|XTU||Core i7 6500U||3040 MHz||willysdts||542 marks||29.1 pts||0 0|
|GPUPI for CPU - 1B||Ryzen 7 1700||5200 MHz||UE50||2min 15sec 595ms||28.9 pts||1 1|
|Cinebench - R15||Xeon E5 2697 v3||3760 MHz||xeon_fan||2424 cb||26.9 pts||1 0|
|SuperPi - 1M||Pentium E2140||4152.3 MHz||Noxinite||13sec 906ms||26.5 pts||0 1|
|XTU||Core i7 6700K||5000 MHz||UE50||1797 marks||24.0 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i7 6700K||4690 MHz||Rico~Suabe`||1631 marks||23.7 pts||0 0|
|wPrime - 32m||Pentium E2140||4144 MHz||Noxinite||19sec 46ms||22.9 pts||0 1|
|Cinebench - R11.5||Core i7 4770K||6130 MHz||GtiJason||13.5 points||22.5 pts||0 1|
|Cinebench - R15||Core i7 4770K||6100 MHz||GtiJason||1257 cb||22.4 pts||0 1|
|3DMark Vantage - Performance||Radeon HD 5870||1110/1300 MHz||zeropluszero||29190 marks||22.1 pts||0 1|
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The final article in our Motherboard Memory Lane series brings us right up to date with a look at the current AMD AM4 platform. AM4 series motherboards support AMD Zen architecture CPUs, a new platform which AMD hoped would finally elevate the company back into the upper-mainstream PC component ecosystem, a place that had been utterly dominated by Intel for most of the last decade. The platform arrived with a new socket, new chipset series, new AMD Ryzen CPUs and a newly invigorated sense of purpose. Let’s take a look at the key platform features, the motherboards that are currently most popular and the CPUs that are being used to make some very decent scores on the HWBOT database.
The first systems to use the AMD AM4 Socket were in fact built by OEMs HP and Lenovo in late 2016 who were given exclusive access to the new platform. It arrived with Bristol Ridge-based APUs that featured Excavator cores, the last iteration of AMD’s Bulldozer CPU architecture. As far as the mainstream DIY PC consumer and enthusiast space, it barely registered a blip on the radar. We were all far too preoccupied with waiting for Zen to arrive.
We continue our Motherboard Memory Lane series today with a look at the AMD FM2+ platform, the follow up to the FM2 Socket and its Trinity-based APUs that we considered in last week’s article. Socket FM2+ represents AMD’s third attempt to trying to gain traction in the budget to mid-range desktop PC segment, arriving with a refreshed series of Kaveri-based APUs and an updated FCH (or chipset if you prefer). Let’s push on and take a look at the new platform, the motherboards that were popular in this era and some of the more impressive scores that were submitted to HWBOT.
Where Intel had managed to maintain to a ‘tick-tock’ cadence with its processor launches, AMD enjoyed an odd dance all of its own. The first AMD Accelerated Processor Units (APUs) debuted with FM1 in mid-2011 and featured Llano architecture chips. Then FM2 came along in October 2012 with and Trinity and subsequent Richland architecture APUs which were eventually followed by updated Kabini models on mobile platforms only. FM2+ launched in January 2014 with Kaveri, seeing AMD having one last roll of the dice before the new AM4 socket and the eagerly anticipated Zen architecture made its bow on center stage.
Today our Motherboard Memory Lane series sets its sights on the FM2 Socket, an update to the previous FM1 platform that arrived with a new Chipset and an updated range of AMD APUs. Let’s crack on and check out the new technologies that AMD brought to the table, the motherboards that helped define the era and of course, some of the more impressive scores that were submitted to the HWBOT database using the FM2 platform.
The first iteration of AMD’s budget to mid-range APU lineup arrived in Mid-2011 using the FM1 socket. AMD hoped to woo gamers and enthusiasts with a new kind of processor that combined a quad-core CPU with a GPU that actually resembled something similar to a discrete part. AMD’s strategy involved leveraging the graphics technologies that it acquired when it had bought ATi, offering a more complete and heterogeneous design that was beyond Intel’s capabilities. The platform failed to really compete with Intel’s Sandy Bridge offerings however, and ultimately disappointed, despite having a clear advantage in most gaming tests when compared with Intel’s HD Graphics offerings..
This week’s trip down Motherboard Memory Lane brings us to the AMD AM3+ platform. Arriving in 2011 with a new enthusiast chipset and new range of FX branded CPUs, the new platform was AMD’s reinvigorated drive into the high performance PC space where Intel had long ago stolen a march. Let’s take a look at the most popular motherboards and processors of that era, the technologies involved and some of the more impressive scores submitted on HWBOT.
In terms of technical detail, the AM3+ Socket was in many respects virtually identical to its predecessor, the AM3 Socket. Motherboards arriving with the new AM3+ Socket also sported revised and updated AMD 900 series chipsets, the most popular with HWBOT users being the top tier 990FX which effectively replaced the previous generation 880FX.
New AMD AM3+ series motherboards were officially launched in June of 2011, some months before the Bulldozer-based FX-series CPUs arrived on the scene. In terms of CPU support the new socket was backwards compatible with AM3 series processors that include Phenom, Athlon and Sempron chips that also used a DDR3 compatible memory controller. Previous AM2+ platform processors were not supported. Enthusiasts had to wait until October 2011 before they could complement the new socket and chipset with the revamped FX lineup of CPUs based on the Bulldozer and subsequent Piledriver architectures.
Our Motherboard Memory Lane series today arrives at the AMD Socket FM1 era. The arrival of the FM1 Socket heralded a significant change in direction for AMD which launched its first Accelerated Processor Units or APUs in the market. Aimed at the mainstream to entry-level segment the new platform hoped to woo PC enthusiasts and overclockers with a relatively decent CPU coupled with a much beefier integrated GPU. Let’s take a closer at the new platform, the motherboards and processors that were popular during this era and of course, some of the most notable scores posted on HWBOT.
The arrival of the AMD FM1 Socket marked a pivotal change in the overall AMD product lineup. Socket FM1 would become the mid-range and entry-level platform leaving the mature AM3+ platform to spearhead its high-end offerings. Whereas previous mainstream platforms from AMD had relied upon a Northbridge Chipset such as the AMD 880G and AMD 880GX to deliver integrated graphics and digital display outputs, the new FM1 platform used Accelerated Processor Units had a much more substantial GPU baked into the processor itself. AMD would later release its Bulldozer-based AMD FX series processors on the AM3+ platform in an attempt to better compete with Intel’s recently arrived Sandy Bridge offerings.
Following a recently uncovered exploit of the Java-based HWBOT Prime and HWBOT X265 Benchmark applications, points have been disabled until further notice. The staff is looking into the issues and will update when the situation is clarified further.
The integrity of both applications as benchmarks is unaffected and benchmark results remain valid. However, due to the nature of the exploit the benchmarks can not be used in a competitive environment.
Thank you for understanding and apologies for causing any inconvenience.
More news has arrived today regarding the HWBOT World Tour, this time confirming the prizes that will be on offer for the Overclocking World Championship Yogyakarta 2017 Qualifier contest. The main aim of the contest is of course to decide which local overclocker will get to represent the South East Asia region in the OCWC Finals at the end of the year. Last year, it was Indonesian legend Hazzan so it will be interesting to see who claims the prize this year. In terms of prizes, it’s interesting to an ‘Upcoming Intel Core-X series processor’ listed for the winner. I wonder what it could be:
Today we are happy to be able to confirm the prizes we lined up for the Overclocking World Championship Yogayakarta 2017 Qualifier contest. For the Yogyakarta 2017 event, we are grateful to have HWBOT World Tour sponsors partners Seasonic aagree to contribute some awesome Power Supply prizes for the Overclocking World Championship contest, making things that bit more inciting and rewarding for attendees and competitors at the event.
Yogyakarta 2017 - OCWC Contest Prizes
- 1st Place:
- Ticket to the OCWC Finals
- Seasonic X-Series X-750 PSU
- Upcoming Intel Core-X series processor
- 2nd Place:
- Seasonic X-Series X-750 PSU
- 3rd Place:
- Seasonic X-Series X-750 PSU
Read the full prize announcement for the Yogyakarta 2017 OCWC contest here on the HWBOT World Tour website.
The HWBOT World Tour site have just published a Prize Giveaway to celebrate the up and coming 2017 leg of the World Tour in Montreal which gets underway in on September 2nd. If you fancy winning some prizes from Alphacool and Seasonic, this may just to right up your street. Note: Contest actually opens on September 1st:
To celebrate the sixth HWBOT World Tour stop of the year in Montreal, Canada next month we have teamed with partners Seasonic and Alphacool to bring you another opportunity to win some super prizes. It all starts on September 1st. All you have to do use the link below to enter the Montreal 2017 Challenge, a basically a Giveaway contest where the more social media actions you complete, the better chance you have to win a prize.
Montreal 2017 Challenge: Prizes
Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU - The latest Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSUs will be used to power the Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest as well as Overclocking Workshop systems that we setup at EGE. Seasonic Snow Silent 750 power supplies boast 80 Plus Platinum efficiency and a completely silent operation below 50 % system load.
Alphacool Eisbaer 420 AIO CPU Cooler - Alphacool is fundamentally revolutionizing the AIO cooler market. Where traditional AIO CPU-coolers are disposable products which are neither upgradeable nor refillable, the Alphacool “Eisbaer” is modularly built and can be upgraded, rebuilt or refilled at any time and bring efficient cooling for your processor, no matter how hard you push it.
To enter the Giveaway, go to the HWBOT World Tour website here on September 1st and get started.
Today we bring you news of another great overclocking guide, this time penned by the OC tem at GIGABYTE. The topic of the guide is overclocking the latest AMD Ryzen Threadripper platform that burst on to the scene just a week or so ago. The guide focuses on how to get a solid overclocking experience using the latest AORUS X399 Gaming 7 motherboard. Other hardware used in the guide includes a flagship AMD Ryzen Treadripper 1950X processor (he of the 16-cores and 32-threads) a 16GB GEIL DDR4-3200 kit and a Thermaltake 3.0 Extreme S AiO cooler. Here’s a sample of the guide intro:
We all fondly remember the glory days of AMD Athlon CPUs and their amazing 3000+ Venice CPUs. They were cool, efficient and were good overclockers. I got my first bug for binning CPUs in those days and really enjoyed trying to cool these and Opteron CPUs subzero in months and years to come. However, a dark period ensued and AMD fans had no choice but to lay dormant and wait for the return of the king and the king is back and his name is Ryzen Threadripper, all hail king Ryzen Threadripper!
AMD Ryzen Threadripper is built on the TR4 socket, it brings large IPC improvements, multi-threading and DDR4 support as well as increased energy efficiency — all at a competitive price. Did we mention this processor is the first ever consumer processor to offer 16 cores and 32 threads?! We’ve decided to create an OC guide so read on to learn how to get even more value out of your AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor.
The guide doesn’t offer too much in terms of extreme overclocking with LN2, but it does offer a great overview for anyone looking to push a TR 1950X chip with custom water cooling or an AiO cooler. GIGABYTE have also included plenty of notes for advanced users including several hints and tips specific to the AORUS X399 Gaming 7 motherboard. Enjoy! You can find the GIGABYTE Threadripper guide here on Overclocking.Guide.
Back in May of this year we brought you news about a new kind of overclocking event hosted by ASUS South Africa and the country’s No.1 overclocker, DrWeez. Inspired partly by the ROG Camp event which has been held in Berlin, Germany for the last few years, the ROG Masterclass event involves prominent YouTubers and tech enthusiasts being invited to learn all about overclocking from the master himself. DrWeez hosts the event at his home, giving attendees a comprehensive course that includes tutorials about motherboard insulation, LN2 pot mounting, BIOS tweaking and of course, running benchmarks to see just how they’re we’re doing.
In a follow up event (Part II) just last weekend, DrWeez invited four lucky local tech media folks into his den to try their hand at pushing a CPU under Liquid Nitrogen. With help from ASUS South Africa all the gear was provided so that his guests would have everything they would need to prepare the hardware for a real LN2 benching session. Step one of course included motherboard preparation. Once prepped it’s time to break out the paper towels, mount the LN2 pot and starting pouring the LN2 followed by some fun raising clocks and voltages.
Read the full blog post covering the ASUS ROG Masterclass event here on the HWBOT X website.
[Press Release] August 22, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings, today officially announces its attendance at DreamHack Montreal 2017, one of the largest digital festivals in North America. HWBOT will host Overclocking Workshops for gamers and enthusiasts at the show as well as an Overclockers Gathering plus some seriously competitive Extreme Overclocking with the OCWC Montreal 2017 Qualifier contest.
“The HWBOT World Tour team is very excited to attend DreamHack Montreal, the second North American date so far in 2017,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “The enormous scope and popularity of DreamHack gives us an unmissable opportunity to interface with thousands of influential gamers and PC enthusiasts, spreading the word of Overclocking further than ever.”
Free Overclocking Workshops for All DreamHack Attendees - The HWBOT World Tour team will be joined by several experienced North American and Canadian overclockers to host a series of free overclocking workshop sessions. All DreamHack attendees are invited to sign up for a workshop session and learn the basics of what overclocking is all about. This will include how to tune the CPU to improve performance, plus more advanced skills that allow you to progressively raise your score.
Montreal 2017 – Ambient Contest - As well as expert tuition, workshop attendees will be given the chance to submit their best score to the OC-ESPORTS platform and have a taste of genuine competitive overclocking. Score as highly as possible and you could be one of four overclockers invited to compete in the Montreal 2017 Ambient Finals on the last day. Contest winners will walk away with some fantastic prizes.
Overclocking World Championship – Montreal 2017 Qualifier - At each stop of the HWBOT World Tour 2017 an Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest is held. These are extreme overclocking contests where the region’s top overclocking talent are invited to compete head to head for the ultimate prize – a ticket to the OCWC Final at the end of the year. The OCWC Montreal 2017 Qualifier contest will consist of a qualification round on September 9th where competing overclockers will be given three hours to score as highly as possible in three benchmarks. This will be followed by Semi-Final 1v1 matches, followed by Bronze Final and Grand Final 1v1 matches on September 10th.
Overclockers Gathering - The Overclockers Gathering is place for overclockers to meet and enjoy overclocking together in a relaxed environment with unlimited LN2 provided. The event is a BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) event. To take part you need to purchase an LN2 ticket.
Read the full press release, here on the HWBOT World Tour website.
The latest Core-X platforms from Intel launched just a few months ago with company expanding their HEDT offerings to include both Kaby-Lake-X and Skylake-X processor series. It’s fair to say that at this point in time the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard has proved to be one of the more popular board choices for the new platform, which is why it’s great to ASUS produce a really solid Extreme Overclocking guide with that board specifically in mind.
Published (with permission) on the Overclocking.Guide site, we are treated to a very in-depth piece that will be really useful to any Extreme Overclockers looking to push their Core-X processor to the max. Specific subjects covered include advice about overclocking with LN2, overclocking DRAM (target frequencies and expectations), plus some pretty advanced advice about how to install and remove a DMI pin – an ingenious and unique way to get more voltage to key parts of the CPU.
The guide also covers a host of topics that are specific to the Rampage VI Apex board including; USB Flashback, PCI Express Configurations, USB and SATA ports, known issues and more. For serious overclocking with the latest Core-X platforms, Rampage VI Apex users will enjoy taking a look.
Today marks the halfway point of the Alza OC Cup 2017 contest here on OC-ESPORTS which gives us a fantastic reason to take a look at the current standings and the stand out scores that have been submitted so far. Swedish legend Rauf, as a Mid-Contest Leader will be very happy to learn that he currently tops the contest leaderboard, and that he has also won some great prizes from partners Intel and G.SKILL. More on that later. Right now, let’s take a more detailed look at all the action so far.
The Alza OC Cup - Sponsored by Alza, the Extreme Overclockers Retailer
First a little information about the company behind the contest. The Alza OC Cup 2017 is sponsored by Alzo, one Europe’s biggest electronic goods e-retailers. The contest underlines the company’s commitment to engaging with European overclockers, a customer segment they really do care about.
Alza is currently the only e-retailer that stocks Kingpincooling products for example, and is quickly growing its Extreme OC product lines to include pretty much everything an Extreme Overclocker might need; LN2 pots, thermocouples, thermal pastes, measurement devices, contact cleaners, torches, MAP cartridges plus kitchen towels and insulation materials. They can even help sort out LN2 delivery in certain areas. The company is quickly expanding to become a one-stop-shop for things XOC. They are also one of the only retailers that currently accept payments in Bitcoin.
Visit the Alza Shop here.
Alza OC Cup 2017: August 4th - September 4th 2017
The Alza OC Cup contest spans the month of August with four individual stages that will test your skills at pushing raw PC performance to the edge. Being a European company, the Alza Cup 2017 contest is open to European HWBOT members only. Here is a breakdown of the individual stages involved :
Alza OC Cup 2017 - Stages and Benchmarks
- Stage 1: Intel XTU
- Stage 2: GPUPI for CPU - 100M
- Stage 3: SuperPI 32M
- Stage 4: Geekbench3 Single Core
Read the full Alza OC Cup update article here on OC-ESPORTS.
Today we are very pleased to to be able to confirm the prizes that we and our partners have lined up for the forthcoming HWBOT World Tour visit to Montreal next month. For the Montreal 2017 event partners Seasonic and Alphacool have agreed to contribute some awesome prizes for the Ambient Contest and the Overclocking World Championship contest, making things that bit more inciting and rewarding for attendees and competitors at the event. Intel have also agreed to contribute some hardware, including an upcoming Intel Core X-series chip.M
Montreal 2017 - Ambient Contest:
As we all know, each HWBOT World Tour involves Overclocking Workshops. Once the workshop session is complete, attendees will be given the chance to submit their best score to the OC-ESPORTS platform using PCs that we have set up at the show. Score as highly as possible and you could be one of four overclockers invited to compete in the Montreal 2017 Ambient contest on the last day. The following prizes will be available for the winners!
- 1st Place:
- Intel Core i7 7700K processor
- Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU
- Alphacool Eisbaer 420 AIO CPU Cooler
- 2nd Place:
- Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU
- Alphacool Eisbaer 420 AIO CPU Cooler
- 3rd Place:
- Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU
Read the full prize announcement for the Montreal 2017 event here on the HWBOT World Tour website.
Just like every month we have a look at the SuperPI 32M low-clock challenge threads in our forum and make a list of the most efficient overclocks for various CPU architectures. It's been a while since we posted the last update on the most efficient results as things have been quiet on the SuperPI front this summer. Compared to last time we have two new entries on the leaderboard. First up is the Skylake-X entry by I*C*E* MAN from Germany with a score of 6min 44.096sec using the Core i7 7820X. Skylake-X is a relatively new CPU so it will take a while before we see the best results pop up. Also new in the list is Newlife's improved Carrizo score of 9min 35.781sec with the Athlon X4 845 processor.
Check out the full table below. For more information and efficient SuperPI 32M overclocking results, check out the low-clock threads in our Overclocking and Tweaking sub-forum and the SuperPI 32M Low Clock - Fastest Per Architecture forum thread.
Congratulations to all the leaders in their specific categories!
SuperPI 32M Intel 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (August 21, 2017)
|Skylake-X||6 min 44.096 sec||I*C*E* MAN||Core i7 7820X||DDR4-2000 C19-23-23-45|
|Kaby Lake||5 min 52.890 sec||Coolhandluke41||Core i7 7700K||GALAX Hall of Fame DDR4-4083 C12-11-11-28|
|Skylake||5 min 52.750 sec||Luumi||Core i7 6700K||G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-4138 C12-11-11-28||ASRock Z170M OC Formula|
|Broadwell-E||6 min 2.250 sec||Dancop||Core i7 6950X||G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-3591 C11-11-11-18||ASUS Rampage V Edition 10|
|Broadwell||6 min 14.625 sec||Splave||Core i7 5775C||Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-2000 C7-7-7-21||ASRock Z97 OC Formula|
|Haswell-E||5 min 55.328 sec||Dancop||Core i7 5960X||G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-3333 C10-11-11-28||ASUS Rampage V Extreme|
|Haswell||5 min 54.391 sec||Dancop||Core i7 4770K||G.SKILL PI DDR3-2820 C5-9-6-24||ASUS Maximus VII Impact|
|Ivy Bridge||6 min 14.109 sec||Splave||Core i7 3770K||DDR3-2710 C7-9-6-18||ASRock Z77 OC Formula|
|Sandy Bridge||6 min 30.219 sec||Perica_barii||Core i7 2600K||Corsair Dominator GTX2 DDR3-2174 C6-7-5-20||ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z/Gen3|
|Gulftown||7 min 5.297 sec||Gazza30||Core i7 980X||Kingston DDR3-2000 C7-7-6-20||GIGABYTE X58A-UD7|
|Bloomfield||7 min 8.020 sec||Dsjjang||Core i7 920||DDR3-1898 C6-7-6-19||ASUS P6T WS Professional|
SuperPI 32M AMD 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (May 21, 2017)
|Summit Ridge||7 min 5.101 sec||Johan45||Ryzen 7 1700X||G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-2940 C12-12-12-22||ASUS Crosshair VI Hero|
|Carrizo||9 min 35.781 sec||Newlife||Athlon X4 845||Patriot Viper II Sector 7 DDR3-2064 C6-10-6-22||GIGABYTE F2A88X-UP4|
|Kaveri||12 min 17.437 sec||Zeropluszero||A10-7850K||DDR3-2400 MHz C8-11-9-18||GIGABYTE F2A88XN-Wifi|
|Vishera||14 min 9.391 sec||Robbo2||FX-8350||G.SKILL PI DDR3-2600 C8-11-8-24||ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z|
|Richland||14 min 9.156 sec||Newlife||A6-6420K||G.SKILL TridentX DDR3-2368 C7-10-10-8||GIGABYTE F2A88XN-Wifi|
|Trinity||14 min 11.016 sec||Dinos22||A10-5800K||Corsair Dominator DDR3-2666 C9-12-12-24||GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4|
|Zambezi||15 min 16.953 sec||Splave||FX-4200||Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-2234 C7-8-8-18||ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0|
|Llano||14 min 3.188 sec||D3mox||A8-3870K||G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-2112 C7-10-7-24||GIGABYTE A75-UD4H|
|Kabini||16 min 39.016 sec||Wizerty||Athlon 5350||G.SKILL PI DDR3-2026 C7-9-6-24||ASUS AM1I-A|
|Thuban||13 min 42.953 sec||Bones||Phenom II X6 1100T BE||G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-1944 C7-9-7-24||ASUS Crosshair V Formula|
|Deneb||13 min 24.078 sec||I.nfraR.ed||Phenom II X4 965 BE||Corsair Dominator GTX2 DDR3-1846 C6-6-6-18||GIGABYTE 970A-UD3|