|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.
We return today with our Motherboard Memory Lane series here on HWBOT, this time with our sights clearly set on the Intel Z77 platform and the launch of the Intel Ivy Bridge series processor lineup. Let’s take a look at the new technologies that the platform brought to the world, the motherboards and CPUs that were most popular with overclockers at that time and the records that were broken in this particular era.
The Intel 7-series platform was launched in April of 2012, replacing the 6-series family of chipsets that had arrived almost a year earlier. In terms of platform codenames, Panther Point replaced Cougar Point. In reality however from the perspective of the two PCH chips they were actually pretty similar. Although Panther Point arrived with a new 2nd generation Ivy Bridge Core architecture processor line up, all 7-series boards used the same LGA 1155 socket and supported previous generation Sandy Bridge processors. Likewise, customers looking to try the Ivy Bridge silicon could stick with their old Z68 or even P67 board with just a simple BIOS update.
Today we continue with our Motherboard Memory Lane series, taking a look at older Intel chipsets and processor platforms, the motherboards and processors that were popular and the benchmark records broken in that era. Today we turn our attention to a chipset that could well be described as the strange uncle of the Intel chipset series. The Intel Z68 platform was a slightly unusual platform launch in that it didn't actually coincide with a new processor series launch. Let’s take a look in a little more detail:
The Intel Z68 Express Platform Hub Controller, to give it its full title, was launched on May 11th of 2011, just four months after its predecessor the Intel P67. It used the same LGA 1155 socket and supported the same 2nd Generation Intel Core Sandy Bridge architecture processors. To better understand the Z68 platform, let’s first examine its predecessor, the Intel P67.
If we look again at the Intel P67 and its more affordable alternative, the Intel H67, we can see that the P67 supported CPU overclocking, while the H67 did not. The only other difference is the fact the P67 could also split its PCIe lanes in two 8x lanes for more effective multi-GPU configurations. One area however where the H67 excelled however, was the fact that it also offered support for Intel’s integrated HD Graphics. No P67 motherboards featured video outputs on the back panel, a fact that denied enthusiast customers the option of accessing a GPU that was present on all Sandy Bridge processors. Intel’s logic was that P67 customers that are attracted to the idea of overclocking multi-GPU configurations, would not require integrated graphics.
Today we roll out the eighth edition in our Mother Memory Lane series, this time focusing on the Intel P67 platform. Dubbed the 2nd Generation Intel Core processor platform, the P67 chipset arrived alongside the new and shiny Sandy Bridge architecture CPUs, probably the biggest game change in processor design that Intel had experienced since the arrival of Conroe several years earlier. In terms of Overclocking, the P67 platform saw Intel offer ‘unlocked’ K-SKU processors for the first time, another major shift. Today we’re going to take a look at the P67 platform itself, the most popular motherboards and processors of that particular generation and the record scores that were made around that time.
The Intel P67 chipset was launched on January 2011 and was codenamed Cougar Point. Like its predecessor, the P55 chipset, it was a single chip solution technically referred to as a PCH, or Platform Controller Hub. Cougar Point included several PCH options of which the P67 variant was deemed the ‘Premium’ offering. Other 6-series PCH chips in the Cougar Point family included H61, B65, Q65 and H67. Being the premium PCH offering targeting enthusiasts, the P67 PCH was in fact the only variant that offered full CPU overclocking, provided you also had a K-SKU Core i7 or i5 processor. Indeed this was the first time that overclocking was embraced by Intel as an enthusiast feature, a feature used for the first time in both platform and CPU-level marketing.
Welcome to the ninth episode of our SkatterBencher series. This time we’re taking a look at the Ryzen 7 1700 processor, the most affordable member of the Ryzen 7 series which we first looked at in episode #8 with the Ryzen 7 1800X. The Ryzen 7 1700 retails for around $329 USD, an attractive price for an octa-core processor, especially one which can be overclocked. As always we’re going to show step-by-step how to configure the processor and the system memory to get that extra free performance. Then, we’ll run some benchmarks to see how much the performance has improved compared to stock settings.
As well as the AMD R7 1700 processor, in this guide we will also be using the ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard from ASUS and a G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory kit. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor is an octa-core chip that uses SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) to deliver 16 threads. It has a base clock frequency of 3.0GHz which can boost as high as 3.7GHz.Unlike the Ryzen 7 1800X, the 1700 processor does not feature XFR (Extended Frequency Rate).
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.
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.
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.
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
|League||CPU Benchmark||GPU Benchmark||Hardware 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|
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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
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.