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Slot A: Aiming for the stars

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Reply 21 of 78, by paradigital

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Couple of runs with the Quadro FX 3000. Disappointed by the performance a little. Also tried a Radeon 9700, but the performance was slightly lower (around 10%). If I had any overclocking at all on this board I think I could see a notable increase from the memory and bus bandwidth.

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3DMark2001SE, Forceware 56.64, DX8.1b

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Reply 22 of 78, by paradigital

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So it turns out that I don't appear to have DMA mode enabled, and the drive doesn't even have the tick box present in device manager. That would go some way to explaining the sluggish performance felt in general use.

No amount of installing various AMD 756 EIDE drivers makes an difference, and there doesn't appear to be any option in the BIOS to turn BUS Mastering/DMA on or off, it should just be on.

Reply 24 of 78, by STX

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Would anybody be interested in prizes for top finishers? I have 3 Steam games from Humble Bundle that I'd like to give away by clicking the "Gift to a friend" button.

  • Lost Planet 3 Complete Pack
  • Strider
  • Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

They could go to the top finisher for 3dMark2000, the top finisher for 3dMark2001, and the person with the highest combined score.

Reply 26 of 78, by STX

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supercordo wrote on 2023-09-28, 14:46:

That could be cool. Would need to set a finish date for the prizes.

How about October 30, 2023 at 11:00 AM UTC? My reasoning:

  • Five weekends ought to be enough for anybody who would be motivated by a potential prize.
  • supercordo, you would have time to make the final update to the leaderboards in this thread's first post before work/school on Monday.

Reply 29 of 78, by A001

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Geforce 2 Ultra doesn't make a huge difference at these clock speeds. Clock speed is the king.

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Reply 30 of 78, by supercordo

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You guys need some motherboards with some overclocking options. I was hoping for a battle! I'm finding out that a higher bus speed is important. I got a 1GHz on Monday. It only lets me clock it to 1070 same as my 900. I score more with my 900 overclocked to 1070 because I have a higher bus speed for the memory. 119x9 vs 107x10.

Reply 31 of 78, by paradigital

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Indeed. Memory and bus bandwidth are key. Unfortunately even though I’ve modded the BIOS of my MS6191 to allow changing the FSB, the system won’t boot at the next option above 100MHz (120MHz), so I’ve run out of ideas.

I can’t find a better Slot A board, at least for a reasonable price.

Reply 32 of 78, by supercordo

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So before I was having the motherboard control the voltage for the cpu. I set the the jumpers to default and started using my goldfinger to control the voltage instead. This is the result after some tinkering. It still wont go past 119fsb.

I am now in 1st on HWBOT for overclocking the Athlon Thunderbird Slot A.

https://hwbot.org/submission/5361844_su ... )_1190_mhz

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Reply 33 of 78, by A001

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I've got FSB adjustments nicely available on a 1Mhz step until 125Mhz, but the board does allow up to 150Mhz. It's freshly recapped with Panasonic FR's too. Stability wasn't exactly acceptable at 115Mhz and while benchmark apparently completed without issues, 3DMark 2000 CPU score was only 381 pts, so I'll need to learn more about overclocking on these boards and test the Plutos and Argons too...

Reply 35 of 78, by supercordo

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paradigital wrote on 2023-09-30, 16:11:

Just bought a Gigabyte GA-7IXE. Hopefully that will arrive next week and I can get it fighting fit to give me some overclocking!

Awesome!!! I have a asus k7v-t on the way but it needs caps and an agp slot replacement.

Reply 36 of 78, by supercordo

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Turned my attention to overclocking the Ti 500. Added the gpu oc to the screenshot. I think 10K is out of my reach unless the K7V-T can provide the additional 500 points once its fixed.

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Reply 37 of 78, by paradigital

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Well, things took a turn.

Bought the PCB and BOM required to make a goldfinger device.

Gigabyte GA-7IXE is due tomorrow.

I’ve also bought a K7M and a supposedly dead K7V.

I’ve also got a Pluto CPU on the way.

Many things to hopefully try.

Reply 39 of 78, by paradigital

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GA-7IXE and K7V are here, K7V needs a re-cap at a bare minimum. As it's likely to be the better 'clocker I'm going to focus my time on getting it running before looking at the Gigabyte board.

Hopefully get a run in this afternoon/evening. With it having Universal AGP I might be able to run a 6800 rather than the FX 3000.