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Creative Labs Annihilator Pro Review

Overclocking


Using Entech's Powerstrip utility, I was able to overclock both the Annihilator Pro's core and memory speeds. With the GeForce SDR, I reached core and memory speeds of 150MHz/200MHz and have been running at 140MHz/190MHz since I've had it.

The Annihilator Pro seems to offer a similar level of overclockability as I was able to reach 145MHz/345MHz, up from the default speeds of 120MHz/300MHz, and could possibly have gone higher. To test the stability of the Annihilator Pro while overclocked, I ran Quake 3 in a continuous loop for over 2 hours.

The following table shows the gain in frames per second while I was determining how high the Annihilator Pro could be overclocked. The results are from the Quake 3 demo001 running at 1024x768 in 32-bit color using high quality settings:

Core Memory FPS Increase in FPS
120MHz 300MHz 57.0  
125MHz 300MHz 57.6 0.6
130MHz 300MHz 57.9 0.3
135MHz 300MHz 58.1 0.2
140MHz 300MHz 58.3 0.2
145MHz 300MHz 58.5 0.2
       
145MHz 310MHz 59.2 0.7
145MHz 320MHz 60.3 0.9
145MHz 330MHz 61.0 0.7
145MHz 340MHz 61.7 0.7
145MHz 340MHz 62.0 0.3

Incredible! I was finally able to reach the magical 60 fps in 32-bit color on my little old Pentium 2-450MHz. Time to break out that can of whup ass :)

These are the overclocked results of 145MHz/345MHz compared to the default clock speed results of 120MHz/300MHz. Again, all results are based on high quality settings in 32-bit color:


Quake 3 Demo001 - Overclocked vs Default Speeds

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Last Updated on December 30, 1999

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