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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i7 7820X 5856 MHz rsannino 3702 marks 116.8 pts 0   2
Unigine Heaven - Xtreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2610/1610 MHz OGS 11207.26 DX11 Marks 103.7 pts 0   2
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p Core i7 7820X 5785 MHz rsannino 91.18 fps 80.5 pts 0   1
Cinebench - R15 Core i9 7900X 5960 MHz sofos1990 3327 cb 60.6 pts 1   1
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i9 7900X 5960 MHz sofos1990 35.87 points 54.4 pts 1   1
XTU Core i5 6500 3400 MHz miker2ka 1110 marks 49.9 pts 0   0
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i7 7820X 5886 MHz rsannino 28.49 points 46.3 pts 0   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p Core i7 7800X 4900 MHz aerotracks 57.75 fps 43.9 pts 0   1
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 7820X 5899 MHz rsannino 2638 cb 36.7 pts 0   1
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX Titan X   SlashTech 90353 marks 35.2 pts 0   0

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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.


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Der8auer Delids AMD Ryzen Threadripper, Reveals Four EPYC CPU Dies

If there’s one man in the world who understands the science behind processor delidding, I’m pretty sure that man would be Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung. As we all sit with baited breathe in anticipation of the new Threadripper CPUs from AMD, Roman has already enjoyed intimacy to the level of a thorough delidding session. In his latest video he talks in some detail for the first time about the design of the new TR4 socket (also known as Socket SP3r2) and relates his first adventure at delidding a Threadripper CPU.

At the moment no delidding tool exists for AMD Threadripper CPUs, which means that Roman was forced to rely on the tried and trusted razor blade method to rip the lid off his Threadripper CPU. In a similar fashion to previous delidding sessions with AMD Ryzen processors he started cutting around the edge of the heat spreader with a razor blade to dislodge the glue that joins PCB and IHS (integrated heat spreader). Then he attached a temperature measurement probe and started heating up the heat spreader using a hot air soldering station. He then inserted razor blades between PCB and IHS to apply enough pressure that the IHS would just pop off when the indium solder hit the right temperature, in theory about 160-170 degrees Celsius. Despite resorting to using two hot soldering stations to increase the heat to 180 degrees, the IHS refused to budge. Only by applying a lot of pressure to the IHS did it finally pop off.

The big surprise after removing the IHS was that it revealed not two Ryzen dies, but four. This is identical to AMD EPYC sever processors. Surely AMD wasn’t offering four octa-core processors on one PCB. To determine which CPU was active during operation, Roman drilled holes in the IHS so that temperature probes could be inserted above each die. This would give him a reasonable way to monitor the temps of each die and thus a way to determine which were active. Unfortunately once the chip was returned to its socket, it immediately died. Exactly why remains a mystery. AMD however have confirmed that two eight-cores dies are used, and two are not.

You can catch the full video from Roman here on the der8auer YouTube channel.

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Purchase a GTX 1080 Ti KP Edition Card and Win a Chance to Overclock with K|NGP|N in Taipei

EVGA have just announced a really cool event where enthusiasts who purchase the latest EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Edition graphics card will have the chance to win the ultimate prize; a two day benching sessions with the man himself, Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido. Inside each KP Edition 1080 Ti card retail box, users will find a K|NGP|N Golden Card which can be used to become one of six lucky winners. Each winner will be flown to the EVGA headquarters in Taiwan where they will be treated to three nights accommodation with meals included, a chance to meet and do some extreme overclocking with Vince, plus the opportunity to win a very special prize.

Calling all EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N owners! EVGA is giving six (6) lucky winners the exclusive opportunity to meet K|NGP|N himself. The winners will fly to Taiwan to meet and overclock with the king guru himself, Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido. EVGA will fly you to Taiwan, put you up in a hotel, and provide meals for the duration of the trip. The trip will feature a two (2) day extreme overclocking workshop with K|NGP|N...and a special prize!

Winners will be chosen by the end of September 2017 with the event penciled in to take place on November 13th. It’s great to see EVGA put together this event and create engagement with end-users and the guys at EVGA that make all the OC magic happen. Really good to see. You can learn more about the event, including the full ‘Terms and Conditions’ here on the EVGA website.

The OC Show, Season 4 Episode 4: Sandbagging, Core i9 7920X, Threadripper, Vega and More

The latest edition of the OC Show is available now on Overclocking-TV. Ciro, Toolius and Buildzoid broadcast Episode 4 of Season 4 just a few days ago live on Twitch-TV, once again discussing the latest issues that emerged in the world of overclocking and the enthusiast PC market as a whole.

The show kicks off with a chat about the recent exploits of overclockers Xtreme Addict (Poland) and Sofos1990 (Greece) who have been competing on the Cinebench R15 and R11.5 benchmarks. XA uploaded his new Global First Place scores, displacing scores from Sofos from the top of the table, only for Sofos to respond within minutes by uploading a higher score that he had prepared for exactly that eventually. The practice of keeping backup scores on hand for an immediate response is known as sandbagging, a topic which goes on to dominate the discussion for the next few minutes.

The guys then turn their attentions to the contests happening on OC-ESPORTS where the GIGABYTE Beat the Heat contest is heating up, as well as the Rookie Rumble #46 contest which is currently dominated by a group of US-based Rookies. Other topics that are discussed in some detail is the release of the Intel Core i9 7920X and its lower than expected clock frequencies and the reception of the X299 platform and the prospect of some pretty hot chips that may not actually prove to be too useful at overclocking. The other major topic of debate is the upcoming launch of AMD’s Threadripper platform, another HEDT grade platform that is poised for launch. The guys take a look at leaked images of TR4-platform boards from ASUS and GIGABYTE, discussing the VRM cooling and other design features. This is followed by an interesting discussion about what to expect from Threadripper and also AMD Vega GPUs when they arrive in the next few weeks and months.

You can find the full OC Show from the OC-TV team here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.

Throwback Thursday: Core i7-3960X About 47% Faster On Average Than Core i7-990X

With the recent launch of Intel’s re-jigged HEDT processor lineup and the arrival of the X-series Core i7 and i9 model CPUs, it seems apt that this week’s Throwback Thursday is all about the arrival of another HEDT series - Sandy Bridge-E. Back in July 2011 the aging Gulftown platform was really beginning to creak, which is why so many of us were looking forward to getting hands on with an entirely new series of high-end parts based around the ground breaking Sandy Bridge architecture. Early rumors and leaks floating around certainly seemed to indicate that the new X79 platform would be a beast in pure performance terms. Here’s what we wrote on July 22nd 2011:

Slides of a key presentation to Intel's partners was leaked to sections of the media, which reveal Intel's own performance testing of the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition, the top-model of the socket LGA2011 "Sandy Bridge-E" processor series. Meet the family here. In its comparison, Intel maintained the Core i7-990X Extreme Edition socket LGA1366 processor as this generation's top offering.

From these test results, the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition is pitched to be about 47.25% faster on average, compared to Core i7-990X Extreme Edition. Intel is attributing the performance boost, apart from the normal IPC increase, to the 33% higher bandwidth thanks to the quad-channel DDR3 IMC, and the new AVX instruction set that accelerates math-heavy tasks such as encoding.

You can catch the full new article from July 2011 here, which as ever is worth a look just for the comments. You can also find the original newpost from TechPowerUp here.

OGS (Greece) Takes Down Four Global First Place Scores, Moves in to Fourth Place in HWBOT Rankings

Greek Overclocker OGS clearly had a busy and productive couple of days over the weekend, managing to post a bunch of really impressive scores that have ultimately pushed him up to fourth place on the HWBOT worldwide rankings. Among the nine submissions that he posted yesterday, we have four Global First Place scores. Let’s take a look at these scores and the fairly broad range of hardware used to achieve them.

Let’s start with OGS’s skills at 3D benching and take a look at the new single GPU Global First Place score for the 3DMark11 Performance benchmark. The new highest score for a single card now stands at 44,282 marks, which beats the next best from OC legend k|ngp|n with 43,798 marks. OGS used an Intel Core i7 6950X 'Broadwell-E' chip clocked at 5,175MHz (+72.50%). This was joined by a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with the Pascal GPU clocked at 2,645MHz (+78.72%) and graphics memory at 1,555MHz (+13.01%). His X99 platform motherboard of choice is a GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion.

In 2D benching to managed to pull off a leading score with a dual-core CPU, hitting a Global First Place score in the HWBOT x265 4K benchmark of 6.6 fps. This is just ahead of Italian xMec with a score of 6.5 fps. The new GFP score was made using a Core i3 7350K pushed to a very nice 6,498MHz (+54.71%). His rig in this case was based on the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex board. Using the 1080p preset of the same benchmark he used the same Kaby Lake processor at the same speed to hit a score 28.36 fps, another dual-core Global First Place. In the quad-core rankings he returned to the HWBOT x265 4K benchmark OGS was armed with a Core i7 7700K which he pushed to 6,733MHz (+60.31%) to score 13.29 fps, also a Global First Placed score. With the same settings on the same rig he also took down the 1080p benchmark top spot, hitting a score of 56.18 fps.

OGS is now the No.1 overclocker of Greece and No.4 in the worldwide rankings here on HWBOT with 2,490.8 points. Nice going sir!

HWBOT Opinion Poll: Which HEDT CPU are You Considering this Summer?

A few weeks ago we published an opinion poll here on the HWBOT page (just to the right of this news post). It posed a question related the recent emergence of new High-End Desktop (HEDT) components from both Intel and AMD, asking which which of the available (or soon to be available) processors you would find most tempting this summer. Today, the results are in.

Of course, in recent years the HEDT space has basically been owned by Intel (the company that indeed coined the acronym HEDT in the first place). Intel’s HEDT offerings go way back to the days of Gulftown and its first Extreme Edition lineup. In recent years we've had adapted server chips based on Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell and Broadwell architectures. These brought more cores, more PCIe lanes and features like quad channel memory to the humble desktop. It also meant getting involved in an eco-system that was much more expensive of course. The Broadwell-E deca-core Core i7 6950X commands prices of around $1,600, making the HEDT space one where only those with the deepest of pockets could play.

Having finally managed to make themselves relevant again in the mainstream CPU space with its Ryzen processor series, AMD plan to launch Threadripper series CPUs that will give HEDT uses a few new options. The Threadripper chip that has so far garnered the most attention from media is the 16 core (32 thread) AMD 1950X, a monster that will offer 64 PCIe lanes, 32MB L3 cache and a ton of grunt. All for around $1,000. Sounds tempting, but according to our poll, apparently not everyone is ready to bite.

In regards to AMD’s new HEDT offerings, more 57% of the 431 HWBOT members polled are keen on shelling out for an AMD TR4 platform, chip with 21.11% of users tempted by the monster TR 1950X. Almost a third of those polled would prefer to stay with tried and trusted Intel platform Core i7 and Core i9 offerings, with the Skylake-X Core i9 7980XE chip being most popular with 10.21% of the votes.

Interestingly however the biggest vote went to neither Intel or AMD. 29.47% of those polled would simply prefer not to buy a HEDT processor this summer. Is this due to prohibitive pricing? VRM-gate? Or perhaps folks are perfectly happy benching with Kaby Lake and Ryzen and just don’t feel compelled to splash this summer? Chime in with your thoughts below.

Actually Hardcore Overclocking: Zotac GTX 1080 Ti Mini PCB Breakdown

In his latest PCB breakdown video we find Buildzoid taking a peek at a stripped down graphics card from Zotac, a Macau-based company that is famous for creating smaller components for Mini-ITX and SFF builds. One such product is the Zotac GTX 1080 Ti Mini, a graphics card that attempts to take all the performance you’d expect from a Pascal-based 1080 Ti card, presented in a much smaller design that is gonna fin inside a Mini-IX build. Buildzoid takes a look at the PCB to discover exactly what the Zotac engineers did to reduce the size of the card.

As you would expect, reducing the size of a high-performance component involves making certain compromises. For example he notes how there is a complete lack of input filtering chokes for the pair of 8-pin power inputs. A fact that could become a problem when GPU power draw suddenly causes current spikes, especially when overclocking without a top quality PSU. The vcore VRM features an 8 stage design that uses a uP9511 buck controller from uPI, a pretty much standard controller chip for a high-end Pascal card. The uP9511 is a true 8-phase controller (which means the VRM uses no doubling) with a switching frequency of 600KHz. The VRM is calculated to be capable of 200A at 35W, which as Buildzoid explains is way off what you would see on most hi-end, full length cards.

Buildzoid points out several other key design features that have been made in order to shrink the PCB down to Mini-ITX compatible levels. None of these decisions help make the card real contender for extreme overclocking, which I’m sure is not a huge surprise. You can catch the video from Buildzoid here on the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.

Hardware Asylum Podcast #77a: Can Your Gaming PC Make You Money?

The latest podcast from Hardware Asylum is now available. In Episode 77a Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain take on the topic of digital currency mining and its effects on the PC component market and more. Here are the show notes:

In the time between when this Podcast Extra was recorded and subsequently released we saw Ethereum rise the popularity viral ranks, crash due to fake (or staged) news on 4chan, recover (kinda) and then completely fall out of popularity due to mining difficulty and share price.

It makes you wonder how big corporations actually made money back before the Great Depression and before the advent of stock regulations. it is a little known fact that stock manipulation and deceptive news stories would cause investors to flood or dump a stock based on nothing more than what a respected reporter was publishing. This often lead to quick sales or prompting investors to short a stock in hopes it will go down in price. Stuff like that has become more difficult these days however in the cryptocurrency world something as simple as a fake death story can cause investors to dump everything which will cause the price to plummet as investor confidence declines . It also creates a perfect investment opportunity much like it did for the American stock market some 100 years ago. So, why the history lesson?

Well, I am getting really tired of NVIDIA Pascal based GPUs always being out of stock. At first, during the launch, it was due to demand and low stocks. However, now it is because the superior power efficiency is making GPU mining more affordable. In fact ASUS has released a dedicated mining card based on the GTX 1060 that is just like any other video card except it has no video output. This makes the card worthless on the open market but gives miners a dedicated product for crypto mining with increased reliability while leaving the gaming GPUs to do what they do best in the hands of enthusiasts that know how to use them.

Catch the full podcast here on Hardware Asylum.

AMD Ryzen Reignites Enthusiast Interest, but Still a Long Road Ahead

In the months following AMD’s highly anticipated Ryzen micro-architecture launch, enthusiasts and overclockers have adopted the new AMD Ryzen processors and propelled AMD back to 2013 activity levels. AMD’s processors stand at a 24.75% share, up from 9.05% in January 2017. Intel’s dropped from 90.84% to 75.17% in the past six months. However during the first half of 2017, Intel’s enthusiast eco-system has shown to be strong enough to withstand the recent surge from AMD as their enthusiast base grew 20% and 16% in 1Q17 and 2Q17 respectively.

The information is based on data provided by HWBOT, an enthusiast and overclocking-oriented organization which tracks benchmark world records and organizes overclocking activities. The data is based on self-reporting enthusiasts sharing their overclocking achievements. It excludes data from applications not compatible with AMD hardware. The data shows a significant uptake in AMD activity from January to June highlighted by a peak jump around 2Q17 time-frame when the AMD Ryzen 7 processors launched globally. It follows similar reports from Passmark AMD vs Intel Market Share charts and LinusTechTips’ 2Q17 Viewer’s Choice PC data.

Despite the positive news, AMD still has a lot of work to do if they want to pose a real threat to Intel’s dominance in the enthusiast space as since 2007, it has not been able to catch 30% of the market.

You can read the full report here on HWinsights

Dancop (Germany) Rauf (Sweden) and TeamAU (Aus) Enjoy 3DMark03 Fight, Dancop in Front, For Now…

Over the last few days we’ve seen some pretty interesting action regarding the 3DMark03 benchmark with the World Record changing hands a few times. Just last Friday we brought you news that Sweden’s No.1 overclocker Rauf had managed to submit a World Record score in the 3DMark03 benchmark. His record score of 359,451 marks did not last long however. TeamAU just hours later, posted a score of 359,792 marks. In both cases the hardware used consisted of the latest Kaby Lake-X Core i7 7740K processor and an Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti card.

Within hours of the TeamAU submission, Rauf proved that he still had plenty left in the tank, posting a score that broke the 360,000+ barrier for the first time. With a Core i7 7740X chip clocked at 7GHz, a GALAX Geforce GTX 1080 Ti card pushed to 2,550MHz (+72.30%) / 1,600MHz (+16.28%) he managed to hit a score of 360,721 marks, reclaiming the 3DMark03 World Record. Other rig components include an ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard with DDR4 memory clocked at 2,078MHz (12-11-11-28).

Enter Dancop. The current German and World No.1 ranked overclocker entered the 3DMark03 fray armed with a Titan Xp card with the GPU configured at 2,550MHz (+72.30%). With 3DMark03 being quite an old benchmark however, CPU grunt remains a vital factor. Dancop managed to push his Core i7 7740K to several MHz higher than his competitors, hitting a CPU clock frequency of 7,169.4MHz (+66.73%). The upshot of all this work was a new World Record score of 365,098, well and truly blowing the doors off that 360K barrier!

You can find all the scores in the links above, as well here on the TeamAU, Rauf and Dancop profile pages.


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