Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H with a AMD Athlon64 X2 4000+

Okay, so I got tired of puttering around at stock speed of 2.1 Ghz. I came accross this forum when looking for info on overclocking. I tried doing it the easy way by downloading Gigabyte EasyTune6, which is useless on my board. Then I found out I needed a certain outdated version of it's BIOS to "unlock" the overclocking ability. So after fiddling around with it I was able to get the rig to run stable at 2.64 Ghz (45-50 C Temperature)with these specs: 250 FSB, 10.5 multiplier, and 1.25 Core Voltage. Even though this is a signifigant increase in speed, I'm an online gamer and I need my rig to run at it's maximum capability. I've seen the AMD Athlon64 X2 4000+ Brisbane overclocked to 3.2 ghz, but anytime I try to go over the current 2.64 the system is either unstable or dosen't boot at all. Is there something i'm missing, or some power option I'm not paying attention too? I'll post my specs below, so you know what hardware I'm working with.

Case: XION Xion Solaris XON-401 Steel ATX Mid Tower

http://www.axiontech.com/prdt.php?item=79444&PRICECOMPARISONSID=c9cf7759d674f90b77914142dde81cb1

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA69GM-S2H AM2 AMD 690G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (BIOS version F3a)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128056R

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103774

RAM: A-DATA 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211066

GPU: EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130085
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  1. This really isn't an overclock friendly motherboard. I suggest you just spring for a faster processor. I used to run a Phenom II X4 on my GA-MA69GM-S2H without issues using the latest BIOS.

    The Athlon II X2 255 3.1GHz is only $75 and the Athlon II X3 440 3.0GHz is only $80.
  2. define overclock friendly...
  3. ithaclies said:
    define overclock friendly...
    From what I remember, the F3a and F4a BIOS's are S3H versions modded to work with the S2H. So I guess:

    Overclock friendly = you don't need a hacked BIOS to get for SB/NB, RAM and CPU voltage control.

    Since you're willing to run the unofficial BIOS, YMMV.
  4. rwpritchett said:
    From what I remember, the F3a and F4a BIOS's are S3H versions modded to work with the S2H. So I guess:

    Overclock friendly = you don't need a hacked BIOS to get for SB/NB, RAM and CPU voltage control.

    Since you're willing to run the unofficial BIOS, YMMV.



    since you made mention of the SB/NB options in the BIOS, should I be tweaking the SB/NB any to help the overclocking? because I haven't messed with that any. Also I don't know "anything" about RAM tweaking, if that even worth looking at?
  5. I'm afraid my overclocking experience is limited to Intel 775. Sorry. My AMD's always ran stock.
  6. rwpritchett said:
    I used to run a Phenom II X4 on my GA-MA69GM-S2H without issues using the latest BIOS.

    The Athlon II X2 255 3.1GHz is only $75 and the Athlon II X3 440 3.0GHz is only $80.


    You can use AM3 Quad Core processors on this board with no problems? Anything special you have to do to it?
  7. Yep, AM3's are backwards compatible with AM2 boards. Though you probably don't want to run a 140W quad on it since this boards wasn't designed for that much power. Just make sure you have the latest BIOS before swapping CPU's.

    Here's the CPU support list:

    http://www.giga-byte.com/Support/Motherboard/CPUSupport_Model.aspx?ProductID=2579#anchor_os
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