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EK-WB Announce Monoblock for GIGABYTE X399 Motherboards

Designed and engineered in cooperation with GIGABYTE, this monoblock uses a completely new cooling engine that ensures excellent CPU cooling performance. This water block directly cools the AMD Socket TR4 type CPU, as well as the power regulation module (VRM). Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. The additional included passive heatsink is used for the VRM and network chip components placed between the I/O shield and the memory DIMM slots.

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3DMark Time Spy Update, New v2.4.4264 (Feb 14) Mandatory for All Submissions, Improved Score Validation Process

Hot on the heels of the latest mandatory update to 3DMark Time Spy to version v2.4.4254 on February 5th, Futuremark have today just released an update to version v2.4.4264. The update address issues problems with the submission process. Crucially, the new version of the 3DMark suite, along with latest SystemInfo version 5.4 is now also mandatory for all HWBOT submissions:

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Throwback Thursday: Boil Your Computer with Immersion Cooling

Here’s an odd one for this week’s trip down memory lane and it harks back to a day in February 2011 when we posted a story about a company called Corvalent, an industrial motherboard and systems manufacturer who attempted a pretty cool project that used treated water to submersion-cool an entire system. It’s not the most conventional approach by to system cooling, but when you see the Core i3 processor literally simmering away inside the transparent chassis, it certain is elegant. You can check out the video from 2011 which remains available on YouTube here. The following are notes from Corvalent that explain the rationale behind the project:

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Old School is Best School - Season 4 Kicks Off!/article/5069/old_school_is_best_school___season_4_kicks_off

Today we are pleased to announce the return of the Old School is Best School contest on OC-ESPORTS, a team overclocking contest created specifically for overclockers that enjoy revisiting very old, classic hardware and benchmarks. Each month-long round features three to four stages that will have you raiding your lofts, man caves and cellars in search of CPUs, boards and memory from a bygone age. Let’s have a look at what we have in store for you in Season 4, which kicks with Round 1 and a challenge centered on the classic Socket 7 which actually hails from a time before many of our Rookie members were born.

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Join the UK Bench Meet #4 MKII, Lancaster, England on March 3rd and 4th

I think it’s fair to say that the UK overclocking scene is alive and kicking in 2018 with some of the scene’s most prominent Rookies, Enthusiasts and Extreme overclockers coming to prominence in recent years. All of which is all the more reason to setup a good old fashioned meetup where Brits of the LN2 persuasion can enjoy some solid benching with like-minded folk. The event is being organized by Extreme Leage member Jumper118 (UK) who is currently ranked 8th in Blighty and also has the job of being Team MLG Captain (you can find an interesting interview Jumper118 here from OC-TV).

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Splave (US) Breaks GPUPI for CPU 1B World Record with First Ever Sub-1 Min Score

Here’s a quick update regarding one of the more outstanding score submissions that have popped up during Round 1 of the Pro OC 2018 contest over on OC-ESPORTS. Stage 4 of the Division involves competing in the GPUPI for CPU 1B benchmark where current US No.2 Splave is sitting pretty at the top of the table with a World Record score. This was achieved using an Intel Core i9 7980XE pushed to within a whisper of its life. Let’s take a look at the submission in a little detail.

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Throwback Thursday: Hardware Asylum Interview Massman from HWBOT

This week this turn our attention to a day back in February 2014 when enthusiast PC media Hardware Asylum sat down for a chat with former-HWBOT Director Pieter-Jan Plaisier, better known to many of us as Massman. The interview with Dennis Garcia makes for an interesting listen, covering Pieter’s first experiences of overclocking (using an AMD Athlon XP 2600+ Barton Core btw) and the aspirations and direction that HWBOT were pursuing at that time. Here are the show notes:

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K|ngp|n (US) Makes World Record, First Ever Sub-1Sec GPUPI 1B Score

Current HWBOT Elite League No.1 k|ngp|n (US) has again been busy pushing his collection of NVIDIA Titan V cards. Just yesterday in fact he managed to push past his own previous best in the single-GPU 3DMark Time Spy rankings, pushing the Global First Placed score out from 17,293 marks to 17,413 marks. You may have missed his recent exploits with 4x Titan V cards, a session which yielded the first ever sub-1 second score in the eminently scalable GPUPI 1B benchmark. Let’s take a look at the hardware and the configuration used in the making of this new World Record score.

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Gamers Nexus: NZXT N7 Z370 Motherboard VRM Review

A few weeks ago we noted how NZXT had entered the motherboard market, launching their take on Intel’s Z370 platform with the aptly named N7 Z370 motherboard. Working for Gamers Nexus, Buildzoid from Actually Hardcore Overclocking decided that this new player in the market deserved a closer look. What we have today is in fact a very detailed review of the N7 Z370 board in the form of a review of the board’s VRM design, possibly the most crucial aspect of any motherboard from an overclocking perspective.

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G.SKILL Releases World’s Fastest DDR4-4700MHz Trident Z RGB Memory Kit

[Press Release] G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to announce the world’s fastest Trident Z RGB memory kit at an extreme speed of DDR4-4700MHz CL19-19-19-39 1.45V 16GB (2x8GB) . Not only is this kit the first retail DDR4 memory kit to reach DDR4-4700MHz, it’s also the first RGB-enabled kit to reach this extremely high level of frequency speed. This ultimate memory kit is achieved with highly-screened, high-performance Samsung DDR4 B-die ICs and validated on the MSI Z370I GAMING PRO CARBON AC motherboard and Intel® Core™ i7-8700K processor.

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3DMark Time Spy and SystemInfo Updated and Mandatory for All Submissions

Futuremark have just released updates for both the 3DMark benchmark suite and the SystemInfo component. The new updates do not affect benchmark scores but they do address some bugs that could lead to incorrect scores being produced in the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark. Moving forward, all 3DMark Time Spy submissions must be made using the latest 3DMark version 2.4.4254, as well as the latest version of SystemInfo which is version 5.4 (released January 24, 2018) . Submissions using older versions of 3DMark and SystemInfo will be pulled by the moderation team. Here is the official update info from Futuremark:

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Road to Pro Challenger Divisions 2018 Season: Round 1 Kicks Off!/article/5059/road_to_pro_challenger_divisions_2018_season_round_1_kicks_off

Round 1 of the most expansive and comprehensive overclocking contest of 2018 is about to begin. The Road to Pro Challenger Division series consists of eight separate hardware divisions where all overclockers can find the ideal place to compete regardless of ability, experience or budget. The idea is to to promote inclusiveness within the overclocking community and grow overclocking as an organized and competitive hobby. This also includes the Pro OC Championship, a contest designed to attract Elite and Pro overclockers with access to the best hardware you can lay your hands on.

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Alex@ro (Romania) Takes Down Three Global First Place Rankings with ‘Coffee Lake’ Core i7 8700K

Here’s an update regarding the recent benching action from Alex@ro. He’s the Romanian No.1, current Worldwide No.10 and winner of the GALAX GOC 2017 contest. It looks like he’s recently been busy getting better acquainted with Intel’s latest Coffee Lake platform. In fact, by now I’m sure Alex knows his Core i7 8700K processor at a very intimate level, taking three Global First Place rankings for six-core CPUs; Cinebench R15, HWBOT x265 4K and wPrime 1024M. Very nice going. Let’s have a look at the scores and the hardware configurations involved.

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Hardware Asylum Editorial: The PC Landscape with Cryptocurrency

I always enjoy a good, forceful and well written editorial once and while, but it’s not a pleasure that I get to indulge in too often. Which is why it was great to see Dennis Garcia put together a pretty hard-hitting editorial piece on the topic of Crypto Currency mining. Dennis, writing for Hardware Asylum, raises many of the issues that will have had PC enthusiasts and overclockers scratching their heads. How has the rise of currency mining affected the PC market? How did we get here? What’s going to happen next, and is there any hope at all for future? Here’s a taste of what Dennis has to say on the topic of the Bitcoin boom:

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The GPU Flashback Archive: NVIDIA GeForce 500 Series and the GeForce GTX 580


This week the GPU Flashback Archive sets its sights on the GeForce 500 series from NVIDIA. Arriving in late 2010, the 500 Series was the second round of graphics cards based on the Fermi architecture which had limped over the line in the previous generation, ostensibly due to fabrication and yield issues. The new flagship GTX 580 arrived with a more polished take on the Fermi design that help NVIDIA combat the threat from AMD and their popular Radeon 5000 and 6000 series cards. As ever, let’s take a look at the new GPU, the new flagship card and a few of the outstanding scores that have been submitted to HWBOT.

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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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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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