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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
HWBOT Prime Core i3 7350K 6813 MHz rsannino 6025.26 pps 120.1 pts 0   2
Cinebench - R15 Core i3 7350K 6732 MHz rsannino 762 cb 116.5 pts 0   2
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i3 7350K 6800 MHz rsannino 16163 points 110.6 pts 0   2
XTU Core i7 7700K 6560 MHz xMec 2261 marks 70.8 pts 0   2
XTU Core i7 7700K 6540 MHz Achill3uS 2211 marks 60.2 pts 0   0
3DMark2001 SE Radeon HD 4870 1150/1050 MHz scannick 156998 marks 49.8 pts 2   2
Aquamark Radeon HD 4870 1185/1000 MHz scannick 536638 marks 49.7 pts 0   2
3DMark2001 SE GeForce 8800 GTX 684/1100 MHz Achill3uS 144470 marks 48.7 pts 1   1
wPrime - 32m Core i7 7700K 6785 MHz RULE 2sec 906ms 47.5 pts 0   1
Aquamark Radeon HD 5850 1150/1250 MHz scannick 572512 marks 45.8 pts 1   1


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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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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.

[Video] Relive the OCWC17 Poitiers - Ambient Final, Nina vs Pickaa

OverClocking-TV just posted a video with coverage from the Overclocking World Championship Poitiers 2017 Ambient Final. The contest took place during the HWBOT World Tour visit to France last weekend where all attendees at the Gamers Assembly event in France were invited to learn the skills of overclocking. After engaging in some expert tuition from members of the French Federation of Overclockers, they were then invited to compete in the OCWC Ambient Contest.

After more than 200 Gamers Assembly attendees had tried their hand at pushing an all-in-one water cooled Core i7 6590X processor the top four were invited back on the final day of the event to compete in 1v1 matches. The top four included Macfly, nina, Draughan and pickaa – all French overclockers to keep an eye on in the future. After two tense 1v1 matches on the main stage at Gamers Assembly it came down to a final match between nina and pickaa. It’s great to that sterotypes about technology and overclocking in particular were challenged by the fact that nina is, shock horror, not a man. In fact nina now bears the honor of being the first female overclocker to compete in a OCWC final. Kudos to you.

You can catch the full final between nina and pickaa here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel with commentary from Trouffman and Buildzoid. You can also enjoy the OCWC Ambient award ceremony which is also well worth a look.

SuperPI 32M 5 GHz Challenge Leaderboard (Apr 21, 2017) - Luumi (FI) Fastest at 5 minutes and 52.750 seconds with Skylake

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. Compared to last month, we have new scores to share. In the Intel category, Luumi (Finland) is currently leading with his Skylake submission of 5 min 52.750 seconds. In the AMD camp we have of course a new best SuperPI 5G score with Summit Ridge. Johan45 from Canada set a new AMD best at 7 min 5.101 seconds. In the Sandy Bridge category we also have a new best score: Perica_barii from Montenegro scored 6 min 30.219 sec with a Corsair Dominator GTX2 at DDR3-2174 C6-7-5-20.

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 (Apr 21, 2017)

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 53.687 sec Bullant Core i7 4770K G.SKILL PI DDR3-2858 C6-9-6-21
Ivy Bridge 6 min 15.562 sec Bullant Core i7 3770K DDR3-2630 C6-9-6-24 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 (Apr 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 38.328 sec Newlife Athlon X4 845 Patriot Viper II Sector 7 DDR3-2064 C6-10-6-24 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

HWBOT World Tour – Poitiers 2017: The Photo Album

The HWBOT World Tour website just published an album of photos taken at the Poitiers 2017 event in France a few days ago. From what I can see from these images, some serious Overclocking fun was had by gamers, enthusiasts and amateur overclockers - as well as steely-eyed Elite overclockers with aspirations of winning the OCWC Qualifier contest:

”“Just a few days ago we came to the conclusion of the Poitiers 2017 leg of the HWBOT World Tour. It was a fantastic chance for the HWBOT team to interface with gamers, modders, PC builders and enthusiasts at Gamers Assembly in France. The team hosted overclocking workshops plus ambient and extreme overclocking contests. These included the Overclocking World Championship Poiters 2017 Qualifier contest. If you missed all the action from the event, don’t worry – you can now enjoy a photo album courtesy of media partners OverClocking-TV.”

Catch the full photo album of the Poitiers – 2017 event here on the HWBOT World Tour website.

HwBox Hellas O/C Team Win Old School is Best School Round 4, a 3rd Consecutive Win

Round 4 of the Old School is Best School contest on OC-ESPORTS came to a close a few days ago. For the third consecutive round we find the Greek overclocking team HwBox Hellas O/C Team in complete control, taking not only the win, but a maximum points haul too - the ultimate dominant display. In second place we find another Greek team, Hellas Overclocking Team while third place goes to Overclocking Team Austria. Let’s take a look at all the scores and overclocking action that took place in Round 4 - a round based the AMD Socket A platform plus GeForce 2 series cards.

Old School is Best School, Season 3 Round 4: March 15th - April 15th 2017

Just in case you don’t know what Old School is Best contest is all about, here’s quick recap. The idea is to entice older Overclockers who enjoy digging out older hardware. It’s a great way to revisit older PC platforms and benchmarks, and of course PC hardware that is actually very different from what it is today. Let’s not forget that it can also be an opportunity for younger overclockers to gain knowledge and experience of bygone technologies.

Read the full OSiBS Roundup article here on OC-ESPORTS.

GIGABYTE Summer Spectacular Contest Coming Soon - Bench Core i3 7350K and GeForce GT 730

As you may or may not be aware, GIGABYTE has put together a very cool series of Overclocking contests on OC-ESPORTS for 2017 with $10,000 USD of prizes on offer. With the third contest opening in just a few weeks, GIGABYTE just reminded us about the details regarding its structure. The ‘GIGABYTE Summer Spectacular’ contest will run throughout the month of May and involve specific hardware limitations for both CPU and GPU options – only Intel Core i3 7350K processors and Nvidia GeForce GT 730 cards may be used. Clearly the idea is make the contest as accessible as possible for overclockers of all budgets.

Just to recap on the the action so far. A few weeks ago we came to the conclusion of the March Madness contest which offered $2,500 in prizes. It invited overclockers to compete across three stages with CPU clocks limited to 5GHz, a great way to level a playing field where there are so many highly binned Kaby Lake chips around. The winner was Splave from the US who managed the win despite great work from Marc0053 and leegoofd who came second and third respectively.

Right now OC-ESPORTS is hosting the GIGABYTE April Extreme Clocking 2017 contest. Instead of trying to squeeze as much performance from your system as possible to hit the highest scores, this contest challenges you to hit a specific score using the Intel XTU benchmark. Stages open for just a week. At the moment the contest is tied between Indonesians Ivan Cupa and Lukcy_n00b who are both on target for some great prizes.

The GIGABYTE Summer Spectacular contest will run throughout May 2017. All you need to enter is a GIGABYTE motherboard, an Intel Core i3 7350K and a GeForce GT 730 card. Details regarding stages and benchmarks to follow.


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