Can Water push Yorkfield to 5 GHz?

Test Settings

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System Hardware
Yorkfield ProcessorIntel Core 2 Extreme QX9770(FSB-1600, 45 nm, 3.20 GHz, 12 MB L2 Cache)
Kentsfield ProcessorIntel Core 2 Extreme QX6850(FSB-1333, 65 nm, 3.00 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache)
Conroe ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6750(FSB-1333, 65 nm, 2.67 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
MotherboardGigabyte GA-P35T-DQ6, Rev. 1.0Intel P35, BIOS F5c (10/26/2007)
RAMSuper Talent W1600UX2G7 PC3-128002x 1024 MB, Rated DDR3-1600 at CL 7.0-7-7-18
Hard DriveWestern Digital WD1500ADFD-00NLR1, Firmware: 20.07P20150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
Graphics CardFoxconn GeForce 8800GTX, P/N: FV-N88XMAD2-ODNVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX - 768 MB
Power SupplyOCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI - 700W
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform DriversIntel INF
Graphics DriverNVIDIA Forceware 163.75

The 8800GTX continues to represent the "high-end standard" from nVidia, at least until the next generation of high-end cards comes along. Our sample was provided by Foxconn.

While many of our labs have switched to higher-capacity mainstream drives, the Western Digital Raptor 150 GB remains the performance choice among a few testers.

Software Configuration

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Benchmarks and Settings
Call of Duty 2Version: 1.03Video Mode: 1024x768Anti-aliasing: offShadows: notimedemo demo2
F.E.A.RVersion: 1.0 RetailVideo Mode: 1024x768Computer: MediumGraphics: MediumTest Path: Options/Performance/Test Settings
Quake 4Version: 1.2 (Dual-Core Patch)Video Mode: 1024x768Video Quality: defaultTHG Timedemo waste.maptimedemo demo8.demo 1 (1 = load textures)
Lame MP3Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to mp3160 kbps
OGGVersion 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to oggQuality: 5
TMPEG 3.0 ExpressVersion: (no Audio)fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.6Version: 6.6Profile: High Definition Profile1-pass, 3000 kbit/sEncoding mode: Insane QualityEnhanced multithreadingno Audio
XviD 1.1.3Version: 1.1.3Target quantizer: 1.00
Autodesk 3D Studio MaxVersion: 8.0Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"Rendering HTDV 1920x1080
PCMark05 ProVersion: 1.1.0System, CPU and Memory TestsWindows Media Player Media Encoder
SiSoftware Sandra 2005Version 2005.7.10.60CPU Test = Arithmetic, Multimedia BenchmarksMemory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.