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Last week with the help of this forum, I decided to try my hand at a small OC on an Athalon 3800 X2 Toledo. It has a couple of fans and a stock HSF. I simply wanted to take it form 2.0 Ghz to 2.4. I know this is not really pushing the envelope but I don't have good cooling.

I felt like a little kid at Christmas, but I had a great time and the final result was amazing. I went from 8k to 9.5k on the benchmark'03.

Anyway, the last couple of days I started the process and for the most part had an easy time at it. I had to reset the bios a couple of times by popping the battery. But I got to 2.4 with just lowering my HTT from 5 to 4, the FSB up from 200 to 240 and ram dividing back to 200.
I just have a couple of questions:

1) I didn't mess with RAM timings yet. Should I? Are the performance gains pretty nice? I just have 2 Gigs of corsair pc3200.

2) I turned off Cool n' Quiet. Now that I'm done adjusting the OC, can I turn it back on? My idle temps are around 36C up to 52c under full load. Does Cool N' Quiet mess with the OC other than the temps? My pc is a bit more noisy lately.

Man, this stuff is addicting. I had to hold myself back from OC'ing more lol.

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post #2 of 18
1. Timings seem to help alot in synthetic benchmarks, but in real world performance, they dont make much of a difference...aim for more speed=more bandwith

2.keep CnQ disabled...it sometimes causes instabiltiy because it lowers the voltage, and that may make your OC unstable
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post #3 of 18
RAM Timings don't make that huge of an impact, but yeah mess with them a bit.

You could turn on Cool and Quiet as long as it doesn't change the voltages I suppose.. What it does is drop your OC down until you hit like 100% load then it jumps back up to your OC'd settings.
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post #4 of 18
I would leave cool and quiet off as long as it's OC'ed. If you go back to stock, then feel free to turn it back on.

Timings, eh. They're kind of like an advanced performance tweaking area. Go ahead and read up on them and fiddle around, if you are feeling like a go getter.

Good job thusfar.
    
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RAM Timings don't make that huge of an impact, but yeah mess with them a bit.
I would disagree. Imo on AMD the timings are actually quite important and can make a difference.
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I would disagree. Imo on AMD the timings are actually quite important and can make a difference.
I'd rather have a higher OC with looser ram timings than tight timings and a lower OC.
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I'd rather have a higher OC with looser ram timings than tight timings and a lower OC.
With an Intel, sure. But with an AMD you try to find the middle ground, with tighter timings being the priority. Part of the reason BH-5 wasn't nearly as popular for Intel users as it was for AMD users.
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I would disagree. Imo on AMD the timings are actually quite important and can make a difference.
Not as important as a good CPU oc though. I'll take CPU MHz over ram timings or speed every time.
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lol you say ur happy and all with 2.4, but just wait until you buy better cooling to hit 2.6.....then better memory to try and get 2.8.....
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I know its addicting! i know for sure when I do my next build in a year or so, its going to be a whole new ball game.
    
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