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Greetings folks!

Well today i found myself with not much to do. It then occurred to me that i happen to have a baggie full of DDR266/333/400, and a machine to overclock them with. So! I am going to bin my baggie of ram before putting them all up on the marketplace. Pretty sure the boys over at the S939 Club could use some speedy ram.

And now, some pictures!
The baggie:


In it is a hodgepodge of 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB sticks of all speed classes.

The System:

Pentium M 760 2ghz (salvaged from laptop.)
AOpen i855gmem-lfs
40GB IDE HDD
Reused HP DX5150 SFF case and PSU

Got the board and heatsink as a freebie. Tempted to turn it either into a NAS or a firewall especially since it packs dual Gig-e ports, but for now it shall serve as an overclocking computer. Also ignore the drive, i stuffed it into this computer but its connected to my primary bedside rig beneath via USB.

The difficulty is lack of voltage control and appreciable ram timing control, but hey, it technically IS a laptop masquerading as a desktop. As such the ram timings will be more or less locked to 2.5-3-3-7 @ 2.5v. My mission is to get them as high as possible on these "settings" without the chipset or processor flaking out on me.

I'll post the results of the overclocking once im done wheee.gif
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Haha I love old school overclocking especially when it's something kind of unusual. smile.gif Wanting to see whatcha come up with.
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First batch done!
This batch ran through my 4 stick of DDR-333. All sticks without exception made it to 400mhz, and the lowest speed they topped out at was 426mhz with the best of the lot reaching 436mhz, a ~30% increase.

Next up is the 400mhz Corsair Valueram that was freebied to me as part of the motherboard/heatsink combo.
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Valueram is done, and holy crap they clocked well.

First stick i did was the 512MB valueram, and it topped out at 460mhz. Very nice indeed.
But the real gem is the 1GB Valueram, which clocked in at a whopping 496mhz. At this speed the onboard video failed, but i think its safe to say this is a 500mhz candidate. Cant use an AGP card to verify because lol clock-locking.

NEXT! Single sided 512MB sticks
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Well damn, these single sided sticks are a bit lackluster. the 266mhz Crucial was a joke that refused to clock higher than 270mhz, and the samsung DDR-400 fizzled at 416mhz. The only stick that did half decent was the one not meant to be overclocked, which was a 512MB stick of 33mhz Kingston ECC, which reached 450mhz. Bleh.

Ok, one more batch (double side 512MB) to do and then I'll post the finalized results.
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Awesome stuff biggrin.gif

Pretty neat to see all this old stuff clocking to the sky (relatively tongue.gif).
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Alright im gonna have to end this because the memory controller is acting weird. I input a 400/333 strap (480mhz FSB, should get me 400mhz dram) but instead im getting a 400/266 strap (480mhz FSB gets me 320mhz). I think its reading the SPDs on the 266mhz sticks and then locking the strap so it wont go higher. Need a better board to use in order to be sure.

So, here are the results so far:

Fastest achieved clock:
1: 496.67mhz by the Corsair 1GB

Runner up:
2: 493.33mhz by a Kingston 512MB double sided

3: 460mhz by Corsair 512MB Double Sided
4: 450mhz by Kingston 512MB Single sided
5: 436mhz by Crucial 333mhz 1GB (stick #4)
6: 430mhz by Crucial 333mhz 1GB (stick #1)
7: 430mhz by Crucial 333mhz 1GB (stick #3)
8: 426mhz by Crucial 333mhz 1GB (stick #2)
9: 416mhz by Samsung Single sided 512MB
10: 400mhz by 266mhz Axiom double side 512MB

Now im going to take a break, and when im done i am going to post some of these up on the marketplace.
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