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AMD Athlon64 3500+ Overclocking Adventure

AMD Athlon64 3500+ Overclocking Adventure - PCSTATS
Abstract: I've been asked countless times why I bother to overclock such fast systems and the reason is that I can.
Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: AMD Mar 29 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > CPU / Processors > AMD Athlon64 3500+

Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3

Unreal Tournament 2004

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard to you plan to play competitively.

UT2004
dm-rankin FPS Ranking
Athlon64 3500+ 2.2 GHz (200/400) stock 114.27
Athlon64 3500+ 2.66 GHz (242/484) aircooled 135.18
Athlon64 3500+ 3.05 GHz (277/498) prometeia 147.18
as-convoy FPS Ranking
Athlon64 3500+ 2.2 GHz (200/400) stock 77.06
Athlon64 3500+ 2.66 GHz (242/484) aircooled 91.99
Athlon64 3500+ 3.05 GHz (277/498) prometeia 100.85
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
Athlon64 3500+ 2.2 GHz (200/400) stock 161.7
Athlon64 3500+ 2.66 GHz (242/484) aircooled 192.81
Athlon64 3500+ 3.05 GHz (277/498) prometeia 210.49

UT2004 is usually hard on systems but here we see a huge increase due to overclocking. In the cft-bridgeoffate demo there's a difference of around 50 FPS!

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced OpenGL game to date, it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limits. At its highest setting Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrows videocards will have a hard time running everything. The framerates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

Doom3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
Athlon64 3500+ 2.2 GHz (200/400) stock 113.1
Athlon64 3500+ 2.66 GHz (242/484) aircooled 134.4
Athlon64 3500+ 3.05 GHz (277/498) prometeia 144.9

Doom 3 is actually more of a videocard benchmark, but here we still see a big boost due to overclocking. It's official: If you're a gamer, you owe it to yourself to overclock your system!

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Contents of Article: AMD Athlon64 3500+
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon64 3500+ Overclocking Adventure
 Pg 2.  Mr. Cool
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2005, Super Pi, piFast
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001, ScienceMark 2.0
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Comanche 4, UT2003
 Pg 6.  — Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 7.  Pretty darn fast!

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