P55 Overclocking Showdown - ASUS, Gigabyte, and EVGA at the OC Corral (Page 6 Updated)by Rajinder Gill on November 6, 2009 12:00 PM EST
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At high processor clock speeds the CPU test of 3DMark Vantage is great at weeding out board weaknesses in power delivery. Along with WPrime 1024M, this test represents one of the toughest loads these boards will be subjected to when benchmarking for scores. We used a stock clocked 4870 X2 for apples to apples comparisons of both the final score and also the maximum CPU clock we could run the entire 3D mark suite at.
The boards all fell within 50MHz of one another for outright CPU speeds. The Gigabyte board would not complete 3DMark Vantage with CPU speeds over 5GHz for us regardless of voltage changes; although the overall score per clock rate is very good. We utilized both stock memory sub-timings as set by the BIOS and then tuned each memory sub timing option. In the end, any manual changes we made did not increase stability enough to improve CPU MHz scaling the test boards.