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The Art of Overclocking; Is It For You?

The Art of Overclocking; Is It For You?  - PCSTATS
Abstract: One of his customers who was standing near by listening in interrupted to ask "is it really worth all the trouble for the last few MHz"?
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External Mfg. Website: PCStats May 23 2003   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99

Winstone 2002 Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP6 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP.

Winstone 2002 Benchmark Results

Business Winstone (FSB/Memory)

Score Ranking
1. P4 2.66 GHz (133/333) 31.1
2. P4 3.46 GHz (173/434) 35.1

Content Content (FSB/Memory)

1 P4 2.66 GHz (133/333) 41.6
2. P4 3.46 GHz (173/434) 49.5

With the Winstone 2002 benchmarks, we see that overclocking the system nets us a over a 10% increase in both Business Winstone and Content Creation. Whether you'd notice that extra 10%+ though is another question.

Winbench 99 V1.2 Source: e-Testinglabs.com

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphics, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows Me systems.

WinBench 99 v1.2 Benchmark Results
FSB/Memory Score Ranking
1. Business Disk - 133/333 8630
1a. Business Disk - 173/434 8920
2. High-End Disk - 133/333 30500
2a. High-End Disk - 173/434 31100
3. Business Graphics - 133/333 920
3a. Business Graphics - 173/434 1130
4. High-End Graphics - 133/333 1370
4a. High-End Graphics - 173/434 1760

HDD performance stays about the same despite overclocking. If you're working with HDD intensive applications overclocking will not boost your performance. The graphics portion of Winbench 99 though gets a very healthy increase thanks to overclocking. Let's see if that will translate into better framerates in upcoming game tests.

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Contents of Article: PCStats
 Pg 1.  The Art of Overclocking; Is It For You?
 Pg 2.  — Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2003, PCMark2002
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE, 3DMark03
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 7.  So is overclocking for you?

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