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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
HWBOT Prime Core i9 7900X 5900 MHz sofos1990 12068.8 pps 55.1 pts 0   2
HWBOT Prime Core i7 7700K 6700 MHz ale belo 8340.87 pps 48.6 pts 0   0
HWBOT Prime Core i9 7900X 5933 MHz ikki 12064.99 pps 41.3 pts 1   0
XTU Core i7 7820X 4700 MHz Bruno 3011 marks 37.0 pts 0   0
SuperPi - 32M Core i7 7700K 6800 MHz ale belo 4min 30sec 468ms 33.5 pts 0   0
SuperPi - 1M Core i7 7700K 6900 MHz ale belo 5sec 281ms 27.2 pts 0   0
3DMark2001 SE GeForce GTX 570   UE50 153435 marks 26.7 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Titan X Pascal 2126/1474 MHz meankeys 36774 marks 25.1 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5960X 4800 MHz shar00750 2466 marks 24.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 2500K 5560 MHz TAGG 1048 marks 24.3 pts 0   0


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Welcome to the latest edition of our Motherboard Memory Lane series here on HWBOT. Following on from our in-depth look at the iconic AMD Socket A platform last week, we now turn our attention to its successor, AMD Socket 754. The Socket retains a slightly odd position in the annals of technological history as it debuted with wholly new and updated 64-bit architecture processor series, yet quickly became the option of choice for budget PC builds as it was eclipsed by the Socket 939 platform. Let’s take a look at the Socket itself, the chipsets and processors that accompanied it, and of course some the landmark scores and submissions that happened during the Socket 754 era.

Introduced in September 2003, the AMD Socket 754 platform was marketed as the replacement for the long standing Socket A (or Socket 462 as was also known). It supported a new range of AMD processors based on architectures that include Newcastle, Venice, Clawhammer and Palermo - all of which come under the AMD K8 architectural umbrella, and were sold under Athlon 64 and Sempron brand names. Although Socket 754 motherboards essentially replaced Socket A motherboards, in most regions the two platforms overlapped. It’s successor, Socket 939 arrived in mid 2004 offering processors with a superior features set that essentially relegated Socket 754 to the budget PC space. This made the platform a popular choice with more affordable AMD Sempron processors.

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G.SKILL Extreme Overclocking at Computex 2017: The Aftermovie

G.SKILL as a company are very well aligned with the more extreme end of the enthusiast PC space. Indeed the company’s Trident Z series memory is extremely popular with overclockers. From Rookie to Elite, G.SKILL is a massive supporter of overclocking, which is why it we find entirely unsurprising to see how much extreme overclocking was happening at their booth at Computex this year. To remind us all about exactly went on at the booth, they just published a really great aftermovie which offers a superb overview of all the action.

The G.SKILL OC World Cup of course needs no introduction, inviting six overclockers from the online qualifier phase to compete for four days across four stages, all which involve tweaking memory. The main prize? $10,000 USD in cold, hard cash. As with previous years, the prize money attracted some of the scene’s most respected overclockers including; Xtreme Addict, Dancop, Alex@ro, Rule, Splave and rsannino. At the end of the week, it was Italian rsannino who raised the trophy and pocketed the cash.

The other main attraction at the booth was the World Record stage. Each day a different team of overclockers from different motherboard vendors were invited to the booth to try and break some world records. Teams included ASUS, GIGABYTE, EVGA, MSI and ASRock and featured some of the best OC talent that you can find working in the industry here in Taiwan.

You can check out the aftermovie here on the G.SKILL YouTube channel. It offers a great overview of the OC action that took place at this year’s Computex 2017 show. Well worth a watch.

1 Try Extreme Subzero Overclocking at HWBOT LN2 Workshop

Wes Fenlon, Hardware Editor for was among a troupe of several journalists and YouTubers who visited the G.SKILL booth at Computex a few weeks ago. HWBOT hosted Extreme Overclocking Workshops at the booth, specifically to give media the chance to try it for themselves. I think it’s fair to say that Wes was quite impressed with the concept of LN2 cooling and was perhaps even a little in awe of the technical complexities that the hobby involves:

The essence of overclocking is finding the balance of voltage and speed that guarantee a stable system. Extreme overclocking isn't much different, except you'll end up tweaking potentially dozens of discrete voltage and timing settings in the BIOS. Same idea, but massively more complex to learn. Thankfully, we were using an Asus motherboard with a pre-configured BIOS.

"The amount of knowledge that you need to get a chip like Kaby Lake up to 7 GHz is unimaginable," Plaisier says. "The good thing is that we have engineers in the motherboard companies figuring all this out, and making sure the BIOSes are ready for people that just want to try to see how far their chip can go. For example, this profile, they've configured the entire VRM for optimal power delivery. Technically you can configure all these yourself as well, but if you have to learn all these terms, your'e six months away. Another problem: a lot of the documentation about these kinds of settings is confidential. So not everyone even has access to all the information to even learn how to configure everything. You have a whole bunch of voltages which typically no one talks about. Internal PLL voltage, DMI voltage. Most people would not know where those are affected."

Read the full article from Wes here on

Rookie News 19/06: ASUS Republic of Gamers Top Rookie Team, DeanoMax (US) leading Rookie League with 429.50 pts

Team Rookies Novices
USA ASUS Republic of Gamers 45 96
USA Team Wccftech 45 3
United States /r/overclocking 44 57
United States 16 41
United States 12 12
Malaysia ASUS 9 19
Belgium Madshrimps Belgium OC Team 9 2
Germany PC Games Hardware 8 36
Russia Team Russia 8 19
Australia Australia OC 8 12

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 continues its reign as main recruiter of Rookie overclockers with 45 Rookies and 96 (!) Novices. However, they are being challenged by Team Wccftech which has also enrolled 45 Rookies, but only 3 Novices. The recently formed team may soon take over the charts though. In third place we find /r/overclocking, also from the USA, with 44 Rookies and 57 Novices.

In the Rookie League, DeanoMax (Ninjalane) from the United States of America is leading with 429.50 points which is 106.4 points more than Dragon Soop (Play3r OC) from the United Kingdom and 128.8 points more than Skwurrl_Nutz 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 24, 2017: Gold for TeamAU (AU) and Buildzoid (CZ)

In Week 24 of 2017, we received 3140 benchmark results from 831 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 62% of the active community. They were responsible for 40% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

As we're progressing through the summer - at least for the northern hemisphere - overclocking activity is slowing down a bit. Nevertheless we are happy to find two golden cups in the overview this week. The first gold goes to TeamAU from Australia for a World Record in Unigine Heaven Xtreme. To achieve this feat, the Australians used a 7GHz Core i7 7740K Kaby Lake-X processor paired with two GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards clocked at 2100/1530 MHz. Next up is Buildzoid from the Czech Republic and main main of the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel we regularly feature on the front page. He scores a golden cup in the 3DMark Time Spy GeForce GTX 1070 hardware ranking. For this, the Czech overclockers uses a Core i7 6950X at 4428 MHz and a liquid nitrogen cooled GTX 1070 clocked at 2367 / 2430 MHz. Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard!

The most used hardware components of Week 24 are the Core i7 7700K (10.9%), GeForce GTX 1070 (9.0%) and the ROG Crosshair VI Hero (3.1%).

The overclocking results submitted during Week 24 generated in total 100 World Record Points, 4296.9 Global Points, and 5302.7 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 20% for Elite, 28% for Extreme, 10% for Apprentice, 15% for Enthusiast, 8% for Novice, and 29% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 7% Extreme, 3% Apprentice, 16% Enthusiast, 10% Novice, and 62% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 24, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Xtreme Addict 126.3 pts TeamAU 171.9 pts (WR!) H2o vs. Ln2 14.7 pts
Extreme Ale belo 64.2 pts Gunslinger 51.9 pts Buildzoid 28.2 pts
Apprentice G_trud 45.9 pts Diablo1313 32.9 pts G_trud 23.5 pts
Enthusiast Brandon Calvert 39.7 pts Totalnet 29.9 pts Brandon Calvert 39.7 pts
Novice Villahed94 23.9 pts Jaffers 29 pts Villahed94 23.9 pts
Rookie Mehranalza 39.5 pts CptSpig 36.5 pts Mehranalza 39.5 pts

TeamAU Break Unigine Heaven Xtreme World Record with Core i7 77440K and 2x GTX 1080 Ti Cards

The TeamAU guys have been busy again this week, submitting yet another World Record score, this time pushing Intel’s forthcoming Kaby Lake-X –based processor to help break the record in the Unigine Heaven Xtreme benchmark. The score was produced when the guys got together for a benching session during the Queen’s Birthday holiday (basically a Monday off work to celebrate the Aussie’s favorite Royal pom).

The new World Record score for the Unigine Heaven Xtreme benchmark is 11,572.38 DX11 Marks. This was achieved using an Intel Core i7 7740K processor clocked at a pretty tasty 7GHz, which is +62.79% beyond the chip’s retail settings. The CPU was joined by a pair of GTX 1080 Ti cards with Pascal GPUs tuned to 2,100MHz (+41.89%). The rig was put together using GIGABYTE’s forthcoming X299 Overclocking motherboard offering, the X299-SOC Champion and also featured a G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 kit tuned at 1,882MHz (12-12-12-28).

The new World Record score from TeamAU stands just in front of a submission from Greece Extreme overclocking ace $@39@ who managed a score of 11,569.39. You can find the World Record score submission from TeamAU here, as well as the overall rankings for the Unigine Heaven Xtreme benchmark here. Congrats guys!

[Video] Buildzoid Explores and Discusses the Nvidia Pascal Problem

Buildzoid has recently been dabbling with an Nvidia GeForce 1070 card, trying his hand at overclocking a GPU architecture that he freely admits is pretty new to him (let’s be honest, he usually prefers to push AMD cards). His recent adventures have involved him performing a few hard-modifications to the card in an effort to get it to reach higher clocks and better scores. The upshot of all his hard works is that the card is now actually performing worse than at stock settings. How is this possible? Buildzoid reveals all in a video entitled ‘The Pascal Problem’.

In terms of settings he kicks off by showing us what’s going on with the GTX 1070 card, showing us the GPU-Z read out which indicates that the GPU has been pushed to have a boost clock 2,075MHz, a boost of 37.7% from stock settings. A boost that you would imagine to offer an improved score in 3Dmark Time Spy. Sadly that is not the case. Running Time Spy at this configuration we can see straight away that the fps readings are pretty low – around 25-30 fps throughout. Not the kind of performance you would expect. When he returns to card to default settings and runs the benchmark again, we end up with an average fps of 37.5. Welcome to the Pascal problem.

Buildzoid goes on to discuss his theories about what is actually going on. He proposes that the GPU has an in-build component which reacts to higher voltages and power draws. This reduces the performance of the card while still reading higher frequencies. In short, the hardware is doing something at higher voltages that software is ultimately unable to detect.

As always you can catch the Pascal Problem video from Buldzoid here on his Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel. If anyone has something to divulge regarding Pascal overclocking, feel free to chime in with your comments.

Gamers Nexus Interview Kingpin and TiN to Talk About GTX 1080 Ti KP Edition Card

Gamers Nexus Chief Editor Steve Burke spent a week or so in Taipei, Taiwan for the Computex 2017 trade show, and while he was here he also managed to get around and visit a few of the companies based on the island. One stop that he made was to pay a visit to the EVGA HQ where Vince ‘K|ngp|n’ Lucido and his co-worker Illya ‘TiN’ Tsemenko were busy prepping the latest GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Edition graphics card.

Steve kicks off by asking the guys where they actually start with when they’re developing a card like the 1080 Ti KP Edition, noting that the development time in this case has been around 2 months. Vince addresses why the new card has gold plating, mentioning how despite adding a certain aesthetic value to the card, the gold plating in fact helps with heat dissipation. It's connected to all layers within the PCB for that reason. According to Ilya, by using gold in this way it’s possible to reduce PCB temps by around 5 degrees. He also mentions improvements to the heatsink specifically in relation to the thermal pipe arrangement which further reduces temps.

In fact the GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin Edition is also the first Kingpin Edition card to use EVGA’s proprietary iCX cooler technology which debuted on the EVGA 1080 FTW series. With Pascal architecture GPUs being very sensitive to thermal fluctuations, every effort has been made to keeps temperatures as low as possible to help the system maintain maximum GPU frequencies.

The video from Gamers Nexus is a very interesting look into the design approach that Vince and Illya take when developing a new KP Edition card and in this case the particular challenges that Nvidia’s Pascal GPUs present. Well worth a watch. You can find the video here on the Gamers Nexus YouTube channel. You may also want to check out this other video from Steve which is an in-depth look at the new Edition card where he strips the card down to the PCB to examine the VRM components and Cooling in more details. Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday: ASRock Bring Non-Z Overclocking to the World

Today being a Thursday, we decided to go back to a day in June 2013 when ASRock issued a press release explaining how their latest BIOS releases would now enable users to overclock their systems using non-Z chipset motherboards such as the Fatal1ty H87 board. Non-Z chipset overclocking, as well as non-K SKU overclocking soon became a top trend with motherboard manufacturers and was ultimately killed by Intel a few months later. This is what ASRock wrote back on June 27th 2013 (can’t believe it was four years ago – feels like yesterday):

[Press Release] TAIPEI, TAIWAN, June 27, 2013 –Who ever said that only K series CPUs and the Z-family platform are capable of being overclocked? The avant-garde company ASRock has broken this limitation with an exciting new feature named Non-Z OC! Via this feature overclockers may install their K series CPUs to ASRock’s Fatal1ty H87 Performance or any other H87 B85 chipset motherboards and start overclocking immediately!

The first ASRock motherboard that implements the Non-Z OC feature is Fatal1ty H87 Performance, which is also the H87 motherboard with the most number of power phases in the market currently. Along with its powerful 8 Power Phase design, the CPU frequency can be effortlessly overclocked up to 26%! Simply update to the latest version of our UEFI, then you’ll find the Non-Z OC feature sitting in the OC Tweaker page, select a frequency from a couple of preset settings, restart, kick back to enjoy your drink and voila!

It’s also worth checking out the original post from HWBOT here, if only to read the 28 comments that were posted by some of the most prominent community members.

[HWBOT X] Honduras Enjoys First Ever Amateur Overclocking Contest, plus Workshop

The HWBOT X site just published a blog that talks about the overclocking scene in Honduras, Central America. Thanks to local overclocking guru David Martinez the country hosted the first ever contest for amateur overclockers:

The Overclocking scene in Honduras, as you might well imagine is not quite as well developed as it is in other parts of the world. The great news for Honduran enthusiasts, is that the community is starting to grow and develop, largely due to the efforts of David Martinez. Just a few days ago David hosted an Amateur Overclocking contest in San Pedro Sulla, Honduras. Although it was actually the first of its kind in the country, it will go in history as a a great success, attracting dozens of young minds from the local university, many of whom will doubtless catch the Overclocking bug.

Dubbed the ‘1st Toerneo De Overclocking Amateur’, the contest was held at the San Pedro Sulla Technological University Center (CEUTEC). The event was sponsored by Seasonic, Adata, Noctua, Apacer and HWBOT and consisted of two separate parts, an Overclocking Presentation and an Amateur Contest. The goal of course was to expose the attendees to the world of Overclocking, the latest technological trends in the industry, the different methods of Overclocking (including the different kids of hardware cooling) and finally the concept of competitive Overclocking. The presentation also covered the topic of the latest AMD Ryzen processors.

Catch the full blog post from the HWBOT X site here.

Gamers Nexus Explore Extreme Overclocking with der8auer at XOC Workshop During Computex 2017

Steve Burke, the Editor in Chief of Gamers Nexus, was in attendance at the G.SKILL Booth during Computex a few weeks ago where HWBOT hosted Extreme Overclocking Workshops. The idea behind the workshops was to simply expose members of the tech media that were attending Computex to the practice of actual hardcore overclocking. Here’s a video of the workshop from the Gamers Nexus YouTube channel.

Roman begins the session with Steve by explaining that much of the work needed for LN2 benching happens long before you even turn the system on. Motherboard preparation, specifically as regards to insulation, is very important to when pushing components to sub-zero temperatures. Fortunately for Steve, due to time restrictions, the riig we had setup at the G.SKILL booth was prepared well ahead of time.

The rig used for the workshop session was based around an ASUS ROG Maxiumus IX Apex motherboard, upon which a Core i7 7700K Kaby Lake processor was installed with a Kingpin Cooling Venom LN2 pot mounted on top. The system also used G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory with a G.SKILL Ripjaws Power Supply.

Roman goes on discuss the general approach to hitting a target CPU frequency of 7GHz, a massive 67% beyond stock frequencies. Load up the LN2 BIOS profile and then start gradually raising voltages, not forgetting to adjust the PLL Termination settings to help get the system running at full pot. In fact Roman goes in to some real detail to describe the differences between the different voltage settings. He also discusses issues such as delidding, thermal paste cracking and other more esoteric topics that most tech media are not so familiar with. In the end, Roman showed Steve how to successfully adjust the settings to hit the mythical 7GHz target.

You can catch the video here on the Gamers Nexus YouTube channel.