The Test System:
CPU: Intel i5 2300
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD55
RAM: 2x2GB Patriot Viper Xtreme 1600MHz DDR3
GPU: BFG GTX 275
HDD: Seagate 1TB 7200.12 and Patriot Pyro 60GB SSD
We will be testing a number of settings, measuring an array of performance parameters, and then making comparisons, using the results to draw relationships between clocks, voltages, power draw, and resulting performance. We will be modifying the voltages in the BIOS at a given clock, then running Prime 95 to test for stability, and once we get a stable configuration, we will push the voltage down until we become unstable, then run our tests at the lowest stable voltage. We will use our results to draw conclusions about the relative efficiency of the chip as it is stock, and other relationships that become apparent through our comparison testing.