Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2607/1626 MHz k|ngp|n 118631 marks 120.8 pts 4   3
XTU Core i3 7350K 6598 MHz ikki 1196 marks 59.3 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 6950X 5150 MHz SergeyR 3377 marks 47.1 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7800X 4690 MHz samaelestevez 2342 marks 45.6 pts 0   0
wPrime - 32m Core i3 7350K 6643 MHz ikki 5sec 922ms 35.9 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 7820X 4900 MHz Zyklon-Ger- 2984 marks 32.6 pts 0   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p Core i7 5960X 4939 MHz alexmx 68.88 fps 31.4 pts 0   0
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Ryzen 7 1700X   Doc.Brown 2min 16sec 880ms 29.9 pts 0   2
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Ryzen 7 1700X 5200 MHz Radi 2min 17sec 240ms 27.9 pts 0   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p Core i7 7700K 5299 MHz avalanche 44.66 fps 26.7 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

The final article in our Motherboard Memory Lane series brings us right up to date with a look at the current AMD AM4 platform. AM4 series motherboards support AMD Zen architecture CPUs, a new platform which AMD hoped would finally elevate the company back into the upper-mainstream PC component ecosystem, a place that had been utterly dominated by Intel for most of the last decade. The platform arrived with a new socket, new chipset series, new AMD Ryzen CPUs and a newly invigorated sense of purpose. Let’s take a look at the key platform features, the motherboards that are currently most popular and the CPUs that are being used to make some very decent scores on the HWBOT database.

The first systems to use the AMD AM4 Socket were in fact built by OEMs HP and Lenovo in late 2016 who were given exclusive access to the new platform. It arrived with Bristol Ridge-based APUs that featured Excavator cores, the last iteration of AMD’s Bulldozer CPU architecture. As far as the mainstream DIY PC consumer and enthusiast space, it barely registered a blip on the radar. We were all far too preoccupied with waiting for Zen to arrive.

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ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex Overclocking Guide

The latest Core-X platforms from Intel launched just a few months ago with company expanding their HEDT offerings to include both Kaby-Lake-X and Skylake-X processor series. It’s fair to say that at this point in time the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard has proved to be one of the more popular board choices for the new platform, which is why it’s great to ASUS produce a really solid Extreme Overclocking guide with that board specifically in mind.

Published (with permission) on the Overclocking.Guide site, we are treated to a very in-depth piece that will be really useful to any Extreme Overclockers looking to push their Core-X processor to the max. Specific subjects covered include advice about overclocking with LN2, overclocking DRAM (target frequencies and expectations), plus some pretty advanced advice about how to install and remove a DMI pin – an ingenious and unique way to get more voltage to key parts of the CPU.

The guide also covers a host of topics that are specific to the Rampage VI Apex board including; USB Flashback, PCI Express Configurations, USB and SATA ports, known issues and more. For serious overclocking with the latest Core-X platforms, Rampage VI Apex users will enjoy taking a look.

You can find the ROG Rampage VI Apex board OC guide here on the Overclocking.Guide website, as well as this forum post on the HWBOT forum which also contains links to BIOSes and useful Tools.


Alza OC Cup 2017: Contest Update - Rauf (Sweden) Leads, Wins Mid-Contest Prizes

Today marks the halfway point of the Alza OC Cup 2017 contest here on OC-ESPORTS which gives us a fantastic reason to take a look at the current standings and the stand out scores that have been submitted so far. Swedish legend Rauf, as a Mid-Contest Leader will be very happy to learn that he currently tops the contest leaderboard, and that he has also won some great prizes from partners Intel and G.SKILL. More on that later. Right now, let’s take a more detailed look at all the action so far.

The Alza OC Cup - Sponsored by Alza, the Extreme Overclockers Retailer

First a little information about the company behind the contest. The Alza OC Cup 2017 is sponsored by Alzo, one Europe’s biggest electronic goods e-retailers. The contest underlines the company’s commitment to engaging with European overclockers, a customer segment they really do care about.

Alza is currently the only e-retailer that stocks Kingpincooling products for example, and is quickly growing its Extreme OC product lines to include pretty much everything an Extreme Overclocker might need; LN2 pots, thermocouples, thermal pastes, measurement devices, contact cleaners, torches, MAP cartridges plus kitchen towels and insulation materials. They can even help sort out LN2 delivery in certain areas. The company is quickly expanding to become a one-stop-shop for things XOC. They are also one of the only retailers that currently accept payments in Bitcoin.

Visit the Alza Shop here.

Alza OC Cup 2017: August 4th - September 4th 2017

The Alza OC Cup contest spans the month of August with four individual stages that will test your skills at pushing raw PC performance to the edge. Being a European company, the Alza Cup 2017 contest is open to European HWBOT members only. Here is a breakdown of the individual stages involved :

Alza OC Cup 2017 - Stages and Benchmarks

  • Stage 1: Intel XTU
  • Stage 2: GPUPI for CPU - 100M
  • Stage 3: SuperPI 32M
  • Stage 4: Geekbench3 Single Core

Read the full Alza OC Cup update article here on OC-ESPORTS.

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.

SuperPI 32M 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (August 21, 2017) - Luumi (FI) Fastest at 5 minutes and 52.750 seconds with Skylake

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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. It's been a while since we posted the last update on the most efficient results as things have been quiet on the SuperPI front this summer. Compared to last time we have two new entries on the leaderboard. First up is the Skylake-X entry by I*C*E* MAN from Germany with a score of 6min 44.096sec using the Core i7 7820X. Skylake-X is a relatively new CPU so it will take a while before we see the best results pop up. Also new in the list is Newlife's improved Carrizo score of 9min 35.781sec with the Athlon X4 845 processor.

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 (August 21, 2017)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
Skylake-X 6 min 44.096 sec I*C*E* MAN Core i7 7820X DDR4-2000 C19-23-23-45
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 35.781 sec Newlife Athlon X4 845 Patriot Viper II Sector 7 DDR3-2064 C6-10-6-22 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

Most Valuable Submission of Week 33, 2017: Gold for Splave (US), K|ngp|n (US) and $@39@ (GR)

In Week 33 of 2017, we received 3612 benchmark results from 919 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 60% 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.

We're nearing the end of summer time in the northern hemisphere and are getting ready for the second half of the year 2017 in overclocking. This week three overclockers made the leaderboard with a golden cup. First up is Splave from the United States. The American overclocker has been very active with the soon-to-be-released Core i9 7960X 16-core Skylake-X processor from Intel. He scores a World Record in the HWBOT X265 1080P benchmark with a score of 174.05 FPS. The WR is achieved with the CPU overclocked to 5470 MHz cooled with liquid nitrogen. Next up is K|ngp|n, also from the USA. The Taiwan-based EVGA overclocker has been hitting the 3DMarks heavy in the past couple of weeks and decided it's time to see how the 16-core Skylake-X fares in 3D. K|ngp|n took the Global First Place in the 3DMark Fire Strike 1xGPU category with a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti clocked at 2581/1607 MHz and the CPU overclocked to 5500 MHz. Last but not least is $@39@ ("Saega") from Greece, a regular on the list. Not only did he temporarily dethrone Dancop as the #1 in the Overclockers League, he's also listed in the leaderboard with two golden cups! The first one is a Global First Place in the HWBOT X265 4K benchmark with a score of 13.34 FPS using a Core i7 7700K at 6767 MHz. Along with that comes a World Record in Unigine Heaven Xtreme with 11824.79 marks. For the World Record he pairs the 7700K - now clocked at 7 GHz - with a 2632/1618 MHz GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard!

The most used hardware components of Week 33 are the Core i7 7700K (11.4%), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (8.8%) and the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex (1.7%). In total the community used 347 different CPUs, 226 different GPUs and 755 different motherboards.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 33 generated in total 830 World Record Points, 6958.8 Global Points, and 6073.4 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 19% for Elite, 36% for Extreme, 8% for Apprentice, 19% for Enthusiast, 8% for Novice, and 18% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 8% Extreme, 3% Apprentice, 18% Enthusiast, 9% Novice, and 60% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 33, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Splave 123.7 pts (WR!) k|ngp|n 154.8 pts (GFP!) Ikki 39.4 pts
Extreme $@39@ 115.5 pts (GFP!) $@39@ 229.2 pts (WR!) Scannick 39.6 pts
Apprentice g_trud 35.2 pts jab383 31.6 pts g_trud 24.2 pts
Enthusiast Avalanche 38.9 pts Elelunicy 25.6 pts Bolc 24 pts
Novice Jokot 27.9 pts (GFP!) Liter vina 34 pts Rico~Suabe` 22.7 pts
Rookie Castle 31.5 pts (WR!) Keefe7 14.7 pts server.mahendra 23.8 pts

The OC Show, Season 4 Episode 8: $@39@ Takes HWBOT No.1 Spot, OC-ESPORTS Update, Intel Ice Lake and AMD Vega

This week’s OC Show was broadcast a day earlier than usual, hitting the air waves of TwitchTV late last night. As per usual Episode 8 of Season 4 featured Atlas, Toolius and Buildzoid who kicked off the show with a chat about about new HWBOT No.1, the one and only $@39@. Apart from an in depth discussion about exactly how one pronounces the guy’s actual name (think saegar…) they also go on to examine exactly what approach he took in order to amass so many points in a relatively short amount of time.

The guys continue with a look at recent action on OC-ESPORTS were the Alza Cup, Road to Pro Challenger Divisions and the Team Cup are attracting plenty of overclocking action, not mention the recently finished Rookie Rumble #46 which was won by Frenchman Prote1n. Buildzoid professes to not actually being a fan of contest overclocking – you spend all that time trying to hit a nice score, then find out that you’re not even in the top ten. Yep… actually competitive overclocking ain’t easy.

The discussion turns to the recent news that has appeared including news from Intel that the platform after Coffee lake (Cannon Lake) will be manufactured on a new 10nm process. A nice newsflash that almost replaces not having IDF this year. There’s also discussion about Intel’s renaming of its B-Series chipset and the affects of the currency mining on graphics card pricing. The team then turn their attention to AMD Vega graphics cards and whether or not they really are good mining cards.

You can find the OC Show, Episode 8, Season 4 here on the OC-TV YouTube channel.

Splave Takes Down 2 World Records and 5 Global First Places with Intel Core i9 7960X

The new 16-core / 32-thread Core i9 7960X processor is not yet available on the market, but the word on the street is that Intel did in fact give the go ahead for industry partners to ‘leak’ a few scores and make them public. Oddly enough, this happened just as AMD’s Threadripper was officially launched. Go figure. A week ago GIGABYTE in-house overclockers Sofos1990 (Greece) and Hicookie (Taiwan) made several very impressive 16-core Global First Place scores using the Skylake-X Core i9 7960X, as did Splave (US). In the last 24 hours or so, Splave has enjoyed another session with the i9 7960X, one that reaped two World Records and five new Global First Place scores.

The new World Record for the HWBOT X265 benchmark now stands at 174.05 fps. To hit this score it looks like Splave pushed his i9 7960X to 5,470MHz. This beat the previous record from Sofos1990 who hit 173.38 fps at 5,400MHz. The other World Record is in the wPrime 32M benchmark where Splave managed a run of just 1sec 246ms with the new Skylake-X chip set to 5,465MHz. Splave used the same ASRock X299 OC Formula board that he was running a week or so ago.

In terms of Global First Places, Splave managed a score of 52.44 cb points in the Cinebench R11.5 benchmark, the fastest ever for a 16-core CPU. In Cinebench R15 he made a GFP score of 4,941 cb points, followed by a GFP score of 81,046 points in Geekbench3 Multi-Core, a GFP score of 14,927.51 pps in HWBOT Prime and a GFP run of 29sec 374ms in wPrime 1024M.

You can find all the scores in the licks above, or alternatively check out the Splave profile page here on HWBOT.

[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