With the KX18D Pro II based
on the newer C1 stepping of the nForce2-SPP/nForce2 Ultra 400, we were pretty sure the motherboard
would have the potential to be a good overclocker. We were right.
Starting at 200 MHz FSB with a AMDAthlonXP 3200+, I immediately lowered
the multiplier to 8x so the processor wouldn't hold me back. Slowly I began to raise
the FSB, and 210 MHz soon passed as well as the 215 MHz mark.
At 217 MHz FSB we encountered some
stability problems, but raising the memory voltage solved that we were able to continue.
In the end, the final speed we hit while maintaining the most aggressive memory
timings was 230 MHz
memory timings we were able to run at a very nice 234 MHz FSB, however
performance was lower than that of 230 MHz FSB with aggressive memory
testing I ran the board with my best overclocking DIMM (single channel mode)
and it booted WindowsXP all the way up to 242 MHz FSB. Unfortunately the
system was extremely unstable, but still, that's a rather impressive number for those
of you interested in this field.
The Advanced Chipset Features look
almost identical to that of other nForce2 motherboards. You can go from 100-300
MHz FSB pretty much in 1 MHz increments (sometimes the board skips 1 MHz here
and there). There are a whole load of memory dividers, but for best performance
we ran 1:1. We have come to expect the ability to change the memory timings when
dealing with Albatron motherboards.
Albatron give the end user complete
multiplier control for unlocked Athlon processors. CPU voltage goes to a sky
high 2.65V... however I can't see anyone ever going
above 1.95V if they're using air cooling. With no mounting holes and little space around the
CPU socket it's a bit of a Catch 22. AGP voltage goes as high as
1.8V, DDR can go to 3.0V, and the chipset can be feed with up to 1.9V. Perhaps
Albatron can release a new revision that includes the four mounting holes or
clears out the CPU socket area a bit better. I'd love to slap my Prometeia on
the KX18D Pro II with all its voltage options!