System Builder Marathon: Overclocking

After several days of system descriptions and basic testing, we reach the most anticipated portion of this month’s System Builder Marathon: The Overclocking Competition. All three of our new builds are purposely designed to offer the best overclocking performance for the dollar, and this is almost certain to provide the biggest gains to the slowest processor. Yet excessive cooling provides a glimmer of hope for our most expensive system, and that’s where we’re starting this month.

But before we move to individual system details, here’s a look at the one constant for all systems, the benchmark set.

Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games
Crysis Version: 1.1
Video Quality 1: High Details No Anti-Aliasing
Video Quality 2: Very High Details, 4x Anti-Aliasing
Benchmark: Benchmark_CPU.bat
Prey Version: 1.3
Video Quality 1: Default (No AA, 8x AF)
Video Quality 2: High Quality, 4x AA
Benchmark: THG-Demo
Supreme Version: 3.220
Commander Video Quality 1: Default
Video Quality 2: High Fidelity, High Shadow, 4x AA
Benchmark: Real 60 Game
Unreal Version: Retail
Tournament 3 Texture Detail: 5
World Detail: 5
Field of View: 100
Benchmark: Botmatch (WAR-Torlan, 12 bots, 1 Minute)
Warhammer Version: 1.6
Mark of Chaos Video Quality:Default (Highest Settings)
Demo: THG Timedemo (1 Minute)
Audio
iTunes 7.2 Version: 7.1.1.5
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
High Quality (160kb/s)
Lame MP3 Version: 3.98 Beta 3 (05-22-2007)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to MP3
160kb/s
Video
TMPEGEnc Version: 4.2.10.211
4.0 Xpress Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Channel, English
Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160kb/s)
DivX 6.6 Version: 6.6.1
Profile: Home Theater Profile (720 x 576)
1-pass, 780 kb/s
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
XviD 1.1.2 Version: 1.1.2
Target quantizer: 1.00 (maximum quality)
Applications
Adobe Version: 10.0x20070321
Photoshop CS3 Filtering 69MB TIF Photo
Benchmark: Tom’s Guide-Benchmark V1.0.0.4
Autodesk Version: 9.0
3D Studio Max Rendering One Video Frame
Quality: HTDV 1920x1080 & 1280x720
Grisoft AVG Version: 7.5.467
Anti-Virus Virus Base: 269.6.1/776
Benchmark: Scanning 3.82GB Application Folder
Maxon Version: 10.008
Cinema 4D Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Benchmark: Rose Drop, 8-bits (50 Frames)
Rarlab Winrar Version 3.70 BETA 8
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 kB
Uncompressed Folder Size: 642MB
Synthetics
SPECviewperf 9 Version: 9.0.3
PCMark05 Pro Version: 1.1.0
System, CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 11.0.6000.6324
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
Futuremark Version 1.10
3DMark 2006 System Test Only
SiSoftware Version 2008.1.12.30
Sandra XII CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

And now for the results!

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