Motherboard manufacturers began enabling overclocking features in the system BIOS rather than the tedious process of manual jumper or dipswitch settings. Combine this ease of use with the tremendous overhead available in many of today's modern processors, along with the ever-present lure of getting something for little or nothing, and it's easy to see why overclocking has become such a popular pastime.
Originally posted by davidstone28 Good article........but quickly do you thinking that fan on that website is spinning at - 400rpm?
By observation, it takes about 3 seconds for the fan to rotate once. 1/3 rotations per second. 60x(1/3) = 20 times per minute. That is, 20rpm would be my guess. Wow, I just had a Engineering 101 flashback.
I'm working on overclocking my Asus A7N8X when I get my 9700PRO. I've been doing some minor overclocking to see how this board compares to the Soyo SY-KT400 DragonULTRA I traded it for....wow, there are a lot more features.
You were right! This board is FULL of headaches. I had W98SE installed and for 3 days NOTHING would work, I was ready to send it back. UNTIL, I got ahold of WindowsXP PRO. It installed the first time. I flashed the BIOS to V1002. Windows installed everything for the board except for the 2nd ethernet port. I installed the latest 4-in-1's and also the 3com drivers....this board is a DREAM!!! I am more than happy with this thing. Im working on getting a 2nd RAM module to take advantage of Dual-Channel...but other than that...not too bad at all!
Oh yeah! 3 Cheers for NVidia Soundstorm!!! Im selling my Turtle Beach: Santa Cruz card....this integrated audio is killer!
The guide didn't really mention nForce2 specific quircks like the overclocking limitations in dual channel mode (being limited to around 200MHz in dual channel but in single channel being able to get as high as 240MHz), BIOS problems with the 8RDA and how to resolve them. For example, my 8RDA sets my Tbred to run at 1050MHz after clearing CMOS or inserting a new proc, if I up the multiplier then up the fsb past 200, it won't boot, so you have to hold the Insert key to restore it on next boot. So then you have to up the multiplier and core voltage (if you know your cpu needs it), reboot, then up the fsb to 200MHz, reboot and then up it to whatever setting you want. I've seen other people who have had the same problem. It's not really a big deal, but if the author of the article had mentioned it, I would have given him a little more credit.
I've noticed I have to do this too. If I adjust both at the same time I get no post, and the processor unworkable error warning beep/siren/whatever. I have to change the FSB down, reboot, change the multi give more v, reboot, change the FSB, and reboot.
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