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Overclocking any good with an athlon 64 x2 dual core 3800+ 2.00GHz

By Ollie30001
Dec 18, 2006
  1. Helo,

    Anyone one know if an Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ 2.00Ghz Socket AM2
    That is in a:
    MSI K9A Platinum Crossfire ddr2 motherboard

    is worth overclocking? i checked in my BIOS and i am able to overlock from there, i also got some software that came with the motherboard that will let me overclock it but im guessing its best to do it within the bios?

    oh and i am using the stock HSF whick i no will limit my overclocking for now till i get a new one, but still any help suggestions tips ect will be great.

    thanks
     
  2. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 540

    if you are going to overclock, you should have decent ram that supports it. oc'ing is very dependent upon your ram. go here http://www.techpowerup.com/systool/ and download systool. this will let you fool around with your settings little by little in windows, so if you mess soemthing up, you will still be able top restart your system. as for whehter it's worth it? sure. i oc my athlon x2 4400 + all the time, although it doesnt oc as much as an opteron or fx chip. good luck!
     
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Most mainboards that have overclocking features have also options for setting memory speed slower than FSB.

    I do that with my Opteron, overclocked FSB from 200 to 300 MHz, but set my generic DDR400 CAS3 memory as DDR266, so that when overclocked it still works at DDR400 speed.
     
  4. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 540

    hmm thats news to me. so my ram is running at ddr466 right now, and my fsb is 400. what should i do for bes performance? lol i know vague question.
     
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    let's move this to the correct forum.
     
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    The best performance would be both CPU and memory running at their maximum speeds, of course :p
     
  7. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    I think it's well worth overclocking it. You need to read stickies at some overclocking forums. Most are written for 939 but AM2 is the same idea. Just lower the memory ratio and HT multiplier then raise the HTT frequency. Every BIOS seems to name things a little different.

    http://wiki.extremeoverclocking.com/wiki/Athlon_64_Guide#Overclocking
     
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