Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Core 2 Quad Q8200 O/C Performance And Efficiency

Guide: Overclocking AMD And Intel CPUs On A Budget
Intel Quad-Core Test Settings


Default Settings

Overclock Settings


Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
2.33 GHz 4 MB L2 Cache, 1.16V

2.69 GHz, (7x 384 MHz)

1.29V core, 1.40V FSB


DDR3-1333 CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V

DDR3-1536 CAS 6-6-5-16, 1.65V

MSI P45 Diamond LGA-1366, P45/ICH10R, BIOS 1.5 (10/10/2009)

Zotac GeForce GTX260²
576MHz GPU, 999 MHz Shader, 896MB GDDR3-2484

Hard Drive

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD30000HLFS
300 MB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache


Integrated HD Audio


Integrated Gigabit LAN


Operating System

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1


GeForce 182.08 Desktop

A stock FSB clock that was already near the processor’s limit made this the most disappointing overclocking experience we can remember since National Semiconductor’s Cyrix MII. Its measly 15% gain felt like a tremendous achievement, however, considering the great effort required to reach a 2.69 GHz clock frequency.

Sandra Arithmetic and Multimedia show CPU performance gains of 14 to 15 percent.

A memory bandwidth increase of 19% looks much better, but isn’t as noteworthy in a CPU overclocking guide.

Low core voltage plus high FSB voltage brings a significant penalty in power consumption, even though performance gains were mediocre at best.

An efficiency loss of 9% results from a ratio of performance to power consumption for the overclocked configuration.

React To This Article