The popular motherboard maker MSI has made an article on overclocking a Pentium 4 2.4C (800MHz FSB) to an amazing 3.6GHz, in order to show the great overclocking possibilities with their 848P. To do this they used their new 848P Neo motherboard, a Pentium 4 2.4C and the memory they used was GEIL PC4200. In their first expirement they managed to get their 2.4GHz Pentium 4 up to 3.6GHz by cranking the FSB up to 300MHz.
They also illustrate how they leveled the 200MHz FSB to an FSB of 350MHz! For this you need an unlocked engineering sample of the Pentium 4, which are hard to find, the CPU ratio however was changed to 8x, so they only reached 2.8GHz with an amazing FSB of 350MHz.
Unfortunately no benchmarks are included. They also do not talk about cooling, so I think they did it with the stock cooler that came with the Pentium 4 2.4C processor.
This is one of the only times I saw a big company like MSI actually encouraging their users to overclock their hardware by showing them how to do it. It only misses a few parts, like the cooling part. From their results it seems that their cheap 848P Neo motherboard is very capable with overclocking! Cheapest price that I found of the 848P Neo was $87. Some other nice overclock results can be found here
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Re: MSI shows it : Overclocking a Pentium 4 2.4C to 3.6GHz by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 27 2003 @ 14:33:58 CEST
This is crazy! in the second example, where they overclocked the FSB to 350MHz, they're actually using a 3.2GHz ES Processor. WTF??? They're actually underclocking the damn thing since they only managed to get a final frequency of 2.8GHz at an FSB of 350MHz!!! :o
Reply by Anonymous on Thursday, August 28 2003 @ 04:35:27 CEST
MSI should work more with thier top models like the 875 and 865 neo boards. These boards are plaqued with crappy bios' I dont even want to mention all the over things msi continues to neglect with those boards. I bought the 865PE Neo2 thinking it would be an overclocking king like many websites said it was. Even though i managed an overclock of 3.4ghz with my 2.6c the new bios stops all overclocking abilities...now thier promoting a lower model 848P thats capable of 350mhz FSB. hah like any average person will be able to achieve that. I recommend anyone to take a visit to the MSI Forums...urll see how much of a mess MSI m×LI..