The higher the stock multiplier the better, E4400 or E4500, it allows you to achieve a good clock speed while keeping the FSB relatively low. My E6300 needs a FSB of 1700 to get to 3ghz while the E4400's 10x multiplier will allow you to get to 3ghz at only 1200FSB. Plus you have more options when reducing the multiplier when trying to achieve your highest overclock.
Hi all just woundering what would be best to overclock (E4400 or the E4300) ill be using
G.SKILL 2GB 240pin DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC26400)
I am wanting to get it up to atleast 2.6-3.0 GHZ would it be possible and without it overheating or damaging it?
a new CPU got into that line, the E4500, it's a new stepping so it's the best.
it can support a slightly higher fsb and has a 11x multiplier.
you have a start clock of 2.2ghz 11x200 with 400mhz ram.
it DOES 266mhz fsb without any trouble. mostly on stock voltage. 266x11 so 2926mhz...
the stock voltage limit should be between 2926mhz and 3330mhz. the stock hsf limit should be the same.
i suggest you pump the fsb to 333mhz and then lower the multi to 10x. this can ensure you have a good bus without pushing the chip to the limit spec. if you want, you can test the highest supported fsb but i think straight 200/266/333/400 mhz could be involving more stability. if it goes stable at 400mhz, get 400x8.
older stepping e4300 and e4400 will in some case have fsb walls under 300mhz while the e4500 goes to 333mhz and more