AMD Duron Processor Overclocking Comparison
System Setup and Cooling
This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.The system setup for this kind of project is key to its success and accuracy. Having just finished my Epox 8KTA+ Review a few days prior to starting on this project, I decided to keep using it for several reasons. First, the motherboard exemplified excellent stability in the overclocking tests that I ran on it previously. The Asus A7V that I had next to it was also a quality motherboard, but not a high enough difference that I felt pulling it out of another system was worth the trouble. Second, all the benchmarks that I had tried on the Epox board ran perfectly, while on the A7V, a few had bothersome bugs that I did not have to the time to fix. Lastly, I couldn’t get a hold of an Abit KT7 motherboard to take advantage of the SoftBIOS options that would have made the overclocking much easier to guess and check. Abit’s PR department likes to put me on hold, and not return phone calls. I don’t like companies that do that to me….
The next item that was crucial for the article was the processor. I chose to go with a Duron 700 MHz, with a blue core. I chose the 700 version so that I wasn’t forced to ‘underclock’ the processor to get the lower scores and also to go with the cheapest processor that could reach 1 GHz, as the standing point that most of the readers want the best performance at the lowest price. The blue core was chosen simply because it has a higher probability of successful overclocking.
Memory was another concern for the testing, though not as high on the list had I been overclocking via the front-side bus. I used some Mushkin PC133 222 memory for the tests because I have never had a problem or crash that was caused by their brand of memory. On a side note, those who DO overclock their systems on the FSB, you might want to check out their PC150 RAM, so that you can keep your FSB+33 option for memory speed.
Cooling a processor that is being pushed from 700 MHz to the 1 GHz level is very important. Nothing is worse than smelling the distinct aroma of burning electronics (and trust me, I know). It’s important that you get the possible that will work on your motherboard. I actually just got a message from a friend who had a KT7 motherboard and installed a Golden Orb fan on it, only to short out both the board and the 1 GHz CPU he bought when the fins of the fan touched the capacitors. Doh! See what we mean by being careful? For these tests, a Golden Orb WAS used because they have no problems with the Epox 8KTA+ motherboard. Using a good thermal paste between the CPU and heatsink/fan is a good idea as well.
Here is the official setup for the rest of the system; then it’s on to the benchmarks.
Test System Setup
AMD Duron 700 MHz
1 x 128MB PC133 Mushkin CAS 2
20.5 GB ATA66 7200 RPM Western Digital
Hercules 3D Prophet II 64MB (GeForce 2 GTS)
Windows 98 SE