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flashbax

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Has any one used the overclocking on the new MSI MOBOS.

Edited by flashbax, 14 April 2005 - 03:23 PM.

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Is there a new automated over-clocking feature on MSI boards?
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Yes there is. Its called Corecenter, and is a variation on fuzzy, I believe. I have played with it a little, using the "auto" function, where it slowly raises the FSB speed until the system becomes unstable. then you have to manually back it off until your stable again.
you can also manually turn up vcore voltage, FSB speed, ram voltage.

I didnt get far using the auto function, my P4 3.2GHz got up to 3.6 before rebooting. eventually, I set it to default, which set the FSB at 202. I then upped the RAM voltage to 2.8, after tweaking RAM settings in BIOS as well.

Admittedly, I dont know a lot about overclocking. the manual that came with the MSI mobo talked about it some, but there were several warnings that overclocking can damage components, reduce lifespan, etc. I just built this machine, so I dont want to kill it quick!

Edited by audioboy, 21 April 2005 - 11:46 PM.

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I haven't tested this one personally, but I've yet to see an automated solution that can match what someone can do tweaking the settings. IMO overclocking is more of an art then a science. Overclockers also spend way too much time tweaking a system for an additional few percentage points that will never be noticed except for in benchmarks.

Overclocking makes sense in some cases, as you can get much better performance from your system than the money you spent indicates. However, this is not true of many systems. It's the exception more than the rule.

My recent experiences have been overclocking a P4 2.6 to 3.51, and a Mobile AMD2600 to 3400+ speeds. If you have the right combination of CPU, memory, and motherboard than overclocking makes sense. If not, you money spent on a better mobo, faster RAM, a heatsink, etc may have been better spent on a faster CPU. :tazz:
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forgot to menstion they also have "dynamic overclocking" in BIOS (via chipset) that supposedly looks at what you are doing, and turns up specs for performance when needed. sounds odd to me, and I dont know lots about it.
even in the book they mention that you will maybe get a 6% performance increase...so what you are saying makes a lot of sense Admin!
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