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Performance Computing - Q1 2005 (AMD64 and SLI Overclocked) - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra

It has been 14 months since our last Performance PC article was published where we collected the best performing computer parts around and built up one of the quickest and most expensive systems of its time. Today we bring you our much anticipated follow-up taking a look at exactly what almost $5,000 USD worth of hardware gets you. Based around an AMD Athlon 64 system with SLI, we have oodles and oodles of performance to play with. Read on as we bring you our recommended Performance Computing system for Q1 2005.

| Editorials in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Feb 4, 2005 5:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3800+

 

Motherboard(s): ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE (Supplied by ASUS)

 

Memory: 2 X 512MB OCZ DDR400 2-2-2-5 (Supplied by OCZ Technology)

 

Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA (Supplied by Western Digital)

 

Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP1

 

Drivers: nVidia 77.40 GPU driver, nVidia 6.11 BETA chipset drivers and DX9c

 

As we have mentioned already we will be comparing the system against itself at its stock speeds and our maximum overclocked speeds. As we mentioned the processor has moved from 2.4GHz to 2.556GHz and our SLI setup is now running at a cool 420MHz/1234MHz compared to the stock 400MHz/1100MHz.

 

We are using the nVidia 77.40 BETA drivers as we found we received the best stability and performance with these drivers.

 

Let's not delay it any longer and have a look at what we have been waiting for the whole time and get into the benchmarks for this pure performance beast.

 

SiSoft Sandra

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2004

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk

 

Product Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=en

 

Buy It Here

 

 

SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.

 

 

 

 

You can clearly see in all three graphs that the overclocked system gives us both an increase in memory and CPU bandwidth.

 

 

 

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