Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Ryzen 7 1700X   claudiohonio 2min 55sec 59ms 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i5 4690 3720 MHz caio56 788 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
GPUPI for CPU - 100M Ryzen 7 1700X   claudiohonio 12sec 520ms 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7700K 4600 MHz grisen 1397 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
GPUPI for CPU - 100M Ryzen 7 1700X   claudiohonio 13sec 151ms 0.0 pts 0   0
CPU Frequency Ryzen 7 1700X 4193.4 MHz claudiohonio 4193.44 mhz 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4500 MHz oRGaZMo 1476 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4500 MHz oRGaZMo 1476 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4500 MHz oRGaZMo 1476 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 6700K 4500 MHz oRGaZMo 1476 marks 0.0 pts 0   0


HWBOT Articles

This week’s trip down GPU memory lane is all about the NVIDIA 8 series of graphics cards, a series that marks the arrival of DirectX 10 and a wholly new GPU architecture. Arriving in late 2006, the NVIDIA 8 series remains a fondly remembered era for many enthusiasts and of course overclockers, especially the GeForce 8800 GTX a card that is still a topic of conversation with some retro-minded HWBOT members today. Let’s take a look at the hardware associated with the GeForce 8 series era, the technology and features that arrived at that time, and some of the scores and submissions that were made using popular GeForce 8800 GTX card.

The NVIDIA 8 series was officially launched on November 8th 2006 with the arrival of a new flagship card, the GeForce 8800 GTX. The card presented a new GPU to the world’s media, the NVIDIA G80, an entirely new design based on the Tesla architecture. The GPU itself was manufactured using a 90nm process, packed a groundbreaking 681 million transistors into a die measuring 484mm². The G80 was designed specifically with DirectX 10 in mind, taking advantage of many of the specific technologies and ideas introduced by Microsoft. One such feature is the implementation of unified shaders.

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Buildzoid Takes a Look at the ASRock X299 OC Formula Motherboard

Buildzoid returns today on his Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel with a full examination of the ASRock X299 OC Formula motherboard. It’s obviously the company’s flagship offering in terms of overclocking capability so it’s interesting to see exactly what they have done in terms of the VRM and CPU cooling design.

According to Buildzoid ASRock are not afraid to splurge the cash when it comes to the electrical side of things, but do have a tendency to make odd decisions, for example the POST code reader is located in the bottom right-hand corner, not as one might prefer, in the top right corner where it could more easily be read. It also lacks an actual CMOS button on the board itself, another minor gripe.

The VRM however is described simply as gorgeous. Taking the VRM heatsink off the board it’s apparent how much mass it contains. In terms of surface area it may not be astounding, the fins are not cut as deep as they could be for example, but it should offer sufficient heat dissipation with LN2 overclocking. The VRM components are top notch. ASRock have elected to use a 12+1 phase design. The additional phase however will not be used when benching with Skylake-X chips due to the differences between how Kaby-Lake-X and Skylake-X work - Kaby-Lake-X has no Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator (FIVR), hence additional phase.

Component choices include high-end Intersil voltage controllers which are as good as you can get in Buildzoid’s opinion. Intersil are regarded as industry leaders in the high-end space so it’s good see that ASRock are going all out in terms of the power delivery components. If we’re being totally honest, I’d almost say that Buildzoid has a borderline unhealthy fondness for this VRM.

You can find the video from Buildzoid here on his Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.


Throwback Thursday: Jim Kim and Friends and the Official Overclocking Song

This Thursday you’re in for a real treat. I just came across this little gem of a post from way back in November 2010. It seems that XtremeSystem member trans am (US) decided that instead of just publishing a YouTube video to show his Overclocking adventure, he’d go one step further and basically turn it into his own music video. The video from the original post is no longer available but after a little digging, I managed to find a freshly uploaded version for you all to enjoy. Welcome to the ‘Official Overclocking Song’, as performed by Jim Kim and Friends. Check out the lyrics below:

  • -We're Overclocking (x4)
  • -Just got my dewar filled, to-day
  • -The ups man didn't have
  • -Much to say
  • -Just got it insulated - last night
  • -Let's hope I did it all right

  • -We're Overclocking x4

    • -We’re overclocking
    • -Just right
    • -We’re overclocking
    • -All night
    • -We’re overclocking
    • -Oh yeah man
    • -We’re overclocking

    • -I did my settings and hit F10
    • -Windows started
    • -Booting again
    • -I got into desktop
    • -Yeah man!
    • -Double clicked two thousand and one
    • -Pouring ln2 out
    • -Before it’s too late
    • -While watching the goddamn frame rates

Buildzoid Dissects Colorful GTX 1070 Ti Vulcan PCB and VRM, w/Shunt Shorting Guide

Buildzoid continues his work for the Gamers Nexus gang this week with a new video that takes on an eagerly awaited GTX 1070 Ti card. The card in question is in fact a Vulcan branded Colorful card. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti series uses a new GP104-300 version of the Pascal architecture family so it’s interesting to see what the card vendors are doing with the new chip in terms of VRM design.

Buildzoid starts by identifying what he refers to as the minor VRM which powers the PCI interface and some internal GPU core PLLs. He then moves on to the more interesting VRMs which of course include the one used to the power the GPU itself. It’s a 12-phase VRM design that uses a doubling scheme. The card also has two phases for the graphics memory ICs. He goes on to explain how the VRM works, using a UP9511 voltage controller that is in fact pretty common on NVIDIA cards.

The verdict from an engineering perspective is that for a 1070 Ti card, the VRM is pretty much overkill offering ridiculous power capabilities and impressive efficiency. Buildzoid then goes on to point out the voltage read points of the card followed by a quick guide as to how to remove the limitations that NVIDIA impose on these cards. By soldering the shunt capacitors on the card, power limitations can be removed, opening the possibility for a limitless overclocking session.

You can catch the video from Buildzoid here on the Gamers Nexus YouTube channel.

OC-ESPORTS Roundup: October 2017

Today we take a look back at all the action that took place on OC-ESPORTS in the month of October 2017. We will check in on both individual and team OC-ESPORTS rankings at the end of the month while also taking a brief look at a few of the contests that ended at the back end of October. Let’s start things with a look at the individual rankings for HWBOT members on OC-ESPORTS.

Official World Overclocking Rankings - October 2017

The World Overclocking Rankings on OC-ESPORTs are based on the performance of individual overclockers in the 2017 season. Points are gained via participation in all contests hosted on OC-ESPORTS. Higher rankings in top level competitions throughout the year earn you more points. You can find more details about the scoring and ranking system on OC-ESPORTS here:!/rankings-details

The month of October was actually one of the quietest in terms of active contests on OC-ESPORTS. Major contests such as the HWBOT Team Cup and Road to pro Challenger Divisions finished on the last day of September which means there has been a lull of sorts in the following weeks. It therefore no surprise to find that in fact most of the positions on the HWBOT leaderboard for individuals remain largely unchanged.

At the top of the table we find rsannino (Italy) who remains the most decorated overclocker on OC-ESPORTS. His points tally of 756 remains unchanged from one month ago. How has the Italian managed to get such a total? He has amassed several wins in Challenger Divisions II and II this year and also succeeded to win the G.SKILL OC World Cup back in June. The win in the Live G.SKILL OC World Cup Final at Computex was worth 250 points alone, so it’s easy to see why this guys is top dog. He will also have the chance to excel further having qualified for both the Overclocking World Championship in December and the GALAX GOC 2017 contest which takes place in November. Further successes in those contest would surely put him out of sight of the rest of the league. That said, those points could in theory also propel another overclocker to the top.

Read the full roundup article for the month of October 2017 here on OC-ESPORTS.

HWBOT Country Cup 2017 Kicks Off Today!

It’s that time of the year again folks. The time when we team up with our fellow countrymen to try and show the world just how good our homeland is at overclocking. Yes, the HWBOT Country Cup is back and actually starts in just a few hours. As ever we have devised six ingenious contest stages each of which will require multiple submissions from teams representing their country. As always, that means that teamwork is going to be a very important factor in deciding which country eventually wins. In previous years we’ve had Country Cup wins from Romania (x2), Poland, Australia (x3) and Greece (x2) who in fact took the win last year. It will be very interesting to see which country rises to the occasion in 2017. Let’s take a look at what the HWBOT Country Cup 2017 has in store for us:

HWBOT Country Cup 2017: November 1st to December 23

Each of the six stages of the HWBOT Country Cup 2017 contest has been setup to make the contest as gruelling and challenging as possible. Each stage is unique and involves the following:

  • a) a specific benchmark
  • b) a specific number of required submissions from different team members, each using a different CPU or GPU model
  • c) a specific hardware family, model or type
  • d) a specific amount of points
  • e) a different end date

Read the full contest announcement here on OC-ESPORTS, which also includes details about the stages, benchmarks and the great prizes on offer from partners GIGABYTE, G.SKILL, Kingpincooling and Seasonic.

Melbourne 2017: The Photo Album from PAX AU

Last weekend marked the penultimate stop of the HWBOT World Tour 2017, landing in Melbourne, Australia for PAX AU, one of the biggest tech events on the continent. Today we can bring you the full photo album of the event, courtesy of the guys at OverClocking-TV.

As ever the whole point of the HWBOT World Tour 2017 is to promote the hobby of overclocking with gamers and PC enthusiasts around the world. The Melbourne 2017 event was a real treat, allowing us to engage directly with attendees at the iconic PAX AU event. For many, the most important activity that takes place at each and every World Tour stop are the Overclocking Workshop.

Using systems setup with the latest and greatest hardware from our event partners Intel, GIGABYTE, G.SKILL and Seasonic, we sat PAX AU attendees down to explain to them exactly how it it is possible to improve the performance of a PC. After a 30 minute workshop session, they’re then let loose on a system and invited to score as highly as possible in a benchmark (in this case the HWBOT xH265 benchmark).

As well introducing gamers to the art of ambient overclocking, there’s also the chance to observe some seriously extreme subzero Overclocking. The OCWC Melbourne 2017 Qualifier contest invited Australia’s most talented subzero overclockers to compete in a two day contest were a seat at the OCWC Finals is a stake. (read the full story here on OC-ESPORTS). The contest was a lot of fun, and a great way to introduce PAX AU attendees to the more extreme side of the game.

Catch the full post here on the HBOT World Tour website and check out all the great photos from last week’s visit to PAX AU.

7 Competitions Lose OC-ESPORTS Points in November 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 November 2017

Competition Date of Losing Points Level Winner
RealBench Challenge 2016 - Challenge III 2016-11-07 1 Wizerty
GALAX GOC 2016 Worldwide Qualifier 2016-11-10 1 Xtreme Addict
Rookie Rumble #37 2016-11-12 1 SirTryAlot
Rookie Rumble AMD #34 2016-11-12 1 Tyger81
HWBOT X Mollerussa Overclocking School 2016-11-12 1 Layla
HWBOT X St Benoît Atelier Overclocking & PC Building 2016-11-13 1 Skadjala
ROG OC Showdown 2016 - Formula Series Round 2 2016-11-28 1 Nik

jordan.hyde99 (Australia) Wins OCWC Melbourne 2017 Qualifier

The final Overclocking World Championship Qualifier contest took place just a few days ago during the HWBOT World Tour visit to Melbourne, Australia. The OCWC Melbourne 2017 Qualifier contest saw some the continent's best extreme overclockers compete for two days to decide who would ultimately be flown out to Berlin for the OCWC Grand Finals in December. Let’s take a look at the action, the players and the scoring in a little more detail:

OCWC - Melbourne 2017 Qualifier: October 28th and 29th - As with the all OCWC Qualifier contests that took place during the HWBOT World Tour this year, the Melbourne 2017 Qualifier followed the same general contest format. A Qualification Phase was held on the first day with 1v1 Semi-Finals and Finals being held on the last day of the event. Let’s begin with a look at what happened in the Qualification Phase:

OCWC Melbourne 2017: Qualification Phase - The Qualification Phase saw five Australian overclockers compete in a pretty tight 3 hour period. Running from 10am until 1pm on Saturday October 28th, overclockers were asked to score as highly as possible in the following three benchmarks; SuperPi 32M, Cinebench R15, 3DMark11 Physics. These are the same benchmarks that have been used in all OCQC Qualification Phases this year. Each benchmark is considered a different stage with points being awarded depending how highly you score.

Hardware Used - In each OCWC Qualifier contest specific hardware used. In the Melbourne Qualification Phase the following hardware restrictions were imposed. Note that for the first time we are using Intel 8th generation ‘Coffee Lake’ architecture CPUs, plus unreleased AORUS motherboards from event partner GIGABYTE.

Read the full contest roundup of the OCWC Melbourne 2017 Qualifier contest here on OC-ESPORTS.

Most Valuable Submission of Week 43, 2017: Gold for Steponz (US) and Gunslinger (US)

In Week 43 of 2017, we received 4466 benchmark results from 946 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 40% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

During Week 43 of 2017, two overclockers made the leaderboard with a golden cup. First up is the "Beard of Overclocking" Steponz from the United States with a World Record in 3DMark Vantage Performance. His system is powered by an Intel Core i9 7960X processor clocked at 5698 MHz and a pair of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards clocked at 2500/1639 MHz. The lead over second place Rsannino is almost 1,400 points. Next up is another American overclocker: Gunslinger. He also chose the 3DMark Vantage Performance benchmark, but focused on the 2x GeForce GTX 580 graphics card. The golden cup is achieved with a score of 76302 marks and features a Core i7 7740X at 5805 MHz paired with two GeForce GTX 580 clocked at 1150/2500 MHz.

Congrats everyone!

The most used hardware components of Week 43 are the Core i7 7700K (12.4%), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (12.3%) and the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex (6.8%). In total the community used 308 different CPUs, 222 different GPUs and 733 different motherboards.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 43 generated in total 340 World Record Points, 9701.1 Global Points, and 6840 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 17% for Elite, 21% for Extreme, 17% for Apprentice, 19% for Enthusiast, 11% for Novice, and 32% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 6% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 17% Enthusiast, 11% Novice, and 60% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 43, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite Alex@ro 182.4 pts Steponz 175.7 pts (WR!) Gunslinger 49.6 pts (HFP!)
Extreme Shar00750 69.7 pts Radi 50.8 pts George_oc 24.2 pts
Apprentice ToAvengedRobix 40.4 pts Jab383 45.8 pts Yosarianilives 29.3 pts
Enthusiast PKBO 69.7 pts DStealth 44.8 pts Bolc 24.5 pts
Novice Yassine.wischhoefer 42.9 pts Claudiohonio 18.6 pts Gang.guan 24.2 pts
Rookie daiborr48 46.3 pts Skylead 23.9 pts Dominikschwarz256 33.6 pts (HFP!)

Lantzeyin (Taiwan) Wins Taipei II 2017 Ambient Contest

Last weekend the HWBOT World Tour returned to the streets of Taiwan for the Taipei II 2017 event. At the heart of the event we had some overclocking workshops run by respected Taiwan overclocker Coolaler. The whole thing took place in a tent just outside the iconic and famous GuangHua Computer Market in downtown Taipei. During pretty much the entirely of the weekend, local visitors to the market and the SynTrend shopping center were given the chance to learn the basics of overclocking and try it for themselves. The highlight however was surely the Taipei II Ambient contest were the weekend's best two performers were pitted against each other in a 1v1 contest. Here's a round up of what happened.

Taipei II 2017 Ambient Contest: Hardware - For the Taipei II 2017 event, HWBOT was joined by hardware partners Intel, G.SKILL, Seasonic, plus support from local retailer CoolPC. All workshop and contest systems were based around the latest Skylake-X Intel Core i9 7920X processors. Motherboards from ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI and ASRock were used along with system memory from G.SKILL. G.SKILL provided some very nice Trident Z DDR4 3600MHz GB kits as well as some great examples of their latest keyboard an mouse peripheral products. All systems were powered by Seasonic PRIME Platinum 850 watt power supplies. CoolPC provided support with a range of All-in-One, Closed-Loop-Coolers from CoolerMaster, Antec, Thermaltake and Cryorig.

Taipei II 2017 Ambient Contest: Qualification Phase - Local enthusiasts and overclockers, many of whom are active members of the site and forum, attended the event. For most it was a chance to learn the basics in a workshop hosted by Coolaler himself, but for a few more savvy attendees, it was a chance to show what they could do. The highest scorers in the Intel XTU benchmark after two days of workshops and benching were invited to compete in the 1v1 Final at the end of Day 2. At the end of two days of pretty competitive overclocking, we were treated to a final 1v1 match between locals Lanzetyn and Mike.

You can read the full contest roundup article here on the HWBOT World Tour website which also includes lots of great pics.