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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark03 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2550/1600 MHz Rauf 359451 marks 222.0 pts 1   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 4k Core i7 7700K 6495 MHz hotrod717 12.54 fps 101.4 pts 0   1
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2550/1600 MHz Rauf 11174.67 DX11 Marks 73.1 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7800X 5010 MHz xXbladeXx 2530 marks 55.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 6400 3380 MHz miker2ka 1043 marks 49.8 pts 0   2
XTU Core i3 6100 3810 MHz miker2ka 699 marks 49.8 pts 1   2
Memory Frequency DDR SD-RAM 241 MHz chvalca 482 MHz 44.2 pts 0   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 4k Core i7 7700K 5900 MHz shar00750 11.82 fps 39.1 pts 0   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p Core i7 7700K 5900 MHz shar00750 50.75 fps 38.7 pts 0   0
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2038/1451 MHz Nazar 10712 marks 31.7 pts 0   0


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This week our Motherboard memory Lane series turns its attention to the AMD AM3 Socket. The platform boasted an updated processor series that brought DDR3 memory support to AMD platforms for the first time, plus a broad range of dual-core, tri-core, quad-core and hexa-core models that AMD hoped would woo the hearts and minds of overclockers on HWBOT. Let’s move on and check out the motherboards, chipsets, processors and scores that defined the AMD AM3 generation.

With Socket AM3 we have the arrival of a new and updated series of AMD Phenom II processors. The most notable feature of the new chips was the modified memory controller (residing in the CPU) which now supported DDR3. This was AMD’s first stint at supporting DDR3 memory which had by this stage become reasonably affordable compared to DDR2 modules, largely thanks to Intel again making the move much earlier to help drive adoption. At launch AMD Phenom II X4 and X3 processors based on the Denab iteration of the K10 architecture arrived supporting dual-channel DDR3-1333 memory with multipliers available for frequencies as high as DDR3-1600. One other key difference was a larger L3 cache and the use of a 2GHz HyperTransport bus (compared to 1.8GHz on the previous gen).

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GIGABYTE Beat the Heat: Contest Update – Noliso (Germany) Leads

With Summer temperatures soaring in many regions around the world at the moment, it’s an apt time to take a look at how the GIGABYTE Beat the Heat contest is panning out over on OC-ESPORTS. The contest is GIGABYTE’s fifth contest of the year so far and as with previous contest, the company is not shy when it comes to offering attractive prizes. Winners can expect to walk away with really nice hardware that in total amounts to more than $2,500 USD. Let’s a take a quick look at the standings and scores as they stand at the moment with around eleven days to go:

GIGABYTE Beat the Heat: July 1st to July 31st 2017

The GIGABYTE Beat the Heat contest runs throughout the month of July here on OC-ESPORTS and is centered on 2D benchmarks and the latest non-HEDT platforms. All contestants must use a GIGABYTE motherboard. The contest is divided into the following four stages each featuring a 5GHz CPU frequency limitation and a specific benchmark:

  • Stage 1: XTU 5GHz
  • Stage 2: GPUPI for CPU–1B 5GHz
  • Stage 3: Geekbench3 Single–Core 5GHz
  • Stage 4: HWBOT x265 Benchmark–4k 5GHz
  • Catch the full update article here on OC-ESPORTS.


    HardOCP Come up with Five Best and Worst Motherboards of All Time

    Daniel Dobrowolski and his boss Kyle Bennet have been reviewing PC motherboards since the Internet was called books. To help wind away the long summer months, the pair set about trying to come up with a definitive list of the five worst motherboards they have come across in during their twenty years of experience. The list includes a few corkers for sure that many of us will remember with a degree of horror. They then set about trying to come up with a list of the five best motherboards of all time – a task that I’m guessing proved to be a little more difficult. Here’s a snippet of what Dan had to say on the topic:

    After the positive responses I received for The Top 5 Worst Motherboards of All Time article, I decided to create a list for the the best motherboards. Unlike the worst boards which were picked for obvious reasons, it was important to qualify exactly how I chose the best motherboards on this list.

    The "best" is subjective by itself, but I think the best motherboards stand out in a particular way. It's really not hard for a company to build a long lasting and stable motherboard. There are plenty of motherboards that last well past their useful operational life span. Some motherboards went above and beyond by being high quality and standing the test of the time or by being relevant for an unusually long period of time. Examples of that might be motherboards based on the excessively long lived 440BX chipset which remained relevant long after successor chipsets were released. Another category that will help a motherboard make this list is innovation. Some motherboards had something special about their design which made them more memorable, interesting, desirable, influential, and ultimately a favorite among enthusiasts. These are the criteria I will use to separate run of the mill excellence from what I consider some of history's best motherboards.

    I won’t spoil the fun by posting the results of his soul searching, but let’s just say that I’m sure there is plenty of potential for much debate on the matter. You can find the ‘Five Best Motherboards’ here, and the ‘Five Worst Motherboards’ here. Well worth a read if you enjoy a nostalgic twinge.

    k|ngp|n Takes 3DMark Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme and Time Spy 1x GPU Global First Place Rankings with GTX 1080 Ti KP Edition

    After a few weeks of relative quiet, Vince ‘k|ngp|n’ Lucido is back at the rock face, chipping away at a few Global First Placed scores in the 1x GPU category. In just the last few days he’s used the latest Kingpin Edition GTX 1080 Ti card to post first placed scores in 3DMark Fire Strike, 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and 3DMark Time Spy. Let’s take a look at the actual scores and hardware used:

    The new Global First Place score in the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark now stands at 31,770 marks. To hit this score Vince pushed the GPU of his EVGA 1080Ti KP card to 2,632MHz, a massive +77.84% beyond the Pascal chip’s stock frequency. He also pushed the GDDR5 graphics memory by +18.68%, configuring it at 1,633MHz. The rig he used was based on the latest Skylake-X platform from Intel with an EVGA X299 MICRO motherboard pushing a Core i9 7900X processor to very impressive 5,700MHz (+72.73%). Other details include a G.SKILL DDR4 kit clocked at 1,861.9MHz (13-13-13-28) and a SuperNOVA NEX 1,600 Watt PSU. The new GFP score stands just ahead of OGS (Greece) who scored 31,290 marks just the day before.

    The above configuration was also used to punish both 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and Time Spy benchmarks. In FS Extreme the fastest single GPU Global First Place run now stands at 19,361 marks. This is just ahead of World Number 1 Dancop who managed a score of 18,984 using a Titan Xp card. In 3DMark Time Spy the new Global First Place score for a single GPU stands at 14,219 marks. This beats Dancop’s score of 14,006 marks submitted earlier this month.

    The EVGA GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Edition card has not yet come to market, but we do know quite a bit about it. In fact there’s already a bit of good content out there including this PCB analysis from Buidzoid (courtesy of Gamers Nexus) and this interview with TiN and Vince from Jay’sTwoCents.

    The recent activity from Vince means that he now sits in fourth place in the HWBOT rankings with 2,398 points. You can find all the Global First Place scores from k|ngp|n here on his HWBOT profile page as well in the links above.

    Throwback Thursday: Interview with 0.0 on Overclocking Locked Mobile CPUs

    Welcome to another Thursday and another look at a news post from the not too distant past. This time we look back at a real treat, revisiting an interview with one of HWBOT’s foremost overclocking talents - 0.0 from Thailand. 0.0. happens to be a leading proponent of Mobile overclocking. Back in July 2015 we caught up him and put together an interview that remains a very interesting read today:

    HWBOT: When did you discovered overclocking and how or why did you start?

    0.0: The first CPU I overclocked was a mobile P8400. I had already seen these overclocked by programming the master PLL usually using software called SetFSB, so I knew they could be overclocked. The laptop had plenty of thermal headroom but unfortunately the PLL was not programmable so I ended up having to hardware mod it. P8400 overclocked.

    There were the usual criticisms that laptops cannot be overclocked and would burst into flames etc. It’s still working fine today after 7 years and ~17000 hours of use, and the performance boost was welcome. Of course as with any overclocking one needs to be sensible about it and work within the parameters of the hardware. Besides hardware, firmware can have a lot to do with the devices’ capabilities.

    I started delving into firmware during the early days of the laptop mentioned above after a standard manufacturer’s BIOS update went wrong and left the laptop bricked. The manufacturer’s solution through on-line support on a Friday was to have the mainboard replaced at a cost of USD300. Since I wouldn’t be able to send it in until Monday, I tried seeing if there were other alternatives over the weekend. Long story short, there was a crisis recovery option built into the Firmware not mentioned by the manufacturer, and luckily after much trial and error I got it to work, saving time and $300. Since then I have had an interest in firmware.

    Catch the full interview with Alex (a.k.a. 0.0) here in the original post from July 17th 2015 in which he goes on talk in more about the technological challenges of pushing locked mobile CPUs. Well worth a read.

    Open Benchtable Features in Red Dot Award 2017 / 2018 Yearbook

    The Open Benchtable website recent published a blog post highlighting the fact that the BC1 Benchtable is now featured in the annual Red Dot Award Yearbook. The OBT BC1 was declared winner of in the Product Design category back in April. The award win will be forever enshrined within the pages of the 2017 / 2018 yearbook which also features some of the world best designed products from some pretty big hitters.

    The Red Dot award happened back in April of this year when the Open Benchtable was chosen as the winning product in the category of Product Design, impressing the panel of judges with its utterly unique design approach. Today we’re really pleased to see that Red Dot have added the BC1 Open Benchtable to its Yearbook for 2017 / 2018.

    The Red Dot Award Yearbook, apart from a being about as heavy and large you would expect any Yearbook to ever be, is very much produced to inspire awe. Its four hundred plus pages are filled with product designs that Red Dot have deemed worthy as examples of world class design and innovation. The Open Benchtable now rubs shoulders with world-leading product designs from companies such as Apple, Bosch, Samsung, Carl Zeiss, Dell, Daimler and Google to name but a few. Prestigious company indeed. Expect to see the Red Dot Yearbook adorning coffee tables in boardrooms and design labs around the world.

    You can find the blog post with more photos and information here on the Open Benchtable website.

    Gamers Nexus: AMD Vega Hybrid Mod, Overclocking and Power Leakage Explored

    Having acquired the latest and (perhaps) greatest graphics card from AMD, the Vega: Frontier Edition, Steve Burke and his colleagues at Gamers Nexus decided to explore the performance parameters of the new card and indeed the new Vega architecture GPUs. They started by adding a closed loop cooler (CLC) to the card, a job which ended being quite a mission due to the slightly irregular mounting holes on the PCB. The problem was eventually solved by using an old Intel CPU mounting bracket and creating some 64mm x 64mm retention holes. You can find the entire ‘Hybrid Mod’ Build Log video here. The Hybrid mod also added some small finned heatsinks to the VRM components to further eliminate thermal issues.

    The idea behind the hybrid mod is that it’s not just about being able to get more performance, it’s also about finding the thermal limitations of the card / GPU and how these thermals relate to fan speeds and ambient noise levels. It also allows Steve and his team to gain a bigger picture about the card in terms of overclocking headroom and issues like power leakage. Here’s a sample of what they discovered:

    The Vega FE Hybrid mod posted reasonable gains in overclocking over the air-cooled counterpart, something we originally thought was due to more aggressive clock scaling at lower temperatures – similar to what’s seen on Pascal. We later learned it was to do with power leakage and power limitations on the GPU, as we’ll dig into momentarily. We were able to max-out our stock card overclock at around 1660MHz with an 1100MHz HBM2 OC, which we ultimately found to govern performance gains most heavily.

    The Hybrid card, with the help of some fans pointed at the VRM components, was able to overclock to 1705MHz completely stable, with an 1105MHz HBM2 OC. We ended up running all our tests at 1700/1100 for now, but will be revisiting with slightly higher clocks later. The VRM fans proved unnecessary after more testing, but we’ll get to that momentarily.

    Pushing to 1710MHz resulted in a near-instant crash, and measuring at the PCIe cables shows that this is when power throttling begins to occur with greater frequency (causing the instability and subsequent crash). We’re hoping to attempt some BIOS mods – no promises – to increase TDP. Just depends on what tools are made available to us, or what we can figure out through external tools.

    You can find the full Hybrid Mod article from Gamers Nexus here, as well as the video that Steve posted on their YouTube channel here. It’s great see that fairly mainstream tech site is willing to conduct these kinds of experiments to delve deeper in to the actual technology that powers today’s 3D gaming titles. It’s also great to see that his video on the topic currently has almost 50,000 views and almost 500 comments. Nice work guys!

    Wizerty Takes us on an AMD Ryzen Cryogenic Journey (Extreme OC Guide)

    French No.1 Wizerty recently published a comprehensive Extreme Overclocking guide on Tom’s Hardware. The guide focuses squarely on AMD’s latest Ryzen series processors, testing every Ryzen and Ryzen 7 model CPU on the market today. Being published on a very well known and pretty mainstream tech site, he takes time to offer some fantastic insight into the processes involved with Extreme overclocking. Topics include motherboard preparation, memory and CPU prepping, plus tons of help and details about configuring the BIOS.

    AMD's Ryzen processors offer a compelling price/performance ratio right out of the box. But despite their many overclocking-friendly knobs and dials, most enthusiasts struggle to take the CPUs beyond 4 GHz. Given that we know the ins and outs of extreme overclocking, though, we have a solution. It's time to break out the liquid nitrogen!

    Allow us to take you on a cryogenic journey, where we'll explore Ryzen's behavior when it's cooled to -196°C. Our experiment will allow us to correlate frequency scaling to temperature, voltage, and core count. We also have some tips on hardcore modding, such as lapping (sanding smooth) the processor.

    It’s great to see one of the most historically important tech sites takes on the subject of Extreme Overclocking with this much attention detail. It’s even better to see Wizerty at the helm producing some great content. Check out the full AMD Ryzen Guide here on Tom’s Hardware. You can also find the original French version here.

    The OC Show, Season 4 Episode 3: OC-ESPORTS Update, French Overclocking, Intel vs EPYC and HWBOT x265

    If you missed the most recent episode of the OC Show, have no fear the re-run of the show is available now on the Overclocking-TV YouTube channel. The new and revamped show once again features Toolius and Buildzoid who in this episode are joined by Trouffman who steps in for Ciro. The show now broadcasts on a weekly cadence and as always, covers all the news, controversies, contests and stories related to the grand old world of Overclocking.

    Episode 4 covers a bunch of wide ranging topics, kicking off with a look at the forthcoming Cape Town 2017 leg of the HWBOT Tour which they are all looking forward too. Let’s hope DrWeez can recover from a recent illness to compete in the OCWC Qualifier contest. They also look at the GIGABYTE Beat the Heat contest on OC-ESPORTS were the guys discuss the possibility of some serious sandbagging. Toolius and Buildzoid point to the fact that some seriously competitive scores are expected to appear before the contest ends. Another contest under the microscope is the Team Cup where Warp9-systems and are competing at the top of the table. Plus there’s the Rookie Rumble series which continues as ever.

    As VP of the French Federation of Overclockers (FFOC), Trouffman introduces the topic of French overclocking, the history of overclocking and the famous ClanOC team which has been less active than in previous years and the position of France as a nation in overclocking terms. Other topics include the big announcements from AMD and Intel, including recent slides where Intel accused the opposition of producing ‘glued together’ EPYC chips. Plenty of controversy to wade through. They then talk about the recent work of Sofos1990 (Greece) and his recent spate of Global First Place scores achieved using 6-core, 8-core and 10-core Skylake-X processors. Finally we have the news that the HWBOT x265 benchmark has been approved for points on HWBOT, and that the Overclocker Magazine has opted to drop awards in its reviews.

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

    NABE (Japan) Takes Down 3DMark06 World Record with Direct Mounted, Delidded Core i7 7740X

    Over the weekend Japanese Extreme Overclocker NABE got down to some serious sub-zero overclocking. The session featured a Kaby-Lake-X processor from Intel which was pushed to new heights after being delidded with an LN2 pot mounted directly onto the CPU die. The outcome is a new World record in the classic 3DMark06 benchmark.

    The 3DMark06 benchmark is, to put a fine point on things, a bit long in the tooth. Being more than a decade old means that the new GPUs don’t actually provide much of a boost in performance, so much that newer GPUs like Nvidia’s Pascal family can be run at stock settings and still produce decent scores. The best way of pushing the benchmark to new heights is in fact to use the fastest CPU you can get your hands on. This is one reason why Nabe opted to use the latest Kaby Lake-X processor, the Core i7 7740X. The i7 7740X may not have as many cores or threads as its Skylake-X brethren, but in core to core performance terms, it’s pretty hard to beat.

    The new 3DMark06 World Record now stands at 71,966 marks. The score was made with NABE’s Core i7 7740X pushed to an incredible 7,127.8MHz, which is +65.76% beyond the chip’s stock settings. What makes the score and the CPU configuration more interesting is that Nabe opted to use delid his Kaby Lake-X chip, but instead of replacing the TIM ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶l̶i̶q̶u̶i̶d̶ ̶m̶e̶t̶a̶l̶ and re-attaching the IHS, he decided to mount the LN2 pot directly onto the CPU die itself. To make this happen he used an additional mounting mechanism that gives the LN2 pot solid contact with the CPU die (check out the image on the left).

    Other rig details involve an ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex board, a GALaX HoF GTX 1080 Ti LN GOC card plus GLALAX HoF DDR4 memory tuned to 2,075MHz (12-12-12-28). The score beats the previous best which was made last month during Computex by Team AU who scored 71,928 marks with a Core i7 7740X clocked at 7,100MHz (65.12%) Using a GIGABYTE X299 SOC Champion board.

    You can find the new 3DMark06 World Record here as well as the overall 3DMark06 rankings right here. Congrats to NABE. Well done.

    Road to Pro, Round 2: Challenger Division VII - Full Roundup

    After dealing with all the Challenger Divisions that are based on modern Intel and AMD hardware we finally arrive at Division VII, a place which is very much centered on older hardware. The winner at the end of Round 2 is Italy’s scannick, an overlocker who certainly knows a thing or two about benching retro hardware. Let’s take a look at all the notable scores and submissions from Round 2 of the Challenger Division VII.

    Scannick (Italy) Wins Challenger Division VII (Socket LGA775 & GeForce 200)

    Challenger Division VII brings us to retro hardware, which in Round 2 involves benching on processors from the classic Intel socket 775 era. Socket 775 covers a plethora of platforms that includes Prescott, Conroe, Yorkfield and Wolfdale architecture CPUs. Retro GPUs are also part of the picture with Nvidia 200 cards allowed. Here are retro-style benchmarks involved.

    Division VII: Round 2 Stages

    • Stage1: SuperPI 32M
    • Stage2: Cinebench 2003
    • Stage3: 3DMark01
    • Stage4: Unigine Heaven Basic
    • Stage5: Wprime 1024M

    Stage 1: SuperPI 32M

    We kick off this roundup with a look at Stage 1. Here we find our eventual winner from Italy in the driving seat at the top of the table with a SuperPi 32M run of 7min 49sec 172ms. His choice of LGA775 chip led him to use a Wolfdale-based Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 from early 2008. This was pushed to a very impressive 6,083MHz, which is a whopping +92.07% beyond stock settings. Other notable hardware included an ASUS Rampage Extreme motherboard, an Intel X48 board that was one of ASUS’ earlier ROG offerings, so much so that it didn’t feature the signature red and black color scheme.

    Catch the full and detailed roundup article for Division VII, Round 2 here on OC-ESPORTS.