|AMD Phenom II X2 Test Settings|
AMD Phenom II X2 550 3.1 GHz
3.94 GHz (19.5x 202 MHz), 1.50V
DDR3-1333 CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V
DDR3-1616 CAS 6-6-5-18, 1.65V
MSI 790FX-GD70 Socket AM3, 790FX/SB750, BIOS 1.3 (04/27/2009)
Zotac GeForce GTX260²
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD30000HLFS
Integrated HD Audio
Integrated Gigabit LAN
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
GeForce 182.08 Desktop
A clock speed increase of 27% won’t surprise many experienced overclockers, but the Phenom II X2 550 started out at a fairly high 3.10 GHz. Its final clock rate of 3.94 GHz is fairly impressive for an AMD processor, even though the percent-gained is not. Does this increase translate directly into CPU performance?
CPU Arithmetic performance improved by 25%, while Multimedia extensions performance increased by 26%. The small difference between frequency improvement and performance improvement can likely be attributed to our use of a near-stock HT clock, as described on this guide’s previous page.
Our efforts to reduce memory timings using the processor’s highest memory ratio resulted in a tiny 8% gain in memory performance.
Average power consumption increased by 33%, mostly because of the increased CPU core voltage.
An average CPU performance increase of 26% at an average power increase of 33% yields an average efficiency decrease of around 5%. Overclockers looking for improved efficiency can instead choose a lower core voltage, as overclocking at stock voltage, though limited in performance gain, usually increases efficiency.
- Why Overclock?
- Understanding The Lingo
- Getting Started, The Hardware
- Keeping It Cool
- More Shared Hardware
- Overclocking AMD's Phenom II X2 550
- Phenom II X2 550 O/C Performance And Efficiency
- Overclocking AMD's Phenom II X4 955
- Phenom II X4 955 O/C Performance And Efficiency
- Overclocking Intel's Pentium E5200
- Pentium E5200 O/C Performance And Efficiency
- Overclocking Intel's Core 2 Quad Q8200
- Core 2 Quad Q8200 O/C Performance And Efficiency