Let’s start off with everyone’s favorite synthetic graphics test, 3DMark Vantage. In order to get an idea of how this setup performs at the benchmark’s various workloads, we ran the Performance, High, and Extreme presets.
The total 3DMark Vantage scores show us a capable system with relatively little gain from the 1 GHz CPU overclock. That’s probably because this benchmark is graphics-centric, and the video card overclock is minimal.
Let’s look at the application-centric PCMark Vantage scores, which should show the CPU overclock in a much more positive light.
PCMark Vantage shows a respectable performance increase of about 20% across total system performance, memory performance, and productivity performance. The exception is hard disk performance, which of course does not benefit from the overclocked processor.
Now we’ll look at SiSoft’s Sandra XII benchmark suite:
Sandra demonstrates scores far more dependent on raw CPU performance, as the overclocked scores bring us up some 44% over stock speeds. Memory bandwidth is also increased about 25% over stock due to the increased clock speed.
With the synthetics out of the way, let’s see how the system performs in real world applications.
This is my first comment although I have reading this website for the past 8 years. Anyway to th point - Usuallt I agree 90% with you on components you choose, especially in the high-end and budget configuration. But this time a lot of tings strikes me: First it is the CPU - I am pleased You have addressed the issue to a great degree in the article later, but still I think it will be appropriate to try to further increase the voltage because this is a watercooled 65nm CPU; Second the chipset I think it`s ot the best choise, X38 is a former high-end chipset so when You`re overclocking you should get the faster binned X48, but because this is mid-range configuration I think it`s best to taka advantage of the super popular P45; Third the motherboard I am not sure if a motherboard with a not so stron PWM is the best tool for overclocking such a power-hungry chip, You should try to overclock on a different motherboard to see why are yuo`re not receiving a more descent overclock;Forth and last the price difference to a 1066MHz kit is pretty small so I think it`s preferable because tis will give You flexibility to try higher FSB with lower multiplier, wchich should give another notch of performance. I am saying all this because I want to help You make this website even better.
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Good choice in video cards, I’m glad you didn’t choose 4850’s with the stock coolers because those bad boys run really hot.
I agree with this dude really. Anything watercooled is enthusiast, not mainstream. I don't know if americans just treat themselves to better hardware, but here in europe anyone with watercooling is considered an enthusiast. Nobody with a reasonable budget is going to 'waste' money on water cooling. Imo a tuniq, tr120 or a scythe something cooler would've been a more appropriate midrange guess. Also I'd expect anyone building a pc today to pick a p45 over an x38 (though I like the red slots on this one)
I know most ppl are probably more interested with the benchmarks, but I'm sure this might interest some people on what's it like to live with, thanks!