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Overclocking By the Numbers
- 1. Get your motherboard manual and a pencil
& paper. Turn off and unplug your computer then open it up...
- 2. Remove your processor. Check and write
down the markings on the top and bottom of it, then replace it. Don't forget the
thermal paste and new heat sink (if you get one)...
- 3. Check the current bus frequency and clock
multiplier jumper settings on your motherboard and compare them with your manual, write
- 4. Check the supply voltage jumper settings
on your motherboard, compare them against the manual and the voltage markings on your
processor, write them down...
- 5. Change the jumper settings to the next
higher front side bus speed and/or the clock multiplier in accordance with your manual...
- 6. Check to make sure that all jumpers are
accounted for and that the jumper clips are snug ~ then, check it again against the
- 7. Plug in and reattach your peripherals,
- 8. Hold down delete key to enter BIOS Setup.
If it reaches BIOS Setup, move on to step 11...
- 9. If it does not reach BIOS Setup -
Turn off computer and change jumper to higher supply voltage according to the manual, if
- 10. Restart. If you still cannot
reach BIOS Setup, forget about overclocking to this speed...
- 11. Change BIOS Setup settings to the proper
values. These are different for different BIOS. Consult your manual...
- 12. Exit BIOS Setup and allow the computer to
boot. Does the operation system load correctly? If yes, try running some
benchmark tests we recommend Winstone 98...
- 13. If no, turn it off. Then back on to
see if it will boot in safe mode. If it does, try to restart. Does it start
properly now? If yes, congratulations...
- 14. If not, try step 9. once more.
While the machine is open touch the heatsink if it seems hot DO NOT continue, otherwise,
repeat steps 10. - 13. (you can try some more conservative memory timings in the BIOS
setup. This means increasing the wait states or the read/write cycles; but try to
determine later if you've increased performance by running some benchmarks. There's
no point in overclocking if your memory access is slower.)...
- 15. Run the system for an hour or two.
Repeat steps 5. - 13. until you have reached the speed you desire without crashing or
- Don't increase supply voltage unless you have to. It only makes the chip hotter.
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