This processor starts life out at 3.2GHz, which is the highest Intel has to offer when it comes to desktop and server processors. The Vcore on the processor was increased from 1.25V to 1.35V and the system was able to run at 4GHz with full stability thanks to using the 10x multiplier. The Front Side Bus was tricky and we were only able to increase it by 5MHz at this time. The final outcome was Skulltrail running at 4.05Ghz, which is impressive for a board running two processors. Let’s take a look at a couple performance tests to see what the overclock means in terms of performance.
Results: Just for fun we fired up POV-Ray Real-Time Raytracing and ran the application and found the overclocked system enjoyed a 25% performance boost thanks to the boost in overall clock frequency.
Results: Sony Vegas 8.0b showed a 13% gain in performance with Skulltrail running at 4.05GHz versus 3.20GHz. It’s obvious that overclocking does improve real-world benchmarks like these.