Overclocking WS440BX

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Overclocking WS440BX

Postby shocks24 » Sun Jun 16, 2002 12:13 am

Hello all,
I'm new to overclocking 8O Please bear with me! I have a Gateway with the WS440BX mobo,
Bios Manufacturer: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 licensed to Intel
Bios id# 4W4SB0X0.15A.0019.P14.0005091032
Chipset: Intel 440BX/ZX rev 3
CPU: 500MHz P3
When I change the system jumper to configure mode I'm unable to make any changes to the multiplier or the processor, it's all locked out. I assume it is because of the gateway bios and motherboard? Does intel have a generic flash or upgrade for this bios that would allow me to change these settings?? If possible what gains are typical when overclocking a system like this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks
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Postby Tolemac » Mon Jun 24, 2002 9:16 pm

Welcome to the Mother Board!

Gateways suck at overclocking. If you are serious about doing so, your first step would be a new system. You wouldn't be able to get a screaming amount out of the 500 MHz P3 even if you could, as I believe that it's a slot 1 CPU and without using a Golden Finger tool, you wouldn't be able to change the multiplier. 8)
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Postby shocks24 » Fri Jun 28, 2002 11:15 am

Thanks Tolemac! BTW what's a golden finger tool? How do you feel about the evergreen technologies processor upgrades? Supposedly they gan get my slot 1 up to 1.0GHz on 100MGz front side bus with their Performa 3 processor. It appears to just be a slot 1 to 370 adapter with p3 processor and cooling fan. including software to set the multiplier or some such thing. Thanks again!
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Postby Tolemac » Fri Jun 28, 2002 2:39 pm

As it turns out, the Gold Finger tool is only good for slot A cpu's and not slot 1's.
Evergreen seems to do a good job, though I have never used one. They are pretty expensive however, so I'm wondering if upgrading your system wouldn't be a better idea.
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Postby shocks24 » Tue Jul 02, 2002 5:35 pm

If it matters to anybody I bought the evergreen processor upgrade for $199. I know a little expensive but cheaper than the new system I want! And it'll drag out the use of my old beater for a while.
It works well so far I've no problems. Not to mention it was as simple as plugging it in no annoying bs... to deal with

WCPUID shows:

1094.35MHz internal clock :D (awesome considering I'm used to 500MHz)
99.49MHz system bus/system clock
11.0 multiplier

Thanks for your help
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Postby Tolemac » Tue Jul 02, 2002 6:03 pm

Glad to hear it works good for you! Yes, 1.1GHz is a far cry from 500MHz. 8)
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