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There's a new kid in town...

...a phrase that most likely caused gunslingers in the old west some consternation, and so it goes with Innovatek's highly compact, high efficiency Athlon overclocking device.
   Brought here to the states by HighspeedPC, the Tweaking Device2 (TD2) has significantly reduced configuring the AMD Athlon's clock multiplier and core voltage settings to a mere eight dipswitches and eliminated the need for an external power source.   This allows for an impressive reduction in the overall proportions of the device as well.  At a mere 1 1/4" L X 1 3/8" W, the TD2 takes up little space within your PC's case and will no doubt find a whole new audience once microATX version's of Athlon-based mainboards become the norm.

With a decent range of settings, Vcore from 1.6v to 2.05v and clock settings from 5.0 to 10.5 in .5 increments and a more than reasonable street price of $45.00 (which includes shipping), the TD2 appears to be an exceptional alternative both to purchasing an upgrade processor or another Athlon overclocking device.


The TD2 ships with a clearly outlined path for setting the device up and obtaining the best results and we gave it a go with 3 different Athlons (500MHz, 600MHz, 700MHz) on 4 different systems (basically two different system boards and two different power supplies)

The lack of an external power source for the TD2 does seem to have an effect on systems using a power supply of less than 300W however where some overclocking devices without external power may fail completely the TD2 did perform, although not as well...

Note - all attempts were made at default CPU FSB setting of 100MHz - your results may vary...


system #1  
power supply - Deer Computer (DR250ATX - 250W)
mainboard - EPoX EP-7KXA
memory - 128MB PC133 (generic)
hdd - Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 13.6G (UDMA66)
video - Matrox G400 32MB SH OEM
OS - Win98SE

default
setting

best
stability

highest
freq.

500MHz 600MHz 650MHz
600MHz 700MHz 750MHz
700MHz 750MHz 750MHz

system #2  
power supply - PCPOWER Turbocool ATX (300W)
mainboard - EPoX EP-7KXA
memory - 128MB PC133 (generic)
hdd - Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 13.6G (UDMA66)
video - Matrox G400 32MB SH OEM
OS - Win98SE

default
setting

best
stability

highest
freq.

500MHz 700MHz 750MHz
600MHz 750MHz 850MHz
700MHz 850MHz 900MHz

system #3  
power supply - Deer Computer (DR250ATX - 250W)
mainboard - Shuttle AI61
memory - 128MB PC133 (generic)
hdd - Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 13.6G (UDMA66)
video - Matrox G400 32MB SH OEM
OS - Win98SE

default
setting

best
stability

highest
freq.

500MHz 600MHz 650MHz
600MHz 700MHz 700MHz
700MHz 750MHz 800MHz

system #4  
power supply - PCPOWER Turbocool ATX (300W)
mainboard - Shuttle AI61
memory - 128MB PC133 (generic)
hdd - Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 13.6G (UDMA66)
video - Matrox G400 32MB SH OEM
OS - Win98SE

default
setting

best
stability

highest
freq.

500MHz 700MHz 750MHz
600MHz 750MHz 850MHz
700MHz 850MHz 900MHz

Conclusion
There's almost nothing that should hold you back from using the TD2 unless, of course, you happen to be completely overclocking mad and want to have a shot at regulating the L2 cache divider as well as the clock multiplier and core voltage settings.  If, however you're looking for a great value and what has to be the easiest to configure Athlon overclocking device to hit the street, click on over to HighspeedPC and let them hook you up.  You won't be sorry!!!

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