How Much More Performance Can Overclockers Get From Sandy Bridge?

June 3, 2011

How Much More Performance Can Overclockers Get From Sandy Bridge?

Futuremark® Announces Palit Overclocking Contest to Find Out

HELSINKI, FINLAND – JUNE 3, 2011 – Futuremark®, together with Palit Microsystems, Enermax, Biostar and GEiL, launches its latest overclocking competition today. The Palit sponsored Overclocking with Sandy Bridge contest is a two segment contest open to performance enthusiasts worldwide. The first contest segment is restricted to PCs with Intel's new Sandy Bridge Z68 chipset with integrated Intel HD Graphics, while the second is open to PCs using any Sandy Bridge-based CPU together with a Palit brand discrete graphics card. The competition will run from June 3 to July 2. Prize details and competition rules can be found on the competition website.

Sandy Bridge Z68 integrated graphics OC contest

Intel's Z68 Sandy Bridge chipset allows the integrated graphics core to be overclocked and this contest could see the fastest graphics performance yet from an integrated graphics solution.

In the final week of Futuremark's last overclocking contest Alva "Lucky_n00b" Jonathan achieved a 3DMark Vantage performance preset score of P3988 using a set up which included an Intel Core i7-2600K Processor.

All eyes will be on the leaderboards this time round to see if anyone can break P4000 running 3DMark Vantage with the performance preset. Such a score would demonstrate a similar level of performance as a PC with a discrete GeForce GT 240 or Radeon HD 3870 GPU.

Sandy Bridge plus Palit discrete graphics OC contest

Integrated graphics have come a long way, but for serious gaming you'll want a dedicated GPU. See the difference in performance with these discrete solutions from competition sponsor Palit:

  • P3988 3DMarks - Intel Core i7-2600K integrated graphics world record
  • P18000 3DMarks - Intel Core i7-2600K plus Palit GeForce GTX 560
  • P27000 3DMarks - Intel Core i7-2600K plus Palit GeForce GTX 580

See the Palit website for the complete range of discrete graphics cards eligible for this contest segment.

Top score, top prizes

The prize pool includes $1000 for the highest overall score in the Palit card contest, and an exciting selection of the latest Palit, Enermax, Biostar and GEiL hardware for runners up. For a complete list of prizes please visit the competition website.

"Palit VGA products have served gamers' demands for decades," said Paul Sun, General Manager at Palit Microsystems, continuing, "In this contest, OCers can enjoy the extreme overclocking capability of Palit's fabulous products."

About Futuremark® Corporation

Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software and services for PCs. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including 3DMark®, PCMark® and Peacekeeper™, and its value-added online services. Futuremark® Games Studio, wholly owned by Futuremark® Corporation, creates original games with new and entertaining gameplay. The studio's first title, Shattered Horizon™, was released in November 2009. Futuremark maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit

About Palit® Microsystems Ltd.

Established in 1988, Palit Microsystems Ltd is well-known for manufacturing stable, excellent, and innovative graphics accelerators. As one of the top PC components manufacturers, Palit continues to provide industry-leading graphics cards with reliable and excellent quality. With branch offices in America, Europe, and Asia, Palit has developed a worldwide sales network which cooperates closely with our customers.

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