel P965 platform to the present day. All of which leads us to the current mainstream Intel platform, the Z270 chipset that was in fact launched just a few months ago. The Z270 chipset arrived with a new Kaby Lake series of backwards compatible processors and the hope of improved overclocking capabilities. Let’s take a look at the chipset, the processors and motherboards, plus a few of the outstanding scores that have been submitted to HWBOT.

First announced back in August 2016, the new Z270 platform was officially launched in January 2017. The Z270 Platform Controller Hub (PCH) was designed as a direct replacement for the previous Z170 that had arrived in August of the previous year. Whereas the 100 series, (codenamed Sunrise Point) included six PCH offerings with Q-,B-,H- and Z- offerings, the 200 series used the codename Union Point and featured five PCH models; the Intel Z270, Q270, H270, Q250 and B250. All members of the Union Point family had specific feature limitations in terms of PCIe lane count and connectivity options. The Z270 remains the high-end model - boasting a full complement of connectivity it is the only family member that allows full CPU and memory overclocking.

A direct comparison of the Intel Z270 PCH and its predecessor reveals very little difference. In short the two main differences are that the Z270 platform offers 24x PCI gen 3.0 lanes direct from the PCH compared to 20x lanes with the Z170. One other new feature that end users can enjoy with a Z270 motherboard is support for Intel Optane Technology. The additional PCIe lanes can be regarded as Intel’s acknowledgment that motherboard vendors were keen to expand support for faster M.2 drives, bringing more bandwidth to the PCH specifically for that reason.

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Computex 2017: Intel Introduces 18 Core, 36 Thread Core i9 During Keynote

Gregory Bryant took center stage this afternoon at the Intel Keynote session during the first day of Computex 2017. Amid a mountain of updates from the company regarding its strategy in the Data Center, IoT, Mobile and other segments, Intel finally got around to delivering the news that we’d all been waiting for – the official announcement regarding the latest Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X HEDT parts.

Confirming leaked news that had surfaced earlier in the day, the company confirmed that new Basin Falls platform will arrive with a brand new LGA 2066 socket and most importantly, feature models with as many as 18 cores. The new flagship processor will feature almost double that of previous Broadwell-E SKUs, with a Core i9 7980XE processor that packs 18 Skylake cores and 36 threads. Although Bryant did not name the new flagship model on stage, he did introduce the new Core i9 Extreme Edition series. Although no pricing was mentioned during the event, it is believed that the new Core i9 7980XE is expected to retail for a whopping $1,999 USD.

As well as introducing the new platform, Bryant also mentioned how the new chips were already 'crushing it', breaking World benchmark Records. A Kaby Lake-X Core i7 7740X was used in a behind-closed-doors media event last night hosted by HWBOT where several World Records were broken using Liquid Helium. Dubbed the ‘Performance Matters Helium Night’, Overclockers from the ASUS ROG team pushed the new parts beyond 7.5GHz in front of an audience of the world’s leading tech media. Learn more about the Performance Matters Helium Night here on the HWBOT World Tour website.


Intel X299 Platform Breaks World Records at ‘Performance Matters Helium Night Taipei’ Event

Intel, ASUS and Seasonic Join HWBOT for Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X Pre-Launch Party, World Records Broken with Liquid Helium

[Press Release] May 30th 2017 - HWBOT, an organization regulating international overclocking competitions and rankings today announced its role in launching the latest generation Intel® Core™ processors High-End-Desktop (HEDT) series. Joined by partners Intel®, ASUS and Seasonic, HWBOT invited top tier international media to its second Performance Matters event of the year. Attendees we treated to an overclocking demonstration with liquid helium where the ROG overclocking team achieved the highest Intel Core i7 frequency ever at 7560 MHz and broke the World Record for SuperPI 1M and PiFast.

“HWBOT is delighted to host this landmark event in front of the world’s top tech media,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “Overclocking remains the truest test of absolute performance, validating the incredible work that Intel has done to make the latest HEDT platform attractive to enthusiasts.”

Intel® Core™ i7 Breaks SuperPI 1M and Pifast World Records on Liquid Helium

The latest Intel Core i7 processor takes the high-end-desktop platform to new performance heights. Elite overclockers from the ASUS Republic of Gamers in-house overclocking team used liquid helium to cool a Core i7 7740X to −269°C, allowing CPU cores to reach an incredible 7560 MHz. At this configuration the ROG team were able to break the World Record score for SuperPI 1M and PiFast.

Read the full news release here on the HWBOT World Tour website.

Intel X299 Launch: 8 World Records and 23 Global First Places!

It's announcement day for the Intel X299 platform and the Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors. Scores are in submission process and the table below will be updated with link soon!

Intel X299 Launch: 8 World Records, 23 Global First Places

WR PiFast 8.530sec Der8auer ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
WR SuperPI 1M 4.797sec Der8auer ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
WR SuperPI 32M 4min 9.724sec Dancop ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
WR Wprime 32M 1.527sec Elmor ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
WR XTU 4059 T_L ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
WR 3DMark01 218116 Rauf ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
WR 3DMark05 90270 Rauf ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
WR 3DMark06 70826 Rauf ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP Cinebench - R11.5 4xCPU 17.30 Alex@ro ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP Cinebench - R15 4xCPU 1918 Dancop ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP GPUPI for CPU 1B 4xCPU 3min 39.639sec Der8auer ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP Geekbench3 Multi Core 4xCPU 30286 Alex@ro ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP HWBOT Prime 4xCPU 8525.41 Der8auer ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP wPrime - 1024m 4xCPU 1min 28.900sec der8auer ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP wPrime - 32m 4xCPU 2.765sec der8auer ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP XTU 4xCPU 2372 Alex@ro ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP Cinebench R11.5 6xCPU 21.05 Der8auer ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP Cinebench 15 6xCPU 1918 NickShih ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP Geekbench3 Multi Core 6xCPU 36486 NickShih ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP HWBOT Prime 6xCPU 9182.58 NickShih ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP XTU 6xCPU 2780 NickShih ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP Cinebench R11.5 10xCPU 34.79 Elmor ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP Cinebench 15 10xCPU 3181 Elmor ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP GPUPI for CPU 1B 10xCPU 1min 52.673 Lucky_n00b MSI X299 Xpower Gaming TE
GFP HWBOT Prime 10xCPU Geekbench3 Multi Core Alex@ro ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP HWBOT Prime 10xCPU 11883 Alex@ro ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP Wprime 1024M 10xCPU 44.302sec Elmor ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP Aquamark3 1xGPU 667821 Rsannino ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP 3DMark05 2xGPU 90000 Rauf ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP 3DMark06 2xGPU 70400 Rauf ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
GFP Unigine Heaven 2xGPU 11540 Rauf ASUS ROG Rampage VI ApexG.SKILL Trident Z
(Table as of May 30, 2017. Source: database)

$@39@ (Greece) Breaks Unigine Heaven Xtreme World Record, Jumps to 2nd Place in HWBOT Rankings

Greek overclocker $@39@ must certainly be one of the busiest overclockers around. Just last week we noted how he took down a number of Global First Place scores to make it to fourth in the HWBOT rankings. It seems like he has had another very productive weekend, breaking the World Record for the Unigine Heaven Xtreme benchmark, plus a Global First Place score in GPUPI 32M. The upshot is that he now has a total of 2834.50 points, enough to make the jump to world No.2 on HWBOT.

The new World Record score in the Unigine Heaven Xtreme benchmark is 11,569.39 DX11 Marks. This was made using a GTX 1080 Ti graphics card with the GPU clicked at 2,518MHz, a very substantial +70.14% beyond stock settings, with graphics memory configured at 1,575MHz (+14.46%). Other notable rig components include an Intel Core i7 7700K 'Kaby Lake' processor clocked at 6,969MHz (+65.93%) with a DDR4 memory kit configured at 1,818MHz (12-12-12-28). The rig also used an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard. The closest competitor to $@39@ in the Unigine Heaven Xtreme benchmark is World No.1 Dancop with a score of 11,569.39 DX11 marks.

The World Record score from $@39@ means that he now has two World Record Gold Cups, the other World Record being his recent 3DMark03 score. In terms of Global First Places $@39@ has seven Gold Cups plus a hand full of Silver, Bronze and fourth place medals. His points total of 2834.50 places him just ahead of US legend Splave on 2765.60 points. It’s also worth noting that as a non-Elite overclocker $@39@ is doing incredibly well at the moment, possibly the highest ranked Extreme league overclocker we have ever seen. Congrats mate. You can check out all of his scores and submissions here on his profile page.

Overclockers Gathering, Taipei 2017 Kicks Off

The HWBOT World Tour site just published an update regarding the Taipei 2017 event which officially got underway yesterday. The Overclockers Gathering Taipei 2017 is one of the highlights of the week with several prominent overclockers in attendance:

The Asia leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2017 just got going around 24 hours ago, with the OC Gathering taking place in downtown Taipei, Taiwan. The gathering invited all overclockers in the greater Taipei region (many of whom are in town for Computex) to get together for three days of overclocking fun. HWBOT managed to secure a great spot for the event inside the Taipei World Trade Center building, smack bang in the middle of the city’s Hsin-Ye area. The event attracted overclockers from all over the world with several familiar faces from Europe, the US, Australia and of course Asia.

Overclockers Gathering: May 26 – 28 2017

At the heart of the HWBOT World Tour is the opportunity to help the global overclocking community come together and have a good time in a relaxed social environment. From May 26th to 28th, the HWBOT World Tour is hosting an Overclockers Gathering where Overclockers who are registered for the event will be able to enjoy unlimited access to liquid nitrogen in the company of others with a thirst for extreme, sub-zero overclocking.

Read the full new post here on the HWBOT World Tour website which also contains several pictures of the event.

GIGABYTE Announces Master Your Ryzen 2017 Overclocking Contest

Looking to Master AMD Ryzen? Compete and win from a prize pool of $3,000 USD

[Press Release] Taipei, Taiwan, May 26th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce the start of Master Your Ryzen 2017, our fourth contest in 2017 overclocking season on HWBOT.ORG. A total prize pool of $3,000 USD in cash prizes is available for the top three contestants in both Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 sub-categories along with 3 “Lucky Draw” winners.

The competition will be based on the exciting new AMD Ryzen platform in two categories- Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors. The contestants will also get a chance to compete in two separate cooling categories (extreme and air cooling), so there are no excuses not to join the competition! Ryzen 7 will be open to all cooling methods (air / sub-zero), while Ryzen 5 will be limited to air cooling alone! For those who just want to have a go and join the competition, regardless of skill, cooling or ability, will have a chance to win one of three door prizes selected at random! The trick is to submit scores for all categories to be eligible!

Prize info and event rules for Master Your Ryzen 2017 are listed below:

Contest Duration: June 1st, 2017 – July 2nd, 2017

  • Ryzen 7 Class Prizes (Any Cooling):
  • 1st place prize: $700 USD
  • 2nd place prize: $300 USD
  • 3rd place prize: $200 USD

  • Ryzen 5 Class Prizes (Ambient Cooling Only):
  • 1st place prize: $700 USD
  • 2nd place prize: $300 USD
  • 3rd place prize: $200 USD

  • 3x Lucky draw prizes:
  • $300 USD
  • $200 USD
  • $100 USD

For more information on the competition check out the full announcement here on OC-ESPORTS:

Red, Black and Silver Open Benchtables Now Shipping

Here’s some news we just came across from the Open Benchtable website. A few months ago they announced that a new batch of benchtables would be coming off the production line and that, for the first time, there would be different color options. From the looks of things the red, black and original silver versions of the Open Benchtable are now ready and shipping. Here’s the update from the OBT site:

“Today we can bring you a quick update regarding the status of the latest batch of Open Benchtables. The latest batch includes both Silver, Red and Black versions. After a short delay in the last few weeks weeks we can now confirm that they have already begun shipping, with orders now being progressively fulfilled in the next few days and weeks.”

“The latest OBT product is Open Benchtable Edition and comes with the black sleeve. For the first time we are able to offer three colors; Silver, Red and Black. Apart from the color options and the sleeve, the Open Benchtable Edition is identical to the Community Edition and the Streacom BC1 model. You can find detailed information in the specifications here.”

You can find the news blog from the Open Benchtable here which also contains some awesome photos of the new colored products as they come off the production line.

Throwback Thursday: DDR3-4000 Barrier Broken by Forthcoming Platform

Being a Thursday, today we take a look back at the past to recall a moment in history which many us may remember fondly. This time we look back to a day in May 2013 when we were on the cusp of seeing the DDR3-4000 barrier broken, with the arrival of Intel’s Haswell platform. Here’s what we wrote back on May 20th 2013:

“It looks like Computex will be very interesting for the memory speed addicts amongst the overclocking crowd. As a screenshot from the CPU-Z application leaked through - the source remains anonymous, we can see the magical barrier of DDR3-4000 has been broken! The fact that this screenshot has not made it public or, well, to a press release indicates this overclocking result was achieved on an upcoming platform. But which platform?”

“After all not only Intel is launching a new micro-architecture in the next month, AMD is as well. They are releasing the new Richland-based APU soon. We all know how strong Llano was for memory overclocking - Christian Ney still has the overall DDR3 record set at DDR3-3900MHz (reference) - and so far it is unclear whether the new AMD platform is capable of beating that. In any case, the DDR3-4K is true as it has been confirmed by multiple sources that will be the new target for memory overclockers. The frequency was reached with a single stick of single sided Hynix MFR memory.”

It’s interesting to look back at just four years ago and see where DDR memory frequencies were compared to where we are today. Right now there are DDR4-5000 frequencies and above posted on HWBOT, a perfect reminder of technology keeps progressing overtime.


Check out the original post from back in 2013 here.

Buildzoid Makes Power Board from Dead RX 480 GTR: Part 1 – The Master Plan

Buildzoid is back with his latest video, this time plotting out his plans to turn his old and thoroughly dead XFX RX 480 GTR graphics card into a power board. The RX 480 GTR came to unfortunate end when he pumped too much memory voltage through the card. The card’s VRM however is actually pretty decent and far too nice to just throw in the garbage, hence the idea of salvaging the VRM and recycling it make a decent Power Board.

Just in case you’re a complete newbie, a Power Board is basically a PCB that contains the power delivery components needed to power the GPU, commonly referred to as a VRM. If you want to overclock a graphics card that has a distinctly puny VRM, a Power Board is one solution. Simply solder the Power Board to the graphics card and use its beefier VRM to power the GPU and give you more voltage.

Buildzoid’s video actually goes into quite some detail, outlining the various components on the card including the International Rectifier driver ICs, mosfets and other elements that make up the VRM. He outlines which memory IC he wants to remove to make cutting the card easier, plus details about how he is going to use a hacksaw to chop of the section of PCB that he is actually going to use as the Power Board. You know is genuine hardcore overclocking when folks whip out the hacksaw, but would you believe it’s actually quite complex bit of surgery that requires some rather detailed planning.

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

Futuremark to Release PCMark 10 Professional Edition on June 5

Today we have news regarding the latest benchmark suite from Futuremark, PCMark 10. The company just published a webpage that gives a brief overview of what to expect from PCMark 10, plus details regarding availability. The Professional Edition of the suite will be available from June 5th, while both Advanced and Basic Editions will be available from June 22nd.

“PCMark 10 is the latest in our series of system benchmarking tools that are used by businesses, governments, and press the world over. PCMark benchmarks measure overall system performance using tests based on real-world applications and activities. In PCMark 10, the new and updated workloads reflect the variety of tasks performed in the modern workplace. Compared with the previous version, PCMark 10 is easier to use and takes less time to run. In fact, the main PCMark 10 test takes less than half the time of the equivalent test in PCMark 8.”

Press and media are applicable to get their hands on a ‘Press Preview’ of the new PCMark 10 benchmark. Futuremark will be also be in attendance at Computex 2017 in Taipei next week where I’m pretty certain they will be offering a preview of their new benchmark.

You can find more details here on the Futuremark website.