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E5200 + Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L A match made in heaven?

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July 6, 2009 4:47:45 AM

I just built a PC with this mobo and an e5200. I seem to have hit 4.0ghz(320X12.5) like cake with after market cooling. I mean I am running less than 1.4 vcore! Still tweaking for max stability, but I seem to have found my groove @ 1.38. Any body else with this setup getting these results or is my proc a fluke?
July 6, 2009 5:04:08 AM

It's just a great overclocking processor.
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July 6, 2009 1:26:20 PM

You'll know of your OC settings are in the groove if it passes Prime 95 for a few hours. What are the temps, idle and full load?
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July 6, 2009 7:43:46 PM

RealTemp: 36 Idle; 63 @ 99-100% load, Gaming(Unreal Tournament 3) 56-57.
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July 7, 2009 3:38:23 PM

Those are not good temps. They are excellent!
July 7, 2009 6:43:33 PM

Excellent overclock Mulder19, geat job! Remember to stress test for stability.
July 7, 2009 8:42:05 PM

Thanks. I have an absurd number of fans in this little budget case I got. 3X80mm 1X100mm. Plus, the OCZ psu also has a sizable exhaust fan. The 4850 is a toasty card, so one of those fans is situated to directly vent the cards exhaust.

I will run prime95 today to check for stability. An interesting note: Unreal 3's menu runs my CPU at 99%. Strange. More to the point, the game seems to be a solid app test for dual core CPU's as it generally runs both my cores at 90%+. Also, it is a bit more interesting to game, err. . . test with than prime. lol.

BTW. Got this proc to boot to windows at 4.2ghz, but voltage had to be markedly increased.

July 8, 2009 3:03:55 AM

How are you running triple monitors, with a triplehead2go digital, or analog?

I've been looking at this board and CPU for a gaming build, sure seems like the best bang for the buck. Will consider water cooling however for quiet operation. How do you find your aftermarket cooler, loud?
July 9, 2009 1:53:39 AM

Well, I have to make that two for the moment. I am trying to find a way to use the onboard video card to power a third display, but driver issues are crippling under XP. I am currently trying to get it to work under my Windows 7 boot instead.

I actually don't notice the CPU cooler at all. My graphics card fan is the loudest of the 5 other fans(including psu) in the case. So it is hard to say how loud it is on its own.
July 9, 2009 4:27:13 AM

Did you score the CPU from newegg, or another retailer that lists the stepping? I think it's recently increased in price from $59 to $69.

July 11, 2009 8:04:58 AM

Very impressive bro. My board is a ga-eg31m-s2 (mATX) and i need 1.3875 in bios for a prime stable 3.33 (266x12.5) so that is phenomenal!
August 17, 2009 11:08:36 PM

I got the CPU and all the new parts from Newegg. I got the g-card second hand.
August 17, 2009 11:14:37 PM

snakeeater_za said:
Very impressive bro. My board is a ga-eg31m-s2 (mATX) and i need 1.3875 in bios for a prime stable 3.33 (266x12.5) so that is phenomenal!

Seems like you should be able to get above 3.33ghz. . . Hmmm I see you have ddr2 800. What is your RAM multiplier? If you are not posting above 266, it might be the RAM. Not sure if/how RAM instability would affect Prime stability, especially considering that hiking the core voltage seems to have brought stability.
August 18, 2009 1:13:49 AM

your processor is pretty normal, i can get mine to 3.5 on stock cooling, so it totally seems possible
August 18, 2009 3:22:29 PM

Hey congrats on the nice chip, i had a pos e5200 that would do 4.00 ghz @ 1.45 but prime 95 stable and intel burn test stable. The worst thing was the temps. I was getting almost 68C on a 350$ water cooling kit, i know if it was the processor. The same kit is powering my q9550 @ 4.00 ghz and everything stays below 48C now!!!!!.....bad chip? bad sensor, i am using same windows, same everything i dont know.....but congrats. :) 
August 19, 2009 2:33:56 AM

I wonder if the E5300 has the same overclockability as its smaller brother E5200 :S
August 22, 2009 3:06:58 PM

is the multiplier 12.5 like the e5200?
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August 25, 2009 11:25:47 AM

I have an E5200 in my old GA-EP35-DS3P. So far the best that I have been able to do is 3.75 GHz. But that's with my old ACF7P.
September 29, 2009 2:24:03 PM

With MSI P35 Neo Fr2, corsair H50 cheap and great :D :D  water cooling kit. I've made 4Ghz with my E5200, at very nice voltage.
Core temps are 40 idle 55 on load. 100% stable.

P.S. Very good chip , mine is R0 stepping. Seems a bit better than M0

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September 29, 2009 8:59:13 PM


Btw, H50 isn't "real" WCing. A high end air will be better than that.
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September 30, 2009 4:59:43 PM

I also built one in a GA-G41-ES2L (stock speed) for my sister-in-law. Her last computer was a low end Dell with a P4 Celeron in it, so she thinks this thing is really fast.