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AMD Duron 700 - 1Ghz Review

AMD Duron 700 - 1Ghz  Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: AMD's K6-2 line have always been popular for budget consumers in need of an affordable and fairly quick PC. However, the times they have changed.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Nov 12 2000   B. Ly  
Home > Reviews > CPU / Processors > AMD Duron 1GHz

Modus Operandi (L1 connects)

First of all, you can overclock this CPU simply by raising the FSB within the bios of the KT7 RAID (or jumpers depending on what motherboard you have purchased.) However, with such a low multiplier, the Duron 700 will not reach the 1Ghz plateau with FSB increases. Therefore, the clock multiplier will have to be raised, unfortunately, the L1 bridges on the CPU have been cut by AMD. However there is no need to be worried, a simple pencil can be used to reconnect the L1 bridges.

The pencil trick is reasonably simple, however the bridges are tiny, and great care must be taken whence connecting them with the pencil lead. I suggest using a very fine tip pencil tip, or one of the .5mm mechanical pencils. Just pencil the bridges back and forth a few times, and that should provide enough conductivity to unlock the CPU. After successfully connecting the L1 bridges, the clock multipliers can now be accessed and modified within the BIOS (or jumpers if the bios on your motherboard does not support clock multiplier adjustments.)

I ran into some trouble when setting the clock multiplier to 10X with ABIT KT7 RAID, it would post and get into Windows 98 SE just fine, but there was one small problem, the clock speed was only 900Mhz! I bumped up the clock multiplier to 10.5X, and it posted at 950Mhz, going on a little hunch, I bumped it up to 11X, and voila it posted and booted into Windows 98 SE at 1000Mhz! Stability was a bit questionable, so I had to go back into the bios to adjust the Vcore voltage to 1.825V. One reboot, and a 100 frags later, I determined this CPU to be rock stable at 1Ghz @ 1.825V.

So I thought to myself, how else can I increase the performance of this CPU? Knowing that 1Ghz was the realistic limit on any Duron processor with traditional air cooling, I decided to lower the clock multiplier to 10X (effectively 9X on this motherboard,) and raised the FSB to 112 to get a CPU core speed of 1008Mhz. I considered this to be reasonably close to the 1Ghz barrier, and surely the FSB increase would improve performance, or at least memory performance.

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Contents of Article: AMD Duron 1GHz
 Pg 1.  AMD Duron 700 - 1Ghz Review
 Pg 2.  SiSoft Sandra @ 700Mhz
 Pg 3.  Quake III Time demo 1
 Pg 4.  — Modus Operandi (L1 connects)
 Pg 5.  Sisoft Sandra @ 1008Mhz
 Pg 6.  Comments and Conclusion

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