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Default HWC Overclocking Challenge #5: Intel XTU

Contest closed! Thanks for participating!

Welcome one and all to the (Not Officially) Official Hardware Canucks Overclocking Team! If you are new to the team, and want to learn more about what it is all, um, about, please see the introductory team thread here. How many times can I say about? About this many, I guess.


September is upon us! How quickly the summer months fly by. But with the back-to-school season comes cooler evenings and more ideal conditions for overclocking, so let's get those rigs amped up and maxed out! This time we're going a bit more exclusive with our choice of benchmarking software. This contest is to see who can reach the highest score using the built-in benchmark in Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU). Intel XTU only works with Intel processors from the Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge and Haswell generations. Sorry AMD and older Intel guys - you're stuck on the sidelines for this one. And if there are any Cyrix, WinChip or Rise guys still out there, well, good for you!

Contest Guidelines

Use the most recent version of Intel XTU, which - at the time of this writing - is version 4.2. While XTU can be used for a great many things including adjusting frequencies and voltages within your OS, what we are interested in is its built-in benchmarking capabilities. So on the left-hand menu, select 'Benchmarking' and then click 'Run'. Intel XTU will then run a Prime95-based benchmark that will stress all of the available processing threads on your system. When the run is complete, and XTU gives you a score, take a screen shot that includes:
  • XTU benchmarking window showing your score
  • CPU-Z CPU tab
  • CPU-Z Memory tab
To enter this contest, you will need the following:

Background image to be used in all submissions (use download link for 1920x1080 or attachment below for 1024x576). Without this background image in your verification screenshot, your contest entry will be invalid.

Intel XTU software. Please use the most recent version. As of Sept. 1, the most recent version is 4.2.

CPU-Z Ė At minimum, open two instances and show the CPU and Memory tabs in your verification screenshot.

Contest entries will be accepted from 12:01 AM EDT on September 1, 2013 until 11:59 PM EDT on September 30, 2013. The official time stamp for a contest entry is based on when the submission link is posted in this thread.

How to Participate

Once you have your best Intel XTU score, you can submit it to either automatically or manually.
  • Automatic submission requires an active Internet connection. Simply click on the blue 'Compare Online' button and follow the instructions to make your hwbot submission.
  • Manual submissions can be made in case you don't have an Internet connection on your benchmarking machine (or for whatever other reason you may have for not submitting automatically). Click the 'Save' button on the far right to save your active Profile and give it a name. Then click on 'Profiles' in the left-hand menu and export the profile you just saved to your harddisk (*.xtu file). You can then upload the saved profile to hwbot here. If you have any questions about how to make a submission, please don't hesitate to ask.
Note that the screenshot is not required for hwbot, but it is required for our contest, so please upload your screenshot showing the background image to this thread when linking to your uploaded XTU score.


In this contest, participants are competing for points towards the Championship Cup Series. Points will be distributed to contest participants as follows:

1st place = 10 points
2nd place = 7 points
3rd place = 5 points
4th place = 3 points
5th place = 2 points

All others who submit a score but donít reach the top five will receive one point towards the Championship Cup Series.
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Last edited by Dead Things; October 1, 2013 at 03:58 PM.
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