|HWBOT Prime||Core i9 7900X||5900 MHz||sofos1990||12068.8 pps||55.1 pts||0 6|
|HWBOT Prime||Core i7 7700K||6700 MHz||ale belo||8340.87 pps||48.6 pts||0 0|
|Cinebench - R15||Core i3 7350K||6600 MHz||OGS||747 cb||37.6 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i7 6850K||4500 MHz||solidton||1902 marks||35.2 pts||0 0|
|3DMark - Time Spy||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||diablo1313||10818 marks||33.9 pts||0 0|
|SuperPi - 32M||Core i7 7700K||6800 MHz||ale belo||4min 30sec 468ms||33.5 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i7 5960X||4800 MHz||shar00750||2528 marks||31.5 pts||0 0|
|SuperPi - 1M||Core i7 7700K||6900 MHz||ale belo||5sec 281ms||27.2 pts||0 0|
|3DMark - Fire Strike||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||diablo1313||25037 marks||25.1 pts||0 0|
|Aquamark||GeForce 8800 GTX||864/1152 MHz||mllrkllr88||433483 marks||24.2 pts||0 1|
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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.
Today we continue our Mother Memory Lane series, shifting our focus back to the beginning of the last decade, to a time when AMD had the upper hand against Intel in terms of raw performance. Our AMD series of articles kicks off with the classic Socket A (462), a CPU socket and platform which many us will recall with fondness, not least because it also involved some memorably overclockable processors. Let’s take a look at the chipsets, the processors and motherboards that defined the era, plus a few of the outstanding scores that were submitted to HWBOT.
Unlike previous Motherboard Memory Lane articles which focused on a specific platform and a specific chipset, today we’re looking at a platform from AMD which in fact spanned several different chipset designs from companies such as VIA Technologies, Nvidia, SIS and AMD themselves. From an overclocking perspective we can see Nvidia’s nForce chipset series as being the most popular, in particular the Nvidia nForce 2 Ultra 400. The VIA KT400 and KT600 may well have been the most popular in terms of units shipped globally, but it lacked the necessary performance features that overclockers craved. AMD’s 760 series was considerably less popular with SIS featuring heavily in the budget motherboard segment.
AMD’s Socket A used a zero insertion force pin grid array design with 462 pins (hence the alternative Socket 462 naming). It supported a range of K7 architecture AMD processors and core designs that spanned the period from 1999 to 2005. It supported several AMD models that included Duron, Sempron, Athlon, Athlon XP and Athlon XP-M. The AMD Athlon XP series arrived in 2001 and was an immediate hit with enthusiasts, offering superior performance than Intel equivalents, coupled with reasonably competitive prices. The Athlon XP series is regarded by many as AMD’s greatest historical moment in terms of sheer popularity with enthusiasts.
Today we say farewell to our series of Intel-based Motherboard Memory Lane articles on HWBOT, having exhausted history’s quota of Intel Chipsets from the Intel P965 platform to the present day. All of which leads us to the current mainstream Intel platform, the Z270 chipset that was in fact launched just a few months ago. The Z270 chipset arrived with a new Kaby Lake series of backwards compatible processors and the hope of improved overclocking capabilities. Let’s take a look at the chipset, the processors and motherboards, plus a few of the outstanding scores that have been submitted to HWBOT.
First announced back in August 2016, the new Z270 platform was officially launched in January 2017. The Z270 Platform Controller Hub (PCH) was designed as a direct replacement for the previous Z170 that had arrived in August of the previous year. Whereas the 100 series, (codenamed Sunrise Point) included six PCH offerings with Q-,B-,H- and Z- offerings, the 200 series used the codename Union Point and featured five PCH models; the Intel Z270, Q270, H270, Q250 and B250. All members of the Union Point family had specific feature limitations in terms of PCIe lane count and connectivity options. The Z270 remains the high-end model - boasting a full complement of connectivity it is the only family member that allows full CPU and memory overclocking.
A direct comparison of the Intel Z270 PCH and its predecessor reveals very little difference. In short the two main differences are that the Z270 platform offers 24x PCI gen 3.0 lanes direct from the PCH compared to 20x lanes with the Z170. One other new feature that end users can enjoy with a Z270 motherboard is support for Intel Optane Technology. The additional PCIe lanes can be regarded as Intel’s acknowledgment that motherboard vendors were keen to expand support for faster M.2 drives, bringing more bandwidth to the PCH specifically for that reason.
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.
We continue our Motherboard Memory Lane series today with a look at the Intel X99 platform. Arriving with a new and updated LGA 2011 socket and three new Haswell-E processors, the Intel X99 platform remains at the heart of Intel’s HEDT lineup today. Let’s take a look at the PCH itself and the feature that it brought, as well the most popular X99 motherboards, processor models and the outstanding scores that were made during the era.
First a recap. The Intel X-series of High End Desktop (HEDT) platform chipsets began with the X38 chipset in 2007 which was codenamed Bearlake. This was followed up by the Bearlake refresh X48 platform in early 2008. By the end of 2008 we had Tylersberg and the iconic X58 platform that dominated the HEDT space for years to come. In late 2011 we finally received Patsburg and the X79 platform. This was replaced by the X99 platform in 2014 which was codenamed Wellsburg.
Today being a Thursday, we are inclined once again to look back at a time when something really significant happened here on the HWBOT front page. This week we recall a day way back in June 2010 when the TeamAU crew used a GIGABYTE H55N-USB3 motherboard to post blistering memory and SuperPi 32M scores. How so? Well, it turns out that Mini-ITX form factor boards are pretty useful at overclocking. Who knew? This is what we wrote back on June 14th, 2010:
A few days ago, we already reported about the first overclocking results on the GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 mainboard. What made it so special is not the absolute frequency, but the size of this mainboard. Being µITX, there's a lot less room than on a, let's say, X58A-UD9 to add components to make overclocking work.
Australian overclockers Dinos22 and Youngpro are currently testing the overclocking capabilities of the board and especially the latter has shown that this board is capable of a lot more than meets the eye. Just check out the screenshots: DDR3-2420 CL7 with B2B=0 ... that's a lot of bandwidth. Also, it looks like the board's definitely doing well in terms of SuperPI 32M efficiency.
Of course, this is all very nice, but it also makes me wonder why all of us overclockers are buying the large mainboards for overclocking purposes. Talking with a lot of top overclockers, most of them say that for non-3D benching purposes a smaller sized mainboard would be more "an overclocker's board" than any of those XXL boards. Facts are facts: do you prefer a €100 board or a €500 board for SuperPI records if the efficiency is the same on both? Well, if the absolute CPU overclockability is roughly the same ... I know my answer.
Take a look at the original post from June 2010 here, if only for a peek at the comments that were made back in the day.
[Press Release] GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to kick-off Beat The Heat 2017, an overclocking contest held by GIGABYTE and hosted on HWBot.org. We are turning up the heat for the HWBOT overclocking community with a fantastic prize pool of over $2,500 USD of computer gear desired by any enthusiast. Summer break may be on the way, but we still have one last roll of the dice before we decide to leave the house, get sunburnt and come back in for some RnR and more OC!
This competition will have four stages that will test your computer's 2D processing: XTU 5GHz, GPUPI for CPU–1B 5GHz, Geekbencch3 Single–Core 5GHz, HWBOT x265 Benchmark–4k 5GHz. You have probably already noticed that we have limited the CPU frequency to 5GHz to give most people a chance. In each of the four stages participants can score points based on their benchmark scores. By the end of the contest, the two participants with most points will win the prizes! A lucky draw is also available to the participants.
Prize info and event rules for Beat The Heat are listed below:
Timeline: July 1st, 2017 – July 31st, 2017
1st Place Prizes
- Intel Core i7-7700K ($349.99 USD)
- GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming SOC ($239.99 USD)
- G.SKILL Gaming Mouse & Keyboard ($179.99 USD)
- G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 Memory ($159.99 USD)
2nd Place Prizes
- Intel Core i7-7700K ($349.99 USD)
- GIGABYTE Z270X-UD5 ($189.99 USD)
- G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 Memory ($159.99 USD)
Lucky Draw Prizes
- GIGABYTE Z270X-UD5 ($189.99 USD)
- G.SKILL Gaming Mouse & Keyboard ($179.99 USD)
- HWBOT Open Benchtable ($149.99 USD)
- Enermax LiqMax II (ELC-LMR240-BS) AiO Liquid Cooler ($89.99 USD)
- 10x $10 Steam Codes ($100 USD)
Read the full Beat the Heat contest announcement here on OC-ESPORTS.
Calling all South African overclockers! The Cape Town 2017 leg of the HWBOT World Tour is now confirmed with tickets going on sale today. Each LN2 ticket gives you a seat at the Overclockers Gathering and also allows you to compete in the Overclocking World Championship Cape Town Qualifier contest. Here’s what they have to say on the HWBOT World Tour site:
The HWBOT World Tour 2017 is shaping up nicely. After events in Las Vegas, Sao Paulo, Poitiers and Taipei, the next stop on the Tour is a trip to Cape Town, South Africa where we will be in attendance at EGE . The great news today is that tickets are now available for all South African overclockers who want to join in the fun. LN2 tickets entitle you to take part in the Overclockers Gathering the Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest.
HWBOT will be hosting an Overclockers Gathering, providing a relaxed social environment where Overclockers will access to unlimited liquid nitrogen and have to chance to do some free style overclocking. Note: this is a BYOC event. Purchasing a LN2 ticket also gives you the opportunity to compete in the Overclocking World Championship Cape Town Qualifier contest. After a qualification stage on July 29th when overclockers compete across three benchmarks, the top scoring four overclockers will then compete in 1v1 Semi-Final and Final matches. The winner will be invited to compete in the Final in Berlin at the end of the year.
Tickets cost $100 USD (plus booking fee), include a ticket to EGE 2017 and access to unlimited LN2. What more could an overclocker ask for? You can read the full blog post on the HWBOT World Tour site here, or just skip ahead to this Eventbrite page and get yourself a ticket.
Buildzoid’s latest video tackles the subject of P-State overclocking with AMD’s latest Ryzen platform processors. It’s a topic that seems to divide opinion in certain segments of the hardcore overclocking community. The idea is that AMD Ryzen processors use power performance states, also known simply as P-States which involve different frequencies and voltages for different load conditions. This allows the system to dynamically alter voltages each core when you don’t need the power, and boost voltages when clocks when the system is under full load. That’s pretty much the theory anyway. According to Buildzoid, the reality may be somewhat different.
To quote Buildzoid himself. People want to know more about power savings. “Ok…here’s your freaking power savings!” He presents power draw data from a system based around an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor using an ASRock X370 Taichi motherboard. The power is measured at the wall in an attempt to genuinely see if a P-State configuration in BIOS actually effects what the system is pulling at various loads and frequencies. The outcome is, to again quote the man himself, that “P-State overclocking is pointless and a waste of time.”
You can catch the video from Buildzoid here on his Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.
The HWBOT team has really worked hard in the last few years to offer more Overclocking contests for its members. Feedback from the community has strongly indicated that the competitive nature of Overclocking is best enjoyed within the arena of a well run, well thought out contest with prizes on offer for the winners. With this in mind it’s great to see that several of our most recent contests, including the ROG OC Showdown Team Edition and the Rookie Rumble contest series are making 2017 one of the best years so far in terms of contest participation. Let’s take a moment to consider the numbers.
The ROG OC Showdown Team Edition contest ran from April 14th to June 5th and attracted 107 teams of overclockers from all around the globe. These teams involved 396 overclockers who together made a total of 1,111 scores submission to the OC-ESPORTS platform. In submission terms, only a handful of HWBOT contests such as previous Country Cup contests can boast better numbers. As a partner sponsored contest, it’s great to see the ROG OC Showdown Team Edition break all previous participation records.
Overclocking contests are an integral part of the HWBOT mission. We’ve expanded the number and type of contests that it now hosts on OC-ESPORTS. These now include the annual HWBOT Team Cup and Country Cup contests, which more recently have been joined by the Challenger Divisions, the Overclocking World Championship and the Old School is Best School contest series.
The one that really stands out is the increasingly popular Rookie Rumble series. This year we have seen some major Rookie action; Rumble #40 featured 528 rookies and 934 submissions while Rumble #41 saw 557 rookies make 1081 submissions. To top it all however, the Rookie Rumble #42 in March of this year actually marks the best attended contest ever on OC-ESPORTS with 615 Rookie overclockers making 1,328 score submissions.
Competitive, fun overclocking contests on OC-EPSORTS would not be possible without the massive contribution of all HWBOT partners. Hats off to ASUS, GIGABYTE, G.SKILL, Intel, Seasonic and Kingpin Cooling as well as contest partners Thermal Grizzly, EKWB and the Open Benchtable crew who have all made efforts to furnish the community with great contests backed by some great prizes.
Futuremark and their parent company UL have just launched a new product called Testdriver. Targeted at hardware reviewers, system analysts, quality-control departments and IT admins, Testdriver promises to make it possible to benchmark and test hundreds of PCs at the same time from a single console. As well as supporting benchmarks from the Futuremark catalogue, it also offers support for integrating third party benchmarks apps.
Benchmarks are essential tools for testing and comparing PC performance. But manually benchmarking more than a few systems at a time quickly becomes time-consuming. And reporting is a challenge if you have to collect result files in person.
Testdriver makes benchmark automation easy. With Testdriver, you don't have to be physically present at the PCs you are testing. You can deploy and run benchmarks on any PC in your organisation from one central control console.
You can schedule benchmark runs, check the running status, and view benchmark results from any device on your network. Testdriver handles the remote installation and running of the benchmarks and automatically returns the results to a central database. With its powerful features and options, Testdriver makes it easy to benchmark hundreds, even thousands of PCs at a time.
You can learn more about Testdriver here on the UL website.
Calling all East European overclockers! The very first HWBOT World Tour visit to Russia is now confirmed with LN2 tickets now available. As with all HWBOT World Tour stops, the idea behind the event is threefold; to promote overclocking to gamers and enthusiasts by hosting OC Workshops and create a relaxed social environment for overclockers with an OC Gathering. Finally, let's not forget that each stop includes an OCWC Qualifier, an extreme OC contest to find the region’s best extreme overclocker. Here's an excerpt from the blog post:
Today we are pleased to announce the availability of tickets for the HWBOT World Tour – Moscow 2017 event. The event will take place at IgroMir Expo in central Moscow, kicking off on September 28th, which is actually just a matter of weeks away. Attendees at the event will be able to join an Overclockers Gathering, plus a chance to compete in the Overclocking World Championship Moscow Qualifier contest. The Moscow 2017 event will be a great opportunity for Eastern European Overclockers to come together and enjoy both the social and competitive nature of Extreme Overclocking.
Tickets cost $100 USD (plus booking fee) and include access to both the OC Gathering and the OCWC Moscow contest. Unlimited LN2 is also included. Find more details by reading this blog post on the World Tour website. Tickets are available direct from this Eventbrite page.
The media embargo on the latest Intel Skylake-X processor lineup has officially lifted which means that today we have a plethora of reviews going online. Here’s a quick roundup from some of the web’s leading tech media. Let’s see what the general opinion is towards the new platform, particularly from the perspective of overclocking:
PC Perspective - ”With a core voltage of 1.28v I was able to push all cores to a 4.6 GHz and run the system mostly stable. However, temperatures at this point would spike to over 100C. I eventually settled on a 4.5 GHz overclock on all cores and a Vcore of 1.24v, which allowed the system to stabilize around 83C with our cooling setup. Even that is going to be high for a lot of users, but the performance advantages of running all 10-cores at 4.5 GHz should be around 10-12% on heavily threaded applications.”
Hot Hardware - ”The fundamentals for overclocking Kaby Lake X are similar to Skylake-X, but because of there are far fewer cores and a more robust power delivery mechanism on this new platform, it is easier to hit higher frequencies without leveraging extreme cooling or voltages. With the very same Corsair AIO cooler, and a bump in voltage to 1.33V, we took our Core i7-7740X all the way up to 5.3GHz, with complete stability and no throttling.”
Tom’s Hardware - “We now know that the Core i9-7900X’s performance to power consumption ratio turns negative as you utilize more of its on-die resources. We did manage to achieve a stable 4.8 GHz overclock under the single- and multi-core Cinebench R15 benchmarks. However, our cooling solution was probably the decisive factor there. Realistically, 4.5 GHz should be achievable with an all-in-one liquid cooler.”
Bit-Tech - ”There seems to be much more headroom with Skylake-X than its predecessor, and the main limiting factor is temperature if our CPU is anything to go by. We plumbed in 1.3V as a starting point and crept up from 4GHz all the way to an astounding 4.7GHz, which is 300MHz higher than we managed with the Core i7-6950X. Even more impressive was the fact that it was still completely stable with just 1.28V - far lower than the 1.44V we needed with the older CPU. However, temperatures were definitely a concern with Cinebench and Terragen pushing 100°C with our 240mm AIO liquid cooler.”
TweakTown - ”I was able to get a nice 4.6GHz on all cores, but of course, you might do better. I would say almost all CPUs can do 4.5GHz on all cores, and even then, the CPU is a monster. Overclocking memory on this platform is very easy, the IMC is very well tuned, and it seems that 3200MHz isn't the maximum any longer. Many motherboard vendors have been touting memory speeds over 4GHz, so we should see 3600MHz+ become the standard soon.”
Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain return with their latest Hardware Asylum podcast. In podcast #76a there’s plenty of discussion about Overclocking largely within the context of Computex 2017 where Intel launched their new Core-X series of processors and the recent Rookie Rumble contests on HWBOT which have seen US Rookie overclocker DeanoMax take wins in the last three contests. Enjoy!
Intel X299 Motherboards - X-Series Extreme Overclocking - Computex is a great show and lately many mfgs have used the popular show in Taiwan to launch new products. Some of those products are made available while others will be released later that summer. It doesn’t matter what gets released just that something is announced so to build excitement. The hot item this year was the new Intel Core X-Series and associated X299 chipset. This announcement allowed motherboard makers to release their 2017 motherboard designs and much to my surprise there is a huge number dedicated to overclocking.
Rookie Rumble - Congratulations to DeanoMax for winning three Rookie Rumbles in a row! That has to be some kind of record. On a related note, Dennis (Redmax) really needs to dust off the copper and get back to clockin’.
Catch the full podcast from Hardware Asylum here.
[Press Release] June 20, 2017 – FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme 5.92 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; the immediate availability of AIDA64 Engineer 5.92 software, a professional diagnostic and benchmarking solution for corporate IT technicians and engineers; the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business 5.92 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Network Audit 5.92 software, a dedicated network audit toolset to collect and manage corporate network inventories.
The latest AIDA64 update implements optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors, and supports the latest graphics and GPGPU computing technologies by both AMD and nVIDIA.
New features & improvements:
- - AVX2 and FMA accelerated 64-bit benchmarks for Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPUs
- - Improved support for AMD Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors
- - Support for Pertelian (RS232) external LCD device
- - Corsair K55 RGB LED keyboard support
- - Corsair Glaive RGB LED mouse support
- - 20 processor groups support
- - NVMe 1.3, WDDM 2.2 support
- - Advanced support for Areca RAID controllers
- - GPU details for AMD Radeon RX 500 Series
- - GPU details for nVIDIA GeForce GT 1030, GeForce MX150, Titan Xp
You can find the full press release from AIDA64 here. You can also download the latest v 5.92 here on the AIDA64 download page.