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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU Core i9 7980XE   rsannino 6136 marks 61.5 pts 2   2
Aquamark GeForce GTX 580 1253/1205 MHz Hideo 632301 marks 49.8 pts 7   2
XTU Core i3 6100 3800 MHz Gunslinger 699 marks 49.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i9 7940X   Wizerty 4430 marks 42.8 pts 0   2
XTU Core i7 8700K 5130 MHz Nefretus 2583 marks 42.2 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 8700 4540 MHz rgmullis 2442 marks 39.5 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 8700K 4410 MHz umr 2372 marks 34.5 pts 0   0
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2037/1500 MHz Samsarulz 19837 marks 33.7 pts 0   0
XTU Core i9 7900X 4580 MHz _mat_ 3600 marks 31.8 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 3230M 3060 MHz arp 315 marks 29.3 pts 0   0

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Welcome back to another episode in our GPU Flashback Archive series. Following on from last week’s look at the GeForce FX series, we turn our attention to its successor, the NVIDIA GeForce 6 series. After rising to a position of relative dominance in the early years of GPU design, the GeForce 4 and subsequent FX series had seen NVIDIA lose ground to ATI who had stolen a march with their highly popular Radeon 9000 series. The stage was set for a return with the launch of a new GPU design and a series of cards that required more space in your rig and additional power to deliver a truly next generation gaming experience. Let turn our minds back to 2004 and check out the technologies and features that debuted with the GeForce 6 series, plus the most popular cards of the era and the most notable scores that have been submitted here on HWBOT.

The NVIDIA GeForce 6 series arrived in tech reviewers hands in April of 2004, debuting with a new NV40 GPU and two graphics card models, the GeForce 6 Ultra which commanded a price of $499 USD, and the GeForce 6800 (often referred to as the non-Ultra) for $299 USD. Let’s first consider the GPU itself, the NV40.


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Throwback Thursday: Albatron Release ATOP AGP to PCI Adapter

This week’s Throwback Thursday is all about a product announced by Albatron back in 2005 that allowed users to use their old AGP graphics card with a newer PCIe compatible motherboard. The product was marketed as the Albatron ATOP and targeted users who wanted to ‘save on upgrade expenditures and extend the life your AGP card’. Here’s a sample of the press release that Albatron put out back in 2005:

Because the AGP 8x standard has been around for a while and continues to provide more than adequate graphics performance, there still exists a large base of users with very capable AGP 8x VGA cards. Until now consumers have been hesitant to upgrade to a mainboard with the PCI-Express standard because it would also mean having to purchase a new PCIe VGA card. With the ATOP card you can now upgrade to a PCI-Express mainboard, continue to use your existing AGP-8x card and worry about purchasing a new PCI-Express VGA card at a later time.

Your AGP-8x card simply piggybacks on the ATOP card's AGP-8x slot located on the top edge. The ATOP card is then plugged into the mainboard's PCI-Express slot. The only other installation requirements are replacing the bracket on the AGP-8x card with an ATOP bracket and installing the appropriate driver.

We came across the product much later in October 2010 but in truth, e-bay scouring proved fruitless. The Albatron ATOP turned out to be even more mysterious and rare than we thought. If you have encountered or used to an Albatron ATOP adapter please go ahead and chime in with your reminiscences in the forum comments below.

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[Video] Overclocking the NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030

Overclocking is popular with many enthusiasts because it is often possible to take cheaper hardware and use a little ingenuity to boost performance to something similar to a more expensive part. Who doesn’t like extra, free performance? PhilsComputerLab recently published a nice video which explores the potential hidden performance available with an NVIDIA GT 1030 card, in this case a low profile 2GB card from GIGABYTE.

The video kicks off with quick intro of Phil’s inexpensive small form factor build to which he has added the GT 1030 card just to bump up FPS when gaming. The card retails for around $70 USD and is fitted with a wee cooling fan. Using the bundled AORUS Graphics Engine app, Phil then starts tweaking first GPU, then graphics memory settings. With a 10% boost in clocks we find that in fact the graphics memory tweak actually proves to be most effective in raising frame-rates when gaming. By the end of his testing Phil manages to configure his entry-level Pascal GPU at 1,688MHz, a nice boost of 37.57%. In memory terms he ended up with a boost of 20%, all of which translated into a nice bump in frame rates in all games tested.

Overclocking entry-level graphics cards is probably not all that interesting to the majority of Enthusiast and Extreme HWBOT members, but there is another reason to cover this video from Phil. In a few weeks we hope to announce the second season of the Cheapaz Chips contest on OC-ESPORTS, a contest series that is all about overclocking, and indeed modding entry-level graphics cards. Season 1 was all about the GT 710 card. I wonder if you can guess which card we will be using in Season 2.

You can find the GT 1030 overclocking video from PhilsComputerLab here on his YouTube channel. It might not be an earth-shattering, LN2-fuelled romp at World Record breaking, but it definitely is an overclocking tutorial that many entry-level gamers could learn from. Nice work Phil.

Introducing the BC1 Mini, an Open Benchtable for Small Form Factor Systems

The OBT BC1 Mini is a Portable, Lightweight Benchtable Designed Specifically for Small-Form-Factor Testing and Showcasing

[Press Release] October 18, 2017 – The Open Benchtable Project is today delighted to announce the official arrival of the BC1 Mini, a lightweight, toolless benchtable that has been designed specifically for Small Form Factor systems. Co-developed with HWBOT, OverClocking-TV and Streacom, the BC1 Open Benchtable is a community-developed product that has won awards from Red Dot and iF Design in recognition of its portability, esthetics and design prowess. Available in Q4 2017, the BC1 Mini follows the same design principles of the BC1 Open Benchtable, arriving in choice of three colors to match your preference.

“Just one year after we launched the popular BC1, we hope the enthusiast community will again be excited to receive the BC1 Mini, an Open Benchtable that re-defines the rules about small, compact and portable systems,” commented commented Isaïe Simonnet, Project Development Manager, VP of OverClocking-TV.

“Streacom has always had a keen focus on small form factor design so for us the BC1 Mini is a natural progression from the acclaimed BC1” commented Shimon Simon, Head of Design and Manufacturing at Streacom. “We have taken all the great feature of the BC1 and packed them into an ultra-compact form that is perfect for ITX based platforms.”

The Open Benchtable BC1 Mini: Enjoy Ultimate Portability - The Mini-ITX form factor standard is developed specifically to address the need for more compact systems. Today there is no compromise on performance, as more Mini-ITX motherboards are used by gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers in systems that use the latest high performance hardware. The OBT BC1 Mini redefines the desire for small form factor benchtable, bringing the advantages of the original Open Benchtable in a smaller footprint that offers the ultimate portable system.

Read the full news announcement here on the Open Benchtable website.

HWBOT World Tour 2017 Returns to Taiwan for Exclusive Pop Up OC Event

HWBOT World Tour – Taipei II Hosts Overclocking Workshops and Contests Outside Taipei’s Famous Technology Market

[Press Release] October 17, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings, today officially announces the Taipei II leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2017. Hosted on the doorsteps of the famous Taipei Electronics Market, HWBOT plus partners Intel, Seasonic, G.SKILL, CoolPC and Coolaler will give local PC enthusiasts a taste of Ambient and Extreme competitive overclocking.

“After the success of the Taipei 2017 event at Computex earlier this year, we are excited to return – literally bringing Overclocking to streets of this dynamic city,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “We looking forward to harnessing the energy and talent of Taiwan’s PC enthusiasts on the steps of one of the world’s most iconic computer markets.”

Oct 21st to 22nd: Free Ambient Overclocking Workshops for all Taipei Tech Market Visitors

Local technology enthusiasts are invited to enjoy free Overclocking Workshops just outside the Syntrend Creative Park. Located next to the famous Taipei Guanghua Computer Market, visitors who sign up for a workshop session will be treated to expert tuition from local Overclocking master Coolaler. After learning the basics of overclocking, it’s time to get hands on and start making some benchmark scores of your own. Submit your highest score to the OC-ESPORTS platform and you could be invited to compete in a live 1v1 final contest with some great hardware prizes for winner.

Read the full news announcement about the Taipei II 2017 event here on the HWBOT World Tour website.

H2o vs. Ln2 (US) Breaks Cinebench R11.5 and HWBOT x265 World Records with 2x 28-Core Xeon Platinums

It’s not every day that we get a brand new 2D World Record, but it seems that today is indeed one of those days. H2o vs. Ln2 is a US based overclocker who clearly gets to play with some pretty nice server hardware. His latest machine is based around a monster rig that uses a pair of 28-core Xeon Platinum processors, that combine to offer a massive 112 threads of Intel Skylake-X processing power. Just for a bit of fun H2o vs. Ln2 used the rig to bust three World Records; HWBOT x265 1080p and 4K, plus Cinebench R11.5.

The new World Record for the HWBOT x265 benchmark in the 1080p test now stands at 198.84 fps. The pair of Xeon Platinum 8176M processors have a default clock of 2.1GHz, but according to the benchmark submission H2o vs. Ln2 managed to leverage his custom cooling array to push the processors to 2,801MHz, 33.38% beynd stock settings. In the same benchmark using the 4K test, the H2o vs. Ln2 rig made a new World Record score of 47.8 fps. On this occasion the CPUs were (according to the submission info) pushed even higher to hit 3,791MHz, which is a pretty incredible +80.52%. This could however just be the built-in Max Turbo frequency at work. The third World Record involves the Cinebench R11.5 benchmark where H2o vs. Ln2 managed a score of 58.85 points with the CPUs at default settings.

The server rig itself was based around a dual-socket Supermicro X11DPiN motherboard. . This baby is based on the Intel C621 chipset and uses a pair of FCLGA 3647 sockets with 16 DIMM slots to support a maximum of 2TB of ECC DDR4 memory at speeds of up to 2666MHz. The Xeon Platinum 8176M processors have 28 Skylake-X cores (which means 56-threads each), a TDP of 165W and have a listed prize of $11,722 USD per chip. A pretty decent wee rig you could say.

You can find the three World Record submissions in the links above. You can also check out the H2o vs. Ln2 profile page were he has several other Global First Placed scores including a 2nd Place World Ranked score in wPrime 1024M.

Upcoming Rule Changes on November 1, 2017

Via this news article the staff is announcing a couple of rule updates which go in effect on November 1, 2017. The rule updates relate to benchmark version restrictions as well as general improvements to include more details in the overclocking results.

  • Rule Update #1 - All Global Top-20 benchmark results must now include a valid verification screenshot and a system picture showing the benchmarked system in action.
  • Rule Update #2 - All verification screenshots must show the settings at which the benchmark was completed. This means it is not allowed to decrease the operating frequency for screenshot purposes. In effect, the staff reserves the right to reject a submission that is deemed out of line for the stated system parameters. For XTU specifically, the data file must contain monitoring information (frequency and temperature).
  • Rule Update #3 - All users are obliged to declare the original source of the hardware used for a submission in case they do not own the hardware. In effect, this is mandatory for all Engineering Sample hardware as they are legally not for sale.
  • Rule Update #4 - Joined accounts, that is an account used by multiple people, are still allowed. However, it is mandatory to disclose who achieved a specific result in the description field. Failure to disclose will lead to removal of the submission.
  • Rule Update #5 - XTU v6.4.1.12 is mandatory from Nov 1, 2017.
  • Rule Update #6 - HWBOT X265 Benchmark v2.1.0 is mandatory from Nov 1, 2017.
  • Rule Update #7 - It is not allowed to publicly, falsely accuse a user of foul play. In case of false accusations the accuser may see their account temporarily or permanently suspended. Foul play is interpreted in the broadest sense of the word.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any of the staff members.

Rookie News 17/10: /r/overclocking Top Rookie Team, Sufferage (AT) leading Rookie League with 471.80 pts

TeamRookiesNovices
United States /r/overclocking 32 85
Czech Republic ROG Czech OC Guys 26 12
USA ASUS Republic of Gamers 25 115
United States Overclock.net 13 46
United States Oregon State Overclockers 13 0
France Cowcotland 10 14
Italy Overclock & Gaming 10 5
Japan OC CLUB 9 2
Australia Australia OC 8 20
Malaysia ASUS 7 26

Every month or so we have a look at how well the overclocking teams adopt Rookie and Novice overclockers at HWBOT. We see the same three names at the top of the leaderboard as last month with /r/overclocking once again the top Rookie team accommodating 32 Rookies and 85 Novices. In second place we now have ROG Czech OC Guys up from third last month with 26 Rookies and 12 Novices. Last but not least there are the inevitable ASUS Republic of Gamers with 25 Rookies and 115 Novices.

In the Rookie League, Hannibal.Lekter (Overclockers.com) from the United Kingdom is leading with 532.40 points which is 162.9 points more than Ev0lv3 (Australia OC) from the Australia and 324.2 points more than Sergey.najdiigru from Russia.

Congratulations to all the overclocking teams adopting the new overclockers and of course the Rookies for their dedication to overclocking!

Check out Rookie League here

Skylead (France) Wins Rookie Rumble #48, Plus Lucky Draw Winner

The 48th edition of the Rookie Rumble contest on OC-ESPORTS just finished up a week or so ago, which means it’s high time we took a look at the winners, scores and hardware that got pushed by our growing fraternity of Rookie Overclockers. In top spot we find a new face with French overclocker Skylead taking the win with a convincing points haul of 141 points. Aussie Rookie Castle takes runner up spot while aurion.2358 from France makes third spot.

Rookie Rumble #48: September 9th to 30th, 2017

The core concept behind the Rookie Rumble contest series is to give Rookie, Novice and Apprentice-class HWBOT members a place where they can compete against each other on a level playing field. For this reason Enthusiast, Extreme and Elite Overclockers are not eligible to compete. Round #48 of the contest was set up with three stages featuring the following benchmarks; Intel XTU, Geekbench 4 (Single Core) and HWBOT x265 1080P. Let’s check out each stage in a little more detail, starting with XTU.

Stage 1: Intel XTU - At the top of the table here in Stage 1 we find Castle (Australia) with a per core score of 468.75 marks (1,875 in total). He used a Core i7 7700K which he pushed to a very decent 5,300MHz (+26.19%) using an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard. In Second place we find Skylead (France) not too far behind with a score of 466.75 marks per core (1,867 marks) while wickpote (France) is third with 457.50 marks per core (1,830 marks).

Read the full roundup article of the Rookie Rumble #48 contest, plus news about this round’s Lucky Draw winner here on OC-ESPORTS.io

OC Show Season 4, Episode 14: With Special Guest Leeghoofd (Belgium)

The OC Show returned last Friday night with Episode 14. Host Trouffman was joined as ever by Toolius and special guest Leeghoofd, a veteran overclocker and captain of the Madshrimps Begium OC Team that recently catapulted themselves to glory by winning the HWBOT Team Cup 2017 contest.

In fact, one of the key topics that the guys discuss is the approach taken by the Madshrimps team and the organization that goes on behind the scenes in order to win a team overclocking contest. The HWBOT Team Cup requires several scores from different team members using different hardware so having a team captain who can organize things is essential. Leeghoofd talks about how the fact that Belgium is quite a small country means that team members can meet up and share resources and knowledge to get the best scores possible. He explains how it’s virtually impossible to do any serious benching until 2am in the morning. A simple fact of life.

There is also some discussion about the contests that are currently happening on OC-ESPORTS. Although there are not so many contests running compared just a few weeks ago, there is plenty going on. One interesting contest is the GALAX GOC Finals which will take place in Bangkok in late November. The prize pool for the contest was announced earlier last week and includes $5,000 USD for the winner, $4,000 for the runner up and $3,000 for third place – the largest prize pool from GALAX ever. 12 overclockers will be flown out to Thailand having qualified via the online qualifier contest on OC-ESPORTS.

There is also some chat about the ROG OC Showdown Team Edition 2 contest which now has a very impressive 63 teams competing. Right now ROG Czech OC Guys have the lead, ahead of Overclock.net and Team MLG. Other competitors include ASUS Republic of Gamers, Warp9-systems, /r/overclocking and Cowcotland. Trouffman notes how the Rookie country teams are heavily involved and doing well.

Catch the OC Show Season 4, Episode 14 here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.

G.SKILL Releases Fastest 32GB (4x8GB) Trident Z RGB Memory Kit at DDR4-4266MHz

[Press Release] G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is very excited to announce the latest Trident Z RGB memory kit that boosts RGB-infused DDR4-4266MHz memory kits to a never-before-seen 32GB (4x8GB) configuration! Built from ultra-high performance Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs, this new DDR4 memory kit marks a new milestone as the fastest 32GB (4x8GB) RGB memory kit on the market thus far.

The Quest for Faster Frequency - Just one week after the launch of the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Z370 chipset motherboards, G.SKILL further fine-tuned the high-end RGB memory kits to reach even higher levels of overclocking speeds. Ever since the launch of Trident Z RGB almost a year ago, the largest capacity at DDR4-4266MHz was 2x8GB. In combination with the ASUS OptiMem technology, which complements the T-Toplogy layout that uses equalized trace lengths, four-DIMM memory configurations have improved stability and increased frequency headroom.

With the availability of this new optimization, G.SKILL is doubling the Trident Z RGB kit capacity to operate at DDR4-4266MHz CL19-23-23-43 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.4V. Below is a screenshot of the memory kit stress tested on an ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) motherboard and the Intel® Core™ i5-8600K processor.

Read the full press announcement from G.SKILL here.


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