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Old 09-30-2003, 05:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone clear something up for me regarding FSB speed?

Here is my setup:
Athlon XP 2000+
Asus A7V333 rev. 1.2
512 DDR333
GeForce 4 Ti4200 128MB

According to Asus' spec page for the A7V333, the board supports FSB 266. When I run 3dmark, it says my FSB is at 133. Is that because of the Double Data Rate RAM? I have never been really clear on this and I want to make sure I don't have something set up wrong.

PS, Does anyone have a similar setup that's overclocked? Can anyone point me towards some help so I can squeeze every last bit of horsepower out of this box? My cooling is only adequate now, but it would be well worth it to invest in some fans or something to get some more speed out of it.

Thanks
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Old 09-30-2003, 05:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The FSB is the bus that allows the northbridge to communicate with the processor. The northbridge, in turn, hosts the AGP slots and the Memory.

The "266" that you see is actually a 133Mhz bus that is "double pumped", that is, operating on both the rising and falling edges of the clock to produce an effective 266Mhz.

I'd advise you to NOT overclock the system, it just leads to stability problems. If you feel that a 2000+ (what is that, 1600Mhz ?) processor is insufficient, then perhaps you should go with the next one up,

Others in this forum will certainly spiel about the wonders of overclocking, and how it is has had no effect on their system stability, then will later complain about how windows is so "unstable".

Still others will say that they have no problems, and that windows is stable for them (I'd like to see that someday).

Overclocking is just bad mojo, generally. I've seen kernel compiles fail on what is a "stable" overclocked system too many times to count. While it may appear to be stable, overclocked computers very rarely are.

If you want to squeeze performance out of your system, start by (at least) doubling your RAM, then consider running a higher-performance system, perhaps Gentoo Linux. If you insist on running windows, try stripping it down as much as possible, and run 2k, not XP.
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Old 09-30-2003, 06:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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2.4c @ 3.0 rock stable. its all about the cooling, and high quality parts. Good ram, mobo etc. Just because you have seen bad oc's dosnt mean they all are. If you know what your doing there shouldnt be a problem.
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Old 09-30-2003, 06:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Can someone clear something up for me regarding FSB speed?

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Originally posted by scavengertype
Here is my setup:
Athlon XP 2000+
Asus A7V333 rev. 1.2
512 DDR333
GeForce 4 Ti4200 128MB

According to Asus' spec page for the A7V333, the board supports FSB 266. When I run 3dmark, it says my FSB is at 133. Is that because of the Double Data Rate RAM? I have never been really clear on this and I want to make sure I don't have something set up wrong.

PS, Does anyone have a similar setup that's overclocked? Can anyone point me towards some help so I can squeeze every last bit of horsepower out of this box? My cooling is only adequate now, but it would be well worth it to invest in some fans or something to get some more speed out of it.

Thanks

Try hardforum. its a good site for overclockers.
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Old 09-30-2003, 07:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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ive got an xp 1900 in that motherboard...

ive got the multiplier unlocked and dropped a couple notches...(so the comp sees xp1700) its running at 1.63 ghz and im at 140something right now... and still slowly moving up...
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