Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
GPUPI - 1B GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2493/1443 MHz Gunslinger 9sec 280ms 47.4 pts 2   3
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 1978/1500 MHz hotrod717 9689.96 DX11 Marks 38.0 pts 0   1
XTU Core i3 7350K 5510 MHz superpatodonaldo 1008 marks 33.7 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5500U 2960 MHz lkuseian 404 marks 33.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 5930K 4540 MHz tizy3000 1872 marks 27.6 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7700K 4990 MHz dirtyred 1682 marks 27.2 pts 0   0
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti   DweEroz 10190 marks 25.1 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7700K 5000 MHz peteypeter 1654 marks 24.7 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 6600K 4800 MHz Tibom2000 1470 marks 23.8 pts 0   1
Catzilla - 720p GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2113/1501 MHz DJRamses 62495 marks 23.4 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

Welcome back to our Motherboard Memory Lane series. This week we’ll actually be looking at a platform that should remain pretty fresh in the memory of most overclockers - the relatively recent Intel Z170 platform. The Intel Z170 platform arrived alongside a brand new batch of Skylake architecture processors just under three years ago and remains a popular platform today. Let’s once again take a look at the motherboards and processor models that were popular in this era, as well as a few of the most exceptional scores and submissions that were made by overclockers on HWBOT.

In the minds of most enthusiasts the newly arrived Skylake architecture processors replaced the previous generation Haswell and Devil’s Canyon architecture chips. This due to the fact that its true predecessor, the Broadwell architecture, basically failed to turn up as a desktop PC option. For most us, Skylake replaced Haswell, just as Z170 replaced Z97.

The Intel Z170 platform officially landed on August 5th 2015, sporting a new CPU socket and a new line of CPUs. Aimed the mainstream PC market, Z170 was eventually joined by several other PCH variants that include the Intel H110, B150, Q150, H170 and Q170. The Z170, as with all Z-series PCH models, was aimed at the enthusiasts and was the only one (at launch) to support CPU multiplier and BCLK overclocking.

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Throwback Thursday: Leeghoofd Breaks 3DMark01 IGP Record in HWBOT OC Challenge (April 2010)

Today we look back at time when HWBOT used to run a monthly contest for members known as the HWBOT OC Challenge. Back in 2010 the April HOC was all about pushing integrated graphics to the limit. Belgian legend Leeghoofd took part in the contest, taking the win with a record score of 36,368 points. This was just ahead of Poland’s ryba AICooling and Chew* from the US. Here’s what we wrote back on May 4th 2010:

My apologies if this news post is a bit too chauvinistic for your taste, but … it’s not every day a Belgian overclocker wins a competition. After quite an interesting series of back-up game play by Nick.UA and Yotomeczek, everyone thought Polish overclocker Ryba would take the win eventually hitting the 35k mark just a few hours before the end of the competition. However, Leeghoofd, at that point at around 33k, managed to take the win with an impressive 36386 points. That’s 1000 points higher than Ryba, who ended second, and 1100 points more than Chew*, who finished third.

This month’s challenge was a bit different from the previous challenges since the dollar/euro-input was a bit higher as in order to participate you needed a high-end integrated graphics card. Most of the overclockers went for and AMD-based platform: either 790GX (HD3300), 785G (HD4200) or 890GX (HD4290). Unlike what many figured at the beginning of the competition, the winning platform wasn’t produced by one of the major high-end hardware manufacturers, but by the smaller and sometimes considered inferior Asrock.

You can find the full article from way back in May 2010 here. You can also revisit the HWBOT OC Challenge - April 2010 contest page here.


HwBox Hellas O/C Team Win Old School is Best School Round 5, Crowned 2017 Champions

The final round of the Old School is Best School contest on OC-ESPORTS just came to a close with Greek overclockers HwBox Hellas O/C Team taking their fifth consecutive win and with it, the crown for the 2017 Season. In second place in Round 5 we have Warp9-systems followed by Hardware Canucks. Let’s take peek at all the action from Round 5, a round which involved three different classic platforms including Slot A, Slot 1 and Socket 7, plus the classic ATi Rage graphics cards.

Old School is Best School, Season 3 Round 5: April 15th - May 15th 2017

Each Old School is Best School contest runs for one month and features three separate stages. In Round 5 of the OSiBS contest we have the following stages paired with the following specific hardware platforms:

  • Stage 1: Intel Slot 1& ATi Rage - 3DMark 99
  • Stage 2: AMD Slot A - SuperPI 1M
  • Stage 3: Intel Socket 7/5 - HWBOT Prime

Congrats to the HwBox Hellas O/C Team - Old School is Best School 2017 Champions

Round 5 of the Old School is Best School contest is the last of the 2017 season. With four wins out of five rounds, the HwBox Hellas O/C Team are crowned champions of the 2017 season, in fact winning the season-long contest for the second year running. A massive congrats to Stelaras and zafiropo for proving they are the best Old School overclockers on the planet once again. Great work guys!

Read the full round up article here on OC-ESPORTS.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 19, 2017: Gold for Splave (US), H2o vs. Ln2 (US), Bigblock990 (UK), Scannik (IT) and Shar00750 (IL)

In Week 19 of 2017, we received 4546 benchmark results from 1011 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 60% of the active community. They were responsible for 37% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

The Week 19 overview features 5 different overclockers with a golden cup. First of all we find Splave from the USA on the leaderboard for the second week in a row with a Global First Place in the XTU 2xCPU benchmark. Next up we have H2o vs. Ln2, also from the United States, with a Global First Place and overall Silver in the Catzilla 720P benchmark. For this he uses 3 Titan Xp graphics cards cooled by liquid cooling and clocked at 2114/1638 MHz. Paired with a Core i7 6950X at 4700 MHz this brings the total score to 106719 marks. Moving to the Extreme class we're proud to see a non-Elite overclocker taking the top spot in the highly competitive Cinebench R15 ranking. Bigblock990 from the United States scored a phenomenal 1554 cb with a Core i7 7700K clocked to 6870 MHz. This is two points more than runner-up Alex@ro and four points more than $@39@. Also in the Extreme league is Scannick from Italy who scores a global cup in the 3DMark06 Radeon HD 3870 X2 category. The graphics card is clocked to 945/1080 MHz and paired with a Core i7 7700K clocked to 6400 MHz. Last but not least we have Shar00750, an Israeli Apprentice overclocker who grabbed the first place in the 3DMark05 Radeon HD 6950 category. Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 19 generated in total 140 World Record Points, 5946.9 Global Points, and 7252.2 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 13% for Elite, 34% for Extreme, 12% for Apprentice, 18% for Enthusiast, 9% for Novice, and 26% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 7% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 18% Enthusiast, 9% Novice, and 60% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 19, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Splave 186 pts (GFP!) H2o vs. Ln2 110.2 pts (GFP!) Oldscarface 39.6 pts
Extreme Bigblock990 182.8 pts (GFP!) Scannick 60.3 pts Scannick 49.8 pts
Apprentice Shar00750 51.1 pts Jab383 32.7 pts Shar00750 26.4 pts
Enthusiast Enivia 26.2 pts Totalnet 29 pts KaRtA 23.7 pts
Novice Miker2ka 41.7 pts Timtin 24.2 pts TardCarnival 28.7 pts
Rookie Jack2001 37 pts JimJamJamin 27.8 pts GameSquad7 28.7 pts

[Video] GIGABYTE Summer Spectacular: Buildzoid Benches GPUPI for CPU 1B in Stage 1

The GIGABYTE Summer Spectacular contest kicked off on May 1st, offering an array of attractive prizes worth a total of $2,500 USD. The contest is designed to entice overclockers of all budgets, which means it's not about folks with big pockets rolling out their Titan cards and their ten-core Broadwell-E chips. Nope. All combatants are challenged to use Intel’s Core i3 7350K processor and Nvidia’s GT 730 graphics cards.

One overclocker that has certainly been motivated to compete in the contest is YouTube extraordinaire Buildzoid. Armed just enough LN2 and a GIGABYTE Z270N-WIFI motherboard, he set himself the task of competing in Stage 1 of the contest last weekend. Stage 1 was open until midnight on Sunday and involved pushing the unlocked Kaby Lake i3 chips as far as possible making runs in the GPUPI for CPU 1B benchmark. The cool thing is that Buildzoid also live streamed the entire session and uploaded it to his YouTube channel. Pretty sweet, no? The result of the session was a decent GPUPI fpr CPU run of 8min 51sec 501ms, which places him in seventh place on the contest leaderboard.

You can catch the entire benching session here on his YouTube channel. Now that Stage 1 of the GIGABYTE Summer Spectacular contest has closed, the focus turns to Stage 2 and the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark. Buildzoid and other competing overclockers will be faced with the task of pushing the affordable Nvidia GT 730 card to the max. Will that involve a power mod or two? I have a feeling that it might. Watch this space.

Rookie News 18/05: ASUS Republic of Gamers Top Rookie Team, JimJamJamin (UK) leading Rookie League with 353.30 pts

Team Rookies Novices
USA ASUS Republic of Gamers 50 81
United States /r/overclocking 40 59
United States 23 32
Germany PC Games Hardware 11 34
United States 10 9
Malaysia ASUS 9 19
Austria MSItuner 7 0
Australia Australia OC 7 10
Russia Team Russia 6 18
Ukraine Alza OC 6 3

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 50 Rookies and 81 Novices. This week we find the /r/overclocking subreddit team in second place with 40 Rookies and 59 Novices. In third place we find, also from the USA, with 23 Rookies and 32 Novices.

In the Rookie League, JimJamJamin from United Kingdom is leading with 561.40 points which is 84.20 points more than Omega Centauri from Canada and 207.70 points more than Deanomax 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

Wizerty Checks Out the KingPin Cooling INFERNO Heater Kit [French]

France’s No.1 overclocker Wizerty is busy once again coming out with some really great OC-related content. This time he’s created a video where he tests out a new overclocking gadget from KingPin Cooling – the INFERNO Socket Heater kit. The video is recorded in his native French, but thanks to the magic of YouTube it’s possible to get the gist of things by simply using the integrated auto translate option.

The KingPin Cooling INFERNO Heater Plate kit was launched back in February of this year and is designed to make extreme, sub-zero overclocking a little easier on your motherboard. When using LN2 to drop the temperature of your CPU to -190c or so, you always run the risk of the surrounding area of the PCB experiencing some serious condensation, especially if you live in a more humid part of the world. Condensation eventually leads to ice build and eventually water – an obvious major headache for any kind of electrical device.

The idea behind the KPC INFERNO Heat Plate is that it managed to automatically adjust its temperature so that the motherboard itself doesn’t drop to such extreme temperatures. This avoids excessive condensation and issues such as condensation and ice. It all sounds good in theory but of course testing the reality of a product and effectiveness is another matte r entirely. Over to you Wizerty!

Catch the KPC INFERNO Heat Plate video from Wizerty, here on his own dedicated YouTube channel.

[Video] Raspberry Pi Board Submerged in Mineral Oil, Gets Overclocked

The world of Overclocking is so broad and varied that it encompasses pretty much every possible computer platform out there. This video posted on the HydroGraphix HeadQuarters YouTube channel is a great reminder of that. This guy took a Raspberry Pi board and built a custom chassis for it so that he could submerge the entire system in mineral oil. Why? So that he could overclock it of course. Here’s the story as told by Steven Dufresne on

“[HydroGraphix HeadQuarters] has earned his name with this one. While he is using mineral oil instead of hydro, he’s certainly done a nice job with the graphics of it. The ‘it’ in questions is an overclocked Raspberry Pi 3 in a transparent container filled with mineral oil, and with a circulating fan.”

“He’s had no problem running the Pi at 1.45 GHz while running a Nintendo 64 emulator, getting between 40 °C and 50 °C. The circulating fan is a five volt computer USB fan. It’s hard to tell if the oil is actually moving, but we’re pretty sure we see some doing so near the end of the video below the break.”

“Mineral oil is not electrically conductive, and is often used to prevent arcing between components on high voltage multiplier boards, but those components are always soldered together. If you’ve ever worked with mineral oil, you know that it creeps into every nook and cranny, making us wonder if it might work its way between some of the (non-soldered) contacts in the various USB connectors on this Raspberry Pi. Probably not, but those of us with experience with it can attest to it’s insidiousness.”

Check out the full article here on

Buildzoid Revisits ASRock X370 Taichi, Plus AMD Ryzen OC Tips

The latest video from Buildzoid returns to the topic of the ASRock X370 Taichi motherboard, the board that was doing a good job of driving him crazy just a week or so ago. The great news is that ASRock got in touch with Buildzoid and then returned to the drawing board to produce a new and improved BIOS which addresses the bugs that were ruining the OC experience in the initial release. It’s now possible to adjust core voltage and frequency settings without having to re-input all other settings. Kudos for ASRock for responding to criticism in a positive way, taking the feedback from Buildzoid and using it to quickly improve their product.

In a previous video Buildzoid showed us his technique for adding a Vcore measurement line to the ASRock X370 Taichi board. In this video we get to see it an action, including a comparison of the readings that are taken from the CPU VRM, the measurement line, which is connected to the CPU area on the reverse of the board and the readings that we get in BIOS. What we find, unsurprisingly is that all the reading differ just a little, a fact that underlines the benefits of having a Vcore measurement line which is considered by most overclockers to be the most reliable.

We also get some more advice and learnings from Buildzoid regarding the very general and broad topic of AMD Ryzen overclocking. One topic of interest remains DDR4 overclocking, an area where many AMD enthusiasts are having issues. Buildzoid reveals his general strategy and goes through the settings he uses to get the most out of his Ryzen 7 1800X rig.

As always, catch the latest video from Buildzoid here on the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.

ROG OC Showdown Team Edition Update: ASUS Republic of Gamers Lead with 20 Days Left

There are just over twenty days to go until we reach the climax of the ROC OC Showdown Team Edition contest on OC-ESPORTS. Today we bring you an update to the movers and shakers in the contest, the teams that are currently heading the contest table, plus some of the scores and submissions that have caught our attention so far.

ROG OC Showdown Team Edition: April 14th - June 5th 2017

The ROC OC Showdown Team Edition has so far attracted the attention of 77 competing teams of overclockers - a pretty impressive participation level that is no doubt helped by the attractive prizes that ASUS have lined up for the winners. More on the prizes later. In terms of structure, the contest is broken down into five individual stages, each with specific benchmarks and rules about how many scores are needed, restrictions on cooling and the different hardware needed. There are also restrictions regarding which overclockers can compete. For example Stage 1 involves scores from three Rookie or Novice overclockers benching on XTU with three different quad-core processors using air or water cooling (25°C at idle).

Stage 1: Intel XTU with Quad-Core CPUs

In Stage 1 it’s all about the Rookie and Novice contingent of your team stepping up to the plate to show what they can do in the XTU benchmark. Three submissions are required, each using a different quad-core CPU with idle temps no lower than 25°C. The leading team at the top of the table is currently an who fly the flag for Indonesian overclocking. Kakumei leads the way for his team with a score of 1,835 marks using a Core i7 7700K clocked at 5,200MHz (+23.81%). He is joined by ramright with a score of 1,795 marks using a Core i7 6700K clocked at 5,100MHz (+27.50%) and Gang.guan who opted for a Core i5 6600K which he pushed to 4,790MHz to score 1,532 marks.

Find the full update article here on OC-ESPORTS.

Der8auer Power Mods Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Card

Extreme overclocking guru der8auer is back with another interesting video. This time he offers a tutorial that shows exactly how he modifies his GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card. He discusses the power mod in some detail, explaining that the advantages that it brings – notably allowing the card to pull more power to improve stability when running at high frequencies under load.

Roman’s testing indicates that at stock settings the GTX 1080 Ti card will pull up to a around 250 watts from the three sources; the card’s six and eight pin connectors, plus the PCIe slot itself. Using a software app such as MSI Afterburner it is possible to configure the power target at 120%, this allows the card to pull up to 300 watts. However, even with a boosted 120% power target, the GPU will experience instability with maximum core frequencies not maintained evenly throughout a Unigine Superposition benchmark run.

The card uses shunt resistors to measure power draw from the three sources mentioned above. Roman shows how you can essentially turn off these resistors by simply applying liquid metal. Testing reveals that this simple mod allows the card to suck down more power. At stock settings the system drew 396 watts. Overclocked without the power mod this changes to 445 watts, which increases to 502 watts with the power mod. The difference in terms of performance can be seen when using the Superposition benchmark where the power modded card manages around 200 points more.

You can find the video from der8auer here in his YouTube channel.