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Vash 24th September, 2010 09:56 PM

Does having more FSB really make a difference?
Its been a hard time trying to find out whats stable, but it looks like my CPU stables out doing the following: it looks like my ram is my limiting factor. but iam not sure whats faster because in order for me to get a larger CPU OC, i have to slow down my ram.

the problem with me getting to 260 FSB to make 3.5Ghz is that i have to lower my ram to DDR2 533. The second option is done with it in DDR2 667 mode, and my ram is a DDR2 800 natrually but no matter how many volts i send at it, it won't too much past 200 FSB

the first option is technically running at: 650 taking into account of the divider
the second option is techically running at: 800 taking into account of the divider

i guess my real question is if the divider really effects performance enough for me to have a lower clock with a lower divider.

bonesaw 25th September, 2010 01:34 AM

i would get better ram or lower the multi and see how high you can get your ram stable, work around your weakest component.

ccperf721p 25th September, 2010 01:39 AM

Depends on the system. Northbridge equipped systems benefit significantly from high FSB. AMD and Intel stuff with onboard memory controllers do not actually have a FSB so the number is pretty much mythical and just a means of determining speed.

Go for CPU speed first, use whatever divider necessary, then move onto tweaking memory timings to eliminate wasted ticks.

Vash 25th September, 2010 07:35 AM


Originally Posted by bonesaw (Post 508311)
i would get better ram or lower the multi and see how high you can get your ram stable, work around your weakest component.

both my CPU and RAM are the weakest parts sadly.. so iam using the dividers to sorta cheat and use a huge divider to gain more FSB.

my limits seem to be around 800Mhz DRAM fequency which seems kinda normal considering iam using DDR2 800 (Patroit Extreme game edition)

so heres what i found to be memtest86+ stable with stable Othros 12 hour:

DDR2 800 mode with 200FSB and 5 divider (400Mhz in CPUZ)
DDR2 667 mode with 240FSB and 6 divider (400Mhz in CPUZ)
DDR2 533 mode with 260FSB and 8 divider (347Mhz in CPUZ)

SO TECHNICALLY with me running it at 260 FSB i have to use a huge divider and my ram does not run at its normal 400Mhz but at 347 instead.

I think i given up on the idea... in order for me to stay at 400 DRAM frequency i think i will need to be able to go higher on the CPU multi =( because i would just do 14.5x240FSB and that would be 3.480 Ghz which is close enough to where iam at right now...

YOUR right about how my ram is mostly my weakest tho.. because I can't go higher in Ghz to really test out this CPU... i have noticed on other forums people are getting 4Ghz with this CPU... but with my ram iam sorta stuck.... because i hit the wall around 260FSB... unsure if its because of the ram OR the CPU.

ahhhh well this build was actually 220 dollars with shipping... so i guess i'll have to leave it at what it is... i'll drop the divider 1 more step tomorrow to see if i can get any higher FSB numbers but from my understanding the bigger the divider the less stable it becomes as well?

heres someone with my exact same clock saying his ram is his limit as well =(

cloasters 25th September, 2010 06:54 PM

The road to overclocking is sometimes bumpier than we'd like. Best of luck!

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