I still haven’t had the time to run a full suite of 3DMark and PCMark tests, so bear with me.
I’ve been getting into the AMD forums. There’s a lot that I can pick up from the users there about working with my AMD Athlon 64 CPU. I found that DFI Street is an amazing site for computer enthusiasts. A lot of excellent guides up there and the community handles all issues with utmost speed.
I did a bit of overclocking a while back and found that I could get OCEANBLUe to boot at 230*12 (2760MHz), meaning that my Corsair XMS CMX512-3200C2 can do a bit of work at 460MHz, 2.5-3-3-6 1T, 2.9V. Every time I try and relax the timings to allow for a higher FSB increase, the computer just crashes and burns and I have to resort to the CMOS reset jumper. Not a lot of fun. I’ll do a bit more reading on memory timings before I attempt that again.
Ran SiSoftware Sandra to do a quick CPU bench. The results are here. My AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice at 2760MHz runs neck to neck with an AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 at 2.8GHz. At least theoretically. Didn’t bother doing a memory test because of instability issues. I don’t think the Corsair XMS modules that I’m using like running at those timings and such high frequencies.
I decided to test for stability and find temperatures so I ran [email protected] I was already getting close to finishing with a new core, progress at 890/1000 frames. Unfortunately, the CPU is not stable at such frequencies and the core crashed and burned. Stress temperatures at 2760MHz are from 58°-60°C. I am a little concerned because AMD rates the 3800+ as able to go as high as 70°C. Not much room for error here. Idle temperatures are in the screenshot that I linked to just earlier.
I also decided to try out my luck with Aquamark 3. I was getting some Illegal Fault Exception earlier, and found out that it was linked to using PCI-e video cards. Some quick Google work later and I was ready to run with a new .DLL that was released as a hotfix a while back. I loosened the CPU timing a bit, knocking it down to 228*12 (2736MHz) and overclocked my X800XL to 435MHz Core / 540 (1080MHz) Memory. The results are here. Proud of the numbers that this machine can pull off. Good stuff.
Now to think about better cooling again. If I want to get a nice CPU cooler, I’ll go with the Cooler Master Hyper6+. Reviews are excellent, it’s a quality product. The only thing that worries me is the HSF’s massive size – it’s a huge tower that will stress the motherboard a bit with its weight alone.
Finally, cleaned up the inside of my computer a bit. I moved all the power cables and whatnot aside, tucking them away. I’d take a picture, but I don’t feel like it right now and my back hurts.
There we go. Rawr. I could break 2.8GHz without a problem if I had better cooling on this thing and if I could understand the damn RAM timings!
Listening to: The Postal Service – Such Great Heights