Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2607/1645 MHz k|ngp|n 36421 marks 158.7 pts 2   4
GPUPI - 1B GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2885/1377 MHz Rauf 7sec 961ms 132.3 pts 9   5
XTU Core i9 7900X 5900 MHz RULE 4506 marks 115.1 pts 1   3
XTU Core i9 7900X 5900 MHz Splave 4460 marks 86.8 pts 0   2
XTU Core i7 7800X 4990 MHz radsolutionz 2376 marks 45.1 pts 0   1
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2354/1526 MHz The3DLink 15659 marks 34.1 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 7700K 5250 MHz Nate152 1749 marks 31.2 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 6700K 4890 MHz heldens 1712 marks 30.7 pts 0   1
Aquamark GeForce 8800 GT 512 Mb 918/900 MHz BarboneNet 462187 marks 29.6 pts 0   5
3DMark11 - Performance GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2050/1560 MHz aerotracks 36113 marks 29.5 pts 2   2


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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.

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The Power of X, Intel Overclocking Unlocked: Contest Roundup

Taking place at the Pantip Pratunam shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand last weekend, the Intel Overclocking Unlocked 2017 contest pitted five teams of overclockers against each other. All teams represented local Overclocking and enthusiast communities and contained three members. The contest spanned the entire weekend of September 23-24, 2017 with Day 1 focusing on individual overclocking with Day 2 offering team overclocking, plus some really exciting 3v3 matches. Let’s take a look at some of the scoring, the players, the prizes and the winners in a little detail:

Intel Overclocking Unlocked: Partners, Teams and Hardware

Five teams of overclockers were invited to compete in the contest. The contest was organized by Intel and HWBOT with the help and support of partners ASRock, ASUS ROG, AOC, MSI, ThermalTake, HyperX and Western Digital. Here are the teams that were invited to compete:

  • OC Station
  • ZoLKoRn
  • extreme

The event was centered on Intel’s High-End Desktop X299 platform with competing overclockers charged with pushing Intel latest Core i5 7640X processors. Various motherboards were made available for the teams with all other hardware components provided by event partners (see below).

Read the full roundup article of the Intel Overclocking Unlocked contest here on OC-ESPORTS.


Intel Core i9-7940X/7960X/7980XE Launch: 7 World Records, 27 Global First Places

Yesterday the NDA lifted for the last two CPUs of the Intel Core X series processors. Including the 16 core processor, the Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7960X and Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition CPUs broke a total of 7 World Records and 27 Global First Places.

The clear winner of this launch is the ASRock X299 OC Formula with 3 World Records and 23 Global First Places by Splave from the United States. Also showing strength is EVGA with 3 World Records and 1 Global First Place by K|ngp|n from the USA. Third to the party is the inevitable ASUS ROG team with 1 World Record and 3 Global First Places by Der8auer, Elmor and Rsannino.

Intel Core i9-7940X/7960X/7980XE Launch

7 World Records, 27 Global First Places

WR HWBOT X265 1080P 197.8 FPS Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
WR Wprime 32M 1.060ms Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
WR XTU 5757 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
WR 3DMark Vantage Performance 138185 Rsannino ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex
WR 3DMark Fire Strike 58024 K|ngp|n EVGA X299 DARK
WR 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme 49352 K|ngp|n EVGA X299 DARK
WR 3DMark Time Spy 37596 K|ngp|n EVGA X299 DARK
GFP Cinebench - R11.5 14xCPU 48.2 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP Cinebench - R15 14xCPU 4579 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP GPUPI for CPU 1B 14xCPU 1min 19.126sec Rsannino ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex
GFP Geekbench3 Multi Core 14xCPU 78075 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP HWBOT X265 1080P 14xCPU 159.52 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP HWBOT X265 4K 14xCPU 37.99 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP wPrime - 1024m 14xCPU 31.846sec Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP wPrime - 32m 14xCPU 1.168sec Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP XTU 14xCPU 5207 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP Cinebench - R11.5 16xCPU 53.87 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP Cinebench - R15 16xCPU 5149 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP Geekbench3 Multi Core 16xCPU 86635 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP HWBOT X265 1080P 16xCPU 180.16 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP HWBOT X265 4K 16xCPU 43.29 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP wPrime - 1024m 16xCPU 28.031sec Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP wPrime - 32m 16xCPU 1.123sec Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP XTU 16xCPU 5149 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP Cinebench - R11.5 18xCPU 56.73 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP Cinebench - R15 18xCPU 5698 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP Geekbench3 Multi Core 18xCPU 92307 Rsannino ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP GPUPI for CPU 1B 18xCPU 1min 1.348sec Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP HWBOT X265 1080P 18xCPU 180.16 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP HWBOT X265 4K 18xCPU 46.35 Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP wPrime - 1024m 18xCPU 25.568sec Splave ASRock X299 OC Formula
GFP 3DMark Vantage Performance 1xGPU 667821 Elmor ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex
GFP 3DMark11 Performance 1xGPU 45705 Der8auer ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex
GFP 3DMark Fire Strike 1xGPU 36074 K|ngp|n EVGA X299 DARK
(Table as of September 26, 2017. Source: database)

Most Valuable Submission of Week 38, 2017: Gold for Bigblock990 (US) and Hellbert (IT)

In Week 38 of 2017, we received 3540 benchmark results from 881 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 56% of the active community. They were responsible for 41% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

During Week 38 of 2017 two overclockers made it to the leaderboard with a golden cup. First up is the newly promoted member of the Elite league Bigblock990 from the United States. With a powerful Core i7 7740X overclocked to 6949 MHz, the American overclocker scores top spot in the HWBOT X265 1080P 4xCPU benchmark with 58.18 FPS. That is 0.15 FPS higher than runner-up in the category, Rauf. Second overclocker to celebrate this week is Hellbert from Italy. He managed to take the first spot in the highly-highly-highly competitive SuperPI 32M Core i7 2600K ranking. With an incredible overclock of 6042 MHz the Italian is more than 100ms faster than Strat from France who held the top spot in the ranking for a long time. Congrats for taking such a legendary golden cup!

The most used hardware components of Week 38 are the Core i7 7700K (12.4%), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (12.6%) and the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex (3.6%). In total the community used 340 different CPUs, 233 different GPUs and 654 different motherboards.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 38 generated in total 60 World Record Points, 6042.9 Global Points, and 6395.2 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 17% for Elite, 32% for Extreme, 12% for Apprentice, 18% for Enthusiast, 7% for Novice, and 25% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 9% Extreme, 5% Apprentice, 18% Enthusiast, 10% Novice, and 56% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 38, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Bigblock990 120.7 pts (GFP!) Rsannino 54.4 pts ikki 39.5 pts
Extreme xMec 72.2 pts Bob(nz) 75.9 pts Hellbert 49.9 pts
Apprentice Dead things 31.6 pts Tom_tol 33.6 pts G_trud 26.6 pts
Enthusiast Wernersen 49.1 pts KedarWolf 41.5 pts PKBO 29.7 pts
Novice Antherknee 24 pts claudiohonio 25.7 pts Antherknee 24 pts
Rookie Darkneo08 46 pts Sufferage 16.1 pts Mahmood_beklari 26.8 pts

Intel Core i9 7980XE Update: Splave (US) and K|ngp|n (US) Take Down 7 World Records

The 18-core / 36-thread Intel Core i9 7980XE processor has only been with us for just under 24 hours and already we’ve seen plenty of World Records and Global First Places tumble. After looking at some scores from rsaninno (Italy), der8auer (Germany) and Alex@ro (Romania), today we turn our attention to the work of two mighty American overclockers, Splave and K|ngp|n.

So far Splave (US) has managed to pull of three World Records using the new Core i9 7980XE chip. In the Intel XTU benchmark we find him making a new World Record score of 5,757 marks with 18-core CPU pushed to 5,800MHz (+123.08%). In wPrime 32M we find him with the fastest run ever, completing the benchmark in just 1sec 60ms. In the HWBOT x265 1080p benchmark Splave also reigns supreme currently with a score of 197.8 fps.

In terms of Global First Places Splave is also weighing in with some heavy scores. He is now credited with the fastest ever 18-core run in wPrime 1024 with a run in just 25sec 568ms. In Cinebench R11.5 he made a Global First Place score of 56.73 points, while in Cinebench R15 he has the fastest 18-core score with a run of 5,698 cb points. In GPUPI for CPU 1B he is fastest with a run of 1min 1sec 348ms while in HWBOT x265 4K, he has a score of 46.35 fps.

Master multi-GPU pusher K|ngp|n (US) has also been taking advantage to the incredible performance of the new Core i9 7980XE to break some popular 3DMark benchmark World Records. In 3DMark Fire Strike he the new World Record stands at 58,024 marks with Vince using 4x GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards clocked at 2,354MHz (+59.05%) / 1,595MHz (+15.92%) and a Core i9 7980XE pushed to 5,720MHz (+120%). Using the same rig he made a score in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme where he now holds the World Record with a score of 49,352 marks, while in 3Dmark Fire Strike Ultra he holds sway with a score of 31,946 marks. Finally, in 3DMark Time Spy he has the World Record with a score of 37,596 marks.

You can find the submissions by following the links above, or alternatively by checking out the Splave and K|ngp|n profile pages.

Xtreme Addict (Poland) Publishes ‘Ultimate ROG X299 Rampage VI Apex LN2 Guide'

It’s always great to see HWBOT community members share their knowledge in an open and public way. Which is why were are very happy to see legendary Polish overclocker and current HWBOT World No.3 Xtreme Addict post a comprehensive X299 platform LN2 guide based specifically around the popular ASUS ROG X299 Rampage VI Apex motherboard. If you’re seriously trying get every ounce of performance from you shiny new Core-X processor using the Apex board and some LN2, this is a must read for you. Take it away Michał:

It's high time get more familiar with the newest Intel HEDT platform - LGA 2066 and X299 chipset. To be honest I hoped that some other overclockers, who were benching ROG X299 platform more often than I was able to or got access to more models of CPUs than I had, would share their extra knowledge so I could learn something extra to avoid rookie mistakes, but it's already 3 months from the launch and meanwhile I learned some tricks. Maybe they will learn something from me instead.

Rampage VI Apex - The hero of this guide is Asus Rampage VI Apex edition motherboard which continues legacy of Apex line originating from Z270. Looks like from now on the highest model even in HEDT segment in naming/pricing is no longer the best option for LN2. Please remember that Rampage VI Extreme has only 8PIN EPS + 4PIN in contradiction to Rampage VI Apex (2x 8PIN EPS) and Extreme version doesn't support Kabylake-X CPUs, it means that some components from VRM are removed. Moreover Extreme has 8 DIMM design which is less effective for high memory overclocking. The main difference between SKLX and KBLX CPUs in terms of power design is of course FIVR, which motherboard vendors love and XOC community hates. Why there are two totally different points of view? It dates back to LGA 1150 times, vendors claimed from their point of view FIVR is great - easier to design a board, cheaper to produce and lower RMA rates cause FIVR doesn't stress VRM that much. Extreme overclockers hate it cause of two major things: ColdBootBug and ColdBug. I say it's life, we just have to adapt to less easy-going benching.

You can find the Ultimate ROG X299 R6A LN2 Tips & Overview article here on the HWBOT Forum.

HWBOT Hosts ‘Performance Matters – Multicore Madness Moscow’ Event – 48 Cores, 96 Threads and lots of LN2

[Press Release] HWBOT Joins Intel, ASUS, Seasonic and HyperX, Showcasing the Outstanding Performance of the Latest Multi-Core Intel® Core™i9 7980XE Extreme Edition Processor

September 25th, 2017 – HWBOT, an organization regulating international overclocking competitions and rankings today announces the ‘Performance Matters – Multicore Madness Moscow’ event. Showcasing the latest Intel® Core™-X series processors, including the latest Intel® Core™ i9-7980XE Extreme Edition processor, HWBOT and partners offer media and press partners the exclusive opportunity of seeing the latest multicore processors pushed to record breaking performance levels in a live setting.

The headline performer of the event will be the forthcoming Intel® Core™ i9-7980XE Extreme Edition processor, the first ever consumer processor with 18 CPU cores and 36 workload threads. With copious amounts of Liquid Nitrogen on hand, we invite media to witness Multicore Performance, like you have never seen before.

“Building on the enormous success of previous Performance Matters events on this year’s HWBOT World Tour, it’s fantastic to again have the opportunity to work with partners Intel to showcase the latest High-End Desktop platform products”, commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “We are excited to see today’s high performance systems pack more CPU cores than ever before, bringing unprecedented performance to a mainstream consumer audience.”

“The ROG brand is all about breaking boundaries and pushing performance to the maximum,” commented Vlad Zakharov, ROG Marketing Director Russia, ASUS ROG. “Events like this vindicate our commitment to ensuring ROG motherboards offer gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers the ultimate multi-core-driven, high-performance experience.”

Read the full announcement regarding the Performance Matter, Muliticore Moscow event here on the HWBOT World Tour website.

Montreal 2017 Challenge: Winners Announced

Today we are very happy to announce the winners of the Montreal 2017 Challenge Giveaway contest. In celebration of the seventh HWBOT World Tour stop of the year in Montreal, Canada we teamed with partners Seasonic and Alphacool to bring you a fantastic opportunity to win some great prizes. It all kicked off on July 21st, with HWBOT fans and social media followers asked to click the link below to enter the Montreal 2017 Challenge. The contest was essentially a Giveaway where the more social media actions you completed, the better chance you had to win.

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 EGE. Seasonic Snow Silent 750 power supplies boast 80 Plus Platinum efficiency and a completely silent operation below 50 % system load. The proud winner of Snow Silent 750 PSUs is a social media follower known as Wilco B.

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. The winner of the Alphacool Eisbaer 420 AiO is a social media follower known as Andreas G.

Catch the full announcement here on the HWBOT World Tour website.

[Video] Advice About Pushing the Intel Core i9 7980XE on LN2, from Der8auer

Der8auer was one of a handful of overclockers who were invited to the ASUS Labs in Taipei to lend his assistance to the ROG team a few weeks ago. The team were invited to push the latest Core-X processors from Intel using the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard, the X299 platform of choice for many overclockers right now. Today Roman has published a video in which he expounds his opinions on what he describes as the new ‘King of the Hill’, the Intel Core i9 7980XE.

The new flagship processor from Intel is a total beast. AMD fans will point to Threadripper being a better value offering with the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X offering 16-cores and 32-threads for around half the price of the new Intel flagship. However it does not change the fact that with the Core i9 7980XE, Intel have fully regained their performance crown, and as Roman explains, it’s not just because it has two more cores.

In his video Roman reveals a great of detail about his experiences with the new chip. For example, if you want to get the most from the new Skylake-X chip, you will need to delid it and replace the thermal paste. For extreme, sub-zero overclocking, Roman recommends using Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut which is designed specifically to operate at extreme temperatures. Whereas you usually need only a little thermal paste, testing has proved that with the new Intel High Core Count silicon, it’s best to simply apply as liberally as possible. Just cake it on! If not, you may be missing out on as much as 3-400MHz of performance. Another tactic that Roman experimented with is direct-die mounting. Mounting the cooler or LN2 pot directly to the die usually causes the CPU’s PCB to bend just a little, a fact that means poor contact with the socket pins beneath the chip. To prevent this from happening Roman created a modified heat spreader that allowed for direct mounting without bending the CPU.

Roman goes on to reveal more about his experiences with the new 18-core beast of a processor including FIVR and cold bug issues. If you want to get up to speed with extreme overclocking with the new flagship from Intel, you really should check out this video.

Intel Launch Core i9 7980XE Extreme Edition, World Records Tumble using ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex

Just a few hours ago the press embargo was lifted on the new 18-core, 36-thread Intel Core i9 7980XE and i9 7960X, Core i9 7940X processors. You can catch one of the first reviews of the new HEDT chips here on Anantech where as usual Ian Cutress gives us a full technical appraisal. The new Extreme Edition chip, as you would expect offers some pretty exceptional performance. In fact it has already been put to good use by a handful of Elite overclockers who were invited to the ASUS labs in Taiwan to give the new silicon a test drive using the ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard. ASUS are happy to report that the team managed to break 6 World Records and 16 Global First Placed scores using Intel's new Core-X memebrs. Here’s a sample of an article published on the ASUS ROG site:

Today, Intel is releasing the remaining members of the high-core-count (HCC) X-series family. We’ve already put the Core i9-7940X (14-core) and i9-7980XE (18-core) CPUs to the test in order to find out where the limits of these two chips stand, and we set six new World Records (WR) and 16 Global First Place (GFP) scores in the process.

Out of the box, the Core i9-7980XE is clocked at a 2.6GHz base frequency and tops out at 4.2GHz with turbo. Using liquid nitrogen to lower the CPU temperature to around -100°C, ROG overclocker ‘der8auer’ was able to save a CPU-Z validation at 6.104GHz on all 18 cores with Hyper-Threading enabled. That’s nearly 2GHz higher than the CPU's maximum turbo speed.

Overclockers der8auer (Germany), rsaninno (Italy) and alex@ro (Romania) have clearly been enjoying the new CPUs from Intel. You can find all the details related to the Core i9 7980XE processor and the new record scores made here on the ASUS ROG site.

The OC Show Season 4, Episode 12: OC-ESPORTS Roundup, GALAX GOC 2017, Overclocking Unlocked Thailand and Core i9 7980XE

Episode 12 of the OC Show was broadcast live on the OverClocking-TV TwitchTV channel at its regular Friday night time slot last week. Show host Trouffman was joined by guests Toolius and Buildzoid, who together took on a mammoth list of overclocking related topics. Firstly however, Toolius kicks off the show with a rundown of what is going on OC-EPSPORTS where Gunslinger and jccman1965 are battling it out for top spot in the Pro OC Division of the Road to Pro series. Once again we see ikki from Japan leading in Divisions I and II, an exceptional performance especially as he is also in the running to finish well in Division III. Toolius also gives an overview of the Team Cup 2017 contest and the recent ASUS OC Showdown Team Edition 2 contest that just got underway.

The topic then turns to the GALAX GOC 2017 Qualifier contest which has encountered some issues with the required hardware not getting into overclockers hands until late. Right now we have 13 overclockers competing for a spot in the GOC 2017 Finals which will take place in Thailand, this November. Contest leader ikki (that man again) has been pushed out of top spot by bob(nz) (Australia), Rauf (Sweden) and rsaninno (Italy). With only six days left, there is still plenty of time for sandbaggers and late arrives to make their mark.

The guys also discuss the Intel Overclocking Unlocked contest which took place in Bangkok Thailand over the weekend. Although not part of the official World Tour, it’s another example of ambient, team and individual OC contest being organized by industry partners Intel, ASUS and others with the help of HWBOT who are there moderating the contest.Other topics that are touched on Episode 12, is the decision from AMD to give Raja Koduri a sabbatical. There’s also plenty of talk regarding Intel’s Core i9 7890XE processor which launches this week and some chat about the new EVGA ‘Untouchables’ EPOWER V power board, which was announced last week for a retail price of $249 USD.

Catch the OC Show with Trouff, Toolius and Buildzoid here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.