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Overclocking Performance

Overclocking the Phenom II X6 1100T from 3.30GHz to 4.10GHz greatly improved performance in Microsoft Excel and allowed the 1100T to deliver similar performance to the Core i7 930 processor. The Core i7 930 was operating at its default frequency of 2.66GHz, so this isn't a great accomplishment in itself, but it's nonetheless a sizable performance increase.

We also saw decent performance gains when testing with Far Cry 2, though the boost was not enough to help the Phenom II X6 1100T overtake the Core i5 750.

HandBrake was one of the best applications at fully utilizing all six-cores, and we saw a tremendous leap in performance when overclocking the Phenom II X6 1100T to 4.10GHz. Not only was performance boosted by 16%, but the 1100T was almost on par with the more expensive Core i7 980 XE, which has twice as many threads at its disposal.