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World Tour 2017 and HWBOT X
Road to Pro 2017
Starts Feb 1, 2018
|XTU||Core i7 8700K||6700 MHz||Dancop||3723 marks||173.0 pts||1 5|
|Cinebench - R15||Core i7 8700K||6899.6 MHz||Dancop||2327 cb||103.9 pts||6 5|
|Cinebench - R11.5||Core i7 8700K||6901.2 MHz||Dancop||25.29 points||84.1 pts||0 3|
|XTU||Core i7 7820X||5800 MHz||rsannino||4059 marks||82.2 pts||0 0|
|Geekbench3 - Multi Core||Core i7 8700K||6921.2 MHz||Dancop||42766 points||78.6 pts||0 3|
|XTU||Core i7 8700K||5410 MHz||PKBO||2990 marks||64.6 pts||2 0|
|XTU||Core i7 7700K||6528 MHz||Lucky_n00b||2226 marks||60.3 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i9 7900X||5800 MHz||Elkim||4651 marks||52.7 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i9 7920X||4690 MHz||Wtomioke||4149 marks||48.9 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i7 7820X||5000 MHz||Nik||3504 marks||48.8 pts||0 0|
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Today’s trip down GPU memory lane is all about the NVIDIA 7 series that arrived on the scene in June 2005. Where previous GPU designs had heralded major innovations and the introduction of entirely new technologies, the 7 series was more of an update by comparison. The new GPU arrived with a change in nomenclature and notably a change in the way that NVIDIA graphics cards were actually launched - NVIDIA and AIB partners had products shelves on the very same day that the press embargo was lifted. Let’s look at the GPUs and cards that arrived as part of the new 7 series launch, the cards that have since proved to be popular with overclockers on HWBOT and of course, the notable scores that grace our database to this day.
The NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX was launched on June 22nd 2005 as the company’s brand new flagship card offering. At launch the card was immediately available in the retail channel, literally the same day, which at the time was largely unheard of. This was seen as NVIDIA more or less giving ATI the proverbial finger, as previous ATI launches had tended to be prefaced with vague ‘coming soon... we hope’ messaging. The 7800 GTX was based on the G70, the successor to the NV4x series that had powered the GeForce 6 series. The change in naming scheme was apparently a marketing decision with GeForce 7 being better represented by G70 than NV47. The NV70 was largely based on the same architecture as the previous generation and the NV30 generation that preceded it. The G70 again used Shader Model 3.0 with support for the DX9.0c and OpenGL 2.1. Nothing new there. The real interest is when you consider the rendering configuration.
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.
This week’s GPU Flashback Archive article continues with a look at the NVIDIA GeForce FX series, or GeForce 5 if you prefer to keep things somewhat tidier. In truth however, the FX series was perhaps one of the least tidy product launches that NVIDIA have produced. The GeForce FX series spanned two years in terms of graphics card releases, used a total of six different GPU designs, two manufacturing nodes, three bus interfaces and technically speaking three different kinds of memory. To keep things reasonably simple, we’ll look at the new features that the FX series debuted and the technologies that were introduced while at the same time keeping our remit in focus with a look at the launch flagship GeForce 5800 Ultra, and the budget GeForce FX 5200, the most popular FX series card with HWBOT members.
The NVIDIA FX series replaced the previous generation of GeForce 4 series cards, at least in terms of product launch dates. In reality the two products overlapped during the period towards the end of 2002 and early 2003. Although the GeForce 4 series was a success, bringing the video game industry the hardware needed to make DirectX 8.0 a reality, the GeForce 4 MX series had left a sour taste in the mouth of many tech reviewers and hardcore gamers. Despite being branded as a fourth generation NVIDIA product, it entirely lacked DX8 compatibility.
Today our GPU Flashback Archive series continues with a look at the GeForce 4 series that arrived on store shelves back in early 2002. It was historically another successful product launch from NVIDIA, one that helped to consolidate the company’s position as basically one of two GPU vendors that remained in existence. The GeForce 4 series arrived with a slew of new features and a broad range of price point options, strengthening NVIDIA’s position as market leader. Let’s take a look at the technologies and innovations that arrived with the GeForce 4 series, the cards that were popular with HWBOT members and some of the notable scores that we can glean from the database.
At the heart of the GeForce 4 series we have a wholly new GPU design, the NV25, a GPU which offered significantly improved performance over the previous NV20 GPUs used by the GeForce 3 series. It arrived in February 2002 with the launch of three new high-end cards, the flagship GeForce Ti 4600, Ti 4400 and the Ti 4200 which arrived a few months or so later. These three cards were essentially replacing the previous generation GeForce 3 Ti 500 and Ti 200 cards, which by early 2002 were becoming pretty rare due to stock shortages.
This week’s GPU Flashback Archive article is all about the GeForce 3 series of graphics cards from NVIDIA, a company that by this stage in history was recognized as industry leader in GPU development and innovation. The third iteration of its GeForce brand launched with a hiccup or two in early 2001 and enjoyed status as the company’s top tier offering for around a year before it was usurped by its successor, the mighty GeForce 4 series. Let’s take a peek at the new technologies and innovations that arrived with GeForce 3, the cards that proved to be most popular with overclockers on HWBOT and of course, the notable scores and benchmarks that it spawned.
First let’s set the scene. NVIDIA’s arrival on the graphics card market in the late nineties had been wholly disruptive. After TNT and RIVA series cards, NVIDIA blew the doors of the industry with its first GeForce series and simply didn’t look back. By the time we arrive at the GeForce 3 series, we find that Matrox had left the market to focus on more niche markets while S3 Graphics were basically clinging on by their front teeth. NVIDIA eventually put an end to 3dfx and their classic Voodoo cards by buying the company out. Only ATi endured, and we all know what eventually happened to them.
The HWBOT World Tour marches on today bringing overclocking to the masses of Taiwan. The Taipei II 2017 event is the second visit to Taipei this year following up the event we held there during Computex 2017 in June earlier this year. The event is taking place in the heart of Taipei City’s technology district, with a booth setup for us directly between the famous Guanghua Digital Plaza, the tech market that sells every PC and electrical component known to man, and the newly erected Syntrend building, a much more modern and interactive take on consumer retail. The idea is to give local Taiwanese PC and tech enthusiasts a chance to encounter overclocking for the first time.
At our booth we have several system setup using the latest Skylake-X 12-core Intel Core i9 7920X processor, G.SKILL Trident Z RGB DDR4-3600 CL16 8GB memory and a variety of X299 motherboards from ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI and ASRock. The systems are all mounted on portable Open Benchtables and are powered by Seasonic PRIME Platinum 850W power supplies. Very nice rigs indeed. Free Overclocking workshops are being offered to members of the public and are hosted by Coolaler, one Taiwan’s most prominent and seasoned overclockers. After taking a short 30 min introduction to CPU overclocking via the Intel XTU app, attendees are then given the chance to start making some scores. After tweaking their system and improving performance they can submit scores to the OC-ESPORTS platform, a good way to see how well you doing compared to your peers.
You can find more photos of the Taipei II 2017 event here on the HWBOT World Tour website.
I don’t suspect there aren't too many people out there who genuinely get excited about capacitor modding on graphics cards. Builzoid however is a big fan. Just to hear him talk about it, you get the impression that rather be at home cap-modding than doing anything else. In his latest video, he gives his burgeoning group of YouTube followers a thorough guide on the topic.
Capacitor modding is for most seasoned modders a fairly easy job. It’s a simple modification that doesn’t really require too much in the way of in depth component knowledge. However it can be fairly easy to screw up if you don’t get the basics right and could cost you the price of the card you are working on. Like with any time you’re using a soldering iron on a PCB, you need to pay attention not to fry your card in the process.
So a first question that anyone might ask is why do cap-modding anyway? What are we trying to achieve? Well one reason to eliminate a pesky thing called voltage-drop, an issue which happens when the GPU is far from the VRM, which is most of the time. The voltage might read a certain amount in GPU-Z, but in reality the GPU may not be getting the voltage it needs. Graphics cards often struggle with voltage fluctuations which again mean that the GPU isn’t getting the cleanest and most consistent power delivery. Adding additional capacitors can help with all these problems, giving your card a more stable and clean power delivery.
If you are vaguely interested in video card modding, you will enjoy this video which can be found here on the Actually Hardcore Overclocking channel.
In celebration of the tenth HWBOT World Tour stop of the year at PAX AU in Melbourne, Australia next month we have again teamed with partners Seasonic and Alphacool to bring you another great chance to win some super prizes. It all starts tonight (October 20th). All you have to do use the image below (or this link) to enter the Melbourne 2017 Giveaway contest. The really cool thing is that the more social media actions you complete, the better chance you have to win a prize. What are you waiting for!!
Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU - The latest Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSUs will be used to power the Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest as well as Overclocking Workshop systems that we setup at PAX AU. Seasonic Snow Silent 750 power supplies boast 80 Plus Platinum efficiency and a completely silent operation below 50 % system load.
Alphacool Eisbaer 420 AIO CPU Cooler - Alphacool is fundamentally revolutionizing the AIO cooler market. Where traditional AIO CPU-coolers are disposable products which are neither upgradeable nor refillable, the Alphacool “Eisbaer” is modularly built and can be upgraded, rebuilt or refilled at any time and bring efficient cooling for your processor, no matter how hard you push it.
Read the full news post about the Melbourne 2017 Giveaway contest here on the HWBOT World Tour website.
HWBOT Hosts Overclocking Workshops and Competitive Ambient and Extreme Overclocking at PAX AU, Melbourne, Australia
[Press Release] October 19, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan - HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings, today officially announces its first visit to Australia, attending PAX AU in Melbourne on October 27th - 29th. The event will bring Overclocking Workshops plus competitive ambient and Overclocking Contests to a broad audience of Australia’s most enthusiastic PC gamers. HWBOT Will also host a more social oriented Overclockers Gathering event and take part in a PAX AU Panel, discussing the performance of the latest multi-core processor platforms.
“We break into new territory once again when we take the HWBOT World Tour to Australia for the first time,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “PAX AU is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of Overclocking with Australian gamers and enthusiasts while also engaging some of the world’s most respected overclocking talent.”
Free Ambient Overclocking Workshops for PAX AU Attendees - A central element of the HWBOT World Tour is the idea of spreading the word of overclocking to each and every corner of the globe. To that end all PAX AU attendees are invited to join us for free Overclocking Workshops. Systems with the latest 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors will be set up at PAX AU with seasoned overclockers on hand to give you expert tuition.
Once you have learned the basics of how to tune the PC to improve performance, it’s time to get hands and try it for yourself. After making a few scores using the Intel XTU benchmark, you can then submit it to the OC-ESPORTS competitive platform. If you are among the highest four scorers, you will invited back to compete in 1v1 Semi-Final and Final matches. The eventual winner will win some fantastic prizes and be crowned Melbourne 2017 Ambient Winner.
Read the full news announcement about the HWBOT World Tour visit to PAX AU here on the World Tour website.
The HWBOT World Tour embarks on its first trip down under in just over a week from today. From an extreme overclocking perspective the highlight of the event will be the Melbourne 2017 Overclocking World Championship (OCWC) Qualifier contest. It will see the region's top extreme overclockers compete for the chance to attend the OCWC Finals which will take place in Berlin, in December. Today we can bring you an update which confirms the hardware that will used, the format that will be employed and the benchmarks and other rules that will be used.
Overclocking World Championship – Melbourne 2017 Qualifier
Extreme overclockers in the ANZ region are invited to take part in the Melbourne 2017 Qualifier contest. The contest will take place at PAX AU 2017 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Here’s a breakdown of how the contest is organized:
Read the full announcement concerning the structure, rules and hardware that will be used in the Melbourne 2017 OCWC Qualifier here on the HWBOT World Tour website.
This week’s Throwback Thursday is all about a product announced by Albatron back in 2005 that allowed users to use their old AGP graphics card with a newer PCIe compatible motherboard. The product was marketed as the Albatron ATOP and targeted users who wanted to ‘save on upgrade expenditures and extend the life your AGP card’. Here’s a sample of the press release that Albatron put out back in 2005:
Because the AGP 8x standard has been around for a while and continues to provide more than adequate graphics performance, there still exists a large base of users with very capable AGP 8x VGA cards. Until now consumers have been hesitant to upgrade to a mainboard with the PCI-Express standard because it would also mean having to purchase a new PCIe VGA card. With the ATOP card you can now upgrade to a PCI-Express mainboard, continue to use your existing AGP-8x card and worry about purchasing a new PCI-Express VGA card at a later time.
Your AGP-8x card simply piggybacks on the ATOP card's AGP-8x slot located on the top edge. The ATOP card is then plugged into the mainboard's PCI-Express slot. The only other installation requirements are replacing the bracket on the AGP-8x card with an ATOP bracket and installing the appropriate driver.
We came across the product much later in October 2010 but in truth, e-bay scouring proved fruitless. The Albatron ATOP turned out to be even more mysterious and rare than we thought. If you have encountered or used to an Albatron ATOP adapter please go ahead and chime in with your reminiscences in the forum comments below.
Overclocking is popular with many enthusiasts because it is often possible to take cheaper hardware and use a little ingenuity to boost performance to something similar to a more expensive part. Who doesn’t like extra, free performance? PhilsComputerLab recently published a nice video which explores the potential hidden performance available with an NVIDIA GT 1030 card, in this case a low profile 2GB card from GIGABYTE.
The video kicks off with quick intro of Phil’s inexpensive small form factor build to which he has added the GT 1030 card just to bump up FPS when gaming. The card retails for around $70 USD and is fitted with a wee cooling fan. Using the bundled AORUS Graphics Engine app, Phil then starts tweaking first GPU, then graphics memory settings. With a 10% boost in clocks we find that in fact the graphics memory tweak actually proves to be most effective in raising frame-rates when gaming. By the end of his testing Phil manages to configure his entry-level Pascal GPU at 1,688MHz, a nice boost of 37.57%. In memory terms he ended up with a boost of 20%, all of which translated into a nice bump in frame rates in all games tested.
Overclocking entry-level graphics cards is probably not all that interesting to the majority of Enthusiast and Extreme HWBOT members, but there is another reason to cover this video from Phil. In a few weeks we hope to announce the second season of the Cheapaz Chips contest on OC-ESPORTS, a contest series that is all about overclocking, and indeed modding entry-level graphics cards. Season 1 was all about the GT 710 card. I wonder if you can guess which card we will be using in Season 2.
You can find the GT 1030 overclocking video from PhilsComputerLab here on his YouTube channel. It might not be an earth-shattering, LN2-fuelled romp at World Record breaking, but it definitely is an overclocking tutorial that many entry-level gamers could learn from. Nice work Phil.
The OBT BC1 Mini is a Portable, Lightweight Benchtable Designed Specifically for Small-Form-Factor Testing and Showcasing
[Press Release] October 18, 2017 – The Open Benchtable Project is today delighted to announce the official arrival of the BC1 Mini, a lightweight, toolless benchtable that has been designed specifically for Small Form Factor systems. Co-developed with HWBOT, OverClocking-TV and Streacom, the BC1 Open Benchtable is a community-developed product that has won awards from Red Dot and iF Design in recognition of its portability, esthetics and design prowess. Available in Q4 2017, the BC1 Mini follows the same design principles of the BC1 Open Benchtable, arriving in choice of three colors to match your preference.
“Just one year after we launched the popular BC1, we hope the enthusiast community will again be excited to receive the BC1 Mini, an Open Benchtable that re-defines the rules about small, compact and portable systems,” commented commented Isaïe Simonnet, Project Development Manager, VP of OverClocking-TV.
“Streacom has always had a keen focus on small form factor design so for us the BC1 Mini is a natural progression from the acclaimed BC1” commented Shimon Simon, Head of Design and Manufacturing at Streacom. “We have taken all the great feature of the BC1 and packed them into an ultra-compact form that is perfect for ITX based platforms.”
The Open Benchtable BC1 Mini: Enjoy Ultimate Portability - The Mini-ITX form factor standard is developed specifically to address the need for more compact systems. Today there is no compromise on performance, as more Mini-ITX motherboards are used by gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers in systems that use the latest high performance hardware. The OBT BC1 Mini redefines the desire for small form factor benchtable, bringing the advantages of the original Open Benchtable in a smaller footprint that offers the ultimate portable system.
Read the full news announcement here on the Open Benchtable website.
HWBOT World Tour – Taipei II Hosts Overclocking Workshops and Contests Outside Taipei’s Famous Technology Market
[Press Release] October 17, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings, today officially announces the Taipei II leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2017. Hosted on the doorsteps of the famous Taipei Electronics Market, HWBOT plus partners Intel, Seasonic, G.SKILL, CoolPC and Coolaler will give local PC enthusiasts a taste of Ambient and Extreme competitive overclocking.
“After the success of the Taipei 2017 event at Computex earlier this year, we are excited to return – literally bringing Overclocking to streets of this dynamic city,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “We looking forward to harnessing the energy and talent of Taiwan’s PC enthusiasts on the steps of one of the world’s most iconic computer markets.”
Oct 21st to 22nd: Free Ambient Overclocking Workshops for all Taipei Tech Market Visitors
Local technology enthusiasts are invited to enjoy free Overclocking Workshops just outside the Syntrend Creative Park. Located next to the famous Taipei Guanghua Computer Market, visitors who sign up for a workshop session will be treated to expert tuition from local Overclocking master Coolaler. After learning the basics of overclocking, it’s time to get hands on and start making some benchmark scores of your own. Submit your highest score to the OC-ESPORTS platform and you could be invited to compete in a live 1v1 final contest with some great hardware prizes for winner.
Read the full news announcement about the Taipei II 2017 event here on the HWBOT World Tour website.
It’s not every day that we get a brand new 2D World Record, but it seems that today is indeed one of those days. H2o vs. Ln2 is a US based overclocker who clearly gets to play with some pretty nice server hardware. His latest machine is based around a monster rig that uses a pair of 28-core Xeon Platinum processors, that combine to offer a massive 112 threads of Intel Skylake-X processing power. Just for a bit of fun H2o vs. Ln2 used the rig to bust three World Records; HWBOT x265 1080p and 4K, plus Cinebench R11.5.
The new World Record for the HWBOT x265 benchmark in the 1080p test now stands at 198.84 fps. The pair of Xeon Platinum 8176M processors have a default clock of 2.1GHz, but according to the benchmark submission H2o vs. Ln2 managed to leverage his custom cooling array to push the processors to 2,801MHz, 33.38% beynd stock settings. In the same benchmark using the 4K test, the H2o vs. Ln2 rig made a new World Record score of 47.8 fps. On this occasion the CPUs were (according to the submission info) pushed even higher to hit 3,791MHz, which is a pretty incredible +80.52%. This could however just be the built-in Max Turbo frequency at work. The third World Record involves the Cinebench R11.5 benchmark where H2o vs. Ln2 managed a score of 58.85 points with the CPUs at default settings.
The server rig itself was based around a dual-socket Supermicro X11DPiN motherboard. . This baby is based on the Intel C621 chipset and uses a pair of FCLGA 3647 sockets with 16 DIMM slots to support a maximum of 2TB of ECC DDR4 memory at speeds of up to 2666MHz. The Xeon Platinum 8176M processors have 28 Skylake-X cores (which means 56-threads each), a TDP of 165W and have a listed prize of $11,722 USD per chip. A pretty decent wee rig you could say.
You can find the three World Record submissions in the links above. You can also check out the H2o vs. Ln2 profile page were he has several other Global First Placed scores including a 2nd Place World Ranked score in wPrime 1024M.