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im0y

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What is the best RDRAM motherboard to use if I'm planning to overclock a 1.8A to more than 2.6GHz? Also, are there bad 1.8As outhere that I should whatch out for because they are not good to overclock?:confused: I would appreciate any help that I could get because I'm thinking of upgrading my system without spending too much money.
 

Silversinksam

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Alot of people like the Abit IT7 max2 for ddr and looks like the ASUS P4T533 for pc1066, personaly i like the Bd7II as its a battle tested mobo.

As far as the cpu's go try to get a C stepping
 
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im0y

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Thanks for replying Silversinksam...

So if I use a P4T533, it's a guarantee to run the 1.8A to more than 2.6GHz? What kinds of complications or modifications should I expect?

Also, how could you tell if your 1.8A is a C stepping again? I know I've seen/read it somewhere, but I just can't remember...
 

hipro5

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If you go on RDRAM them buy ASUS P4T533-C not P4T533 coz the C one is easy Overclockable and you can Mod it too.....If you go on DDR then I suggest the ASUS P4B533-E Mobo.....Now I'm working with an ABIT IT7-Max2 and I can say I'm a bit dissapointed.....I'll switch again to my lovely ASUS P4B533-E one with witch I could squiz about 70MHz more....
 

FIZZ3

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im0y said:
Thanks for replying Silversinksam...

So if I use a P4T533, it's a guarantee to run the 1.8A to more than 2.6GHz? What kinds of complications or modifications should I expect?

Also, how could you tell if your 1.8A is a C stepping again? I know I've seen/read it somewhere, but I just can't remember...

No it's never guaranteed. 133Mhz system bus is guaranteed, nothing more. The P4T533-C goes up to 156Mhz FSB, the P4T533 to 200 in BIOS. How far you'll actually get is an experimental question. Both boards are good quality solid boards IMO.

To detect a C1 stepping you have to compare the SSpec with Intel's datasheets. There's only a few choices (B0, B0-shrink and C1) so it's not so hard.