Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Catzilla - 1440p GeForce GTX 1080 Ti   Xtreme Addict 82968 marks 244.3 pts 6   2
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i7 7740X 7136 MHz bigblock990 3min 39sec 441ms 212.5 pts 5   2
Geekbench4 - Single Core Core i7 8700K 6765 MHz xMec 9144 points 167.4 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Ultra GeForce GTX 1080 Ti   Xtreme Addict 29476 marks 153.8 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Ultra GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2505/1676 MHz Gunslinger 9648 marks 135.6 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2505/1676 MHz Gunslinger 35122 marks 114.6 pts 0   0
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i7 7700K 6700 MHz GeorgeStorm 4min 0sec 675ms 110.4 pts 4   3
wPrime - 1024m Core i7 7700K 6700 MHz GeorgeStorm 1min 34sec 459ms 104.2 pts 0   3
SuperPi - 32M Core i7 7700K 6934 MHz GeorgeStorm 4min 43sec 421ms 102.8 pts 0   3
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 7700K 6731 MHz GeorgeStorm 1486 cb 102.5 pts 3   4


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Today we find the GPU Flashback Archive delving into the not so distant past to focus on the NVIDIA 900 series of graphics cards, the first to use NVIDIA’s new Maxwell architecture which had already seen the light day in mobile GPU solutions, an indication of the direction that the company were taking at the time. Let’s take a look at the cards that were launched as part of the 900 Series, the improvements and changes that Maxwell brought and some of the more memorable scores that have been posted on HWBOT.

The first question one may well have regarding the NVIDIA 900 series is simple - what happened to the 800 series? To answer the question fully, you must first look at the direction that NVIDIA was moving at the time. A movement to expand its product offerings in order to compete in the quickly expanding mobile SoC market. The suddenly ubiquity of Android-based smartphones around the globe was fuelled in part by the development of mobile SoCs from Qualcomm, Samsung, Mediatek, Marvell, Allwinner and others. The traditional feature phone was quickly being replaced by smartphones that now required improved multi-core CPU performance, HD display support and, importantly from NVIDIA’s perspective, decent enough graphics processing to actually play 3D games. Intel and NVIDIA were two companies with plenty of R&D and marketing budget who sought to enter a new market to help bolster revenues during an inevitable slow down of desktop PC sales, a traditional cash cow for both.

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HWBOINTS Revision 7 is Now Implemented

If you are an active member of HWBOT you may have noticed a few changes in the last 48 hours or so. This is due to the transition from HWBOINTS Revision 6 to Revision 7. The transition to the new revision essentially alters how HWBOT awards points and how HWBOT members are ranked. At the heart of the HWBOT ranking system we have some quite complex algorithms that determine how scores and members are ranked. With Revision 7, these algorithms have been adjusted to help address the concerns of the community, and to address server constraints.

A more detailed overview of HWBOINTS Revision 7 is available for download here (.pdf) . What follows in an excerpt from that document:

HWBOINTS Revision 7 - Revision 7 is designed in response to community feedback with the intent of awarding points more accurately as a reflection of overclocking result quality. The new revision re-balances the weight of benchmark applications and awards points based on result quality relative to the top result.

Revision 7: Background Information - At the core of the HWBoints concept, invented by Mtzki from Finland, lie two distinct parameters: the weight of a ranking as determined by the amount of participants, and the quality of the result as determined by its position within the ranking. This concept is now being stretched to the end of its scaling capabilities due to two primary reasons: 1) the increase of global and hardware rankings, and 2) the direct submission capability of benchmark applications via our Open API.

Revision 7: Major Goals - The major goals set out for Revision 7 include addressing community concerns, as well as addressing server constraints. The major goals are to:

  • - Re-assess the impact of benchmarks with API submissions
  • - Re-assess the value of 3D benchmarks
  • - Reduce the server impact of point calculations
  • - Shift the importance for competitive overclocking from World Record focus to overclocking competition focus

The implementation of Revision 7 requires an entire database recalculation, which can take several days. In the next few days, we ask for patience while things settle down.


Australia Wins HWBOT Country Cup 2017

Today we are very happy to officially (and finally) confirm Australia as the winning country in the HWBOT Country Cup 2017 contest. After keeping quietly off the radar in the last few weeks of the contest we find the Aussies in complete control of things, following up on their wins in 2013, 2014 and 2015 to take a record fourth HWBOT Country Cup title. Let’s take a look at the scoring in a little detail, the HWBOT members who made the biggest contributions for their country and the prizes that are on offer from contest partners HWBOT, AORUS, Intel, Seasonic and Kingpin Cooling.

HWBOT Country Cup 2017: November 1st to December 23rd

In terms of contest format, each of the six stages of the HWBOT Country Cup 2017 contest were designed to make the contest as challenging as possible. Each stage is unique and involves a specific benchmark and a specific number of required submissions from different team members. Each stage also a specific type and number of different CPUs or GPUs while also offering a specific amount of points. Finally, each stage has a different end date, just to try and avoid total sandbagging on the very last day.

Taking a look at the final standings at the end of the contest, there’s no doubt regarding the utterly dominant performance from Australia. With wins in five out six stages, they really did jump out from behind their sandbags to take the contest by storm. When we last checked in on the contest two weeks prior to its climax, the Australians had yet to really show their hand, loitering around in 5th place. By the end of the contest, they have won the contest by a country mile, toting up a score of 225 points, just 5 points away from a maximum haul. In terms of prize places, the US and make second place with 180 points while France make third with 159 points:

Catch our full Country Cup 2017 roundup article here on OC-ESPORTS where you can also learn about the Lucky Prize Draw and GIGABYTE Special Winners.

l Nuke l (US) Wins Rookie Rumble #51, OnyxPetit (France) Wins AMD Rumble #45

Around three days ago we came to the conclusion of the 51st ever Rookie Rumble contest on OC-ESPORTS. The contest was won by a new face on the Rookie overclocking scene with I Nuke I (US) taking the contest by storm to rack up a first win in his first ever contest. On the AMD side of things we have OnyxPetit (France) winning the AMD Rumble #45 at a canter. Let’s take a look at the scoring and hardware used in a little detail.

Rookie Rumble #51: December 27th - January 15, 2017

At the end of yet another great Rookie Rumble contest, we find I Nuke I (US) living up to his name with a resounding win thanks to a points total of 118. This is just ahead of CSN7 (Germany) with 101 points, a member who might just feel a little disappointed not to clinch the win having taken top spots in Stages 2 and 3. His score of 347.42 per core in XTU was ranked 105th despite the overall score being an impressive 4,169 marks. The fact that XTU scores are divided by core-count was certainly hammered home in this case. I suspect we may see CSN7 invest in a Coffee Lake chip sometime soon.

Having not appeared on the podium in either of the stages, you may find it a little odd to see Canadian Rookie gyrocoptic in third place in the final standings. His consistent performance included 4th, 5th and 6th place finishes and a total of 90 points. Well done to you sir!.Congrats and kudos to all the 450+ Rookies that took part. You can find all the Round #51 scores and final standings here on OC-ESPORTS.

Head over to OC-EPSORTS for a full and detailed roundup of the Round #51 of the popular Rookie Rumble series.

Throwback Thursday: Interview (Former) Canadian No.1, FtW 420

Today we take you back to another great interview from PIzzaMan and This time we’re talking about a day in January 2012 when Canada’s No.1 overclocker was a guy who used the handle FtW (or FTW 420 as he was known on OCN). He was certainly popular among his OCN team mates and famously won the Best 3D Overclocker: The Paris Hilton of Overclocking contest that was organized by GIGABYTE and hosted here on HWBOT.

PIzzaMan - FTW, what was your initial inspiration to start benchmarking?

FTW 420 - I found OCN when I was looking to upgrade from my old pIII rig, after getting it built I ran some benchies to compare & then started overclocking. OCN had a 3dmark competition running around that time & I gave it a try. I did pretty well at it & that was encouraging, but I really wanted to try to catch up with some of the other guys & kept trying. I was pretty hooked from there, started voltmodding & trying to get things colder & clocked higher from that point on.

PIzzaMan - Over the past couple years, you've become very popular amongst our team and others. Earning you the nick name within our team of "The Paris Hilton of Overclocking" when you won the Gigabyte 3D overclocking challenge. Tell us your story about how you sandbagged the Giga competition.

FTW 420 - That was actually the result of a failed 2d benchmarking session, I was working on superpi & failing miserably while trying out a new board (x58 ud7), & looking at the other scores on hwbot as I went. Since the cpu was already frozen I decided to try a different bench & noticed there was a Heaven bench competition coming to a close. I grabbed the gtx480s & had a go at it. That was where I found that the cpu really has little to do with Heaven scores, I did better at 4.5Ghz than at 5.5ghz, so a bit of a waste having the cpu frozen but got the #1 global spots for single, sli & tri sli configurations. Won the competition & won an x58a ud3 while I was at it, so felt better about my pi failure. Didn't accomplish what I set out to do, but at least accomplished something & did well at it. It was really more of a late entry than sandbagging, & I still had to improve my scores to stay on top, SniperOZ was a tough competitor in that one.

You can find full interview with FtW and PIzzaMan here on

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 2.6.0 Released, Adds Titan V Support and More

The latest version of GPU-Z is now available from the guys at TechPowerUp. GPU-Z version 2.6.0 adds support for TITAN V, GeForce GTX 1060 5GB cards as well as several GPUs that have arrived on the market since v2.5.0 was released back in November. As ever there the new release includes a bunch of significant bug fixes and optimizations:

Version 2.6.0 adds support for new GPUs, and fixed several critical bugs. To begin with, GPU-Z 2.6.0 adds support for NVIDIA TITAN V, GeForce GTX 1060 5GB, Tesla K40m, GeForce 825M, Quadro M520, NVIDIA NVS 810, NVIDIA Grid M6-8Q; AMD "Raven Ridge" APUs (RX Vega 8), and Radeon Pro WX9100; and Intel HD Graphics P630, UHD Graphics 630, Gemini Lake UHD Graphics 600. Support is added for AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition.

Among the critical bugs fixed are the application failing to start on some systems due to a broken executable compressor, system crashes experienced on machines with Radeon RX Vega series GPUs, and an application crash on machines with graphics cards that have an empty board id (eg: MSI RX 580 Armor). Fan RPM monitoring is fixed on AMD RX Vega GPUs. Other fixes include "GP100" die-size (correction), and AMD RX 550 "Baffin" reported as "Polaris 21," Intel "Braswell" EU count. Grab it from the link below.

Here’s the full changelog for version 2.6.0:

  • - Sensor refresh will no longer lag the GPU-Z window
  • - Fixed GPU-Z not starting at all due to broken UPX EXE compressor
  • - Fixed crashes on RX Vega
  • - Fixed fan RPM monitoring on RX Vega
  • - Added support for Radeon Adrenalin Edition
  • - RX560 GPU renamed from Baffin to Polaris 21 at AMD's request
  • - Added support for NVIDIA Titan V, GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB, Tesla K40m, GeForce 825M, Quadro M520, NVIDIA NVS 810, NVIDIA Grid M6-8Q
  • - Added support for AMD Vega 8 Raven Ridge Graphics, Pro WX 9100
  • - Added support for Intel HD Graphics P630, UHD Graphics 630, Gemini Lake UHD Graphics 600
  • - Fixed GP100 die size
  • - Fixed Braswell 16 vs 12 EU count
  • -Fixed crash on AMD cards with empty board Id (MSI RX 580 Armor)

Find the latest GPU-Z v2.6.0 utility from TechPowerUp here.

NZXT Enter Motherboard Market with N7 Z370 (with ECS as OEM)

Younger overclockers and HWBOT members may not recall the days when the motherboard market was flooded with companies vying for your attention. Today we have the big four; ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock and MSI - but back in the day, we also had DFI, Chaintech, Foxconn, Sapphire, Elitegroup, Albatron and others. Just this week, a new company has emerged, creating its first ever consumer motherboard based on the Intel Z370 platform. Welcome to the N7 Z370 from NZXT.

NZXT have been around for a while of course and will known for its PC cases, PSUs and cooler offerings. The N7 Z370 is their first stab at a motherboard. Joe Shields at Anandtech was one of the first reviewers to put the NZXT N7 Z370 through its paces. The board retails for $299 USD which is the more affordable end of the Z370 spectrum. It has a decent 15-phase VRM and uses Infineon digital controllers, however the experience from an overclocking perspective might not be quite up to scratch with Joe experiencing what seems to be adaptive voltage changing. Despite that, the review has mostly positive things to say about a very first attempt from NZXT.

The N7 Z370 board also popped up at CES this week and was picked up by Steve Burke of Gamers Nexus. He managed to get some quality time with the board and put together a BIOS walkthrough video. He notes that although the BIOS is a basic mode that makes things as simple as possible. Advanced Mode offers much more, but nothing beyond the standard settings that you’d expect for an Intel Z370 platform board. Steve and the guys also have this introduction video which covers the key features, as well as some hypothesis as to which company is providing their OEM services to NZXT. Looks like ECS is in fact the OEM partner for NZXT.

Gunslinger (US) Breaks 3DMark Fire Strike (Extreme) Global First Place Records w/3x Kingpin Edition GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Cards

Today we bring you news regarding some very nice work from US Elite overclocker Gunslinger. Using 3x Kingpin Edition GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Cards he managed to break the 3x GPU ranked score records for both 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme. Let’s take a look at the new Global First Place scores and the rig that was used in a little detail.

The rig used by Gunslinger was centered around an ASRock X299 OC Formula motherboard that was fitted with Intel’s latest and greatest HEDT processor, the Skylake-X architecture Intel Core i9 7980XE. The 18-core, 36-threaded beast was pushed under liquid nitrogen to a pretty incredible 5,650MHz which is a whopping +117.31% beyond its stock base frequency. The CPU was joined by 3x EVGA Kingpin Edition GTX 1080 Ti cards, each with their Pascal-based GPUs pushed to 2.1GHz, which is +41% beyond stock settings. Graphics memory was also pushed to 1,575MHz (+14.89%) with G.SKILL DDR4 system memory configured at 1,917MHz (16-16-16-34).

In the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark, Gunslinger used the above rig to submit a score of 50,043 marks, the highest ever using 3x graphics cards and 4th ranked overall. In the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, he used a slightly lower CPU frequency of 5,603Mhz (+115.5%) to make a Global First Place score of 37,805 marks, also the fastest ever score with three cards and the eighth highest ever.

You can find scores from Gunslinger in the links above. You can also check out the Gunslinger profile page where you can also look at several other scores made during the same session using the same rig. These include several Hardware Cups in 3DMark Vantage Performance, 3Dmark Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme plus the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra benchmark. I’m guessing this guys had a pretty fun weekend. Hats off sir!

k|ngp|n (US) Takes Single GPU Global First Place in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme with NVIDIA Titan V

It was obviously only a matter of time before Vince ‘k|ngp|n’ Lucido over at EVGA got his hands on a Titan V card. That moment was brought home just a few days ago when he managed to break the single GPU Global First Ranked scores in both 3DMark Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks. Let’s have a look at the rig he used the configuration employed.

The rig was around the newly re-designed EVGA X299 dark motherboard which not only has the chipset fitted with nice cooling fan which also keeps your M.2 drives cool, the VRM’s finned heatsink has also been fitted a pair of small fans. The rig uses Intel’s current flagship Core i9 7980XE processor, an 18-core (36-thread) Skylake-X chip which Vince pushed to 5,690MHz, a whopping +118.85% beyond stock settings. The system also boasts that $3,000 USD NVIDIA Titan V with the Volta-architecture GV100 graphics chip clocked at 2,250MHz, a very impressive +87.5% beyond the card’s base configuration. In terms of graphics memory, Vince tuned the 12 GB of HBM2 to 945MHz (+11.18%).

The outcome of this monster setup is a score of 17,293 marks in the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark, the fastest score ever submitted using a single GPU. The score eases past the previous best which comes from H2o vs. Ln2 (US) with a score 16,551, also using a Titan V card.

In the 3Dmark Time Spy Extreme benchmark, k|ngp|n and his rig (with CPU clocked slightly lower at 5,400MHz (+107.69%)) has pushed the Global First score for a single GPU to 9,024 marks. This again beats H2o vs. Ln2 who remains on 8728 marks.

You can check out the scores in the links above, as well as visit the k|ngp|n profile page here.

GIGABYTE Overclocking Guide for Pushing Intel Coffee Lake to 5GHz+

Here’s a fantastic OC guide that may well have missed your attention. It comes from the guys at guide GIGABYTE, who totally have you covered if you’re using the latest the company’s latest Z370 motherboard offerings and the latest Coffee Lake architecture CPUs from Intel. The guide is pretty thorough as you’d expect and covers the basics as well more advanced operations that should allow you to breeze past stock settings. There’s even a specific section that focuses on getting a Core i7 8700K past the 5GHz threshold.

For reference we are using a GIGABYTE AORUS Z370 Gaming 7 motherboard and an Intel i7-8700K CPU. Based on our testing many Intel i7-8700Ks can hit 4.9-5GHz, without delidding, using standard air coolers and around 1.25-1.3Vcore. This is our experience with the CPUs we’ve tested. You may find that your CPU will overclock better (or worse) than our samples so keep that in mind when doing the testing.

The guide goes on to offer detailed instructions about configuring system memory, altering the CPU multiplier, disabling Power Management and VT-d settings, altering the CPU Uncore Frequency and adjusting the Voltage settings. The Advanced section also covers topics such as how Load Line Calibration, CPU VCCIO and CPU System Agent Voltage, among other things.

You can catch the GIGABYTE Z370 overclocking guide right here on Overclocking.Guide. It can also be found here in Joomag format.