rAge expos in the past have had several hands-on overclocking sessions and workshops. The one held at rAge expo in Johannesburg last year attracted quite a crowd, where entry was dependent on the submissions that you made with your own systems. Here at rAge Cape Town, that’s not the case – anyone can visit the HWBot booth at the expo, and you can sign yourself up for both a refresher on overclocking with Intel’s Xtreme Tuning Utility (XTU), as well as some hands-on time with brand new Skylake hardware and MSI motherboards.
I went through the workshop yesterday afternoon, and it was a fun little outing. South African professional overclocker Andrew “DrWeez” Roberts took myself and three others through a basic explanation of what overclocking is and why it’s worth looking at, and then we were led to a set of five open-air benchmark rigs ready for people to try their hand at overclocking and posting some scores of their own through XTU and the HWBot website.
The basics of XTU were done fairly quickly. XTU is an overclocking utility that exposes some of the UEFI controls to you from the Windows desktop, like clock multiplier controls, voltage controls, and other basic parts of the processor that the application can control. There isn’t integration with the motherboard, though, so things like adjusting the BLCK aren’t possible. XTU also features integration with HWBot, and you can submit scores straight to HWBot from the application.
Moving onto the overclocking itself, participants were given the run of a MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon, 8GB of G.Skill DDR4 memory, an Intel Core i7-6700K, a Corsair 800 watt power supply, and a Corsair H80i V2 all-in-one water cooler. Everything’s run on the motherboard box, so it feels rather old-school this way. All the benchmarks were run on Windows 10, though I was surprised to see that it was the 10240 build, and not 10586 which included the Intel Speed Shift optimisations.
On my own, I managed to post a XTU score of 1229 marks, running the Core i7-6700K at 4.6GHz on all cores with a voltage set to 1.264v. That puts me at seventh place. EternalGamer786 currently sits at the top of the rankings with a score of 1278 marks. I intend on beating that submission today, even if I can’t win any prizes.