AMD has had their share of new CPU releases lately, and more are coming. Recently, they released the Venice and San Diego chips, with a 90nm core, added SSE3 support, and has superb overclocking potential. They also use less power, which means lower temps! Read on as I put the Venice 3200+ through a slew of benchmarks.
After an entire afternoon of overclocking, I had a great time with Blue Screens of Death. I got them often, and had to tweak further. Due to my memory being extremely fussy, I had to settle at 270*10, for a 2.7GHz overclock.
Without a doubt, a 700MHz increase on air, is great. Especially where I noticed no temperature increases, after overclocking. Before we get into the temperatures, let’s take a look at all the various stress tests the Venice 3200+ went through, both at stock and overclocked speeds.
First, we’ll benchmark with two very popular programs. Super Pi is a program that calculates Pi to a specified amount of decimal places. I ran the 1 Million calculation. Also, in Sandra 2005, I ran the CPU Arithmetic Benchmark.
In Super Pi, the lower the number, the better. The overclocked chip processed Pi 35% faster than stock. Considering that this overclock was not difficult to acquire, especially with my memory, this is a great result. With the Sandra test, you can see that the overclock seriously improved performance in these as well.