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Tony
07-23-2005, 01:56 PM
So...following on from my Bigtoe pimped his new rig thread (http://www.bleedinedge.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10677) I thought I would make a new machine for the wife to play with. Now I bought a new case-Lian Li V1200, and a few fans etc,I traded for the other parts I needed unless I had them in stock ;)

Motherboard was to be my old asus P4C800E, this again was from a trade over 2 yrs ago (I think), ram is old OCZ 3500Plat Ltd Ed BH5 that I had retired from support stock.Video is an Albatron 6800Ultra, this was gained by the ways of a swap for old motherboards. Cooling is via a Dangerden D4 pump, TDX 478 Block and the humungus 6800Ultra block NV-68. The rad is an old Thermochill HE120.2 rad I had from when I had dual Bartons on an Iwill MPX2 motherboard.I bought the fans and the new LG Dvd writer and recycled an old 470W samcheer PSU as i use my new OCZ powerstreams for testing and in my own rigs ;)

UPDATE tested the 3500GX which is also BH5, worked just fine also ;)

Now the fun part, CPU is a Pentium M, default clock is 1.6GHZ 12X133fsb(533bus), im running 210fsb or so x12 for 2.5GHZ. If you fancy going this route make sure you buy a 133fsb part as they seem to do 200+ fsb where the 100fsb(400Bus) ones do not.
The magic ingrediant here is the CT-479 Socket converter

So a few pic's and some benches, this is 100% stable and silent (apart from the slight pump noise) Clock for clock this is as fast as any A64 including FX55 and lower, but costs a 5h1t load less!!

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/Dawn%20Dothan%20rig%20003.jpg

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/Dawn%20Dothan%20rig%20004.jpg

Tony
07-23-2005, 02:05 PM
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/Dawn%20Dothan%20rig%20007.jpg

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/Dawn%20Dothan%20rig%20008.jpg

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/Dawn%20Dothan%20rig%20009.jpg

I had to remove the HDD cady to make room for the rad, there are 4 120mm Akasa amber fans in a push pull controlled on a nexus controller, even on full speed its hard to hear them.

Onto some benches, to start off I just ran 3dmark 2001 at 200x12 with the card at stock speeds, just to get a feel for what the system is like. that returned me this.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/3d2001stock.JPG
So, no one in the right mind runs stock on anything so i started to tweak a little.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/3d2001cardmaxclock.JPG

Tony
07-23-2005, 02:12 PM
With getting close to 30k i started to overclock the cpu a little further and try to ease the vid card up a little also. The Asus sets some nifty tweaks at 200fsb so i booted in at 200 turbo and just clocked up with Clockgen.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/3d2001big30k.JPG

The 30K at 2.5GHZ was mine, not bad for an NV card as we all know ATI rules 2001SE. A small amount of tweaking then found the max for 2001 without vmods coming into play on both the ram and the vid card...
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/3d2001-30800.JPG

Hits me up on the 1st page of the Orb for 6800Ultra's and CPU's under 2.6GHZ which I found quite nice. Next up was 2005, this is more Vidcard dependant to i concentrated more on the card here.

First bench was again at 12x200 with just the option to find the max stable overclock on the vidcard from coolbits, this netted me this.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/3d05overclocked.JPG

Gaspar
07-23-2005, 02:17 PM
Very Very Nice. How much does one of those chips go for anyway?

Tony
07-23-2005, 02:19 PM
Now i started getting more serious.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/3d05big6560.JPG

This had me in second spot for the 6800 ultra and cpu's of 4GHZ or less, only 39 points would get me first place and 3rd overall counting 2 P4's running well over 4GHZ ;-)

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/a.leach80/dawns%20new%20rig/3d05big6600.JPG

So as of writing this 23-7-05 im 3rd overall and first with a single 6800 Ultra and a CPU under 4GHZ. Not bad for a rig with a total new cost of around 240 and some traded /recyled parts.

Tony
07-23-2005, 02:22 PM
Very Very Nice. How much does one of those chips go for anyway?
Off Ebay for 60, so about $110 US, new they are 100+ here in the UK, still a lot less than an FX55

Snafu
07-23-2005, 05:51 PM
Very nice Tony :thumb:

All I can say is marry me :chit:

Tony
07-24-2005, 11:49 AM
I benched my main rig which is an Abit AW8-max with a p4 6XX ay 4.2GHZ and 6800Ultra, it did not come anywhere close :eek:

I know floating point is limited on Pentium M but that is completely overt shadowed by the performance this CPU has in games, its as fast if not faster than an FX and its a LOT cheaper.

Urlyin
07-26-2005, 06:45 AM
FYI ... the CT-479 will work in a P4P800-E with the latest BIOS rev... Tony how well do you think a 760(2.0) would do? or a 750(1.8) ? Nice work the system looks great :D

shyfty
08-07-2005, 10:48 PM
Will the CT-479 work with an ABIT IC7 MAX 3? Great overclocking btw!!!

Urlyin
08-08-2005, 05:53 AM
Will the CT-479 work with an ABIT IC7 MAX 3? Great overclocking btw!!!

Has to be a supported ASUS board ...

Snafu
08-08-2005, 06:28 AM
The CT-479 is from Asus and needs support by their bios, right? So I suspect until Abit develops one with bios support it won't work. I also doubt Abit will issue bios support (on its own) just so folks can use the Asus adapter.

Urlyin
08-08-2005, 07:19 AM
The CT-479 is from Asus and needs support by their bios, right? So I suspect until Abit develops one with bios support it won't work. I also doubt Abit will issue bios support (on its own) just so folks can use the Asus adapter.

Snafu .. yes latest BIOS rev needed, ASUS has been doing some small updates. Like my P4P800-E from BIOS 1007 to 1008 they added CPU Voltage up 1.60v. Some nice info posted here (http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=62366) on what boards are compatable and the latest BIOS tweaks ... now if they would only add multi change from the BIOS for my board I'd be set ... but 27 sec 1m pi isn't to bad ... M750/533 1.86mhz oc'ed to 2.7mhz 197FSB

Tony keep on em ... multi change for 533 chips

Hawk
08-08-2005, 07:44 AM
Looking good Tony. . . :rock: