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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
XTU n/a B_P3 750 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU n/a B_P2 800 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU n/a B_P1 850 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU n/a A_P3 900 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU n/a A_P2 950 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU n/a A_P1 1000 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
SuperPi - 8M n/a E_P3 2min 50sec 0ms 0.0 pts 0   0
SuperPi - 8M n/a E_P2 2min 45sec 0ms 0.0 pts 0   0
SuperPi - 8M n/a E_P1 2min 40sec 0ms 0.0 pts 0   0
SuperPi - 8M n/a D_P3 2min 35sec 0ms 0.0 pts 0   0

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The subject of this week’s Motherboard Memory Lane article is the AMD AM2+ platform. Strictly speaking the AMD AM2+ socket is historically the successor to the Socket AM2 and the predecessor to Socket AM3. The AMD AM2+ Socket was launched alongside the company’s first true quad-core and tri-core processors; the AMD Phenom series. Let’s take a look at the platform itself, the processors that it supported, the boards that were popular and of course the scores that were made by HWBOT members at that time.

After the roaring success of its K7 Athlon architecture CPUs and its follow up, the K8 Hammer architecture which brought us the first 64-bit, dual-core processors, the K10 architecture (technically referred to as the AMD 10h Family) arrived with a new Phenom brand name and the company’s first true (monolithic) quad-core processor series. Sounds pretty exciting, but in fact the new platform was received by tech media and enthusiasts with some real disappointment. Let’s look at why this happened.

Clock speeds were lower than expected, the platform remain limited (initially at least) to DDR2 memory and suffered a from translation lookaside buffer (TLB) bug that could cause a system lock-up (in fairly rare circumstances). Perhaps even worst of all, the new AMD Phenom chips simply could not keep up with Intel’s performance. You could almost point to the AM2+ launch as the beginning of the company’s drift into the void of non competitiveness. A void from which it is only now, ten years later, beginning to return, thanks to its new Zen architecture offerings.


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6 Competitions Lose OC-ESPORTS Points in August 2017

The OC-ESPORTS points are a part of the equation for the HWBOT Overclockers League leaderboard as the league is based on a member's best 15 combined global and wr scores overall, best 20 hardware scores overall, and the 10 best OC-ESPORTS points from the past 365 days. To help you understand why you may lose points this point, below you can find a table of the competitions which will lose their points this month.


Competitions Losing Points in August 2017

Competition Date of Losing Points Level Winner
Rookie Rumble #34 2016-08-20 1 Rikh0
Rookie Rumble AMD #31 2016-08-20 3 Matrixus
Novice Nimble #10 2016-08-20 1 Overclock.net
MSI Godlike OC Season 2: Ambient 2D Battle 2016-08-31 1 Ziken
MSI Godlike OC Season 2: Extreme 2D Battle 2016-08-31 1 Alex@ro
Cheapaz Chips Season 1 2016-08-31 1 Strong Island

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6 Competitions Lose OC-ESPORTS Points in August 2017

The OC-ESPORTS points are a part of the equation for the HWBOT Overclockers League leaderboard as the league is based on a member's best 15 combined global and wr scores overall, best 20 hardware scores overall, and the 10 best OC-ESPORTS points from the past 365 days. To help you understand why you may lose points this point, below you can find a table of the competitions which will lose their points this month.


Competitions Losing Points in August 2017

Competition Date of Losing Points Level Winner
Rookie Rumble #34 2016-08-20 1 Rikh0
Rookie Rumble AMD #31 2016-08-20 3 Matrixus
Novice Nimble #10 2016-08-20 1 Overclock.net
MSI Godlike OC Season 2: Ambient 2D Battle 2016-08-31 1 Ziken
MSI Godlike OC Season 2: Extreme 2D Battle 2016-08-31 1 Alex@ro
Cheapaz Chips Season 1 2016-08-31 1 Strong Island

6 Competitions Lose OC-ESPORTS Points in August 2017

The OC-ESPORTS points are a part of the equation for the HWBOT Overclockers League leaderboard as the league is based on a member's best 15 combined global and wr scores overall, best 20 hardware scores overall, and the 10 best OC-ESPORTS points from the past 365 days. To help you understand why you may lose points this point, below you can find a table of the competitions which will lose their points this month.


Competitions Losing Points in August 2017

Competition Date of Losing Points Level Winner
Rookie Rumble #34 2016-08-20 1 Rikh0
Rookie Rumble AMD #31 2016-08-20 3 Matrixus
Novice Nimble #10 2016-08-20 1 Overclock.net
MSI Godlike OC Season 2: Ambient 2D Battle 2016-08-31 1 Ziken
MSI Godlike OC Season 2: Extreme 2D Battle 2016-08-31 1 Alex@ro
Cheapaz Chips Season 1 2016-08-31 1 Strong Island

Points Enabled for HWBOT X265 1080P and 4K Benchmarks

Via this newsflash article we'd like to inform you that hardware, global and WR points have been enabled for the HWBOT X265 1080P and HWBOT X265 4K benchmarks. The points are being calculated at the moment and should be added to your profiles shortly.

The X265 benchmark has been at HWBOT since August 2015, when Czech overclocker Havli added API support to his existing benchmark application. Havli is known as the curator of the website HW-Museum. Just like GPUPI the benchmark has been proven quite popular among the HWBOT community as the presets have accumulated over 7,500 benchmark submissions. This is exceptional for a benchmark without points. More importantly, the benchmark is allowed on ALL Windows versions, including Windows 8/10, as long as the HPET timer is enabled.

In October last year Havli updated the benchmark to v2.0.0 which includes hardware monitoring as well as improved performance across a variety of processor architectures. You can download the latest version of the benchmark from our cloud storage service here.

With Global points enabled, the benchmarks will also join our list of applications with official World Record designation. You can find the Hall of Fame of the 1080P preset here and the Hall of Fame of the 4K preset here.

The current World Record holder is Matty90 from Italy with a powerful 4x Intel Xeon E7 8867 V3 system. This system scores 166.74 FPS in the 1080P preset and 47.71 FPS in the 4K preset.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 27, 2017: Gold for Dancop (DE) and BarboneNet (AU)

In Week 27 of 2017, we received 2828 benchmark results from 819 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 38% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

It's summer time in the northern hemisphere, which means that many people are either on a vacation break or it's simply too hot to overclock. Nevertheless, we find two golden cups on the leaderboard this week. First up is Dancop from Germany with a Global First Place in the XTU 6xCPU category. Dancop outpaced Sofos1990 by a mere 13 points. For this achievement he uses the Core i7 7800X processor clocked at 5905 MHz, a set of G.SKILL Trident Z at DDR4-3600C12 and the soon-to-be-released ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard. Next up is BarboneNet from Australia with a Hardware First Place in the 3DMark06 Radeon HD 5850 category. To achieve a score of 40164 marks barboneNet uses a Core i7 7700K at 6800 MHz paired with a graphics card clocked at 1300/1250 MHz. Congratulations to everyone making the leaderboard!

The most used hardware components of Week 27 are the Core i7 7700K (11.6%), GeForce GTX 1070 (9.0%) and the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex (2.5%). In total the community used 333 different CPUs, 240 different GPUs and 779 different motherboards.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 27 generated in total 15 World Record Points, 3513.7 Global Points, and 5397 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 16% for Elite, 36% for Extreme, 8% for Apprentice, 16% for Enthusiast, 5% for Novice, and 27% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 8% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 17% Enthusiast, 9% Novice, and 60% Rookie.



Most Valuable Submissions - Week 27, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Dancop 168.4 pts (GFP!) BarboneNet 49.8 pts BarboneNet 49.8 (HFP!)
Extreme xXbladeXx 73.8 pts xMec 37.4 pts noliso 49.8 pts
Apprentice davestarrr 37.9 pts Totalnet 35.5 pts davestarrr 24.1 pts
Enthusiast Nik 38.7 pts rog_333 38.8 pts KaRtA 23.9 pts
Novice Rageset 39.7 pts claudiohonio 16.2 pts TardCarnival 24.5 pts
Rookie steviejay 39.5 pts Luke82 27.4 pts steviejay 39.5 pts

The OC Show: S04 E02 is Live Tonight – Includes X299 Discussion and More

Last week the OC Show return to our computer screen with a whole new look and three new faces at the helm. Tonight the gang returns with Episode 2 of Season 4 which, among other things will discuss the recent events surrounding the launch of the Intel X299 platform. Of course while the new Skyake-X and Kaby Lake-X platforms have plenty to offer in terms of real performance I think it’s fair to say that the actual launch hasn’t gone as smoothly as Intel would have wanted. Recent findings from der8auer regarding X299 motherboards and their VRM designs has added a general feeling that the platform was somewhat rushed and arrived without the usual finesse we expect from Intel. All of this, and more will be discussed in depth in the OC Show Episode 2 later tonight.

The new look of the OC Show includes three new presenters. Just to remind you, Italy’s Ciro will represent the tech media as editor and owner of the Rehwolution website. We will also have Toolius, one of India’s most prominent Elite overclockers, captain of the OC Inc. team and tech reviewer and founder of TooliusTech. Last but not least the show will also feature Buildzoid, the most prolific of extreme overclocking YouTubers and the guy that we frequently see on the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.

Tonight’s show will be broadcast on the OC-TV Twitch channel and will cover all the latest news from the tech industry and the overclocking community generally. The action kicks off at 9PM UTC (5pm EST). Click the link here to tune in. Also, don’t forget that you can also catch last week’s Episode 1 broadcast which is now hosted here on the Overclocking-TV YouTube channel.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 2.2.0 Released, Adds New GPUs and Advanced Features

The very latest edition of the GPU-Z utility is now available from TechPowerUp. This time we’re treated to an update that brings us to version 2.2.0. which adds some new GPUs and some improved advanced features. I’ll let btarunr explain further:

GPU-Z can now display graphics memory timings for AMD Radeon GPUs, in the advanced panel. The driver version field in the main tab now displays driver date in a tool-tip. Sensor data display mode (current/minimum/maximum/average) can now be set in preferences, so you don't have to manually set them on each start-up. It's now easier to copy data from the advanced panel, with a new context menu.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 2.2.0 also comes with under the hood changes. The overall start-up speed of GPU-Z has been improved on slower systems; immediate clean-up of "Query_External" files from the temp directory; a fix for missing sensors in graphics sub-systems with shared memory; the order of OpenCL properties has been improved in the advanced panel. Support is added for EVGA iCX fan monitoring. Among the new GPUs supported are NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030, 810M, Mining P104, P106; and Quadro P3000; Intel Iris Plus 640 & 650, GMA600; and improved support for AMD Radeon RX 560.

Here’s the full changelog for version 2.2.0:

  • -Added AMD Radeon memory timings section to Advanced Tab
  • -Added driver date to driver version tooltip and to Advanced Tab
  • -Added settings entry to set sensor default display mode (cur, min, max, avg)
  • -Added right-click menu to Advanced Tab to copy to clipboard
  • -Improved GPU-Z startup speed, especially on slow or single-core systems
  • -Query_External files will be deleted from temp folder immediately
  • -Fixed order of OpenCL entries in Advanced Tab (CMD Queue Properties)
  • -Fixed missing sensors in shared memory
  • -Fixed display corruption on older NVIDIA GPUs
  • -Added EVGA iCX fan monitoring support
  • -Added die size and transistor count for AMD RX 560
  • -Added support for Intel Iris Plus 640 & 650, GMA600
  • -Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030, GeForce 810M, Mining P104 & P106, Quadro P3000

Find the latest GPU-Z v2.2.0 utility from TechPowerUp here.

Throwback Thursday: ZOTAC Readies Monster LGA1155 Motherboard

Welcome to Throwback Thursday. Today we revisit a day in 2011 when Zotac made a rather unexpected announcement to enter the consumer, high-end DIY PC motherboard segment. It’s not every day that a new motherboard vendor decides to ramp up its game, which is reason enough for this news to have caused something of a stir back on July 16th 2011. This is what we wrote:

ZOTAC entered the motherboard scene as yet another vendor of reference NVIDIA nForce motherboards, which the like of EVGA, XFX, and BFG also sold. After the fall of nForce, ZOTAC attempted a LGA1366 motherboard, and went dormant with motherboards. Later, it picked up interest in the mini-ITX form-factor as it gained popularity in Asian markets like China and India, manufacturing motherboards based on Intel Atom, Atom with NVIDIA ION, and eventually socketed mini-ITX motherboards as it became a 2-chip affair with Intel's Ibex Peak platform (LGA1156). It looks like Zotac is making a comeback into full-size ATX motherboards that target the very top tier of the market, to woo gamers, professional overclockers, and enthusiasts.

Seen here is what the Chinese press is referring to as "ZT-Z68 Crown Edition-U1DU3", we may have lost the correct name in translation, but let's call it ZT-Z68-U1DU3 for now. It is a full-size ATX motherboard that takes socket LGA1155 Intel Sandy Bridge and future Ivy Bridge processors, and is based on the Intel Z68 Express chipset. It combines a strong VRM to support extreme overclocking, with graphics expansion, adding 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX capabilities using an NVIDIA BR-03 bridge-chip that sits on the processor's PCI-E x16 link, to give out two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 links, which are then spread between four slots in x16/NC/x16/NC, x16/NC/x8/x8, or x8/x8/x8/x8 lane configurations.

Impressive looking board. I wonder why they didn’t break into the market. You can catch the original article from July 2011 here. As always, it’s worth a look if only for the comments.

Road to Pro, Round 2: Challenger Divisions I, II and III - Full Roundup

Today we bring you a full and comprehensive roundup of the three Intel-centric Divisions that we find in the Road to Pro Challenger series. Division I is all about overclocking Intel Core i7 CPUs, while Divisions II and III focus on Core i3 and i5 processors respectively. Let’s take a look at the winners, the scores and the hardware used in Round 2 of the Road To Pro 2017.

$@39@ (Greece) Wins Challenger Division I, Round 2

The Challenger Division I contest is all about pushing Intel’s latest and greatest non-HEDT, Core i7 processors. Today that pretty much means harnessing all of your skills with the latest Kaby Lake architecture CPUs, although technically, processors from any Intel architecture going back as far as Sandy Bridge are allowed. In terms of graphics cards, overclockers can to use any single GPU with the exception of all Nvidia GTX Titan series cards, which are banned.

Here are the stages that were devised for Round 2 of Division I:

Division I: Round 2 Stages

  • Stage 1: HWBOT Prime
  • Stage 2: GPUPI 32B
  • Stage 3: 3DMark Fire Strike
  • Stage 4: Geekbench3 Multi Core
  • Stage 5: 3DMark Time Spy

Stage 1: HWBOT Prime

In Stage 1 we encounter the HWBOT prime benchmark, which certainly seems to be a popular arena for our two Greek stars sitting at the top of the table. After conquering Round 2 of the Pro OC Division, $@39@ also makes his mark in Division I sitting at the top of Stage 1 with a score of 8,485.86 pps. This winning score was made using a Core i7 7700K pushed on LN2 to 6,918MHz, a very impressive +64.71% beyond stock settings. The system used an ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex with DDR4 tuned to 1,805.4MHz (12-12-12-28).

Read the full and comprehensive Roundup article for Divisions I, II and II here on the OC-ESPORTS site.

[Video] Der8auer Delivers ‘X299 Disaster’ Update

Our buddy Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung managed to cause quite a stir last week when he described the new motherboard VRM designs for the new Skylake-X platform as a disaster. Today he published an ‘Update’ video that gives more information about his findings and also some reasons why other tech media have had trouble replicating the issues that he has raised.

First a recap. His testing showed dangerously high temperatures under load that were causing the Core i7 7800X processor to throttle down. He also detailed how 8-pin connectors for the CPU were in his opinion insufficient to power the new Intel HEDT chips. The upshot was a bold statement that he literally could not recommend any of the current lineup of X299 motherboards.

Today Roman explains that the best way to observe throttling is watch power consumption. This is because CPU-Z does not always report lower clocks which can happen in an instant, too quickly for CPU-Z to report and detect. X99 systems can experience two kinds of throttling; CPU throttling and VRM throttling, both of which can happen when the CPU VRM overheats during full load.

In relation to X299 boards needing either 8+4-pin CPU power delivery, Roman concedes that in most non-subzero scenarios an 8-pin power delivery will most likely suffice. He also talks about how VCCIN throttling may be an issue on certain boards. In conclusion, it seems that we are not out of the woods yet with this platform, which is still being explored in terms of power delivery and VRM design issues.

Watch the updated video from Roman here on the der8auer YouTube channel.