Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2404/1583 MHz k|ngp|n 48486 marks 138.2 pts 3   6
XTU Core i7 6850K 4810 MHz Matti OC 2016 marks 55.4 pts 1   1
Aquamark GeForce GTX 295 815/1180 MHz nickolp1974 501058 marks 49.7 pts 5   3
XTU Core i7 6700K 5200 MHz Albert.Hoffman 1830 marks 40.8 pts 0   1
Aquamark GeForce GTX 570 1157/1253 MHz coolhandluke41 570630 marks 40.4 pts 0   2
XTU Core i7 7700K 5260 MHz Samsarulz 1856 marks 40.4 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 7700K 5200 MHz H2o vs. Ln2 1790 marks 36.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4940 MHz fgi 1722 marks 34.8 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i3 7350K 6450 MHz orion24 5824.36 pps 32.5 pts 0   1
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2088/1427 MHz hotrod717 66735 marks 31.7 pts 0   0


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Welcome to the ninth episode of our SkatterBencher series. This time we’re taking a look at the Ryzen 7 1700 processor, the most affordable member of the Ryzen 7 series which we first looked at in episode #8 with the Ryzen 7 1800X. The Ryzen 7 1700 retails for around $329 USD, an attractive price for an octa-core processor, especially one which can be overclocked. As always we’re going to show step-by-step how to configure the processor and the system memory to get that extra free performance. Then, we’ll run some benchmarks to see how much the performance has improved compared to stock settings.

As well as the AMD R7 1700 processor, in this guide we will also be using the ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard from ASUS and a G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory kit. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor is an octa-core chip that uses SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) to deliver 16 threads. It has a base clock frequency of 3.0GHz which can boost as high as 3.7GHz.Unlike the Ryzen 7 1800X, the 1700 processor does not feature XFR (Extended Frequency Rate).

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[HWBOT World Tour 2017] Poitiers 2017 Partners Confirmed: Seasonic, Alphacool, Streacom & FFOC

The HWBOT World Tour website just published a blog post with an update regarding the forthcoming Poitiers 2017 event in France. The event takes place at Gamers Assembly from April 15th to -17th, and the news coming out today is that they have confirmed the industry partners involved:

”It’s exciting times for us right now as the next stop of the HWBOT World Tour 2017 is just a few weeks away. The next stop of the tour arrives in Poitiers, France in time for the Gamers Assembly. The great news today is that we can now confirm the partners that are supporting us in this adventure, bringing the world of Overclocking to the gamers and enthusiasts in France. The HWBOT World Tour, Poitiers 2017 event would not be possible without the valued support of its key industry partners.”

“Each HWBOT World Tour event requires enormous amounts of manpower and time as well as hardware support and more to facilitate the Overclocking Contests and Workshops that we host. Seasonic, Alphacool and Streacom will be providing support with hardware at the event while the French Federation of Overclockers will be providing vital help to organize and run the Performance Tuning Workshops.”

You can read the full post here on the HWBOT World Tour website where you can also book your seat for the Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest(nudge: yes there are a limited number of seats still available).


k|ngp|n Enjoys 4x GTX 1080 Ti Cards, Pushes 3DMark Time Spy World Record Past 30K

k|ngp|n is at it again. A week or so ago we noted how the world most feared GPU pusher had leveraged the performance of a GTX 1080 Ti card to break several GFP scores. Having tired of single GPU benching with the latest Pascal card he has now setup a rig using four of them. The first World Record to tumble is 3DMark Time Spy, and wow did it tumble. The new 3DMark Time Spy World Record stands at 31,550 marks, a score that busts past the 30K barrier with room to spare!

The new 3Dmark Time Spy record score was made using a deca-core Intel Core i7 6950X processor pushed to 5,200MHz, a very satisfactory +73.33% beyond stock settings. This was paired by the what is surely the most powerful consumer grade GPU array in history – x4 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founder Edition cards. Each of the Pascal-based GP102 graphics processing units were tuned under LN2 to hit 2,354MHz which is an incredible +59.05% beyond stock settings. In terms of graphics memory we find the 11GB of GDDR5X pushed to a 1,576MHz, an overclock of +14.53%. Other hardware used in the run includes a 32GB G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 kit clocked at 1,631MHz (13-13-13-28) and an EVGA X99 FTW K motherboard.

For the sake of interest, the next highest ever 3DMark Time Spy World Record was submitted by bob(nz) earlier last month. He achieved a score of 28,778 armed with 4x GeForce Titan X Pascal cards. The new score from Vince beats that score by a pretty amazing 2,772 marks. The top ten scores in the Time Spy rankings all involve either 3x or 4x Titan X Pascal cards, so it will be very interesting to see how the arrival of the GTX 1080 Ti will shake things up in the long run. For now, k|ngp|n certainly has a healthy lead.

You can check out the new 3DMak Time Spy World Record for yourself here, as well as the 3DMark world rankings here.

GIGABYTE Validate Nvidia Quadro Support on 200 Series DESIGNARE Motherboards

[Press Release] Taipei, Taiwan, March 24th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce the addition of the Z270X-DESIGNARE to GIGABYTE’s 200 Series Family. The DESIGNARE motherboard, as the name implies, is geared towards the creative minds of content creators. This series of motherboards was first introduced in the Intel 100 Series Chipset to promote Nvidia Quadro graphics cards. By placing it through tried and tested benchmarks with real world environment settings, the DESIGNARE Motherboard is optimized for content creators of all levels.

With the 200 series GIGABYTE has done it again and this time with a distinctive silver alloy PCB design and unique markings along the front and rear of the board. Just like its predecessor, the 200 series DESIGNARE Motherboard is fully validated and optimized for Nvidia Quadro graphics cards and high-performance graphics to ensure designers have nothing holding them back.

“Content creators need a high-performance platform that can keep up with the inventive minds as they craft their masterpieces.” – Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE’s Motherboard Business Unit.

Not only is the DESIGNARE Motherboard the perfect canvas for any artist, it also has the technology to transfer media via the newest standards, USB3.1. With the first onboard USB3.1 header the Z270X-DESIGNARE is not only breathtaking but revolutionary.


Rauf (Sweden) Breaks Unigine Heaven Xtreme World Record with 2x 1080 Ti Cards at Dustin Expo 2017

Sweden’s number one Overclocker Rauf was in attendance at Dustin Expo 2017 where he managed to pull off a fantastic new World Record in the Unigine Heaven Xtreme benchmark. Using a Kaby Lake Intel Core i7 7700K and a pair of GTX 1080 Ti cards, Rauf managed to make a score of 11,380.58 marks. It's an even more impressive score when you consider that he managed to do it live on stage!

The new World Record score of 11,380.58 Marks was achieved with a Core i7 7700K pushed to 6,970MHz, a sweet +65.95% beyond stock settings. The CPU was joined by two of the latest Nvidia Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards. Both cards had their GPU clocks pushed to 1,722MHz which is a tasty 8.84% beyond stock. Other notable hardware includes an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard and a GALAX Hall of Fame DDR4 kit clocked at 2,082MHz (12-11-11—28).

The Dustin Expo event is arguably the biggest IT and electronics trade show in Sweden. Attracting 10,000 or so visitors the show gathers together the country’s leading technology companies at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. Hats off to nordichardware, sponsors ASUS and to Rauf for making sure that Overclocking made its presence felt at this year’s event. You can find the World Record submission from Rauf here, as well as the global rankings for the Unigine Heaven Xtreme benchmark here.

GIGABYTE 'April Extreme Clocking' Contest Offers Over $2,600 USD in Prizes

Taipei, Taiwan, March 27, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce the start of April Extreme Clocking 2017, the second of four contests in GIGABYTE’s 2017 overclocking season. In these contests, overclockers can earn bragging rights along with a bundle of top-notch hardware from a total prize pool of over $2,600 USD worth of computer hardware that any enthusiast would want to have. Novices—no need to fret as a lucky draw is also part of this competition, where prizes including an AORUS Z270X-Gaming 7 are up for grabs is available for participants who submit scores in all stages of the competition.

This competition is not just about pushing the limits but more of how well you know your PC. By testing who can hit different scores on XTU, competitors must tune their PC using precise settings. In each of these challenges participants who get closest to the XTU target receive a point. The top 3 participants who have the most points by the end of the contest gets to take home the prize!

The April Extreme contest involves four separate stages, each based on the Intel XTU benchmark. Overclockers are challenged with hitting a specific XTU score target in each stage. Score targets will be revealed as each stage opens.

For more contest details, please visit OC-ESPORTS

Most Valuable Submission of Week 12, 2017: Gold for Rsannino (IT), Rauf (SE) and Nickolp1974 (UK)

In Week 12 of 2017, we received 4943 benchmark results from 1207 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 46% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

During Week 12 of this year we received almost over 5,000 benchmark submissions from around the world. Rsannino from Italy score a Global First Place in the XTU 2xCPU category with the Core i3 7350K. His CPU is clocked at a devilish 6666 MHz and of course cooled with liquid nitrogen. Rauf from Sweden features again on the leaderboard, this time with a Unigine Heaven Xtreme World Record. His Core i7 7700K is clocked at 6970 MHz and paired with a set of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Last but not least we have a familiar face from the United Kingdom: Nickolp1974. He scored a golden cup in the 3DMark06 1xGPU GeForce GTX 295 ranking. With a water cooled card clocked at 750/1150 MHz and a Core i7 7700K clocked at 6632 MHz. Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 12 generated in total 115 World Record Points, 8581.3 Global Points, and 9119.9 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 17% for Elite, 30% for Extreme, 13% for Apprentice, 20% for Enthusiast, 4% for Novice, and 29% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 7% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 18% Enthusiast, 8% Novice, and 61% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 12, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Rsannino 180.8 pts (GFP!) Rauf 173.3 pts (WR!) Zeropluszero 24.7 pts
Extreme Speed.fastest 110.4 pts Nickolp1974 63.7 pts Nickolp1974 49.8 pts
Apprentice Fasttrack 48 pts Jab383 41.3 pts Punk Sods 24.7 pts
Enthusiast Wernersen 44.1 pts Totalnet 37.9 pts Gulftown 24.1 pts
Novice Albert.Hoffman 37.8 pts Albert.Hoffman 29.7 pts Albert.Hoffman 22.6 pts
Rookie Ra773 40.4 pts Vmanuelgm 48.1 pts Ttc 39.4 pts

[Overclocking.Guide] Get Up to Speed with GIGABYTE Z270 Extreme Overclocking

If you are in possession of a GIGABYTE Z270 motherboard and fancy getting the absolute max in terms of sub-zero, extreme overclocking, you may want to head over the Overclocking.Guide website. They just posted a comprehensive guide that deals specifically with the particular nuances that are involved with using a GIGABYTE Z270 platform board with the latest Kaby Lake processors.

The guide was written by GIGABYTE’s in-house overclocker Sofos, a Greek OC master who shares a ton of great advice based on his years of experience as an overclocker coupled with insights that have been gleaned from his role within the company.

It covers a ton of topics including CPU preparation for Extreme Overclocking (including delidding and thermal paste issues), specific voltage adjustments and advice about finding cold bug and cold boot bug temperatures. Sofos also offers a bunch of tips that can help when adjusting frequencies, plus lots of troubleshooting advice for when things don’t quite go according to plan. Finally he gets on to the topics of legacy software and which apps to use for tweaking within the OS.

Check out the GIGABYTE Z270 Extreme Overclocking Guide here on Overclocking.Guide

3DMark v.2.3.3663 Arrives, Adds Vulkan Support

The latest version of the 3DMark benchmark suite from Futuremark has arrived and the good news is that the company has now added Vulkan support to the 3DMark API. This means that the API Overhead Test will now be able to assess and compare DX11, DX12 and Vulkan API performance. According to Futuremark:

“Vulkan is a new graphics API that provides high-efficiency, low-level access to modern GPUs in a wide variety of devices from PCs to smartphones. APIs like Vulkan and DirectX 12 make better use of multi-core CPUs to streamline code execution and eliminate software bottlenecks, particularly for draw calls.”

“Games typically make thousands of draw calls per frame, but each one creates performance-limiting overhead for the CPU. Vulkan and DirectX 12 reduce that overhead, which means more objects, textures and effects can be drawn to the screen.”

“The 3DMark API Overhead feature test measures API performance by making a steadily increasing number of draw calls. The result of the test is the number of draw calls per second achieved by each API before the frame rate drops below 30 FPS. The purpose of the test is to compare the relative performance of different APIs on a single system. The API Overhead feature test is not a general-purpose GPU benchmark, and it should not be used to compare graphics cards from different vendors.”

More details can be found here in the 3DMark Technical Guide. You can also watch a promotional video here.

Throwback Thursday: Xyala Interviews K|ngp|n on Life as a Full-Time Overclocker

Today we turn our attention back to March 3rd 2014 when we published an interview Vince ‘K|ngp|n’ Lucido. Vince is an Elite Overclocker who has worked at EVGA for several years and been and Extreme Overclocker chasing World Records on HWBOT since well before that. Our man Xyala managed to get him to sit down and answer a few questions about what life is like as a full-time overclocker and much more. The upshot is a really interesting read:

You mentioned you work for eVGA. What’s your job like?

KP: I guess I’m mostly engaged with R&D (research and development). I work directly with the engineers and develop products mostly on power functionality and overclocking capability. For example, on graphics cards my input is essentially focused on power requirement, BIOS tuning and special overclocking features such as BIOS switches or LN2 jumpers. All these overclocking features are basically the result of my work.

A big part of my work is also to interact and engage with the enthusiasts that follow and buy eVGA products. This takes a significant deal of my time. If I would have to come up with a name for what I do here, it would be technical marketing.

What is the daily routine of an in-house overclocker like?

KP: I can’t really predict how my days will be as there is no routine here. It really depends. I’m supposed to be here from 9-to-6 but it depending on what comes up I might come in earlier or leave later. I usually start off from where I left off the day before. For example if there is a BIOS issue, that will be my focus and I won’t rest until it’s fixed. It is all very flexible.

As we all know, you are eVGA’s in-house overclocker. A part of your job is to post benchmark records. Is this a one-man job, or is there a team alongside with you?

KP: Records are achieved and submitted by myself, but to get there is of course not the work of just one man. I work closely with our in-house engineer TiN. He focuses on electrical design, layout and power. Then he leaves all the testing, records and benchmarking to me. There is a good synergy between us and it is essential to reach our goals. I’m good at what I do and he is the best at what he does.

Vince goes on talk about Kingpin EVGA series graphics cards, his line of extreme cooling products and his thoughts for the future. Read the full and fascinating interview here on the original post from March 2014.

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[HWBOT X] Overclocking Workshops and Demos Hosted in Gipuzkoa, Spain

Last weekend HWBOT members ChentinoX and 360nat paid a visit to Gipuzkoa in Northern Spain to host overclocking workshops and contests. The two day also included a demonstration of Extreme Overclocking, just to further whet the appetites of those in attendance.

“The workshop kicked off on the evening of Friday the 17th of with a presentation from Vicente that introduced the core concepts of Overclocking. The following day he covered the area of ambient Overclocking with water cooling. After the presentation, attendees were invited to get involved and make some scores themselves using systems setup at the venue. The hardware used was based on Intel Core i7 6950X processors which were pushed using the Intel XTU tweaking and benchmark utility.”

“After competing against each other to decide who would appear in a Final match, the group were treated to a exhibition of Extreme Overclocking. 360nat showed off his skills at tuning a system under at sub-zero temperatures with plenty liquid nitrogen on hand. After the Extreme Overclocking it was time for the two top scoring newcomers to fight it out it out to decide who would be crowned OC School HWBOT X Gipuzkoa 2017 Champion. After a tight match OUTVADER.XXl was the winner.”

Read the full article which also includes an Aftermovie here on the HWBOT X blog.