AMD Overdrive Utility Improvements

We utilized version 2.1.2 of AOD for our testing. This new version will be launching next week with the product that we dare not mention its name, but it does include the new SB750 and a smoking hot IGP core. This version of AOD has matured nicely from the 2.1.1 beta we have been using the past few weeks. The major enhancements include ACC capability, IGP GPU clock options, new color schemes, skinning ability for the OEM, system diagram and individualized component information, and additional tuning options dependent on BIOS support.

Appearances are everything...

The old...

The new...comes in any color you like as long as its red or black.



Same old Performance Control face but with more options now...


New System Diagram Interface with all your favorite reporting tools rolled into one...

AMD has added a new feature that allows you to get instant and usually detailed information on the system platform and components attached to it. We found the information provided to be very detailed and quick to reach with AOD open. It might not replace your favorite tools like Everest, CPU-Z, or GPU-Z but AMD has provided this type of information in a single user interface now.

We have included additional screen shots in the following gallery.  

Test Setup-

Our test setup consists of typical component choices we feel an AMD enthusiast user would probably choose for their own system. Our Corsair 1000HX power supply is probably over the top but will be required for Quad CrossFire testing in our next release article. Also, as we delve more into AMD overclocking, our cooling system will have to be upgraded and our first choice is the CoolIT Systems Freezone Elite.

How it Works, um, Kinda Testing the Theory - Does it Overclock Any Better?


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  • Xray1 - Friday, July 25, 2008 - link

    The possibility that it is all about cpu skew/timings does not contradict what I have said. Why do you need a 6 pin connection from a southbridge to the CPU to change these settings? You can do that with simple register programming (MSRs). That's just like what has been done in the past (especially in timing settings of the AthlonXP FSB).

    So for me the big secret 6pin connection still looks like a big hardware dongle to allow for AMDs overclocking tool to only work on AMD chipset mainboards. They wanted to make it 100% non-software accessible, so there would be no way of doing it on non-AMD chipset boards. That's all I said. And yes, it's also speculation. But as long as they keep it cloed source, it's a non-accessible feature for other chipset makers.
  • ZootyGray - Friday, July 25, 2008 - link

    @ xray

    Agree. However we don't know. Are they going to keep it secret? Is it about competition? or proprietary? Is there more to it? Is there a hidden ?thing? in Phenom? Is there "black magic"? Has it all been a deliberate lag behind so that they can come roaring back to life and look like the greatest thing since the resurrection? Look what they did to nvidiot with the 48x0 release. And the new CEO wants to offer more performance. Lots going on here = wow! This has my attention, and I want facts.

    My point is that Anandtech is already barking up this same tree - they don't know - they have inquired - and they are reporting known facts - and that is the real food that we have come to eat. More will be revealed. Maybe the answer is the "don't dare mention"; but I doubt that. Maybe a lot of things. It's all exciting to me as AMD makes some noise.

    I watch and wait.
  • eetnoyer - Thursday, July 24, 2008 - link

    "error of margin"?

    I think you meant confirmation, not conformation.
  • The Preacher - Thursday, July 24, 2008 - link

    The clock speed reported by CPU need not tell the whole story. The new system might actually drop a clock cycle here and there and might not increase the CPU performance at all, despite the higher reported frequency. Reply
  • CyberHawk - Thursday, July 24, 2008 - link

    What is the product that we dare not mention its name? Mentioned twice in the article.

    If there is word about Overdrive Utility I guess that it is a new CPU on horizon.

    What do you think?
  • nubie - Thursday, July 24, 2008 - link

    I don't think it is a new CPU, in "Final words" they seem to hint it is a new IGP with a lot more performance on tap.

    If they can storm the market with a 4850 for $200, I am sure that they can integrate something to run today's games at minimum settings on the motherboard and keep it under that price.
  • luk1999 - Thursday, July 24, 2008 - link

    Could you test overclocking on this motherboard with some standard (non-Black Edition) Phenom? Reply
  • dvijaydev46 - Thursday, July 24, 2008 - link

    I wish you did at least a few benchmarks and published. I was very curious to see how a phenom performs at 3.5 GHz. Reply
  • MikeODanyurs - Thursday, July 24, 2008 - link

    My SB (supposedly SB700) has the same production week and only 2 digits and one letter difference on my Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H motherboard. Anyone know if it's the letter or the 2 digit numbers that identify the SB750?">
  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - link

    Hardly can read pictures.. :P Reply

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