Overclocking Core 2 Duo: Power Versus Performance

Test Setup And Synthetic Benchmarks

System Hardware

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CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E8600 (45 nm, 3.33 GHz, 6 MB L2 Cache, TDP 65 W, Rev. E0)
Motherboard ( Socket LGA775)MSI P45D3 Neo-F (Rev. 2.0) Chipset: Intel P45, ICH10R
BIOS: 4.2 (02/18/2009)
RAM2 x 2 GB DDR3-1600 (Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D) 
operating between DDR3-1150 and 1333 (CL8-8-8-24)
Hard DriveWestern Digital VelociRaptor, 300 GB (WD3000HLFS)
10,000 RPM, SATA/300, 16 MB Cache
Blu-Ray DriveLG GGW-H20L, SATA/150
PowerFortron Everest 1010, 1010 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating SystemWindows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 SP1 (Build 6000)
Drivers And Settings
Intel Chipset DriversChipset Installation Utility
Intel Matrix Storage Drivers8.7.0.1007
Nvidia GeForce Drivers182.08

Synthetic Benchmarks: PCMark, 3DMark

PCMark Vantage

PCMark Vantage scales nicely with every bit of clock speed you throw at it.

3DMark Vantage

The CPU test of 3DMark Vantage benefits from faster clock speeds, but the GPU and overall results don’t change much as you increase the CPU clock speed.