Intel Core i7 In-Depth Performance Scaling Analysis

Overclocking/ by massman @ 2009-08-11

In this article we take a closer look at the overclocking aspects of the Core i7 platform. Core, uncore, QPI, memory, bclk... all have been analyzed with performance scaling tests to you help extract the most performance from your setup.

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Test setup and methodology

Test setup

We prepared the following test system to be used for all performance results mentioned on the next pages:

Madshrimps' Intel Test Setup

Madshrimps (c)
CPU Intel Core i7 965 (click for picture)
Cooling Noctua NH-U12P
Mainboard DFI Lanparty DK X58-T3eH6
Memory 3 * 2GB OCZ Reaper PC-14400
  • Sapphire 4870X2
  • Antec 1000W PSU
  • Western Digital 320Gb SATA HDD
  • Windows XP SP3

  • Methodology

    The following benchmarks were used:

  • Lavalys Everest: Memory latency
  • SuperPi 1M
  • Wprime 32M
  • 3DMark2001SE: Nature

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