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Avenger3217

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#1 12 years ago

When I buy a new Cpu cooler I want to everclock my cpu a bit. I have a P4 Prescott 3.0 ghz and 1gb of ddr-400 ram. The only problem is my friend tells me that how far I can overclock depends on my north bridge chipset which is a SiS 661FX. I have a Gigabyte GA-8S661FX-RZ mobo. My question is how far would I be able to overclock my cpu with my current north bridge chipset before I reach some instability. (SiS 661FX) Thx in advance, Avenger. :smokin:




C38368

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#2 12 years ago

Your friend is not entirely correct. Yes, your northbridge will play a role, but so will your CPU, motherboard design and layout, RAM modules and installed riser cards.

I'll assume for the time being that you understand how overclocking works, and the risks associated with it, since you didn't ask about any of that. But here are a few rules the typically hold true with respect to how far you can or can't push a chip: -RAM capacity. The more RAM you have, the less you can OC (this is why people who go for top FSB speeds often use a single 256MB stick). -Number of RAM modules. The more you have, the less you can overclock the bus. -CPU core and original clock. Northwoods can be tough to push much past 3.6GHz, for example. -CPU stepping. Some revisions are better than others. I have an M0 2.4C that can hit 3.6GHz. On air. -Chipset. Some overclock better than others, period. -Motherboard layout. Some boards, even with the same chipsets, overclock better than others. DFI, ASUS and ABIT are highly regarded by overclockers, and MSI has some good offerings also. Gigabyte is towards the rear, but arguably better than ECS/Biostar/Albatron/etc.

The good news is that you'll probably be able to manage "a bit" of an overclock. The bad news is that it may or may not be more than a few MHz. No, SiS isn't particularly known for producing good overclocking silicon. Unforunately, it's pretty well impossible to give you a solid figure without having more information.




Avenger3217

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#3 12 years ago

Ok, cool how much do you think I would be able to overclock. My friend says 3.4ghz what do you think?




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#4 12 years ago

Please re-read my above post.

3.4GHz isn't a very tall order, but then again your system is still quite a mystery. So what you need to do first is tell us what you have, and be specific. I can tell you right off the top that SiS doesn't spring to mind when looking for top-flight chipsets.