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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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Der8auer Revisits Intel X299 VRM Disaster

You may recall back in June of last year Roman der8auer Hartung ruffled more than a few feathers when examining the VRM design of the newly launched X299 platform motherboards. In short, he called them a total disaster. Intel launched the platform with all Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips unlocked for the ultimate in enthusiast-grade, multicore performance - a fact which meant that when pushing frequencies and voltages, some insane temperatures were gonna happen. Roman made pulled no punches in pointing out that the motherboards at launch were not equipped with VRM designs capable of truly handling the platform when overclocked using a regular all-in-one water cooler.

Earlier this week he published an update video to explore exactly what changes the board vendors have made to the VRM design to help deal with all that heat. The boards he revisits include the ASRock X299 OC Formula, the ASRock X299 Taichi XE, ASRock x299 Gaming i9 XE, the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex, the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme, the ASUS STRIX X299-XE Gaming, the EVGA X299 Dark, the GIGAVYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 7 and the MSI X299 XPower Gaming, plus a few workstation boards from ASUS.

The general feedback is that these revised designs are much better at dealing with the heat that be generated by X299 platform processors. Notable changes include larger heatsinks that feature fins for greater surface area, some which are also fitted with fan brackets so that fan mounting over the VRM components is a breeze (sorry for the pun). Another design trait that is becoming popular is the use of heatpipes that combines both top mounted and IO side mounted heatsinks. Perhaps the most dramatic change comes from EVGA who have added a new finned heatsink as opposed to a simple block, with a pair of fans sitting directly on top.

After all the flack that Roman received from certain quarters in the aftermath of ‘VRM Disaster-gate’, I think he should now feel fairly vindicated. Each and every motherboard vendor has now gone and updated the VRM design to ensure tip top heat dissipation and performance when these new CPUs are pushed. You can catch his latest video here on the der8auer YouTube channel.

Gamers Nexus Shunt Mod Guide for NVIDIA Titan V

Steve Burke and the gang from Gamers Nexus were one of the first hardcore tech media sites to go out and splash some cash on an NVIDIA Titan V card. Since then they’ve been pretty prolific in testing the card, exploring its PCB and the potential performance that the new Volta architecture GPU has under the hood. Today we want to highlight Steve’s efforts to get more out of the card by performing a shunt mod that helps circumnavigate NVIDIA’s GPU Boost 3.0, the company’s latest GPU clockspeed management implementation. I’ll let Steve explain:

The goal for today is to trick an nVidia GPU into drawing more power than its Boost 3.0 power budget will allow it. The theoretical result is that more power will provide greater clock stability; we won’t necessarily get better overclocks or bigger offsets, but should stabilize and flatline the frequency, which improves performance overall. Typically, Boost clock bounces around based on load and power budget or voltage. We have already eliminated the thermal checkpoint with our Hybrid mod, and must now help eliminate the power budget checkpoint. This content piece is relatively agnostic toward nVidia devices. Although we are using an nVidia Titan V graphics card, priced at $3000, the same practice of shunt resistor shorting can be applied to a 1080 Ti, 1070, 1070 Ti, or other nVidia GPUs.

“Shunts” are in-line resistors that have a known input voltage, which ultimately comes from the PCIe connectors or PCIe slot. In this case, we care about the in-line shunt resistors for the PCIe cables. The GPU knows the voltage across the shunt (12V, as it’s in-line with the power connectors), and the GPU also knows the resistance from the shunt (5mohm). By measuring the voltage drop across the shunt, the GPU can figure out how much current is being pulled, and then adjust to match power limitations accordingly. The shunt itself is not a limiter or a “dam,” but a measuring stick used to determine how much current is being used to drive the card. Shorting the shunts will effectively “trick” the card into thinking it’s pulling less current than it is, resulting in the card drawing more current still – the result is more stable clocks, as we’re bypassing power budget limitations through a hardmod.

The guide from Steve, as he mentions, is relevant for most modern NVIDIA card, not just Titan V cards, which makes a fairly valuable resource. As well the article on Gamers Nexus, there is a great accompanying video which offers a great step by step guide. Check out the video here on the Gamers Nexus YouTube channel.

Throwback Thursday: MOA 2011: Operation Vegas, Contest Report

As we enter the first week of January 2018 many of the world’s tech media and industry people will be gearing up for CES 2018, the biggest technology trade show in North America. Back in 2011, CES was also the backdrop for MSI’s first US-based live OC contest. Dubbed the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Operation: Las Vegas, the contest pitted many of the world’s best overclocker’s against each other, including a few familiar faces that can still found lurking around today. The good news is that MAC and Hardware Canucks were on site in Las Vegas to give us a full report of what was going on.

On January 6th, the first official day of the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, MSI held their very first live Master Overclocking Arena (MOA) event hosted in the Americas. This competition, appropriately dubbed “Operating: Las Vegas”, was the first of the many upcoming MSI MOA 2011 live overclocking competitions that will be hosted all over the world, and that will culminate once again in a huge final event in the heart of the PC hardware industry - Taipei, Taiwan.

For this particular event, there were ten teams made up of 19 competitors (e-killer was missing due to visa issues) from all over North and South America. There were there to compete for bragging rights, some nice cash prizes, a bit of free hardware, and an all-expenses paid trip to the aforementioned MOA 2011 final event in Taipei.

Now obviously this MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Operation: Las Vegas competition was being held to determine who was the very best overclocking team in the Americas. However, MSI didn’t just randomly choose these teams at random though, the preparations and qualifications for this event started way back in October during an intense four week, five stage online competition hosted at hwbot.org.

The contest was a huge a success and will be remembered well by all who took part. In the end team US OC Alliance featuring Splave (US) and Romdominance (US) took the $1,500 USD top prize with US Over the Edge (Patch and Dentford) coming second, winning $1,000 USD, while Team Pure (G H Z and Gautam) arrived in third, going home with $500 USD. Read the full contest report here on Hardware Canucks.

OC-ESPORTS 2017 Season in Focus: rsannino (Italy) and Overclock.net Reign Supreme

Just a day or two ago we came to the end of 2017, surely one of the busiest years in the history of competitive Overclocking. Let’s take a look at the standings at the end of the year and check out both the individual and team rankings here on OC-ESPORTS. While December has not been the busiest of months for overclocking contests, it did feature two very high profile contests - the Overclocking World Championship 2017 Final and the conclusion of the HWBOT Country Cup 2017 contest. Before we get to those contests in isolation, let’s hone in on the OC-ESPORT rankings at the end of 2017.

Official World Overclocking Rankings for 2017

The World Overclocking Rankings on OC-ESPORTs are based on the performance of individual overclockers in the 2017 season. Points are gained via participation in all contests hosted on OC-ESPORTS. Higher rankings in top level competitions throughout the year earn you more points. You can find more details about the scoring and ranking system on OC-ESPORTS here: http://oc-esports.io/#!/rankings-details

When we last checked in on the OC-ESPORTS rankings for individual overclockers at the end of November, we found rsannino (Italy) in a very commanding position at the top of the table having amassed a total of 845 points. We commented back then that the Italian was also due to compete in the Overclocking World Championship 2017 Final, a prospect that offered potential for an additional 250 points. Roberto, as he known to many of us, proved to us all just what a quality overclocker he really is by winning the contest and cementing his place at the top of the OC-ESPORTS rankings. Let’s take a look at what this guy has achieved in the 2017 season.

Read the full 2017 roundup article here on OC-ESPORTS.

WYTIWX (China) Pushes Northwood Mobile 1.2GHz Celeron to 4.5GHz, +275% Beyond Stock

Here’s an interesting retro-style submission that may raise a few eyebrows. Chinese HWBOT member WYTIWX posted a score during the festive season that is surely the highest percentile CPU frequency overclock that we’ve ever encountered. He managed to push a Northwood architecture Intel Mobile Celeron chip from its stock CPU frequency of 1.2GHz, to 4.5GHz - a massive +275% beyond stock.

The configuration outlined above included an ASUS P5K-E/Wifi-AP motherboard based on the Intel P35 chipset. If you call this board supported Socket 478 mPGA processors including the Northwood architecture Celeron 1.2GHz. The chip in question is actually a single core, D1 Stepping processor designed for Mobile notebook systems. Being designed for mobile platforms where thermal and power efficiency concerns are paramount, these chips were famously good overclockers, offering tons of core frequency headroom. The submission also featured a 1GB DDR2 kit which (according to the submission screenshot) was configured at 584.9MHz (5-5-5-18-42). According to the submission notes, WYTIWX added is own IHS and applied both a Vmod and Vdroop mod. He experienced a Cold Boot Bug at around 125C and no Cold Bug.

You can check out the submission from WYTIWX right here and can also visit his profile page where you can check out SuperPi and Reference Frequency scores based on the same system. Congrats to WYTIWX for breaking the record for the highest ever percentile CPU frequency overclock. Thanks to Strunkenbold for bringing this submission to our attention.

Overclocking World Championship 2017 Final, the Montage Video

The HWBOT World Tour 2017 came a close a few weeks ago, culminating in ten overclocking events held in various locations around the world. The majority of events included both overclocking workshops and competitive overclocking contests. However the very last stop of the tour was a little special, being centered on the Overclocking World Championship 2017 Final. The two day event took place at CaseKing HQ in Berlin Germany and featured nine of the world's most talented competitive overclockers. The great news today is that OverClocking-TV have published a montage video that offers a fantastic look behind the scenes, giving you a real feel for all of the action that took place that weekend.

Overclocking World Championship Final 2017, Berlin, Germany – December 9-10 - The HWBOT World Tour 2017 featured overclocking events spanning ten countries around the world. These included the US, Brazil, France, Taiwan, South Africa, Russia, Indonesia and Australia. At each stop an Overclocking World Championship 2017 Qualifier contest was held – an extreme overclocking contest where the region’s most talented overclockers competed for a ticket to the OCWC Final.

You can find the OCWC 2017 Final video here on the OverClocking-TV YouTube channel. Don't forget to also check out this OCWC 2017 Final Photo Album from Overclocking-TV. Plus our full contest roundup article which can be found here.

Hardware Asylum, Podcast #82a: Rants on Content Piracy, External GPUs and Windows 7

Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain are back again this week with another chat about all things tech related. Episode 82a includes a few choice topics including issues of piracy in relation to podcasting, external GPU and the increasing decline of Windows 7 as a genuine OS option. Here’s an excerpt from the show notes:

Podcast Piracy - Content piracy has always been an issue in the Hardware Review world. I have even seen instances where someone lifted an entire review including the images so it could be reposted and claimed as original content. Other sites have been known to take a review press release and “re-write” it as a single page. This page is full of SEO keywords and written such that readers finding the article will not know where it came from. They call this content farming and while it isn’t copyright infringement, due to how the articles were written, it is prevalent enough that google stepped in an attempt punish sites that did that.

External GPUs - Gaming in the Dorm - There are all kinds of computer users out there. Some are well versed in the ways of the hardware force while others, not so much. Some folks have unlimited resources while others might have limited budgets, limited space, limited time and might even have significant others. Whatever the limitation it shouldn’t detract from your ability to use a computer however you want. In this segment Dennis and Darren talk about external GPUs and how these devices can be used to expand the usability of certain systems in certain situations despite creating their own limitations in the process.

Windows 7 is on the Decline - Who would have thought that one of the most usable and game friendly operating systems would be on the decline. Yes, the stats are in Windows 7 finally dropped below 50% in total market share.

Find the latest Episode 82a podcast from Hardware Asylum here.

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.