To give you an idea of the type of performance increases you will see when overclocking the 9800 PE, we have provided some results.
To recap, we were able to obtain a maximum stable core clock speed of 398MHz which is just 18MHz over default (or about a 5% overclock). On the memory side of things we were able to obtain a maximum stable memory clock speed of 365MHz which is 65MHz over default (or about a 22% overclock).
In our first synthetic overclocked benchmark we can see that the overclock provides just over a 16% performance increase which could have been higher if the core overclocked further than it did.
Unreal Tournament 2004
A more realistic benchmark shows us that the overclock only provides us about a 7% increase in performance in a real-world circumstance.
We have seen this before with Doom 3 in the initial stages - it loves fast memory. We can see that we just over a 13% increase in performance which in this case could mean the difference between a playable gaming experience and not.
It would seem Far Cry doesn't thrive on highly clocked memory as much as Doom 3 since we only see about a 6% increase in performance.
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- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 1 [Introduction]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 2 [In The Box]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 3 [The Card and Overclocking]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 4 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark2001 SE]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark03]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 6 [Benchmarks - AquaMark 3]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 7 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 2004]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 8 [Benchmarks - Doom 3]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 9 [Benchmarks - Far Cry]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 10 [Benchmarks - Quake 3 Arena]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 11 [Benchmarks - High Quality]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 12 [Benchmarks - Overclocking]
- 9800 Platinum Edition - Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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