View Full Version : Upgrade ram help please

07-06-04, 04:09 AM
Hi everyone I need some simple help here! I have 2 sticks of 512 pc2700 ddr ram from k-byte running at 166 mhz. If I upgrade to some kingston pc 3200 at 400 mhz will I be able to OVERCLOCK MORE OR BETTER! I have bought everything I need to be able to overclock a better heat sink a great mobo for overclocking with agp and pci lock on it! I am pretty sure its my ram thats causing me to be unstable! My vpu temp is low and great I have a great 550 watt power supply I use clock gen to OC and I can only OC 147mhz with my amd 64 3200!

07-06-04, 04:41 AM
AMD k8's generally it seems aren't good overclockers. Do not look to push the K8's too much as i have read many stories at extremesys org etc that the K8's on-die memory controllers are sensitive to overlocking and prone to break first. I would really advise you to be careful on the o/c'ing front.

07-06-04, 04:53 AM
actually I've seen several good overclocks on the A64. I've seen one person at Rage3d with his 2800 1.8ghz at 2.3ghz, and he's certain that only his memory is holding him back from going higher. Another guy has his 3200 2.0ghz at 2.4ghz :)

Now PC2700 is not gonna provide you overclockability, but neither would PC3200 because that's the intended stock memory for Athlon64. If you wanna overclock an Athlon64, I recommend PC3700 or higher (depending how high you wanna overclock).

I mean yes, you COULD overclock with PC3200, but then you'll be running async. It doesn't affect an Athlon64 as much as an AthlonXP, but do you really wanna do that? For performance sake, it's safer to get high speed memory and keep everything sync in my opinion.

07-06-04, 05:01 AM
I would advise pushing the FSB too much maybe multiplier. I am still under the impression that the on-die mem controller is fragile/sensitive to fsb overclocks. ie above 200+

07-06-04, 11:38 AM
Ok everyone I want to thank all of you for the help! Im still up in the air on what i should do!