Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Overclocking My Athlon X2 +5000

I don't know what gotten into me yesterday. So i have this new computer for my sister:

AMD athlon X2 +5000
Motherboard MSI K9A2 Platinum (790FX Chipset)
MSI Radeon HD 4650 512mb

Actually, it's a mainstream specification nowadays. But for all application that i had in hand (which is > 5 years old games :P) , this comp is a MONSTER! So i was very pleased with its performance. That was, until i got my eyes at PCSX2, a PS2 emulator. Got too much time to spare, i decided to tried it out. And this application is a killer! I only got 30-35 fps in game (which is about 60% of actual PS2 speed). That's when i remember my long gone obsession.. overclocking!! So i went reading some materials, and easily got my PC to run at 3.0 GHz from 2.6 GHz! Hahaha, i'm surprised! I remember tweaking my PII 450 Mhz PC and got very happy if i can squeeze every extra MHz from it. Now i easily get a whooping 400 Mhz! o boy things have changed don't they? :p

What i did just some BIOS tweak:
1. lower proccessor multiplier to 12x (original was 13x)
2. set the FSB to 250 Mhz (from 200 Mhz) so the proccesor speed = 12 x 250 Mhz = 3 GHz
3. set DDR frequency to 823 Mhz.
4. disable spread spectrum
5. done!

I ran my system all day and it was stable. Got additional 5-10 fps from PCSX2. the system idle at 45C and went to 50C if on load. Good enough from stock cooling. after that i undid the overclocking. The reason? energy saving man! :p

*whew it's been a while i don't get in touch with my geeky side :D



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roberto edward said...

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