Overclocking Guide Part 3: How To Gain 81% For $27

Test Setup

Anyone who simply wants to see the performance gains should feel free to skip to "Step Four: Evaluating Gains". Those interested in the raw numbers will want to look through the pages in between.

System Hardware
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E6300, 1.86 GHz, 1066 FSB, 2 MB Cache
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 V1.0, BIOS F9
RAM OCZ System Elite PC2-6400 OCZ2SE8002GK
2x 1024 MB, CAS 5-5-5-15
Hard Drive Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD
150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SATA 150
Networking Marvell Yukon Gigabit PHY, enabled, offline
Graphics Card Asus EAX1950PRO 256 MB
GPU: ATI Radeon X1950PRO (581 MHz)
RAM: 256 MB GDDR3 (1404 MHz)
Power Supply OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI - 700W
System Software & Drivers
OS Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Driver Intel INF
Graphics Driver ATI Catalyst 6.12

Increased performance is what drives us to overclock, but these gains will only affect some parts of the system. Because overclocking is meant to boost CPU, RAM, and graphics performance, we concentrated on these three areas during testing.

Benchmarks and Settings
F.E.A.R Version: 1.0 Retail
Video Mode: 1024x768
Computer: Medium
Graphics: Medium
Test Path: Options/Performance/Test Settings
Quake 4 Version: 1.2 (Dual-Core Patch)
Video Mode: 1024x768
Video Quality: default
THG Timedemo waste.map
timedemo demo8.demo 1 (1 = load textures)
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
TMPEG 3.0 Express Version: (no Audio)
fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9
Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.2 Version: 6.2.2 (4 Logical CPUs)
Profile: High Definition Profile
1-pass, 3000 kb/s
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
no Audio
XviD 1.1.0 Version: 1.1.0 Beta 2
Target quantizer: 1.00
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version: 8.0
Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"
Rendering HTDV 1920x1080
PCMark05 Pro Version: 1.1.0
CPU, Memory, Graphics Test Suites
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Encoder
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