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XTU Core i7 8700 4330 MHz Unxane 2114 marks 15.3 pts 0   0
XTU Core i7 8700K 4370 MHz jamiewhaley 2207 marks 1.7 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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G.SKILL Achieves Dual-Channel DDR4-5000MHz Memory Speed on Air-Cooling

Taipei, Taiwan (28 March 2018) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is excited to announce the achievement of an unprecedented DDR4-5000MHz memory in dual-channels. This major breakthrough is the world’s first instance of two DDR4 RGB memory modules breaking the DDR4-5000MHz barrier on just air cooling, when considering that this world-record class speed was only achievable under extreme liquid nitrogen cooling just two years ago. This massive technological feat is achieved with the high performance Samsung DDR4 B-die ICs, and running on the MSI Z370I GAMING PRO CARBON AC motherboard and the Intel® Core™ i7-8700K processor.

World’s First Dual-Channel DDR4-5000MHz Achieved on Air-Cooling
This in-development memory speed marks the first time in history that a pair of air-cooled RGB memory achieving the legendary speed of DDR4-5000MHz. While DDR4-5000MHz memory kits aren’t yet ready to hit retail stores, G.SKILL is taking major leaps in developing much faster memory speeds and demonstrating the brand’s unwavering dedication to continually push DDR4 memory performance into the absolute extremes.

“Previously, the 5GHz memory speed is only achievable in extreme overclocking and in single-channel. We’re excited to share that we’ve been able to achieve the 5GHz memory speed in not only air-cooling conditions, but also in dual-channels. This is a major milestone for us,” says Tequila Huang, Corporate Vice President, G.SKILL International. “We will make every effort to bring this specification onto the consumer market, and bring the experience of extreme performance to worldwide users.”

Shown in the screenshot below, on a system with the MSI Z370I GAMING PRO CARBON AC motherboard and an Intel i7-8700K processor, CPU-Z displays a DDR4-4700MHz Trident Z RGB dual-channel memory kit being overclocked 300MHz past its original rated speed to reach DDR4-5000MHz.

The CPU-Z validation link can be found via the link:


Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory, SSD products, and gaming peripherals designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical innovation and rock solid quality through our in-house testing lab and talented R&D team, G.SKILL continues to create record-breaking memory for each generation of hardware and hold the no. 1 brand title in overclocking memory.

GIGABYTE Announces the AORUS April Extreme Clocking 2018

Taipei, Taiwan, April 1st, 2018 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced another great competition for the overclocking community with the GIGABYTE AORUS April Extreme Clocking 2018, to be hosted this April on This challenge gives the community a chance to test their skills on the GIGABYTE motherboards before another series of motherboards comes around. By participating, overclockers have the chance to win GIGABYTE AORUS Z370 chipset motherboards!

Starting April 1st 2018, overclockers will have a chance to win some great prizes by submitting their best score within 4 stages. Most points win, it’s as simple as that! Participants have two ways to win, either they collect the most points to win one of the 3 big prizes, or they submit their scores so they are eligible for the lucky draw.

Prize info for GIGABYTE AORUS April Extreme Clocking is listed below:

Timeline: April 1st, 2018 – April 30th, 2018

Winner prizes

  • Intel Core i7 8700K
  • GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 7
  • EK-KIT S240
  • G.SKILL F4-3600C17D-16GTZSW TridentZ Series

2nd place prizes

  • Intel Core i7 8600K
  • GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming 2.0

3rd place prizes

  • G.SKILL F4-3600C17D-16GTZSW TridentZ Series

Lucky draw prizes

  • GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming 2.0
  • GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming 2.0

For more information on the competition please visit the following:!/round/gigabyte_aorus_april_extreme_clcoking_2018

To learn more about AORUS:

To learn more about GIGABYTE: Freezer' Burn Overclocking Competition starts this Sunday Freezer' Burn Overclocking competition starts this Sunday and runs for 2 months. It contains four stages, split in ambient cooling (min 20 degrees Celsius) and extreme cooling. The 2400 USD prize pot will be split over 20 winners. Awesome! Good luck for all participating. :)

The benchmarks are:

  • HWBOT x265 Benchmark 4k
  • Geekbench 4 - Single Thread
  • 3DMark03
  • GPUPI - 1B

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HWBOT Rev7.1 point recalculation in progress

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The hwbot point calculation or revision 7 was wonky, and messed up the rankings under load. Now the bug are ironed out rev7.1, a full recalculation of approx 870.000 rankings is in progress. As the site is under quite some load from the day to day submissions and visitors, this takes a long time. In the meanwhile, please be patient. The full recalc was started 48 hours ago. At a rate of one ranking every 2 seconds, approx. 90000 have been recalculated up till now.

G.SKILL Announces “OC World Cup 2018” Online Qualifier Overclocking Competition

[Press Release] Taipei, Taiwan (9th March 2018) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is announcing the online qualifier competition of its biggest annual overclocking competition G.SKILL OC World Cup 2018!

G.SKILL OC World Cup 2018 - G.SKILL OC World Cup overclocking competition consists of three rounds: Online Qualifier, Live Qualifier, and Grand Finals. The top 6 contestants from the Online Qualifier round will receive an invitation to the Live Qualifier round, as well as the chance to qualify for the Grand Final round, in the G.SKILL booth at Computex 2018 from June 5 to 8, 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan. The top two finishers from the Live Qualifier round will compete head-to-head on the fourth day of Computex 2018 for the grand prize.

Round 1: Online Qualifier - The Online Qualifier round will be held on HWBOT ( from March 13th to April 16, 2018, featuring 4 benchmarks: Highest DDR4 Frequency, Geekbench 3 Multi-Core Full Out, 3DMark11 with IGP, and SuperPi 32m Full Out. Contestants must use G.SKILL DDR4 memory, Intel Core i5-8600K processor, and Z370 chipset motherboards. For more event details and rules, please visit the competition page on HWBOT.

$20,000 USD Total Cash Prize & $10K for the Champion! - G.SKILL OC World Cup competition features the largest single cash prize in overclocking competition with USD $10K for the Grand Champion.

  • Champion: 10,000 USD
  • 2nd: 3,000 USD
  • 3rd: 2,500 USD
  • 4th: 2,000 USD
  • 5th: 1,500 USD
  • 6th: 1,000 USD

Read the full press release from G.SKILL here.

GIGABYTE Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2.0 upgraded with improved VRM

GIGABYTE released a major revision of Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming motherboard. Revision 2.0 replaces the 7-phase CPU VRM of the original with a new 11-phase setup that uses stronger ferrite-core chokes that don't whine when stressed. This new revision will be a part of the prize money of the GIGABYTE HWBOT competitions this winter: the AUROS Winter OC Challenge, the currently running AORUS March Madness and the soon to be anounced april competition too!

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 2.8.0 Released, Improved Stability and New GPU Support

The latest version of GPU-Z is now available from the guys at TechPowerUp. GPU-Z version 2.8.0 adds support for for several AMD Vega-based Mobile GPUs and improved stability with AMD ‘Raven Ridge’ APUs. As ever there the new release includes a bunch of significant bug fixes and optimizations:

To begin with, we've addressed driver-crash issues seen on AMD "Raven Ridge" APU iGPU enabled systems, when using GPU-Z. The new DXVA 2.0 Features page in the "Advanced" tab is a ready-reckoner for all the video formats your GPUs provide hardware-acceleration for. We've made improvements to the accuracy of video memory usage readings on AMD Radeon GPUs, rendering performance of NVIDIA PerfCap sensor; and AMD power-limit readings in the "Advanced" tab.

Among the new GPUs supported are Radeon RX 460 Mobile, RX 560 Mobile, RX 570 Mobile, RX 580 Mobile, RX 550 based on Baffin LE. Minor bug-fixes include NVIDIA PerfCap sensor drawing outside its area; accuracy of temperature reading on AMD "Vega," a "BIOS reading not supported" error popping up on certain motherboards, and the driver digital signature reading getting truncated on high-DPI displays. Grab GPU-Z v2.8.0 from the link below.

Here’s the full changelog for version 2.8.0:

  • - Fixed crashes and other issues on AMD Ryzen Raven Ridge APU
  • - Added DXVA 2.0 hardware decoder info to Advanced Tab
  • - "Disable sensor" menu item now properly called "Hide"
  • - Improved VRAM usage monitoring on AMD
  • - Improved rendering performance of NVIDIA PerfCap sensor
  • - Improved AMD power limit reporting in Advanced Panel
  • - "MemVendor" is now included in XML dump output
  • - Fixed NVIDIA PerfCap sensor drawing outside its area
  • - Fixed "BIOS reading not supported" error on NVIDIA, on some motherboards
  • - Fixed HBM memory type detection in Advanced Tab on Fury X
  • - Fixed temperature misreadings on Vega
  • -Fixed "Digital Signature" label getting truncated on some hidpi screens
  • - Added support for RX 460 Mobile, RX 560 Mobile, RX 570 Mobile, RX 580 Mobile, RX 550 based on Baffin LE

Find the latest GPU-Z v2.8.0 utility from TechPowerUp here.

Splave (US) Takes Down 3 Octa-Core Global First Place Scores w/Core i7 7820X

A little while ago we noticed a flurry of very impressive 2D scores from US No.2 Splave. He used an octa-core Intel Core i7 7820X processor to make Global First Place scores in three of today’s multi-threaded 2D benchmarks; Cinebench R11.5, Cinebench R15 and Geekbench 3 Multi-core and Intel XTU. Let’s have a peek at the rig used and also try and figure what configuration he used:

In the two Cinebench benchmarks we find Splave pushing his Core i7 7820X under liquid nitrogen to 6,128MHz which is a very satisfactory +70.22% beyond the chip’s stock settings. According to the CPU-Z screenshot he configured core voltage at 1.524 V. He also configured his DRR4 kit at 1,838MHz with 12-12-12-24 timings. His motherboard of choice is an ASRock X299 OC Formula. All of which helped him push the highest ever octa-core score in Cinebench R11.5 to 29.68 points, and in Cinebench R15 to 2,739 cb points. Both scores edge past the previous best from Sofos1990 (Greece).

When benching Geekbench 3 Multi-core we find CPU cores of the same rig pushed slightly more conservatively to 6,115MHz (+69.86%) to hit a new octa-core high score of 50,725 points. In the Intel XTU benchmark the new Global First Place in the octa-core rankings also belongs to Splave with a score of 4,175 marks and his 'Skylake-X' architecture CPU clocked at 5,958MHz (+65.5%). Again in both cases Sofos1990 loses out.

You can find the entirety of Splave’s most recent OC adventures here on his profile page, which incidentally also includes some nice work with a deca-core Intel Core i9 7900X clocked at 5,825MHz. Nice work! You can find some nice rig pics here, here and here.