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Old 7th September, 2004, 01:50 AM
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hello, im planning to buy a new epox board, can somebody help me to decide whether to choose from epox 8rda+, 8rda3i, and 8krai. stocks of 8rda3+ here in the Philippines are almost 0, and ive been fascinated by overclocking a unit, i help my cousin in assembling a p4 unit with asus pc800-deluxe and the overclocking is very easy {just by selecting 30%}

and one more thing, which processor is much better; tbred-b, barton or sempron, for oveclocking. thanks ...
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Old 7th September, 2004, 02:22 AM
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hi !!!
and welcome to overclocking 101. i havent owened any epox boards yet ( waiting for the 6+ pro) but as far as the proc. i would say that the AMD athlon xp 2500+ mobile is realy your only choise. this of course will be aruged about (in good nature i hope). the semperon hasent been around long enough to tell yet.
the true masterminds of overclocking will be around soon so staytuned.
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Old 7th September, 2004, 02:29 AM
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A mobile CPU is the best choice for a socket A. I haven't kept up lately, but go with a barton core, 35w if you can... They are good overclockers in general, and are still multiplier unlocked. Just about all other AMD CPUs are multiplier locked.

The 8rda+ is a good mobo, but is long in the tooth. The 8krai is a bad idea for overclocking since you don't have a PCI lock, and may have stability problems in your AGP and PCI slots.... Stick with NF2, just make sure you have support for 200+ fsb.

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hmmm, does abit nf7 have support for 200fsb? doesn't all nf7 have fupport for 200 fsb?
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The NF7 and NF7-S are OFFICIALLY only rated for 166 MHz FSB clock. The NF7-S Ultra-400 is rated for 200 MHz FSB clock.

As a practical matter, I believe most all nForce2 based boards these days will do 200 or better with proper cooling. However, it is still a good idea to check and make sure the mobo you are looking at is rated by the manufacturer to run 200 MHz FSB clock.
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is barton 2500+ multiplier unlocked? how about the cooling? which is better zalman 7000-b alcu or thermalright sp-97? ive check the price here for nf7-s ultra 400 and its a bit beyond my cash limit so i think ill go for epox 8rda3i, and what memory is more compatible to epox, twinmos, geil or kingmax, thank you again
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The ONLY AthlonXP chips from AMD right now that are NOT multi-locked are the MOBILES. So far as I know, any mobile you buy will be multi-unlocked, because of the way their PowerNow! stuff works.
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sir gizmo how do i know that the processor is mobile? are they compatible with 8rda3+ board? thanks for your immediate response
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me too.

ya Giz , how can you tell just by looking if its a mobile??
i went to newegg and looked at all the mobile photoes and they realy dont say anything.
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The numbers on the chip will tell the story.

Mobiles will be AXMHxxxxFQQ4C (xxxx is the model number, like 2500)

Most regular desktop chips will be AXDA instead of AXMH.
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