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|XTU||Core i7 7820X||5958 MHz||Splave||4175 marks||161.5 pts||1 2|
|XTU||Core i7 8700K||6739 MHz||safedisk||3787 marks||109.7 pts||0 0|
|Cinebench - R15||Core i7 8700K||6735 MHz||OGS||2267 cb||107.3 pts||0 3|
|Cinebench - R15||Core i7 8700K||6500 MHz||Matt26LFC||2184 cb||93.5 pts||1 2|
|wPrime - 1024m||Core i7 8700K||6500 MHz||Matt26LFC||1min 5sec 225ms||82.5 pts||0 2|
|HWBOT x265 Benchmark - 4k||Core i7 8700K||6502 MHz||Matt26LFC||18.19 fps||74.4 pts||0 2|
|GPUPI for CPU - 1B||Core i7 8700K||6498.4 MHz||Matt26LFC||2min 41sec 542ms||73.2 pts||0 3|
|Geekbench3 - Multi Core||Core i7 8700K||6500 MHz||Matt26LFC||40036 points||70.8 pts||0 2|
|GPUPI for CPU - 1B||Core i7 7700K||5993.6 MHz||jab383||4min 25sec 702ms||65.6 pts||0 0|
|Geekbench4 - Single Core||Core i7 8700K||6500 MHz||Matt26LFC||8867 points||64.9 pts||0 2|
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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.
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.
Firstly the rig used. Splave’s motherboard of choice was an ASRock X299 OC Formula, into which he installed his Core i9 7980XE processor. Using a der8auer designed LN2 CPU pot, some Thermal Grizzly thermal paste and a ton of LN2 he then managed to push all 18 Skylake-X cores to a massive 5,929MHz (+128.04%). The result of all this was a new World Record score GPUPI for CPU 1B run in just 59sec 224ms – the first submission on HWBOT that is actually below the 1 minute barrier. Congrats to you mate!
Just out of interest, the new score beats the previous best which was made by elmor (Sweden) with a run in 1min 0sec 176ms. What perhaps makes Splave’s score even more impressive is that he managed to get almost 100MHz out of his CPU than elmor, which at this level of the game, is truly impressive.
You can check out the World Record score from Splave here as well as take a look at his profile page to check in on his other benching sessions. In terms of taking the Round 1 Pro OC Division title however, he still has plenty of work ahead of him, having not yet submitted in Stages 1, 2 or 3. In Stage 5 however he’s looking good for the win with a Global First Place score in Cinebench R15. Using the same rig as outlined above, with the Core i9 7980XE pushed a little more conservatively to 5,829MHz (+124.19%) he managed a score 5,828 cb points, the highest ever with an 18-core CPU. Nice going.
Regarding Round 1 of the Pro OC Division we find three more Americans dominating the table at the moment. Gunslinger (US) sits in first place with a great showing so far in all five stages and a total of 232 points. H2o vs. Ln2 (US) is second with 224 points while jpmboy (US) is third with 208. It will be interesting to see how this develops as we edge closer to the end of March and the conclusion of Round 1. Check out the Round 1 of the Pro OC Division table here on OC-ESPORTS.
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:
Pieter-Jan Plaisier, better known as Massman, is one of the public faces of HWBot.org and wears many hats around the community. His public persona centers on making sure the site is operating correctly on a daily basis and consults with the owner on what direction the site "should" take and where their focus needs to be. If that wasn’t enough Pieter also operates as a chief consultant for live overclocking competitions. This is in an attempt to make each live competition better that the previous.
In this interview we talk with Pieter about his start into overclocking and you might be surprised to know that it wasn't to increase gaming performance but rather to be faster than the other guy. Yes, that’s right, Massman was a competitive overclocker from the start and that dedication shows in what he has done for HWBot.
Check out the interview with Massman and Dennis here on the Hardware Asylum website.
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.
The fastest ever GPUPI 1B score submitted to HWBOT now stands at 0sec 996ms. The four NVIDIA Titan V cards and their Volta architecture GV100 GPUs were pushed to a simply incredible 2,900MHz, which is +141.67% beyond the card’s baseclock. The card’s 12 GB HBM2 memory was also tweaked to 900MHz (+5.88%). Other components include an EVGA X299 DARK motherboard and an Intel Core i9 7960X 'Skylake-X' processor pushed to 3,456MHz (+23.43%). With a TDP of 250 watts a piece, it’s also fair to mention that the power hungry Titan V cards required a fair bit of power. Thankfully Vince had access to EVGA’s SuperNOVA 1600 T2 PSUs which are rated for 1,600W. What’s less clear however, is exactly how many were used!
Just for the record, the next fastest GPUPI 1B run comes from the ever mercurial H2o vs. Ln2 (US) who managed a run of 1sec 112ms, also using four Titan V cards. You can check out the full rankings for GPUPI 1B here. You can also wander over to the k|ngp|n profile page to check out his othe recent score submissions.
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.
Buildzoid starts off by identifying all the components that actually make up the VRM area of the motherboard. He shows us which specific controller ICs are responsible for delivering power to the CPU, the IGP and system memory controller. The ICs actually come from International Rectifier, making up an 8-phase VRM design with a doubling scheme – a common configuration on Z370 boards. The Infineon MOSFETs are good quality however, as are the chokes all which means, it should be solid when pushing the latest Coffee Lake chips.
Buildzoid goes on to calculate maximum current output for the MOSFETs adding thoughts about power consumption needs, VRM heat output and cooling. For example, he notes that there is a degree of overkill regarding the System Agent, IO and IGP VRM design. As well as thoughts on memory overclocking, he also gives us an overall conclusion of the board’s quality level.
Check out the NZXT N7 Z370 Motherboard VRM Review video here on the Gamers Nexus YouTube channel.
[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.
strong>Reaching the World’s Fastest Memory Frequency with RGB - Ever since the first release announcement of the G.SKILL Trident Z RGB series at the end of 2016, DDR4-4266MHz had reigned as the highest frequency speed for an RGB memory kit. Over the past year, the G.SKILL R&D team has been dedicated to break through this technology bottleneck and aimed to provide an even higher speed RGB memory to PC enthusiasts. Today, all the hard work is finally paying off. G.SKILL successfully developed the world’s fastest RGB memory kit at a blistering DDR4-4700MHz, while maintaining ultra-low timings at CL19-19-19-39.
strong>Engineered for Reliability - Designed for high-stability, this Trident Z RGB DDR4-4700MHz memory kit has proven itself through stress-testing on the MSI Z370I GAMING PRO CARBON AC motherboard and Intel® Core™ i7-8700K processor.
Read the full announcement here at the G.SKILL website.
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.