1000Mhz Benchmark Comments:
The benchmark results
all seem to say the same thing, this CPU is very fast! At 1.0GHz multi-tasking
is a breeze, and mundane and strenuous CPU chores all flow quite nicely. DVD's
are smooth and glitch free, even if I am running Quake III in the background to
test system stability... However, just because it's a 1Ghz processor, it doesn't
mean that it's safe from my overclocking!
Overclocking a CPU is
pretty much the only interesting part of CPU reviews these days. However,
overclocking a "high-end" CPU tends to disappoint overclockers that are
accustomed to getting a 20% or better increase in MHz-prowess.
in previous reviews of the
Duron 700 , and
Athlon 800 , overclocking to insane speeds with the Athlon T-bird will
more than likely require clock multiplier adjustments. This is partially due to
the limitations of the VIA KT133 chipset that restricts FSB overclocking to a
rather limiting 110Mhz arena.
So how does one go
about raising the clock multiplier?
First of all, I haven't
seen a single Athlon or Duron processor in the last few months that had the L1
bridges intact. The L1 bridges have been cut by a laser, but don't fret, they
can be reconnected with a simple pencil. The pencil trick is reasonably simple,
nonetheless the bridges are tiny, and great care must be taken whence connecting
them with the conductive pencil lead. I suggest using a very fine pencil tip, or
a .5mm mechanical pencil. Just pencil the bridges back and forth a few times,
and that should provide enough conductivity to unlock the power of your