against my better judgement...
I have decided to once again open this thread for discussion
I'm already tired of everyone that is going to come in here and nitpick every little last half-point of a benchmark gained and then arguing that this thread is stupid and useless as they know more than the combined forum does...so if you are one of those, buzz off as you will just get deleted from this thread.
This thread is for discussion of real-world testing and the benefits of overclocking the cpu and how dividers and timings make very little difference since with AMD64 cpu's, the cpu Mhz is the KING.
Yes, all you know-it-alls, we all ALREADY know that you are superior with your 1:1 300x10 @ 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2 timings so you can also buzz off as this thread is not for you.
This thread is for those that want to know that using a divider or looser timings to gain more cpu Mhz.
This thread is for anyone that doesn't quite understand or is still living in P4/AMD AthlonXP days when memory controllers were not built into the cpu's die, and made an extraordinary amount of difference in performance.
All of the graphs and charts and tests that are in this thread prove that while 1:1 @ tightest possible timings are always best, it is still only a small percentage increase over loose timings + a divider @ same cpu Mhz.
This thread is for you, who wants to overclock the cpu to it's maximum and is worried that dropping to a DDR180 or DDR166 divider, or moving from 2-2-2- timings to 3-4-4 timings is going to be an ugly, performance-harming affair....
IT IS NOT
It is better to rack up the cpu Mhz as far as you can than it is to have less cpu mhz and tighter timings and no dividers in 99% of the tests you will run (especially games that are cpu dependent etc).
keep the discussion going...this thread has schooled MANY of you guys who have shown up over the last 2 years, and I see that schooling paying off as you have all begun to teach everyone else around you the benefits of AMD64 cpu Mhz over memory bandwidth etc (and yes, even Super Pi as Super Pi has ZERO real-world bearing other than showing that your e-Penis is larger than some guy who can't beat your time).
Enjoy, and keep in mind the mods will patrol this thread pretty heavily...