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Gaming With AGP Graphics: Overclock That CPU!
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Once again, we're using Windows XP 32-bit in order to compare apples-to-apples versus our previous Athlon X2 3800+ tests.

Note that the Athlon X2 3200+ is designated as a CPU at 2.0 GHz, and the overclocked Athlon 64 X2 4200+ as a CPU at 2.6 GHz in the charts in order to save some space.

Test System Configuration
CPU 1

Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Socket 939, 2.0 GHz, 2 x 512 KB Cache
200 MHz FSB, 1000 MHz HT

CPU 2
Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Socket 939, 2.2 GHz o/c to 2.6 GHz, 2 x 512 KB Cache
237 MHz FSB, 948 MHz HT
Motherboard

ASRock 9393Dual-SATA2
ULI 1695 chipset, BIOS v2.3

RAM 1

Patriot EP PC-3500 (CL2.0-3-2-5)  (1 x 1 GB)
DDR-400 at DDR-333 CAS 2.5-3-3-7

Kingston KVR PC-3500 (CL3.0-3-3-8) (2 x 512 MB)
DDR-400 at DDR-333 CAS 2.5-3-3-7

Samsung PC-2700 (CL2.5-3-3-7) (1 x 512 MB)
DDR-333 at DDR-333 CAS 2.5-3-3-7

RAM 2
A-Data PC2-6400 (CL2.0-3-2-5)  (2 x 2 GB)
DDR2-800 at DDR2-744 CAS 5-5-5-15
Graphics

Radeon HD 4650 AGP - 600 MHz GPU, 400 MHz Memory, 1 GB DDR2
Radeon HD 4650 PCIe - 600 MHz GPU, 400 MHz Memory, 512 MB DDR2
Radeon HD 3850 AGP - 668 MHz GPU, 829 MHz Memory, 512 MB DDR3
Radeon X700 AGP - 425 MHz GPU, 432 MHz Memory, 256 MB DDR2

Hard Drive

Western Digital WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB cache, UltraATA/100

Sound

Integrated Audio

Network

Integrated 100 Mb Networking

Power

Nextherm PSU460
460W, ATX 12V, EPS 12V

Software

OS

Microsoft Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP2

Graphics

Radeon HD 4850 PCIe, Radeon HD 3850 AGP: Catalyst 9.6
Radeon X700: Catalyst 9.3
Radeon HD 4650 AGP: 8.62-090423a080042E
Ati2mtag 6.14.10.6959 / XP

Benchmark Configuration

3D Games

Left 4 Dead

Version 1014, Custom THG Benchmark
Test Set 1: Medium Settings, High paged memory
Test Set 2: Medium Settings, High paged memory, 4x MSAA, 8x AF

Crysis

Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 9, 32-bit executable, benchmark tool
Test Set 1: Low Quality, Medium Textures, Shadows, Shaders, Water, Sound
Test Set 2: Low Quality, Medium Textures, Shadows, Shaders, Water, Sound, Physics

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

In-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Lowest Settings, DirectX 9
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, DirectX 9

World in Conflict

Patch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo
Test 1: High Details, No AA / No AF
Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA / 16x AF

Fallout 3

Custom THG Benchmark
Test Set 1: Medium Settings
Test Set 2: High Settings, 4x MSAA, 8x AF

Far Cry 2

DirectX 9, 32-bit executable, benchmark tool
Test Set 1: Low Quality
Test Set 2: Medium Quality, HDR Enabled

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