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).
Welcome to the latest in our Motherboard Memory Lane series on HWBOT. It’s a series of short articles that focus on specific motherboard and CPU platforms from the past. We examine chipsets that helped define the platform, the motherboards and CPUs that were popular on HWBOT at the time, and take a peek at some of the records broken.
This week our focus is directed at the Intel X58 chipset, a major component in Intel’s push to reign supreme in the top tier PC segment that we now refer to as the High-End Desktop, or HEDT segment. The X58 platform replaced the relatively short-lived Intel X48 platform and was for most gaming enthusiasts and overclockers, the platform of choice until Sandy Bridge and the P67 platform arrived several years later.
Launched in November 2008, the Intel X58 chipset was a traditional Northbridge/Southbridge design codenamed Tylersburg. It arrived in tandem with Intel’s latest Core i7 Series processors which were based initially on Nehalem, and later Gulftown architectures. One crucial difference between the X58 design and previous chipsets was that it no longer featured a memory controller - which had been moved to CPU itself. Whereas Intel had previously used the term Memory Controller Hub (MCH) to describe Northbridge chipsets, the removal of the memory controller meant that technically the X58 was an I/O Hub or IOH.
Welcome back to our Motherboard Memory Lane series on HWBOT, a series of short articles that examine specific motherboard and CPU platforms from the not too distant past. The idea is look at the chipsets that helped define these platforms, the motherboards and CPUs that were popular with HWBOT members, plus a look at some of the records broken around that time.
Today the focus is on the Intel P55 chipset, a platform that heralded the arrival of the PCH or Platform Hub Controller, a change that (among several other things) saw the end of the traditional Northbridge / Southbridge chipset design. The platform also arrived with the first major change in socket design for several years and a change in the way discrete graphics card bandwidth and other features were delivered. Let’s look at the Intel P55 platform in a little more detail.
Welcome to the eighth edition of our SkatterBencher series. This time we refocus our attention back to CPU Overclocking, taking on the freshly launched AMD Ryzen platform. The mission, as ever, is to push the silicon to improve overall performance and see just how much additional performance can be had from these new Zen architecture CPUs. We’ll go through the Overclocking process step by step, running several benchmarks to assess overall performance gains from a platform which is still fairly new in terms of BIOS maturity.
As well as the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor we will also be using the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard and a GSKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory kit. First let’s hone in on the Ryzen 7 1800X processor, the flagship model of AMD’s new Ryzen series. The first thing we can note is that the R7 1800X is an octa-core chip with 16 threads that retails for $500 USD. It has a base clock frequency of 3.6GHz which can can boost as high as 4.1GHz thanks to AMD’s XFR (Extended Frequency Range) technology.
Today we bring you the next installment of our Motherboard Memory Lane series on HWBOT. As with previous articles, the idea is to revisit a specific chipset platform from the past. This time around we’re looking at the Intel X48 platform, its features, the motherboards and CPUs that were popular with Overlockers at the time and some of the record high scores that were submitted to the database at that that time. The Intel X48 platform is the second of Intel’s X- Series platforms that were market specifically at the high-end consumer space - the space that Intel now refers to as the High-End Desktop or HEDT segment. Let’s start by taking at look at the technologies and the features that helped define it.
The Intel X48 platform was first revealed in late 2007, hot on the heels of the recently launched mid-range P45 chipset, and the first X-series chip, the X38. In most respects however the X48 Northbridge was very similar to the technical features of the X38. A side by comparison reveals one major difference - official support for 1600Hz FSB speeds and DDR3-1600. The enthusiasm of tech media, enthusiasts and overclockers towards higher FSB and memory speeds was tempered however with the fact that most motherboard manufacturers had already offered FSB speeds of 1600MHz and beyond on the previous X38 platform.
The history of extreme overclocking is one that extends back further than people often think, certainly back before the ’good old days’ of the hobby. With this fact in mind we bring you another OC Archeology piece that reveals some pretty awesome extreme overclocking happening back in 2001, in Japan. The archeological artifact we’ve dug up today is an article that is published on ASCII.jp and written by Mr. Kazuhisa Suzuki, an overclocker who was also known for his skill at motherboard restoration.
Mr. Kazuhisa Suzuki managed to use dry ice to cool his AMD Athlon 1.2GHz chip below -70 degrees Celcius, pushing it to almost 1.8GHz. The motherboard in question is a EP-8K7A, a board from now largely forgotten Taiwanese vendor known as EPoX which featured an AMD-761 Northbridge and a VIA VT 82 C 686 B Southbridge.
The article covers a massive amount of detail, especially considering its pedigree. Kazuhisa tells us exactly how he hard modded the motherboard, adding a variable resistor so that higher DDR voltages are possible, plus an external dip switch so that voltages can be changed while the system is enclosed in an insulated box. He also goes in to detail about how he added sensors to the CPU, memory and motherboard to monitor voltages. The end result after clearly a lot of hard work was a CPU overclock of 1,799.77MHz, an impressive 48% beyond stock settings.
Hot on the heel of his Kaby Lake overclocking article last week where he dissected the newest Intel platform in meticulous detail, French OC maestro Wizerty has just published a follow up article. Published again on Tom’s Hardware, Wizerty compares Kaby Lake and Skylake predecessors when overclocked on different platform motherboards. Questions answered in the article include: Is Kaby Lake worth investing from an Overclocking fun perspective? Is it essential to have a Z270 motherboard, or will a Z170 board give me the same performance and overclocking experience? Plenty to chew over.
Wizerty starts by examining the two platforms from a chipset perspective. For comparison purposes he selected a pair of MSI boards; the MSI Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium and its updated younger brother, the Z270A XPOWER Titanium. His testing revolves as you might expect around the top CPU SKUs of each generation – the Core i7 6700K and the Core i7 7700K. Wizerty then compares the BIOSes of the two boards side by side, including the difference in memory and other settings.
He then offers performance comparison data focusing on the differences between the two CPUs when used with Z170 and Z270 motherboards. Although the two chipsets offer generally comparable performance, there are a few spots where minor differences are apparent. Finally he compares data related to the two chips in overclocked configurations, including how the two chipset platforms perform in terms of voltages and thermals.
You can catch the article from Wizerty here on Tom’s Hardware. The article is written in French, but thanks to the power of Google Translate, that is no longer a problem for non-French speaking people like myself.
Today is the day we officially say goodbye to Jane Nash. Futuremark has announced they will soon stop supporting its 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage benchmarks. The company has taken the decision to end support in light of the fact that Microsoft is withdrawing support for Windows Vista on April 11 of this year. Futuremark Vantage benchmark support will end on the same day.
The withdrawal of support for 3DMark and PC Mark Vantage means the following; the benchmark will no longer sold be Futuremark, the benchmarks will no longer receive updates (other than SystemInfo), they will no longer work with Futuremark online services including the result validation services and customer support. From April 11th, both benchmarks will be available for free as ‘legacy’ benchmarks.
3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage are DirectX 10-based benchmarks, designed to work specifically on the Windows Vista OS. It was released in April 2008 and succeeded the DirectX 9-based 3DMark06. According to Futuremark it no longer makes sense for them to support a benchmark designed to run on an OS that is ten years old and no longer supported by Microsoft. According to StatCounter only 1.12% of users currently still run Windows Vista.
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. And as always, online viewers will be able to follow all the action thanks to media partners OC-TV.”
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 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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.