Today`s top benchmark scores.

Benchmark Hardware User Score
Cinebench - R11.5 Core i7 7740X bigblock990 17.21 points
Cinebench - R15 Core i7 7740X bigblock990 1575 cb
3DMark Vantage - Performance GeForce GTX 1080 Ti littleboy 101067 marks
GPUPI - 1B GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Elkim 8sec 942ms
Geekbench3 - Multi Core Core i7 7740X bigblock990 29659 points
3DMark03 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Achill3uS 332368 marks
XTU Core i7 7700K Skylead 1825 marks
3DMark - Time Spy GeForce GTX 1080 Ti skorpi 10921 marks
SuperPi - 1M Core i7 7740X Achill3uS 5sec 141ms
3DMark - Fire Strike GeForce GTX 1080 Ti MartinPCtips 25712 marks


HWBOT Articles

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.

First let’s set the scene. NVIDIA’s arrival on the graphics card market in the late nineties had been wholly disruptive. After TNT and RIVA series cards, NVIDIA blew the doors of the industry with its first GeForce series and simply didn’t look back. By the time we arrive at the GeForce 3 series, we find that Matrox had left the market to focus on more niche markets while S3 Graphics were basically clinging on by their front teeth. NVIDIA eventually put an end to 3dfx and their classic Voodoo cards by buying the company out. Only ATi endured, and we all know what eventually happened to them.

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EK-WB Release Monoblocks for ASUS X299 Boards, Incl. ROG Rampage Extreme and Apex

In the last few days we’ve seen a few press releases coming out from EK describing the latest waterblock offerings the company has developed that are compatible with the latest X299 platform motherboards from ASUS. EK now have compatible RGB monoblocks for four ASUS X299 motherboards including specially developed versions for the popular ROG Rampage Extreme and Apex boards.

[Press Release] - Designed and engineered in cooperation with ASUS, this monoblock uses award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools Intel LGA-2066 socket type CPU, as well as the power regulation (MOSFET) module. Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. Like with every EK monoblock, EK-FB ASUS PRIME X299 RGB features high flow design and this monoblock can be easily used with weaker and silent water pump settings as well. This kind of efficient VRM cooling on an X299 platform additionally brings down the CPU temperatures compared to the traditional CPU water block and stock VRM heatsink cooling solution.

This X299 platform based monoblock also comes with a new redesigned cold plate. The new design ensures that the monoblock has better mechanical contact with the IHS of Intel Core X-series LGA-2066 socket based processors, thus enabling better thermal transfer. The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality acrylic glass material. The nickel plated brass screw-in standoffs are pre-installed and allow for easy installation.

The monoblock is equipped with a 4-pin RGB LED strip that connects to the motherboard's 4-pin LED header (if supported) or it can be connected to any other 4-pin LED controller. The LED strip cover can easily be removed for adjusting the cable orientation or replacing the LED strip with a custom solution as well!

You can find the official announcements from EK here and here.

EVGA Launch 'Untouchables' EPOWER V Power Board, 12+2 Phases of Extreme Power for $249

EVGA has today launched their latest EPOWER board. Dubbed the EVGA ‘Untouchables’ EPOWER V, the board features the latest generation digital PWM ICs from International Rectifier, a 12-phase main output plus a 2-phase secondary output, a remote sense option for Vdroop compensation, integrated voltage monitoring via an LED display, onboard EVbot MKII controls for real-time voltage control, plus USB Type-C connectivity, dual 3-pin +12v fan header and 1 year guarantee. The EPOWER V board is available now for $249 USD.

The EVGA "Untouchables" EPOWER V card is a standalone VRM board that provides additional power for target devices, such as graphics cards or motherboards. The board is designed to provide two fully-independent voltage outputs, and features a built-in EVBot MKII to allow voltage control on the fly. Take your benching experience to the Very limits of your hardware's capability with the EVGA EPOWER V.

The EPOWER V board is powered by the three 6-pin PCI-E power connectors. The input is fed through a 12+2 phase design to provide substantially more VCORE and VMEM to your graphics card, allowing it to break through any limits holding it back.

VMEM - Voltage adjustment range 600mV to 2300mV. Rated capacity is 80A. Maximum peak capacity - 90A at 1.9V output voltage. VCORE - Voltage adjustment range is 600mV to 2000mV. Rated capacity is 600A. Maximum peak capacity - 620A at 1.85V output voltage.

You can find more details about the EVGA ‘Untouchables’ EPOWER V board here on the EVGA site. You can also check out this summary from TechPowerUp here.

Wizerty Hosts AMD Ryzen Threadripper Extreme OC Workshop in Paris

France’s No.1 overclocker Wizerty was busy once again last weekend, spreading the word of extreme overclocking in his native Paris. Following up on an OC workshop event that took place at the Absolute PC store in Central Paris back in April, Jean-Michel teamed up again with the Absolute and partners Corsair, AMD ASUS ROG for another OC workshop extravaganza. You can check out some great photos of the event, posted on Wizerty’s Facebook page (credit to W4rell and Dominique).

Whereas the first event focused on showing folks how to push an Intel Kaby Lake platform under LN2, last weekend’s event was all about AMD Ryzen Threadripper. Alongside the presence the country’s number one overclocker, the new AMD HEDT platform also proved to be real draw. Indeed the event attracted the attention of so many local enthusiasts that Wizerty described it as an ‘absolutely HUGE turnout’!

The event is of course part of a broader effort to expose regular PC enthusiasts, DIY builders and gamers to the extreme overclocking experience. The workshop followed a pretty straight forward format; introduce the basic skill involved and then allow attendees to get hands on. If you check out the full photo album on Facebook, you’ll notice that among the late teens and early twenty year-olds, a few children also managed to get their first taste of LN2 fueled performance. Let's hope these young'uns get the OC bug.

You can find the full photo album of the Paris Threadripper workshop, here on the Wizerty Facebook page.

Anandtech Previews 7 AMD Threadripper X399 Motherboards

Threadripper has been around for a just over a month now, giving HEDT users a viable alternative to Intel’s current Broadwell-E and Core-X processors. AMD promised that the platform would arrive with a full eco-system of X399 compatible motherboards at launch an to be fair there were a few solid options out there on day one. Today there are plenty of options to look at when considering a X399 build, which is why Ian Cutress and Joe Shields of Anandtech have decided to examine seven of the board available on the market today:

With the release of AMD’s Threadripper CPUs into the HEDT market, board partners have released new motherboards based on the X399 chipset. Consumers are going to see quad channel memory, native 4-Way SLI and Crossfire capabilities, more full-speed M.2 slots, added 10G network ports, and more on the new platform. We're taking a quick look at each of the motherboards that the vendors are promoting in the market, as well as a few upcoming teasers.

The four major players, ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI, have launched X399 motherboards for Threadripper. These boards equip the massive 4094-pin socket with eight DIMM slots to cover the four memory channels and then differentiate themselves in PCIe configuration, IO, styling and software support.

  • -ASRock X399 Taichi
  • -ASRock X399 Professional Gaming
  • -ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme
  • -ASUS Prime X399-A
  • -ASUS Strix X399-E Gaming
  • -GIGABYTE X399-Gaming 7
  • -MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon

You can find the Threadripper Motherboard preview article here on Anandtech. It’s a really good read if you want to better understand the different TR4 socket offerings on the market right now.

The OC Show, Season 4 Episode 10: OC-ESPORTS Roundup, Intel Labs, 360 Videos and More

The tenth episode of the OC Show from OverClocking-TV was actually recorded a week or so ago. The good news is that if you missed it, you can catch the full show that is now available on the OC-TV YoueTub channel. The show kicks off with a roundup as ever from Toolius. He gives an overview of all the individual and team standings on OC-ESPORTS, followed by a look at the standings in the contests that are happening. These include the Road to Pro Challenger Divisions, the HWOT Team Cup and the most recent Rookie Rumble action.

As well as show regulars Atlas, Toolius and Buildzoid, the two main stalwarts of Overclocking-TV are also present with Trouffman and Xyala both making an appearance as special guests. Atlas and Toolius raise the topic of Intel Core-X series and the slightly odd way that Intel have been simply been adding new products to the stack, most notably the Core i9 7900X and i9 7920X parts. Then there is the issues of some BIOSes having vCore issues. How do these issues still persist? The guys have plenty of theories.

Xyala then gives us an overview of his most recent trip with Trouffman to the US where he paid a visit to the Intel Labs in Portland, Oregon. As well as meeting with Intel to discuss a range of overclocking-related topics, they were also fortunate to gets hands on with Intel’s latest 360 degree video technologies. Trouff goes on to explain more about how the 360 degree camera tech works and the advantages it brings in terms of screen resolutions, pixel counts etc. Xyala also introduces the idea of using VR in live overclocking contests, giving viewers a chance to see exactly what is happening from the perspective of the overclocker with telemetry data such as frequencies, voltages and more overlaid on the screen to offer a more complete picture of what is going on. Futuristic OC contests anyone? I’m in.

You can find episode 10 from season 4 of the OC Show here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel.

Rookie News 18/09: /r/overclocking Top Rookie Team, Sufferage (AT) leading Rookie League with 471.80 pts

Team Rookies Novices
United States /r/overclocking 18 80
USA ASUS Republic of Gamers 17 124
Czech Republic ROG Czech OC Guys 15 9
United States 12 44
France Cowcotland 12 9
United States 9 24
Malaysia ASUS 9 27
Ukraine Overclockers.UA 8 33
Australia Australia OC 6 19
USA Swerigs OC 6 1

Every month or so we have a look at how well the overclocking teams adopt Rookie and Novice overclockers at HWBOT. It's been a while but /r/overclocking is once again the top Rookie team with 18 Rookies and 80 Novices signed up. In second place we find the inevitable ASUS Republic of Gamers with 17 Rookies and 124 Noviced and in third place another ROG branded team. The team ROG Czech OC Guys is from the Czech Republic and hosts 15 Rookies and 9 Novices.

In the Rookie League, Sufferage from the Austria is leading with 471.80 points which is 161.4 points more than Prote1n (Cowcotland) from the France and 175.5 points more than Kava2126 ( from the United States.

Congratulations to all the overclocking teams adopting the new overclockers and of course the Rookies for their dedication to overclocking!

Check out Rookie League here

Most Valuable Submission of Week 37, 2017: Gold for Ikki (JP) and Rsannino (IT)

In Week 37 of 2017, we received 3377 benchmark results from 854 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 57% of the active community. They were responsible for 32% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.

During Week 37 of 2017 two overclockers made it to the leaderboard with a golden cup. First up is Ikki from (Japan). He scores a Global First Place in the 4xCPU X265 4K benchmark with a Core i7 7700K processor. The Japanese overclocker scores 13.3 FPS with the CPU clocked at 6717 MHz. This is merely 0.01 FPS more than OGS from Greece which is now in second place. Next up is a World Record by Rsannino from Italy. The winner of this year's G.SKILL OC World Cup hit the highest ever in 3DMark Vantage Performance with 2 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards paired with a 5.5 GHz Core i9 7960X 16-core CPU. The new World Record sits at 135813 marks, almost 5000 points more than the previous record by K|ngp|n.

The most used hardware components of Week 37 are the Core i7 7700K (13.2%), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11.2%) and the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex (2.7%). In total the community used 321 different CPUs, 233 different GPUs and 745 different motherboards.

The overclocking results submitted during Week 37 generated in total 245 World Record Points, 6445.2 Global Points, and 6414.1 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 23% for Elite, 27% for Extreme, 10% for Apprentice, 22% for Enthusiast, 7% for Novice, and 22% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 1% Elite, 9% Extreme, 4% Apprentice, 19% Enthusiast, 10% Novice, and 57% Rookie.

Most Valuable Submissions - Week 37, 2017

League CPU Benchmark GPU Benchmark Hardware Points
Elite ikki 118.8 pts (GFP!) Rsannino 173.4 pts (WR!) ikki 33.7 pts
Extreme Bigblock990 95.9 pts Bob(nz) 46 pts Noxinite 39.6 pts
Apprentice Mariaderrick 39.5 pts Jab383 34.7 pts Aleslammer 23.7 pts
Enthusiast PKBO 49.8 pts Nik 31.0 pts PKBO 49.8 pts
Novice Tvalenti03 38.6 pts Yerrihakim 18.7 pts Claudiohonio 23.2 pts
Rookie Maniakfps 37.4 pts Holbrodu 16.5 pts Scole22 33.6 pts

Throwback Thursday: Der8auer’s Guide for Haswell-E 4GHz+ Uncore

This Thursday’s trip down memory lane takes us back to a day when Roman der8auer Hartung took time out to share with us all a hardware mod for Haswell-E processors. For many of us it bordered slightly on OC madness, involving soldering directly on the CPU itself, something many if us would never dream of doing, especially on an pretty expensive HEDT processor. Here’s a sample of the guide, which was originally published back on September 29th 2014.

I was trying to find the difference between the OC-Socket and the normal LGA2011 socket. So I just took the X99-SOC Force (no OC-Socket) and the X99-SOC Force LN2 (with OC-Socket) and measured the differences between the pins. After that I soldered thin wires to the empty pins of the CPU and measured the voltages while it was running. I came across two additional voltages which are not supplied on the normal socket, but are present on the OC-Socket. However the CPU internally supplies itself with different voltages there.

The key is to get both of these to the same level and increase if you need even higher clocks. Since I have no pin-out of the OC-Socket or pin-in of the CPU itself I will name this “uncore supply voltage”.

I soldered directly on the CPU. Please only do this if you are already experienced in soldering. Otherwise it could happen that you connect more pins and kill your chip. I suggest that you cover the rest of the pins while soldering. Here at the GIGABYTE OC Lab we had some special soldering tape that is temperature resistant and doesn’t melt. No clue how this is called exactly or where you can find it but this makes the mod very easy to apply.

As always, it’s interesting to read the original post from back in the day just for the comments. Reactions vary, from ‘Wow… you’ve really gone too far’, to ‘hey thanks, I’ll go home and try that right now’. Well, not exactly, but you get the idea.

4 Days Left to Win Prizes from Seasonic and Alphacool in the Montreal 2017 Challenge

The dust might have settled on last weekend’s HWBOT World Tour event at DreamHack, Montreal, but that doesn’t mean the end of the giveaway contest we have lined up. The Montreal 2017 Challenge is a contest were basically, the more social media actions you make, the more chances you have to win some really cool prizes. All you have to do is visit this page on the HWBOT World Tour site and get started. The prizes have been contributed by our event partners Seasonic and Alphacool. Here’s a breakdown of what’s on offer:

Montreal 2017 Challenge: Prizes

Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSU - The latest Seasonic Snow Silent 750 PSUs were used to power all the Overclocking Workshop systems that we setup at DreamHack, including the XOC workshops. Seasonic Snow Silent 750 power supplies boast 80 Plus Platinum efficiency and a completely silent operation below 50 % system load.

Alphacool Eisbaer 420 AIO CPU Cooler - Alphacool is fundamentally revolutionizing the AIO cooler market. Where traditional AIO CPU-coolers are disposable products which are neither upgradeable nor refillable, the Alphacool “Eisbaer” is modularly built and can be upgraded, rebuilt or refilled at any time and bring efficient cooling for your processor, no matter how hard you push it.

To enter the Giveaway, go to the HWBOT World Tour website here and get started! There are currently just four days left, so get going.

k|ngp|n (US) Breaks 3DMark Time Spy WR, Plus GFP Scores from Splave (US) and Sofos1990 (Greece)

We kick off today’s submission roundup with yet another exceptional display from the king of multi-GPU overclocking, the one only k|ngp|n (US). Returning to familiar territory, Vince managed to push the World Record for 3DMark Time Spy even further, this time hitting a score of 35,422 marks. How was it done? With no less than 4x Nvidia GeForce 1080 Ti cards, each pushed to an immaculate frequency of 2,300MHz , a whopping +55.41% beyond stock GPU frequency. Graphics memory was also pushed 1,583MHz (+15.04%) while the CPU used was a 16-core Intel Core i9 7960X clocked at 5.6GHz. Not a bad rig you have there Vince.

Another American mover and shaker, Splave (US) has also been busy with the latest (and unreleased) Core-X series CPUs from Intel. He pushed a Core i9 7960X to 5,739 MHz (an amazing +104.96% beyond stock) to make a 16-core Global First Placed score of 28sec 31ms in wPrime 1024M, ousting the previous best of 28sec 720ms from Chi-Kui Lam (Hong Kong). Using the same rig he also attacked the HWBOT x265 4K benchmark with a GFP score of 43.29 fps, this time with the 16-core chip configured at 5,629MHz (+101.04). All scores were made with the potent ASRock x299 OC Formula motherboard.

Turning his attention to the 10-core Intel Core i9 7900X, we find a few more Global First Places. In the wPrime 1024M benchmark he managed a run in just 42sec 596ms with the deca-core chip pushed to 5,945MHz (+80.15%). With the Core i9 7900X tuned slightly lighter to 5,796MHz (+74.82%) he also made a score of 121.84 fps in the HWBOT x265 1080 benchmark. In the same benchmark using the 4K test he managed a GFP score of 28.3 fps.

Most of the above scores from Splave move him past previous Global First Place scores from Sofos1990 (Greece), who has also been busy with Core i9 7960X and 7900X CPUs. However, in the six-core Core i7 7800X stakes, he laid down a new marker just a day ago. Sofos pushed his 7800X to 5,900MHz (+68.57%) to make a score of 73.09 fps in the HWBOT x265 1080 benchmark using a GIGABYTE X299 SOC Champion board.

You can find all the score submissions in the links above. Nice work guys!