FSB/Memory Overclocking

By XtR-X
Feb 23, 2004
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  1. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    I wouldn't mess with your multiplier as of now, that seems to have consequences of it's own. Before you sort that out I'd just reccomend boosting your FSB. Isn't your default multiplier supposed to be 10.5? If so, set it back down to that. Just overclock your FSB - you'll get better gains.

    Once you reach your overclocking limit while boosting only the FSB, this is the time to up the voltage. And damn, I just noticed that your default voltage is 1.65V. That is insane, my P4 won't boot with a Vcore over 1.6V, and it's default is 1.525V :eek: But, anyway, by upping it I mean raise it in small increments, 1.675V or even 1.7V for now, then overclock more. Not 1.8V right off the bat, even though your CPU and heatsink should (better) be able to handle it and give you better gains.
  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    You can safely raise your Vcore to 1.85v, but be sure to check your CPU temps don't get too high. Maybe try 1.75v first. I would leave your memory timing the way they were and simply raise the CPU clock multiplier in your case. The Athlon XP does benefit from tight timings as much as from high fsb, unlike Pentiums, which prefer high fsb. Once you are happy with how much you can OC your CPU, then you can work on increasing fsb if you wish. I think you'll manage to get your CPU up to 2.4GHz no problem, but any higher will depend a lot on whether you were lucky and got a good CPU. I have an Athlon XP 2600+ Barton that needs 1.85v to get to 2.3GHz and won't go any higher regardless of any voltage increase. I also have another Athlon XP 2500+ Barton that will run stable at 2.5GHz with Vcore at 1.8v. It comes down to luck of the draw, but from what you've described 2.4GHz seems like a good bet. I personally would not raise Vcore higher than 1.85v as it would be very risky though I know of some users that have gone as high as 1.95v.
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    If you read Tom's Hardware Guide's article about memory timings, you'll see what kind of effect these "3-4-4-8" and "2-2-2-5" things have.

    I would say it matters when you've reached a point in overclocking where you have to slow down these memory timings in order to gain a MHz or two more - then the result will probably be slower than having less MHz and more aggressive timings.
  4. erickdj

    erickdj Newcomer, in training Posts: 73

    XtR-X, I have the exact same motherboard/cpu/ram combination you have. I saw the thread and started to follow your steps and some of the suggestions by Vehementi and some others. I have my cpu set to 200Mhz x 11.5 just like your last post here. My ram timings are 2.5 3 3 6 which is somewhat different to what you have and what Vehementi recommended. at 2300mhz the system is just as stable as it was with the 10.5 multiplier. My vcore voltage is set at 1.775 in the BIOS but CPU-Z said it was at 1.790 I'd like to know if you get it to run stable at anything higher than 2300Mhz.
  5. bedlam_4

    bedlam_4 Newcomer, in training Posts: 182

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