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SBM 4: Overclocking The Competitors

SBM 4: Overclocking The Competitors
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Here are links to each each of the five articles in this month's System Builder Marathon (SBM).

Day 1: Low Cost PC compared to last SBM Low Cost PC
Day 2: Mid Cost PC compared to last SBM Mid Cost PC
Day 3: Higher Cost PC compared to last SBM Higher Cost PC
Day 4: All Three September SBM PCs Overclocked
Day 5: Summary - Price- Performance Winner

Introduction

The first three days of this marathon demonstrated the PC component choices we would purchase with a $1,000, $2,000 and $4,000 budget respectively. All three systems are great all-around performers, and we're happy with the value they demonstrate for their price points.

Today, we'll review how well each of these systems scaled for us when we coaxed them to operate at higher-than-stock clock speeds. We won't be comparing the three systems against each other quite yet - we're saving that for the final article in the series, released tomorrow, where we'll be comparing performance across the board in addition to relative value per dollar. Today, we will be comparing each system's overclocked performance to its own stock clock speed performance.

Benchmarks & Settings

We'll be covering the same overclocking benchmarks for each of the three systems, so let's cover the information on the benchmark settings we'll use for all of the systems first to get it out of the way.

Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games
F.E.A.R Version: 1.0 Retail
Video Mode: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1680x1050, 1920x1200
Computer: Maximum
Graphics: Maximum-Custom-No Softshadows
Test Path: Options/Performance/Test Settings
Doom 3 Version: 1.3
Video Mode: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1680x1050, 1920x1200
Graphics: High
Test: Time Demo 1
Oblivion Version: 1.0 Retail
Video Mode: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1680x1050, 1920x1200
Graphics: High, 4xAA
Test: Inside & Outside save files
Audio
Lame MP3 Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to mp3
160 kbps
OGG Version 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)
Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to ogg
Quality: 5
Video
TMPEG 3.0 Express Version: 3.0.4.24 (no Audio)
fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9
Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.1 Version: 6.1
Profile: High Definition Profile
1-pass, 3000 kbit/s
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
no Audio
XviD 1.1.0 Version: 1.1.0 Beta 2
Target qantizer: 1.00
Applications
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version: 8.0
Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"
rendering HTDV 1920x1080 & 1280x720
Synthetics
SPECviewperf 9 Version: 9.0.3
PCMark05 Pro Version: 1.1.0
System, CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
3DMark05 Version: 1.2
System Test Only
SiSoftware Sandra 2005 Version 2005.7.10.60
CPU Test = Arithmetic, Multimedia Benchmarks
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

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