General Performance

General Usage Performance

Content Creation Performance

Because of the real world performance measured by the Winstone benchmarks, we did not really expect any difference between 90nm and 130nm results. However, the 90nm processors perform a bit faster than 130nm at the same speed in Business Winstone and Mutlimedia Content Creation Winstone. The differences are very small, but this is the beginning of even larger performance differences in Gaming benchmarks.

It is interesting that a 45% increase in clock speed (1.8GHz to 2.6GHz) on the 3000+ yields a 33% increase in Content Creation scores, but just 24% in Business Winstone. This is just another example showing that multimedia is much more impacted by CPU speed than standard Business applications.

Overclocking Results and Heat Gaming Performance


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  • gchen77 - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - link

    Can someone please explain the effects of raising vcore?
    I'm a relatively newbie to overclocking but I remember in the past (with Athlon XPs) raising vcore was almost certain death unless you had water cooling or your pc running in a freezer :)
  • jer - Wednesday, December 8, 2004 - link

    Wesley Fink,

    could u make a screenshot of the Memory tab in CPU-Z of the 90nm A64 3000+ cpu ??

    thx so much
  • Goomzz - Saturday, December 4, 2004 - link

    Just got my winchester 3000+ and my MSI K8N MSI Neo2 Plat. Since it's an x-mas gift can put it together until then. Putting it with Corsair XMS DDR 400 memory. I'll let you guys know how it goes. Reply
  • Goomzz - Saturday, December 4, 2004 - link

  • romano25 - Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - link

    I dont get it...
    1)IS 3500 64 voltage 1.5 Volts?
    2)Looks like the decreased the CPu multiplier on 3500 coz by default it is 11? Why? Does it affect ur performance?
  • romano25 - Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - link

  • bobbozzo - Monday, November 22, 2004 - link

    #82: it's been answered: get a board (MSI) that allows the Memory & FSB to run at an adjustable ratio, so the memory can run slower than the FSB. Reply
  • scius - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - link

    Cheaper Ram Altnernatives:
    A few other readers have mentioned this, but it seems there hasn't been much of an answer (though a few worthy attempts, notably that the 3200+ is probably a better choice).

    The Question: What ram would let us run at the highest FSB for the least $.

    Obviously you can just buy the faster stuff (DDR500, or whatever), but there must be sticks that, with looser timings(small cost), can let your processor scream(huge gains) while staying relatively stable.

    Anyway, I haven't found any articles about it, but if anyone has, or has some personal experience here, i'm sure we're all eager to hear it.
  • VoodooGamez - Thursday, November 4, 2004 - link

    Great article Wesley! Reply
  • cryptonomicon - Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - link

    great article anand!

    The 90nm process sounds like a great improvement (especially for oc).

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