Abit Fatal1ty AN8 - Page 7

Written by John Chen    Tuesday, 22 March 2005 11:00
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Test Setup and Overclocking

Test Setup:

  • AMD Athlon64 3000+ Winchester
  • Abit Fatal1ty AN8
  • MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum
  • 2 x 512MB Centon Low Latency PC3200 2-2-2-5 1T
  • ATI Radeon X800 (400/490)
  • Nvidia unified platform drivers 6.39
  • ATI Catalyst 5.3
  • Hitachi 80GB SATA

Overclocking:

Ahhh, here comes the good section. Overclocking the Fatal1ty was like nothing I've ever experienced with any other motherboard. The CMOS jumper was not used a single time during the overclocking process. If the overclock failed, a restart of the system allowed me to go back into the BIOS. I proceeded to find the highest HTT allowed with dual sticks of memory installed. The first test will be conducted with the memory divider at 1:1. The second test will be with a divider, so that the RAM wouldn't pose as a bottleneck. All memory timings were left at 3-4-4-8 2T and the LDT multiplier at 1x and CPU multiplier at 6x. I made sure that nothing would bottleneck the chipset and motherboard potential. I tested with dual channel sticks in slots 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 with the same results. Unlike some motherboards that are DIMM slot picky, this board can take whatever you throw at it.

  • Highest overclock 1:1:  315HTT
  • Highest overclock with divider:  350HTT

The results are amazing.  The TCCD based Centon Low Latency memory was able to run well over 315HTT, but comes with the cost of loosened timings. The most impressive achievement was the chipset hitting 350HTT easily, with no additional crazed cooling. The system ran fine and booted into Windows, even finishing Super PI. I have to stress over and over that I never had to clear CMOS. The first time I tried 300HTT with loosened timings, the board worked fine. Simply exceptional.

 

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