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 12/04/2004 07:31 PM
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OK, what would you do: run your system @ 2.1 Ghz and 2-2-2-5 1T RAM timings, or 2.3 Ghz and 2.5-2-2-5 1T timings? All that's different is the CAS -- 2.5 rather than 2, which I'm not keen on.

I have numerous ways I can OC, but I'm not happy with losing the tightest timings. 210 FSB / 2-2-2-5 is very stable, but anything beyond 212 and my machine occasionally crashes. You reckon a 200 Mhz clock frequency increase is worth relaxing the timings for? And there's also the issue of noise from the CPU fan to consider. It's about time I bought a better HS/F anyway though, so that problem could be solved soon.

I would like to hear suggestions on different multiplier settings, etc. Right now I'm at 210 X 10. I've tried 235 X 9.5 and a few other things, just wanna know if any other settings are worth playing with? 235 is about the best I can manage though, probably due to SATA drive corruption beyond that point.
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I've got my FSB upto 235MHz, multiplier 11 and the RAM timings are 2-2-2-6 1T.

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Well Ninja do what I do, I usually run AM3 to see which overclock is better.

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I did this, but I don't wanna base an OC around just one benchmark. My CPU @ 210 hits over 9,800 AM3 CPU points. @ 230 it's around 10,400, so there's approx. a 600 point difference, or 2,000 overall points in the final score.

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Jimi -- what CPU and RAM you using? I can't go to an 11 multi, btw, the 3200+ Clawhammer's max is 10. I do have .5 multi settings in BIOS though.


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I've got a 3500+ Winchester and a stick of Corsair XMS PC2700 512MB and a stick of Crucial PC3200 512MB.

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Is my default 2.5-4-3-8 @ 1T timing really slow?
What are the difference between 1T and 2T?

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Really? Nice timings you're running, considering it's at 235. I'm wondering if I change a couple of things, such as disabling Aggressive Timings in my BIOS, and running the Ballistix at stock (2-2-2-6) timings whether mine will even boot at 235...



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Yeah, I'm going to get some Twinmos PC4300 RAM soon.

But just mess about with the settings, that's all I did. I can get the FSB upto 245MHz but when I run Prime 95 it comes back with an error.

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Couldn't boot at 230 FSB and 2-2-2-6 (had to reset CMOS), but 220 is very stable. Just testing some more. Also, the noise and temps are fine too, so maybe I'll just run this at 3400+ speeds, it's gotta be worth an extra 100 Mhz for the sake of 1 number lower on the tRAS. If I can push some more I will though.

BTW, do you have an IDE drive or SATA?

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Well if your using it for gaming, you'd probably benefit from having better RAM timings than a little bit more CPU speed wouldn't you?

I've got an IDE drive. It's only a 5400RPM, I bought it for my Xbox a while ago and I don't use my Xbox anymore so I thought I'd just use it in my PC instead.

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Cool. I think the reason I can't boot above 235 is down to the SATA I'm using.

Anywayz, I think you're right about better timings -- I'm keeping the 2-2-2-5. I just had AM3 crash at 220, so it's clearly not 100% stable. 219 seems fine, but screw it, I don't wanna change the RAM timings and more cause I'm getting the best bandwidth with 2-2-2-5 and Aggressive Timings enabled in the BIOS. Even though Aggressive Timings sets it to 2-2-2-5 anyway, just the fact that it's enabled gives a boost, I don't know why it's any different from setting the same timings manually, but it is.

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