Of course, this method of speeding up the system cannot be called Overclocking in the full meaning of this word. Our Pentium 4 2.4GHz could only work at frequencies up to 2.7GHz. So, the slogan for this feature, “Get More CPU Power”, goes little beyond a mere promotional talk. Anyway, it’s a good feeling when you are boosting the power of your computer by a slight motion of your thumb and watching the “speedometer” hit a new mark.
Performance. Speaking about performance, I should say that we have carried out our performance tests with both: the integrated graphics solution and with an external AGP graphics card, RADEON 9800 Pro. The card was working in its hardest mode – 16x anisotropic filtering, 6x full-screen anti-aliasing. You can view the results below:
Performance in Synthetic Benchmarks
When the integrated graphics solution is used, we can witness the overall slowdown of the memory subsystem. It shows worst in the PCMark2002 test set. The CPU speed is always at the same level, with minor deviations, which can be considered measurement errors.
Well, that’s how things are: the RADEON 9800 Pro working in the hardest possible mode is more than four times faster than its integrated competitor (which is not loaded with any additional operations) in 3DMark2001 SE, not to mention the DirectX 9 supporting 3DMark2003 test set.
Performance in Real Applications
The tests we ran in Unreal Tournament 2003 and Quake 3: Arena once again emphasize the weakness of the integrated SiS 315 solution. The scene-rendering speed is going to be much below the accept able gaming performance mark in modern 3D applications. On the other hand, this integrated core does its direct job – output of a good-quality 2D picture – quite well. The last fact is most important for using this barebone as a basis for a home theater. The manufacturer underlines this fact, too, and even recommends you to watch movies on the EZW-3060.