The BIOS has been upgraded somewhat from the Original eMachines BIOS to the Gateway BIOS of a year later.....what I'd like to know is if I lower the RAM timings, can I go over 3.0 GHz on a C2D E6700 w/3GBS of 667 RAM? I have correctly ID'ed the PLL and have achieved a stable OC of 2.98GHz....after that, freezing and a reboot required to reset.
I can set from 5-5-5-15 to 3-3-3-9 (667 to 200mhz) in the BIOS...that's the only adjustment available on board...the rest is all SetFSB: thoughts, anyone?
Have discovered the "Wall" for the chipset(Intel 945) and Northbridge combo here to be at 2.98 GHZ....I had got it higher to a max of 3.1, but it froze----the typical out of bounds errata. But, having set the timing to 5-5-5-11 gave a little breathing room and keeps it stable here. A 12% OC for an Intel OEM locked BIOS mobo isn't bad....it equates to a much more expensive C2D, but w/an extra 1mb L-2 cache, but not the SSE4.x microcode instructions......I'll take it!
Also, by bumping the PCIe freqs a tick, I was able to just squeak past the 3GHz barrier....if there's a doughnut hole, it's not clearly evident.Without the freq bump, the OC is unstable....but everything seems to be grooving in this set up. Also, now w/667MHz RAM @ 4-4-4-12 timings, to just slightly underclock the RAM....