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Benchmark Hardware Frequency User Score Points
HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 4k Core i9 9900K 6858 MHz safedisk 25.01 fps 199.5 pts 5   4
GPUPI for CPU - 1B Core i9 9900K 7041 MHz safedisk 1min 46sec 645ms 160.8 pts 0   3
wPrime - 1024m Core i9 9900K 7024 MHz safedisk 45sec 396ms 149.4 pts 1   3
Catzilla - 1440p GeForce RTX 2080 Ti   H2o vs. Ln2 52816 marks 133.6 pts 1   2
Cinebench - R15 Core i9 9900K 6933 MHz safedisk 3097 cb 105.3 pts 3   2
Cinebench - R15 Core i9 9900K 6800 MHz KaRtA 3031 cb 98.2 pts 0   3
XTU Core i7 8700K 6766 MHz d0minat0r 3795 marks 97.3 pts 0   0
3DMark Vantage - Performance Radeon HD 5850 1370/1300 MHz shar00750 32423 marks 53.8 pts 0   0
Catzilla - 720p GeForce RTX 2080 Ti   H2o vs. Ln2 104953 marks 49.6 pts 0   0
3DMark11 - Performance Radeon HD 5850 1370/1300 MHz shar00750 7956 marks 45.9 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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HWBOT news 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

Freezer Burn Overclocking competition

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.

GIGABYTE AORUS Winter OC Challenge: Bullshooter (Germany) Leads with 1 Week to Go

GIGABYTE Kicked off their 2018 Season of OC contests her eon OC-ESPORTS just a few weeks ago with the GIGABYTE AORUS Winter Challenge contest. With just one week left, it’s time take a quick look at the current leaders, the CPUs and boards being used, the scoring and of course the great prizes up for grabs.

GIGABYTE AORUS Winter OC Challenge: Feb 1st – Feb 28, 2018

Running throughout the month of February 2018, the contest is allows overclockers to use any Intel processor with 6 or less physical cores (disabled cores not allowed). However, to create a more level playing field, processors cannot use CPU core or cache frequencies above 5GHz. Contestants must use a GIGABYTE / AORUS motherboard and submit using the contest wallpaper to ensure only fresh submissions count. The contest spans three separate stages each starting and ending on a different date to keep interest levels peaked throughout. Let’s take a look at the stages to get a snaphot of who looks in the frame for some great hardware prizes from GIGABYTE.

Stage 1: XTU (Feb 1st – 10th)

Stage 1 of the contest ultimately acts as a tiebreaker with only one actual contest point awarded for all contestants that make a submission. Why do we need that? The way the contest is setup, using a max-5GHz, max-6-core limitations, we can expect plenty of overclockers to be hitting very similar scores. Stage 3 will act as the first tiebreaker, followed by Stage 2 with XTU scores in Stage 1 used as a final decider.

At the top of Stage 1 we find Nik (Germany) at the top of the stable with a leading XTU score of 2,825 marks. As you would expect, he used an Intel Core i7 8700K, plus a GIGABYTE Z370N WIFI mini0ITX form factor motherboard. Crucially he configured his DDR4 system memory at 2,036MHz (12-12-12-28), a configuration that may well have benefited from the smaller motherboard and shorter trace paths on the PCB itself. Every edge counts in a contest centered on memory and OS tweaking, which is what we’re looking at when CPU clocks are limited.

Read the full and detailed contest update article here on OC-ESPORTS.

Throwback Thursday: Der8auer (Germany), Vivi (S.Africa) and Rbuass (Brazil) Discuss LN2 Overclocking (Feb 2014)

This week’s trip down memory lane centers on an interview that HWBOT conducted with three Elite overclockers on the issue of overclocking with liquid nitrogen. Der8auer (Germany), Vivi (S.Africa) and Rbuass (Brazil) sat down with Massman and Xyala for a general discussion on the topic of using LN2, the gear you need, the knowledge required and the benefits that it offers in terms of temperatures and performance. Here’s what we published on February 12th, 2014:

HWBOT - Why would an overclocker change to liquid nitrogen cooling?

Vivi - Overclockers always want more performance and a higher overclock. They know the only way to get it is with better cooling. To eliminate the cooling problem, you use liquid nitrogen as it can take the component to its coldest and/or best operating temperature. Then you are free to go for the highest possible overclock.

Rbuass - I also believe it is a quest for more performance. Many enthusiast overclockers feel that if they want to do better scores, they don’t want to be limited by the enthusiast-grade cooling anymore. So in search of the maximum, they gather all their courage and go extreme!

Der8auer - We all started as normal overclockers using air- or water cooling. However there is always the point where you hit the thermal limit of your setup. You can raise the voltage of your CPU or GPU but you won’t be able to clock higher. The conclusion is that you need a lower temperature to achieve better results. Participating in HWBOT rankings means competing with the rest of the world so in order to improve your ranking you have to step up to a better cooling solution such as dry ice or liquid nitrogen.

HWBOT - What aspects of an LN2 cooling solution do you believe are most important when considering a purchase?

Vivi - First make sure you have access to dry ice or liquid nitrogen, because a container is useless without active extreme cooling. Secondly, do some research for which pot is better for the cooling you will use. There are containers designed for dry ice and others designed for LN2. In most cases they are backwards compatible, though.

HWBOT - what are the things you look for in (extreme) cooling gear? Anything we should look for, or try to avoid?

Vivi - Surface area and weight is the most important for me. I prefer a heavy pot over a light one, because I have access to LN2 which has super-fast heat transfer capabilities, so it can cool down a heavy pot with good surface area fast. This is best for any light and heavy load benchmark. For dry ice, I would use a lighter pot with more surface area because dry ice can’t cool down a big pot quick enough during load.

Der8auer - Extreme overclocking is quite critical as you have a lot of side effects. High voltages or condensation water can easily kill your hardware if you are not well prepared. In terms of preparation it doesn’t matter which cooling solution you use. Dry ice, LN2 and different pots. You always have to prepare your hardware carefully to achieve good results and have fun.

You can find the rest of this fascinating interview from February 2014 here.