Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2721/1645 MHz Rauf 14700 marks 178.3 pts 5   1
Cinebench - R11.5 Xeon Platinum 8176M   H2o vs. Ln2 58.85 points 111.9 pts 0   3
wPrime - 1024m Xeon Platinum 8176M 3984 MHz H2o vs. Ln2 23sec 722ms 86.9 pts 0   1
XTU Core i9 7920X 5840 MHz Splave 5270 marks 74.4 pts 1   2
XTU Core i5 3470 4220 MHz Luumi 853 marks 49.7 pts 1   1
XTU Core i7 8700K 5010 MHz bottangelo78 2728 marks 47.6 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 8700K 4730 MHz windrider904 2583 marks 42.8 pts 0   0
SuperPi - 32M Core i7 6700K 6500 MHz BlueFiber 4min 40sec 343ms 42.2 pts 1   0
XTU Core i9 7900X 5040 MHz PKBO 4021 marks 39.1 pts 0   0
wPrime - 32m Core i7 6700K 6300 MHz BlueFiber 3sec 202ms 36.5 pts 0   0


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Welcome back to another episode in our GPU Flashback Archive series. Following on from last week’s look at the GeForce FX series, we turn our attention to its successor, the NVIDIA GeForce 6 series. After rising to a position of relative dominance in the early years of GPU design, the GeForce 4 and subsequent FX series had seen NVIDIA lose ground to ATI who had stolen a march with their highly popular Radeon 9000 series. The stage was set for a return with the launch of a new GPU design and a series of cards that required more space in your rig and additional power to deliver a truly next generation gaming experience. Let turn our minds back to 2004 and check out the technologies and features that debuted with the GeForce 6 series, plus the most popular cards of the era and the most notable scores that have been submitted here on HWBOT.

The NVIDIA GeForce 6 series arrived in tech reviewers hands in April of 2004, debuting with a new NV40 GPU and two graphics card models, the GeForce 6 Ultra which commanded a price of $499 USD, and the GeForce 6800 (often referred to as the non-Ultra) for $299 USD. Let’s first consider the GPU itself, the NV40.

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Upcoming Rule Changes on November 1, 2017

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Via this news article the staff is announcing a couple of rule updates which go in effect on November 1, 2017. The rule updates relate to benchmark version restrictions as well as general improvements to include more details in the overclocking results.

  • Rule Update #1 - All Global Top-20 benchmark results must now include a valid verification screenshot and a system picture showing the benchmarked system in action.
  • Rule Update #2 - All verification screenshots must show the settings at which the benchmark was completed. This means it is not allowed to decrease the operating frequency for screenshot purposes. In effect, the staff reserves the right to reject a submission that is deemed out of line for the stated system parameters. For XTU specifically, the data file must contain monitoring information (frequency and temperature).
  • Rule Update #3 - All users are obliged to declare the original source of the hardware used for a submission in case they do not own the hardware. In effect, this is mandatory for all Engineering Sample hardware as they are legally not for sale.
  • Rule Update #4 - Joined accounts, that is an account used by multiple people, are still allowed. However, it is mandatory to disclose who achieved a specific result in the description field. Failure to disclose will lead to removal of the submission.
  • Rule Update #5 - XTU v6.4.1.12 is mandatory from Nov 1, 2017.
  • Rule Update #6 - HWBOT X265 Benchmark v2.1.0 is mandatory from Nov 1, 2017.
  • Rule Update #7 - It is not allowed to publicly, falsely accuse a user of foul play. In case of false accusations the accuser may see their account temporarily or permanently suspended. Foul play is interpreted in the broadest sense of the word.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any of the staff members.


Skylead (France) Wins Rookie Rumble #48, Plus Lucky Draw Winner

The 48th edition of the Rookie Rumble contest on OC-ESPORTS just finished up a week or so ago, which means it’s high time we took a look at the winners, scores and hardware that got pushed by our growing fraternity of Rookie Overclockers. In top spot we find a new face with French overclocker Skylead taking the win with a convincing points haul of 141 points. Aussie Rookie Castle takes runner up spot while aurion.2358 from France makes third spot.

Rookie Rumble #48: September 9th to 30th, 2017

The core concept behind the Rookie Rumble contest series is to give Rookie, Novice and Apprentice-class HWBOT members a place where they can compete against each other on a level playing field. For this reason Enthusiast, Extreme and Elite Overclockers are not eligible to compete. Round #48 of the contest was set up with three stages featuring the following benchmarks; Intel XTU, Geekbench 4 (Single Core) and HWBOT x265 1080P. Let’s check out each stage in a little more detail, starting with XTU.

Stage 1: Intel XTU - At the top of the table here in Stage 1 we find Castle (Australia) with a per core score of 468.75 marks (1,875 in total). He used a Core i7 7700K which he pushed to a very decent 5,300MHz (+26.19%) using an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard. In Second place we find Skylead (France) not too far behind with a score of 466.75 marks per core (1,867 marks) while wickpote (France) is third with 457.50 marks per core (1,830 marks).

Read the full roundup article of the Rookie Rumble #48 contest, plus news about this round’s Lucky Draw winner here on

OC Show Season 4, Episode 14: With Special Guest Leeghoofd (Belgium)

The OC Show returned last Friday night with Episode 14. Host Trouffman was joined as ever by Toolius and special guest Leeghoofd, a veteran overclocker and captain of the Madshrimps Begium OC Team that recently catapulted themselves to glory by winning the HWBOT Team Cup 2017 contest.

In fact, one of the key topics that the guys discuss is the approach taken by the Madshrimps team and the organization that goes on behind the scenes in order to win a team overclocking contest. The HWBOT Team Cup requires several scores from different team members using different hardware so having a team captain who can organize things is essential. Leeghoofd talks about how the fact that Belgium is quite a small country means that team members can meet up and share resources and knowledge to get the best scores possible. He explains how it’s virtually impossible to do any serious benching until 2am in the morning. A simple fact of life.

There is also some discussion about the contests that are currently happening on OC-ESPORTS. Although there are not so many contests running compared just a few weeks ago, there is plenty going on. One interesting contest is the GALAX GOC Finals which will take place in Bangkok in late November. The prize pool for the contest was announced earlier last week and includes $5,000 USD for the winner, $4,000 for the runner up and $3,000 for third place – the largest prize pool from GALAX ever. 12 overclockers will be flown out to Thailand having qualified via the online qualifier contest on OC-ESPORTS.

There is also some chat about the ROG OC Showdown Team Edition 2 contest which now has a very impressive 63 teams competing. Right now ROG Czech OC Guys have the lead, ahead of and Team MLG. Other competitors include ASUS Republic of Gamers, Warp9-systems, /r/overclocking and Cowcotland. Trouffman notes how the Rookie country teams are heavily involved and doing well.

Catch the OC Show Season 4, Episode 14 here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.

G.SKILL Releases Fastest 32GB (4x8GB) Trident Z RGB Memory Kit at DDR4-4266MHz

[Press Release] G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is very excited to announce the latest Trident Z RGB memory kit that boosts RGB-infused DDR4-4266MHz memory kits to a never-before-seen 32GB (4x8GB) configuration! Built from ultra-high performance Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs, this new DDR4 memory kit marks a new milestone as the fastest 32GB (4x8GB) RGB memory kit on the market thus far.

The Quest for Faster Frequency - Just one week after the launch of the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Z370 chipset motherboards, G.SKILL further fine-tuned the high-end RGB memory kits to reach even higher levels of overclocking speeds. Ever since the launch of Trident Z RGB almost a year ago, the largest capacity at DDR4-4266MHz was 2x8GB. In combination with the ASUS OptiMem technology, which complements the T-Toplogy layout that uses equalized trace lengths, four-DIMM memory configurations have improved stability and increased frequency headroom.

With the availability of this new optimization, G.SKILL is doubling the Trident Z RGB kit capacity to operate at DDR4-4266MHz CL19-23-23-43 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.4V. Below is a screenshot of the memory kit stress tested on an ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) motherboard and the Intel® Core™ i5-8600K processor.

Read the full press announcement from G.SKILL here.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 41, 2017: gold for Splave (US), K|ngp|n (US), Bolc (FR) and Ev0lv3 (AU)

In Week 41 of 2017, we received 3623 benchmark results from 919 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 55% of the active community. They were responsible for 32% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

During Week 41 of 2017 four overclockers made it to the leaderboard with a golden cup. First up is Splave (USA) with a Global First Place in the 4xCPU HWBOT X265 1080P benchmark with a Core i7 7740X clocked at 6959 MHz. With 58.47FPS the US-based overclocker is 0.29FPS faster than Bigblock990. Next up is the inevitable K|ngp|n also from the USA. His 3DMark Time Spy 1xGPU Global First Place lists both in the 3D as well as the Hardware spot this week. For an overall score of 14507 marks, the 3D superpower uses a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at 2607/1665 MHz paired with the 18-core Core i9 7980XE processor at 5600 MHz. Next, we have two Hardware First Place entries. First of all, Bolc from France with a top spot in the Core i5 3470 category scoring 853 marks. Next, Ev0lv3 from Australia with 351 marks in the Core i5 5200U category. Congrats everyone!

The most used hardware components of Week 41 are the Core i7 7700K (12.0%), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11.1%) and the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex (4.0%). In total the community used 341 different CPUs, 222 different GPUs and 736 different motherboards.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 41 generated in total 430 World Record Points, 7271.5 Global Points, and 8094.5 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 16% for Elite, 28% for Extreme, 10% for Apprentice, 20% for Enthusiast, 12% for Novice, and 25% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 8% Extreme, 5% Apprentice, 19% Enthusiast, 11% Novice, and 55% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 41, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Splave 121.1 pts (GFP!) K|ngp|n 178.1 pts (GFP!) K|ngp|n 41.2 pts (HFP!)
Extreme Shar00750 57.4 pts Superpatodonaldo 53.9 pts Hellbert 49.8 pts
Apprentice Ben Flint 44.9 pts Tom_tol 40.6 pts Aleslammer 23.6 pts
Enthusiast Wernersen 50 pts Ximi 42.4 pts Bolc 49.7 pts (HFP!)
Novice tknight 52.1 pts RedundancyMaster 28.4 pts Evasion 23.8 pts
Rookie Ev0lv3 49.8 pts Hannibal.Lekter 42 pts Ev0lv3 49.8 pts (HFP!)

OCWC Taipei II Qualifier: Contest Rules and Hardware Confirmed

Right now we are just a week or so away from the Taipei II 2017 event which will take place outside the iconic Taipei Computer Market here in Taiwan. Today we can confirm the rules and contest for the Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest that will take center stage at the event. The OCWC Taipei II 2017 Qualifier is of course an Extreme Overclocking contest where the eventual winner will be awarded with a seat in the Finals which take place in Berlin in December. It promises to be another example of sub-zero, competitive, live overclocking.

The OCWC Taipei II Qualifier: October 21st – 22nd

The OCWC Taipei II Qualifier contest will be hosted outside the Syntrend Creative Park in downtown Taipei city. Attending overclockers will compete using a similar contest format to those used in previous OCWC 2017 contests. A Qualification Phase on Day 1 will see all competing overclockers compete across three benchmarks within a limited 3 hour time frame. The highest four scorers will be invited back to compete in 1v1 Semi-Final and Final matches on Day 2.

Contest Schedule:

October 21st – Qualification Phase (3 hours / 3 benchmarks) – 3pm – 6pm

October 22nd – Semi Finals and Finals (1v1 Semi-Finals / Finals) – 2pm – 6pm

Read the full news post concerning the rules, format and hardware that will be used in the OCWC Taipei II Qualifier here on the HWBOT World Tour website.

HWBOT Opinion Poll: Which Coffee Lake CPU Are You Considering?

A few weeks ago we posted poll here on the front page related to the launch of Intel’s 8th Generation Core series processors. The poll was designed to assess the excitement levels of HWBOT members regarding Coffee Lake in relation to the models that people are interested in and their feelings compared to other platforms that are available on the market. Today we can reveal the results.

Question: As Intel steps up its core count game in the mainstream, which Coffee Lake CPU are you considering?

In terms of choosing a specific Coffee Lake CPU model, four options were available; the high-end Core i7 8700K, the i5 8600K, the i3 8350K, or all of them. By far the biggest response with the most votes overall (29.61%) is the Core i7 8700K. Are we surprised by that? Perhaps we shouldn’t be. The flagship Core i7 model has historically been the most popular CPU model since… well, since forever. If you want the full 6-core / 12-thread performance with unlocked multipliers, the Core i7 8700K is the only option you have.

The second most popular choice was perhaps a little more surprising however with 26.5% of those polled saying that they would prefer to go with AMD Ryzen. I would treat this with a little cynicism however as the actual number of AMD overclockers on HWBOT remains relatively low compared to those using Intel. Could it be that perhaps AMD fans are more likely to take part in such a poll? Finding an opportunity to stick the finger at Intel just too hard to resist? I think it’s possible. The third most popular pool result was – ‘none, I already upgraded’. Perhaps an indication that many overclockers have already invested in the Intel X299 and the Core-X series. Why have six cores when you can have as many as 12?

Please share your thoughts in the forum link below. Is Coffee Lake getting you excited?

French Federation of Overclocking (FFOC) Launch Member Forum

The French Federation of OverClocking (FFOC) has just launched a forum site dedicated to all things related to overclocking. The forum is an extension of the FFOC website, expanding to include a place where all French related overclocking issue can be discussed, chewed over by French speakers. It’s all part of an effort to help overclockers in France have a place where the community can grow and thrive.

The FFOC is a representative entity that looks out for the interests of French overclockers, including the nurturing of the next generation. The forum features much of what you would expect; news about contests both ambient and extreme, forthcoming events in France, plus threads where people can discuss different methods of cooling and share advice about how to overclock. FFOC President, Jean-Michel "Wizerty" Tisserand and several other prominent French overclockers such as Martin White, Patate, Ziken and others have already started to add topic threads to get the ball rolling. In fact there’s already plenty happening over there.

You can check out the FFOC Forum here, as well the FFOC website here which is the place to sign up if you happen to be an overclocker of French extraction.

GALAX GOC 2017 Final: 12 Contestants to Compete for Biggest Prize Pool Ever!

Today we can bring you news that confirms the twelve overclockers that will be contesting the GALAX GOC 2017 Final in Bangkok, Thailand in a few weeks time. We can also confirm the prize money that GALAX are offering, and the guess what? It’s an even bigger prize pool than last year and the most generous that GALAX have ever offered.

GALAX GOC 2017 Finals: The Twelve Contestants

The GALAX GOC 2017 Worldwide Online Qualifier contest came a close just a week or so ago with 26 overclockers competing for the right to be flown in to Thailand for the Finals. Unlike the majority of contests on OC-ESPORTS, the GOC 2017 Qualifier involved investing in specific high-end GALAX hardware, most notably a GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF OC Lab Edition graphics card. After a month of very competitive, extreme overclocking the following twelve overclockers have now been invited to the Finals.

  • -OGS (Greece)
  • -DrWeez (S.Africa)
  • -bob(nz) (Australia)
  • -ikki (Japan)
  • -Phil (Greece)
  • -dogna (Japan)
  • -Alex@ro (Romania)
  • -rsannino (Italy)
  • -Bullshooter (Germany)
  • -Micka (China)
  • -ZeR0_Dan (China)
  • -bboyjezz (Indonesia)

GALAX GOC 2017 Finals: The Twelve Contestants

Although details about the contest format, benchmarks, hardware and rules have yet to confirmed, GALAX has told us about the cash prizes that they have prepared for the winners of this year’s contest. I think you’ll all be impressed:

  • 1st Place: $5,000 USD
  • 2nd Place: $4,000 USD
  • 3rd Place: $3,000 USD

Plus we can confirm that all contestants will fly home with GALAX Hardware in their luggage.

Don’t forget that you can read a full roundup article covering the Worldwide Qualifier contest here, as well as an article that details the eight lucky prize draw winners here.

Throwback Thursday: GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Contest 2010

I think it’s fair to say that although there are probably more online and live overclocking contests than ever before in 2017, the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GOOC) remains fondly remembered by many HWBOT members. The contest was organized by GIGABYTE annually from 2008 to 2010 and in many ways set the standard for what a truly global overclocking contest looked like. Today’s Throwback Thursday is all about the GOOC 2010. Back in October 2010 we covered a roundup article penned by which stands today represents a great record of what happened in the contest:

During numerous local competitions and five regional finals, the latest of which was the North American final on August 7th, overclockers from 33 countries around the world competed to earn a spot at the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking 2010 Worldwide Final event on September 25th. Once the dust settled, 15 competitors distinguished themselves from the rest and were deemed worthy of an official invite to Taiwan and an opportunity to walk away as this year's GO OC world champion. Bragging rights aside, the competitors had an chance to enrich themselves to the tune of almost $8000 USD if they came in first, so there was certainly no lack of motivation to give it their all.

As you can see, to the delight of everyone most of those who made it to this year's final event were first timers, which just goes to show how difficult it is to consistently perform at a high level during live oveclocking events. Despite being novices at this event, chances are that you've seen everyone of these highly respected users before, either on overclocking forums, hwbot or even the ORB. Massman, Sno.lcn, and ZoLKoRn are 'veterans' at this event, but as you will see in the coming pages, when the stars are aligned against you all the experience in the world doesn't help.

The contest was of course eventually won by Motose (Romania) and will probably go down as one of the most memorable live contests of the era. Catch the full write up of the legendary GOOC 2010 contest here on HardwareCanucks.