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AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE: Same Speed, Less Power

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.