The Indivisible Nature of a World Record - New WR Communication Terminology and Guidelines

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The Indivisible Nature of a World Record – New WR Communication Terminology and Guidelines

Authors: Pieter-Jan Plaisier & Timothée Pineau

The world of overclocking is a magical thing. There are no teachers in universities telling us how to operate in this world which makes this a completely open field. That is one of the things we love about our jobs and passion.

In this job, we are fortunate enough to travel the world and talk with everyone involved in the process of overclocking. From the hardware manufacturer designing the products we use, over the distributor selling on feature sets to the end-users and overclockers enjoying the competitions we organize at HWBOT. Every week we learn something new and our vision is affected daily by the input of opinions and feedback from the people that cross our path.

In this editorial we will explain the stance we take on the term World Record. We introduce new terminology, publish communication guidelines and the only official HWBOT World Record table

A World Record Is Indivisible.

In the very near future, the terminology at the HWBOT site as well as its news articles will change drastically when it comes to overclocking world records. A World Record is indivisible. It is a thing of which only one can exist. Any derivative of the World Record cannot be called a world record, and can only be referred to as a “Top Score” or “Best”. To illustrate the communication, consider the image below

In the example above, you can find four different categories of overclocking top scores. First, there is the World Record. This is the best score ever achieved for a specific benchmark application. Secondly, there is the Global Top Score or Global Best. This is the best score achieved for a benchmark category. The category is defined as a subset of the benchmark scores, separated by core count. Thirdly, there is the Hardware Top Score or Hardware Best. This is the best score achieved in a specific benchmark category defined by a benchmark and a piece of hardware. As a fourth item, we have the Platform Top Score or Platform Best. This is the best score in a benchmark for a specific platform. Here’s another practical example

#1 3DMark03World Record
#1 3DMark03 1xGPUGlobal Top Score
#1 3DMark03 X99Platform Top Score
#1 3DMark03 1xGPU GTX 750Hardware Top Score

This Is Why

As we wrote in the introduction, it has been our frustration to sit in meetings and have casual conversations about overclocking as if the only aspect that really matters are the World Records. Especially since it is our conviction that overclocking is about a community of people who enjoy fiddling with hardware and compete to see who can achieve the highest performance with a given set of components.

Timothée: “Overclocking is about running a benchmark and using it to measure the performance increase before and after overclocking. At the heart and center of this, there’s the benchmark. A World Record is the highest performance achieved in a benchmark no matter what limitations imposed.
Like in athletics, the World Record is about being the best in your discipline. You can compare a benchmark to for example the 100M Dash. Claiming the record means you are the best ever in the specific discipline, undivided and as a whole. The term of World Record is en route to become something like claiming the fastest 100M Dash with Nike shoes or the fastest Time Trial with a Shimano bike. It is getting out of control.”

Pieter: “The evolution of the term World Record is very similar to that of the plethora of awards review sites hand out nowadays. I wrote hardware reviews for a while and experienced the dynamics of that part of the industry. It’s a commercial process where the hardware industry attempts to obtain accreditation for their products and the journalist industry trying to monetize this to survive.
I have shared my views on this process plenty of times and expressed how I believe the increased pressure for awards is hurting the industry as a whole. I said my goodbyes to that part of the industry because it is not in my power to change it. With HWBOT we have that possibility to change and I feel we are going in the right direction by restricting the usage of the term World Record and start naming things as they really are: Top Scores.”

Isaïe: “I’m confident that overclockers and the industry will converge to the same semantic usage because it will benefit everyone. The overclockers in their dedication and time involved for this recognition and the industry by having the same rules for everyone. The marketing messages will be better understood and valued. It all comes down to quality versus quantity.”

For the community and real overclocking enthusiasts, nothing really changes. We are still trying to squeeze every bit of performance and compete in friendly or competitive overclocking contests. For the partners, the situation will undoubtedly improve. By decreasing the amount of “Records”, the value of obtaining one of them increases significantly. It will no longer be required to hunt for an unlimited amount of meaningless scores. You will be measured in terms of quality, not quantity.

How to Communicate about Your Results

We have outlined the new terminology in the previous section. In this section we will outline how to correctly communicate about your benchmark results. Let’s revisit the example we used before.

#1 XTU

  • Correct: “I set a HWBOT World Record for the XTU benchmark”
  • Correct: “I broke the XTU HWBOT World Record”

#1 XTU 8xCPU

  • Correct: “I set a HWBOT Global Top Score for the XTU benchmark in the 8xCPU category”
  • Correct: “I set a new HWBOT Global Top Score for 8xCPU XTU”
  • Not correct: “I set a Global World Record for the XTU benchmark”
  • Not correct: “I set an 8xCPU XTU World Record”

#1 XTU Core i7 5960X

  • Correct: “I set a new HWBOT Hardware Top Score for the XTU benchmark in the Core i7 5960X category”
  • Correct: “I set a new HWBOT Hardware Top Score for Core i7 5960X XTU”
  • Not correct: “I set a Hardware World Record for the XTU benchmark with Core i7 5960X”
  • Not correct: “I set a XTU Hardware World Record for the Core i7 5960X”

For brands who want to use overclocking results for advertising or marketing purposes, we recommend using the following communication to ensure your audience understands your marketing message and you give credit to those who achieved the results. For example :

#1 XTU

  • Correct: “Our brand or product was used to set a HWBOT World Record for the XTU benchmark”
  • Correct: “User X established an HWBOT XTU World Record using our product or brand”
  • Not Correct: “Our product broke the HWBOT XTU World Record”
  • Not Correct: “Our brand set an HWBOT World Record for the XTU benchmark”

The Current HWBOT World Record and Top Score Charts

(Below tables include only the benchmark applications which have World Record, Global or Hardware points enabled)


  • 24 World Records
  • 181 Global Top Scores
  • 37,253 Hardware Top Scores

HWBOT World Record Table

TeamAU 6 Intel 21 ASUS 9 G.SKILL 9 ASUS 9 Corsair 10 OCZ 1
Gunslinger 2 AMD 3 GIGABYTE 8 Corsair 6 EVGA 2 Antec 1 Corsair 5
8 Pack 1 Supermicro 2 Teamgroup 1 LEPA 1 Micron 1
AndreYang 1 HP 2 HyperX 1 Cooler Master 1 HyperX 1
Chi-Kui Lam 1 ASRock 1 Samsung 1
Dhenzjhen 1 EVGA 1
Fredyama 1
Hicookie 1
K|ngp|n 1
Knopflerbruce 1
Moose83 1
PreacherMan 1
Sofos1990 1
The Stilt 1
Wizerty 1
Xtreme Addict 1

HWBOT Global Top Score Table

Dhenzjhen 22 Intel 142 ASUS 66 G.SKILL 41 ASUS 23 Corsair 31 Corsair 13
8 Pack 11 AMD 39 GIGABYTE 29 Corsair 31 MSI 11 Antec 16 OCZ 9
OVIZ Hardware Lab 9 Supermicro 22 Kingston 5 GIGABYTE 7 Cooler Master 5 Samsung 5
TeamAU 9 EVGA 11 Crucial 4 EVGA 4 Evga 5 G.SKILL 4
Sofos1990 8 ASRock 5 Teamgroup 4 Sapphire 1 LEPA 3 Intel 4
56+ 122+ 3+ 7+ 4+ 6+ 3+ 6+ 5+ 9+

HWBOT Hardware Top Score Table

Knopflerbruce 3382
MrPaco 1067
Christian Ney 617
TaPaKaH 579
Delly 567
Antinomy 537
Veld 479
John May 472
Gigioracing 432


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