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XP2500+ (AQZEA) Good/Bad

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December 28, 2003 11:17:08 PM

I know the XP2500+ with the AQXEA stepping is a very good overclocker. I also know that the AQZFA has the multiplier locked. Problem is, I got one with an AQZEA stepping. I don't know if that is the first with a lock or the last without.

I'll have a new board in a couple of days, but I'm impatient and I want to know now. If it's a good overclocker, then I'll use my new (well hand down) watercooler on it instead of my current one.

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December 30, 2003 4:51:17 AM

Just curious:
Are you Final Fantasy fan?
Bahumut ~ Bahamut?
January 1, 2004 7:01:38 AM

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Just curious:
Are you Final Fantasy fan?
Bahumut ~ Bahamut?

Yes that is where I got the name. (kinda)
I actually drew a pencil drawing of Bahumut (my version).
Everyone liked it and started calling me Bahumut at lan parties.
The name just stuck.

Unfortunately, I lost the drawing in a fire about a year ago.
Sore subject, because it shouldn't have even been at the house that burned in the first place.

BTW, my XP2500+ is unlocked.
A good overclocker too, currently 2544 (212 x 12).
I'm having slight issues, though. (failed after 38 hours of prime95)
Might be the northbridge.
I'm thinking about droping the multiplier in favor of a higher FSB anyways.

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January 1, 2004 7:03:05 AM

Pardon my asking, but what does ROFLMAO stand for?


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January 1, 2004 9:02:36 AM

Wow, i wonder wat's your standard for stability. 38 hrs of prime95's not enough for u. I can't even stand running it for 24 hrs, valuable porn surfing time wasted. I bet when u buy a car it has to have at least 8 wheels and able to go non-stop round the world twice. It must be real tiring to be your girlfriend *wink* *wink* :) 

btw, think it stands for rolling on floor laughing my ass off. Not too well versed in irc lingo eh my friend.
January 1, 2004 1:13:22 PM

Oh ya about the drawing, couldn't u just draw another one?
January 1, 2004 5:30:58 PM

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Oh ya about the drawing, couldn't u just draw another one?

Ya, I tried, but I never quite got it right again.
Didn't try very hard though.
When I started getting into windsymphony and computers hardcore, I lost my ambitions for drawing.

Update:
Round of testing (excluding prime95) has me currently stable at ~2519 (219 x 11.5).
Now I'm going to try to match your settings Wusy.


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January 7, 2004 11:24:03 PM

CPU voltage was at 1.775v
Ram 2.8V (higher voltage on the ram didn't seem to help)

Kingston HyperX PC3200 CL 2-2-2-6, loosened to 2.5-3-3-7
It did surprisingly well for Kingston.
I think it uses the same chips as the PC3500.

Everything was going great until, bbzzzit.
Power surge from the schools generators.
That's why it took so long to respond.
I was up at a lan party in the campus's appartments.
My system was even clocked back down to 2200 (200x11) because I was already smoking everyone there.

Never got a chance to try the next settings.
Seemed like everything was going so well too.
My temps were still quite low (I'm on H2O as well).

School's covering the cost, but I don't imagine my replacement will do as well.

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January 8, 2004 1:39:17 AM

Loosened the memory timings manually to run at that fsb.
I was going to tighten it back down as far as possible when I found the peak.

Slowed it down for two reasons:
My computer's performance was smoking them all at that party.
It was getting hot in that poorly vented room.

Don't worry, I showed off my settings before clocking it down.

I was going to put some screenshots on my friends server, but they died with my computer. Some of my components actually melted as it was an extended surge. Generators.

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January 8, 2004 8:49:28 AM

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Some of my components actually melted as it was an extended surge. Generators.

Holy crap! But I thought that modern electrical equipment had protection againts those sort of stuff (anything made during the last 30 years at least), do you learn at Hogwarts?

Got a nice overclocked overvolted system to keep you warm at night? That's great. Guess I'll have to settle for a woman...
January 8, 2004 6:44:55 PM

Just give it a whirl and see what happens

Barton 2500+ @ 2200mhz (10x220 vcore @ 1.8)
Asus A7N8X Dlx 440 FSB
1gb Geil GD pc3500 Dual Channel (2-3-3-6)
Segata 80gb SATA 8.5ms seek
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro(420/720)
January 24, 2004 9:30:30 PM

When your school buys from the cheapest bidder, you never know what will happen.
The company that installed the generator paid for damages.
They installed faulty parts.

I just got word that they are going to give me:
(The guy handling my claim understands my situation)

Enermax EG465AX-VE (W) FCA 460W
(Had an earlier version in the same category)

Athlon XP2600+
(XP2500+ Before)

A7N8X-E Deluxe
(A7N8X Deluxe before)

1 Gb Ram Corsair TWINX1024-3200LLPRO 2-3-2-6
(Had Kingston HyperX 2-2-2-6, but Corsair should be better anyways)

ATI AIW9800Pro
(they said it was too hard to find the AIW9700Pro and the price diference was small)

Maxtor 160GB SATA HDD
(Had Maxtor 120GB SATA, still functions BTW)

Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum Pro
(Had Original Audigy Platinum)

Same CD/DVD drives as before
Pioneer 16x DVD
Yamaha 44x24x44

Took them long enough, but I'm happy with what they are sending me. I got some extra functionality on parts by telling them I'd would build it myself free of charge.

I'll let you know how it does.

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January 25, 2004 3:26:19 AM

SWEET!!!

Got a nice overclocked overvolted system to keep you warm at night? That's great. Guess I'll have to settle for a woman...
January 25, 2004 3:03:27 PM

I didn't actually get a choice in parts.
The first woman I talked to was just going to give me a Dell, but I got lucky and got a guy who knows a little something about computers.

I might have picked the Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe anyways. The other boards you mentioned are better overclocking boards, but the A7N8X can also reach the limits of my processor and ram.
The only way to push past the point I reached was apparently to heavily mod the board.
I'm not even sure that would have helped condidering my ram was Kingston HyperX.

That leaves it up to the accessories.
I have a gigabit network at home, so the lack of a gigabit adapter was a problem.
I would have to buy a gigabit adapter card with my own money (not theirs).
Intel Gigabit adapter cost ~$40.
Price difference between the EPoX and The Asus is only $30.

Also, it wasn't until I offered to build it myself that he decided to go ahead and replace my sound card.
So at the time the lack of nVidia's Soundstorm on the other boards would've also played a part, if the decision was mine.
Soundstorm is about the only onboard sound I can stand and it only uses ~3% proccessor time where the c-media chip on the EPoX uses something like 13% processor time.
In games, that's the same performance difference as the difference between a 2445MHz and 2690MHz proccessor.
The realtek on the Abit is even worse.

Regardless, I didn't get the choice of parts and I'm lucky to get the parts I'm getting.
As I said before, the first woman I talked to was going to give me a Dell.

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January 30, 2004 3:45:44 AM

I've been delayed, the board sent was defective and the place the insurance guys are buying from doesn't have any more in stock.
I told them to go ahead and get an Abit AN7 or an EPoX 8RDA3+ if they had any.
We'll see what happens.

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That HyperX will probably get you to nearly 220Mhz if my predictions are correct.

Well, your predictions are good.
I hit 219MHz before the lan party.
I'm not really sure whether that was the limit or not.
I didn't get to test it further.

About the $30, I was making the point that I would save $10 by buying the Asus board with an onboard Gbit adapter ($30 more than the EPoX) instead of the EPoX and a separate Gbit network adapter ($40 intel adapter).
As it turns out, I would save $40 because they are paying for the board, but they won't pay for a separate Gbit adapter.

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