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Making Lemonade: Overclocking Your Locked AMD Processor

Test System Configuration And Benchmarks

System Hardware
ProcessorAMD Phenom II X3 710 (Heka), 2.6 GHz, 2000 MHz HT, 6MB L3 Cache
MotherboardMSI 790FX-GD70 (Socket AM3), 790FX / SB750, BIOS 1.3
RAM4.0 GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D, 2 x 2048MB, DDR3-1333, CL 8-8-8-24 at 1.65V
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black WD 6401AALS, 640GB, 7200 RPM, 32MB Cache, SATA 3.0 Gb/s
Graphics CardAMD Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5750 MHz GPU, 900 MHz GDDR5
Power SupplyAntec True Power Trio 550W
CoolerXigmatek HDT-S1283
System Software and Drivers
OSWindows Vista Ultimate Edition, 32-bit, SP1
DirectX VersionDirect X 10
Display DriverCatalyst 9.7
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
World In ConflictPatch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo, 1280x1024, Very High Details, No AA / No AF
Autodesk 3ds Max 2009Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.02, Performance Preset, CPU score
Sisoftware Sandra 2009 SP3Version 2009.4.15.92, CPU Arithmetic, Memory Bandwidth
Overclocked Settings
StockStock VCore OCMax OCTweaked OC
CPU Core Speed2,600 MHz3,444 MHz3,744 MHz3,744 MHz
Northbridge Speed2,000 MHz2,120 MHz2,016 MHz2,592 MHz
HT Link Speed 2,000 MHz2,120 MHz2,016 MHz2,016 MHz
Memory Frequency / TimingsDDR3-1333, 8-8-8-24 2TDDR3-1412, 8-8-8-24 2TDDR3-1546, 8-8-8-24 2TDDR3-1546, 8-8-8-24 2T