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Overclocked XP 1600

By Sam11
Feb 28, 2002
  1. Hi, I recently read the article on overclocking an XP. I just performed it, I made sure I didn't short out any bridges. It boots up great, but im my BIOS, which is AMI, there is no option to change the multiplier. I need help. Should I flash some new bios? Oh yeah, my pc is a XP 1600, 256 mb ram, SiS 305 vid card, and MoBo is a PC CHIPS M830LR. please help, thanks alot.
     
  2. SilvrNBlack

    SilvrNBlack TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Not exactly an overclocking board you have there. I don't know if a BIOS update will give you a multiplier adjustment option. If you are just having fun playing with overclocks, using the FSB is fine. If you are going to get serious, then you will need a better MOBO and cooling. My buddy has the same mobo, not too stable.
     
  3. Sam11

    Sam11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    whats a good overclocking board for my chip? Oh yea, I flashed new bios, still no option to change the multiplier. Is it visible in the bios like its grayed out, or it doesnt show up at all until you "unlock" it. thanks
     
  4. SilvrNBlack

    SilvrNBlack TS Rookie Posts: 20

    My MOBO is a monster overclocking board and good on the wallet, about 98 bucks retail. EPoX 8HKA+. Asus boards are good as well. It looks as though you are using the onboard video from your board, so if your not into upgrading to an AGP Video Card, then get a MOBO with an nForce chipset by NVIDIA ie; ASUS A7N*** as well as a few other manufacturers. this is a good link to a killer review of a bunch of MOBOs
    http://www6.tomshardware.com/mainboard/01q4/011126/index.html
     
  5. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 645

    grrr why overclock that processor, its fast enough, is it not? Without proper cooling you will fry your processor and then you will have yourself an AMD ATHLON XP 0+. I would rather keep my 1900+ than downgrade to a 0+
     
  6. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 1,145

    I wouldn't. :eek:
     
  7. ToRN

    ToRN TS Rookie Posts: 189

    To have the option you must have:

    * a mobo that supports multiplier adjustment, either by jumper or bios setting. The option in the bios appears when either jumper is set to jumperfree or unlocked cpu is detected.
    * an unlocked CPU. In case of the XP you have filled the gaps with glue and drew the lines with conductive paint (or similar procedure) - the pencil trick alone, won't work.

    Check wether your mobo can (maybe, not likely). A good overlclocking mobo would be from abit, gigabyte, asus and epox (and maybe shuttle).
     
  8. SamuearlJackson

    SamuearlJackson TS Rookie

    there are loads of motherboards out there that will support overclocking - the current kings are:

    Epox 8KHA+ (which I have)
    and the
    Abit KR7-A

    most boards will allow a basic overclock just by adjusting the front side bus (although if you want to push it a long way you'll need some good ram plus you'll be running your pci cards out of spec) and many others will allow multiplier adjust. look up the manufacturers website before buying if you want to get a new motherboard.
    also essential is good cooling for your chip to make sure it doesn't fry so you need some decent thermal paste (eg Arctic Silver 2 or 3) and a cooler with a copper base (not the amd retail cooler!). i use the alpha pal 8045 which is a pretty impressive beast.
     
  9. DarkGuarDN

    DarkGuarDN TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Both the Epox and Abit are good OCing boards. I had to decide between these two boards about two months ago and I went with the Abit KR7A-RAID. It's a great mobo with lots of options. I'm running at 150FSB with no problems. Others have been able to get higher speeds with their KR7A's as well. So try out the KR7A Raid. check out this review at Anandtech for a reference. The Epox and Abit came out at the top: http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.html?i=1578

    hope that helps.
     
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    Other than self-satisfaction, the only reason you would want to overclock is for gaming.

    With that in mind, I'd get a new video card before I worried too much about overclocking. If you don't have the cash to blow on a new video card, then don't worry about it and just be content. :)
     
  11. SamuearlJackson

    SamuearlJackson TS Rookie

    Rick is definitely right here - are you going to notice an extra 5-10% gain in cpu performance without a half decent graphics card unless you do some serious number crunching?

    If you are primarily looking to run games then rather than spend the money on a new mobo and cooler, get a geforce3 or radeon 8500 if you can afford it or a gf2 ti or a rad 7500 if you want to spend a little less. i guarantee you will be better off doing this :)
     
     
  12. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 382

    u should better get a good video card
     
  13. DarkGuarDN

    DarkGuarDN TS Rookie Posts: 17

    why would he go for a better vid card if he's trying to OC his processor? he just unlocked his XP and wants to try it out. sorry guys, that just don't make sense to me :confused:
     
  14. henrychieng

    henrychieng TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Totally agree! I think the mtb sould change instead of the vga! Anyway, i have successful in unlock and multiplier can go up to 12.5 fr orignally 10.5!

    Cheers!
     
  15. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 382

    i believe he wanted to overclock to get better performance in gaming, other than the cpu u need a nice video card along with it...
    sorry if i'm wrong... i think that way
     
  16. DarkGuarDN

    DarkGuarDN TS Rookie Posts: 17

    hey Fed,
    he didn't mention anything about a game. I actually agreed with you at first, but then I thought back and he just said OC my chip. so mobo before video card :)
     
  17. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 382

    oh now i see, sorry, u were right :)
     
  18. DarkGuarDN

    DarkGuarDN TS Rookie Posts: 17

    it's all good, I almost posted an agreement with you, so something about this post is messing us all up! :D
     
  19. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 382

    is there some kind of jedi interfeering with us??:dead:
     
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