Asus Dual Intelligent Processors Review
Published: 19th October 2010 | Source: Asus | Price: |
Auto vs Manual Overclocking
OK, so you have seen how far a sophisticated Auto Overclocking tool can push a Core i3 530 CPU but can a human do any better?
Unsurprisingly the answer is yes...but the final outcome isn't that much higher. Our P7H55M sample was capable of a stonking 207MHz BCLK but armed with a Noctua NH-U9B and a fairly early i3 sample, we found our sweetspot at around the 4.10GHz mark. This is just 6% higher than the automated (and effortless) overclock.
Now here lies the big question. Is the manual overclock significantly better?
AIDA64 Ultimate Edition
The new AIDA64 (Formerly Everest...and AIDA) Ultimate Edition features the same Queen, Photoworxx and ZLib tests, but they have been optimised somewhat. Lets take it for a spin...
Some significant gains are to be had across the board from the Turbo Auto Tune feature. Marginal gains are found by our extended tweaks.
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility capable of benchmarking the performance of individual components inside a PC.
The CPU arithmetic test ascertains the processor's capabilities in terms of numerical operations. Two subtests named Dhrystone and Whetstone are carried out respectively. This is not a measure of latency and thus higher is better.
The performance increases are reciprocated by the CPU Arithmetic test. Despite a further 160MHz increase in CPU frequency the gains aren't all that significant - Automated Overclock users may rejoice.
The CPU Multimedia Test focuses on CPU based operations that may occur during multimedia based tasks. The magnitude of the score depends on the processor's ability to handle Integer, Float and Double data types
A similar story is painted with the CPU Multimedia test. At 3.84GHz, the Core i3 530 is a very strong performer...at least as far as dual cores are concerned anyway.