If the motherboard is from Epox we will have high
expectations. Hehe... I'm a very impatient overclocker, I usually try for a
high target first off and if I don't succeed, I'll go lower. I first tried 166 MHz FSB
and as expected, we didn't have any problems. Next was 180 MHz and the memory started
to max out. Upping the DIMM voltage to 2.8V solved that problem. The board
was then bumped up to 200 MHz FSB and everything was still running perfect.
205, 210, 215 MHz
still no problems! The max speed I could reach was 219 MHz with the most aggressive
memory timings! Not too shabby!
I was pretty sure the memory was starting to max out and upping the
voltage to 3.2V didn't help.
Just to test the maximum speed of the
motherboard, I lowered the memory timings to the most conservative and kept
upping the FSB. At around 225 MHz I started to encounter some artifacts on the
display but the system would load Windows no problem! This phenomenon is
something owners of the 8K3A+ can relate to when they're pushing their boards
past 200 MHz.
Here's what I'm talking
highest FSB we were able to reach on the Epox 8K5A2+ while maintaining stability was
231 MHz FSB.
231 MHz FSB!!! That's simply insane! Here's the
proof for the disbelievers....
And now I think it is high time we started the fabled
benchmarking section, so let's get to it!