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Doc Overclock · 04-26-2006 · Category: Guides

Test Setup and Overclocking




The system we built showed strong scores that prove it doesn't take a lot of money to get a decent performing gaming system, even with SLI technology and two VGA cards. The system we built we tried our best to keep under the $600.00 range and we accomplished that goal pretty successfully in the system we have configured and built here as it played games very well and without error at resolutions of up to 1280X1024 with the settings set to High-Quality in the NVIDIA driver control center. The default setting is at Quality, which sometimes causes shimmering in some games and I wish NVIDIA would change that as it is really not a good setting for many of the current PC game titles available, changing the setting to High-Quality eliminated this and is a better all around setting to use.



Overclocked


We were able to get some decent overclocking out of the 3100+ Sempron and the CPU proved to be a good CPU for many tasks we do in our everyday usage of the PC. All the tests we ran ran smoothly and without error and the system ran 3DMark2001 in an endless loop for 48 Hours so stability was never in question here. We ran both the standard motherboard tests and our gamut of gaming tests as well this round for a broader feel for how well the system performs. With better cooling and memory I am sure I could have got a much higher overclock, but since this is a budget rig, the standard cooling and affordable memory limit my efforts in this area. The scores shown in the test results are based off a non-overclocked system as many people do not venture into the overclocking arena and we wanted to show the systems performance in its standard running environment for those individuals.


Test Software

  • F.E.A.R. 32-bit max settings 1024x768, 1280x960, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Far Cry 32-bit max settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Doom 3 32-bit max settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Call of Duty 2 32-bit max settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Quake 4 32-bit max settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • 3dmark06 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200
  • 3DMark05 Default
  • 3DMark03 Default

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Buying Your System Parts
  3. Our System Parts
  4. The EVGA 6600GT SLI Cards
  5. A $600.00SLI Gaming System
  6. Test Setup and Overclocking
  7. Performance
  8. Conclusion

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