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Intel Pentium III 600E Overclocking

Intel Pentium III 600E Overclocking - PCSTATS
Abstract: Intel's 600E is the hottest CPU to overclock right now. But what motherboard, heat sink and fan combo should you be overclocking with?
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Apr 20 2000   Bao Ly  
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The first set of Sandra Benchmarks

The VT6X4 offers a few features that the BF6 lacks. The VT6X4 uses the VIA 133A chipset, which offers native UDMA/66 support, AGP 4X, ? AGP divisor when using 133MHZ FSB and beyond. Additionally, the VIA 133A chipset allows for asynchronous RAM timings that can either A: save you a few dollars on RAM, or B: increase your speed. For example, if you want to overclock your 100MHZ FSB Pentium III, to 133MHZ FSB, but your RAM is only PC-100 (and cannot run stably at 133MHZ) then the -33MHZ RAM setting can help out a lot. Alternatively, you have a 100MHZ FSB CPU, but have PC-133 memory, then the +33MHZ RAM setting will increase your memory bandwidth.

For many users, the Intel 440BX chipset is the preferred chipset, and for good reason, it's mature, stable, well supported, and there's no need to worry about downloading "4 in 1" Driver sets. Most importantly, the Intel 440 BX chipset is still the current standard bearer for SPEED. Well you've all been waiting to get to the benchmarks. so here they are:

Sisoft Sandra Professional 2000:Intel PIII 600E @ 600MHZ /w ABIT BF6:

Here we see that the PIII 600E is a little bit slower than the Athlon 600 reference system

 

Once again we see that the PIII-600E is a little bit slower than the Athlon 600 reference system.

 

The Athlon reference system seems to have incredibly high memory bandwidth scores (200MHZ FSB is probably the reason.) I am also getting substandard memory bandwidth scores, but they're not too bad here.

 

Intel PIII 600E @ 600MHZ /w ABIT VT6X4

Now we can finally make some comparisons. The VIA 133A platform is lagging by only a small margin (less than 10 points.) So there is no real edge for either platform.

 

Once again, the BX platform is only in the lead by a few meager points.

 

Now we see a HUGE difference, the VIA 133A chipset falls far behind the BX chipset for memory bandwidth. For CPU/Memory Bandwidth, there is a difference of 89 points. For FPU/Memory Bandwidth, we see a difference of 91 points. So how does this difference in memory bandwidth affect `real-world' benchmarks? Let's begin with the perennial favourite. Quake III, followed by 3D Mark 2000, and a temperature reading with the Intel heat sink and the Alpha FC-PAL 35.

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Contents of Article: Intel Pentium III 600E
 Pg 1.  Intel Pentium III 600E Overclocking
 Pg 2.  Motherboard Specs
 Pg 3.  — The first set of Sandra Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Quake III, Temperatures, OC'ing
 Pg 5.  Overclocked Sandra Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Final Results! What you have been stiving for...

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