Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
Aquamark Radeon HD 3870 GDDR4 1053/1380 MHz poparamiro 461654 marks 19.7 pts 0   0
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 275 820/1333 MHz poparamiro 29593 marks 30.3 pts 0   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 1080p A4-5300 3831 MHz PKKShadow 3.04 fps 2.1 pts 0   0
GPUPI for CPU - 100M A4-5300 3829.8 MHz PKKShadow 2min 35sec 345ms 0.0 pts 0   0
CPU Frequency A4-5300 3889.1 MHz PKKShadow 3889.1 mhz 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i9 7980XE 4080 MHz wilhelm.maringer 2511 marks 0.0 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 7500U 3490 MHz elir1010 559 marks 19.6 pts 0   0
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 2100/1645 MHz Kos 10283 marks 1.0 pts 0   0
CPU Frequency Pentium 4 2.8Ghz (Prescott, 133 FSB) 6518.8 MHz wytiwx 6518.78 mhz 23.3 pts 2   0
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 4k Core i5 4300M 3196 MHz Wyllliam 1.21 fps 2.6 pts 0   0


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Today we find the GPU Flashback Archive delving into the not so distant past to focus on the NVIDIA 900 series of graphics cards, the first to use NVIDIA’s new Maxwell architecture which had already seen the light day in mobile GPU solutions, an indication of the direction that the company were taking at the time. Let’s take a look at the cards that were launched as part of the 900 Series, the improvements and changes that Maxwell brought and some of the more memorable scores that have been posted on HWBOT.

The first question one may well have regarding the NVIDIA 900 series is simple - what happened to the 800 series? To answer the question fully, you must first look at the direction that NVIDIA was moving at the time. A movement to expand its product offerings in order to compete in the quickly expanding mobile SoC market. The suddenly ubiquity of Android-based smartphones around the globe was fuelled in part by the development of mobile SoCs from Qualcomm, Samsung, Mediatek, Marvell, Allwinner and others. The traditional feature phone was quickly being replaced by smartphones that now required improved multi-core CPU performance, HD display support and, importantly from NVIDIA’s perspective, decent enough graphics processing to actually play 3D games. Intel and NVIDIA were two companies with plenty of R&D and marketing budget who sought to enter a new market to help bolster revenues during an inevitable slow down of desktop PC sales, a traditional cash cow for both.

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The 7th revision of the hwbot engine, along with a bunch of other features, will be launched in the next few days. What will change?

The 7th revision of the hwbot engine, along with a bunch of other features, will be launched in the next few days. What will change?


OCWC 2017 Final - Predict the Champion Contest, Winners Announced

Today we are pleased to announce the winners of the OCWC 2017 Final - Predict the Champion Contest. In celebration of the Overclocking World Championship 2017 Final which took place a few weeks ago in Berlin, Germany, we teamed up with Seasonic to create a simple contest with a few really nice prizes. All you had to do was correctly guess which overclocker would become this year's World Champion you would be entered into a prize draw where you can win a latest generation Intel Core i7 8700K processor and a high-end Seasonic PRIME Platinum power supply.

Overclocking World Championship 2017 Final: rsannino (Italy) Crowned Champion - The OCWC 2017 Final saw nine of the most talented and dedicated overclockers go head to head in a two day contest hosted at the CaseKing HQ in Berlin. At the end of a enthralling contest, Italian rsannino proved once again why he is OC-ESPORTS No.1 by beating steponz (US) in a tense final 1v1 match. You can find a full and detailed contest report from us here and here.

Intel Core i7 8700K Processor - HWBOT kindly contributed an Intel Core i7 8700K processor (tray). It’s the flagship model of the latest mainstream desktop processor series bring all the benefit of 6 Coffee Lake architecture Cores, each with a base clock of 3.7 GHz (4.7 GHz Turbo). The Core i7 8700K is compatible with the latest socket LGA1151 and Intel Z370 chipset motherboards and boasts exceptional performance, arriving unlocked and ready for performance tuning and serious overclocking. Congrats to J.Veerman who wins a Intel Core i7 8700K processor (tray).

Seasonic PRIME 850 W Platinum Power Supply - HWBOT World Tour 2017 partners Seasonic are contributing a Seasonic PRIME Platinum 850 watt power supply. It is a champion of stable and reliable power delivery, boasting a near-perfect voltage output which represents Seasonic’s market leading engineering feat. Congrats to S.Travasci, winner of a Seasonic PRIME Platinum 850 watt power supply.

Predict the Champion: Voting Stats - Before we leave you, we can also give you a rundown of the voting statistics of the contest. It's perhaps not too surprising to see that the number one ranked overclocker on HWBOT garnered the most votes with 608 (25.86%). Dancop probably would have been the bookie's favorite from the start. American steponz is also well backed with 455 (19%) votes while Lucky_n00b is so well known in his native Indonesia that it's no surprise to see him collect 325(13.8%) votes. Thanks to all 2,351 people who took part and a huge congrats to the winners!

This posted was originally published here on the HWBOT World Tour website.

Steam Winter Sale, up to 85% Discount on 3DMark and Other Futuremark Apps

It’s that time of year once again when Steam are offering some serious discounts on a huge chunk of their gaming catalogue, which thankfully for us overclockers also includes benchmarking software from Futuremark. The Winter Sale kicked off just 24 hours ago and will continue until January 5th 2018. Here’s a breakdown from Futuremark regarding the benchmark offers that are currently available via Steam:

3DMark is 85% off, just $4.49 - 3DMark gets more useful every year as we add new tests. The most recent addition is Time Spy Extreme, the world's first 4K DirectX 12 benchmark test. Ideal for the latest graphics cards, it also features a redesigned CPU test that lets new processors with 8 or more cores perform to their full potential. We've just released an update for 3DMark that adds new language options for Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. To use one of these new languages, update to the latest version of 3DMark following the prompts in the app, then choose your preferred language on the Options screen. You can also use 3DMark in English, German, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.

VRMark is 75% off, just $4.99 - VRMark has helped thousands of people test their PC's performance for VR. The latest version includes Cyan Room, a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for VR performance.

PCMark 10 is 50% off, only $14.99 - PCMark 10 is the latest version in our series of industry standard PC benchmarks. Updated for Windows 10 with new and improved tests based on real-world apps and activities, PCMark 10 is also faster and easier to use.

You can find more information about these special offers in the links above. You can also browse the Steam Store where you can find other offers, such as the older 3DMark11 which is available for with 90% discount.

[Video] Gamers Nexus Hybrid Mod NVIDIA Titan V for Liquid Cooling

Steve Burke and the crew at Gamers Nexus have certainly been pumping out some good content using their newly acquired NVIDIA Titan V graphics card. Today we bring you an interesting video where they attempt a hybrid mod that mounts an All-in-One closed loop cooler to the card. The job involves quite a bit of improvisation, with Steve going through his vast collection of AiO coolers to figure out which one would be best suited to cooling the massive GV100 graphics processor which also features mounted High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) which makes the chip even more delicate. Let’s just say that I’ve never seen Steve so careful - not too surprising seeing as he paid 3,000 USD from his own pocket for the card.

The mission starts with Steve going through his vast array of All-in-One cooling products that he amassed over the years through product reviews etc. After trying out several options including his recent handmade effort he produced for a Vega card, it turns out that the best fit for the mounting holes of his Titan V was a Silent Loop 280 from Be Quiet!, a CPU cooler designed for a range of socket types, including the larger AMD TR4 socket. It was the only thing that could handle the larger 70mm x 70mm mounting holes (larger than Vega which uses 64mm x 64mm mounting holes). No doubt the massive 815mm2 die size means wider mounting holes than you would expect on most graphics card PCBs.

The next step on the mission is to determine what kind of force would be required to maintain thermal dissipation from the GPU, HBM and the cooler’s plate. To do this, Steve estimated what mounting pressure he needed, figuring that around 11.5 mm of screw thread exposed would suffice. He prepped the card by using two layers of paper that chemically react to show you how much contact is happening between the mounting plate and the GPU. After some careful adjustments, it looks pretty well mounted and ready for some water cooled overclocking fun.

You can find the video from Steve Burke here on the Gamers Nexus YouTube channel.

ASUS OC Summit Russia Reaps 3DMark Vantage Performance World Record, Plus 4 Global Cups

Several of Russia’s best overclockers got together at ASUS HQ in Moscow for another ASUS OC Summit 2017 session at the weekend. The session involved Team Russia members including Smoke, slamms and _12_, Atheros, plus the legendary TaPaKaH (Netherlands). The result is that Smoke has just posted some very impressive scores. Most notably he used a pair of GTX 1080 Ti cards to break the World Record in the 3DMark Vantage Performance benchmark. The team also dabbled with x4 SLI with the same cards, an adventure that earned the team several Gold, Sliver and Bronze Global Cups. Let’s take a look at the rig used and the points scored by Team Russia.

In the 3DMark Vantage Performance benchmark we find a new World Record score of 139,876 marks. This was made with a pair of ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ROG Strix OC Edition graphics cards, each with the GPUs tuned to 2,290MHz (+54.73%) with graphics memory configured at 1,475MHz (+7.19%). Other key features of the rig include an ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard and an Intel Core i9 7980XE 'Skylake-X' processor clocked at 5.7GHz, which is a massive +119.23% beyond stock settings and obviously a key contribution to this World Record score. The new World Record score displaces the previous best which was submitted by steponz (US) by a total of 344 marks. The American also used a pair of GTX 1080 Ti cards, in his case paired with a Core i9 7960X at 5,698MHz (+103.5%). Perhaps the additional CPU grunt made all the difference for Team Russia.

The rig outlined above, using basically the same settings was also used to a grab a Global Silver Cup in the Catzilla 720p benchmark where it made a score of 113,039 marks. That score is just behind Rauf (Sweden) who leads the pack with a score of 114,843 marks and a pair of GTX GALAX HoF 1080 Ti cards and a pair of Pascal GPUs pushed just that bit further to hit 2,300MHz (+55.41%).

The ASUS OC Summit 2017 session also gave attendees the chance to see what they could do with ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ROG Strix OC Edition cards in a water-cooled 4-way SLI system (pictured above). With GPUs clocked at 2,075MHz (+40.20%) and graphics memory at 1,475MHz (+7.19%), the 4x GPU rig managed a second placed score of 32,374 marks in 3DMark Time Spy. The same rig also produced third placed scores in Fire Strike Extreme (43,998 marks) and in 3DMark Fire Strike (54,387 marks). Just to underline how older benchmarks do not scale well with multi-GPU systems, the 4x GPU rig managed a score of 129,892 marks in 3DMark Vantage P, a Global First Place score for a 4-way system.

You can find all the score submissions in the links above, as well as by visiting the Smoke (Russia) profile page. Nice work guys!

Pieter-Jan Plaisier Resigns as HWBOT General Manager, Frederick Colardyn to Take Over from January 2018

Today we bring you news that Pieter-Jan Plaisier has resigned from his position as General Manager of HWBOT. From January 1st 2018, HWBOT founder Frederick Colardyn will take over as General Manager, handling the day to day duties of the organization. Pieter will remain as an active adviser for an interim period of three months to help facilitate a smooth managerial transition.

“I have been actively involved with HWBOT since 2006, taking various roles, from volunteer to becoming the first full-time employee and eventually taking charge of daily operations. Being part of this organization has allowed me to do things that I would not have imagined when I started eleven years ago. I've met some wonderful people who have become some of my closest friends. It's been a life-changing experience and I will treasure the memories for the rest of my life. I hope that HWBOT will flourish and grow in the years ahead.” - Pieter-Jan Plaisier (Massman).

Pieter as been at the heart of so much that HWBOT has achieved in recent years. These achievements include the creation of the HWBOT World Tour, the OC-ESPORTS platform and so much more. The world of overclocking will miss his passion and drive to promote and raise the profile of overclocking around the world. On behalf of all HWBOT staff and members, good luck for the future.

[Video] Gamers Nexus NVIDIA Titan V, VRM Analysis and Shunt Mod Guide

It’s fair enough to say that not too many of us will ever actually own an NVIDIA Titan V graphics card, simply because $3,000 USD is a wee bit beyond most people’s budgets. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy content produced around the latest and greatest video card ever produced – the voyeur in us is content to watch from a distance. Which is why you may well enjoy this video from Gamers Nexus which gives us a very detailed look at the components used to create the Titan V VRM design, plus a guide on how to perform a Shunt Mod.

The video is hosted by the one and only Buildzoid from Actually Hardcore Overclocking who takes us by the hand on a journey through the entire PCB, scribbling notes to explain that each and every component actually does. He starts with the vCore VRM of course, which in this case is a little odd in that it spans two sides of the GPU. The design does however make sure that the VRM components are as close to the GPU as possible as it means the current has a shorter distance to travel which reduces voltage dropping and improves transient response. The High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) gets its own two phase VRM which just a bit further back.

The VRM itself is described by Buildzoid as an ‘absolute monstrosity’. In fact it is a 16-phase design which uses a voltage controller from Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) that supports 8-phases. The card uses no doublers which it’s basically a massive 8-phase with double the amount of very high-end powerstages and inductors. What you get in the end is a ridiculous amount of potential power delivery.

After the full analysis of the PCB, Buildzoid then moves on to offer a guide regarding Shunt Modding, an easy mod which should in theory give you the chance to pump more power through the GPU. Catch the video from Buildzoid here on the Gamers Nexus YouTube channel.

[Video] Gamers Nexus Tear-Down NVIDIA Titan V

Steve Burke and Gamers Nexus just went and splurged $3,000 USD on the latest and greatest graphics card from NVIDIA, the Volta-based NVIDIA Titan V. But hey, being a true overclocker and PC enthusiast, Steve just could not resist the temptation to do a tear-down video, removing the entire cooling apparatus to show us what NVIDIA had done at the PCB level. Cheers Steve.

So what is the new Titan card all about? Well, the Titan V of course uses ‘Big Volta’, namely the GV100 graphics processor which you can also find powering the latest Tesla V100 HPC card. The GV100 is a multi-chip module that features a GPU die and three HBM2 memory stacks on the same package. It has 12GB of HBM2 memory that is linked via a 3,072-bit wide memory bus. The GPU has a base clock of 1200MHz boosting by default to a frequency of 1455MHz. Default HBM2 memory is configured at a clock of 850 MHz.

Steve removes the cooler with ease, noting how the card uses the same cooling design that we’ve seen on previous Titan and recent Founder Edition cards. The GV100 GPU is well served in terms of power, being teamed up with a 16-phase VRM. Steve also notes how there is a massive amount of thermal paste used, perhaps not so surprising seeing as the GV100 is a supercomputer chip designed for machine learning and Ai applications and as such has a 815 mm² die, which is pretty much as big as you will ever encounter. Steve goes on to clean up the GPU where you can see the HBM parts of chip package.

You can find the tear-down video from Gamers Nexus here on their YouTube channel.

Cheapaz Chips Season 2 Starts Today

Today the second ever season of the Cheapaz Chips contest series gets under way over on OC-ESPORTS. As you may recall the idea of the contest is to encourage overclockers to put all of their ingenuity and passion into overclocking entry-level hardware that we wouldn’t cry over too much if it got bricked. Cheapaz Chips Season 2 will run through what remains of 2017, ending on January 15th. It features three stages suited to benching NVIDIA GT 1030 graphics cards, the subject matter of season 2. As an added incentive, GALAX are also offering a GALAX GTX 1080 Ti HoF OC Lab Edition card for the eventual contest winner.

Cheapaz Chips Season 2: December 15th - January 31st 2018 - The Cheapaz Chips Season 2 contest on OC-ESPORTS features a very simple format based around Pascal-architecture NVIDIA GT 1030 cards. The Cheapaz Chips contest has in fact been designed to give overclockers a wonderful excuse to get down to some serious card modding. Graphics card modding can be a daunting task for anyone attempting to do so for the first time however. It takes a steady and assured hand that knows how to solder with unerring accuracy, as well as detailed knowledge of exactly how the card and power delivery design works.

1st Place Wins a GALAX GTX 1080 HoF OC Lab Edition - The fantastic thing about Season 2 of the Cheapaz Chips series is that GALAX are generously offering a GTX 1080 Ti HoF OC Lab Edition card for the winner. The highest scoring overclocker wins a GALAX GTX 1080Ti HOF OC Lab Edition graphics card. In case of a tie, the deciding benchmark is Superposition 1080P Xtreme, then GPUPI 1B, then 3DMark03. Each submission must include a picture of your graphics card in action. The graphics card does not come with international warranty.

Read the full introduction of the Cheapaz Chips Season 2 contest. You can also visit the contest page here on OC-ESPORTS

Rauf (Sweden) Breaks Catzilla World Record, Plus 3 GFP Scores with 2x GALAX HoF Lab Edition GTX 1080 Ti Cards

Swedish OC legend Rauf has recently been having a very good time benching a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards. In fact using GALAX HoF Lab Edition models under LN2, he managed to take down the World Record in the Catzilla 720p benchmark, plus three other Global First Place dual-GPU scores in3DMark Time Spy, 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme. Let’s take a quick look at those scores and check out his rig.

In the Catzilla 720p benchmark we find a new World record score of 114,843 marks. The score was made with both GPUs pushed at subzero temperatures to 2,300MHz (+55.41%) on the GPU and 1,566MHz (+13.81%) on the graphics memory. The rig was based around a Intel Core i9 7980XE 'Skylake-X' processor clocked at a very tasty 5,500MHz (+111.54%) with a GALAX HoF DDR4 kit configured at 2,000MHz (12-11-11-28). The rig also featured a ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard and an 8 Pack Edition Super Flower 2,000W power supply.

The above rig was also used to set a new Global First Place score in 3DMark Time Spy, with the dual-GPU record now standing at 24,389 marks. The new fastest dual-GPU score submission in the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme benchmark is 32,175 marks while in 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark it stands at 49,402 marks.

You can check out the submissions for yourself in the links above and also take a look at the Rauf profile page to see what else this guy has been up to. His recent work means that he now has the honor of possessing 75 cups and medals and moves up to 7th place in the HWBOT league rankings with a total points haul of 2,351. Congrats!