Tulatin · 08-26-2005 · Category:
We're going to examine the hardware that'll take us to the top. These are the components, which our overclock is to live and die by, and if any one of them isn't up to spec, then the whole batch will be held back, thus necessitating their replacement at a later date. Thus, without any further adieu, let us begin an examination of the key parts of our system which will take us all the way to 4 GHz and beyond!
For our experiment today, we've chosen to utilize an older, lower frequency Intel chip - the 530J. We have chosen this processor for the lone reason that it will allow for a sky high FSB as well as impressive memory clocks. Beyond this, this chip serves as a point of reference, on how an economical, low speed chip can be turned into a true beast (albeit with a little work). This particular chip is of the SL7PU stepping, which should provide for some interesting overclocking, after all the core is no longer at the top of it's chain, giving it plenty of easy headroom to fly into.
Perhaps behind the processor, the most important component in any Overclocking project is a good, solid motherboard. For this purpose, we've decided to make use of Asus' P5AD2-E Premium Wireless Edition for the time being. The reasoning for our choice was that with its staggering amount of voltage adjustments (most of which reaching downright silly levels), this motherboard would allow us to feed all of our hungry componentry the power it thirsts for. Along with this, the simple and uncluttered layout will provide helpful in future, perhaps if additional cooling will be necessary to push this beast further. Our only issue to this motherboard however is the passive cooling on the North and Southbridges along with the mofsets - something which will definitely have to be fixed later on if we're going to push our FSB to new heights.
In today's world, 1GB of memory simply isn't enough anymore. With this in mind, our system will be making use of 2GB of memory, provided via the use of four DIMMs. While this would limit overclockability in an Athlon 64 system, we've encountered no such problems with our LGA test bed, and thus will continue to utilize four modules up until one set cannot maintain the speeds set out by the system. Moving from why we're doing it to what we're using, the two memory kits installed in this machine are Crucial's PC2-5300 Ballistix and Corsair's PC2-6400 XMS. Eventually, Crucial's sticks will be replaced by some higher frequency ones, allowing us to maintain 2GB of memory at the 711MHz mark, which seems to sadly be the roof of this motherboard's abilities.
The Power Supply
For this project, we've decided to drop in an Ultra Technologies 600W power supply, which has been the faithful backbone of our test bed as well as our varying LGA systems for some time now. While it's nothing special, this supply has proven itself to be a worthy backbone of our test bench, and as such will continue to provide the power until it's unable to supply the current which the Prescott core demands.
- The Hardware