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System Builder Marathon: Overclocking

System Builder Marathon: Overclocking
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Here's a list of the System Builder Marathon (SBM) articles in this five day series.

It's time for the highly anticipated overclocking segment of our System Builder Marathon, where each builder puts his overclocking credentials on the line in order to prove the extra value of his component choices. Some of this week's configurations were a little more controversial than those of previous marathons, but will daring to be different pay off?

Before we go into the overclocking results of each system, here's a quick look at the benchmarks we've selected.

Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games
Crysis Version: 1.1
Video Quality 1: High Details No Anti-Aliasing
Video Quality 2: Very High Details, 4x Anti-Aliasing
Benchmark: Benchmark_CPU.bat
Prey Version: 1.3
Video Quality 1: Default (No AA, 8x AF)
Video Quality 2: High Quality, 4x AA
Benchmark: THG-Demo
Supreme Commander Version: 3.220
Video Quality 1: Default
Video Quality 2: High Fidelity, High Shadow, 4x AA
Benchmark: Real 60 Game
Unreal Tournament 3 Version: Retail
Texture Detail: 5
World Detail: 5
Field of View: 100
Benchmark: Botmatch (WAR-Torlan, 12 bots, 1 Minute)
Warhammer Mark of Chaos Version: 1.6
Video Quality:Default (Highest Settings)
Demo: THG Timedemo (1 Minute)
Audio
iTunes 7.2 Version: 7.1.1.5
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
High Quality (160kb/s)
Lame MP3 Version: 3.98 Beta 3 (05-22-2007)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to MP3
160kb/s
Video
TMPEGEnc 4.0 Xpress Version: 4.2.10.211
Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Channel, English
Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160kb/s)
DivX 6.6 Version: 6.6.1
Profile: Home Theater Profile (720 x 576)
1-pass, 780 kb/s
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
XviD 1.1.2 Version: 1.1.2
Target quantizer: 1.00 (maximum quality)
Applications
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Version: 10.0x20070321
Filtering 69 MB TIF Photo
Benchmark: Tom's Guide-Benchmark V1.0.0.4
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version: 9.0
Rendering One Video Frame
Quality: HTDV 1920x1080 & 1280x720
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus Version: 7.5.467
Virus Base: 269.6.1/776
Benchmark: Scanning 3.82 GB Application Folder
Maxon Cinema 4D Version: 10.008
Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Benchmark: Rose Drop, 8-bits (50 Frames)
Rarlab Winrar Version 3.70 BETA 8
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 kB
Uncompressed Folder Size: 642 MB
Synthetics
SPECviewperf 9 Version: 9.0.3
PCMark05 Pro Version: 1.1.0
System, CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 11.0.6000.6324
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
Futuremark 3DMark 2006 Version 1.10
System Test Only
SiSoftware Sandra XII Version 2007.5.11.40
CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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