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Hi,just thought id post this to see what you guys thought and maybe offer me some advice.Do these seem like good results to you?This is the maximum i have reached that remains stable.I have to admit that i dont really understand ram timings.Temps are ok 38 idle and approx 50 under full load.I have Thermalright sp-94 cooling and cooler master case.I realise that these components are old but i bought them all second hand and they were cheap.

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 3319 MHz (13 x 255)
System Memory 1024 MB Hynix (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award (12/28/04)
Motherboard Name Abit IC7
Video Adapter MSI NX 6600 GT (NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT) (256 MB)
CPU Clock 3319.4 MHz (original: 2600 MHz, overclock: 28%)
CPU Multiplier 13.0x
CPU FSB 255.3 MHz (original: 200 MHz, overclock: 28%)
Memory Bus 204.3 MHz
DRAM:FSB Ratio 4:5
Motherboard Chipset Intel Canterwood i875P
Memory Timings 2.5-3-3-7 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
DIMM1 1 GB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (3.0-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz) (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-2-2-6 @ 133 MHz)
Thanks in advance for any help i might receive.

I stupidly posted this thread in the new members read here first section
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These results look pretty good, normal at least..your getting a great oc out of that p4, which is probably a northwood..
which is an older processor(skt478)
you still have a pretty nice computer so dont frown, turn it upside down lol
    
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Thanks for replying.The processor is indeed a northwood.Any ideas why my system will not remain stable at a higher overclock than this?I have tried raising the vcore from the default of 1.525 up to 1.60 to no avail.How much higher is it safe to go?Maybe 1.675?I think maybe its the ram thats holding me back what do you think?Cooling doesnt seem to be a problem just now it always levels off at about 50c.Thanks for the vote of confidence.Im not really disappointed with these results just greedy is all.
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You have not done too badly with your overclock imo.

I have a very similar setup to you and get around the same results.

Is your northwood a 800 or 533 bus?

here is the best i have managed to muster from mine so far http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc?id=85444

I achieved this overclock using 1.625v VCore.

It is generally accepted that northwoods should not have more than 1.7v otherwise you stand a good chance of SNDS, esp if your air cooling.
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Not sure what it is,can i use software to check?I seem to recall seeing 2.6Ghz /512/800 on the back of the chip.
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if you download cpu-z like in the link of mjrTom it will give you all the info on your cpu and memory.. But the more you up your v-core the higher your temps go so watch out for that...your ram could indeed be the thing thats holding you back..my ram maxes out at about ddr-485 and then i have to run a divider..but it can also not be because your already running a divider, if you really want your oc to go farther run another divider i got greedy once too
    
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I downloaded cpuz here is a link to my result,im really starting to feel my ignorance now,im not even sure what a divider is most of my overclocking was done via trial and error and not enough reading.Can you tell from the pic if my northwood is 533 or 800 bus?I changed the ram timings a while ago and got a loud beep and some heart palpitations for my trouble.Had to reset cmos.I hope you find this amusing cause I do.I have a spare processor on standby hence my recklessness. http:valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc?id=85763also this link doesnt work i dont think.
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Yeah, that link doesn't work


Watch your temps, Northwoods shouldn't go over 55c IIRC.

A divider is basically running your RAM and FSB at different speeds. If your FSB is 255, you will get the best performance from running your ram at 255(or 510Mhz).

Although what you posted said you are running your RAM faster than your FSB (4:5), it states your RAM is running at 204 (408Mhz), which is only right if your FSB is 200, which would be stock.


See about putting up that CPU-z shot of your Memory and the main CPU-z (run the CPU-z program twice)
post #9 of 20
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Ill try again


http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc?id=85785

Ok that works i think.Thanks for the info on temps.Goes upto 50c quickly under full load but then levels out there
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if your overclocked bus speed is that then your stock speed is 800mhz and what you have is a good overclock..i dont think your ram is the problem with getting higher overclocks its your mobo kind of like me..i cant do much with mines either
    
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