TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,002 Reviews & Articles | 38,746 News Posts
TRENDING NOW: Intel's Core i7-5960X CPU has already been overclocked to 6.2GHz

Stock to Clocked - Core i7 920 at 3.8GHz - Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage

With the new Core i7 920 in hand, it's time to overclock it and see what kind of performance boost we can achieve.

| Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Dec 1, 2008 5:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): Intel i7 920 @ 3.8GHz (190MHz x 20)

 

Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P (Supplied by Noctua)

 

Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE EX58-UD5 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Memory: 3 X 2GB OCZ Technology PC-12800 DDR-3 8-8-8-24 (OCZ3G1600LV6GK)

 

Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 300GB Velicorapter (Supplied by Western Digital)

 

Operating System: Windows Vista SP1 64-Bit

 

Drivers: ForceWare 180.47

 

We're using our new test system which packs everything an enthusiast would want. Graphics card power has come in the form of a GIGABYTE GTX 280 that carries with it stock clocks. We're using our new benchmark line-up, albeit a cut down version. We'll also only be looking at Vista this time around. Let's now get stuck into our first benchmark.

 

3DMark Vantage

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmarkvantage/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware.

 

3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.

 

Stock to Clocked - Core i7 920 at 3.8GHz

 

Under Vantage we can see the overclock does very little for performance. Since by default the NVIDIA drivers turn GPU PhysX on, we thought we would disable to see if there is more of a difference when it's handed over to the CPU.

 

Stock to Clocked - Core i7 920 at 3.8GHz

 

As suspected, here we can see a bit more of a boost between the two configurations when PhysX is disabled on the GPU.

 

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs content at our CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs reviews, guides and articles index page.

Do you get our RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts
Check out TweakTown Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases