Testing and Overclocking


Test Rig

CPU: AMD Phenom II 1090T

GPU: ASUS Reference 5870

Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 DDR3

Storage: Crucial C300 128GB

PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Case: Corsair 700D equipped with many fans



To ensure the results were consistent, the heatsink was mounted three times and idle and load tests run each time. An average of the results is shown below.

For idle testing, Windows 7 was allowed to run with no programs for ten minutes.

For load testing I used Prime 95 Small FFTs and temperatures were taken after twenty minutes.

The standard thermal paste, provided with the cooler, was used.



The settings we used for our stock and overclocked tests are:

Stock – CPU 3200MHz Auto voltage (1.325v)

Overclocked – CPU 4000MHz 1.456v

Due to the thermal probe built into the Phenom II CPUs being incorrectly calibrated, the temperatures displayed are 5C cooler than the actual temperature of the CPU. The temperatures are all taken from the same CPU so are all on the same scale.

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William Hemmens