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|XTU||Core i7 6800K||4100 MHz||tsip||22152 marks||154.0 pts||0 0|
|3DMark - Time Spy||Titan V||2160/1053 MHz||Splave||16714 marks||135.1 pts||2 2|
|3DMark03||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||2607/1618 MHz||ikki||347565 marks||122.7 pts||2 2|
|SuperPi - 32M||Core i7 7740X||7171 MHz||bigblock990||4min 15sec 94ms||113.9 pts||6 1|
|Memory Frequency||DDR4 SDRAM||2530 MHz||Dancop||2530 MHz||71.1 pts||0 1|
|Aquamark||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||2607/1618 MHz||ikki||655793 marks||68.3 pts||0 2|
|Aquamark||GeForce GTX 1060||2259/2252 MHz||yerrihakim||446225 marks||49.2 pts||0 0|
|SuperPi - 32M||Core i5 8600K||6207 MHz||jab383||5min 3sec 373ms||48.4 pts||0 0|
|3DMark - Time Spy||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||2708/1610 MHz||OGS||13345 marks||47.4 pts||3 1|
|3DMark - Fire Strike Ultra||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||2025/1556 MHz||jordan.hyde99||14641 marks||45.7 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.
The GPU Flashback Archive series continues today with a recap of the NVIDIA GeForce 700 series, a series refresh which heralds part two of the Kepler family of GPUs. We can also remember it as a time when NVIDIA launched their first ever GTX Titan card and with it, a new pricing and retail strategy for truly high-end graphics card products. Let’s take a look at the new Kepler architecture GPUs, the cards that were popular with HWBOT members and some of the more memorable scores that have been posted since launch.
The 2011-2013 period of history saw NVIDIA implement a more regular cadence to their high-end product launches and refreshes. One that saw the company launch a new GPU architecture every two years, with new product lines arriving each year. This means deriving two product lines per architecture with an improved version offered the second time out. This is what we saw with Fermi, an architecture whose potential was full realized at the second attempt. With the GeForce 700 series, which arrived proper in May 2013 with the arrival of both the GeForce GTX 780 and GTX 770, we have something different. The new cards arrived using a much bigger version of the Kepler architecture compared to what we saw on the NVIDIA 600 series.
The GPU Flashback Archive arrives today at the NVIDIA 600 series that debuted in Spring of 2012. The new range of cards showcased a new graphics architecture design and the beginning of what we might describe as the Kepler era. Let’s take a peek at the changes that the new design heralded as well as a close up view of on the GeForce GTX 680 card, the most popular 6-series card with HWBOT members historically speaking. Before we look at some notable scores that were made with the GeForce 680, let’s first kick off with an overview of what innovations arrived with the new Kepler architecture.
If we cast our minds back to 2012 we can recall a era when NVIDIA and AMD were virtually neck and neck, with successive graphic card launches from each company swinging the performance crown from side to side. The arrival of Kepler in many ways represents the beginning of the end of the competitive duopoly that is clearly absent today. Kepler helped NVIDIA push ahead of AMD in terms of graphics processor design, creating a performance lead which AMD still finds insurmountable, despite the arrival of their latest Vega-based cards. Let’s take a look at Kepler in a little detail.
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.
To say that the NVIDIA 400 series graphics cards launch was less than smooth, would be a total understatement. The GF100 Fermi architecture GPU in fact arrived six months late with a significant number of cores hacked off. Blame was laid at the door of fabricators TSMC and a 40nm manufacturing process that clearly hadn’t been optimally adapted for NVIDIA’s Fermi, a monster chip boasting 3 billion transistors and a 529mm² die. While cards such as the GTX 480 had actually done well to make NVIDIA competitive in performance terms, the GTX 580 and its GF110 GPU was rather quickly shoved out the door just eight months later as a revised and improved version of the original.
This week in our GPU Flashback Archive series we cast our minds back to a very popular and well loved graphics card series, the GeForce 400 series. NVIDIA launched the GeForce 400 series in March 2010 armed with a new Fermi architecture that it hoped would help it compete with the successful AMD Radeon 5000 series. Let’s look at the new features that Fermi offered, the cards that were popular and the scores that were submitted to HWBOT in this era.
Compared to previous product launches from NVIDIA, the GeForce 400 series launch did not go as smoothly as hoped. September 2009 saw AMD come out with their Radeon 5000 series which made a solid case against NVIDIA 200 series offerings. It would be January before NVIDIA really started wooing tech media with tales of its forthcoming Fermi architecture lineup. It would be March 2010 before tech media actually got their hands on the new cards and several weeks after that before enthusiasts would be able to actually buy one. This was not the typical NVIDIA launch. Reasons for the delay certainly seemed to lie with issues with actual fabrication at TSMC who were not providing the yields expected on their new 40nm process. This was a problem that particularly hurt NVIDIA due to the fact that the new Fermi GPU, the GF100, was actually very large. When the GeForce 400 series finally arrived in the form of the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470, by most calculations they were six months late.
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:
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.
As with previous years the 2018 series will consist of three Rounds with Round 1 running from January 1st to March 31st. Each round of the Road to Pro season involves five uniquely devised stages with benchmarks choices chosen to best fit specific hardware limitations. Let’s take a look at the challenges we have lined up for you in Round 1 of the 2018 series.
Road to Pro 2018: Round 1 Overview
Each Division in the Road to Pro Series is centered on a specific category of hardware to make sure that all tastes and budgets are catered for. Here’s an overview of the hardware categories for each Division and the benchmarks that will make up each stage for Round 1.
Pro OC 2018 Round 1
The Pro OC division is all about the best overclockers in the world pushing the best hardware available, which in 2018, can mean some very expensive components. For most combatants it will be all about pushing high-core-count Skylake-X CPUs and NVIDIA Titan series graphics cards (single GPU only).
Hardware: Intel HEDT (Sockets LGA2011, LGA2011-3, LGA2066) plus AMD TR4 (Socket SP3r2). Any Single GPU.
Find the Pro OC, Round 1 contest page here.
Read the full introduction article for Round 1 of the Road to Pro Challenger Series here on OC-EPSORTS.
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.
Let’s start with his work with the HWBOT x265 4K benchmark in which he managed a score of 19.76 fps. The score was made using a ‘Coffee lake’ Core i7 8700K processor which we believe was pushed to 6,864MHz which is +85.51% beyond stock settings. The rig used throughout the session also involved an ASUS Maximus X Apex motherboard. In terms of system memory we’re talking about a DDR4 kit running at 2,067MHz (CL12.0 11-11-28).
In Cinebench R15 Alex used the same rig to post a new Global First Place ranked score of 2,350 cb points. In this case the CPU was pushed to 6,940MHz. The new Global First Place score for octa-core CPUs in the wPrime 1024M benchmark now stands at a run 1min 0 586ms. In this run we have the highest CPU frequency of the session, with the i7 8700K hitting an almighty 6,970MHz, a very healthy +88.38% beyond stock. It’s worth noting also that according Alex’s submission details, the CPU used in all three benchmarks was a pre-tested and delidded chip from Alza, a Czech-based e-retailer that is very accommodating when it comes to high-performance hardware and the needs of overclockers in general.
In the above Global First Place scores we should note that all three nudge out previous best scores from Dancop (Germany). It will be interesting to see if Dancop makes an emphatic retort over the weekend. I should also mention that Alex@ro’s recent benching sessions with his core i7 8700K also yielded 2nd Place Ranked scores in both XTU and GeekBench 3.
You can check out all the submissions in the links above, and can also pay a visit to the Alex@ro profile page to keep abreast of his recent six-core, Coffee Lake adventures. Nice work Alex!
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:
Remember at this point big hardware makers like MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte were surviving on Chinese demand. RGB LEDs?, Gold heatsinks. Ya, all of that is because the Chinese and emerging markets LOVE that stuff. In 2014 there was a spike in Bitcoin price. For years it was hovering around $100 USD a coin but it sharply spiked to $1000 USD and started a mining craze. News outlets were reporting on it and more and more people started to get involved with the promise that your gaming PC could mine for these digital coins which equated to free money.
The demand was short lived and when the Bitcoin difficulty jumped enough to make GPU mining unaffordable miners started to diversify and ASIC hardware (specialized hashrate miners) took over. AMD GPUs are powerhouses when it comes to mining due to how many cores are available but, they are hot and require a lot of power to operate which makes GPU mining unaffordable.
Then something happened, May 2016 at the Dreamhack gamer gathering in Austin Texas NVIDIA CEO Jen-Husn Huang launched the GTX 1080 and Pascal GPU architecture. This new GPU was insane. It was super powerful with 2x the performance of previous generations and 3x the efficiency of the (then) current Titan X.
As someone who regularly spends days of his life tapping a keyboard, it’s great to see a tech journalist pen a really good piece that not only speaks from the heart, but also raises several important issues. Read the full ‘PC Landscape with Cryptocurrency’ piece from Dennis here on Hardware Asylum. Nice work chaps.
In the 2017 Overclocking season on OC-ESPORTS were fortunate have several popular contests sponsored by GIGABYTE. In 2018, we’re very happy to announce another series of contests from GIGABYTE, the first of which starts today. Welcome to the GIGABYTE AORUS Winter OC Challenge.
Kicking off on February 1st, the GIGABYTE AORUS Winter OC Challenge Competition will challenge overclockers to push their motherboards and 8th Gen Intel® processors to the limit in a three stage competition. This competition is open to all skill levels such as Novice, Rookie, Enthusiast, Elite and Extreme, allowing anyone to participate.
There are a number of awesome hardware prizes up for grabs! Moreover, participants that submit a score in all stages of their respective categories are eligible to enter a lucky draw for one of two GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming motherboards and one HWBOT Open bench table.
GIGABYTE AORUS Winter OC Challenge: February 1st – February 28th, 2018
Running throughout the month of February 2018, the contest is allows overclockers to use any Intel processor with 6 or less physical cores. However, to create more of a level playing field, processors cannot use CPU core or cache frequencies beyond 5GHz. Contestants must use a GIGABYTE / AORUS motherboard, attach a photo of the rig used. You can find the full set of contest rules here.
Today we cast our thoughts back to a day in February 2008 when HWBOT conducted an interview with a member known as Unseen, a prominent Greek overclocker who was handy with a Peltier cooler and actually among the first to bench hardware using LN2 in Greece. With vast experience going back as far as the earliest Intel CPUs, Unseen will be a figure that many will remember from the early days of competitive overclocking. This is part of the conversation we had with him on February 28th, 2008:
HWBOT - Okay, first question, obviously, please tell us a bit more about yourself.
Unseen - My name is Christos and as you may know, I am from Thessaloniki, Greece. I am 27 years old and I run my own IT company.
HWBOT - How and when did you start overclocking?
Unseen - About ~12-13 years ago I tweaked my 386DX 40Mhz but I don’t remember much from those days. I think my first serious overclock was on a Pentium 166mmx when I managed to run Final Fantasy benchmark at ~293mhz with the help of a small 40watt peltier and a Globalwin heatsink.
HWBOT - What’s your current bench setup?
Unseen - I am playing with the upcoming Intel yorkfield cpu’s and X38/ddr3 motherboard. The problem is that I don't have my own hardware so I can't bench something for more than a week. Usually I just bench with stuff that comes for reviews.
HWBOT - We all know that everyone has his favorites, but who are your favorite benchmarkers?
Unseen - I feel great respect for Shamino. He is my favorite benchmaker because he benches and keeps a very humble person. No big words, no fights, he shares knowledge without waiting to give him something back. Two other people that I respect a lot are Hadji_a from our team because he is the absolute tweak master and last but not least Bachus_Anonym from Xs.
You can find the rest of this fascinating interview from February 2008 here.
The Raspberry Pi 3 board has been around for almost two years ago and remains one the most popular platforms for many thousands of projects around the world. It’s also pretty well known that it’s possible to increase the performance of its integrated quad-core 1.2GHz Broadcom CPU with some half decent cooling a bit of known how. In fact there it’s more than possible to improve CPU, GPU and memory performance. Today we came across a useful guide from high-tech software startup Eltechs that will be very useful for anyone looking to setup a simple, stable overclock that has tangible performance benefits:
How to overclock the Raspberry Pi device? Don’t matter if you are looking for the way to overclock the Raspberry Pi 3 or overclock the Raspberry Pi 2 – the algorithm stays the same. The only thing should be taken into consideration is that the Raspberry Pi 3 has significantly improved processor performance compared to previous models. Through various techniques such as overclocking and overvoltage, we can get even more power out of the Raspberry Pi 3. While Raspberry Pi 2 device will always be a little bit behind on performance due to basic technical peculiarities.
Overclocking, basically, is the way to boost Raspberry Pi hardware performance by tuning up several device parameters. For that, additional hardware and special skills are required. If you want to overclock your Raspberry Pi, you need to equip yourself with three essential hardware accessories. In this documentation, we use a Raspberry Pi 3 (Model B V1.2 with Raspbian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie) running). Power Supply - A good reliable power supply is strongly recommended. An overclocked Pi 3 could draw 1.5A and more. So, a 2A supply should be the minimum. Cooling equipment, to prevent the Raspberry Pi device from overheating we have to provide the most important chips with a heatsink as well as with an additional fan.
Catch the full Raspberry Pi 3 Overclocking guide here on Eltechs.com.
It has been mentioned in the past that mainstream technology media writers do always give overclocking the attention it deserves. Which is why it’s great to see TweakTown publish a pretty in-depth guide to overclocking Intel Coffee Lake CPUs. Motherboard review master Steve Basseri certainly knows his way around a BIOS or two and gives a great overview on the ins and outs of pushing the latest Coffee Lake processors. His guide includes a great introduction that includes a really useful flow-chart (left) that will be very useful for noobs. Steve goes on to cover CPU multipliers and voltages, power settings, DRAM overclocking plus advice about maximum voltages and stability testing. Here’s the intro from Steve:
Today you will get a quick guide on how to get started tuning your CPU to its maximum, and the good news is that the new Coffee Lake 8th Generation CPUs are actually very similar to Intel's 6th Generation CPUs. While Kaby Lake (7th Generation) CPUs were basically Skylake (6th Generation) CPUs, but with a better process (14nm+) and higher clocks, Coffee Lake (8th Generation) adds more cores and minor process improvements (14nm++).
When you add cores you also increase the chance of one core not overclocking to higher levels, and it only takes one core to decrease highest all-core overclock, and that is where the process improvements help. The process improvements allow the new 8th Generation chips overclock as high as their 7th Generation counterparts. You can expect a 4.9GHz overclock for pretty much all chips with an all-in-one watercooling cooler, and higher if you de-lid your CPU. The good news is that if you have overclocked Skylake or Kaby Lake CPUs, then overclocking Coffee Lake is going to be very familiar.
Check out the Coffee Lake Overclocking Guide from TweakTown here.
Among the diverse group of people that make up the HWBOT membership role, we have several members who seem to involved in a race largely against themselves, which is exactly the way they like it. One such case involves China’s wytiwx and his work pushing older CPUs to new frequency heights. You may recall earlier this month we noted he pushed an Intel Pentium Mobile Celeron processor from its 1.2GHz base clock to beyond 4.5GHz, a massive and probably highest ever percentile increase of +275%. Today we turn our attention to his latest project and a new Global First Place score using a Intel Mobile Pentium 4 532 processor.
Based on the Prescott architecture that Intel unleashed into the world in 2004, the Mobile Pentium 4 532 processor has a base clock of 3.06GHz, a pretty high default frequency by today’s standards. The processor belongs to the Socket 478 family of processors which also includes Northwood and Gallatin offerings, an area of particular interest to wytiwx. He managed to push the P4 532 to a massive 6,617.65MHz, which is +115.84% beyond stock. This is not only the highest CPU frequency for a P4 532 processor, it also happens to be (according to the HWBOT database) the highest ever frequency of any Socket 478 family chip. The rig was based around an Intel P35 platform ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP motherboard with DDR2 configured at 575MHz (CL5-5-518). The scores beats the previous highest frequency which comes from GRIFF (Italy) at 5,406.58 MHz.
We find that wytiwx also managed to take down the Pentium 4 532 Global Ranked Score in the classic SuperPi 1M benchmark with a run in just 21sec 969ms with the CPU clocked at a somewhat more conservative 6,243.05MHz (+103.62%). Once again we should note that the score is the highest SuperPi 1M submission using a Socket 478 processor. You may also be interested to note that wytiwx has also been dabbling with running DDR3 system memory on Socket 478. Check out this submission which involves 1GB of OCZ DDR3 kit and an Intel Pentium 4 2.4Ghz (Northwood, 200 FSB). This guys is having all the fun.
Check out all the score submissions in the links above, and also feel free to check in with wytiwx (China) here at his profile page. Thanks to Strunkenbold (Germany) for the heads up.
It’s been a while since Buildzoid last posted a live OC session on his Actually Hardcore Overclocking Youtube channel. After a decent vacation, he returns this week with a full-bore extreme OC session, complete with his trademark crazy hairdo and plenty of LN2. The mission this time around is to push a newly volt-modded AMD Vega 56 card.
The full run down includes a delidded Intel Core i9 7940X which is pushed on water cooling to 4.9GHz and above using an ASRock X299 OC Formula motherboard. In terms of memory Buildzoid is using a Teamgroup T-Force Xtreem kit that promises frequencies of 3,733MHz with 12-12-12-28 timings. The Vega card itself is from Sapphire. The object of the OC session is to try and get some decent scores in 3Dmark Fire Strike. As always it’s fun to see Buildzoid go through the motions in getting his sub-zero system to optimal performance levels. Whoever said that extreme overclocking is a series of blue-screens until you get it right, will find plenty of evidence in this video.
You can find the OC live stream video from Buildzoid here on the Actually Hardcore Overclocking YouTube channel.