Maybe it's just me.. and a weird quirk of fate that allows this.. but I'd just like to say that I'm totally blown away by the performance of my AMD64 3200+ (939pin) system at home.. particularly with respect to the power consumption and heat generation of the cpu.
It seems that everytime I feel like upping and/or pushing the threshold a little higher on my poor processor, it does a 180 and kicks me right in the face with even more amazing results than I had expected....
It's a 2.0Ghz chip by default, and I had been running it at 2.2Ghz for a while, until I upgraded to my new 6800GT last week. I noticed that even though my 3d2001 results were higher, they surely must be able to go higher with a little OC on the card.. Much to my surprise, no improvement really in the default/stock setup for the benchmark.. This is obviously that great cpu speed thingy that 3d2001 has going on....
So I figured I'd try the cpu upped to 2.4ghz... A few tweeks to some settings in bios, and voila, 2.4 ghz (had to lower the memory bus to 166 instead of 200 after my ram got pissy.. and had to lower the HT bus to a 4x multiplier... not sure if it was the HT/multiplier getting pissed, or the ram, I'll have to look at that -though likely the ram)
Alright, got everything running, and hesitantly waited for my evil OS -which we wont name- to boot up. Yup it booted, thats a good sign, so how are we doing for temps?
CPU: 29C? Yeah, it dropped 2 degrees Celsius...
(You know I seem to recall the same thing happening when I originally upped it to 2.2 from 2.0)
And full load temps? after an hour of Far Cry at max settings?
[limited to 1280x1024 due to my ghetto-but still crankin away- Gateway CRT]
43C was the highest it got.
- I wish I could say the same for my gpu, which hits upper 60's easily -
- LOL, and I'm staring at my workstation's temps right now, idling steady @ 58C (dual-core P4)
So yeah... I'll leave it at that, I'm thrilled I made this choice, and cannot wait until the new DDR500-capable chips come next year, though I likely will not be in the market, this box is gonna take me through good times and bad.
Good work AMD.