The Computer Council - Clocked Gamer Quad

System Setup & Further Overclocking

System Setup
 
Being the first PC system review conducted here at Overclock3D, we unfortunately do not have any results from previous systems to compare the Clocked Gamer Quad against. However, for the benefit of comparison we have constructed a similar spec'd non-overclocked machine to give an idea of just how much faster the Clocked Gamer Quad is to an "off-the-shelf" PC.
 
System Setup Table
 
The following benchmarks are part of Overclock3D's standard suite of applications and should give us a good overall idea of how the Clocked Gamer Quad performs in both synthetic and real world situations.
 
Synthetic CPU & Memory
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c
• Lavalys Everest 4.0
• SuperPI Mod 1.4 (8m)

File Compression & Encoding
• 7-Zip File Compression
• River Past ViMark

Disk I/O Performance
• HDTach 3.0.4.0
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c

3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• Cinebench 10
• 3DMark05
• 3DMark06
• POV-Ray 3.6

3D Games
• Quake 4
• Bioshock
• F.E.A.R
 
 
Stability & Overclocking
 
Being a pre-overclocked system great attention needs to be paid to the stability of the machine under high loads for extensive periods (Gaming etc..). TCC state that every one of the machines in their Clocked range is tested for full stability with 8 hours of Prime95 and 3DMark tests. While this is probably more than enough to guarantee full stability, we decided to push the Clocked Gamer Quad a little harder subjecting it to an entire day's (12hrs) worth of OCCT and ATITool Artifact Scanning. At the end of the day, the Clocked Gamer Quad had pretty much heated the entire office, but impressively it hadn't faltered once.
 
Overclock3D Stability PASSED
 
Of course, knowing that the Clocked Gamer Quad was 100% stable we couldnt help but wonder just how much further we could push that 3.3ghz overclock before things started to get a little wobbly. By using the BIOS to simply raise the FSB a few notches, this is what we managed:
 
TCC - CPUZ TCC - CPUZ
 
While we could have probably taken things further with extra voltage and additional tweaking, we felt that the original 3.3ghz overclock performed by TCC offered the best balance of performance and stability. Re-testing the unit with a further 8-12hours of OCCT just simply wasn't worth the additional effort for an extra 100-200mhz.
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Most Recent Comments

24-04-2008, 15:04:23

ali_james
Nice review there, I like what you've done comparing it to a stock system. Really shows what a good O/C can do for performance.

Respect to TCC, nice rig with a great, sensible spec. It shocks me how some companys fool nubs with the stupid sales tricks by throwing in "extreme dx10 gaming with sli" with poorer cards such as a pair 8600's when a much better single card solution is a mere £30~£40 more. Good call on the psu aswell, I'd be horrified to buy a high end rig with a cheapy psu in it.

Cheers for the read Quote

24-04-2008, 15:54:38

Nick R
Does this mean there will be more full PC reviews?

I agree with what you said about the website as well, it just lacks the right feel.Quote

24-04-2008, 16:16:09

ionicle
looks like a good system, personally, i wouldnt give up the fun of building my own for a prebuilt, even if it does have such a nice spec, and an overclock, but its gotta be good for beginers, or gamers who dont wanna know about hardware...Quote

24-04-2008, 16:27:52

JN
Cheers for the feedback guys

This is indeed the first in what will hopefully be a fairly long line of system reviews. We've got some gaming notebook reviews coming up soon, so look out for those.

But as always, we're not gonna slacken off on the cutting edge hardware reviews Quote

24-04-2008, 17:03:00

Toxcity
Fantastic Jim!

Seems we have found another good contact.Quote
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