|3DMark2001 SE||GeForce GTX 580||940/1200 MHz||Luumi||193613 marks||77.5 pts||1 0|
|XTU||Core i7 5820K||5660 MHz||Lucky_n00b||2301 marks||77.4 pts||0 1|
|3DMark11 - Performance||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||2442/1500 MHz||$@39@||42365 marks||70.1 pts||0 1|
|3DMark06||Radeon HD 5970||970/1250 MHz||Luumi||55154 marks||70.0 pts||0 0|
|3DMark06||GeForce GTX 580||1000/1200 MHz||ikki||60634 marks||65.8 pts||0 3|
|3DMark06||Radeon HD 4870X2||800/930 MHz||Luumi||55084 marks||59.7 pts||0 0|
|Cinebench - R11.5||Ryzen 5 1600X||5216 MHz||Johan45||20.19 points||57.2 pts||7 3|
|3DMark05||Radeon HD 4870X2||800/930 MHz||Luumi||72601 marks||55.6 pts||0 0|
|XTU||Core i7 7700K||6380 MHz||zeropluszero||2156 marks||54.9 pts||0 1|
|HWBOT Prime||Core i7 7700K||6848 MHz||Luumi||8400.4 pps||53.4 pts||0 0|
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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.
It’s that time of the week once again when we take a nostalgic look back at an Intel platform of note. This week we wind back the clock just a few years to revisit the Intel Z97 platform that arrived around the middle of 2014. Paired with the Haswell refresh that was Devil’s Canyon, it remains an important time in motherboard history and one that many will associate with the rise of the MSI Gaming brand. Let’s focus on the new features that the Z97 platform heralded, the boards that were popular at that time, plus a few of the record scores that were made by overclockers here on HWBOT.
If we compare the Intel Z97 PCH with its predecessor the Z87 PCH you may well have to look hard to find any tangible differences. Both chips belong to the same platform family - Lynx Point, which also included the non-overclockable H97 PCH. All Lynx Point chipsets supported Intel 1150 LGA Socket processors with DDR3 memory at stock speeds of 1,600MHz and above. Multiple GPUs were connected via 16 lanes of PCIe Gen 3.0, divisible in the same 1x 16, 2x 8 and 1x 8 + 2x 4 configurations.
The Motherboard Memory Lane series returns today with a look at the Intel X79 platform and the era of Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E architecture processors. The X79 platform was in fact the first update Intel’s High-Performance Desktop (HEDT) segment since the launch of the aging Intel X58 platform. As usual we will examine the platform itself, the most popular motherboards and CPUs of that particular era, and the record scores that were made.
The Intel HEDT platform became wholly refreshed with the arrival of the X79 platform. HEDT describes a high-end, high-priced offering for enthusiasts that simply want the most powerful system that money can buy. The platform included the promise of hexa-core computing with enough PCIe lanes to support maxed out multi-GPU configurations, plus quad-channel memory.
The HWBOT World Tour site just published an update regarding the Taipei 2017 event which officially got underway yesterday. The Overclockers Gathering Taipei 2017 is one of the highlights of the week with several prominent overclockers in attendance:
The Asia leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2017 just got going around 24 hours ago, with the OC Gathering taking place in downtown Taipei, Taiwan. The gathering invited all overclockers in the greater Taipei region (many of whom are in town for Computex) to get together for three days of overclocking fun. HWBOT managed to secure a great spot for the event inside the Taipei World Trade Center building, smack bang in the middle of the city’s Hsin-Ye area. The event attracted overclockers from all over the world with several familiar faces from Europe, the US, Australia and of course Asia.
Overclockers Gathering: May 26 – 28 2017
At the heart of the HWBOT World Tour is the opportunity to help the global overclocking community come together and have a good time in a relaxed social environment. From May 26th to 28th, the HWBOT World Tour is hosting an Overclockers Gathering where Overclockers who are registered for the event will be able to enjoy unlimited access to liquid nitrogen in the company of others with a thirst for extreme, sub-zero overclocking.
Read the full new post here on the HWBOT World Tour website which also contains several pictures of the event.
Looking to Master AMD Ryzen? Compete and win from a prize pool of $3,000 USD
[Press Release] Taipei, Taiwan, May 26th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce the start of Master Your Ryzen 2017, our fourth contest in 2017 overclocking season on HWBOT.ORG. A total prize pool of $3,000 USD in cash prizes is available for the top three contestants in both Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 sub-categories along with 3 “Lucky Draw” winners.
The competition will be based on the exciting new AMD Ryzen platform in two categories- Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors. The contestants will also get a chance to compete in two separate cooling categories (extreme and air cooling), so there are no excuses not to join the competition! Ryzen 7 will be open to all cooling methods (air / sub-zero), while Ryzen 5 will be limited to air cooling alone! For those who just want to have a go and join the competition, regardless of skill, cooling or ability, will have a chance to win one of three door prizes selected at random! The trick is to submit scores for all categories to be eligible!
Prize info and event rules for Master Your Ryzen 2017 are listed below:
Contest Duration: June 1st, 2017 – July 2nd, 2017
- Ryzen 7 Class Prizes (Any Cooling):
- 1st place prize: $700 USD
- 2nd place prize: $300 USD
- 3rd place prize: $200 USD
- Ryzen 5 Class Prizes (Ambient Cooling Only):
- 1st place prize: $700 USD
- 2nd place prize: $300 USD
- 3rd place prize: $200 USD
- 3x Lucky draw prizes:
- $300 USD
- $200 USD
- $100 USD
For more information on the competition check out the full announcement here on OC-ESPORTS:
Here’s some news we just came across from the Open Benchtable website. A few months ago they announced that a new batch of benchtables would be coming off the production line and that, for the first time, there would be different color options. From the looks of things the red, black and original silver versions of the Open Benchtable are now ready and shipping. Here’s the update from the OBT site:
“Today we can bring you a quick update regarding the status of the latest batch of Open Benchtables. The latest batch includes both Silver, Red and Black versions. After a short delay in the last few weeks weeks we can now confirm that they have already begun shipping, with orders now being progressively fulfilled in the next few days and weeks.”
“The latest OBT product is Open Benchtable Edition and comes with the black sleeve. For the first time we are able to offer three colors; Silver, Red and Black. Apart from the color options and the sleeve, the Open Benchtable Edition is identical to the Community Edition and the Streacom BC1 model. You can find detailed information in the specifications here.”
You can find the news blog from the Open Benchtable here which also contains some awesome photos of the new colored products as they come off the production line.
Being a Thursday, today we take a look back at the past to recall a moment in history which many us may remember fondly. This time we look back to a day in May 2013 when we were on the cusp of seeing the DDR3-4000 barrier broken, with the arrival of Intel’s Haswell platform. Here’s what we wrote back on May 20th 2013:
“It looks like Computex will be very interesting for the memory speed addicts amongst the overclocking crowd. As a screenshot from the CPU-Z application leaked through - the source remains anonymous, we can see the magical barrier of DDR3-4000 has been broken! The fact that this screenshot has not made it public or, well, to a press release indicates this overclocking result was achieved on an upcoming platform. But which platform?”
“After all not only Intel is launching a new micro-architecture in the next month, AMD is as well. They are releasing the new Richland-based APU soon. We all know how strong Llano was for memory overclocking - Christian Ney still has the overall DDR3 record set at DDR3-3900MHz (reference) - and so far it is unclear whether the new AMD platform is capable of beating that. In any case, the DDR3-4K is true as it has been confirmed by multiple sources that will be the new target for memory overclockers. The frequency was reached with a single stick of single sided Hynix MFR memory.”
It’s interesting to look back at just four years ago and see where DDR memory frequencies were compared to where we are today. Right now there are DDR4-5000 frequencies and above posted on HWBOT, a perfect reminder of technology keeps progressing overtime..
Check out the original post from back in 2013 here.
Buildzoid is back with his latest video, this time plotting out his plans to turn his old and thoroughly dead XFX RX 480 GTR graphics card into a power board. The RX 480 GTR came to unfortunate end when he pumped too much memory voltage through the card. The card’s VRM however is actually pretty decent and far too nice to just throw in the garbage, hence the idea of salvaging the VRM and recycling it make a decent Power Board.
Just in case you’re a complete newbie, a Power Board is basically a PCB that contains the power delivery components needed to power the GPU, commonly referred to as a VRM. If you want to overclock a graphics card that has a distinctly puny VRM, a Power Board is one solution. Simply solder the Power Board to the graphics card and use its beefier VRM to power the GPU and give you more voltage.
Buildzoid’s video actually goes into quite some detail, outlining the various components on the card including the International Rectifier driver ICs, mosfets and other elements that make up the VRM. He outlines which memory IC he wants to remove to make cutting the card easier, plus details about how he is going to use a hacksaw to chop of the section of PCB that he is actually going to use as the Power Board. You know is genuine hardcore overclocking when folks whip out the hacksaw, but would you believe it’s actually quite complex bit of surgery that requires some rather detailed planning.
Catch the full video from Buildzoid here on the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.
Today we have news regarding the latest benchmark suite from Futuremark, PCMark 10. The company just published a webpage that gives a brief overview of what to expect from PCMark 10, plus details regarding availability. The Professional Edition of the suite will be available from June 5th, while both Advanced and Basic Editions will be available from June 22nd.
“PCMark 10 is the latest in our series of system benchmarking tools that are used by businesses, governments, and press the world over. PCMark benchmarks measure overall system performance using tests based on real-world applications and activities. In PCMark 10, the new and updated workloads reflect the variety of tasks performed in the modern workplace. Compared with the previous version, PCMark 10 is easier to use and takes less time to run. In fact, the main PCMark 10 test takes less than half the time of the equivalent test in PCMark 8.”
Press and media are applicable to get their hands on a ‘Press Preview’ of the new PCMark 10 benchmark. Futuremark will be also be in attendance at Computex 2017 in Taipei next week where I’m pretty certain they will be offering a preview of their new benchmark.
You can find more details here on the Futuremark website.
HWBOT Returns to Taipei with Extreme OC Workshops, a Social OC Gathering and Competitive Overclocking Contests
May 24th, 2017 - HWBOT, an organization regulating international overclocking competitions and rankings today officially announces activities and events planned for the fourth leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2017. The event takes place in Taipei, Taiwan at Computex 2017, one of the biggest technology trade shows in world.
Highlights of the Taipei - 2017 event include Extreme Overclocking Workshops for attending technology media, a social Overclocking Gathering where overclockers can meet up and enjoy the hobby together, plus the Taipei 2017 World Championship Qualifier contest, hosted in conjunction with the G.SKILL World Cup 2017.
“It’s great to be back in Taipei for Computex 2017, arguably the spiritual home of Overclocking in terms of the hardware industry that supports and nurtures it,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “We are working with partners G.SKILL, Intel, Seasonic, and TechnikPR to make it the most successful Computex ever, putting Overclocking at the center of one of the most important technology events of the year.”
Read the full press announcement here on the HWBOT World Tour website.
Here’s a quicky update of some of the submissions we’ve seen in the last couple of days K|ngp|n has been continuing his work squeezing the most out of Nvidia’s Pascal GPUs, taking down the 3DMark Time Spy Global First Place ranked score for a single GPU. In the dual core CPU stakes, we find that Italian rsannino and US overclocker Splave continue to compete for dual-core dominance using an Intel Core i3 7350K. Let’s check out the details.
The new fastest ever score in the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark using a single graphics processor now stands at 13,728 marks. The score was made using an Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti card configured with the Pascal GP102 chip clocked at 2,569MHz, a huge +73.58% beyond stock settings. Graphics memory was configured at 1,607MHz (+16.79%). In terms of CPU Vince used an Intel Core i7 6950X clocked at 5,149MHz (+71.63%). Interestingly, we believe the card used was an Nvidia Founders Edition modded with the latest iteration of EVGA's E-Power board. Currently the nearest competitor to k|ngp|n in the 1x GPU Time Spy rankings is $@39@ from Greece who sits some way back with a score of 13,448 marks. Nice work as always Vince.
Splave and rsannino have been competing with the Intel Core i3 7350K processor for a couple of weeks now. Until recently it looked like things had reached an impasse with both overclockers tied on 1,221 marks on the XTU benchmark. It didn’t last too long however as rsannino posted a score of 1,224 marks pushing the Kaby Lake i3 chip to 6,700MHz (+59.52%) using an ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard. Splave was quick reply however posting (perhaps a backup?) score of 1,227 marks just hours later. This battle might just go on for a bit. I sure hope so.
A few week ago we announced the official rules for the forthcoming G.SKILL OC World Cup 2017 contest. The contest will take place during Computex 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan and will feature six of the world’s most feared and respected extreme overclockers. Get a load of this lineup; rsaninno (Italy), Dancop (Germany) RULE (Italy), Xtreme Addict (Poland) Alex@ro (Romania) and Splave (US).
In that post we announce three of the benchmarks that have been selected for contest, those were DDR4 Frequency, Geekbench3 Multi Core 6.5 GHz and 3DMark11 Physics 6.5 GHz. An additional 4th benchmark was also required, but just to make things a little more interesting, we decided to leave the final decision to the HWBOT community with a poll were you guys got to vote for which benchmark you preferred.
HWBOT members were asked to choose from the following three benchmarks; Cinebench R11.5 at 6.5GHz, Cinebench R15 at 6.5Ghz or Intel XTU at 6.5Ghz. After a few weeks on the from page we have the following results:
- - Cinebench R11.5 at 6.5GHz – 38 Votes (14.3%)
- - Cinebench R15 at 6.5Ghz – 137 Votes (51.5%)
- - Intel XTU at 6.5Ghz – 91 Votes (34.2%)
With more than half of all votes, Cinebench R15 at 6.5GHz will be the forth benchmark used at the G.SKILL World Cup 2017 contest. Don’t forget that this year the G.SKILL World Cup winner will also collect the additional accolade of being the HWBOT World Championship – Taipei Qualifier, which means he will have a place in the HWBOT World Championship at the end of the year. You can learn more about the G.SKILL World Cup here on the G.SKILL website.
The very latest edition of the GPU-Z utility is now available from TechPowerUp. This time we’re treated to a pretty major overhaul that brings us to version 2.1.0. which features a new advanced tab feature. I’ll let btarunr explain further:
TechPowerUp today released GPU-Z 2.1.0, a major update to the popular graphics subsystem information and diagnostic utility. Version 2.1.0 introduces the new Advanced tab, which gives you in-depth information related to your installed graphics hardware and software related to graphics and GPU compute, such as API-level features available to you. Information is presented as drop-down lists in the new Advanced tab. API features of DirectX, OpenCL, CUDA, and Vulkan are added.
In addition to the groundbreaking Advanced tab, GPU-Z 2.1.0 adds support for EVGA iCX technology, and can put out live sensor data from various parts of your EVGA iCX graphics card. There's also the usual addition of new GPU support, which now includes NVIDIA Tesla P100 PCIe, Tesla M10, Quadro P5000, Intel HD Graphics 615, and AMD Radeon HD 8350G. In addition, there are various user-interface bug fixes and improvements.
Here’s the full changelog for version 2.1.0:
- -Advanced Tab added, with additional on info on VGA BIOS, CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX, Vulkan
- -Added support for EVGA iCX Sensors
- -Fixed BIOS saving on GeForce 900 Series and newer, on 32-bit OS
- -NVIDIA PerfCap Reason "Util" renamed to "Idle"
- -Added retry option to "Rendering doesn't work over remote desktop" message
- -When log file can't be written to, stop trying until re-enabled by user
- -Fixed DirectX Support detection on old ATI cards (R600 and older)
- -Added support for NVIDIA Tesla P100 PCIe, Tesla M10, Quadro P5000
- -Added support for Intel Graphics 615
- -Added support for AMD HD 8350G
Find the latest GPU-Z v2.1.0 utility from TechPowerUp here.