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I have my old MSI G41TM-P33 (MS-7592),
Intel Q8300 (Core2 Quad @ 2500MHz),
8GB DDR2 RAM (symmetric dual channel, Patriot).
Onboard graphic Intel G41 used.

What I want is just a temporary overclocking that the GUI of some programs may respond faster. The average CPU load is under 10% (just short peaks, usually single threaded), so I'm not afraid of overheating even with an Intel stock cooler - core temperatures are usually under 40 Celsius.

  • I tried the MSI Overclocking center, but when I speed up my FSB from 333MHz to 340MHz or more, the computer freezes. (There could be a problem that this software incorrectly displays the multiplier as 8x (it should be 7.5x).
  • I know the SpeedFan, but I don't know what's my clock generator - my mainboard is not in the list and I didn't google anything.
  • I don't want to tamper with bios. I just want to overclock for a while when I need it.

So what software would you suggest?

And what values with my less than 10% average load are reasonable? (400 x 7.5 = 3GHz would be nice... smile.gif)


Thanks for any suggestions!
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Originally Posted by newbic View Post

I have my old MSI G41TM-P33 (MS-7592),
Intel Q8300 (Core2 Quad @ 2500MHz),
8GB DDR2 RAM (symmetric dual channel, Patriot).
Onboard graphic Intel G41 used.

What I want is just a temporary overclocking that the GUI of some programs may respond faster. The average CPU load is under 10% (just short peaks, usually single threaded), so I'm not afraid of overheating even with an Intel stock cooler - core temperatures are usually under 40 Celsius.

  • I tried the MSI Overclocking center, but when I speed up my FSB from 333MHz to 340MHz or more, the computer freezes. (There could be a problem that this software incorrectly displays the multiplier as 8x (it should be 7.5x).
  • I know the SpeedFan, but I don't know what's my clock generator - my mainboard is not in the list and I didn't google anything.
  • I don't want to tamper with bios. I just want to overclock for a while when I need it.

So what software would you suggest?

And what values with my less than 10% average load are reasonable? (400 x 7.5 = 3GHz would be nice... smile.gif)


Thanks for any suggestions!
Get a better board and CPU. Seriously. You could have not picked a worse combination for LGA 775 overclocking. G41 is limited to 340mhz and will not go faster at all, and even if it did, it'd run into a speed wall long before the Q8300 can be overclocked any significant amount. The absolute highest you could possibly get that chip on air on a respectable (read: not an HTPC board) is around 3.6ghz, because after that point the board has a high chance of flaking out.

Basically, as long as you have that CPU and board, dont bother.
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OK, thanks. I hoped, that I could prolong the life of my workstation for a while, but now I can see why I haven't succeeded.
I'll have to upgrade soon...
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OK, thanks. I hoped, that I could prolong the life of my workstation for a while, but now I can see why I haven't succeeded.
I'll have to upgrade soon...
I suggest you do that as core 2 quad is definitely a bit dated anyways.
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