Athlons are garbage?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by SonOfSmawg, Nov 23, 2002.

  1. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2000
    Newegg had a Athlon XP1600+ AGOIA for $57, so I bought one to replace the Athlon 950 in my girlfriend's puter, which had been running great at 1140 for almost a year.
    So I installed it and reused the Thermalright SK-6 / Delta 60mm fan that had been on the 950. Nothing fancy. It still just has one 256Mb stick of Samsung PC2700 that I put in when I built it, no heat spreader. The mobo is an Iwill XP333 (AliMagik chipset).
    She booted up fine and showed the XP1600+ at startup. Then I started overclocking. Like the Energizer bunny, it just kept going, and going, and going. Eventually I found the limit and backed it off just a hair for stability's sake. The voltage is set at 1.85, the FSB is at 165, the multiplier is at 13 (!), CAS 2.5, "fast", and the ratio is at 5:1 (perfect 33 for the PCI bus).
    At startup it now shows XP2100+, but I don't think that's correct. Maybe it's just the BIOS limit? Doing the math, as I understand it, 165x13 gives me 2145Mhz, which is just a little bit higher than a stock XP2600+. Could that be right for a 1.4Gb processor, or am I having a flashback? Temperature? CPU is at 113f!
    Yup, you're right, Athlons are garbage. What a terrible waste of $57! :p
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Voltage core of 1.85!!!!!! Are you mad!!!!
    That thing will fry in a matter of time man! 1.85!! :D
  3. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2000
    The 950 ran at 1.85 since I built it with no problems. My temp is fine and dandy, and the system is running smooth as silk. Eileen played our game, T4C, on it last night and it kicked major ass. When she came off of the game after about 3 hours, the temp was at 119. That's after serious stress. Still totally acceptable. It's been running on Kazaa all day, in it's ongoing task of a 500Mb+ download. I just checked it ... 114f.
    Now, I know you love your Pentiums, and I'm quite sure they make better machines, they're better in terms of compatibility, and they're argueably more stable and reliable. However, you must concede that a processor that can do what this little XP1600+ does for $57 is truly amazing. Okay, so it doesn't do hyperthreading, hypertwining, or hypercabling ... it just plain kicks major bang-for-the-buck ass!
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