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Hi! I'm new here. I am the unfortunate owner of this motherboard which seem to be not overclockable. Yet I saw on this board someone's apparently been able to overclock this thing! How is it possible? I've looked at the BIOS and there's hardly any options for overclocking. I built this thing on a very tight budget that precluded any 'premium' components, and I'm stuck with it for the time being.

To those who've successfully overclocked this board, enlighten me, please!

Oh yeah, spec:

ECS P965T-A Rev 1.0B
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300
Kingston DDR 667 2x1gig
Geforce 7600GT
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http://www.viperlair.com/reviews/cpu...cs965/p2.shtml

As with most ECS boards ive seen, very limited, however possible...

Your E4300 should handle 3.0 without much voltage, and that board will allow minimal volt increase .05 .10 .15 which .05-.10 should be sufficiant.

The problem is that you have to go from 1.8 (200/100/33) to 2.4 (266/100/33) to 3.0 (333/100/33)
IMO big jumps in frequency, but you could try adding .05-.1 to your volt and go for 266 and see how it goes, do OCCT for a 2hr CPU test, if its stable then try the 333 setting...

Unfortunately I had a simaler board/bios and it wouldnt do it, even tho my E4300 would get stable at 3.4 with a diff board...

But its worth a try. Worst case scenario is you have to reset cmos... but at least you know..

Option # 2
Sve up 65$ and get this GA P965 DS3 its a great OC'r for that cpu
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I've tried changing it to 266/100/33 and it won't do it (reboot then back to default setting). I've tried 'downgrading' the ram speed to 533 while boosting voltage to RAM and CPU to the max, and still won't do it. I guess it just not gonna do it, eh?

I'm thinking of saving a bit more and get an Abit P35E. Would this be that much better than the GA P965 DS3 you mentioned? (Worth the extra $$?) It has P35 chipset instead of the 965 chipset.

I regret getting this ECS mobo, but at the time it's the lowest price, anything better would've cost too much. Money is kinda tight in this part of the world, you know, even with dollars as low as it is, its still Rp.9600! At least we're still better off than Zimbabwe....
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I've tried changing it to 266/100/33 and it won't do it (reboot then back to default setting). I've tried 'downgrading' the ram speed to 533 while boosting voltage to RAM and CPU to the max, and still won't do it. I guess it just not gonna do it, eh?

I'm thinking of saving a bit more and get an Abit P35E. Would this be that much better than the GA P965 DS3 you mentioned? (Worth the extra $$?) It has P35 chipset instead of the 965 chipset.

I regret getting this ECS mobo, but at the time it's the lowest price, anything better would've cost too much. Money is kinda tight in this part of the world, you know, even with dollars as low as it is, its still Rp.9600! At least we're still better off than Zimbabwe....
Yes the P35 will be the better chipset, the next step up would be x38/x48. I was just suggesting a cheap fix.... Also th p35 DS3L from giga is a great budget overclocker, the bios are very simple to work around in..

You need to look around in your bios for these settings and make sure they are set this way...

c1e - disable
speedstep - disable
virt technology - disable
limit cpu to 3 - disable
virt mem lock - disable

this may help, but again, ECS is known for poor overclocking options... thats why they are found in most dell pc's Its just odd it sets itself back when reboot. It usually wont reboot if it doesnt like settings... Look for an option to save volt/timings other than the usual F10 save n exit..
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Now this is the weird thing. All the changed setting, RAM speed (533), voltage, etc. are accepted and after reboot it's at these settings. But the fsb option (266/100/33) isn't. It reverted back to default. Strange eh? Feels like it's purposedly locked or something. It seems like it won't even give it a try...
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Could be locked.... However check out "BSEL MOD" it changes the strap so your motherboard reads it as 1066 instead of 800 giving you the 266 FSB...

It works well too....
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