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    Reviews - Scan 3XS SMART pre-overclocked Core i3 530 bundle: 4GHz and counting

    Scan cranks up a Core i3 530 to 4GHz and offers it as a bundle. We scrutinise the details and tell you if it's worth it.
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    Re: Reviews - Scan 3XS SMART pre-overclocked Core i3 530 bundle: 4GHz and counting

    Good choice of supporting motherboard and cooler
    Would of been nice to have some temperatures to back this up.

    Also, the power consumption is pretty poor at idle, I assume Gigabyte still doesn't offer any form of voltage scaling when overclocking (?) - one of the things that peeved me off about my P45-DS3L.
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    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Reviews - Scan 3XS SMART pre-overclocked Core i3 530 bundle: 4GHz and counting

    quiet-running Arctic Cooling heatsink that kept the overclocked chip below 60°C at all times.

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    Re: Reviews - Scan 3XS SMART pre-overclocked Core i3 530 bundle: 4GHz and counting

    I'm used too the flurry of bars and graphs though /sigh
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Reviews - Scan 3XS SMART pre-overclocked Core i3 530 bundle: 4GHz and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by Philipp View Post
    @Phil what kind of headspace are you guys getting over the 4.0ghz? CustomPC with the same setup was not getting much more oc out of the system offered by your competitor. I'm just curious to know how high these things go as an 'average'.

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    Re: Reviews - Scan 3XS SMART pre-overclocked Core i3 530 bundle: 4GHz and counting

    I would say 4Ghz is the sweet spot, the chips capable of more for a quick benchmark or screenshot but we test each bundle with prime95 with 3dmark running (with high end discreet GPU) to ensure 100% stability.

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    Re: Reviews - Scan 3XS SMART pre-overclocked Core i3 530 bundle: 4GHz and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by Philipp View Post
    I would say 4Ghz is the sweet spot, the chips capable of more for a quick benchmark or screenshot but we test each bundle with prime95 with 3dmark running (with high end discreet GPU) to ensure 100% stability.

    Cheers
    That presumably means the integrated graphics isn't being used, so temperatures are lower than without the discrete GPU?
    Last edited by miniyazz; 19-03-2010 at 07:36 PM.

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    Re: Reviews - Scan 3XS SMART pre-overclocked Core i3 530 bundle: 4GHz and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by miniyazz View Post
    That presumably means the integrated graphics isn't being used, so temperatures are lower than without the discrete GPU?
    We test with both discrete (GTX 285 etc etc) and the onboard to ensure stability, the temps will be higher with the on chip graphics for obvious reasons.


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    Re: Reviews - Scan 3XS SMART pre-overclocked Core i3 530 bundle: 4GHz and counting

    Fair enough, cheers.

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    Re: Reviews - Scan 3XS SMART pre-overclocked Core i3 530 bundle: 4GHz and counting

    Interesting review but couldnt the tests have been all run with the same ram at the same speeds as the differing speeds and timings for the ram could have squewed the results a bit??

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