OFF THE CLOCK
How much extra performance can you squeeze out of a non-K chip? We’ll use a Core i5-6500, and run some benchmarks to demonstrate. It’s overclocked by 1.1GHz, from 3.2GHz to 4.3GHz, while the RAM is at just over 3,200MHz. First up is Heaven 4.0, a GPU-intensive app that doesn’t show much improvement for that extra 1.1GHz: 50.2fps at stock speeds, and 50.3fps overclocked. Heartbreaking. Things get more encouraging when running CPU-intensive RTS Ashes ofthe Singularity: Escalation, though: 25.8fps at stock, 29.3fps overclocked. Cinebench R15 sees a jump from 524 to 727, while Middle-Earth:Shadow of War jumps from 52fps to 62fps. Result!