Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
GPUPI - 1B Titan V 2900/850 MHz k|ngp|n 2sec 559ms 119.3 pts 7   4
Catzilla - 720p Titan V 2250/1000 MHz k|ngp|n 86421 marks 111.1 pts 1   0
GPUPI - 1B Titan V 2900/850 MHz k|ngp|n 1sec 560ms 108.9 pts 1   1
XTU Core i7 4720HQ 3670 MHz a.a.z 861 marks 49.9 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2190/12570 MHz DStealth 28343 marks 44.6 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2126/1475 MHz yerrihakim 27350 marks 39.1 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 8700K 5130 MHz riccardoPolaris 2767 marks 37.7 pts 0   0
3DMark06 Radeon HD 6870 1255/1260 MHz shar00750 37972 marks 37.4 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 8700K 5150 MHz dorkyshrew 2753 marks 33.2 pts 0   0
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 580 1050/1250 MHz alibabar 65608 marks 33.0 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

Today we find the GPU Flashback Archive delving into the not so distant past to focus on the NVIDIA 900 series of graphics cards, the first to use NVIDIA’s new Maxwell architecture which had already seen the light day in mobile GPU solutions, an indication of the direction that the company were taking at the time. Let’s take a look at the cards that were launched as part of the 900 Series, the improvements and changes that Maxwell brought and some of the more memorable scores that have been posted on HWBOT.

The first question one may well have regarding the NVIDIA 900 series is simple - what happened to the 800 series? To answer the question fully, you must first look at the direction that NVIDIA was moving at the time. A movement to expand its product offerings in order to compete in the quickly expanding mobile SoC market. The suddenly ubiquity of Android-based smartphones around the globe was fuelled in part by the development of mobile SoCs from Qualcomm, Samsung, Mediatek, Marvell, Allwinner and others. The traditional feature phone was quickly being replaced by smartphones that now required improved multi-core CPU performance, HD display support and, importantly from NVIDIA’s perspective, decent enough graphics processing to actually play 3D games. Intel and NVIDIA were two companies with plenty of R&D and marketing budget who sought to enter a new market to help bolster revenues during an inevitable slow down of desktop PC sales, a traditional cash cow for both.

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NZXT Enter Motherboard Market with N7 Z370 (with ECS as OEM)

Younger overclockers and HWBOT members may not recall the days when the motherboard market was flooded with companies vying for your attention. Today we have the big four; ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock and MSI - but back in the day, we also had DFI, Chaintech, Foxconn, Sapphire, Elitegroup, Albatron and others. Just this week, a new company has emerged, creating its first ever consumer motherboard based on the Intel Z370 platform. Welcome to the N7 Z370 from NZXT.

NZXT have been around for a while of course and will known for its PC cases, PSUs and cooler offerings. The N7 Z370 is their first stab at a motherboard. Joe Shields at Anandtech was one of the first reviewers to put the NZXT N7 Z370 through its paces. The board retails for $299 USD which is the more affordable end of the Z370 spectrum. It has a decent 15-phase VRM and uses Infineon digital controllers, however the experience from an overclocking perspective might not be quite up to scratch with Joe experiencing what seems to be adaptive voltage changing. Despite that, the review has mostly positive things to say about a very first attempt from NZXT.

The N7 Z370 board also popped up at CES this week and was picked up by Steve Burke of Gamers Nexus. He managed to get some quality time with the board and put together a BIOS walkthrough video. He notes that although the BIOS is a basic mode that makes things as simple as possible. Advanced Mode offers much more, but nothing beyond the standard settings that you’d expect for an Intel Z370 platform board. Steve and the guys also have this introduction video which covers the key features, as well as some hypothesis as to which company is providing their OEM services to NZXT. Looks like ECS is in fact the OEM partner for NZXT.


Gunslinger (US) Breaks 3DMark Fire Strike (Extreme) Global First Place Records w/3x Kingpin Edition GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Cards

Today we bring you news regarding some very nice work from US Elite overclocker Gunslinger. Using 3x Kingpin Edition GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Cards he managed to break the 3x GPU ranked score records for both 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme. Let’s take a look at the new Global First Place scores and the rig that was used in a little detail.

The rig used by Gunslinger was centered around an ASRock X299 OC Formula motherboard that was fitted with Intel’s latest and greatest HEDT processor, the Skylake-X architecture Intel Core i9 7980XE. The 18-core, 36-threaded beast was pushed under liquid nitrogen to a pretty incredible 5,650MHz which is a whopping +117.31% beyond its stock base frequency. The CPU was joined by 3x EVGA Kingpin Edition GTX 1080 Ti cards, each with their Pascal-based GPUs pushed to 2.1GHz, which is +41% beyond stock settings. Graphics memory was also pushed to 1,575MHz (+14.89%) with G.SKILL DDR4 system memory configured at 1,917MHz (16-16-16-34).

In the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark, Gunslinger used the above rig to submit a score of 50,043 marks, the highest ever using 3x graphics cards and 4th ranked overall. In the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, he used a slightly lower CPU frequency of 5,603Mhz (+115.5%) to make a Global First Place score of 37,805 marks, also the fastest ever score with three cards and the eighth highest ever.

You can find scores from Gunslinger in the links above. You can also check out the Gunslinger profile page where you can also look at several other scores made during the same session using the same rig. These include several Hardware Cups in 3DMark Vantage Performance, 3Dmark Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme plus the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra benchmark. I’m guessing this guys had a pretty fun weekend. Hats off sir!

k|ngp|n (US) Takes Single GPU Global First Place in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme with NVIDIA Titan V

It was obviously only a matter of time before Vince ‘k|ngp|n’ Lucido over at EVGA got his hands on a Titan V card. That moment was brought home just a few days ago when he managed to break the single GPU Global First Ranked scores in both 3DMark Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks. Let’s have a look at the rig he used the configuration employed.

The rig was around the newly re-designed EVGA X299 dark motherboard which not only has the chipset fitted with nice cooling fan which also keeps your M.2 drives cool, the VRM’s finned heatsink has also been fitted a pair of small fans. The rig uses Intel’s current flagship Core i9 7980XE processor, an 18-core (36-thread) Skylake-X chip which Vince pushed to 5,690MHz, a whopping +118.85% beyond stock settings. The system also boasts that $3,000 USD NVIDIA Titan V with the Volta-architecture GV100 graphics chip clocked at 2,250MHz, a very impressive +87.5% beyond the card’s base configuration. In terms of graphics memory, Vince tuned the 12 GB of HBM2 to 945MHz (+11.18%).

The outcome of this monster setup is a score of 17,293 marks in the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark, the fastest score ever submitted using a single GPU. The score eases past the previous best which comes from H2o vs. Ln2 (US) with a score 16,551, also using a Titan V card.

In the 3Dmark Time Spy Extreme benchmark, k|ngp|n and his rig (with CPU clocked slightly lower at 5,400MHz (+107.69%)) has pushed the Global First score for a single GPU to 9,024 marks. This again beats H2o vs. Ln2 who remains on 8728 marks.

You can check out the scores in the links above, as well as visit the k|ngp|n profile page here.

GIGABYTE Overclocking Guide for Pushing Intel Coffee Lake to 5GHz+

Here’s a fantastic OC guide that may well have missed your attention. It comes from the guys at guide GIGABYTE, who totally have you covered if you’re using the latest the company’s latest Z370 motherboard offerings and the latest Coffee Lake architecture CPUs from Intel. The guide is pretty thorough as you’d expect and covers the basics as well more advanced operations that should allow you to breeze past stock settings. There’s even a specific section that focuses on getting a Core i7 8700K past the 5GHz threshold.

For reference we are using a GIGABYTE AORUS Z370 Gaming 7 motherboard and an Intel i7-8700K CPU. Based on our testing many Intel i7-8700Ks can hit 4.9-5GHz, without delidding, using standard air coolers and around 1.25-1.3Vcore. This is our experience with the CPUs we’ve tested. You may find that your CPU will overclock better (or worse) than our samples so keep that in mind when doing the testing.

The guide goes on to offer detailed instructions about configuring system memory, altering the CPU multiplier, disabling Power Management and VT-d settings, altering the CPU Uncore Frequency and adjusting the Voltage settings. The Advanced section also covers topics such as how Load Line Calibration, CPU VCCIO and CPU System Agent Voltage, among other things.

You can catch the GIGABYTE Z370 overclocking guide right here on Overclocking.Guide. It can also be found here in Joomag format.

Throwback Thursday: Interview HiVizMan (UK)

Back in January 2012, PizzaMan from managed to get some quality time with HiVizMan from the UK. The result is a pretty interesting interview that spans several interesting overclocking-related topics. One such topic is the issue of hardware sharing between a married couple who both enjoy overclocking. HiVizMan also talks about his approach to overclocking and the research he has undertaken to fully understand how benchmarks work and the best way to optimize hardware and OS to get the best scores. He also paints a picture of what competitive overclocking looked like in the UK about six years ago. Here’s a sample of the interview:

PizzaMan: You've only been benching for only a year now and have climbed to the top quickly. What have you learned in this short year that you would like to share with your new team about making it to the top of your game?

HiVizMan: Yes I have been lucky in that under Rev3 on HWBOT I was UK Number 1 from about end of February till the Rev4 was introduced. Think I am still number two but the competition is pretty strong as there are some really class benchers out there in Great Britain. What gave me a distinct advantage was 1Day. And not in the way you would imagine.

She was adamant that there was no way on this earth she was going to make my journey easy or spoon feed me. So once she gave me my starter pack of kit it was up to me. I was freaked out the first time I did a benchmark and compared my results to the others who were running at there, or there about the same frequencies. Man, my scores were bad. I sucked big time. And I could not work out what the problem was, until it dawned on me that benching is part hardware, part OS optimization, part benchmark tweaking and part understanding the relationship between them all and the specific hardware being used. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Once I saw how rubbish I was, I decided to find out all that I could about each and every benchmark that I was going to compete in. Now most folks don’t read the instruction manuals for their DVD players...right? Well I read everything first. I spent large portion of my life in academia and as a book worm it was only natural for me to return to what I knew, read up and research about what it is I am doing. So I read all the white papers I could find about the Futuremark benchmarks. They are provided with the application as a rule you know. Just read them. And of course Google is your friend too.

You can find the full and fascinating interview with HiVizMan here on

Hardware Asylum Podcast #83a: Meltdown and Spectre Exploits, Plans for 2018

The guys from Hardware Asylum have just posted the latest edition of their podcast series. In Episode 83a we find Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain digging in to the recent news regarding the recent security vulnerabilities that have been to confirmed to affect the latest Intel processors. Seeing as we just enjoyed the arrival of the new year, the guys also discuss their plans for 2018, which include some big talk about getting down to some overclocking! Good to hear. Here are the show notes for this extra Episode 83a:

Meltdown and Spectre FAQ - By now many of you have been hearing about the Meltdown and Spectre exploits and might be wondering what those are all about. You can look at it two different ways. The first is a hardware flaw in how processors handle Speculative Execution. What happens is that attackers can exploit this flaw and access areas of CPU memory that are not currently allocated, at least to that program. The second is a software flaw that breaks the fundamental isolation between use applications and the operating system.

In a way they are both related and impact all modern processors but happen to be particularly damaging to Intel CPUs dating back to 1995. In this episode the duo go over a FAQ article published at PCWorld that does a great job at giving us a high level overview of the problem, what it can impact and what companies are doing to fix it.

State of the Hardware Asylum Address 2018 - In the days of Ninjalane Dennis would often post an end of year retrospective on how the website did in the previous year and what he has planned for the future. For this segment the duo go over what is planned for 2018 including things like more YouTube, Casemodding and a famed return to Overclocking.

You can find episode 83a of the Hardware Asylum podcast here.

Gamers Nexus Introduce Anti-Static Modmat for $99 USD

Steve Burke and the guys at Gamers Nexus have come up with a product developed specifically for folks like ourselves. The GamersNexus Modmat is an anti-static mat that also has a more than a few unique features that make it a bit special. Here’s a summary of what it’s all about.

The GamersNexus Modmat was designed by our team for use in tear-downs, PC builds, and enthusiast projects. The modmat is a 4' x 2' surface, using anti-static, rubberized material that stays in place and protects your components from electro-static discharge with its included common ground point and anti-static wrist strap. The rubber underside prevents the mat from moving on the table, and the mat's rubberized surface helps protect your table (and your components) from damage during system builds. We are currently accepting pre-orders for the modmat, and intend to ship the first batch in January, 2018. This period will allow us to figure out how many to make. These mats are large (at 4' x 2') and their weight speaks to the high material quality, at roughly 4 lbs. The modmat is not intended for use as a mousing surface; however, we have found that it works as one -- it's a mix between a "grippy" and "smooth" surface.

The GamersNexus Modmat is available for pre-order right now for $99 USD with shipping happening later this month. You can learn more about it here, as well as watch this video from Steve Burke right here on the Gamers Nexus YouTube channel.

Xtreme Addict (Poland) Breaks Catzilla 720p World Record w/2x GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Cards

Former HWBOT No.1 overclocker Xtreme Addict from Poland is back on the scene after a hiatus of a few months. In keeping with his reputation as one of the most feared and competitive component pushers on the planet, he announced his return with a World Record run in the Catzilla 720p benchmark. The new high score was made with a pair of GTX 1080 Ti cards and a flagship Skylake-X Core i9 CPU. Let’s take a quick look at the rig and configuration.

The new highest score in the Catzilla 720p benchmark now stands at exactly 115,609 marks. The rig pushed to its limits by XA was based around an ASRock X299 OC Formula motherboard fitted with an Intel Core i9 7980XE 'Skylake-X' chip clocked at a monstrous 5,700MHz - an incredible +119.23% beyond the chip’s stock settings. Most significantly however, the rig featured a pair of GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hall of Fame cards with the Pascal GP102 GPUs pushed to 2,148GHz, 45% beyond stock base frequency. GPU memory was pushed to 1,609MHz which is a decent 16.9% beyond stock. Other components include a GALAX B-die DDR4 kit configured at 1,899MHz (14-14-14-24).

The new Catzilla 720 World Record from Xtreme Addict eases past the previous best from Rauf (Sweden) who managed a score of 114,843 marks also using a pair of GTX 1080 Ti cards. The Word Record from XA earns him a few additional points which help to elevate him back into 3rd spot in the Global HWBOT rankings, just behind rsannino (Italy) and current No.1 Dancop (Germany). You can check out all the scores from Xtreme Addict here on his profile page.

Der8auer Revisits Intel X299 VRM Disaster

You may recall back in June of last year Roman der8auer Hartung ruffled more than a few feathers when examining the VRM design of the newly launched X299 platform motherboards. In short, he called them a total disaster. Intel launched the platform with all Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips unlocked for the ultimate in enthusiast-grade, multicore performance - a fact which meant that when pushing frequencies and voltages, some insane temperatures were gonna happen. Roman made pulled no punches in pointing out that the motherboards at launch were not equipped with VRM designs capable of truly handling the platform when overclocked using a regular all-in-one water cooler.

Earlier this week he published an update video to explore exactly what changes the board vendors have made to the VRM design to help deal with all that heat. The boards he revisits include the ASRock X299 OC Formula, the ASRock X299 Taichi XE, ASRock x299 Gaming i9 XE, the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex, the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme, the ASUS STRIX X299-XE Gaming, the EVGA X299 Dark, the GIGAVYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 7 and the MSI X299 XPower Gaming, plus a few workstation boards from ASUS.

The general feedback is that these revised designs are much better at dealing with the heat that be generated by X299 platform processors. Notable changes include larger heatsinks that feature fins for greater surface area, some which are also fitted with fan brackets so that fan mounting over the VRM components is a breeze (sorry for the pun). Another design trait that is becoming popular is the use of heatpipes that combines both top mounted and IO side mounted heatsinks. Perhaps the most dramatic change comes from EVGA who have added a new finned heatsink as opposed to a simple block, with a pair of fans sitting directly on top.

After all the flack that Roman received from certain quarters in the aftermath of ‘VRM Disaster-gate’, I think he should now feel fairly vindicated. Each and every motherboard vendor has now gone and updated the VRM design to ensure tip top heat dissipation and performance when these new CPUs are pushed. You can catch his latest video here on the der8auer YouTube channel.

Gamers Nexus Shunt Mod Guide for NVIDIA Titan V

Steve Burke and the gang from Gamers Nexus were one of the first hardcore tech media sites to go out and splash some cash on an NVIDIA Titan V card. Since then they’ve been pretty prolific in testing the card, exploring its PCB and the potential performance that the new Volta architecture GPU has under the hood. Today we want to highlight Steve’s efforts to get more out of the card by performing a shunt mod that helps circumnavigate NVIDIA’s GPU Boost 3.0, the company’s latest GPU clockspeed management implementation. I’ll let Steve explain:

The goal for today is to trick an nVidia GPU into drawing more power than its Boost 3.0 power budget will allow it. The theoretical result is that more power will provide greater clock stability; we won’t necessarily get better overclocks or bigger offsets, but should stabilize and flatline the frequency, which improves performance overall. Typically, Boost clock bounces around based on load and power budget or voltage. We have already eliminated the thermal checkpoint with our Hybrid mod, and must now help eliminate the power budget checkpoint. This content piece is relatively agnostic toward nVidia devices. Although we are using an nVidia Titan V graphics card, priced at $3000, the same practice of shunt resistor shorting can be applied to a 1080 Ti, 1070, 1070 Ti, or other nVidia GPUs.

“Shunts” are in-line resistors that have a known input voltage, which ultimately comes from the PCIe connectors or PCIe slot. In this case, we care about the in-line shunt resistors for the PCIe cables. The GPU knows the voltage across the shunt (12V, as it’s in-line with the power connectors), and the GPU also knows the resistance from the shunt (5mohm). By measuring the voltage drop across the shunt, the GPU can figure out how much current is being pulled, and then adjust to match power limitations accordingly. The shunt itself is not a limiter or a “dam,” but a measuring stick used to determine how much current is being used to drive the card. Shorting the shunts will effectively “trick” the card into thinking it’s pulling less current than it is, resulting in the card drawing more current still – the result is more stable clocks, as we’re bypassing power budget limitations through a hardmod.

The guide from Steve, as he mentions, is relevant for most modern NVIDIA card, not just Titan V cards, which makes a fairly valuable resource. As well the article on Gamers Nexus, there is a great accompanying video which offers a great step by step guide. Check out the video here on the Gamers Nexus YouTube channel.