The Intel P35 Express
chipset is a monster of an overclocker in every motherboard
PCSTATS has tested so far. You can bet your bottom dollar PCSTATS
is expecting great things from the Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe motherboard!
Our test configuration will involve the new 1333MHz FSB
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor and a 2GB set of Corsair's tasty
While the CAS latency settings on this DDR3 RAM are 7-7-7-20, I think
it is safe to say neither the CPU nor memory will be holding the Biostar TP35D3-A7
Deluxe back today... so this should be a fun round of overclocking.
As usual, before the overclocking begins the CPU clock multiplier will be lowered
to 6x and the memory set to run in 1:1.
Starting at 333 MHz FSB the clock speed of the TP35D3-A7 Deluxe motherboard was increased
5 MHz at a time. Without much difficulty the motherboard reached
400 MHz, then 420 MHz, then 430 MHz and then even 440 MHz came and went... To
reach 470 MHz FSB, we had to bump the Intel P35 Express Northbridge voltage up to to
few minutes passed before the Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe reached its maximum speed of 512 MHz FSB, anything
higher was simply a no go. PCSTATS did try, but the test platform would
freeze up at POST or we'd get a blue screen while loading Windows. It is
almost like there was a magical barrier, that once past that would crash the
max FSB of 512 MHz is pretty darn sweet for a DDR3/P35 platform. It
just goes to show you that Biostar mean business when it comes to overclocking
Inside the Biostar
Biostar gives you the regular memory timing
adjustments from CAS Latency to RAS to CAS Delay and RAS Precharge. Note values
are now even higher than what we're use to with DDR2 memory.
Biostar gives you full multiplier access (well
as much as Intel will allow). The FSB can be adjusted between 333-700 MHz in 1
MHz increments and there are whole slew of memory dividers. Maximum CPU voltage
goes 0.787V above stock, chipset voltage 0.3V above stock and memory 0.35V above
stock. That should be enough for the overclocker and as you can see the
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe did pretty well for itself.
Prelude to Benchmarks
of how the Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe motherboard test system was configured for
benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating
system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the
general specs for the reference platforms this Intel P35 Express based system is
to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system
configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.
|PCSTATS Test System Configurations|