Monday, January 31, 2005
I have discovered few months ago, when I upgraded my PC, that I’m an overclock fan! These are the new pieces that I have bought:
- CPU: AMD Sempron 2600+ BOX [1833MHz as multiplier 11 x BUS Speed 166]
- Mother Board: EPoX 8RDA3I PRO [with SATA and RAID]
- Memory: DDRAM 512 Kingmax PC3200/400MHz [lifetime guarantee]
- Case: noname 400W
Now, because I had bought DDRAM at 400MHz, I was expect that I will use its power. But, surprise… My CPU have 333MHz bus. So, I have tried to overclock the CPU at 2200MHz [11×200]. Because of the poor performance cooler, this overclock failed.
I decided to buy a new cooler which can cool my CPU. I have sold my old mother board [Gigabyte GA-7VA-C] and I have bought an impressive ThermalTake Volcano11+.
This cooler is entirely built in copper and its pretty heavy [almost 500gr].
The cost of this cooler was $USD 30.00… I will tell you later if it worth is price or not.
The content of the package is pretty generous:
- the [monstruous] cooler
- installation instructions
- PCI dial adapter
- 5 inch bay adapter
- various cables and screws
The installation of this cooler was pretty painless. First, I have took the mother board out of case.
Then, I have removed the stock cooler provided with the AMD Sempron 2600+ BOX microprocessor.
Then, I added the thermal compound on the microprocessor and mounted the cooler on top of CPU. Using a screw driver and some of my right hand force, I have pushed the clip and secured the cooler.
This cooler can work in 3 ways:
- at its full speed [4800RPM]
- temperature control [fan speed auto]
- manual speed control [my choice]
Finally, I have mounted the mother board back into the case.
After adding this cooler I got these temperature values:
- Sempron 2600+ @ 1833 MHz
- Cooler: 3300RPM
- idle: 25oC
- full load: 35oC
But the point was to rise the FSB to 400MHz and have my Sempron running at 2200 MHz. I have made the neccessary changes in BIOS and got this temperature values:
- Sempron 2600+ @ 2200 MHz
- Cooler: 3300RPM
- idle: 35oC
- full load: 45oC
The system is now stabile and works at 10-20 percent faster compared with the system speed before overclock. The cooler is pretty loud when it rotates with over 4000RPM but it worth!