Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
GPUPI - 1B GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2746/1251 MHz Rauf 8sec 359ms 50.8 pts 0   1
Aquamark GeForce GTX 260 216SP 802/1136 MHz superpatodonaldo 513460 marks 49.7 pts 3   1
XTU Core i7 7800X 4790 MHz Wernersen 2420 marks 48.7 pts 0   0
GPUPI - 1B GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2645/1251 MHz Bullshooter 8sec 701ms 46.6 pts 0   3
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2100/1514 MHz littleboy 11458 marks 45.6 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2531/1545 MHz Bullshooter 16768 marks 45.2 pts 1   2
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2505/1525 MHz Phil 11420 marks 44.8 pts 0   0
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2400/1500 MHz OGS 11332 marks 42.7 pts 0   2
XTU Core i3 7350K 6069.5 MHz Razwar 1114 marks 41.5 pts 0   3
Aquamark GeForce GTX 260 216SP 940/1050 MHz ikki 509541 marks 39.5 pts 4   3


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We return for our next episode of the GPU Flashback Archive with another classic graphics platform from NVIDIA, the GeForce2 series. It was unleashed on the scene in early 2000 and proved conclusively that NVIDIA had become the number one graphics company on the planet. Let’s take a look at the GeForce2 series as a whole, the cards that were popular at the time and of course a few of the scores that have been submitted to the HWBOT database using GeForce2 cards.

With the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce 256 card series in late 1999, the company had truly announced its presence on the graphics card market. Competing cards from ATI, S3, Matrox and 3dfx could not compete with the GeForce 256 DDR. Based on the NV10 GPU, it was the first to offer a hardware solution for T&L (Transform and Lighting) tasks, offer fastest ever vertex shading and probably the best gaming experience that anyone could imagine. NVIDIA stayed true to their core company identity and continued to follow a pretty aggressive product launch cadence. The GeForce brand was expanded to include the GeForce2 series just six months later, in sharp contrast to the release schedule the company keeps today.

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Der8auer Compares Water Block and Monoblock Cooling on the Intel X299 Platform

A few weeks ago Germany’s renowned overclocking guru der8auer caused quite a stir on the interweb by categorically stating that the X299 motherboards that he had so far tested were not offering sufficient VRM cooling to handle the needs of Intel’s new Core-X processors when overclocked. The web exploded with every tech blogger, YouTuber and his mother chipping in with an option or ten. While there remain disagrements on the topic of testing philosophies and other details, it is true that these new Core-X chips do produce a great deal of heat when pushed beyond stock. There's also a case that perhaps current motherboard designs could do more to help dissipate heat from the VRM area of the board to help reduce CPU throttling under load.

So what is the best way to keep your shiny new Intel Core-X CPU sufficiently cooled? A question that takes center stage in der8auer’s latest video. He sought to explore the area of custom water cooling, and whether or not a water cooled CPU could offer fully stable, non-throttling performance under load. To do this he decided to compare the results when using a regular water block with that of a monoblock. For comparison sake, he also added data from a regular air cooler.

The system he used was based on an MSI X299 GAMING Pro Carbon motherboard and a ten-core Intel Core i9-7900X processor. The water block he used was an EK Supremacy EVO, while the monoblock used was a EK-Monoblock, in this case the EK-FB RGB Monblock which uses nickel-plated electrolytic copper. He also upgraded the thermal pads of the motherboard’s VRM heatsinks, using Minus Pad 8 pads from Thermal Grizzly.

As you might expect the monoblock does indeed do a better job of the keeping the VRM components in in check regarding thermals. However, that doesn’t quite tell you the whole story. For that, you’d better skip over to the der8auer YouTube channel and watch the video for yourself.


The OC Show, Season 4 Episode 11: OC-ESPORTS Roundup, HWBOT World Tour Montreal 2017, plus AOCT Indonesia

The OC Show, Season 4 Episode 11 took place a few days ago and is now available on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel. Atlas, Toolius, Buildzoid and Trouffman once again take on a broad range of overclocking-related topics in a pretty laid back and inform podcast.

As ever Toolius gets the show underway with an overview of the competitive overclocking that is taking place on the O-ESPORTS platform. Front and center we have the HWBOT Team Cup where things are hotting up nicely near the top of the table. We find Warp9-systems and vying for the win with just a handful of points separating the two. have the advantage for now, but how long will it last. The Road to Pro Challenger Divisions are also coming to a climax as well as the latest round of the Rookie Rumble. Plenty of action chew over as we move towards the end of September.

The topic then changes gears a little as the guys discuss the most recent HWBOT World Tour visits to Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Montreal, Canada. Trouff gives us an overview of the Montreal 2017 event which took place at DreamHack 2017, an event which saw thousands of gamers and enthusiasts attend the largest tech expo in the region. The event featured Ambient Overclocking Workshops that were free for all attendees. Take a 30 minute tutorial then sit down at a PC and try and score as highly as possible. The systems used for the workshops were all X299 platform systems with Core i9 7920X processors. Pretty nice rigs for Amateurs! Trouff also goes on to describe the Extreme Overclocking Workshops that were also hosted and the experience of getting folks up to speed with LN2 pouring, among other things.

There is also a discussion related to the Yogyakarta 2017 event which also took place a week or so ago. The highlight for many was the AOCT (Amateur Overclocking Tournament), arguably one of the best attended and most exciting amateur / ambient contests anywhere in the world. The event also featured the the OCWC Yogyakarta 2017 Qualifier contest which is where the region’s best extreme overclockers competed for a spot in the finals at the end of the year.

You can find episode 11 from Season 4 of the OC Show here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.

ROG OC Showdown Team Edition 2 Kicks Off September 22nd

Today we are delighted to bring you news of the ROG OC Showdown Edition Team Edition 2 contest. It's the highly anticipated sequel to the first ROG OC Showdown Edition Team Edition contest that took place on OC-ESPORTS earlier this year, and it starts in just a few days time. Once again ASUS invite teams of overclockers to compete across a broad variety to stages for some truly awesome prizes. Let’s take a look at the contest format, rules and prizes in a little more detail.

ROG OC Showdown Team Edition: September 22nd - November 6th 2017

The ROG OC Showdown Team Edition 2 contest is broken down into five individual stages. Each stage involves a specific benchmark, a specific number of scores that are required, restrictions on cooling and the different hardware needed. There are also restrictions about which of overclockers, from which HWBOT league may compete, these include Rookie, Novice, Apprentice, Enthusiast, Extreme and Elite leagues. The idea is to include challenges for all members of the team, from Rookie to Elite.

For an example, let’s look at Stage 1. Only Rookie or Novice overclockers may compete. Benching on Intel XTU, three different scores using three different quad-core processors are required. Cooling is restricted to air or water cooling (25°C at idle).

Thanks to sponsors ASUS and the Republic of Gamers, Seasonic, EK-WB and G.SKILL, many of the participants in the contest will walk away with some very impressive prizes. Check out the ROG OC Showdown Team Edition 2 contest page here on OC-ESPORTS. Get a team, and get pushing!

Read the full contest announcement here on OC-ESPORTS.

EK-WB Release Monoblocks for ASUS X299 Boards, Incl. ROG Rampage Extreme and Apex

In the last few days we’ve seen a few press releases coming out from EK describing the latest waterblock offerings the company has developed that are compatible with the latest X299 platform motherboards from ASUS. EK now have compatible RGB monoblocks for four ASUS X299 motherboards including specially developed versions for the popular ROG Rampage Extreme and Apex boards.

[Press Release] - Designed and engineered in cooperation with ASUS, this monoblock uses award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools Intel LGA-2066 socket type CPU, as well as the power regulation (MOSFET) module. Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. Like with every EK monoblock, EK-FB ASUS PRIME X299 RGB features high flow design and this monoblock can be easily used with weaker and silent water pump settings as well. This kind of efficient VRM cooling on an X299 platform additionally brings down the CPU temperatures compared to the traditional CPU water block and stock VRM heatsink cooling solution.

This X299 platform based monoblock also comes with a new redesigned cold plate. The new design ensures that the monoblock has better mechanical contact with the IHS of Intel Core X-series LGA-2066 socket based processors, thus enabling better thermal transfer. The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality acrylic glass material. The nickel plated brass screw-in standoffs are pre-installed and allow for easy installation.

The monoblock is equipped with a 4-pin RGB LED strip that connects to the motherboard's 4-pin LED header (if supported) or it can be connected to any other 4-pin LED controller. The LED strip cover can easily be removed for adjusting the cable orientation or replacing the LED strip with a custom solution as well!

You can find the official announcements from EK here and here.

EVGA Launch 'Untouchables' EPOWER V Power Board, 12+2 Phases of Extreme Power for $249

EVGA has today launched their latest EPOWER board. Dubbed the EVGA ‘Untouchables’ EPOWER V, the board features the latest generation digital PWM ICs from International Rectifier, a 12-phase main output plus a 2-phase secondary output, a remote sense option for Vdroop compensation, integrated voltage monitoring via an LED display, onboard EVbot MKII controls for real-time voltage control, plus USB Type-C connectivity, dual 3-pin +12v fan header and 1 year guarantee. The EPOWER V board is available now for $249 USD.

The EVGA "Untouchables" EPOWER V card is a standalone VRM board that provides additional power for target devices, such as graphics cards or motherboards. The board is designed to provide two fully-independent voltage outputs, and features a built-in EVBot MKII to allow voltage control on the fly. Take your benching experience to the Very limits of your hardware's capability with the EVGA EPOWER V.

The EPOWER V board is powered by the three 6-pin PCI-E power connectors. The input is fed through a 12+2 phase design to provide substantially more VCORE and VMEM to your graphics card, allowing it to break through any limits holding it back.

VMEM - Voltage adjustment range 600mV to 2300mV. Rated capacity is 80A. Maximum peak capacity - 90A at 1.9V output voltage. VCORE - Voltage adjustment range is 600mV to 2000mV. Rated capacity is 600A. Maximum peak capacity - 620A at 1.85V output voltage.

You can find more details about the EVGA ‘Untouchables’ EPOWER V board here on the EVGA site. You can also check out this summary from TechPowerUp here.

Wizerty Hosts AMD Ryzen Threadripper Extreme OC Workshop in Paris

France’s No.1 overclocker Wizerty was busy once again last weekend, spreading the word of extreme overclocking in his native Paris. Following up on an OC workshop event that took place at the Absolute PC store in Central Paris back in April, Jean-Michel teamed up again with the Absolute and partners Corsair, AMD ASUS ROG for another OC workshop extravaganza. You can check out some great photos of the event, posted on Wizerty’s Facebook page (credit to W4rell and Dominique).

Whereas the first event focused on showing folks how to push an Intel Kaby Lake platform under LN2, last weekend’s event was all about AMD Ryzen Threadripper. Alongside the presence the country’s number one overclocker, the new AMD HEDT platform also proved to be real draw. Indeed the event attracted the attention of so many local enthusiasts that Wizerty described it as an ‘absolutely HUGE turnout’!

The event is of course part of a broader effort to expose regular PC enthusiasts, DIY builders and gamers to the extreme overclocking experience. The workshop followed a pretty straight forward format; introduce the basic skill involved and then allow attendees to get hands on. If you check out the full photo album on Facebook, you’ll notice that among the late teens and early twenty year-olds, a few children also managed to get their first taste of LN2 fueled performance. Let's hope these young'uns get the OC bug.

You can find the full photo album of the Paris Threadripper workshop, here on the Wizerty Facebook page.

Anandtech Previews 7 AMD Threadripper X399 Motherboards

Threadripper has been around for a just over a month now, giving HEDT users a viable alternative to Intel’s current Broadwell-E and Core-X processors. AMD promised that the platform would arrive with a full eco-system of X399 compatible motherboards at launch an to be fair there were a few solid options out there on day one. Today there are plenty of options to look at when considering a X399 build, which is why Ian Cutress and Joe Shields of Anandtech have decided to examine seven of the board available on the market today:

With the release of AMD’s Threadripper CPUs into the HEDT market, board partners have released new motherboards based on the X399 chipset. Consumers are going to see quad channel memory, native 4-Way SLI and Crossfire capabilities, more full-speed M.2 slots, added 10G network ports, and more on the new platform. We're taking a quick look at each of the motherboards that the vendors are promoting in the market, as well as a few upcoming teasers.

The four major players, ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI, have launched X399 motherboards for Threadripper. These boards equip the massive 4094-pin socket with eight DIMM slots to cover the four memory channels and then differentiate themselves in PCIe configuration, IO, styling and software support.

  • -ASRock X399 Taichi
  • -ASRock X399 Professional Gaming
  • -ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme
  • -ASUS Prime X399-A
  • -ASUS Strix X399-E Gaming
  • -GIGABYTE X399-Gaming 7
  • -MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon

You can find the Threadripper Motherboard preview article here on Anandtech. It’s a really good read if you want to better understand the different TR4 socket offerings on the market right now.

The OC Show, Season 4 Episode 10: OC-ESPORTS Roundup, Intel Labs, 360 Videos and More

The tenth episode of the OC Show from OverClocking-TV was actually recorded a week or so ago. The good news is that if you missed it, you can catch the full show that is now available on the OC-TV YoueTub channel. The show kicks off with a roundup as ever from Toolius. He gives an overview of all the individual and team standings on OC-ESPORTS, followed by a look at the standings in the contests that are happening. These include the Road to Pro Challenger Divisions, the HWOT Team Cup and the most recent Rookie Rumble action.

As well as show regulars Atlas, Toolius and Buildzoid, the two main stalwarts of Overclocking-TV are also present with Trouffman and Xyala both making an appearance as special guests. Atlas and Toolius raise the topic of Intel Core-X series and the slightly odd way that Intel have been simply been adding new products to the stack, most notably the Core i9 7900X and i9 7920X parts. Then there is the issues of some BIOSes having vCore issues. How do these issues still persist? The guys have plenty of theories.

Xyala then gives us an overview of his most recent trip with Trouffman to the US where he paid a visit to the Intel Labs in Portland, Oregon. As well as meeting with Intel to discuss a range of overclocking-related topics, they were also fortunate to gets hands on with Intel’s latest 360 degree video technologies. Trouff goes on to explain more about how the 360 degree camera tech works and the advantages it brings in terms of screen resolutions, pixel counts etc. Xyala also introduces the idea of using VR in live overclocking contests, giving viewers a chance to see exactly what is happening from the perspective of the overclocker with telemetry data such as frequencies, voltages and more overlaid on the screen to offer a more complete picture of what is going on. Futuristic OC contests anyone? I’m in.

You can find episode 10 from season 4 of the OC Show here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.

Rookie News 18/09: /r/overclocking Top Rookie Team, Sufferage (AT) leading Rookie League with 471.80 pts

Team Rookies Novices
United States /r/overclocking 18 80
USA ASUS Republic of Gamers 17 124
Czech Republic ROG Czech OC Guys 15 9
United States 12 44
France Cowcotland 12 9
United States 9 24
Malaysia ASUS 9 27
Ukraine Overclockers.UA 8 33
Australia Australia OC 6 19
USA Swerigs OC 6 1

Every month or so we have a look at how well the overclocking teams adopt Rookie and Novice overclockers at HWBOT. It's been a while but /r/overclocking is once again the top Rookie team with 18 Rookies and 80 Novices signed up. In second place we find the inevitable ASUS Republic of Gamers with 17 Rookies and 124 Noviced and in third place another ROG branded team. The team ROG Czech OC Guys is from the Czech Republic and hosts 15 Rookies and 9 Novices.

In the Rookie League, Sufferage from the Austria is leading with 471.80 points which is 161.4 points more than Prote1n (Cowcotland) from the France and 175.5 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

Most Valuable Submission of Week 37, 2017: Gold for Ikki (JP) and Rsannino (IT)

In Week 37 of 2017, we received 3377 benchmark results from 854 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 57% 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 37 of 2017 two overclockers made it to the leaderboard with a golden cup. First up is Ikki from (Japan). He scores a Global First Place in the 4xCPU X265 4K benchmark with a Core i7 7700K processor. The Japanese overclocker scores 13.3 FPS with the CPU clocked at 6717 MHz. This is merely 0.01 FPS more than OGS from Greece which is now in second place. Next up is a World Record by Rsannino from Italy. The winner of this year's G.SKILL OC World Cup hit the highest ever in 3DMark Vantage Performance with 2 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards paired with a 5.5 GHz Core i9 7960X 16-core CPU. The new World Record sits at 135813 marks, almost 5000 points more than the previous record by K|ngp|n.

The most used hardware components of Week 37 are the Core i7 7700K (13.2%), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11.2%) and the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex (2.7%). In total the community used 321 different CPUs, 233 different GPUs and 745 different motherboards.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 37 generated in total 245 World Record Points, 6445.2 Global Points, and 6414.1 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 23% for Elite, 27% for Extreme, 10% for Apprentice, 22% for Enthusiast, 7% for Novice, and 22% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 1% Elite, 9% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 19% Enthusiast, 10% Novice, and 57% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 37, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite ikki 118.8 pts (GFP!) Rsannino 173.4 pts (WR!) ikki 33.7 pts
Extreme Bigblock990 95.9 pts Bob(nz) 46 pts Noxinite 39.6 pts
Apprentice Mariaderrick 39.5 pts Jab383 34.7 pts Aleslammer 23.7 pts
Enthusiast PKBO 49.8 pts Nik 31.0 pts PKBO 49.8 pts
Novice Tvalenti03 38.6 pts Yerrihakim 18.7 pts Claudiohonio 23.2 pts
Rookie Maniakfps 37.4 pts Holbrodu 16.5 pts Scole22 33.6 pts