Duron Doublin': 1.2 GHz That Is!!

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WARNING: What I did here is NOT RECOMMENDED! If you try this with a flammable propellent, you will get hurt!

Once upon a time there was a Compaq 5736 and a user that wanted more power. Unfortunately, this system would barely tell you what speed it was. I went through extreme measures to overclock it – even as much as trying to connect solder points on the motherboard.

Recently, however I acquired a monster. It’s the famous Asus A7V motherboard bundled with a Duron 600 processor. This is like a transition from a 1940 Ford to a cruisin’ top fuel dragster. So what is this 1.2 GHz about? Read on and you’ll see:

Overclocking seemed expensive to me; maybe this is not true, but I had to buy basically a new computer to budge the Compaq over stock settings. The overclockability was so horrible that it took me 3 months to find what video card I had – I had to take it out and tear off the heatsink on the vid card core to see what it was.

Under Windows it was generic names like Compaq DVD-ROM, Compaq Hard Drive, and the infamous one that really took a hit on overclockability: The Compaq Motherboard. I searched all over the Internet, asking every single individual, and physically looking for every sign of a manufacturer besides Compaq to find a hope. None

Those days are over though, and I have access to more than enough tools I need to rig the A7V. This motherboard, like some of the A7V’s sold, had integrated dipswitches for multiplier changes. Bundled with a highly overclockable processor (or is that the highly overclockable processor) it means war.

I slapped a Thermaltake Super Orb on the thing and was off. I didn’t think a modest 1 GHz would be unreasonable, so I did and somehow it worked. Stably, at 1.85 volts of course. Overclockers today try so much more to squeeze (or as some like to think of it – stealing your speed) by extreme measures of overclocking.

I like this idea, but these measures usually involve mucho (or much for the no habla espanol) money. I don’t think this way, neither can I compete at this level.

What I mean by that is I think of a cheap way before I try anything else. When it gets into the hundreds, I just buy another processor. The secret of mine isn’t piping Niagara Falls through my case, nor is it using enough peltiers to cool the Pentagon.

The secret is Air Brush Propellant.

You know, the stuff you hobby paint with – 3 dollars a can stuff.

WARNING: Make sure you get the non flammable air brush propellant.

I read the back a while ago and noticed “do not shake and turn upside down.” That seemed odd so I tried it. Instant liquid air; very, very, very, cold and an overclockers dream. So, off goes the Super Orb and on goes the computer at a 12X multiplier.

Yep, I literally took off the heatsink and sprayed the stuff on there. It’s not really expensive – a can lasts about 5 to 6 minutes, although it would be very expensive to stay overclocked permanently.

Well, not that easy. More like off goes the Super Orb, out goes a lot of liquid air, ouch goes the finger, beep goes the computer, DOU!! Goes the person.

The next attempt was more fabricated and it posted!!!!!!! A 1.2 GHz Duron!! A certain amount of air, which I found out was very irritating to the lungs by all the evaporation, was being fed directly to the Duron’s core. It makes it to Windows and I quickly run a benchmark. Here is what I got:

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You can see that this is fast processor, or insanely fast for a Duron. You can also tell that I just knocked a few years off the life of my processor doing such an evil thing to it. This is a 100 Percent overclock!!!!!!!

It is a very, very, good speed to run at. I can tell why the T-Bird 1.2 GHz costs so much, because thinking about how good the core must be to run stably with a piece of aluminum slapped on it is amazing.

I will end my documentation, and your feeling that I wrote a novel, with a few remarks. Have fun, live everyday to its fullest, and NEVER NEVER NEVER let me get a hold of your processor and/or electrical equipment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW, anybody who wonders what the limit of a Duron with the most cooling possible – it’s 1.2 GHz. It wouldn’t run 1212 MHz with the liquid air on MAX blast.

Craig DeSimone


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