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    Athlon Xp 2500+ Barton(1.84Ghz) - Fried
    --AeroCool heat pipe/sink
    1GB PC2700 (512+256+256)
    KT4AV MSI Mobo
    80GB EIDE - 8MB cache - 7200rpm
    120GB EIDE - 8MB cache - 7200rpm
    Radeon X850Pro 256MB GDDR3
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  1. skarphace

    Programms To Monitor Computer

    On that note, is there anyway to monitor the temps on an ATI card without installing your own probes?
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    What Is The Multiplier Actually Doing?

    That's the problem I was hitting when I first got my X850Pro, my core system was the bottleneck, not the video card. Which is one of the main reasons I started getting into OCing. So I was expecting a larger jump in performance. However, when I ran PC mark, my CPU scores weren't too much better either, really only Sandras Dhry and Whet scores went way up. In fact, I beat the 64 bit that's in the house. Needless to say I was jumping for joy, heh. Thanks for all the great info, it's been very helpful.
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    What Is The Multiplier Actually Doing?

    Thanks for the article. I tried, but I guess my google skills are lacking. So DDR is more of a descripter of the memory bus and not the actual memory... interesting... I get the general theme of it now. However, I can't help but think that it's almost pointless to have a high multiplier. The only thing it helps with is calculations that can be stored in the CPUs cache, no? When I raised my multiplier, my arithmatic benchmarks did major jumps but things like 3Dmark only had a few extra marks. hm. Thanks again guys. You know, I never realized how little I know about hardware until I tried overclocking...
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    What Is The Multiplier Actually Doing?

    Yes, exactly. I'm supprised I can't find that anywhere.
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    Bank Interleaving

    Yeah, I've been wanting to run memtest but apparently, all my floppy drives crapped out... But it's looking like I need to get a pair of dual channel corsairs...
  6. I appoligize for making so many threads withing so few days but this doesn't seem to apply to the other ones and apparently I have a lot of questions. When I change the multiplier in my BIOS(apparently it's unlocked), what am I actually doing to the processor? I googled it, searched it here and all I get is that the bus times the multiplier = processor clock speed. But why? In electrical terms, could someone explain exactly what I am doing to my processor? I just bumped my multiplier up and my processor apparently running cooler(according to PCProbe), is that all in my head?
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    Bank Interleaving

    My n00b a$$ has been reading about RAM a lot and just barely starting to get a grip on it. I found an option in my BIOS called "SDRAM Bank Interleaving" and after reading adrianrojakpot I understand what it does, just not how to implement it. The page suggests that You set it to 2-bank if you have 32MB DIMMs and 4-bank if you have 64MB DIMMs. If I have 2 different modules where one has 64MB DIMMs and the other has 32MB DIMMs where do I set it? If I'm limited to the 2-bank setting, will it be stable and would I get any performance increase? Should I just try it and see if my system blows up?
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    Overclocking With Pc2700

    Sadly, the guide was of no help. In fact, that was the first thing I read when I came to OCC.
  9. Well, I got my replacement board and started to up my bus again. Found another weak link in my system: the RAM. Fried one of my 256MB PC2700 sticks this morning when I upped my bus to 380Mhz. The system didn't even become unstable, the stick just dropped out during a reboot. First, I was wondering if there was anything I did wrong. My SPD settings were on auto, should I have set them manually before I started raising the bus? Where do I get those settings if I have no idea what brand/model the sticks are? Do any of you use any special syncs/cooling for your RAM? How would changing my multiplier affect my RAM? So, I suppose I'm going to have to get more RAM. Since my new mobo supports it, should I go with dual channel? Is it really that much different? Is the improvement mostly memory bandwidth? Should I buy PC3200 or can I go cheaper with PC2700 like I have now? Are the Corsair TWINX RAM good for this kind of thing? Sorry, I know there are like 20 questions here but thanks in advance.
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    Ocing An Athlon 2500 Barton

    Of course I'm biased to Via. I've been using them throughout my computing career(with exception to one board with SiS) without a problem. And then when I hear everyone preaching to me to get nVidia products and totally ignoring the KT880, I consider you biased. No one even bothered to comment on the KT880, except that it was 'ousted' by the 754s. Yeah, everything was 'ousted' by the 754s. Simple fact is, I've had problems with nVidia products in the past which is why I shy away from them. I'm not saying I wasn't tempted by the nForce chipset, but when laying out the features to performance comparison, the KT880 looked much better to me then the nForce 2. So, we'll see what happens, and if I'm rammed in the butt by asus/via, then I'll move on and you guys can rub it in my face.
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    Ocing An Athlon 2500 Barton

    Well, that's not true with the Via KT880, it allows asyncrinous clocking and gives you a PCI/AGP lock. That and it supports SATA and 4GB of dual channel PC3200 over the similar nForce. The performance isn't quite as good but it's a negligable difference.
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    Ocing An Athlon 2500 Barton

    Turns out the board I ordered was out of stock so I have some time to decide if I want to get another board. So, I need some opinions. What kind of chipset would you recommend other then nForce? Is it just me or has anyone else found instability/speed issues when combining an nVidia chipset and an ATI Video Card? Are there any resources that you know of where I can compare features of most chipsets? Specifically, what do you think of the KT880 since it now supports Dual CHannel DDR and asyncrinous pci,agp,fs bus clocking? Please reply soon as I don't have much time before I need to act. Thank you guys so much.
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    Ocing An Athlon 2500 Barton

    Well, personally, I don't really like nVidia products. I was wondering why most of you had nForce chipset mobos. I already purchased this motherboard so getting anything else is pretty much out of the option. Thanks for the info though. I see from this review what you mean. But since I am working with a 333Mhz processor, I doubt I will be going for any higher then a 420Mhz FSB. Once I want to go higher, I'll move to 64. I still have a few questions though. When you say 'a lot of PCI cards', do you mean older PCI cards or just a lot new or old? And when you say 34MHz, how does that relate to the FSB, is there a normal ratio? What can I do to try and prevent hdd data corruption while finding my upper limit? The last thing I want to do here is fry more hardware. I'm too broke to buy more.
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    Ocing An Athlon 2500 Barton

    Yeah, I can't afford 64 yet. I'd have to buy a lot of hardware. So after a bunch of research I went with the Asus A7V600-X. The board looks real nice and has overclocking as a feature. The best board I ever owned was an Asus so I'm looking forward to this one. Ok, I need to know some of the techniques you all use when overclocking. I'm assuming it's hard to fry a peice of hardware unless it's already defective, no? So basically you up it until it becomes unstable and then back it off? Then if it doesn't boot you just clear BIOS and start again?
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    Ocing An Athlon 2500 Barton

    Feel free to drop the n00b stuff on me. It is definetly possible that I could have overlooked things. But yes, I did put it back. Well, after some testing wth some spare components that I had around, I think that the problem is my motherboard. It won't boot with any of my ram or with different procs. So, anyone have any suggestions for a new motherboard if I was going to stick with OCing? My only requirements are that it has a good BIOS, does 400Mhz FSB atleast(yet supports 333), preferably a VIA chipset, and an AGP 8x slot. And if I'm going to be shooting for 400Mhz bus, I should probably pick up some PC3200, no? I really thought I was able to set RAM bus separately... Thanks again all. EDIT: can I get your opinions on the ECS KT600A? It's only $30 so it creeps me out a little. I'd like some reassurance.
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