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ragejg
05-21-03, 01:14 AM
KR7A-133R @ 166fsb, XP1700tbB @ 1.83, 49deg. under load, all air cooled, samsung 2700 @ 166, PowerMagic 450W PSU, and cards in the PCI slots (it's been burned in, my nic/sblive can take the high pci speeds)... My gigabyte kt266a couldn't do this, so it's now htpc, and this "new" mobo of mine is gonna be my game-base till tax time 2k4... It's cool that a chipset released 2 summers ago can still hold it's pwn...;)

- 2457/2276 in Sandra!

- stable!

- XP2200-2400-2600-ish cpu benchmarks!

...I know it may sound lame, but I CAN'T WAIT FOR MY GEFORCE 3!!! :D:D It will complete the picture for now... by the end of this summer it'll be refreshed slightly again...

I'm always applauding the kt266a platform here for it's usefullness and cost-effectiveness, and now I finally have THE mobo that embodied all the best traits of that product family... my gigabyte could only do 2150/1950 in sandra @ 149 fsb and it ran hot!

wooohooo!

I'm more concerned with gameplay than benchies however... But I can't worry bout that right now if I'm still waitin for the vidcard that "completes the picture"... for now I'm focusing on bandwidth, heat, and normal operation stability...

:)

catch23
05-21-03, 01:23 AM
Not sure what my system gets (A7N8X Deluxe, 2600+, Corsair DDR400)...but I'm sure it's above that....especially if I overclocked as much as you.

Oh and as for temperatures...air cooled..I run 36C full load (SETI@home) at stock voltage.

Smokey
05-21-03, 06:45 AM
Well my KT333 is more or less the same as the KT266A, and yes they are fast and very stable boards, there are no problems with using that board at all :) Also the GF3 is still a very very good videocard, I can still play most games at 1280*1024, hopefully all once my Barton 2500+ arrives ;)

ragejg
05-23-03, 04:00 PM
I might have a hacked BIOS... and thus far I still can't confirm that this is the 2.0 version... What software could I use for that?

Sandra reports my bios ver as 60.PG, and my startup screen says "GREEN PC", not the model # of the mobo...

...

Arithemitic scores are pretty much @ 2100/2200 levels, multimedia scores JUST BEAT 2200 scores, hard drives scores are on par with other 7.2k ATA100/133 devices, memory scores are 2438/2257 @ 2.5-3-3CL 2CMD (kt400/nforce2 territory, no?), cache&mem score's even with a 2200, and my network bandwidth, well, that doesn't matter...

I have a lapped cu HSF with a 7k delta, and decent case ventilation... it can be better if need be...

So, this is decent results, right? I shouldn't expect much more?

Any further advice? Should I pin-bridge the cpu to volt mod a little? Is there a higher bus speed that my parts still might be able to handle?

...I'm VERY PLEASED with it's performance so far... esp. for $55 ...

Smokey
05-24-03, 09:53 AM
You could also try the AMDMB forums (http://amdmb.com) and look in the motherboard and overclocking sections, they have a very big user base, and Im sure you can find some info there about your board. :)

ragejg
05-24-03, 02:33 PM
I go there quite a bit, but don't post that much... as I've said before, I'm a big fan of [OC]_This's OLD setup (he posts a lot in the benchmarks section and in the abit section), he had a KR7A-133R with a 2100 or 2400, runnin @ like 190 fsb, with 97mhz AGP speed, and a GF3ti200 punchin out 12.5k 3dmarks stable... and the system was usable for anyhting else... it wasn't just a benchmark system... of course he used peltiers and stuff, and I'm only gonna do the best I can with loud-ass fans and lapped copper HSF setups... so I can't expect quite that much... but 166fsb right off the get-go? heh, cool... can't wait to switch my HD's to the highpoint controller, re-lap my hsf, re-do my fan setup, and push a little more (after I learn a little more about ram timings)...