I get my p3 550 up to 632Mhz at 115fsb easy. My vantec 5030 (or is it 3050?) keeps it at about 45'c under max load when running at 632mhz & 2v.
When I boost it to 120fsb, windows boots but is very unstable and eventually crashes. I assume this is because at 120fsb, the PCI bus is at 40mhz and I have old RAM (I don't think its PC100)
However, with my Asus P3B-F motherboard, I have an option of 124/31mhz. I assume that at this setting, my ram, HD's, AGP, PCI's etc will all be running well within normal limits, and that at this point my only obstacle is the CPU. Is this a correct assumption?
At 124fsb it post's just fine (at 680Mhz woohoo!). I can mess around in DOS forever with no problems. But I hang when booting windows.
What do you think my hangup could be? Temp? Voltage? Other?
When I'm set to 124fsb, I can go into BIOS and check the CPU temp and its in the 35 ~ 40'c range (naturally, this is w/o load) I've upped my voltage as high as 2.2 but I'm afraid to go higher for fear of damaging the CPU.
Also, if it is only my RAM that is holding me back from 120/40, will any of those "latency" settings in BIOS compensate for my slow RAM?