Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark - Time Spy Titan X Pascal 2319/2600 MHz marc0053 12548 marks 111.0 pts 16   5
Aquamark GeForce GTX 980 Ti 1190/1800 MHz Dancop 644510 marks 85.7 pts 3   4
3DMark03 Titan X Pascal 2030/1320 MHz dhenzjhen 339362 marks 85.1 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7700K 6300 MHz xMec 2163 marks 52.3 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 7700K 6721 MHz dhenzjhen 1515 cb 50.0 pts 1   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 7700K 6800 MHz marc0053 8342.69 pps 48.1 pts 2   0
XTU Core i7 7700K 5510 MHz SergeyR 1922 marks 35.7 pts 0   0
SuperPi - 1M Core 2 Duo E6300 4421 MHz Eisbaer798 12sec 344ms 33.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5960X 4900 MHz ale belo 2523 marks 31.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6850K 4760 MHz Matsglobetrotter 1869 marks 30.4 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

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.

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Hardware Asylum Podcast #71: Intel Makes Overclocking Fun Again with Kaby Lake

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 AnandTech Podcast #40: CES 2017

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.

Buildzoid Takes a Closer Look at the ASUS Maximus IX Apex Motherboard

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.

Overclocking World Championship: Tournament Structure Announced

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.

SuperPI 32M 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (Dec 23, 2017) - Luumi (FI) Fastest at 5 minutes and 52.750 seconds with Skylake

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)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
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)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
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

Most Valuable Submission of Week 3, 2017: Gold for Splave (US), 8 Pack (UK), BarboneNet (AU), Hideo (JP), Kintaro (GR), Pilu (IT) and Poparamiro (RO)

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

HWBOT World Tour – Las Vegas 2017: Giveaway Winner Announced, Plus Poll Results

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.

Der8auer Launches Delid-Die-Mate 2

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.

XtremeOverdrive OC team Italy Win Old School is Best School Round 1

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.

VRMark Challenge Contest Launched on OC-ESPORTS, Starts Jan 28

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.