|HWBOT Prime||Core i7 7820X||5900 MHz||sofos1990||10779.23 pps||103.2 pts||2 8|
|HWBOT Prime||Core i7 7800X||sofos1990||9429.56 pps||89.6 pts||0 8|
|GPUPI for CPU - 1B||Core i7 7820X||sofos1990||2min 8sec 953ms||80.9 pts||0 8|
|wPrime - 32m||Core i7 7800X||sofos1990||2sec 281ms||78.4 pts||0 8|
|wPrime - 32m||Core i7 7820X||sofos1990||1sec 797ms||77.4 pts||0 8|
|wPrime - 1024m||Core i7 7820X||sofos1990||52sec 853ms||75.0 pts||0 8|
|wPrime - 1024m||Core i7 7800X||sofos1990||1min 10sec 890ms||70.2 pts||0 8|
|Cinebench - R15||Core i7 7700K||6790 MHz||Marauder.N||1533 cb||59.4 pts||3 3|
|wPrime - 1024m||Core 2 Duo E6600||5340 MHz||Luumi||8min 11sec 890ms||33.1 pts||0 0|
|Cinebench - R15||Ryzen 5 1600X||5181 MHz||orion24||1787 cb||32.7 pts||2 1|
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World Tour 2017 and HWBOT X
Road to Pro 2017
Welcome to the latest edition of our Motherboard Memory Lane series here on HWBOT. Following on from our in-depth look at the iconic AMD Socket A platform last week, we now turn our attention to its successor, AMD Socket 754. The Socket retains a slightly odd position in the annals of technological history as it debuted with wholly new and updated 64-bit architecture processor series, yet quickly became the option of choice for budget PC builds as it was eclipsed by the Socket 939 platform. Let’s take a look at the Socket itself, the chipsets and processors that accompanied it, and of course some the landmark scores and submissions that happened during the Socket 754 era.
Introduced in September 2003, the AMD Socket 754 platform was marketed as the replacement for the long standing Socket A (or Socket 462 as was also known). It supported a new range of AMD processors based on architectures that include Newcastle, Venice, Clawhammer and Palermo - all of which come under the AMD K8 architectural umbrella, and were sold under Athlon 64 and Sempron brand names. Although Socket 754 motherboards essentially replaced Socket A motherboards, in most regions the two platforms overlapped. It’s successor, Socket 939 arrived in mid 2004 offering processors with a superior features set that essentially relegated Socket 754 to the budget PC space. This made the platform a popular choice with more affordable AMD Sempron processors.
Today we continue our Mother Memory Lane series, shifting our focus back to the beginning of the last decade, to a time when AMD had the upper hand against Intel in terms of raw performance. Our AMD series of articles kicks off with the classic Socket A (462), a CPU socket and platform which many us will recall with fondness, not least because it also involved some memorably overclockable processors. Let’s take a look at the chipsets, the processors and motherboards that defined the era, plus a few of the outstanding scores that were submitted to HWBOT.
Unlike previous Motherboard Memory Lane articles which focused on a specific platform and a specific chipset, today we’re looking at a platform from AMD which in fact spanned several different chipset designs from companies such as VIA Technologies, Nvidia, SIS and AMD themselves. From an overclocking perspective we can see Nvidia’s nForce chipset series as being the most popular, in particular the Nvidia nForce 2 Ultra 400. The VIA KT400 and KT600 may well have been the most popular in terms of units shipped globally, but it lacked the necessary performance features that overclockers craved. AMD’s 760 series was considerably less popular with SIS featuring heavily in the budget motherboard segment.
AMD’s Socket A used a zero insertion force pin grid array design with 462 pins (hence the alternative Socket 462 naming). It supported a range of K7 architecture AMD processors and core designs that spanned the period from 1999 to 2005. It supported several AMD models that included Duron, Sempron, Athlon, Athlon XP and Athlon XP-M. The AMD Athlon XP series arrived in 2001 and was an immediate hit with enthusiasts, offering superior performance than Intel equivalents, coupled with reasonably competitive prices. The Athlon XP series is regarded by many as AMD’s greatest historical moment in terms of sheer popularity with enthusiasts.
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.
Spanish overclocking might not be quite as strong other countries around the world at the moment, but it’s great to see that HWBOT member and Extreme League overclocker ChentinoX is doing a fantastic job of help grow overclocking in the region. With the help of sponsors Antec, GIGABYTE, Corsair and HWBOT Chentino is setting up overclocking workshops and contest at Dreamhack Valencia, a great opportunity to spread the OC love to Spanish gamers and PC enthusiasts.
The workshops will take place on Thursday July 14th and feature a presentation which discusses the deeper aspects of overclocking including different cooling techniques and the technical approaches involved in pushing a modern CPU. The presentation will then cover some more esoteric topics such as delidding and voltmodding for example.
Attendees will be invited to make scores on the OC-ESPORTS platform on Friday 15th with systems available were they can compete on the XTU benchmark. On Saturday 16th the highest scorers will be invited to compete in Semi-Final and Finals. Contests from both days will be streamed live with the Finals and Sem-Finals taking place on the Dreamhack stage. Promises to be a great event, one that should really help to grow the youthful OC scene in Spain.
You can learn more about the HWBOT X Valencia event at Dreamhack here on the HWBOT X website, the ultimate platform to learn about and promote overclocking events around the world.
Today we bring you news of a pair of new World Record scores in the GPUPI 1B and 32B benchmarks. Both scores were submitted by Filipino overclocker Dhenzjhen who is clearly having plenty of fun with a new server build that involves ten Nvidia Tesla GPUs and a pair of deca-core Intel ‘Broadwell-EP’ Xeons processors.
The World Record score for the GPUPI 1B benchmark now stands at 1sec 458ms. The rig that Dhenzjhen used featured two Intel Xeon E5-2689 v4 processors, each of which boast ten Broadwell cores and twenty threads. That’s a total of 40 treads. Not bad. On the GPU side of things, it’s even more impressive. Each of the ten Tesla P40 GPUs in this system use Pascal architecture cores capable of 12 TeraFLOPS coupled with 24GB of GDDR5 memory and have a max power draw of up to 250 watts. That means a total power draw of close to 3,000 watts for the entire system.
The new GPUPI World Record is actually significantly faster than the next best score of 1sec 746ms. That was submitted by Russian overclocker Pijonson who harnessed the power of 8x GTX 1080 Ti cards to make his score. Dhenzjhen also did a GPUPI 32B run which also turned out to be the fastest ever, completing a run in just 1min 45sec 177ms. This is some way ahead of the next best score of 2mins 3sec 850ms which was also posted by Pijonson and his 1080Ti-based rig.
In Week 25 of 2017, we received 3430 benchmark results from 803 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 60% of the active community. They were responsible for 37% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.
With the X299 Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors finally coming to the retail market this week, we can expect records being broken shortly. Last week was another quiet week with only two golden cups in the leaderboard. The first golden cup comes from Dhenzjhen from Philippines with a GPUPI 1B World Record! This feat was achieved with no less than ten (10!) NVIDIA Tesla M40 graphics cards working together. The new top score is 1.458sec which is almost 300ms faster than Pijonson's 8x GTX 1080 Ti setup. Next up is Ale Belo from Italy with a Hardware First Place in the Radeon HD 4890 Aquamark3 leaderboard. To achieve this the Italian uses a Kaby Lake Core i7 7700K at 6750 MHz paied with a Radeon HD 4890 GPU clocked at 1280/1280 MHz. Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard!
The most used hardware components of Week 25 are the Core i7 7700K (14.1%), GeForce GTX 1070 (11.9%) and the ROG Maximus IX Apex (3.6%).
The overclocking results submitted during Week 25 generated in total 100 World Record Points, 4100.9 Global Points, and 5713.6 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 12% for Elite, 40% for Extreme, 8% for Apprentice, 18% for Enthusiast, 7% for Novice, and 23% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 7% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 18% Enthusiast, 9% Novice, and 60% Rookie.
Most Valuable Submissions - Week 25, 2017
|League||CPU Benchmark||GPU Benchmark||Hardware Points|
|Elite||Rauf||89.3 pts||Dhenzjhen||133.3 pts (WR!)||Rauf||29.9 pts|
|Extreme||Samsarulz||52.8 pts||P5ych0||49.1 pts||Ale belo||48.4 pts|
|Apprentice||Topyoyoguybest||29.3 pts||Diablo1313||34.1 pts||Topyoyoguybest||24.5 pts|
|Enthusiast||Iji||28.8 pts||Iji||37.6 pts||ROG_LEGOLAS||22.4 pts|
|Novice||Solidton||35.2 pts||Lordfahrrad||20.1 pts||Solidton||23.6 pts|
|Rookie||G4rfi3ld||32.3 pts||G4rfi3ld||20.3 pts||RunTu||24.1 pts|
[Press Release] G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces new high-speed DDR4 memory specifications designed for the latest Intel® Core™ X-series processors and X299 chipset motherboards. All the new memory kits are built with high performance Samsung 8Gb ICs, and tested under the highest standards of the Trident Z family.
The Fastest DDR4-4400 CL19 8GBx2 Designed for Kaby Lake-X
With the improvement of overclocking performance on the latest Intel® Core™ X-series processor and X299 chipset, G.SKILL is thrilled to release the fastest DDR4-4400 CL19-19-19-39 8GBx2 dual-channel memory kit designed for Kaby Lake-X processor. This high-end DDR4 memory kit will be available under the Trident Z RGB series and an all-new Trident Z Black series.
New Quad-Channel Memory Kits for Skylake-X, Up to DDR4-4200 64GB (8GBx8)
In addition to the fastest 4400MHz dual-channel memory kit, G.SKILL introduces several new quad-channel memory kits, up to DDR4-4200MHz CL19-19-19-39 64GB (8GBx8) of extreme speed and high capacity. These new ultimate memory kits are designed to unleash the maximum performance of the latest Intel® Core™ i9 processors. Please refer to the following images for detailed specifications of the new memory kits and the stress test screenshot of the DDR4-4200MHz 64GB kit on the ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe motherboard and Intel® Core™ i9-7900X processor.
You can find the full announcement from G.SKILL here.
Today being a Thursday, we are inclined once again to look back at a time when something really significant happened here on the HWBOT front page. This week we recall a day way back in June 2010 when the TeamAU crew used a GIGABYTE H55N-USB3 motherboard to post blistering memory and SuperPi 32M scores. How so? Well, it turns out that Mini-ITX form factor boards are pretty useful at overclocking. Who knew? This is what we wrote back on June 14th, 2010:
A few days ago, we already reported about the first overclocking results on the GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 mainboard. What made it so special is not the absolute frequency, but the size of this mainboard. Being µITX, there's a lot less room than on a, let's say, X58A-UD9 to add components to make overclocking work.
Australian overclockers Dinos22 and Youngpro are currently testing the overclocking capabilities of the board and especially the latter has shown that this board is capable of a lot more than meets the eye. Just check out the screenshots: DDR3-2420 CL7 with B2B=0 ... that's a lot of bandwidth. Also, it looks like the board's definitely doing well in terms of SuperPI 32M efficiency.
Of course, this is all very nice, but it also makes me wonder why all of us overclockers are buying the large mainboards for overclocking purposes. Talking with a lot of top overclockers, most of them say that for non-3D benching purposes a smaller sized mainboard would be more "an overclocker's board" than any of those XXL boards. Facts are facts: do you prefer a €100 board or a €500 board for SuperPI records if the efficiency is the same on both? Well, if the absolute CPU overclockability is roughly the same ... I know my answer.
Take a look at the original post from June 2010 here, if only for a peek at the comments that were made back in the day.
[Press Release] GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to kick-off Beat The Heat 2017, an overclocking contest held by GIGABYTE and hosted on HWBot.org. We are turning up the heat for the HWBOT overclocking community with a fantastic prize pool of over $2,500 USD of computer gear desired by any enthusiast. Summer break may be on the way, but we still have one last roll of the dice before we decide to leave the house, get sunburnt and come back in for some RnR and more OC!
This competition will have four stages that will test your computer's 2D processing: XTU 5GHz, GPUPI for CPU–1B 5GHz, Geekbencch3 Single–Core 5GHz, HWBOT x265 Benchmark–4k 5GHz. You have probably already noticed that we have limited the CPU frequency to 5GHz to give most people a chance. In each of the four stages participants can score points based on their benchmark scores. By the end of the contest, the two participants with most points will win the prizes! A lucky draw is also available to the participants.
Prize info and event rules for Beat The Heat are listed below:
Timeline: July 1st, 2017 – July 31st, 2017
1st Place Prizes
- Intel Core i7-7700K ($349.99 USD)
- GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming SOC ($239.99 USD)
- G.SKILL Gaming Mouse & Keyboard ($179.99 USD)
- G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 Memory ($159.99 USD)
2nd Place Prizes
- Intel Core i7-7700K ($349.99 USD)
- GIGABYTE Z270X-UD5 ($189.99 USD)
- G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 Memory ($159.99 USD)
Lucky Draw Prizes
- GIGABYTE Z270X-UD5 ($189.99 USD)
- G.SKILL Gaming Mouse & Keyboard ($179.99 USD)
- HWBOT Open Benchtable ($149.99 USD)
- Enermax LiqMax II (ELC-LMR240-BS) AiO Liquid Cooler ($89.99 USD)
- 10x $10 Steam Codes ($100 USD)
Read the full Beat the Heat contest announcement here on OC-ESPORTS.
Calling all South African overclockers! The Cape Town 2017 leg of the HWBOT World Tour is now confirmed with tickets going on sale today. Each LN2 ticket gives you a seat at the Overclockers Gathering and also allows you to compete in the Overclocking World Championship Cape Town Qualifier contest. Here’s what they have to say on the HWBOT World Tour site:
The HWBOT World Tour 2017 is shaping up nicely. After events in Las Vegas, Sao Paulo, Poitiers and Taipei, the next stop on the Tour is a trip to Cape Town, South Africa where we will be in attendance at EGE . The great news today is that tickets are now available for all South African overclockers who want to join in the fun. LN2 tickets entitle you to take part in the Overclockers Gathering the Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest.
HWBOT will be hosting an Overclockers Gathering, providing a relaxed social environment where Overclockers will access to unlimited liquid nitrogen and have to chance to do some free style overclocking. Note: this is a BYOC event. Purchasing a LN2 ticket also gives you the opportunity to compete in the Overclocking World Championship Cape Town Qualifier contest. After a qualification stage on July 29th when overclockers compete across three benchmarks, the top scoring four overclockers will then compete in 1v1 Semi-Final and Final matches. The winner will be invited to compete in the Final in Berlin at the end of the year.
Tickets cost $100 USD (plus booking fee), include a ticket to EGE 2017 and access to unlimited LN2. What more could an overclocker ask for? You can read the full blog post on the HWBOT World Tour site here, or just skip ahead to this Eventbrite page and get yourself a ticket.
Buildzoid’s latest video tackles the subject of P-State overclocking with AMD’s latest Ryzen platform processors. It’s a topic that seems to divide opinion in certain segments of the hardcore overclocking community. The idea is that AMD Ryzen processors use power performance states, also known simply as P-States which involve different frequencies and voltages for different load conditions. This allows the system to dynamically alter voltages each core when you don’t need the power, and boost voltages when clocks when the system is under full load. That’s pretty much the theory anyway. According to Buildzoid, the reality may be somewhat different.
To quote Buildzoid himself. People want to know more about power savings. “Ok…here’s your freaking power savings!” He presents power draw data from a system based around an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor using an ASRock X370 Taichi motherboard. The power is measured at the wall in an attempt to genuinely see if a P-State configuration in BIOS actually effects what the system is pulling at various loads and frequencies. The outcome is, to again quote the man himself, that “P-State overclocking is pointless and a waste of time.”
You can catch the video from Buildzoid here on his Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.
The HWBOT team has really worked hard in the last few years to offer more Overclocking contests for its members. Feedback from the community has strongly indicated that the competitive nature of Overclocking is best enjoyed within the arena of a well run, well thought out contest with prizes on offer for the winners. With this in mind it’s great to see that several of our most recent contests, including the ROG OC Showdown Team Edition and the Rookie Rumble contest series are making 2017 one of the best years so far in terms of contest participation. Let’s take a moment to consider the numbers.
The ROG OC Showdown Team Edition contest ran from April 14th to June 5th and attracted 107 teams of overclockers from all around the globe. These teams involved 396 overclockers who together made a total of 1,111 scores submission to the OC-ESPORTS platform. In submission terms, only a handful of HWBOT contests such as previous Country Cup contests can boast better numbers. As a partner sponsored contest, it’s great to see the ROG OC Showdown Team Edition break all previous participation records.
Overclocking contests are an integral part of the HWBOT mission. We’ve expanded the number and type of contests that it now hosts on OC-ESPORTS. These now include the annual HWBOT Team Cup and Country Cup contests, which more recently have been joined by the Challenger Divisions, the Overclocking World Championship and the Old School is Best School contest series.
The one that really stands out is the increasingly popular Rookie Rumble series. This year we have seen some major Rookie action; Rumble #40 featured 528 rookies and 934 submissions while Rumble #41 saw 557 rookies make 1081 submissions. To top it all however, the Rookie Rumble #42 in March of this year actually marks the best attended contest ever on OC-ESPORTS with 615 Rookie overclockers making 1,328 score submissions.
Competitive, fun overclocking contests on OC-EPSORTS would not be possible without the massive contribution of all HWBOT partners. Hats off to ASUS, GIGABYTE, G.SKILL, Intel, Seasonic and Kingpin Cooling as well as contest partners Thermal Grizzly, EKWB and the Open Benchtable crew who have all made efforts to furnish the community with great contests backed by some great prizes.
Futuremark and their parent company UL have just launched a new product called Testdriver. Targeted at hardware reviewers, system analysts, quality-control departments and IT admins, Testdriver promises to make it possible to benchmark and test hundreds of PCs at the same time from a single console. As well as supporting benchmarks from the Futuremark catalogue, it also offers support for integrating third party benchmarks apps.
Benchmarks are essential tools for testing and comparing PC performance. But manually benchmarking more than a few systems at a time quickly becomes time-consuming. And reporting is a challenge if you have to collect result files in person.
Testdriver makes benchmark automation easy. With Testdriver, you don't have to be physically present at the PCs you are testing. You can deploy and run benchmarks on any PC in your organisation from one central control console.
You can schedule benchmark runs, check the running status, and view benchmark results from any device on your network. Testdriver handles the remote installation and running of the benchmarks and automatically returns the results to a central database. With its powerful features and options, Testdriver makes it easy to benchmark hundreds, even thousands of PCs at a time.
You can learn more about Testdriver here on the UL website.