All that out of the way, I read around a few reviews of this
board that it was not a recommended OC board. HA! It flat rocked my Celery 366
solid at 567. Since my wife got that chip, I tried out the Celeron 433 for grins
I knew the 6.5 multiplier was gonna bite me in the ass when I shot for the 100mhz FSB but I had to give it a go anyway's. At default voltage with my huge ass GlobalWin FDP32 and an 80mm fan glued to the mutha I ran up to 542 (6.5*83.3) without an issue one. Not bad, but nothing outstanding either. I could get it to post at 650 at 2.6v but it would lock at the Windows 2000 Advanced Server boot screen, even with the L2 turned off.
DAMN IT! It did post though, so if I can latch onto one of those awesome liquid coolers, or maybe a phase exchange gas super cooler I know the pig will go 650 or better. I have to also note that Win2K has no issues with the board, except when it comes to handling the hard drives. The speeds are way slower than in 98, and that tells me that mighty Microsoft is having some issues dealing with UDMA33 control on some boards. That pissed me off a little, because even in my old K6-2 system these drives were at least moderately fast. That has little to do with the ProII board though, so no need to harp on that.
This board is
very stable, how stable you say? Well, I got to fooling around when I couldn't
get the 650 mark with my Cel 433. I decided that we would see just what I could
play with to make things interesting. Seeing as how the board and chip were
doing fine at 542 with default voltage of 2.0, would it hang at less? Yep.
Stable at 1.9 vcore. Now that is cool. OC'd and under the rated core voltage. Of
course I have a lot of case cooling, also lapped the piss out of the
GlobalWin sink and the Celery with just a touch of thermal paste. Not really
impressed with that?
Consider I used H-Oda's L2 Cache tweak to get the latency down to "0" and ECC disabled, memory set to CAS2, everything except for the vid bios shadowed, and that damned P2 microcodes thing shut off. I'd say that it is impressive enough. And considering also that Win2K has not puked on me yet because of these settings I am very pleased.
Ok, so you want some bench's, no prob. Only thing here is I
have gone on a gaming strike of sorts till one of those "PROMISED" GeForce cards
shows up so there aren't any gaming marks as of yet. If I get a dually system
going, this will be a Win98 box once again and will then proceed to frag the
hell out of some poor saps online. (Actual game play by yours truly may not be
as predicted due to lack of practice.) Anyhow, on with the marks............
Processor Intel Celeron 466 @ 542
Mhz Memory 128 Megs PC-100 SDRAM Hard Disk Drive Quantum 6.4
Gig ATA-33 Video Card Diamond Viper V550 Operating System
Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Not the usual pretty graphs, but it gets the job
In my final conclusions this is one of the finest looking boards to
date, and definitely a welcomed change from the drab blasé crap everyone pumps
us full of on a daily basis. Nothing like popping the case to show your buds a
nice shiny trick mobo. Definite kudos to Aopen for a job well done, and I have
to say it one more time here fella's it's about damn time the working stiffs got
mention. I personally can't think of a more fitting way to do it!