Yo guys im a bit stoned here so ill try to make sense
Right here goes...In the past few weeks i have had the opportunity to try out three NF7-S Ver2 mthrbrds. They all roughly perform to the same levels with my current hardware and I would like to portray my findings and at the same time seek some help.
First I would like to state the hardware that was being used throughout these test which are common with all three mthbrds.
1/ Processor xp2500+ Barton (No L mod)
2/ Ram 2x256mb PC3200 LL Corsair BH5
3/ Heatsink SLK800 wid Delta @5200 rpm
4/ PSU Enermax 430 watt
5/ Hard Drive WesternDigital 80Gb 8mb Cache (not sata connected)
The bios used each time was version 18.
Each and every board maxed out 'out of the box' at arnd 235-240mhz. Regardless of mem timings even dropping to CAS2.5 would any of the boards post past these levels.
AFter removing northbridge cooler and simply applying arctic silver 2 in place of the default gunk the results of fsb overclocking remained in the same reigon. The processor for fsb overclcoking was run at a 'stable' speed by lowering the multipler to prevent it from being the bottleneck in the stablilty of the system.
Voltages for these runs were all at maxed out levels accept for the agp (default) and the CPU which was at a sensible value.
I have here the stepping of two of the brds
1/ Chosen brd Max fsb 241mhz w/o CPU Interface
218mhz w CPU interface
Northbridge Stepping G34975.1
2/ Other mthbrd Max fsb 238mhz w/o CPU Interace
221mhz w CPU Interface
To the help I need goes like so......please help me decipher what the bottleneck on my system is. Is it more voltages needed, better cooling, PSU rails low, mem maxed out, nthbridges maxed out? Im reckoning its either PSU or mem related. I havnt got arnd to testing the version 10 bios or tried doing the L mod on the CPU (any links to this would be appreciated...no permanant mods though i thought i saw i wire trick going arnd).
If ive misssed anything out which is highly likely in may state
please let me know.
Oh before i forget......doh
Here are the screenies for a bootable OS (no way stable for 3d benching/prime) which i attained giving you some info on what this system is achieving out of the box (accept for arctic silver).