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Thread: Wanting to OC a bit...but need some advice first.




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    OK so i want to try and OC my videocard and my processor but first i have a couple questions for all you OC'in experts out there.

    I'll start with my setup:

    Athlon XP2600+ "thoroughbred"
    Soyo KT400 DRAGON Ultra platinum edition
    512mb Kingston HyperX DDR PC3200
    Radeon 9700pro
    WD 120gb 7200rpm HDD 8mb cache
    Antec PlusView 1000AMG
    Antec TruePower 430-watt PSU

    currently my system temp ranges from 45-49 degrees celsius under load.

    now for my question:

    1. Has anyone on the board ever OC'ed an XP2600 and if so what speeds were you able to reach? (im not to sure if the 2600 is as OC'able as the 2500)

    2. What program would you reccomend to best OC my radeon and are 9700pro's even OC'able lol.

    thanks in advance for any help. :lips:

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    I have a ASUS A7V8X w/2600 xp and I have overclocked it to 2.4g.

    CPU runs at about 50c.

    No problems yet... I game all the time...

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    Yeah 9700 pro's are overclockable. Here's one that I've used (all though not for a 9700 pro). There's others out there of course.

    http://www.rage3d.com/r3dtweak/

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    Yeah I overclocked my 9700Pro a little just for fun one day. I couldn't get much out of it with the stock cooling and the performance increase was not worth the risk IMO. I can't recall what timings I managed to reach.

    Sorry not much help really but keep in mind your CPU costs a hell of a lot less to replace than a 9700Pro!!
    ASUS A7N8X Deluxe, Athlon Barton 2500+ with SLK-800 and 4800rpm 80mm fan, ATi 9700Pro(AIW), Dual 256MB Corsair XMS 3200c. Seagate Barracuda SATA. 200MHz fsb with 11X multiplier, RAM latency: 2,2,2,5

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    You will be able to overclock but will be limited by your VIA chipset.

    The board has pre-set dividers for the AGP/PCI bus to keep them in spec. I would try going to 166 FSB, upping the voltage until you can get it to boot (if it doesn't). It should be perfectly capable as you have 3200 RAM, which means at the 3:4 ratio setting (which is what it is probably at right now) it will put your RAM at its normal speed of 200mhz (DDR400).

    If you can't get it to boot at 166 drop it down a bit and try again.

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    well, at 48-49 unter load, that is kinda bad temp. what type of cpu cooling using? try to get to around 38-40 underload before Ocing.

    for ur v card oCing, i dont see waz the point. i have a winfast fx5600 at 324mhz in GPU, and 525mhz in ram speed, and i OC it to 345mhz and 550 mhz, and i only saw a 2 -3 fps dieffernce running UT2003.

    just keep trying and find get a stable OC>
    My new gaming rig..

    [size=1.28]asus a78nx-deluxe
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    athlon Xp 2500+ ( at 200x10=2000mhz .)
    seagate 80gb 8mb SATA
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    Clear case from HK.
    Leaktek fx5600 128mb
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    48-49 under load is normal.

    Mine is 33c idle and 53c full load @ 3ghz with an Aeroflow (one of the best) during Prime 95 torture testing. That may look like a very large increase, but I have a probe taped directly to the back of the CPU so its getting as hot as it can and showing the most accurate reading possible. BIOS temperature readings are NOT accurate. I am not worried about my temperatures. Run Prime 95 CPU torture testing for an hour or two and you'll find it gets hotter than you thought.

    For comparison my BIOS says 26c and 38c at the above mentioned readings.

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    Thakns for all the help everyone. i searched around the net a bit n read a few articles on OCing 9700pro's and to be honest i wasnt really impressed with the performance increase. I guess ill just leave it alone....well atleast until i need an excuse to get a 9800 :flames:

    and as far ass the cpu goes i got a little extra cash this month so im thinkin about just gettin a new mobo and a 3000+ or maybe even goin with a P4 :eek: lol well i guess once i order and recieve the new hardware ill have some fun OC'in the 2600 hehe.

    thanks again to everyone who posted.

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    If you have a 9700...is it neccesary to get 9800?
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
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    Quote Originally Posted by AsianBatman
    If you have a 9700...is it neccesary to get 9800?
    Yeah really, that's like buying a new car every six months.
    ASUS A7N8X Deluxe, Athlon Barton 2500+ with SLK-800 and 4800rpm 80mm fan, ATi 9700Pro(AIW), Dual 256MB Corsair XMS 3200c. Seagate Barracuda SATA. 200MHz fsb with 11X multiplier, RAM latency: 2,2,2,5

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