Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i3 7350K 6520 MHz xXbladeXx 1206 marks 98.1 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 6400 3270 MHz mllrkllr88 1043 marks 49.7 pts 2   4
XTU Core i5 6600 3950 MHz kimandsally 1210 marks 49.6 pts 0   0
SuperPi - 32M Core i7 7700K 7016.3 MHz littleboy 4min 19sec 406ms 49.1 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7700K 5710 MHz Woomack 1986 marks 48.0 pts 1   0
XTU Core i7 5820K 5000 MHz Omega Centauri 2016 marks 46.6 pts 1   1
PiFast Core i7 7700K 7058.4 MHz futto-kun 8sec 970ms 44.6 pts 0   1
SuperPi - 1M Core i7 7700K 7034.8 MHz littleboy 5sec 125ms 43.6 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 6950X 5280 MHz BenchBros 2840 cb 40.7 pts 0   0
SuperPi - 1M Core 2 Duo E6400 5039.7 MHz TerraRaptor 11sec 0ms 39.6 pts 0   0

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In the second episode of our Motherboard Memory Lane series we hone in on the Intel P35 Chipset, the successor to the Intel P965 chipset that we covered last week. The plan as always is to take a look at the P35 chipset and its Southbridge companion, the ICH9 in a little detail, outlining the new features that it brought to market, the most popular motherboards of that era on HWBOT, and of course the benchmark records that we can attribute to that era. With no further ado, let’s crack on.

Codenamed Bearlake, the P35 Chipset was launched in the 2nd Quarter of 2007, replacing the popular and long standing Intel P965 chipset. It was launched to target the enthusiast segment alongside mainstream and entry-level G35 and G33 offerings (which also featured integrated Chipset graphics capabilities). The P35 arguably boasted one key feature that made it standout from previous offerings from Intel; a higher 1333MHz Front Side Bus and support for Dual-channel DDR2 1066/800/667. It also support DDR3 at memory at similar speeds (and was the first commercial Chipset to do so) although at this point in history DDR3 kits remained around double the price of equivalent DDR2 kits while simultaneously bringing virtually no performance gains thanks to predominantly higher latencies. The fact that the vast majority of popular P35- based motherboards supported only DDR2 is clear evidence of this.


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HWBOT Poll: Will You Purchase AMD Ryzan on Launch Day?

A few weeks we posted a discreet wee poll on the lower right side of the front page of the HWBOT site. The poll was an attempt to gauge the anticipation levels within the HWBOT membership towards forthcoming AMD Ryzan processors. After almost a month of voting we can now draw your attention to the results which generally seem to indicate that a large portion of the HWBOT community is actually pretty excited.

In the last few months and weeks we’ve seen a great deal of leaks and small nuggets of information that pertain to AMD’s new range of high-performance desktop PC processors. We have a brand name, Ryzan, the specifications in terms of core and thread count with pretty reliable clock speed data, and more recently several indications regarding expected performance levels. More and more we find that both tech media and PC enthusiasts around the world are beginning to actually believe that a true renaissance is possible for AMD in the high-performance space – a notion that would have been frankly untenable a year or so ago.

Despite the leaks, the rumors and official news from AMD, there will always remain a segment of the Overclocking scene who remain cynical as to AMD’s chances of ever truly competing with Intel as they did a decade or so ago. Indeed, for many newer HWBOT members, Intel has been the only processor vendor worthy of Overclocking, ever. So, we decided to ask the question – will you give AMD a chance when Ryzan finally arrives on store shelves?

The poll data (shown on the left) reveals a community that is somewhat divided. From a sample of 567 votes we find more than 42% are just not interested. Whether these voters are true Intel enthusiasts (or fanboys) remains unclear. It may well be that they simply don’t think AMD has a chance of reclaiming its former glory, and regard the media hype as unreliable. Either way, a large portion of the community remain unconvinced.

Alternatively however, almost a third of all members polled are already sold on Ryzan and are prepared to invest in an AMD chip at launch, be it quad-core, octa-core or whatever. Additionally, we have those who prefer to wait and see. A significant 28.57% of voters would invest in Ryzan if the benchmarks are good. So far, from what the media is reporting (or leaking) it seems that Ryzan will indeed be a very significant boost for AMD over previous gen processors, a fact that may well entice those currently perched on the proverbial fence.

Generally speaking, the poll results point to a degree of optimism for a large section of the community towards Ryzan. At the very least, it means a major leap in interest levels for AMD on HWBOT, the biggest leap we have seen in quite a while.

Don't forget to chime in with your thoughts and comments in the forum thread below.

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[HWBOT X] UNS OC Team Hold “How to maximize Your PC” Workshop in Surakarta, Indonesia

The HWBOT X site just published a blog post about an OC Workshop shop event held at the UNS University in Surakarta Indonesia. Free and open to all students, PC enthusiasts and local overclockers the event was organized by the local University overclocking team, the UNS OC Team with vital support from ASUS Indonesia and other industry partners. The highlight of the event was an Extreme OC demo from our very own Hazzan Jadid who was joined by speed.fastest who managed to make a Global First Place ranked score for a x4 CPU in the Intel XTU benchmark.

“Day 2 gave attendees a chance to find out just how deep the performance rabbit hole can go, with a demonstration of Extreme Overclocking thanks to an appearance from one of Indonesia’s most respected Elite Overclockers, Hazzan Jadid. Hazzan is a seasoned veteran of many high profile global OC contests and an Overclocker that is at his best when pushing a system live on stage. Joined by members of the UNS OC Team plus respected Indonesian Overclocker speed.fastest and lots of LN2, they managing to beat the x4 Global First Place ranked score for the Intel XTU benchmark.”

“The new highest score for a quad-core CPU in the XTU benchmark now stands at 2,305 marks. This is just ahead of World No.1 Dancop who managed a score of 2,301 marks just weeks ago. The score was made with a Kay Lake-based Intel Core i7 7700K pushed to 6,630MHz, a massive +57.86% beyond the processor’s stock settings. As well as an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard, the rig also included a G.SKILL Trident Z DDR 4 kit clocked at 2,108MHz and a Seasonic 1,200 watt powers supply.”

You can find the new x4 GFP ranked score for XTU from speed.fastest here on HWBOT. Read the full blog post about the "How to Maximize Your PC" here on the HWBOT X website.

Original Abit FTP Server Re-Hosted, inc. BIOSes, Manuals and More

Abit was arguably one of a host of long lost motherboard vendors that most enthusiasts recall with a certain degree of fondness. Indeed most PC enthusiasts who were active prior to the company’s demise will remember Abit as one of the first motherboard companies to actively develop and promote specific Overclocking features. The good news today is that HWBOT Community Leader Christian Ney has uploaded a back up the original Abit website to his own domain, providing access to many of the resources that were available to the community back in the day.

According to Christian in a forum post earlier today:

“Before Abit shut down, Turrican and I made a backup of their FTP. I thought I lost it but when checking some external hard drives the other day I found the backup. I did not upload the whole backup (it is quite big). I only uploaded the BIOS, Beta, FlashMenu, Manuals and Utilities directories to my website. If you however need driver(s) or product picture(s), feel free to request them. Now if someone has a backup of DFI's… :D”

The inclusion of BIOS images will be a very helpful resource to many who still opt for an Abit board when revisiting older processor platforms, such as the Socket A / Athlon XP era which proved to be an historical point where Abit were in many respects ahead of the competition when it comes to providing innovative features that Overclockers could take advantage of.

Catch the original forum post from Christian Ney here on the HWBOT forum, or just go ahead and visit the Abit HTP server here.

[HWBOT X] HwBox and GIGABYTE Host Overclocking Gathering in Piraeus, Greece

Here’s some news fresh from the HWBOT X website that covers an Overclocking Gathering that was held at the HwBox headquarters in Piraeus, Greece just a week or so ago. By the sounds of it, the event managed to get virtually all of the country’s OC talent, past and present, in one space. The meet up garnered quite a few Hardware First Place scores, mostly combining Kaby Lake with several classic Radeon HD 5XXX and 4XXX cards:

“In attendance were many of Greece’s most respected Oveclockers, including a few faces that may not be active benchers today, harking back to the origins of Greek Overclocking. The attendee list included Phil, mortisboy, Demac, Firekiller, kintaro, varachio, $@39@, Gorillakos, MetallicGR, Astalavista, AMDnord, storm1978, greekphantom and others – pretty much a who’s who list of the most important Overclockers in the country.”

“As key event sponsors GIGABYTE provided a great introduction to the new Z270 platform from Intel, giving all Greek masters at the event a chance to get to know the GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming-SOC motherboard. Coupled with the latest Intel Core i7 77700L processors, the was plenty of LN2 on hand for the gathering.”

“After a fun weekend of Extreme Overclocking, several attendees managed to submit scores that would gain points as Hardware First Place rankings. These included scores and submissions from OGS, mortisboy, Greek Phantom and Sofos1990. Using a mix of Radeon HD 5970, Radeon HD 5870, Radeon HD 5770 cards, plus Radeon HD 4870 and R9 270X cards the gathering turned out to be a veritable points harvest for the HwBox Hellas Team, of which all attendees are a member.”

Read the full blog post about the HwBox and GIGABYTE Gathering here on the HWBOT X website.

BC1 Open Benchtable Wins iF Design Award

Renowned iF International Design Forum Selects the BC1 Open Benchtable for Computer Product Design Award 2017.

[Press Release] February 21, 2017 - STREACOM and HWBOT, an organization regulating international overclocking competitions and rankings, is proud to announce selection of the BC1 Open Benchtable as winner of the prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD. The BC1 Open Benchtable was the winning product in the category of Computer Product, underlining the unique design of the BC1 which offers a lightweight, portable, toolless and fully integrated benchtable for enthusiasts and professionals.

“After more than a year of research and design, followed by months of work with partners Streacom to bring the product to market, it’s an honor to receive industry recognition from a respected group like the iF International Design Forum,” commented Timothée Pineau, VP of OverClocking-TV.

“This award from iF Design underlines the value of leveraging the unique knowledge base and expertise of the PC enthusiast community at HWBOT,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “The innovative design of the Open Benchtable owes a great deal to the input and feedback of enthusiastic HWBOT members from around the world.”

“It is truly an honor to receive this prestigious award for the BC1, which stands as a testament to the unique and innovative design that has redefined the benchtable market,” commented Shimon Simon, Head of Design and Manufacturing at Streacom. “The award further validates our reputation as a company that pushes the boundaries of form, function, quality and value.”

The BC1 Open Benchtable and its uniquely portable and integrated design clearly made a positive impression on the 58-member iF DESIGN Forum jury which was made up of independent experts from all over the world. The competition was intense with over 5,500 entries submitted from 59 countries - all hopeful of receiving the iF DESIGN seal of approval.

More information about the BC1 Open Benchtable award from the iF Design Forum can be found here on the Open Benchtable website.

HwBox Hellas O/C Team Win Old School is Best School Round 2

Just a few days ago we came to the conclusion of the second round of the Old School is Best School contest on OC-ESPORTS. The contest ran from January 15th to February 15th and attracted the attention of 28 teams of Overclockers. At the end of a month spend toiling with AMD’s classic socket 939 era processors Nvidia’s GeForce 7 series, we find Greek overclockers HwBox Hellas O/C Team in total control of the Round with TechSweden.org in runner-up spot and Round 1 winners XtremeOverdrive OC Team Italy in third place. Let’s take a look at the Round 2 contest in a little more detail.

Stage 1: Cinebench R11.5

In Stage 1 we find the Greek are already making a strong claim with an outright win on the Cinebench R11.5 benchmark, taking top spot with a score of 0.93 points per core. The win arrives in part with the decision to use a single-core CPU, a wise choice seeing as all scores are in fact divided by the number of cores present on the CPU. The HwBox Hellas O/C Team earned 25 points and top spot thanks to good work from Greek Overclocker Stelaras who pushed an AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 (San Diego) to 3,655MHz, a very tasty +30.54% beyond stock. In terms of motherboard, he used a DFI LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Expert.

In second place we find Japanese master Kotori, who managed to score 0.91 points on behalf of the Warp9-systems team. This was done with an LN2 cooled single-core AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (San Diego) clocked at 3,578MHz (+49.08%) using a DFI LANParty UT nF4 Ultra-D motherboard. Third place goes to Dead Things and his team at Hardware Canucks, managing a score of 0.91 points using an Athlon 64 FX-57 (San Diego) pushed to 3,535MHz (+26.27%) and the same DFI board as Kotari.

Read the full Old School is Best School, Round 3 roundup article here on OC-ESPORTS.

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

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. Compared to last month, we have new scores to share. In the Intel category, Luumi (Finland) is currently leading with his Skylake submission of 5 min 52.750 seconds. In the Kaby Lake category Coolhandluke41 (United States) improved the best time to 5 min 42.890 seconds. In the AMD camp nothing has changed because, well, aren't we all waiting waiting for Ryzen?

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 (Feb 21, 2017)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
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 53.687 sec Bullant Core i7 4770K G.SKILL PI DDR3-2858 C6-9-6-21
Ivy Bridge 6 min 15.562 sec Bullant Core i7 3770K DDR3-2630 C6-9-6-24 ASRock Z77 OC Formula
Sandy Bridge 6 min 30.359 sec Bullant Core i7 2600K G.SKILL PI DDR3-2268 C6-8-6-20 GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4 TH
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 (Feb 21, 2017)

Category Time Overclocker CPU Memory Motherboard
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Carrizo 9 min 38.328 sec Newlife Athlon X4 845 Patriot Viper II Sector 7 DDR3-2064 C6-10-6-24 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

[Video] Buildzoid Explores Intel CPU Voltages as per the Datasheet

If you are the kind of person who is prone to burning the midnight oil pouring over Intel processor datasheets, then the latest video from Buildzoid may well be the best thing you’ve seen all week. Datasheets for complex components such as processors are not always so easy to interpret, containing lots of data and numbers that may not always make complete sense for anyone except an Intel engineer. The latest video from Buildzoid sets out to debunk and demystify any potential misinterpretation; starting with the notion that 1.52V is NOT a safe maximum voltage for a modern Intel CPU:

Looking at a processor datasheet from Intel can and perhaps should be quite a challenge for the uninitiated. Buildzoid notes that there are plenty of data points that can very easily be misunderstood. He makes the point that in fact many enthusiasts and overclockers make the mistake of thinking that the figures used are literally guidelines for enthusiasts. For example, in the ‘Operating Voltage’ > ‘Voltage Range for Processor Active Operating Mode’ section we find a range of between 0.55V and 1.52V. This range has actually been consistent from Intel on its datasheets for several generations and in truth is determined to help motherboard vendors design their VRMs. It is not a guideline to inform Overclockers. Buildzoid also makes the point that in fact, when seeking advice regarding upper voltage limits, it’s good remember that it isn’t voltage that kills CPUs, it’s current. He also takes time to look at many of the side notes contained on the Intel datasheets to further clarify what can and cannot be gleaned one of these datasheets from an Oveclocking perspective. It’s a pretty informative tutorial regarding how datasheets from companies from Intel can be misinterpreted and how Overclockers should read between the lines at times.

You can catch the video from Buildzoid on his Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel here.

KingpinCooling Launches KPC Inferno Hot Plate, with Installation Guide

KingpinCooling have just added a new product to their range of Extreme Cooling products, launching the KPC INFERNO Hot Plate Kit. It might seem somewhat counter intuitive (or at least it did to me initially) to have a product that actually prevents parts of your rig reach from getting really cold. However that is exactly what the KPC Inferno is all about. The Inferno is essentially an automatic, sensor driven heat plate that is designed to keep specific areas of the motherboard PCB from becoming too cold during prolonged sub zero benching sessions.

To coincide with the launch of the KPC Inferno, Vince has also written an installation guide which also explains the motives behind the creation of the product and the specific issues that it can address:

“The new heater plate kit was designed to keep the surrounding PCB socket area as well as dimm slot area and cpu vrm from excess freezing. When using most forms of sub zero cooling, it can actually cause bad performance/signaling, cold related problems on the motherboard PCB itself, as well as water and ice everywhere which can lead to shorting and eventual hardware failure. Using the plate regularly can add hours and hours to bench sessions while greatly extending the life of motherboards when using extreme cooling. These kits are designed as a bolt on upgrade for ALL KPC CPU containers, past, present, AND future.”

“KPC Inferno plate does everything automatically and efficiently as possible, all user needs to do is plug into 6 pin PCI-E connector on system PSU and that's it! From phase change cooling(-40c to -60c), to Dry Ice(-55c to -70c), to Cascade cooling(-80c to -120c), to full out LN2 cooling and beyond(-193c to ***), the inferno can calibrate and tune itself according to negative thermal loading on the PCB.”

You can find the LPC Inferno product page here on Kingpincooling.com, as well as the installation guide here on the KPC forum.

GIGABYTE Announces Overclocking Season for 2017, $10K+ in Hardware Prizes

[Press Release] Taipei, Taiwan, February 17th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce four overclocking competitions, starting from the beginning of March running to the end of July, to be held on HWBOT.org. Seasoned overclockers can test their mettle to see who reigns supreme. With over 10,000 (USD) worth in prizes, the stakes are higher than ever before. The “Lucky Draw” is open to all participants whether or not they score top marks, the only requirement is that they participate for each stage in one of the competitions. Novices and beginners will all have a chance at taking home prizes to upgrade their machine for future competitions.

GIGABYTE will be awarding competition winners and participants with AORUS Z270X-Gaming 7 Motherboards, GIGABYTE Radeon RX480s, Intel Core i7-7700K processors, memory from G.SKILL and power supplies & liquid coolers from Enermax.

Each competition will have multiple stages comprised of different benchmarks. These benchmarks consists of 3DMark Fire Strike, XTU 5G, Catzilla and many more so participants have an even playing field. Points will be awarded to participants based on their rankings in benchmarks. The top three participants with the most points by the end of each competition wins—it’s as simple as that! It’s time to warm up your test benches and pull out the thermal paste as GIGABYTE’s overclocking competition season is about to start! The overclocking competitions and their corresponding start and end dates are the following:

  • March Madness: March 1st, 2017 – March 31st, 2017
  • April Extreme Clocking: April 1st, 2017 – April 30th, 2017
  • Summer Spectacular: May 1st, 2017 – May 31st, 2017
  • Beat the Heat: July 1st – July 31st, 2017

Read the full press release from GIGABYTE here.