AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition "C3"
Gigabyte MA770T UD3P Motherboard
4GB Corsair XMS3-1333 C9 RAM
Asus Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
Samsung Spinpoint F1 320GB SATA II HDD
LG 22x SATA DVD+/-RW
OCZ StealthXStream 500W ATX 2.0 PSU
Arctic Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64bit
The system had been prepared such to simulate a typical configuration that may include a Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. This includes a set of mid to upper midrange components. No unconventional components that may skew the results have been used.
The Gigabyte MA770T UD3P was flashed to the latest "F4" BIOS for formal C3 Microcode CPU support. While most (if not all) motherboards that support the previous Deneb Core CPU's will boot straight out of the box, formal support is essential to ensure optimal stability and the highest overclock possible.
We were pleasantly surprised by the CPU's Temperatures. With ambients of 22*c the CPU topped at 54*c during the OCCT LinPack test which is notorious for being unnaturally hard on the CPU. The Arctic Freezer 64 Pro was not operating at full fan duty speed. It would seem as though Overclocking Headroom has the potential to be pretty good. There's only one way to find out for sure...