The CPU (2.4Ghz) was only able to be overclocked to 215 FSB (2.61Ghz) and still have full stability. I was able to overclock it to 222 FSB, but I was not able to get any sound to work. The CPU clock is capped at 233 and the DDR voltage was 2.5-3.0. There was no visible way to increase the voltage in order to overclock any further and maintain full functionality. The small 250W PSU appears to be the limiting factor in overclocking the system. Although the differences are not great, we were able to achieve some improvements with the limited overclocking ability.
3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware. It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher. Resolution was set to 1024×768.
The 3DMark03 CPU test is a convenient way to measure the performance of the CPU for typical 3D usage. The featured tests isolate the performance of key 3D features primarily relating to shader technologies.
AquaMark3 executes a complete state-of-the-art game engine and generates 3D scenes designed to make the same demands on hardware as a modern game. AquaMark3 utilizes recent hardware features of the new DirectX 9 API, such as PixelShader 2.0, while staying fully backward compatible to DirectX 8 and 7 graphics hardware.
Sisoft Sandra 2005
SiSoft Sandra 2005 is a synthetic benchmark for testing primary components.
The tests can stress a system’s CPU, Memory, or Multimedia capabilities.
Sandra 2005 supports X86 (32-bit) and X86-64 (64-bit) hardware and OS’s.
SiSoft Sandra 2005 is one of the leading providers of computer analysis, diagnostic and benchmarking software. SANDRA is used by almost 400 world-wide IT publications, magazines, review sites to analyse the performance of today?s computers. Over 4,000 on-line reviews of computer hardware that use SANDRA are catalogued on the company?s website alone. SiSoft Sandra benchmarks show the power of emerging new technologies like multi-core, Wireless MMX, AMD64/EM64T, IA64, NUMA, SMT (Hyper-Threading), SMP (multi-threading), SSE2, SSE, 3DNow! Enhanced, 3DNow!, Enhanced MMX and MMX.
AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of a computer system. Again, resolution was set 1024×768.
Doom 3 is one of the most system taxing games available. Its popularity also makes it a great choice for system benchmarking. I like to use Time Demo 1 with resolution set to 1024×768 with detail set to high.
Far Cry is another popular FPS title that seriously taxes your systems graphics. HardwareOC developed this specialized benchmarking utility that automatically runs the test twice and averages out the score. V 1.41 was used here, with a resolution of 1024×768 and detail levels set to high.