Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
PiFast Core i7 7700K 7136.7 MHz futto-kun 8sec 840ms 103.8 pts 3   1
wPrime - 1024m Xeon E5 2699 v4 2796 MHz Matty90 27sec 110ms 71.2 pts 0   0
3DMark03 Titan X Pascal 2100/1364 MHz Gunslinger 335292 marks 66.8 pts 0   1
XTU Core i7 7700K 6300 MHz SirTryAlot 2146 marks 55.7 pts 0   0
Aquamark GeForce 9600 GT 1150/1150 MHz _12_ 457718 marks 49.7 pts 1   1
Memory Frequency DDR4 SDRAM 2640 MHz Audigy 2640 MHz 49.7 pts 2   2
XTU Core i7 7700K 5530 MHz jpmboy 1953 marks 45.2 pts 0   1
3DMark - Time Spy Titan X Pascal 2126/1441 MHz H2o vs. Ln2 11966 marks 44.5 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i3 7350K 6660 MHz Alex@ro 8.19 points 43.1 pts 0   1
Cinebench - R15 Core i3 7350K 6640 MHz Alex@ro 751 cb 41.7 pts 0   1

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Welcome to the ninth episode of our SkatterBencher series. This time we’re taking a look at the Ryzen 7 1700 processor, the most affordable member of the Ryzen 7 series which we first looked at in episode #8 with the Ryzen 7 1800X. The Ryzen 7 1700 retails for around $329 USD, an attractive price for an octa-core processor, especially one which can be overclocked. As always we’re going to show step-by-step how to configure the processor and the system memory to get that extra free performance. Then, we’ll run some benchmarks to see how much the performance has improved compared to stock settings.

As well as the AMD R7 1700 processor, in this guide we will also be using the ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard from ASUS and a G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory kit. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor is an octa-core chip that uses SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) to deliver 16 threads. It has a base clock frequency of 3.0GHz which can boost as high as 3.7GHz.Unlike the Ryzen 7 1800X, the 1700 processor does not feature XFR (Extended Frequency Rate).


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GIGABYTE 'April Extreme Clocking' Contest Offers Over $2,600 USD in Prizes

Taipei, Taiwan, March 27, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce the start of April Extreme Clocking 2017, the second of four contests in GIGABYTE’s 2017 overclocking season. In these contests, overclockers can earn bragging rights along with a bundle of top-notch hardware from a total prize pool of over $2,600 USD worth of computer hardware that any enthusiast would want to have. Novices—no need to fret as a lucky draw is also part of this competition, where prizes including an AORUS Z270X-Gaming 7 are up for grabs is available for participants who submit scores in all stages of the competition.

This competition is not just about pushing the limits but more of how well you know your PC. By testing who can hit different scores on XTU, competitors must tune their PC using precise settings. In each of these challenges participants who get closest to the XTU target receive a point. The top 3 participants who have the most points by the end of the contest gets to take home the prize!

The April Extreme contest involves four separate stages, each based on the Intel XTU benchmark. Overclockers are challenged with hitting a specific XTU score target in each stage. Score targets will be revealed as each stage opens.

For more contest details, please visit OC-ESPORTS

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Most Valuable Submission of Week 12, 2017: Gold for Rsannino (IT), Rauf (SE) and Nickolp1974 (UK)

In Week 12 of 2017, we received 4943 benchmark results from 1207 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 46% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

During Week 12 of this year we received almost over 5,000 benchmark submissions from around the world. Rsannino from Italy score a Global First Place in the XTU 2xCPU category with the Core i3 7350K. His CPU is clocked at a devilish 6666 MHz and of course cooled with liquid nitrogen. Rauf from Sweden features again on the leaderboard, this time with a Unigine Heaven Xtreme World Record. His Core i7 7700K is clocked at 6970 MHz and paired with a set of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Last but not least we have a familiar face from the United Kingdom: Nickolp1974. He scored a golden cup in the 3DMark06 1xGPU GeForce GTX 295 ranking. With a water cooled card clocked at 750/1150 MHz and a Core i7 7700K clocked at 6632 MHz. Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 12 generated in total 115 World Record Points, 8581.3 Global Points, and 9119.9 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 17% for Elite, 30% for Extreme, 13% for Apprentice, 20% for Enthusiast, 4% for Novice, and 29% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 7% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 18% Enthusiast, 8% Novice, and 61% Rookie.



Most Valuable Submissions - Week 12, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Rsannino 180.8 pts (GFP!) Rauf 173.3 pts (WR!) Zeropluszero 24.7 pts
Extreme Speed.fastest 110.4 pts Nickolp1974 63.7 pts Nickolp1974 49.8 pts
Apprentice Fasttrack 48 pts Jab383 41.3 pts Punk Sods 24.7 pts
Enthusiast Wernersen 44.1 pts Totalnet 37.9 pts Gulftown 24.1 pts
Novice Albert.Hoffman 37.8 pts Albert.Hoffman 29.7 pts Albert.Hoffman 22.6 pts
Rookie Ra773 40.4 pts Vmanuelgm 48.1 pts Ttc 39.4 pts

[Overclocking.Guide] Get Up to Speed with GIGABYTE Z270 Extreme Overclocking

If you are in possession of a GIGABYTE Z270 motherboard and fancy getting the absolute max in terms of sub-zero, extreme overclocking, you may want to head over the Overclocking.Guide website. They just posted a comprehensive guide that deals specifically with the particular nuances that are involved with using a GIGABYTE Z270 platform board with the latest Kaby Lake processors.

The guide was written by GIGABYTE’s in-house overclocker Sofos, a Greek OC master who shares a ton of great advice based on his years of experience as an overclocker coupled with insights that have been gleaned from his role within the company.

It covers a ton of topics including CPU preparation for Extreme Overclocking (including delidding and thermal paste issues), specific voltage adjustments and advice about finding cold bug and cold boot bug temperatures. Sofos also offers a bunch of tips that can help when adjusting frequencies, plus lots of troubleshooting advice for when things don’t quite go according to plan. Finally he gets on to the topics of legacy software and which apps to use for tweaking within the OS.

Check out the GIGABYTE Z270 Extreme Overclocking Guide here on Overclocking.Guide

3DMark v.2.3.3663 Arrives, Adds Vulkan Support

The latest version of the 3DMark benchmark suite from Futuremark has arrived and the good news is that the company has now added Vulkan support to the 3DMark API. This means that the API Overhead Test will now be able to assess and compare DX11, DX12 and Vulkan API performance. According to Futuremark:

“Vulkan is a new graphics API that provides high-efficiency, low-level access to modern GPUs in a wide variety of devices from PCs to smartphones. APIs like Vulkan and DirectX 12 make better use of multi-core CPUs to streamline code execution and eliminate software bottlenecks, particularly for draw calls.”

“Games typically make thousands of draw calls per frame, but each one creates performance-limiting overhead for the CPU. Vulkan and DirectX 12 reduce that overhead, which means more objects, textures and effects can be drawn to the screen.”

“The 3DMark API Overhead feature test measures API performance by making a steadily increasing number of draw calls. The result of the test is the number of draw calls per second achieved by each API before the frame rate drops below 30 FPS. The purpose of the test is to compare the relative performance of different APIs on a single system. The API Overhead feature test is not a general-purpose GPU benchmark, and it should not be used to compare graphics cards from different vendors.”

More details can be found here in the 3DMark Technical Guide. You can also watch a promotional video here.

Throwback Thursday: Xyala Interviews K|ngp|n on Life as a Full-Time Overclocker

Today we turn our attention back to March 3rd 2014 when we published an interview Vince ‘K|ngp|n’ Lucido. Vince is an Elite Overclocker who has worked at EVGA for several years and been and Extreme Overclocker chasing World Records on HWBOT since well before that. Our man Xyala managed to get him to sit down and answer a few questions about what life is like as a full-time overclocker and much more. The upshot is a really interesting read:

You mentioned you work for eVGA. What’s your job like?

KP: I guess I’m mostly engaged with R&D (research and development). I work directly with the engineers and develop products mostly on power functionality and overclocking capability. For example, on graphics cards my input is essentially focused on power requirement, BIOS tuning and special overclocking features such as BIOS switches or LN2 jumpers. All these overclocking features are basically the result of my work.

A big part of my work is also to interact and engage with the enthusiasts that follow and buy eVGA products. This takes a significant deal of my time. If I would have to come up with a name for what I do here, it would be technical marketing.

What is the daily routine of an in-house overclocker like?

KP: I can’t really predict how my days will be as there is no routine here. It really depends. I’m supposed to be here from 9-to-6 but it depending on what comes up I might come in earlier or leave later. I usually start off from where I left off the day before. For example if there is a BIOS issue, that will be my focus and I won’t rest until it’s fixed. It is all very flexible.

As we all know, you are eVGA’s in-house overclocker. A part of your job is to post benchmark records. Is this a one-man job, or is there a team alongside with you?

KP: Records are achieved and submitted by myself, but to get there is of course not the work of just one man. I work closely with our in-house engineer TiN. He focuses on electrical design, layout and power. Then he leaves all the testing, records and benchmarking to me. There is a good synergy between us and it is essential to reach our goals. I’m good at what I do and he is the best at what he does.

Vince goes on talk about Kingpin EVGA series graphics cards, his line of extreme cooling products and his thoughts for the future. Read the full and fascinating interview here on the original post from March 2014.

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[HWBOT X] Overclocking Workshops and Demos Hosted in Gipuzkoa, Spain

Last weekend HWBOT members ChentinoX and 360nat paid a visit to Gipuzkoa in Northern Spain to host overclocking workshops and contests. The two day also included a demonstration of Extreme Overclocking, just to further whet the appetites of those in attendance.

“The workshop kicked off on the evening of Friday the 17th of with a presentation from Vicente that introduced the core concepts of Overclocking. The following day he covered the area of ambient Overclocking with water cooling. After the presentation, attendees were invited to get involved and make some scores themselves using systems setup at the venue. The hardware used was based on Intel Core i7 6950X processors which were pushed using the Intel XTU tweaking and benchmark utility.”

“After competing against each other to decide who would appear in a Final match, the group were treated to a exhibition of Extreme Overclocking. 360nat showed off his skills at tuning a system under at sub-zero temperatures with plenty liquid nitrogen on hand. After the Extreme Overclocking it was time for the two top scoring newcomers to fight it out it out to decide who would be crowned OC School HWBOT X Gipuzkoa 2017 Champion. After a tight match OUTVADER.XXl was the winner.”

Read the full article which also includes an Aftermovie here on the HWBOT X blog.

GIGABYTE and Corsair Partner for RGB Fusion

[Press Release] GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce the introduction of RGB Fusion Ready memory from Corsair. RGB Fusion is available on many GIGABYTE and AORUS Gaming Series Motherboards. Whether you plan to use an Intel or AMD solution, RGB Fusion is the most feature packed and fully equipped lighting system on the market to date.

“We are very excited to launch Vengeance RGB, a new product line that not only offers vibrant RGB lighting, but also serious performance. RGB Fusion from GIGABYTE is the first motherboard software to support lighting control for Vengeance RGB, offering another great lighting control option alongside Corsair LINK.” – Colin, Sr. Director, Corporate Marketing.

Only with GIGABYTE powered motherboards are users able to control their Corsair Vengeance RGB modules to illuminate in the same color and fashion as their motherboard. With many solutions out in the market, Corsair and GIGABYTE have come together to bring you a solution that’s fully integrated inside and out. GIGABYTE’s RGB Fusion and Corsair’s Vengeance RGB lighting can synchronize in various colors in three different lighting patterns. Without the need to install other applications, users can leverage the complete arsenal of the RGB Fusion APP to control both motherboard and memory module.

You can find more information here on the GIGABYTE website.

[Video] Buildzoid Straps RX 480 VRM to a GTX 570 Card, Because Why Not…

The Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel marches on this week with its star overclocker Buildzoid showing off his latest feat – taking a VRM that he salvaged from a Radeon RX 480 card, and soldering it onto a GeForce GTX 570 card. The result is what you might refer to as a Franken-GTX 570 card. So why go to all this bother? I’ll let Buildzoid explain:

“I've already done a livestream with the GTX 570 running an E-power on LN2. There's an archive of it on the channel. This is replacing the E-power because I need the E-power for other cards(GTX 590) but I don't like the idea of having a perfectly good GTX 570 lying around non functional and a very dead RX 480 reference card being a wall ornament so I cut the 480 VRM and attached it to the 570.”

The video starts with an explanation of what is going on followed by Buildzoid flicking the power switch to see if the card will actually boot (not burn his house down) and make it into BIOS. It does. He then goes into more details about how the VRM of the RX 480 is managing to do its job in a less than perfect way. However, the upshot is that the GTX 570 card lives on without the use of an Epower board. He finishes up with a quick diagnosis of what needs to happen to make the new VRM more stable and usable; better quality wiring, add heatsinks etc. The rabbit hole runs deep folks.

Catch the video on the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel here.

Wizerty Explores Kaby Lake Core i7 7700K Overclocking In-Depth on Tom’s Hardware

Master French overclocker Jean Michel "Wizerty" Tisserand has put together an article for Tom’s Hardware, one of the true grand daddies of tech media. Wizerty tackles all the issues related to Overclocking a 'Kaby Lake' Core i7 7700K with both water and LN2 cooling, giving a pretty detailed account of what to what to expect from the latest and greatest mainstream processors from Intel.

The article covers a braod array of topics including delidding, voltage and thermal issues, memory tweaking, AVX stability, prepping for LN2 benching, plus an overview of what he found after testing twenty Core i7 7700K chips. In short, it is one of the most comprehensive an in-depth Overclocking articles to have appeared on Tom’s Hardware in long time.

“We're testing Kaby Lake's maximum frequency at various core voltages, the influence of de-lidding, and even applying a bit of liquid nitrogen. Get ready to learn more about overclocking Intel's latest architecture with a bunch of Core i7-7700K CPUs. Now imagine a processor that overclocks like Sandy Bridge under air cooling, like Ivy Bridge with the help of liquid nitrogen, and with Skylake's efficiency. Could that be Kaby Lake? We're going to find out. Of course, processors are subject to the silicon lottery's uncertainties, so we obtained multiple samples. You'll see that the spread in what's possible is large indeed.”

You can find the in-depth article from Wizerty here on Tom’s Hardware in English. French speakers (and readers) will perhaps find this version more amenable.

k|ngp|n Uses GTX 1080 Ti To Break 3DMark11 and Catzilla Global First Places... Hits 3GHz+ GPU Clock Too

Last week we noted how GPU pusher extraordinaire k|ngp|n was getting intimately acquainted with the newly launched Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti card. Following up on his Global First Place scoring in 3DMark Time Spy, 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, this week he has added single GPU records for 3DMark11 Performance, Catzilla 720p and Catzilla 1440p. Nice work Vince!

In 3DMark Performance the fastest run ever by a single GPU is now represented by a score of 43,798 marks. This was achieved using an Intel Core i7 6950X 'Broadwell-E' chip pushed to 5,230MHz (+74.33%) and a GTX 1080 Ti with the Pascal GP102 graphics chip pushed to a massive 2,505MHz (+69.26%) and graphics memory at 1,601MHz (+16.35%). Other rig features include a G.SKILL Trident Z kit at 1,639.8MHz (12-12-12-28) and a EVGA X99 MICRO2 motherboard.

When it comes to the Catzilla benchmark using its 720 preset, the highest score for a single GPU is 80,958 marks. His Core i7 6950X chip was configured at a slightly lower clock speed of 5,202MHz (+73.40%) with the GTX 1080 Ti card pushed even higher to hit 2,583MHz (+74.53%) on the GPU with graphics memory at a slightly more conservative 1,576MHz (+14.53%). Interestingly the DDR4 Trident Z kit was configured at 1,632MHz with 13-13-13-28 timings. The identical hardware setup and settings were also used to complete a Catzilla 1440p run with a Global First Place ranked score of 29,476 marks.

It’s also worth noting that EVGA also posted a shot on their Facebook page showing how Vince had also broken the 3,000MHZ barrier using a GTX 1080 Ti card. It’s not the first time we’ve seen a GPU bust past 3GHz, but it’s mightily impressive all the same. You can find all the scores in the links above and also here on the k|ngp|n user page.