Phill wrote:Well Lewis I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong with XP but I'm really struggling to get a decent score with it.. Windows 7 seems to definitely be scoring much better with wPrime, Pifast - Pi is a bit of a grey area.. XP will allow a higher overclock but 7 will still give more or less the same result..
PC Mark 04/05 seems to give better results in XP but with a single SSD and not so much with my 5405 + up to 4 SSD's that are attached too it. Granted they aren't the fastest or best of SSDs but still miles better than a Raptor I was using
Is there any download anyone uses for XP as I'm really hoping to try another XP install as I'm guessing it might be something mine has installed or not installed that is giving me these issues with XP. The raw Mhz is there but my efficiency seems way down and it's driving me bonkers!! I've a few more AMD 939 CPU's to bench but I have also started with AM3+ CPU's (cheap dual core ones for now, one had very good points for the price!) so I'm giving it a go, when I find a Asus Crosshair Formula board that is...) but I have also some new toys but I wanted to try and get through the older hardware first, before I started with newer stuff
Win 7 is better for WPrime than XP, for Super PI XP is the way to go.
Not sure about PI Fast but could be Win 7 and XP are close in this regard, haven't really tried it in Win 7 to compare.
If you can find a Sabertooth 2.0 those are really good AM3+ boards too, I've done all of my recent sub-zero benching with one. The BIOS within a Sabertooth is a more "User-friendly" BIOS since it's not as complicated as the CHV-Z's BIOS. In reality a Sabertooth can clock a chip up very close to what a CHV-Z can, the only real advantage the CHV-Z has is more tweakability with a more extended range of voltage adjustments in some categories. The CHV-Z has about every tweak you can think of built-in and the BIOS can be overwhelming to someone that's not really familiar with BIOS options as in what-does-what in a BIOS.
Since the Sabertooth's BIOS is simpler, unless you are very familiar with tweaking within the BIOS I'd suggest getting a Sabertooth.
They are also cheaper to get and can handle even a madly clocked 9590 since the guts are the same as a CHV-Z.