Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i3 7350K 6699 MHz rsannino 1221 marks 186.4 pts 2   4
GPUPI - 1B GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2493/1443 MHz Gunslinger 9sec 280ms 47.4 pts 0   2
XTU Core i7 7700K 5430 MHz Ribze§ 1924 marks 42.6 pts 0   1
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 1978/1500 MHz hotrod717 9689.96 DX11 Marks 38.0 pts 0   1
XTU Core i3 7350K 5510 MHz superpatodonaldo 1008 marks 33.7 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5500U 2960 MHz lkuseian 404 marks 33.0 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i7 7700K 6700 MHz 5erveD 8107.39 pps 32.5 pts 0   0
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2025/1460 MHz qwrty 10518 marks 30.4 pts 0   0
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti   DweEroz 10190 marks 25.1 pts 0   0
wPrime - 32m Core i7 7700K 6600 MHz 5erveD 3sec 120ms 25.0 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

Welcome back to our Motherboard Memory Lane series. This week we’ll actually be looking at a platform that should remain pretty fresh in the memory of most overclockers - the relatively recent Intel Z170 platform. The Intel Z170 platform arrived alongside a brand new batch of Skylake architecture processors just under three years ago and remains a popular platform today. Let’s once again take a look at the motherboards and processor models that were popular in this era, as well as a few of the most exceptional scores and submissions that were made by overclockers on HWBOT.

In the minds of most enthusiasts the newly arrived Skylake architecture processors replaced the previous generation Haswell and Devil’s Canyon architecture chips. This due to the fact that its true predecessor, the Broadwell architecture, basically failed to turn up as a desktop PC option. For most us, Skylake replaced Haswell, just as Z170 replaced Z97.

The Intel Z170 platform officially landed on August 5th 2015, sporting a new CPU socket and a new line of CPUs. Aimed the mainstream PC market, Z170 was eventually joined by several other PCH variants that include the Intel H110, B150, Q150, H170 and Q170. The Z170, as with all Z-series PCH models, was aimed at the enthusiasts and was the only one (at launch) to support CPU multiplier and BCLK overclocking.

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$@39@ (Greece) Breaks 3DMark03 World Record, Moves to 4th Place in HWBOT World Rankings

About ten days ago we noted how Greek Extreme overclocker $@39@ (pronounced Saega we think) had taken down a bunch of Global First Place scores including HWBOT Prime, GPUPI for CPU 1B, wPrime 1024M and wPrime 32M. The scores elevated $@39@ to the heady heights of seventh place in the HWBOT world rankings which is pretty incredible for a non-Elite level overclocker. Today however, we bring your attention to a few more impressive submissions from the prolific Greek that now sees him rise into fourth place in the rankings.

Over the weekend $@39@ submitted a score of 355,858 marks in the classic 3DMark03 benchmark, a new World Record score. The submission was made using an Intel Core i7 7700K 'Kaby Lake' processor clocked at 7,038MHz, a massive +67.57% beyond the chip’s stock settings. The riog was based on an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard with system memory configured at 1,836MHz using 12-12-12-28 timings. In terms of GPU $@39@ used an Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti card with the Pascal GPU clocked at 2,544MHz (+71.89) and graphics memory clocked at 1,526MHz (+10.90). The next fastest 3DMark03 score is from Dancop with 353,600 marks using a Titan XP card.

Also adding to his current tally of 2,641.3 points we have Global First Place ranked scores in 3DMark Time Spy and GPUPI 1B. $@39@ used a Broadwell-E Intel Core i7 6950X processor clocked at 5,175MHz (+72.50%) plus a GTX 1080 Ti clocked at 2,580MHz (+74.32%) / 1,526MHz (+10.90%) to score of 13,448 points, the highest ever single GPU score. The rig was based on a GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion motherboard with DDR4 configured at 1,515MHz (12-13-15-14). In GPUPI 1B the same rig was used to complete a run in just 8sec 857ms, also a Global First Place score for a single GPU.

It’s interesting to note that $@39@ has been experimenting with a direct mounted delided CPU without IHS in recent sessions. It seems enhanced performance is possible, but benching without an IHS also brings a few unique challenges:

"Indeed no IHS benching helps with 8 threaded benches if you are very careful with it. But is not as easy as it looks. I had to modify my pot base a bit and also try to make the chip bend as little as possible. Sometimes while testing I could bench perfect high core frequencies but anything above 6g for cache was no go. Also some of the times with no IHS my CPU needed high DMI although i was benching 2D with GPUs in the last slot... As for single threaded 2D I did not saw any significant change in frequencies but maybe that depends on each CPU."

Check out the current HWBOT World rankings here. You can find all the scores in the links above as well as all of $@39@’s other submissions here on his profile page. Congrats on making 4th place!


ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero: Beta BIOS Updates Add New Multiplier Options

A few days ago we noted how AMD had confirmed an AGESA update for the month of May which the company claimed could improve DDR4 memory support for Ryzen-based systems. Over the weekend the ASUS ROG team have taken advantage of the AGESA update, issuing two a new beta BIOSes for the popular ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard. The new BIOSes offer new multiplier options that should make it possible to hit memory speeds of 3600MHz and beyond.

The two new BIOSes are versions 9943 and 9945. According to posts from enthusiasts on the ROG Forum, 9945 is designed to systems that have more than 16GB of DDR4 installed. The new multipliers are as following; 3066, 3333, 3466, 3600, 3733, 3866 and 4000. Results will vary according to what kind of memory you are using (Hynix AFR vs Samsung B Die for example), but according to enthusiasts on the ROG forum 3,600MHz is now doable:

“With 1201 I was able to hit 3466ish, but never above that. With the new bios I finally got to my F4-3600C16D-16GTZSW rated 3600MHz with 16-16-16-16-36-1T. Took some doing, but what a treat. I need to get familiar with all these new settings that are available, but it should be a fun challenge. Thanks to AMD for the new AGESA and the Asus team for the new EUFI's!”

You can find links to the new BIOSes here on this ROG forum thread.

G.SKILL Organizes OC World Record Stage and OC World Cup at Computex 2017

[Press Release] G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to announce its largest annual LN2 extreme overclocking events at Computex – the 6th Annual OC World Record Stage 2017 and 4th Annual OC World Cup 2017. In addition, an Extreme OC Workshop event co-hosted with at the G.SKILL booth this year. These 3 events will be held throughout Computex week at the G.SKILL Computex booth in the Nangang Exhibition Hall, 1F, Booth J0806.

6th Annual OC World Record Stage 2017

The G.SKILL OC World Record Stage event has reached its 6th year in the running and has become one of the biggest annual overclocking events in the community. This year, 18 world-class professional overclockers will be attending and aim to break as many benchmark records as possible, showing off the astounding performance of the latest hardware from Intel, leading motherboard vendors, and G.SKILL.

4th Annual OC World Cup 2017 – $10K USD for the Champion

G.SKILL OC World Cup awards the highest single cash prize in overclocking competition history. The contest rules and format are specifically designed for extreme memory overclockers. The top 6 extreme overclockers qualified from the online qualifier competition stage on HWBOT will compete live at the G.SKILL booth and demonstrate advanced LN2 overclocking skills at its finest. The Grand Final OC Champion will be walking away with the ultimate $10,000 USD cash prize.

Extreme Overclocking Workshop

This year, in addition to the two G.SKILL annual overclocking events, G.SKILL joins forces with HWBOT and co-hosts a LN2 extreme OC workshop at the G.SKILL booth. This workshop gives Computex visitors the rare opportunity to experience LN2 overclocking and try to achieve record-breaking high-speed CPU frequency or DDR4 frequency, guided step-by-step by professional overclockers.

Read the full announcement from G.SKILL here.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 20, 2017: Gold for $@39@ (GR)

In Week 20 of 2017, we received 3611 benchmark results from 909 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 59% of the active community. They were responsible for 38% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

In contrary to the past couple of weeks, it's been a relatively quiet week in terms of activity. This reflects partially in the amount of golden cups that feature in the overview this week: only one! Though it has to be said that both OGS and Marc0053 are awarded a silver cup for a score that matches the top score in their respective categories. The one golden cup this week goes to an impressive World Record by $@39@ from Greece. The 3DMark03 World Record now stands at 355858 marks and was set with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at 2544/1526 MHz and is more than 2,500 points higher than the previous best by Smoke. Of course the pozerful graphics card is paired with an equally powerful processor: a Core i7 7700K clocked at 7038 MHz. Impressive! Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 20 generated in total 100 World Record Points, 4614.5 Global Points, and 6446.9 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 13% for Elite, 34% for Extreme, 5% for Apprentice, 21% for Enthusiast, 10% for Novice, and 23% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 8% Extreme, 3% Apprentice, 19% Enthusiast, 9% Novice, and 59% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 20, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite OGS 216.3 pts SniperOZ 40.8 pts OGS 49.8 pts
Extreme Marc0053 55.9 pts (GFP!) $@39@ 220.1 pts (WR!) Marc0053 49.8 pts
Apprentice Mattfleg 31.4 pts Ale Belo 32 pts Ale Belo 25 pts
Enthusiast 38.8 pts Totalnet 35 pts Staffy007 24.1 pts
Novice Timtin 38.8 pts Jaffers 30.3 pts Lordfahrrad 22.9 pts
Rookie Ribze§ 42.6 pts Herringfield 16.8 pts Neo64zx 29.1 pts

SuperPI 32M 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (May 21, 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 a couple of new leaders in the table, mainly because Bullant from Australia dropped out. In terms of improved scores, there are none this month. We are expecting some Ryzen improvements in the next couple of days as new sub-timings are available for the platform.

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 (May 21, 2017)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Kaby Lake 5 min 52.890 sec Coolhandluke41 Core i7 7700K GALAX Hall of Fame DDR4-4083 C12-11-11-28
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 54.391 sec Dancop Core i7 4770K G.SKILL PI DDR3-2820 C5-9-6-24 ASUS Maximus VII Impact
Ivy Bridge 6 min 14.109 sec Splave Core i7 3770K DDR3-2710 C7-9-6-18 ASRock Z77 OC Formula
Sandy Bridge 6 min 30.219 sec Perica_barii Core i7 2600K Corsair Dominator GTX2 DDR3-2174 C6-7-5-20 ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z/Gen3
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 (May 21, 2017)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Summit Ridge 7 min 5.101 sec Johan45 Ryzen 7 1700X G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-2940 C12-12-12-22 ASUS Crosshair VI Hero
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

AMD AGESA Update for May Improves DDR4 Memory Compatibility and Performance

According to an interview with Forbes magazine AMD have managed to improve the memory compatibility and performance of their new Ryzen architecture processors. A new AGESA update will help resolve the issues that many users are encountering when trying to push memory clock speeds beyond 3,000MHz. According to TechPowerUp:

AMD confirmed that its AGESA update for May improves DDR4 memory compatibility, although it also stressed on the need for motherboard manufacturers to improve their board designs in the future, with more PCB layers and better copper traces between the DIMM slots and the SoC socket. The company assures that more updates to AGESA are in the pipeline, and would improve performance of Ryzen processors at various levels. The AGESA updates are dispensed through motherboard vendors as BIOS updates.”

Alva ‘Lucky_n00b’ Jonathan, writing for JagatReview is also tentatively confirming the improvements which include a new array of sub-timings that allow for looser timings, higher speeds and better performance. He notes how the new update brings a 10% boost in performance for Hynix IC Ram with DDR4-2933, an 8-9% performance improvement with Samsung B-die IC at DDR4-3200 and extra stability with certain Hynix modules at DDR4-3200 speeds.

You can find the interview with James Prior and Robert Hallock here at, as well as this article from TechPowerUp. You can also find the testing data from Alva here on JagatReview (Google Translate).

Splave (US) Moves Up to 2nd Place in HWBOT World Rankings

America’s No.1 Overclocker Splave just managed to ease himself in to second place in the HWBOT world rankings this week by earning a total of 2,827 points. His recent exploits in XTU, wPrime and GPU for CPU 1B among others, means that he has now surpassed Poland’s Xtreme Addict who remains close behind on 2,755 points.

Around a week ago Splave took on the XTU benchmark armed with a dual-core Core i3 7530K processor. His score of 1,221 points edges out the previous best from Italian rsannino who now sits in second place with 1,219 points. Splave’s score is a Global First Place ranked score for a dual-core processor and was made with a Core i3 7350K pushed somewhere north of 6.7GHz (having opted not share the exact details of the rig, there’s no way we can know for sure). What we do know is that he used an ASRock Z170M OC Formula motherboard and that this submission earned 166.4 global points.

Another lucrative submission happened a few days later as he submitted a Global First Place ranked score of 7mins 39sec 480ms in GPUPI for CPU 1B, the fastest ever with a dual-core CPU. His Core i3 7530K was on this occasion confirmed to be clocked at 6,805MHz (+62.02%) with DDR4 configured at 2002.1MHz (12-12-12-28). This score earned Splave 78.5 global points.

We find Splave using a Core i7 7700K to reach 2nd place in the quad-core Global Rankings of the wPrime 1024M benchmark with his Kaby Lake chip overclocked to 6,883MHz (+63.88%). This resulted in a score of 1min 30sec 781ms. In the Wprime 32M benchmark he managed to squeeze even more performance from his CPU, reaching 6,891MHz (+64.07%) to complete a run of 2sec 874ms. Together these scores total an additional 169.2 global points.

Congrats to Splave for his recent work. You can find all of his scores here on his profile page as well as in the links above.

Gumanoid (Belarus) Breaks CPU Frequency Record for Socket 7 CPUs, Pushes AMD K6-2+ to 810MHz

Yesterday we posted a full round up article covering the final Old School is Best School contest of the year. In Stage 3 of the contest competing overclockers were tasked with pushing processors that use the classic Socket 7. The most popular choice with most overclockers was the AMD K6-2, a Socket 7 compatible chip which harks back to 1998. One of the benchmarks submitted was actually quite exceptional, breaking the CPU frequency record for Socket 7 CPUs.

Belarusian No.1 Gumanoid posted a HWBOT Prime score in Stage 3 that featured a K6-2+ processor clocked at 810MHz, the highest CPU frequency ever submitted with any Socket 7 chip. The chip was configured with a reference clock of 135MHz and a multiplier of x6. The LN2 cooled rig was based around a GIGABYTE GA-5AA rev3 motherboard (featuring an Aladdin V chipset from ALi), a SAVAGE4 PCI-based video card from S3 (a 125MHz GPU with memory at 166MHz), plus 256MB of SDRAM.

In terms of rankings the new highest frequency score from Gumanoid beats the next best score of 800.9MHz which was submitted by Germany’s Strunkenbold back in September 2015. Some of the records in the rankings are about ten years old or more, a solid indicator of just how exceptional the score from Gumanoid really is.

You can find the submission from Gumanoid here, as well as the HWBOT rankings for all Socket 7 processors here. Hats off to Gumaniod!

EKWB Announce New Gaming Series Water Cooling Kits For Beginners

[Press Release] EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is excited to introduce a new line of EK Kits. Gaming Series kits or in short G Kits are a great choice for every liquid cooling beginner and users want to take advantage of their 5.25″ bays.

The G kits are EK’s fifth lineup of kits, joining the existing Slim, Liquid, Performance and Xtreme Series. Gaming kits come in three different versions, where the size of the radiator and number of fans is the only difference between them. As with all other EK kits, G series kits are named after the radiator size that comes with each kit. Hance, EK-KIT G240, EK-KIT G280 and EK-KIT G360.

Why did we design the Gaming Series kits? The G kits are compact space saving starter liquid cooling kits dedicated to all users who seek the best performing, market proven components for exploiting their chassis 5.25″ drive bays. Designed to replace the standard cylindrical reservoir and to save space, the G kits are a great choice for every liquid cooling beginner and people who have excess 5.25″ drive bays.

Customers looking for a complete CPU custom loop solution, get an affordable package with step by step instructions and don’t have to worry about compatibility issues or getting the wrong amount of fittings, too short tube or any other problems beginners face with! Each G kit will free up space inside your case for better airflow, make your PC silent, highly overclockable and absolutely beautiful!

Read the full news announcement from EK here on their website.

Buildzoid Mods Nvidia GT 730 to Compete in 'GIGABYTE Summer Spectacular' Contest

The second stage of the GIGABYTE Summer Spectacular contest is currently underway on OC-ESPORTS, finishing up in just over four days time. The contest challenges overclockers to push budget grade Kaby Lake and Kepler silicon, namely the Core i3 7530K and Nvidia GT 730 graphics cards. Stage 2 is very much GPU centered, requiring combatants to score highly as possible in the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark. The leader at the moment is Elite Greek OC master OGS who currently holds the top rank with an impressive score of 165,159 marks, the highest ever with this particular card. This was achieved by pushing his GT 730 card under LN2 to 2,080MHz, a massive +130.60% beyond the cards meager stock settings.

To push the GK208 GPU this far it takes a lot more power than the card was designed to deliver, thus pretty much all competing overclockers have performed a hardware mod. In most cases this involves simply soldering a more robust VRM to the card. As one of the competing overclockers in the contest Buildzoid also took the time to modify his GT 730 card, soldering a VRM he rescued from a dead RX 480 card to his wee GT 730. The result is what he calls a GT 730 ‘Suicide Edition’. As you would expect Buildzoid modded his GT 730 during a live stream with commentary throughout so that noobs and other interested parties can learn a thing or two about graphics card hard modding.

You can find the GT 730 mod video here on the Actually Hardcore Overclocking channel. Interestingly you can also check out a fantastic GT 730 Mod Guide from Alva ‘Lucky_n00b’ Jonathan here on JagatReview (Google Translate version). Finally, don't forget that you can find all the scores and submissions from the GIGABYTE Summer Spectacular contest here on OC-ESPORTS where $2,500 USD in prizes are up for grabs.