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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Titan Xp   Gunslinger 29355 marks 49.4 pts 2   1
3DMark Vantage - Performance Titan Xp   Gunslinger 97168 marks 41.2 pts 0   0
3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme Titan Xp   Gunslinger 16752 marks 40.8 pts 0   0
3DMark - Time Spy Titan Xp   Gunslinger 12130 marks 39.3 pts 0   0
wPrime - 32m Core i7 7700K 6700 MHz Bullshooter 2sec 953ms 38.7 pts 0   0
3DMark11 - Performance Titan X Pascal 2126/1433 MHz jiccman1965 37551 marks 36.5 pts 0   0
3DMark11 - Performance Titan Xp   Gunslinger 37399 marks 35.2 pts 0   0
Catzilla - 1440p Titan Xp 2126/1625 MHz H2o vs. Ln2 66092 marks 34.6 pts 0   0
Catzilla - 720p Titan Xp   Gunslinger 72260 marks 34.2 pts 0   0
wPrime - 1024m Core i7 7700K 6700 MHz Bullshooter 1min 33sec 343ms 34.1 pts 0   0


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We continue our Motherboard Memory Lanes series today with a look at the Intel Z87 platform, a launch that coincided with a revised socket design and a brand new Haswell architecture processor lineup. We’ll focus in on the new technologies that the platform included, the motherboards and CPUs that were popular with overclockers at that time on HWBOT and of course, the records scores that were made in this particular era.

Officially launched in June 2013, the Intel Z87 platform continued the big cat codenames that were used with previous Cougar Point and Panther Point platforms. The new Lynx Point platform arrived with similar enterprise and budget offerings that included Intel H81, B85, Q85, Q87, H87 and Z87 PCH parts. As with previous Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge designs, integrated graphics, video outputs and memory controllers were all integrated into the CPU itself. As with Ivy Bridge, Haswell CPUs offered support for up to three displays (digital outputs direct from the CPU, VGA from the PCH itself). In terms of memory, the new platform supported dual channel DDR3 at default speeds of up to 1,600MHz and also supported low power DDR3L. Most enthusiast systems were capable of DDR3-2400 and above straight out of the box.

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Throwback Thursday: Team Finland LN2 OC Meeting in 2010

Once we again we revisit a news post from the past that evokes happy Overclocking memories. This week we take a peek behind the curtain of time to recall a meetup organized by Team Finland, a story we covered in April 2010. The meetup was essentially an Extreme Overclocking workshop / try out which included overclockers SF3D, Asmola, Junksu, hOLIC, SeMbEr and Koneksi. Here’s what we wrote back on April 9th 2010:

“It’s definitely not easy getting started with extreme overclocking, or overclocking for benchmark scores for that matter. In the old days, when men were still men and most of us still playing Counter Strike getting started with extreme overclocking meant having the guts to order a couple kilos of Dry Ice, killing a couple of boards because of the lack of insulation and, most of all, spending hours and hours reading about extreme overclocking. Nowadays, experienced overclockers such as SF3D appear on local team sessions to meet up with the upcoming guarde to show how LN2 works and let them get familiar with the ‘stuff’.”

The event provided some crucial experience and preparation for the finals of the Gigabyte Intel P55 OC Challenge, a contest in which the Finland team eventually finished in second place. SF3D OC managed to shoot some cool footage of the meetup event which he posted on his YouTube channel. You can also check out the original post from 2010 here.


GIGABYTE Announces Summer Spectacular 2017 Overclocking Contest

[Press Release] GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce the start of Summer Spectacular 2017, the third of four contests in GIGABYTE’s 2017 overclocking season. A total prize pool of over $2,500 USD in enthusiast-grade hardware is available for the top three contestants in both Ambient and Extreme cooling categories along with six “Lucky Draw” winners.

With this contest restricted to only Intel® Core i3-7350K CPUs and NVIDIA® GT730 graphics cards, the playing fields are evened as participants look to push budget hardware to their limits! For those just learning the ins and outs of overclocking—a lucky draw is also part of this competition, where prizes including two GIGABYTE Z270X-UD3 are up for grabs for participants who submit scores in all stages of the competition. Prize info and event rules for Summer Spectacular 2017 are listed below:

Summer Spectacular 2017: May 1st, 2017 – May 31th, 2017

Ambient Cooling Class :

  • 1st Place Prize -GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 Mini-ITX OC ($399.99 USD)
  • 2nd Place Prize -GIGABYTE Gaming Z270X-Gaming SOC ($239.99 USD)
  • 3rd Place Prize - G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 Memory ($159.99 USD)

Extreme Cooling Class

  • 1st Place Prize - Intel® Core i7-7700K ($349.99 USD)
  • 2nd Place Prize - GIGABYTE Gaming Z270X-Gaming SOC ($239.99 USD)
  • 3rd Place Prize - GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X-Gaming 7 ($239.99 USD)

Lucky Draw Prizes

  • 2x GIGABYTE Gaming Z270X-UD3 ($149.99 USD)
  • 2x G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 Memory ($159.99 USD)
  • ENERMAX Platimax 850W PSU ($169.99 USD)
  • Open Benchtable ($149.99 USD)

To enter and for more event details, please visit the contest page at HWBOT: http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/gbt_summer_spectacular

Overclockers.com Publish AMD Ryzen Overclocking Guide

AMD Ryzen platform has been with us for a few months now. Although motherboard BIOSes continue to be updated and improved while enthusiasts and overclockers also learn more about the subtle nuances involved with pushing Ryzen CPUs, there’s still plenty to learn. In fact when it comes to different CPU models and different motherboards from different vendors AMD Ryzen can be a challenge – all of which is the reason why Shawn Jennings from Overclockers.com (known to many of us on HWBOT as Johan45) has put together a comprehensive Ryzen Overclocking guide.

The guide contains of all the findings and data garnered from weeks and testing and reviewing, making it a really solid resource for anyone who really wants to improve their game with AMD Ryzen processors. Here’s a sample of the introduction from Shawn in which he outlines a few of the challenges that Ryzen overclocking can involve:

Overclocking AMD Ryzen in General

I’d like to start this by saying overclocking is quite unique to the system/CPU. Different motherboards, memory, and CPUs will yield different results. There really are no “plug and play” settings for all systems. This is a process that needs to be done slowly and methodically with a lot of testing along the way. This is really the only way to assure you have decent stability and won’t corrupt your operating system over time.

One observation I have made is the majority of Ryzen 7 CPUs will run at 3.8 GHz with 1.35 V or less and the CPU “binning” appears to be quite parallel to the model. Meaning the best chance of the high Core clocks would be with the 1800x then the 1700x and finally the 1700. Now that doesn’t mean there aren’t Ryzen 7 1700 CPUs that will easily do 4.0 GHz at 1.35 V because there are but the odds are not in your favor. Realistically, you should expect to see 3.8-3.9 GHz for 24/7 operation on a Ryzen 7 1700.

Catch the full AMD Ryzen Overclocking Guide from Overclockers.com here.

Road to Pro Challenger Series - Round 2 Starts May 1st

Just a few weeks ago we witnessed the conclusion Round 1 of the Road to Pro Challenger Divisions here on OC-ESPORTS. Round 1 was as competitive as ever and drew good participation numbers across the Divisions as a whole. Be sure to check out our roundup articles with all the winners, scores and more here on the OC-ESPORTS newsfeed. Today we look forward to Round 2 which gets underway in just a matter of days.

Road to Pro Challenger Series Round 2: May 1st to June 30th 2017

The Road to Pro Challenger series is arguably the most comprehensive Overclocking contest ever. It spans a total of eight Divisions and includes challenges on a broad range of hardware including Intel, AMD and Nvidia plus classic hardware platforms from the past. The idea behind the series is very simple - it offers something for everyone. A place where we can all find our niche in terms of a preferred platform and available resources. Once you know what your focus is, you can then compete head to head against the best there is.

Every season the Challenger Series consists of three rounds, each lasting two months. Round 2 of the 2017 series runs from May 1st and ends on June 30th. Let’s take a look at the stages and benchmarks involved with each of the Divisions in Round 2.

Read the full Road to Pro Challenger Divisions introduction article here on OC-ESPORTS.

Buildzoid Discusses BIOS Flashing with Radeon RX480 and RX 580 Cards

In the last week or so there have been reports in the media that it is possible to give your old RX 480 card a boost in clock speeds by flashing your card’s BIOS with a new one designed to be used with the newly launched RX 580 cards. This is not a new phenomenon of course – overclockers have been unlocking cores and upping clock speeds and more since television was called books. But as outlined by this article from ExtremeTech’s Joel Hruska using a non-verified BIOS can be a source of agony as well as joy, if things go wrong. The good news for anyone considering flashing his RX 4-series card for a new 5-series card is that Buildzoid has plenty of thoughts on the matter, all which he has just shared with on his YouTube channel.

The video kicks off with advice about flashing a RX 470 card with a new RX 570 BIOS. It will not work. However it is possible to flash a RX 480 card with a RX 570 BIOS. The problem is that you will inadvertently have lost some shaders, an outcome that again is most unwelcome. So as a general rule, -70 cards should only ever be flashed with -70 BIOSes. The same goes for -80 cards.

The second question raised is - Which BIOSes work on which cards from which vendor? The answer is very hard to establish. One thing that does make things easier is having a dual BIOS card. Of course this allows you to experiment and and find out which one works without actually bricking your card. The key rule to follow is that you should always flash just one of the two BIOSes – seems pretty self explanatory and obvious, but yes. Point well made.

Needless to say, Buildzoid discusses the ins and outs of BIOS flashing on the AMD Radeon RX 4XXX and 5XXX series, and BIOS flashing in general here on his Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.

DrWeez Overclocking Session #52: 2C / 2T on Core i7 7700K w/ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex

A few weeks ago South Africa’s No.1 ranked overclocker DrWeez got his hands on an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard, the perfect platform for him to get more familiar with the latest Intel Kaby Lake architecture CPUs. Last week he returned to YouTube screens with Overclocking Session #52 and an effort to push past the limitations he encountered in the previous session. In Session #51 Andrew managed to push his Core i7 7700k to 6.7GHz, a limitation that hoped to push past in session #52.

To kick off the session Andrew loads up a profile created by Russian overclocker Slamms, with a few alterations to the CPU core voltage settings – just to rein it in a touch. Next he turns off HyperThreading and also turns off two of the processors cores. In terms of benchmarks he aims to run a series of single threaded 2D benchmarks including SuperPi, PiFast and others with two cores and two threads and a target clock of around 6.9GHz – 200MHz above the highest clocks achieved in the previous session.

You can watch the full two and a half hour benching adventure with DrWeez, his Core i7 7700K and the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard, here on the DrWeez YouTube channel.

Der8auer Examines the GALAX GTX 1080 Ti Hall of Fame Graphics Card

Towards the back end of last week GALAX revealed their Hall of Fame GTX 1080 Ti graphics card . It certainly got plenty of attention from enthusiast tech media as the company has gone all out to produce one of the heftiest and most highly-specced 1080 Ti cards on the market. It’s also targeted at overclockers, featuring a monster VRM design that is actually powered by three eight-pin power connectors. With all the buzz around the new card, our buddy Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung decided to take a closer look in attempt to find out if it really is an overclockers Wet Dream!

As well as the additional eight-pin power adapter, one other thing that got plenty of attention with enthusiasts getting hot under the collar was the VRM design of the GTX 1080 HoF. The GALAX marketing team have made claims of using up to 19 phases, however, images of the card’s PCB have revealed the VRM design to be based around a 16 phase design for the GPU itself, plus an additional three for the graphics memory. Roman notes how in fact the GPU uses an eight phase which has been doubled to sixteen – a common design approach that should offer great power delivery with heat dissipating across a wider surface that will allow for lower temperatures. The choice of using an International Rectifier voltage controller means that extreme overclockers will be able to control voltages from software – something that Nvidia might not wholly condone.

Roman concedes that this card might not be the Holy Grail of Overclocking simply due to the fact that Pascal GPUs don’t scale too well when you up the voltage - he does conclude however that it’s design looks really, really good. You can catch the video from Roman here on the der8auer YouTube channel.

Hardware Asylum Podcast #74a - Shocking Trends in PC Hardware

Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain return with their latest Hardware Asylum podcast. Podcast #74a takes on the topic of trends in PC hardware design, the cyclical nature of things and the dreaded topic of RGB lights. Plenty of issues to chew on. Here are the show notes:

Trends in PC hardware follow a cycle and much like fashion styles they tend to disappear for awhile and will eventually come back. For instance there was a time when 80mm LED fans were everywhere and then completely disappeared. Around the same time 120mm fans started to became popular and sparked designers to start over with their product offerings.

During this transition when fancy LED lights took a back seat while designs started to become refined and it wasn’t until recently that things started to change. Suffice to say PC lighting is currently enjoying a rebirth which could be here to stay or might be a simple fad that will quickly fade. Time will tell.

At CES 2017 RGB and Tempered Glass was everywhere. Sso much in fact that it seemed like you couldn’t properly market a product without it which is another component of this Podcast Extra where companies are telling consumers what they want to hear. Not because it is true but, because their target demographic doesn’t know any better.

Catch the full podcast from Hardware Asylum here.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 16, 2017: Gold for Rsannino (IT), K|ngp|n (US) and Luumi (FI)

In Week 16 of 2017, we received 4845 benchmark results from 1069 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 57% of the active community. They were responsible for 41% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

During Week 16 of this year we have a total of 3 overclockers with a golden cup. First in line is Rsannino from Italy with a Global First Place in the Geekbench3 Multi Core 2xCPU benchmark. The Italian overclocked performed this feat during the G.SKILL OC World Cup 2017 Qualifier, which he ended up winning. Rsannino scored 16032 points with an Intel Core i3 7350K processor overclocked to 6800 MHz. Next up is K|ngp|n from the USA. He broke the Global First Place in 3DMark Time Spy Single GPU for 3DMark01 with a single GeForce GTX 1080 TI graphics cards overclocked to 2530/1583 MHz. The GPU is combined with a Core i7 6950X processor clocked at 5200 MHz. Last but not least we have Luumi from Finland with a Hardware First Place. He grabbed the top spot in the Radeon HD 7970 3DMark11 Performance leaderboard with a card clocked at 1400/1856 MHz. Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard!

The overclocking results submitted during Week 16 generated in total 185 World Record Points, 7948.1 Global Points, and 10107 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 17% for Elite, 36% for Extreme, 16% for Apprentice, 20% for Enthusiast, 5% for Novice, and 22% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 3% Elite, 7% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 19% Enthusiast, 10% Novice, and 57% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 16, 2017

LeagueCPU BenchmarkGPU BenchmarkHardware Points
Elite Rsannino 110.8 pts (GFP!) K|ngp|n 135.2 pts (GFP!) Splave 49.8 pts
Extreme Hideo 127.2 pts Orion24 69.4 pts Luumi 49.8 pts
Apprentice Knock 51.7 pts Warper 41.2 pts Shar00750 24.2 pts
Enthusiast PKBO 44.7 pts Olegdjus 35.8 pts MrPaco 39.6 pts
Novice Ramright 37.9 pts Chill00r 24.7 pts Ramright 24 pts
Rookie AmikomOC 40.8 pts TheSirenSong 28.9 pts MadPoet 39.5 pts

G.SKILL OC World Cup 2017 Live Qualifier: Rules Confirmed

Just a few days ago we came to the conclusion of the online qualification phase of the G.SKILL World Cup 2017. As with previous years, the contest drew the attention of some of the world’s most talented overclockers from around the world, which is not surprising when you consider the cash prizes that G.SKILL are offering – the winner alone will walk away with a check for $10,000 USD. Now that the qualifier is behind us we can look forward to the live portion of the contest which will take place as usual at the G.SKILL booth during Computex 2017. Today we bring you news that the rules for live qualifier contest have now been confirmed.

In terms of hardware the Live Qualifier will involve benching Intel Kaby Lake processors using either Z170 or Z270 motherboards. The six competing overclockers are invited to use their own equipment including CPU and motherboards. G.SKILL will provide only memory, pre-formated and prepped SSDs and power supplies. In terms of memory G.SKILL will provide 4 sticks of 8GB DDR4 to each contestant.

When it comes to contest benchmarks, the following three benchmarks have been confirmed for the Live Qualifier segment; DDR4 Frequency, Geekbench3 Multi Core 6.5 GHz and 3DMark11 Physics 6.5 GHz. A fourth benchmark will be added, and as an extra twist, you can help decide what that benchmark will be. Simply select which benchmarks you think should be used in the poll embedded on the right of this web page. Options include Cinebench R11.5 6.5GHz, Cinebench R15 6.5GHz and XTU 6.5GHz –go ahead and make your choice.

As you would expect with any contest of this magnitude, the rules are pretty comprehensive in an effort to avert any unfortunate outcomes or misunderstandings. You can check the full list of rules here on OC-ESPORTS. Don’t forget also that you can learn more about the online qualifier contest here with our full roundup of the contest.


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