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Benchmarks - Overclocked
As with all of our reviews we pit the default speed system against the overclocked one in a head to head byte match. The results of our tests are below.
First to reach the recorded 1124Mhz overclock we needed to increase the memory voltage to 2.38v which is slightly above the recommended value. A point could be argued that older HP2 modules required almost 2.5 volts to run and 2.38v is well within that range. However with a good batch of performance memory comes a reduction of required voltage and thus a shorter warranty leash.
Second, all of the overclocks featured here were done while the memory timings were set to AUTO in the DFI BIOS. DFI has been really good at automatically controlling memory performance and even adjusted the timings beyond what could be manually set. (tRCD and tRP set to 8 where 7 is the highest manual option). Our only complaint is that the auto setting tends to play things safe. For instance we could still reach 1066Mhz with everything manually set to (5-4-4-12) at the recommended 2.1v memory voltage but the performance gain was negligible so we decided to kept things simple.
As for the numbers, we are happy with the results, in one hand you have a "matched" CPU to memory frequency setting giving us the best performance while the flat out memory overclock featured and slower CPU speed and still gave us a run for our money.