Overclocking

Here we take a look at the overclocking ability of the ECS 755-A2. Keep in mind that the results are from our configuration here at PCPerspective, so you may get better or worse results depending on your own hardware.

The Athlon 64 3200+ we have been using for this review does not like to be overclocked very much. The limit appears to be under 2200MHz which isn’t much of a gain from the 2000Mhz default, but it should still give you a good sense of what to expect from the motherboard.

Keep in mind that the ECS 755-A2 does not have any CPU multipliers, so we will not be able to achieve scores like 240MHz as seen previously in our other reviews.

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Even though the ECS 755-A2 does not feature much in terms of overclocking, it does manage to gain a respectable 18MHz overclock. If the BIOS were more fully featured, I’m sure it can do 240MHz easily, too bad the BIOS does not unlock it.

DiVX Encoding

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By overclocking, we managed to take half a minute off the encoding time from the already impressive 8 minutes. So if you were to convert an entire 2 hour DVD into DiVX, it would take about 75 minutes (compared to the 80 minutes at default clock speeds).

Need For Speed 2 (Demo)

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Here we see some nice gains in performance. Even though the average frame rate does not improve, the minimum jumps by 3 FPS to a playable 28 FPS.

Doom 3

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The same story follows for Doom 3. By overclocking, we gain 3 FPS on our minimum frame rate. However, even with this gain the 22 FPS minimum is still a little too low for my tastes – it’s still playable, but gets a little choppy at times. Average frame rates didn’t improve at all (you will have to overclock your video card or upgrade it to give it a drastic boost).

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