The benchmarking tools that I have found the most helpful are listed below:
- AMD Overdrive (CPU stress tester and benchmark)
- 3DMark from Futuremark (used for benchmarking CPU and graphics card. Now available through Steam)
- FurMark (graphics card stress testing and benchmarking)
- MaxxMem2 (memory benchmarking)
Other Useful Tools
As well as the benchmarking tools used above these tool are also helpful in overclocking.
New Case vs Old Case
Using Asus AI Suite II I recorded temperatures when running Prime95 (small FFTs) to measure the maximum temperatures. This was done with no overclocking just to see what real affect the case had on cooling. It would have been interesting to push maximum overclocking with both configurations to see the real difference but I wanted to get on with the build at the time.