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Pentium 4 Northwood Overclocking Guide

By Bao Ly :  July 4, 2002

Overclocking Test Systems

Now that we're finally cooking into the actual overclocking section, we should spell out exactly what systems we're running the gauntlet with. As stated previously, we have gone with both a mid-range i845D system, as well as offering up comparison overclocking results with a higher-end SiS 645DX platform.

General Settings:
Desktop Resolution: 1024x768
Color Depth: 16-bit
V-Sync: Disabled

Intel 845D Platform
Processors: Pentium 4 1.6A
Memory: 2x256MB Kingmax PC2700 DIMM
Motherboard: Asus P4B266-C
Motherboard chip set: Intel 845D
Video Card: ATI Radeon 8500 Retail (clocked at 290/290)
ATI reference drivers: 7.70
Hard-Drive: Seagate 40GB 7200 RPM ATA100
IDE Interface: Ultra ATA100
Sound: Turtle Beach Santa Cruz
Power Supply: Antec 350 watt
Operating System: Windows XP Pro

SiS 645DX Platform
Processors: Intel Pentium 4-1.8A
Memory: 512 MB Crucial PC2700 DIMM
Motherboard: MSI 645E Max 2
Motherboard chip set: SiS 645DX
NVIDIA reference drivers: 29.42
Video Card: VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4600
Hard-Drive: Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
IDE Interface: Ultra ATA100
Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
CD/DVD: Panasonic DVD-ROM
Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
Operating System: Windows XP Pro

Quake III Arena Test Specifics:
Version: 1.30 (retail)
V-Sync: Disabled
Sound Disabled
Video Mode Tested
: High Quality: Defaults

3DMark 2001 Pro SE Specifics:
Version 1.0
SiSoft Sandra 2002:
CPU Arithmetic, CPU Multimedia, and Memory Bandwidth tests

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Page 2

Choosing the Right Pentium 4 Northwood

Page 3

Selecting a Motherboard Platform

Page 4

CPU Cooling Options

  • Page 5

    Overclocking Test Systems

    Page 6

    Pentium 4 Northwood Overclocking Basics

    Page 7

    Pentium 4-1.6A, 1.8A and 2.0A Overclocking Results

    Page 8

    Quake 3 & 3DMark 2001SE Overclock Performance

    Page 9

    SiSoft SANDRA Performance and Conclusion