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Thread: How Overclockable is a Intel P4 3.2?




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    Newbie here (at least in overclocking but learning fast). The subject line says it all. All things being ideal, mobo, cooling, ram, etc., how overclockable is the P4 3.2?

    My rig in progress:

    Intel P4 3.2
    Abit IC7 MaxIII
    (2x512) Kingston HyperX paired
    Western Digital Raptor SATA 10,000rpm (maybe RAID0)
    SilenX 550w PS
    Video: TBD but leaning towards nVidia 5950
    Cooling: TBD

    I may build this box standard and then a similar one with TEC/Liquid cooling and see how extreme I can get. I have not seem many posts on overclocking the P4 3.2 so I am wondering how well it may fair?

    I am going with a Ahanix HTPC cases and I am thinking of externalizing any 'extreme' cooling into a similar case so that it looks like a normal A/V setup. ;-)

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    Totally depends on your specific components. Just take up the FSB a little bit, 1-3 mhz. Then run some benchmarks, see if its stable. If it is, keep bumping little by little till you hit the ceiling, then bring it back, load up your favorite 3d game and play for a few hours, if it all works fine, then you've found your overclock max. If you have the right cooling you can try playing with the multiplier too, but most people lower the multiplier when they hit the cieling so they can get a higher FSB.
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    it trills me to no end to see so many AMD junkies, but yall got to realize that you can't change the multiplier of any pentium CPU. All you can do is raise the FSB and increase the voltage (if nesessary).

    kinkyMe33, no one can tell you exactly what to expect, each OC is different. Just keep upping the FSB (and eventually the voltage when it becomes unstable).

    btw, what speed is your RAM? it will be helpful if it is faster than your default FSB
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    If ya got some decent RAM, a 1000+ FSB should be easily attained

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    Actually havin' a top of the range CPU guarantees a smaller overclock so don't expect to get the huge range that those with lower rated ones get. And yes Intel CPU's are multiplier locked (and have been for a very long time) so ya'll only be able to use the FSB.

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    If you get a 3.2GHz to 1000MHz FSB, as mentioned, drinks are on me. You'll be doing well when you hit 3.6-3.7; CPU's that are that maxed out just dont overclock that much. If you're into overclocking, get a 2.6Ghz CPU and crank it up to 3.25GHz (1000FSB) and you'll get a screaming CPU for alot less. My :2cents: , : peace2: Mista K6
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    Actually, from what Ive heard the 3.2 OC's greatly

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    Actually, from what Ive heard the 3.2 OC's greatly
    They do but you will need some kick ass cooling to do 250Mhz fsb.. :)

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