View Full Version : socket 370 mobo good for o.cing
12-15-08, 12:52 AM
can anyone please name socket 370 motherboards that are good overclockers.
I have a REALLY low budget and I'm looking for a good motherboard on which I can easily overclock.
12-15-08, 09:22 AM
Well, it ultimately depends on what features you want and what you can find anymore. If you're just going to be using 66 or 100fsb processors, then pretty much any non-OEM i815 or Via Apollo based board will get you 133mhz with no trouble at all. Just avoid Intel-branded ones and ones from Dell, Compaq and the like.
For taking a 133 chip to 150fsb... well, that's still pretty easy, actually, and again a great many i815 or Via boards will do that. Personally I'd go for a Via chipset, since it doesn't have the 512mb RAM limit that the i815 has.
If you can wait and be picky, you might be able to find a board that supports Tualatin PIIIs, which would give you an additional upgrade option. The boards that come to mind there are the MSI 694T Pro, the Asus TUV4X, Soyo 7VBA133U, DFI CA64-TC, and to a lesser extent the Asus TUSL2. If you watch, you can prolly find one of those on eBay for <$20.
12-15-08, 07:28 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Gigabyte-GA-6VA7-Baby-AT-Socket-370-motherboard-S370_W0QQitemZ230314464268QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item230314464268&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A15|39%3A1|240%3A1318 (http://cgi.ebay.com/Gigabyte-GA-6VA7-Baby-AT-Socket-370-motherboard-S370_W0QQitemZ230314464268QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item230314464268&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A15|39%3A1|240%3A1318)
can you tell me what your thoughts are on this particular board.
12-16-08, 11:20 AM
Way too much money for that one. Nowadays I wouldn't pay more than $30 even for the best PIII board ever made. (Whatever that may be, opinions will differ of course.) If you watch Craigslist or yard sales or the like, you can pretty frequently find complete PIII systems for under $65.
Also, Baby AT? You know that won't work in a normal ATX case, right?
Edit: Here. (http://cgi.ebay.com/GIGABYTE-Intel-PIII-socket-370-ATX-motherboard-with-CD_W0QQitemZ260331286813QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item260331286813&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50) Supports up to a 1.4ghz Tualatin, and it's mATX, which I'm assuming you need if you're replacing an i810 board. I looked and saw reports on a German forum, as well as a couple Japanese pages, that indicate people are getting 160+FSB out of that board, even saw one report of 180FSB.
12-16-08, 03:49 PM
sorry i posted the wrong link let me try again.lol, which one would be the better choice?
http://cgi.ebay.com/GIGABYTE-MOTHERBOARD-SOCKET-370-W-P3-600-MHZ-GA-6IEML_W0QQitemZ350140294013QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item350140294013&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A15|39%3A1|240%3A1318 (http://cgi.ebay.com/GIGABYTE-MOTHERBOARD-SOCKET-370-W-P3-600-MHZ-GA-6IEML_W0QQitemZ350140294013QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item350140294013&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A15|39%3A1|240%3A1318)
12-16-08, 04:18 PM
Well, either would be a good board, each has its pros and cons. The Asus, being on the Via chipset, will support considerably more RAM... it'd be pretty easy to get a full gig into it using cheap and common 256mb sticks, and can theoretically go up to 2GB if you happen upon some 512MB sticks, while the Gigabyte one is limited to 512MB.
OTOH, you'd need a separate PCI LAN card with the Asus, since it's missing the prorietary SCSI/LAN combo card that originally came with it. (That's what the black slot is for.) The Gigabyte has LAN onboard.
I somewhat suspect the Asus won't overclock as well as the Gigabyte, but the 1ghz PIII doesn't have much headroom anyway, so it'd be sort of a non-issue. The Gigabyte also supports Tualatin cores, where the Asus doesn't. Considering you can find Tualatins pretty cheap, it might be nice to have the upgrade option.
So... I'd say it's pretty much a tossup depending exactly what qualities you're looking for, but I'd personally go for the Gigabyte one since the auction's ending sooner, and if you don't end up winning it, try for the Asus.
01-04-09, 09:46 PM
How low is that "Low budget" and are you figuring in the shipping prices? What are you trying to reuse?
These would be my boards of choice:
If you have enough high OCing RAM go with a VIA chipset otherwise stick with Intel. I have many PC133 sticks only 1 will go CAS 2-2-2 over 150fsb.
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