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Howdy guys, first time overclocker long time nerd.

So I decided my compy was getting a little slow. I wandered on over here and read through the Intel overclocking guide and numerous other things on here. Very informative, cool stuff.

I'm having a little trouble though. Compy I'm overclocking is the one in my sig. So this is pretty much where I'm at right now:



I can't really seem to get much higher. I'm assuming it's capable of going faster though, I read about a few setups basically identical to mine that were running 3.8. Any suggestions? Main thing I'm confused about is RAM timings. I tried various settings but none of them seem to make any difference when I try upping the FSB. I've hit the wall with vcore so the next step is to adjust RAM timings to allow a faster stable speed with the FSB, correct?

Anyways, any help would be awesome.
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Do you really need that high a core voltage to take that D1 Northwood to 3.2? That's a bit high for such an overclock imo.

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when I lower the core voltage any at all it crashes. I'm having trouble getting it stable even if I lower the FSB to 229 which gives me almost exactly 3.20 it still fails with Prime95 after about 9 hours or so. Is there anything I'm missing?
 

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Probably not. People have said that the last issues of Northwoods were not all that great on the overclock (voltages). I was already moving on to the newer processors so ceased testing the Northwoods and never had any parts that needed such high voltages.
 

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Originally Posted by sgtkillmore

when I lower the core voltage any at all it crashes. I'm having trouble getting it stable even if I lower the FSB to 229 which gives me almost exactly 3.20 it still fails with Prime95 after about 9 hours or so. Is there anything I'm missing?

Few things for yea,
1st, you have the wost stepping of that processor, the notorious D1..

2. Try running a memory devider (take pressure of your memory controller)
3. Increase your vAGP up a notch
 

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hmm, I find myself in a similar position.
My Northwood is a P4 Northy, 2.8 GHz, with the base divider 21 (unlike the 14 sgtkillmore had/has.

The mobo is a P4RD1-MX from Asus with ATI chipset. Xpress200 that is.

I increased the FSB from 133 to 140 so far, runs fine (haven't stressed it yet).

I'm curious as to what should I do to get the best performances from it.
 

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well I took it up from 133 to 147 or so without any stability problems. After that Prime starts to find errors. That's without doing anything to the voltage, wich I won't modify until I get good cooling. I'm with the stock cooler ATM
 

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55? You sure? The specs I DL-ed from Intel say 75 MAX temp suported. Celsius offcourse.

It's weird, anyway I don't plan on going higher untill I get better cooling and better memory. So far I've just tried the waters sort of speak.
 

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I also have the same 2.8 Northwood, i could never get it to run stable over 3.4, but I was also using a $20 ECS l4vx2a mobo and pc2100 ram, man that thing sucked
The CPU-Z is in my profile. I had to use a low bus speed, it wouldn't run stable any higher. I haven't messed with my new setup much yet, running @ 3.4 with reasonable temps.
 

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If you have some mula check out adeolivers 2.4c 30 capper in the for sale section I think he's asking for $80 for it. 2.4c's are awesome overclockers, and the the 30 cappers are even better. bandwidth is a big deal in overclocking (fsb) prolly more so than raw Mhz imho
 

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I haven't really looked into 800mhz bus processors, my new board supports them. So after I get tired of this 2.8, I'll prolly upgrade. Just playing around right now, this is only my second overclock, which I hope to be better than the first.
 

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Originally Posted by sgtkillmore

Howdy guys, first time overclocker long time nerd.

So I decided my compy was getting a little slow. I wandered on over here and read through the Intel overclocking guide and numerous other things on here. Very informative, cool stuff.

I'm having a little trouble though. Compy I'm overclocking is the one in my sig. So this is pretty much where I'm at right now:



I can't really seem to get much higher. I'm assuming it's capable of going faster though, I read about a few setups basically identical to mine that were running 3.8. Any suggestions? Main thing I'm confused about is RAM timings. I tried various settings but none of them seem to make any difference when I try upping the FSB. I've hit the wall with vcore so the next step is to adjust RAM timings to allow a faster stable speed with the FSB, correct?

Anyways, any help would be awesome.

I was wondering if anyone could tell me why my multiplier is locked at 21x, I just noticed that with the same processor, you are able to run 14x for the multi.
 

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It's not the same revision processor.
Mine is 21x too.
I managed to get mine around 3.4 too but I got some errors in Prime95 so I took it back a notch. After I change my mem's and add some decent cooling (I'm on stock right now) I'll take it a bit higher.

PS: you can rarely find a CPU with the multiplier unblocked... usualy only the Engineering samples are unlocked, and I don't know a single place where you can buy them.
 

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Ah, I believe i'm going to start looking into a different processor, think I have hit the limit with what i have. I've been thinking about a 2.8 800 fsb northy with ht, anyone got ideas what revisions and steppings i should be looking for?

I also saw this go through ebay <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6881205740&rd=1&sspage name=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1">3.2ghz ht, engineering sample?<a/> wasn't sure about it so i didn't bid, lol.
 
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