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Low cost Athlon for OCing

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April 8, 2003 9:57:33 AM

I plan on getting an nforce 2 motherboard when the new stepping chips are freely available. Ultimately, when they get a bit cheaper, I'll probably get a high end CPU, but in the meantime, I'd like to get a cheap and cheerful one which is easy to overclock. I don't really want to get into bridges and mods, so has anybody got any recommendations? I've tried searching for overclocking results, but not come up with much. Any ideas what kind of speeds one might get out of, say, an XP2100+?

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April 8, 2003 5:49:50 PM

The cheapest and best OC'ing chip of AMD is tyhe Athlon XP1700+ with T-bredB core. Ypu can get those chips far in the 2 GHz with nice cooling.
An T-bredB XP2100+ is also very good in OC'ing but is slightly more expensive.

Both chips come unlocked with the T-bredB (or T-bredA but that one OCs not as high as the B) core.

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April 8, 2003 8:27:31 PM

The best deal is the 2400+. Thats why I bought it. Currently $130 at newegg.com, its stock 2ghz and can easily overclock to 2.2ghz. I overclocked mine that far. Its stock 133/333 fsb, but its successfully now at 200/400... Make sure you get the "B" core, which is what Newegg.com sells....
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April 9, 2003 1:15:48 PM

Uhm... the XP1700+ or XP2100+ with T-bred<b>B</b> core also OCs to 2.2 GHz without any problems and is way cheaper.

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April 9, 2003 2:26:57 PM

Svol, are you saying both the 1700 and 2100 will reach the same speed? I was thinking if I could get the 2100 to run at 166 MHz FSB at it's default multiplier I would be happy. Is this likely?

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April 9, 2003 2:58:38 PM

Yes... if they both got the T-bredB core then they're likely to OC the same.

166 MHz for an XP2100+ T-bred would be 2166 MHz... that should be easy to reach. And because the multiplier of the XP2100+ are unlocked from 13x to the highest avalaible you can even increase it more with the multiplier. With the XP1700+ the multiplier is only unlocked from 12.5x and below.

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April 10, 2003 12:25:24 AM

I've been running my XP2100+ at 2255MHz (167*13.5) on Abit NF7-S. Both these chips are capable running at 166MHz FSB and higher w/o problem (provided the mobo supports it).

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April 10, 2003 11:24:56 AM

What voltage(s) are you using?

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April 11, 2003 4:14:59 AM

1.7V on setting, but in both BIOS and WinBond Monitor show ~1.68V.

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