Of course, we won't just tell you how fast we managed to overclock the processor. We ran a set of benchmarks on both our ideal 3.33GHz/1333MHz PSB Core 2 Extreme as well as the 3.6GHz max. overclocked X6800 and compared it with the numbers that we've managed to collect so far with the default Core 2 Extreme X6800. The test bed setups used are listed below:-
With an increase of PSB to 1333MHz and memory running at DDR2-1000, the 3.33GHz Core 2 Extreme beat the X6800 by around 6%. The small variance in the Office Productivity workload seems to show that SYSmark doesn't scale much with increased processing power and this tallies with the nature of this test suite and past test observations. However, the Internet Content Creation workload saw a much healthier performance boost at higher frequencies, posting results nearly 10% better than the X6800. At 3.6GHz, the performance was further extended to 12.5% from the base reference.