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The Right Chipset

A 4.1 GHz Dual Core at $130 - Can it be True?
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Choosing the right chipset for this overclocking project is easy: all chipsets that support dual core processors command a FSB that runs at least at 200 MHz, which also means that any of them can support the Pentium D 805. We were able to successfully implement our overclocking project, in fact, using the following motherboards from Asus and Gigabyte:

  • Asus P5WD2-E Premium (Intel 975x)
  • Asus P5WD2-WS Premium (Intel 975x)
  • Asus P5WD2 Premium (Intel 955X)
  • Gigabyte G1975X Turbo (Intel 975X)
  • Gigabyte 8I955X Royal (Intel 955X)L/li>

Those who want to be very sure that this CPU will work in their chosen motherboards, to fulfil their overclocking dreams, should first examine closely the compatibility listings from the motherboard makers. We took a look at the three biggest retail motherboard vendors - Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI - to check them out. Here's what we learned.


For Asus there are no problems; many of their motherboards have supported this CPU for some time now.


The five latest models from Gigabyte have no problems with this CPU, either.


The situation with MSI is pretty grim. For many boards, the CPU has but recently been added, and for others the Pentium D 805 isn't supported.

Issues with MSI motherboards may very well stem from the vendor's decision to keep costs down, and to test its components and capabilities at memory speeds of only 200 MHz. Thus, using these motherboards at other speeds-especially higher ones - can lead to instability or even outright crashes.

Summary
  1. A Budget CPU At Top Speeds
  2. A Budget CPU At Top Speeds, Continued
  3. Inside the Pentium D 805
  4. The Secret Of The Multiplier
  5. 133 MHz FSB: Perfect For Overclocking
  6. How Is Breaking The 4 GHz Barrier Possible?
  7. How Is Breaking The 4 GHz Barrier Possible? Continued
  8. How Is Breaking The 4 GHz Barrier Possible? Continued
  9. Three Theories Where The Customer Comes Out Ahead
  10. Which Memory Clock Speed Is Most Suitable?
  11. The Right Chipset
  12. Keeping Cool When Power Consumed Tops 150 Watts at 4.1 GHz
  13. Keeping Cool When Power Consumed Tops 150 Watts at 4.1 GHz, Continued
  14. Power Consumption Levels Top 200 W
  15. Power Consumption Levels Top 200 W, Continued
  16. Energy Saving Functions Lack C1E
  17. Risk-free Overclocking, Including Heat Protection
  18. Ready For The 64 Bit Future
  19. Tom's Hardware Guides Overclocking Diary
  20. 3.33 GHz Remains Stable At Standard Voltage Levels
  21. 3.33 GHz Remains Stable At Standard Voltage Levels, Continued
  22. Trouble Free Operation At 3.60 GHz
  23. At 3.8 GHz Some Minor Voltage Increases Become Necessary
  24. Water Cooling Is Recommended For 4.0 GHz
  25. Water Cooling Is Recommended For 4.0 GHz, Continued
  26. Overclocking To 4.10 GHz Boosts Basic Clock Speed By 54 Percent
  27. Overclocking To 4.10 GHz Boosts Basic Clock Speed By 54 Percent, Continued
  28. Will The System Boot At 4.3 GHz?
  29. Benchmark Results Show Performance Increases Of Up To 54 Percent
  30. 3D, Continued
  31. 3D, Continued
  32. Video Editing / Video Encoding
  33. Video, Continued
  34. Video, Continued
  35. Audio Encoding
  36. Office Applications
  37. Office Applications, Continued
  38. Parallel Applications - Multitasking
  39. Synthetic Benchmarks
  40. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  41. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  42. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  43. Summary Overview: Who's The Winner?
  44. Conclusion: The 4.1 GHz Dual Core Delivers Peak Performance For Pocket Change
  45. Conclusion, Continued
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