Processer running slower than advertised

By TheMountaineer
Mar 17, 2006
  1. Hi,
    I got a new motherboard and CPU fitted by a friend who owns a shop, its a AMD Septon 3300+ but it's running at 2GHZ.

    I checked this speed in bios, dxdiag etc, and all say same = 2GHZ.

    My CPU FSB is runnning at 200 and it seems to crash if I up it. I had to take the battery out of the motherboard to restore the defaults.

    I rang my friend and he says that the system will be faster than my previous Intel 2.4GHZS etc

    I am now confused and wondering if I should be concerned.

    If this system is better than my old one, shouldn't the speed be better?

    Advice welcome

    PS I have ASUS K motherboard
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    The sempron 3300+ does run at 2.0Ghz, that is the correct setting. But a Sempron at 2.0Ghz is actually faster than a Pentium4 2.4Ghz.

    The pentiums work faster, but the AMDs do more per cycle so you can't really compare them by their speeds alone.

    Here is a good comparison of the various processors for you:

    play around with the various benchmarks to see how your sempron actually outperforms the P4 2.4Ghz.
  3. TheMountaineer

    TheMountaineer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for reply, provides piece of mind...

    i know nothing about CPU's etc

    However, i can get my processer to 2.4ghz using the CPU FSB.
    Is this recommended?

  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Please be aware. Overclocking will void the warranty of the parts being overclocked.

    Ocing can also result in permanent damage and/or a shorter life span of the components oced.

    Take a look at this guide to overclocking. This is only an introduction and much more detailed ocing instructions can be found on Google.

    I`m not saying you shouldn`t oc. I`m just saying you should read up on what it is you`re trying to do, and proceed carefully.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. TheMountaineer

    TheMountaineer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well what would you guys do?
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Personally. I wouldn`t bother overclocking.

    The performance gains, in my opinion wouldn`t be that great.

    However, it`s up to you. If you really do want to oc, then just be careful.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Overclocking comes with a whole lot of problems. I do overclock, but thats only because I've got alot of time to burn nor do I do stuff on the computer which require 100% stability.

    Mainly use it for games, and for that extra 8fps (according to 3DMark2k5 games tests) its worth it for me.

    Also, I did spend quite a bunch on cooling before overclocking, as well as reading up on it....
  8. TheMountaineer

    TheMountaineer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for the advice
    I won't bother unless i need to in the future.
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