Only two of today’s motherboards are overclockable. Several others supported unsanctioned DDR3-1333 operation, however, and received a performance boost because of that.
Asus edges out Gigabyte, but we were really hoping to reach 2 GHz. 1840 MHz is still a little more respectable than 1808 MHz, and even that small overclock provides a noticeable boost to APU performance.
The difference between Asus and Gigabyte overclocking could be limited to reference clock, where one company uses different voltage levels than the other. Too much voltage can also hurt an overclock, as a result of heat
Four of today’s board’s support DDR3-1333, and two of those also supported reference clock adjustment. Remaining differences are due to slight variations in default reference clock.
- Rounding Up Brazos-Based Boards
- ASRock E350M1/USB3
- Asus E35M1-I Deluxe
- ECS HDC-I
- Foxconn AHD1S-K
- Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3
- Jetway ND85-E350-LF
- Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350
- Zotac FUSION-ITX WiFi A-series
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs. Predator
- Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Photos And File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Noise
- Overall Performance And Efficiency
- Value Conclusion