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.
Welcome to the Motherboard Memory Lane series, a series of articles that examines PC motherboards and related platforms from an historical perspective. The idea is to explore the boards, the platforms and features from the perspective of HWBOT and overclocking. We’ll also revisit the specific motherboard from each era that proved to be the most popular according to our database, while revisiting the overclockers who used them and the world records that were attributed to them at that time. Let’s move on to our first point in motherboard history, the Intel P965 platform.
Introduced in mid-2006, the Intel P965 replaced the P945PE chipset. In terms of design it was typical of the days when a chipset truly was a set of Northbridge and Southbridge chips. The P965 was a Northbridge chip paired with a ICH8R Southbridge, supporting a range of processors that used the LGA775 socket. The P965 chipset enjoyed a fairly long shelf life that spanned several processor architectures and model names; Intel Celeron, Pentium 4, Pentium D, Pentium Extreme, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme CPUs. In terms of memory support the Intel P965 used 240 pin DDR2 at standard speeds of DDR-533/667/800, in most consumer boards limited to a maximum capacity of 8GB.
HWBOT Invites Brazilian Ambient and Extreme Overclockers to Learn and Compete in the Latin American Stop of the HWBOT World Tour 2017
HWBOT today officially announces the second stop of the HWBOT World Tour 2017. In Sao Paulo, Brazil, during the first week of February, HWBOT hosts an overclocking workshop and the Latin American qualifier of the Overclocking World Championship at Campus Party. Each stop of the tour includes an Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest where the winner gets to secure a place in the World Championship 2017 Final at the end of the year. The Qualifier contest winner will walk away with a trophy and a ticket to the Final.
"We look forward to returning to Sao Paulo for the Latin American leg of the World Tour 2017, a city that brings back fond memories," commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. "Campus Party brings together the perfect audience for overclocking with students, technology enthusiasts and gamers all in one location. The Brazilian passion is energizing and people are eager to find out more about Overclocking."
Welcome to SkatterBencher #6. In this episode we are focusing our attentions on the latest Kaby Lake architecture processors from Intel, specifically the Core i7 7700K. In this guide we want to show you how to Overclock an i7 7700K from its default clock frequency of 4.5GHz, to 5GHz and beyond. We're also going to show you in our typical quick-and-easy style, how to also push the DDR4 memory frequency, the integrated graphics, plus a nice trick that will push the CPU even further while only using an all-in-one cooler. Of course we'll also examine just how much performance can be gained by running some benchmarks.
The quest to find out which country has the best overclockers in the world in 2016 is almost upon us. The HWBOT Country Cup 2016 kicks off in just a matter of days, pitting country against country across six gruelling stages that promise to be the truest test of overclocking pedigree. The contest starts on November 1st and closes the day before Christmas eve with prizes, as well as lots of kudos lined up for the winners.
In previous years we’ve seen wins from Romania (2x), Poland and Greece, but in 2013, 2014 and 2015 the Australians were the top global force to be reckoned with, producing three displays of such dominance that they barely dropped a point. Will they be in the ascendancy once again in 2016, or are their natives of other countries willing to put their OC creedance on the line and go for the win? Could Germany finally flex their OC teamwork muscles, or perhaps the US will find a winning team ethic. And let’s not underestimate the Belgians after their recent Team Cup exploits. An intriguing battle lies ahead, that is the only certainty.
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.
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.”
[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
In Week 7 of 2017, we received 4632 benchmark results from 1157 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 61% 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.
We continue the year with week 7. In the leaderboard we find a variety of golden cups. First up is Rauf from Sweden. He scored the Global First Place in 1xGPU Aquamark3 with a GeForce GTX 1080 clocked at 2000/2780 combined with a 7 GHz Core i7 7700K. Also in the Elite category we find OGS with a golden cup in the 3DMark06 Radeon HD 5870 category. The graphics card is clocked at 1450/1300 MHz alongside a 6.6 GHz Core i7 7700K. Moving down one category we find Hideo from Japan. Hideo scores the Global First Place in Wprime 32M with a 6851 MHz Core i7 7700K processor. Last but not least is the Rookie MrD3adGamer hitting the number one spot in the Core i7 5500U XTU category. Congrats to everyone making the table this week!
The overclocking results submitted during Week 7 generated in total 265 World Record Points, 8055 Global Points, and 10328 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 20% for Elite, 38% for Extreme, 13% for Apprentice, 16% for Enthusiast, 4% for Novice, and 20% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 9% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 15% Enthusiast, 9% Novice, and 61% Rookie.
The event was organized with support of premium partner Seasonic and event partners GIGABYTE Brazil and HyperX, who provided suitable hardware. Over 150 newcomers attended Overclocking Workshops and applied what they had learned in ambient competitions, while the best Overclockers from Latin America went head to head in the Extreme Overclocking contest.
“Building on the success of our previous visit to Latin America, we managed to reach more gamers and PC enthusiasts than ever before,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “In terms of educating and informing Campus Party attendees about the world of Overclocking, the event truly excelled beyond our expectations.”
HWBOT World Tour – Sao Paulo 2017
The HWBOT World Tour 2017 is organized by HWBOT, the world’s leading platform for competitive overclocking whose mission includes evangelizing and promoting overclocking on a global level. Campus Party Sao Paulo has been a staple event for the HWBOT World Tour for years and in 2017 it is again a vital element in spreading the word of Overclocking in Latin America.
As well as pushing the latest and greatest hardware to increasingly dizzying heights here on HWBOT, many of our members also have an undying thirst for truly retro hardware. A great example of a passionate retro-style Overclocker is Belarusian max1024 who recently caught our eye when he submitted a very impressive result using an Intel Pentium MMX chip.
The Pentium MMX processor was an updated version of the first Pentium, or Pentium 1 processor line. It featured an updated instruction set that was introduced by Intel in 1997 on its P5-based Pentium line of microprocessors under the moniker of ‘Pentium with MMX Technology’. Max1024 took a Pentium MMX 266MHz (in those days frequencies were used as model names), which he then pushed to 500MHz (+87.97%). Max1024 is in fact only the second Overclocker to have breached the 500MHz barrier with this chip – a massive feat that deserves plenty of respect.
This configuration may not be the fastest CPU clock for a Pentium MMX chip (that status belongs to Russia’s Gradu who managed a clock of 501.5MHz just a year ago), but max1024’s efforts have seen him pick up several Global First Place ranked scores using this chip. These include GFPs for PiFast, SuperPi 1M, Wprime 32M, PCMark04 and HWBOT Prime. The rig used was based around a Texas Micro MI5VP4 motherboard which was equipped with a VIA Apollo MVP4 chipset, plus 128MB of SDR memory (2-2-2-5 1T), and an Nvidia GeForce2 MX400 PCI card at stock settings.
In celebration of the Latin American leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2017 we hosted a very simple Enter, Share and Win giveaway contest on our Facebook page. The contest could not have been much simpler; enter your details, make sure that you ‘like’ us, share with your friends and hey presto! You were entered into a prize draw to win some fantastic prizes thanks to our partners HyperX and Seasonic. Today we can reveal the winners of the contest.
The proud winner of HyperX Savage 240GB SSD is a Mr Nicholas L. The winner of a HyperX Predator DDR4 Memory Kit is a Rinat H. Finally we have a Mr Sébastien V. who will soon be the owner of a Seasonic Snow Silent 750 Power Supply. Congrats to you all, and a special thanks to our sponsors for generously donating these prizes.
As well as a Prize Draw, we also asked contestants to tell us the name of their favorite Latin American overclocker. Top of the list it’s perhaps not so surprising to find the Sao Paulo 2017 Qualifier winner PXHX was voted as No.1. Known to many of us simply as Paulo, PXHX has the prestigious honor of being the first (and only) Overclocker to qualify for two consecutive Overclocking World Championship Finals. In second place we have Brazil’s number 1 overclocker Darkvenom who pushed PXHX closest on the Qualifier contest last weekend. Finally we have Brazilian legend Ronaldo, the original Latin American Overclocking evangelist and all-round technology celebrity.
Kudos to all who entered the Sao Paulo 2017 Giveaway. If you didn’t win this time, make sure you get involved with the Poitiers 2017 contest which is just weeks away.
As with any HWBOT World Tour event, the purpose of the visit was to spread the world of Overclocking to an audience of bright young minds with a clear interest in computers, gaming and technology in general. Indeed the Campus Party proved to be the ideal forum for such a conquest. Local Overclockers were available in the first few days of the event to give Overclocking Workshops where all event attendees were welcome to learn the basics of Overclocking for free. After taking the class, newbies were then encouraged to get hands-on and give it a try by themselves. As ever an Ambient Sao Paulo Tournament was setup on OC-ESPORTS were amateurs could post scores and compete. It was great to see as many 150 Campus Party attendees make a submission in the tournament. As well as Ambient overclocking, the event also hosted the Latin American leg of the Overclocking Championship Qualifier contest. Local Extreme and Elite overclockers competed head to head in 1v1 matches to decide who would be flown out to Berlin at the end of the year for the OCWC Finals.
Every month or so we have a look at how well the overclocking teams adopt Rookie and Novice overclockers at HWBOT. The most friendly Rookie teams are based in North America mostly. The ASUS Republic of Gamers team is confirming as biggest magnet of Rookie overclockers. They enrolled 41 Rookies and 63 Novices. /r/overclocking, also from the USA, is following in second place with 16 Rookies and 67 Novices. In third place we find Overclockers.UA which has 15 Rookies and 29 Novices in the team.
In the Rookie League, topyoyoguybest from United States is leading with 691.30 points which is 274.3 points more than HexaOC from the Indonesia and 432.7 points more than Miker2ka from Romania.
Congratulations to all the overclocking teams adopting the new overclockers and of course the Rookies for their dedication to overclocking!
The latest edition of The Overclocker Magazine is now available via Joomag. It’s one of very few publications available that truly focuses on the world of Overclocking, offering interviews, reviews and insights that make a damn good read for any serious Overclcocker. As always Edition #40 of The Overclocker pack plenty of great content between its sleeves including an interview with South African overclocker 0j0, reviews of the latest ASUS Maximus IX Apex motherboard, the Aorus Z270X-Gaming 8 motherboard and the ASUS $X480 Strix VGAcard. There’s also a piece covering the Corsair’s Platinum Special Edition Dominator DDR4 kit, plus a look at the Intel’s Kaby Lake and the latest Battlefield 1 shooter. Plenty to enjoy, for sure.
Here’s a sample of the fascinating 0j0 interview : “My first overclock was an accident on Socket 7 when I set the FSB (using jumpers on the motherboard) on my Pentium 120 to 66MHz by accident and ended up with it running at 133MHz. Back then I didn't have Internet and there was no coverage of overclocking in local magazines so I had no idea that what I was doing was actually a "thing." It was only the following year that I started buying cheap imported magazines and learned some of the ins and outs, leading to my first purposeful overclock on a Celeron 300A (I still have it to this day) and then the discovery of PowerStrip to 6 overclock my TNT2. I overclocked it to get better performance in the games I was playing back then, and that remained the reason to overclock for over a decade. These days I do it purely for fun - my 24/7 rig is running stock these days.
Regarding the ASUS Maximus IX Apex motherboard: ”This is an overclocking board, not by name only or via meaningless adjectives and deplorable attempts at being “hip” that are often thrown about. The APEX is genuinely an overclocking motherboard, which makes some concessions to those who may wish to under utilize it by sticking it in a box. This one is built for extreme overclocking and it seems to be where it is most comfortable. In the short stint one had with the motherboard and some LN2, despite some stability issues related entirely to some faulty operating systems, it was a breeze to overclock. Add the ability to eliminate completely the dreaded cold boot bug (CBB). It was the most OC friendly motherboard one has used ever.