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post #11 of 20
I'ev always heard there was no way to OC a Dell period. I'll file away the Intel BIOS flash in memory if it ever comes up.

I prefer to build my own desktops though.

I hear you on "useless" Dell garbage. I bought a 9300 Laptop from them, and there's no way to NOT get some version of a dial up ISP program on them, but I figured I'd ask for Earthlink since I did not want AOL anywhere near my machine, that thing is a pain to uninstall.

Not only did they ship it with AOL, and Earthlink, they loaded Netscape and NetZero on there too!!!




but you can't beat their prices, like you said......
post #12 of 20
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I recieved a new Dell at work today and decided to benchmark it for fun. I was amazed to find it was a full 30% slower than my non-overclocked 478 machine listed in my profile below.
Here ia a breif description of the Dell:
940 3.2 GHZ
1GB DDR2 PC5400
(1) SATA WD Caviar 160Gig NTFS
Intel(R) 945G Express Chipset
Dell Brand MOBO
ATI X600 256 PCI Express

Does anyone have a sugestion for incresing the speed before I put this system to use? I am up for just about anything as long as it is stable and does not require removing the MOBO, the boss would be pissed if I pulled it. I forgot to mention I have another 2GB of Geil low latency Dual Channel PC5400 on the way.
Was the test you are using solely for ALU/FPU calculations/stress or was it an overall benchmark?
For direct ALU/FPU processing expect (even though its a Dell) it to be much faster than yours. Two 3.2GHz cores really boost performance for calculations, especially if the test is multithreaded.
The Intel board does have worse bandwith than other boards on the 945 chipset, but it is still fine.
To test the super speed of the processors ALU and FPU components run SiSandra's CPU tests. If these are poor then there IS something wrong.
Note: This system is no good for extreme graphics or intense pixel rendering etc.
post #13 of 20
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Well I finally got the new Geil Ram in and the system flies now. I could not believe the difference. Even with the crappy graphics card it benchmarked 29% highter than my 478 machine. I gained 100% Performance with the upgrade. I am think with Raid0 and a bios reflash this thing will really fly.

Also I tried to load Intle newest Intel bios and had a few questions.

(1) How do I know which baord to use their are several 945G chip sets?
(2) How can I reflash the Bios? I picked a board I thought was close to this machine and could not get the bios to reflash, I have no Idea where the jumper is to do this. This system has to jumpers neither of which worked.
(3) If I do reflash the Bios can I use Clock Gen for the Intel Board I reflashed to?
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post #14 of 20
When you reflash the bios. There are no jumpers involved. Use cpu-z to find your motherboard model number. There download the bios flash exe. You cant use another motherboards bios.


But if you cant find clockgen for the exact motherboard that you have. Just pick the closest one and at least the same brand. It should work, but dont quote me on this. Its just what i've heard.

You should have gotten a gateway, because they're coming out with an overlocking utility for their fx line. And im pretty sure that it will be usable on almost all their other systems.
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I know I am beating a dead horse here, but CPU-Z only sees a dell board. CPU-Z doesn't see the Graphics Card, Memory, Chipset and only sees part of the processor. I tried to install the new bios but I gave me an error that this board does not have Flash memory??
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post #16 of 20
Dude you got a Dell! haha. I wonder if their notebooks are this bad.
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I have pulled componets trying to find anything that resembled another manufacturer other than Dell and had no luck I think it is a lost cause. Plus this is a machine for the company so I am going to attach it with brute force and configure the drives in a Raid0 and add another two Gig of Geil Ram. I will let it ride for a few years then build it again with a real board, case and power supply. Thanks for everyones input
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post #18 of 20
Hey can you tell me what temps your cpu is running at?
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I am not able to use any programs on this to monitor this system
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post #20 of 20
you can check it in the bios
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