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Lezmaka
07-31-04, 11:54 PM
I'm wanting to upgrade my CPU (XP 2100+) and I'm thinking about the barton 2500+. Basically all I want is 11x200/3200+, any higher would just be a bonus. As overclocking is never guaranteed, my question is, how many people have not been able to get their 2500+ to 11x200? Also, note that my motherboard (MSI K7N2-V) doesn't have CPU multiplier/voltage selectors, so take that into account wrt that question.

I would prefer to stay with a CPU upgrade, rather than CPU+mobo since I'm not trying to spend too much money. However, if new CPU+mobo would be my best bet, I'd like some suggestions (keeping in mind I'd like to get at least 3200+ level performance), but keeping the total under $150 or so.

Thanks

CaptNKILL
08-01-04, 01:58 AM
Go for an XP 2500+ Mobile. They overclock better, and run cooler (with lower voltages)... almost guaranteed. I really want to get one. Will probably do it soon :D

Most of the 2500+ Mobiles get between 2.3 and 2.5ghz on air from what ive seen. With a good heatsink youd probably hit 2.4 almost guaranteed (assuming you dont get one from a crappy batch of chips).

Lezmaka
08-01-04, 04:35 AM
What's the default multiplier for the mobile 2500+, around 14 or so? Since my BIOS has no options for multiplier, I'd have to go by FSB alone, which doesn't exactly sound like the best way to go since my ram is PC3200 and best performance is usually with synchronous FSB/memory speeds.

So looks like my best options would be desktop 2500+ and hope it reaches 11x200, or mobile 2500+ w/ new mobo.

Any suggestions on a good motherboard w/multiplier and voltage settings? I'd like to stay with nForce2, don't really need SoundStorm (I have an Audigy2 ZS), I don't have a need for raid or sata right now, but as I plan on keeping the system pretty much set for the next year or two, couldn't hurt.

Lezmaka
08-01-04, 02:39 PM
Ah screw it, I think I'll go ahead and get the mobile 2500+. If it doesn't work with my mobo, and/or I'm not happy with the performance, I can always return it, but I would probably go for a better motherboard.

mustrum
08-04-04, 09:59 AM
My Barton non mobile is at 2.3ghz atm because it'S 30 degrees in my room. Will be back on 2.4ghz when it gets cooler again.
It depends on the stepping of a CPU if it can OC well or not. Mine can do 3200+ on stock vcore for example.
It hardly ever happenes that a 2500 can't hit 3200+ speeds. Worst case is you have to up the voltage a bit.

ChrisRay
08-04-04, 04:42 PM
Mine did 3200+ speeds with no voltage modifications or cooling, I am using the standard 2500+ Cooler it came with.

Sadly I dont even consider it a 2500+ anymore. Justa 3200+ CPU because thats all I have ever ran it as. I didnt even let the thing boot into windows as a 2500+

stncttr908
08-05-04, 12:30 PM
Mine did 3200+ speeds with no voltage modifications or cooling, I am using the standard 2500+ Cooler it came with.

Sadly I dont even consider it a 2500+ anymore. Justa 3200+ CPU because thats all I have ever ran it as. I didnt even let the thing boot into windows as a 2500+
Same here. :D

Either get the Mobile 2500+ (45W) or the Mobile 2400+ (35W version).