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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:

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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.

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OC-ESPORTS Roundup: October 2017!/article/4912/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.

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HWBOT Country Cup 2017 Kicks Off Today!!/article/4909/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:

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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.

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jordan.hyde99 (Australia) Wins OCWC Melbourne 2017 Qualifier!/article/4905/jordan.hyde99_(australia)_wins_ocwc_melbourne_2017_qualifier

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:

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The GPU Flashback Archive: NVIDIA GeForce and the GeForce 8800 GTX Card


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.

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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.

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The OC Show Season 4, Espisode 15: OC-ESPORTS Round-up, PAX US and Lucky_n00b in OCWC Qualifier

Last Friday we saw Episode 15 of Season 4 of the OC Show go live across TwitchTV screens around the globe. This week presenter Trouffman was as ever joined by Buildzoid and Toolius for a discussion about all things and topics overclocking related. Episode 15 kicks off with a look at all the goings on onOC-ESPORTS. The ROG Showdown Team Edition 2 contest is attracting a massive 77 teams or so and will come to a climax in just over a week, while the Rookie Rumble series is also proving to be as popular as ever with the newer contingent of HWBOT overclockers. Toolius notes how, in fact this is a relatively quiet period on OC-ESPORTS with a few contests coming to a conclusion in the month of October.

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[Video] Tech YES City Cover ‘Performance Matters – Six by South Wharf’ Event

Last weekend the HWBOT World Tour made its big debut in Australia, taking the world of Overclocking to PAX AU, the biggest gaming show in Australia. Possibly the highlight of the weekend was the ‘Performance Matters – Six by South Wharf’ event which took place at the Wharf Hotel. The event was organized with partners Intel, AORUS and Seasonic and give visiting Aussie media chance to see systems based on the latest Intel Coffee Lake architecture processors. In terms of media coverage, we simply have to bring you this video from Tech YES City which shows exactly how much overclocking fun took place.

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HWBOT and TeamAU Take to the Stage at PAX AU 2017

As you may or may not be aware, the HWBOT World Tour made its debut in Australia just 24 hours ago, bringing overclocking workshops and live OC contests to PAX AU, arguably the biggest gaming / technology event on the continent. Check out these pics from the event courtesy of Overclocking-TV. But as well as doing good work on the show floor to engage with gamers, the team also hosted a PAX AU Panel discussion that delves a bit deeper into a few of the overclocking related topics that have arisen in 2017. There was also a demo of extreme overclocking with LN2, pushing an Intel Core i9 7980XE to a very nice 6GHz. Lucky for us we can enjoy a replay of the Panel Discussion thanks to the PAX AU Twitch channel.

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The GPU Flashback Archive: NVIDIA GeForce 7 and the GeForce 7600 GT Card


Today’s trip down GPU memory lane is all about the NVIDIA 7 series that arrived on the scene in June 2005. Where previous GPU designs had heralded major innovations and the introduction of entirely new technologies, the 7 series was more of an update by comparison. The new GPU arrived with a change in nomenclature and notably a change in the way that NVIDIA graphics cards were actually launched - NVIDIA and AIB partners had products shelves on the very same day that the press embargo was lifted. Let’s look at the GPUs and cards that arrived as part of the new 7 series launch, the cards that have since proved to be popular with overclockers on HWBOT and of course, the notable scores that grace our database to this day.

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The GPU Flashback Archive: NVIDIA GeForce 6 and the GeForce 6600 GT Card


Welcome back to another episode in our GPU Flashback Archive series. Following on from last week’s look at the GeForce FX series, we turn our attention to its successor, the NVIDIA GeForce 6 series. After rising to a position of relative dominance in the early years of GPU design, the GeForce 4 and subsequent FX series had seen NVIDIA lose ground to ATI who had stolen a march with their highly popular Radeon 9000 series. The stage was set for a return with the launch of a new GPU design and a series of cards that required more space in your rig and additional power to deliver a truly next generation gaming experience. Let turn our minds back to 2004 and check out the technologies and features that debuted with the GeForce 6 series, plus the most popular cards of the era and the most notable scores that have been submitted here on HWBOT.

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The GPU Flashback Archive: Nvidia GeForce 3 and the GeForce 3 Ti 200 64MB Card


This week’s GPU Flashback Archive article is all about the GeForce 3 series of graphics cards from NVIDIA, a company that by this stage in history was recognized as industry leader in GPU development and innovation. The third iteration of its GeForce brand launched with a hiccup or two in early 2001 and enjoyed status as the company’s top tier offering for around a year before it was usurped by its successor, the mighty GeForce 4 series. Let’s take a peek at the new technologies and innovations that arrived with GeForce 3, the cards that proved to be most popular with overclockers on HWBOT and of course, the notable scores and benchmarks that it spawned.

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The GPU Flashback Archive: NVIDIA GeForce2 and the GeForce2 MX Card


We return for our next episode of the GPU Flashback Archive with another classic graphics platform from NVIDIA, the GeForce2 series. It was unleashed on the scene in early 2000 and proved conclusively that NVIDIA had become the number one graphics company on the planet. Let’s take a look at the GeForce2 series as a whole, the cards that were popular at the time and of course a few of the scores that have been submitted to the HWBOT database using GeForce2 cards.

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The GPU Flashback Archive: Nvidia RIVA Series and the Riva TNT2 M64 AGP Card


The Nvidia RIVA 128 graphics chip (codenamed the NV3) was the first version of the RIVA GPU series. It arrived on the scene in April of 1997 and was arguably the company’s first ever commercially successful graphics processing unit. The RIVA 128 was actually a departure from the very first Nvidia GPU series, the ST-G-2000 (NV1) being the first GPU on the market from Nvidia that could manage both 2D and 3D video acceleration. Unlike its predecessor the Nvidia RIVA was designed specifically to accelerate rendering of Direct3D 5.0 and OpenGL 1.0 API workloads.

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Motherboard Memory Lane: AMD Socket FM2+, ASUS Crossblade Ranger and AMD A10-7850K


We continue our Motherboard Memory Lane series today with a look at the AMD FM2+ platform, the follow up to the FM2 Socket and its Trinity-based APUs that we considered in last week’s article. Socket FM2+ represents AMD’s third attempt to trying to gain traction in the budget to mid-range desktop PC segment, arriving with a refreshed series of Kaveri-based APUs and an updated FCH (or chipset if you prefer). Let’s push on and take a look at the new platform, the motherboards that were popular in this era and some of the more impressive scores that were submitted to HWBOT.

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Motherboard Memory Lane: AMD Socket AM3+, ASUS Crosshair V Formula and AMD FX-8350


This week’s trip down Motherboard Memory Lane brings us to the AMD AM3+ platform. Arriving in 2011 with a new enthusiast chipset and new range of FX branded CPUs, the new platform was AMD’s reinvigorated drive into the high performance PC space where Intel had long ago stolen a march. Let’s take a look at the most popular motherboards and processors of that era, the technologies involved and some of the more impressive scores submitted on HWBOT.

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Motherboard Memory Lane: AMD Socket 939, LANParty UT nF4 Ultra-D and AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Venice)


Today in our Motherboard Memory Lane series we take on the classic AMD Socket 939 platform. After the heady heyday of the Socket A era, Socket 939 saw AMD build on the 64-bit architecture processors that debut on Socket 754, adding dual channel memory support, improved overclocking and eventually dual-core models. All of which makes it a memorable platform for many overclockers, especially when you thrown in some truly magnificent motherboards from DFI. Come with us as we recall the chipsets and boards that defined the era, plus a few of the scores that were submitted to HWBOT at the time.

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