Legit Processor Reviews
AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1GHz Triple Core Processor Review
|Product:||AMD Athlon II X3 445|
|Date:||Mon, Jul 05, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Dan Stoltz -|
Overclocking the AMD Athlon II X3 445
Overclocking greatly varies due to what hardware is being used and who is doing the overclocking. Always remember that no two pieces of hardware will perform the same, so our results will differ from what you might be able to get.
Taking a look at CPUz 1.54 we see that tha AMD Athlon II X3 445 uses a FSB of 200 and a multiplier of x15.5 to achieve the final clock speed of 3.1GHz. This is not a Black Edition processor, therefore the multiplier is locked at a maximum of x15.5. The only way to overclock the AMD Athlon II X3 445 is to raise the FSB up and over the 200MHz we are starting with.
After some trial and error we were able to hit a maximum stable overclock of 3968MHz. The only changes I made in the BIOS were, raising the FSB up to 256MHz, the CPU voltage was raised up to 1.55v and the HT Link multiplier was reduced to x8.
Despite the AMD Athlon II X3 445 having an 800+MHz overclock, we were still limited by the CPU. We saw a gain of only 1200 3DMarks. The GPU score only saw an increase of ~600 3DMarks. The CPU score went up by a solid amount of 1617 3DMarks which is an improvement of 21%!
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Page 1 - AMD Athlon II X3 445
Page 2 - The Test System
Page 3 - SiSoft Sandra 2010 Memory Bandwidth
Page 4 - 3DdMark Vantage
Page 5 - Cinebench R11.5
Page 6 - Hyper Pi
Page 7 - x264 HD Video Encoding
Page 8 - Resident Evil 5
Page 9 - Batman Arkham Asylum
Page 10 - Colin McRae: DiRT 2
Page 11 - Overclocking the AMD Athlon II X3 445
Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 13 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion