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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 effective overclock for these tests is 4.6GHz @ 36x multiplier and 128 BLCK.  The results are show below.
    SiSoft Sandra Various Overclocks
    Unreal Tournament 3
    Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare
    Overclocking Conclusion
    Overclocking the Sandy Bridge E platform is very similar to overclocking on Sandy Bridge with one exception, the baseclock multiplier.  Base clock (BCLK) is still tied to the PCI Express bus so you are limited by how high you can go depending on your CPU and motherboard.  To further enhance the overclocking experience Intel has added a BCLK multiplier allowing you to fine tune memory frequencies and system clock
    We are still dialing in what our 3960X can do so the 4.6Ghz used in this review is just a start giving our, self imposed, voltage limit and custom watercooler.  We fully expect that this processor can go faster and it is just a matter of time before we discover what those speed limitations are.
    What to take away from this page is that the 3960X can overclock quite well and is quite fast.  The processor is also VERY picky about the frequencies it will run which seem to be tied to memory more so than with simple voltage adjustments.