The Hardware.Info Pro OC Team came 7th in the worldwide Hwbot.org Pro OC cup. Team members Oldscarface, Leeghoofd, Nedernakker and Rsnubje were able to reach sufficiently high scores in five benchmarks for a top 10 spot.
Although officially established only today, the preparations for Hardware.Info Pro OC have been ongoing for quite some time already and the team has already set some great scores. Only the best of the best enter the Hwbot.org Pro OC cup, of which the top 5 almost exclusively consists of heavily-sponsored teams with cherry-picked hardware. Although Hardware.Info's Pro OC team doesn't have that luxury, but still manages to be competitive.
The Pro OC cup contained five benchmarks. In 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Single GPU, Oldscarface reached the best score by fitting ASUS' GeFroce GTX 780 with phase-change cooling. The core clock frequency was elevated to 1712 MHz, whilst the memory operated at 1779 MHz. The card was combined with Intel's Core i7 4770K, also chilled through phase-change cooling and clocked at 5226 MHz. Together with ASUS' Maximus VI Extreme a final score of 6734 points was achieved. Details can be found here.
CPU and GPU both cooled with phase change for the 3DMark Fire Strike score.
In 3DMark Vantage Performance "Full out" (a combination of CPU and GPUs to your own preference), Oldscarface also claimed the top score, 87173 points. Two ASUS Ares2 graphics cards, each with twin Tahiti GPUs, were used for the attempt. Interestingly, using stock watercooling, the cards were overclocked from 1000/1250 MHz to 1300/1775 MHz. The Intel Core i7 4930K processor on the other hand did feature liquid nitrogen cooling, and was clocked at 5904 MHz. The motherboard used for this attempt was ASUS' Rampage IV Formula. Details can be found here.
Using two Ares cards, an excellent 3DMark Vantage score could be reached.
The third item was 3DMark11 Performance met mainstream GPU and CPU. In this test, Rsnubje managed to get the team's best score, using an MSI Hawk Radeon HD 7870 graphics card equipped with liquid nitrogen cooling. He overclocked the card from 1000/1200 MHz to 1570/1660 MHz. Other components used for the attempt include an ASUS Maximus VI Formula motherboard and Intel's Core i5 4670K processor, clocked at 5.8 GHz and also cooled with LN2. More details can be found here.
Liquid nitrogen was used to reach almost 13000 3DMark11 points using mainstream hardware
In SuperPi 32M met AMD CPU, leeghoofd scored the best using AMD's FX-8350 chip. The processor, normally clocked at 4 GHz, ran at 7525 MHz on an ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard. The final result was 10 min. 9 sec. 843 ms. Full details are available here.
Leeghoofd's AMD-system for SuperPi 32M.
Lastly, there was the Intel XTU benchmark, with a CPU of your own choosing. Leeghoofd managed to increase the clock frequency of an Intel Core i7 4970X from 3.6 to 5.7 GHz.. Details of this attempt, which used ASUS' Rampage IV Extreme motherboard, can be found here.
The set-up with Core i7 4960X for the XTU-score.
As mentioned before, the combined scores landed our team the 7th place in the Hwbot.org Pro OC cup.
The Hardware.Info Pro OC scores zijn were made possibly by the following companies, which provided the required hardware:
Since we'll hear quite a bit more from the Hardware.Info Pro OC team in the near future, we'd like to take the opportunity to introduce the four members to you:
My name is Roger Kortenhoeven, known amongst overclockers as Oldscarface. I started overclocking when I was a student (a long time ago). I didn't have any money for new hardware, so for me, it offered a good alternative. All systems I have built afterwards have been overclocked by me. Aside from hardware, cooling is of key importance. Over the years, I've switched from air- and watercooling to more extreme forms, all of which I still use at home. With over 20 years of experience, of which six years with extreme cooling, I'm one of the veterans of the community. What I find important is that a score is efficient, something which can only be achieved by tweaking. Tweaking is getting the best out of your hardware through tricks and details. The main disadvantage of this approach is that it's very time-consuming, but I can live with that. To me, overclocking isn't a hobby but a passion! My milestone achievements include winning the Hardware.Info Celeron 430 OC-competition, being one of the first to run SuperPi 1M with a Bloomfield CPU at over 5 GHz, and holding the wPrime 32M world record with a Haswell CPU.
I am Albrecht Mesotten, 40 years old. I started overclocking and tweaking in 1994 with Intel's 486 platform, just to get better performance in games. My nickname is leeghoofd (airhead), bestowed upon me by an ex-girlfriend that did not share my hardware passion. My expertise is all-round, be it Intel, AMD, GPU or RAM, tweaking to get the best out of the components is a must. After meeting Pieter-Jan Plaisier (Massman) and PJ Bonne (Blindripper) through the Madshrimps website, I switched to more extreme forms of cooling (phase change and LN2). My biggest achievement thus far is winning the Teamcup 201 on Hwbot.org. For two months, we benched almost daily to ensure the best results. For me, teamwork is more important than individual performance.
My name is Bauke Caspers, also known as Nedernakker. In 2006 I started overclocking my computers to better run games. Shortly thereafter, I discovered HWbot and posted my first scores. I bought a second-hand phsae change cooler, which has seen every CPU I've since had in my home. When phase change no longer sufficed, I switched over to LN2. The urge to push hardware to the limit is still present with me. I spend most of my time on 3D benchmarks, ranging from older tests such as 3DMark01 to the latest DirectX 11 versions. A list of my achievements is available on my HWbot profile.
I am Joost Verhelst, or Rsnubje, as I'm known on Hwbot.org. For me, overclocking started in 2008, when Overclock Team Holland has just ben founded. The cool stuff I saw in the forum topics made me want to overclock my own system, which at the time was based on a Q6600 CPU. It wasn't till long before I ran into the limitations of my aircooling and had to invest in watercooling. Because it wasn't very practical to have a single system for both daily use and overclocking attempts, I eventually opted to build a second computer. First with watercooling and later with dry-ice. At the time, liquid nitrogen wasn't really an option for me yet. Because 3D benchmarks are more visual and therefore less boring than 2D benchmarks, I mostly focused on those. I also prefer to test a large variety of graphics cards over processors. Of course, a good overclock requires a decent CPU. My most interesting score thus far is a memory clock of 3531 MHz.
Oldscarface (left) and Nedernakker (right) during an OC event.
Rsnubje at Frag-O-Matic