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is it possible to overclock a pentium III. I have an old 500mhz pentium III chip and motherboard with a voodoo 3/3000 graphics card and pc100 ram. The only bad thing about the cpu, is that it is a cartridge. I don't know if that changes anything or not. I was just wondering if it is possible.
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i've overclocked a few... basically all you can do is increase the fsb. but that depends on the manufacturer. i wouldnt expect large results. but take a look in the bios and let us know what you see
    
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Of course you can overclock pentium !!!'s

I don't recall if the 500 had a fan built into it's heatsink or not, but if it doesn't then all you have to do is aim a 80mm fan at it and it'll overclock. I had a 450 running at nearly 600 mhz IIRC.

Just look through your bios for FSB options and begin slowly increasing it (5mhz at a time) and testing for stability.
    
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Does your motherboard have any dip switches/boxes?

Like this:



Looking for these is probably your best bet, next to BIOS, for overclocking. These switches allow you to change FSB/RAM frequencies, RAM and CPU voltages. But you will have to refer the motherboard manual for what the individual switches do. This manual could be found online quite easily if you know your motherboard model name and brand.
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would an 80 mm vantec enable me to overclock it more?
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the parts are out of a dell xps x500 case, so the is a dell intel board. There are no switches. would pc100 ram matter?
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post #7 of 13
If it turns out that you have FSB or multiplier options in bios, or dipswitches ( I forgot about those ) and you overclock only to discover heat becoming a problem, then yes a fan directed at the heatsink may improve your overclocking especially if there isn't one already.

I wouldn't worry greatly about the RAM, although it may be a factor. What is your current FSB of the chip (it should say it during boot if you can access the post screen (not some lame Dell splash screen).
    
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just a minute, i am finishing installing the tornado on the heatsink
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i need to think of a way to mount the tornado fan to the pIII heatsink
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