AMD Overdrive Version 3.1
Released alongside the new revision of Phenom II X4 965 BE is a new version of the AMD Overdrive software. Version 3.1 sports some nice improvements, some of the more important ones being:
- CPU model-specific Smart Profiles
- Improved compatibility with AMD Cool’n’Quiet
- Official support for the 785G chipset and Radeon HD 5000-series graphics cards
- More profiles, the option to auto-enable Smart Profiles during installation and various fixes and improvements
Radeon HD 5000-series support looks good, but we're most interested in the Cool'n'Quiet feature actually working when Overdrive is employed to overclock; more of a bug fix than a feature. We tried increasing the multiplier in the previous version 3.0 of Overdrive with Cool'n'Quiet enabled, and got a blue-screen crash, possibly due to incompatibility with the 785G chipset on our Asus M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard. Then we tried it again in the new 3.1 version of AOD:
As you can see, Overdrive is working as it should. When we manually set a higher multiplier for load use, Cool'n'Quiet is lowered the multiplier at idle to conserve power and heat.
We mentioned some of the profile enhancements, and AMD claims that they can help you get the most out of specific CPUs. Here is a screen shot of the new profiles page:
Otherwise, AMD Overdrive is working as it always has, except that it will recognize and work with new hardware like the 785G chipset and the new Radeon HD 5000-series. The new profile features are nice, but the new version is solidly incremental and if you're familiar with 3.0, you will feel right at home in 3.1.
its a bigger change than say the step from C0 to D0 with the 1366 I7's
Its not like im a normal AMD fanboy, i just dont like monopolistisk tendenses, so as a builder i do have to know when i can tell u get the best rig with AMD or do u have to go to Intel.
I still hope Toms and preferabel Cleave comes with a review when a cpu bottelneck 5850 and 5870 at best grapic settings. Hilbert shows us that the AThlon II 435 do bottelneck a 5870, but since 5850 is round 15% slower than 5870, even the athlII 435 at stock should be close to take advantage of a radeon 5850.
Intels R&d last yr was as big as AMDs total sale, take in account that thay also fight Nvidia, so then u maybe understand why AMD is not best. If AMD drops farther down, what are we nerds left with, the answear should be clear to anyone that can think, we are left with only Intel.
I do build riggs, guess round 100 over 18 yr, for friends and stuff, i do refuse to build Intel riggs, why ?, becouse of the marked situation, we lost cyris as a cpu vendor, if we loose AMD to, then my fellow nerds, we are in troubel. I do however never recomend an AMD built if Intel is clearly supperiour, therefor we builder need to know the limits. AS toms has stated in severual test, AMD is good at budget riggs, but how far up can an Athl II 435, an Phii 720 suppurt a grapfic card, well even the phii955 is dirt cheap here.
Still, that doesn't solve my issue as another potential builder: since AMD and Intel now make equally well performing CPU's (for gaming purposes, that is), is there a reason not to pick the cheaper AMD? Higher power consumption, or less well performing motherboards, or something along these lines?
Try harder next time.
for speculation , in apps/games that really use 4 cores (x264/gta4), it would not be up to phenom II X4's and even Phenom II X3's .
in apps/games that dont use more than two cores , it would take out every amd offering . although it would be "in line' upgrade for anyone with a core 2 duo , quads are getting more and more important . i also hope that the rumors of very high clock speeds/practical everyday use overclockability are true . lets all wait now !