Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p Core i9 7960X 5470 MHz Splave 174.05 fps 123.7 pts 6   3
HWBOT Prime Core i9 7960X 5670 MHz Splave 14927.51 pps 82.7 pts 0   2
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i9 7960X 5492 MHz Splave 52.44 points 69.9 pts 0   1
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i9 7960X 5432 MHz Splave 81046 points 66.9 pts 0   1
wPrime - 1024m Core i9 7960X 5465 MHz Splave 29sec 374ms 51.1 pts 0   1
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p Core i7 7700K 5699 MHz g_trud 47.67 fps 34.9 pts 0   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 4k Core i7 7700K 5608 MHz g_trud 10.95 fps 32.8 pts 0   0
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Ryzen 7 1800X 5246 MHz P5ych0 2min 14sec 430ms 29.8 pts 0   0
wPrime - 32m Core i9 7960X 5465 MHz Splave 1sec 246ms 26.9 pts 0   1
XTU Core i5 6200U 2770 MHz server.mahendra 482 marks 23.8 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

We continue our Motherboard Memory Lane series today with a look at the AMD FM2+ platform, the follow up to the FM2 Socket and its Trinity-based APUs that we considered in last week’s article. Socket FM2+ represents AMD’s third attempt to trying to gain traction in the budget to mid-range desktop PC segment, arriving with a refreshed series of Kaveri-based APUs and an updated FCH (or chipset if you prefer). Let’s push on and take a look at the new platform, the motherboards that were popular in this era and some of the more impressive scores that were submitted to HWBOT.

Where Intel had managed to maintain to a ‘tick-tock’ cadence with its processor launches, AMD enjoyed an odd dance all of its own. The first AMD Accelerated Processor Units (APUs) debuted with FM1 in mid-2011 and featured Llano architecture chips. Then FM2 came along in October 2012 with and Trinity and subsequent Richland architecture APUs which were eventually followed by updated Kabini models on mobile platforms only. FM2+ launched in January 2014 with Kaveri, seeing AMD having one last roll of the dice before the new AM4 socket and the eagerly anticipated Zen architecture made its bow on center stage.

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[Video] Buildzoid PCB Breakdown: GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF

In the world PCB breakdown videos on YouTube there stands only man. One man who has single handedly managed to make the world of graphics card PCBs as interesting as possible, especially from an overclocking perspective. That man is Buildzoid. His recent adventures have dealt with a few aftermarket GTX 108 Ti cards that have become available in the last few weeks and months. Popular cards include the Kingpin Edition from EVGA and the MSI Lightening, among others. Today I want to bring your attention to the GALAX take on an extreme GTX 1080 Ti card with Buildzoid’s breakdown of the GALAX 1080 Ti Hall of Fame card. In short it is total and utter OC overkill… in a beautiful sense of course.

The first thing that Buildzoid points out relates to the card’s somewhat OTT power configuration that includes a third 8-pin power socket. Once you take on board that a pair of 8-pin sockets can provide well over 600W of juice, it’s kind of obvious that adding a third to a Pascal card is kind of unnecessary. Marketing? Well yes. As Buildzoid explains, “It’s there to make you feel good about yourself…. Or something.”

Moving to the Vcore VRM, things get very tasty indeed. “It is awesome. It is amazing.” In fact it has 16 phases, four more than the Kingpin Edition and two more than MSI’s Lightening card. To be fair it does use a doubling scheme and thusly an 8-phase voltage controller chip, namely the International Rectifier IR3595. The controller connects first to IR3599 doubler chips to each of the PWM phases.

Buildzoid goes deeper still examining every aspect of a PCB design that he describes as a Formula 1 race car grade graphics card. Seems like GALAX have indeed done a very fine job. Catch the full breakdown video here on the Actually Hardcore overclocking channel.


Throwback Thursday: Hicookie Pushes Core i7 3770K to 7.1GHz with GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7

This week we recall a day back in August 2012 when Cam Wilmot from TweakTown paid a visit to GIGABYTE HQ to interview legendary Taiwanese overclocker Hicookie. The video he shot is well worth a look, taking place a few months after Intel’s Ivy Bridge series launched. Hicookie uses the newly arrived GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 board to push a Core i7 3770K past the 7GHz threshold. One of the cool things about the video is that Hicookie manages to introduce the new OC-specific features of the new board, the VRM design, the LN2 Mode switch and more while at the same time pouring LN2 and answering questions. He really does make overclocking look so easy. Here’s what TweakTown published in August 2012:

Earlier on today we were invited to the GIGABYTE headquarters here in Taipei where we were told we would see the Taiwanese motherboard maker and its in-house professional overclocker HiCookie try to set a new world record for the Intel Core i7 3770K processor.

Overclocking was done on the upcoming GA-Z77X-UP7 motherboard that is due to be released this coming Monday - GIGABYTE at the time of writing were not prepared to comment on pricing as it is yet to be 100% confirmed. However, you can expect the price to be fairly high as this is a board designed for overclockers and it has plenty of top notch features to help overclockers around the world set new performance records. In the video above I mentioned that the Z77X-UP7 is much like a Formula One car in its design theory. Every little tweak has been included and high-end components such as 32 CPU phases are included to help set said new records.

You can find the video from TweakTown here on their YouTube channel, as well as the original post we made back in August 2011 here.

Rookie News 17/08: Team Wccftech Top Rookie Team, Sufferage (AT) leading Rookie League with 383.00 pts

Team Rookies Novices
USA Team Wccftech 48 4
United States /r/overclocking 23 76
USA ASUS Republic of Gamers 18 119
United States 15 39
United States 13 20
Malaysia ASUS 11 26
Czech Republic ROG Czech OC Guys 11 10
Australia Australia OC 7 16
Germany PC Games Hardware 6 38
Russia Team Russia 6 19

Every month or so we have a look at how well the overclocking teams adopt Rookie and Novice overclockers at HWBOT. It comes to no one's suprise that Team Wccftech still holds the top position with 48 (!) rookies and 4 novices enrolled. Second on the list is /r/overclocking with 23 rookies and 76 novices and in third place (down from second last month) we find the ROG team an outstanding 18 rookies and impressive 119 novices in the team.

In the Rookie League, Sufferage from the Austria is leading with 383.00 points which is 84.2 points more than Prote1n (Cowcotland) from the France and 115.9 points more than Kava2126 ( from the United States.

Congratulations to all the overclocking teams adopting the new overclockers and of course the Rookies for their dedication to overclocking!

Check out Rookie League here

Montreal 2017: Ambient Contest and OCWC Prizes Confirmed

Today we are very pleased to to be able to confirm the prizes that we and our partners have lined up for the forthcoming HWBOT World Tour visit to Montreal next month. For the Montreal 2017 event partners Seasonic and Alphacool have agreed to contribute some awesome prizes for the Ambient Contest and the Overclocking World Championship contest, making things that bit more inciting and rewarding for attendees and competitors at the event. Intel have also agreed to contribute some hardware, including an upcoming Intel Core X-series chip.M

Montreal 2017 - Ambient Contest:

As we all know, each HWBOT World Tour involves Overclocking Workshops. Once the workshop session is complete, attendees will be given the chance to submit their best score to the OC-ESPORTS platform using PCs that we have set up at the show. Score as highly as possible and you could be one of four overclockers invited to compete in the Montreal 2017 Ambient contest on the last day. The following prizes will be available for the winners!

    1st Place:

  • Intel Core i7 7700K processor
  • Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU
  • Alphacool Eisbaer 420 AIO CPU Cooler

    2nd Place:

  • Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU
  • Alphacool Eisbaer 420 AIO CPU Cooler

    3rd Place:

  • Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU

Read the full prize announcement for the Montreal 2017 event here on the HWBOT World Tour website.

$@39@ (Greece) Takes World No.1 Ranking on HWBOT

It’s seems like quite a long time since there was a challenge to the No.1 spot in the HWBOT rankings that did not involve either Dancop (Germany) or Xtreme Addict (Poland). These two guys have pretty much dominated the top two spots for at least a few years, but as of today… there’s a change in the air. Yesterday afternoon, in the space of just a few minutes, Greek overclocker $@39@ launched the ultimate assault on the throne, submitting a massive seventeen scores that quite simply catapulted him to the pinnacle of world overclocking. In the League Rankings on HWBOT we now find $@39@ in first place with a total of 2,982.3 points, just ahead of Dancop on 2,956.5 points. Let’s a take a look at our new World No.1 and the hard work that has earned him his place in OC history.

Global & World Records Points - 1,570.9: Your points ranking on HWBOT is a combination of three elements. Firstly, let’s look at Global Points. These are the points earned through the possession of specific benchmark rankings, in particular Global World Record scores and Global First Place scores. Only the top fifteen of these actually contribute to your final score. $@39@ has only one World Record which is in the Unigine Heaven Xtreme benchmark. However he does hold an incredible ten Global First Placed scores, mostly involving GTX 1080 Ti cards in 3D benchmarks thanks to his recent work in this area. His Global & World Record Points haul currently stands at 1,570.9 points.

Hardware Points - 968.9: These involve record scores using specific hardware components and it’s an area where $@39@ is absolutely killing it. Your top twenty submissions in this category contribute to your overall score, and it the case of $@39@ , it’s actually a case of twenty Gold Cups in a row. This means he has the highest ranked score with twenty specific components; these include Core i5 2500K , Core i7 6700K and Core i7 7700K CPUs, plus Nvidia GTX 9800, GTX 580 and GTX 250 cards for example – all showing $@39@ knows his way around several generations of hardware. In terms of Hardware Points he has amassed an enormous 968.9 points.

OC-ESPORTS Points – 442: Finally we have points that have been earned using the competitive OC-EPSORTS platform. $@39@ has been an active overclocker in the Road to Pro Challenger Divisions and several other contests in the last year or so. He currently holds Gold Cups (each worth 50 points) for his contest wins in the Challenger Division I in 2016, plus Challenger Division IV and I in 2017. He also has walk away with the win in this year’s Pro OC Division in Round 2 and is current leader in Round 3. Did I mention he also pulled off a few runner up spots (or Silver Cups, worth 42 points each). These were in the Cheapaz Chips Season 1 contest and the recent GIGABYTE Beat the Heat contest. Nice work.

Total League Points - 2,982.3: The overall current standings in the HWBOT rankings table shows just four Extreme League overclockers in the top twenty, joined by 16 Elite League overclockers. Alongside $@39@, we also have Luumi (Finland), scannick (Italy) and Bullshooter (Germany). However to find an Extreme Overclocker in first place, although not entirely unprecedented, it is indeed a wholly remarkable and pretty amazing achievement. A massive congrats to $@39@, the current highest ranked overclocker on HWBOT. You can check out his scores, submissions and achievements here on his HWBOT profile page.

Gamers Nexus Test and Benchmark Thermal Paste Methodology on AMD Threadripper

The all new (and thoroughly exciting) AMD Ryzen Threadripper platform launched just a week ago, giving HEDT processor users more options than they previously ever dreamed of. There’s been a deluge of great content from tech websites, reviewers and YouTubers, but for me one site that it’s simply knocking the ball out of the park is Gamers Nexus. Steve Burke and the gang have been delving deeper into the actual tech of AMD’s new platform than most sites. As well as a full review of the platform, they also took time to investigate the best way to apply thermal paste.

There are different ways to apply thermal paste to a CPU before mounting the cooler; small ball, long strips, crosses etc. We all have our personal favorite techniques that we tend to favor, but with Threadripper, we’re actually dealing with four CPU dies present under the IHS, of which only two are actually active. The larger surface area of the IHS is also something worth considering of course.

Using a test methodology pioneered by Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung Steve Burke shows sets out six different paste application methods (including the method that AMD actually recommend) for prepping a Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor. He shows you how the different methods spread under pressure using a plexiglass test, plus some real life testing with a closed loop cooler to see which method actually yields better thermal connectivity and efficiency in your rig.

You can find the full and detailed article from Gamers Nexus here, plus the accompanying video on their YouTube channel here. It’s interesting to see in fact, that the video is one of the most popular they have published this month. Who knew thermal pasting was such a popular thing?

The Overclocker Tests AMD Threadripper and ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Motherboard - Makes 7 HFP Scores, Plus 1 GFP Score

AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors arrived officially on the scene at the back end of last week, shaking up the High-End Desktop segment that for so long has been the exclusive domain of Intel. Amongst all the media noise ASUS invited Elite Overclocker Neo Sibeko (South Africa) over to test drive the new platform using the latest ROG Zenith Extreme motherboard. Known to many as the chief editor of The Overclocker magazine, Neo made some very decent scores as part of his review article that will appear in the next edition of the magazine. In the end he managed to claim seven Hardware First Places (Cinebench R11.5, Cinebench R15, HWBOT Prime, x265 1080P, x265 4K, Geekbench3 -Multi and wPrime 1024M) plus a Global First Place ranked score for 16-core processor in the GPUPI for CPU 1B benchmark.

The benching session was of course centered on AMD’s new HEDT flagship, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, a 16-core / 32-thread monster of a processor that currently retails for reasonably competitive $999 USD. Here’s what ASUS had to say about the Overclocking session with The Overclocker in their coverage of the Threadripper launch:

Take Threadripper to the edge and beyond - Overclocking at the highest levels requires sub-zero cooling with exotic substances. Free pouring liquid nitrogen as smoke billows may not be practical for everyday desktops, but it helps us learn the limitations of the platform and how to get the most out of it. The Zenith Extreme is equipped with several enhancements for life on the ragged edge, including special operating modes for LN2 and multimeter probing points for voltage monitoring.

We’ve already used the board to push the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X to 5.37GHz across all 16 cores and 32 threads. That config was stable enough to generate an impressive Cinebench R15 score of 4514. As of August 10, the Zenith Extreme has claimed the top spot on the Threadripper leaderboards with Hardware First Place (HFP) scores across seven benchmarks and a Global First Place (GFP) in GPUPI for CPU -1B. All the scores are listed below along with links to the official submissions.

You can read more and find links to all the scores here on the ASUS ROG website.

TiN Publishes GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Edition Uncorking Guide

When it comes to 3D overclocking you could argue Vice ‘K|ingp|n’ Lucido is virtually untouchable. Currently ranked as US No.1 and 5th Globally on HWBOT, Vince is of course also the man behind EVGA’s popular Kingpin Edition graphics cards. However people closer to the action at EVGA will also be aware of another very important EVGA employee, the one and only Illya “TiN” Tsemenko. This guy probably knows more about designing and modding Nvidia graphics cards than any other soul on the planet.

Something that TiN also gets a great deal of respect for, is his famous ‘Uncorking’ guides. For the last few Nvidia product cycles TiN has put together guides where he shares all of his expertise about graphics card prepping for extreme LN2 cooled overclocking. Today we bring your attention to the latest Uncorking guide which is centered on the newly arrived GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Edition graphics card. Here’s a taste of what TiN has to say in the intro:

Overclocking/overvoltaging your EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti KINGPIN graphics card disregarding type of the cooling, is quite an adventure and safe for the hardware, as long as it’s done correctly. Always pay attention to details and fully research these topics before doing any VGA alterations.

Having patience and doing things in small steps is key. Testing after each and every modification will provide the best user experience while keeping your hardware safe and benching over and over again. Data provided in this guide was verified on multiple cards, but slight variations in numbers or results for KP 1080 Ti graphics adapters are still possible due to silicon variances in samples.

The Uncorking Guide is certainly not for the faint of heart. The level of detail involved is actually quite staggering and goes a long way to helping understand just how much work goes on in the EVGA labs when Vince is trying to break World Records. Find the guide here on

Open Benchtable Summer Sale: 10% Off Any Open Benchtable Order! have just posted a short news post that will be interesting to anyone who is thinking about making a purchase. As part of a Summer Sale promotion, all orders made using a special discount code will subject to a ten percent discount.

The summer of 2017 has been loaded with exciting PC hardware launches. Between Intel and AMD, the battle for PC platform supremacy has never been so intense. To celebrate the end of summer, we are offering an exclusive 10% off deal on all the Open Benchtables currently left in stock. Numbers are limited. Use the following code to redeem: SUMMER10. The Summer Sale offer is valid from today until September 15th 2017.

Remember. The Open Benchtable is the one and only fully portable and tooless benchtable. It is uniquely crafted with love by real PC hardware enthusiasts and is available in three different colors; Red, Silver and Black. Also, all Open Benchtables ordered from come with an exclusive travel sleeve to protect your table while traveling.

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Prote1n (France) Wins Rookie Rumble #46, Mossy (UK) Wins AMD Rumble #40

A week or so ago we came to the conclusion of the Rookie Rumble #46. After a month of serious Rookie overclocking we find prote1n from France sitting at the top of the table, while on the AMD side of the street, UK overclocker Mossy takes the win. Let’s take a look at all the action in a little detail as well as reveal this month’s Lucky Prize Draw winner.

Rookie Rumble #46: July 15th to August 5th, 2017

First a quick recap of what the Rookie Rumble contest series is all about. The core idea 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 #46 of the contest was set up with three stages featuring the following benchmarks; Intel XTU, Cinebench R15 and Geekbench3 -Single Core. Let’s go ahead and look at the stages in isolation.

Stage 1: Intel XTU

As with all Rookie Rumble contests, Stage 1 is all about the popular Intel XTU benchmark, a favorite with Rookie Overclockers because of its simplified GUI and integrated submission process. One interesting quirk about XTU stage of this contest is that the eventual score produced by the benchmark is divided by the number of cores present on the CPU used.

At the top of the table we have French overclocker prote1n showing his class with a very dominant performance in the XTU benchmark. His score of 451.25 per core (1,805 marks) stands way out in front of his nearest rival Frito (US) with 436.75 per core (1,747 marks). In third place kava2126 (US) chimes in with a score of 427.50 per core (1,710 marks).

You can catch the full roundup article for Rookie Rumble #46 and AMD Rumble #40 here on OC-ESPORTS.