Xp2600 thinking its a 1250mhz chip

  sean-278262 13:56 29 Oct 2004

My computer since monday has been reporting on bootup that the processor is an amd 1250mhz chip, before then it reported correctly that it is an xp2600+. Running Everest home edition reports the same 1250mhz processor as does a check with Belarc Advisor.

My question is how can i get it to report the correct speed in these applications and at boot up?

Also is this failure in the system having an effect on proformance?

  georgemac 14:08 29 Oct 2004

click here there are three types of xp2600 cpu

a barton running at 333 fsb, a thoroughbred running at 333 fsb, and a thoroughbred running at 266 fsb

what does everest say about the front side bus speed for the cpu?

click here & download crystalcpuid, click on the image, save the file & install it and post back. Just found this a couple of days ago and it seems very good.

  dan 11 14:10 29 Oct 2004

It looks as if your 2600+ is a 333fsb Thoroughbred. Your bios must have reset it's self to default. Change the fsb in the bios to 166Mhz. This should bring your chip up to 2083MHz.

If you do not know the setting, post back with the make and model of motherboard, plus the size and speed of memory.

  sean-278262 14:25 29 Oct 2004

CPUClock 1242.73 MHz
CPUMultiplier 12.5x
CPUFSB 99.42 MHz

Also Noticed This

Maximum Clock 3200MHz
Does That Mean I could overclock my system to be equivalant to an xp3200??? and is it worth it?

  georgemac 14:36 29 Oct 2004

you need to up the fsb of your motherboard to 166 Mhz

where did you see the maximum clock 3200 at? personally I don't think it is worth overclocking but a lot of people do it.

  sean-278262 14:44 29 Oct 2004

it was in the everest report file.

[ Processors / AMD Athlon(tm) XP ]

Processor Properties:
Manufacturer AMD
Version AMD Athlon(tm) XP
External Clock 167 MHz
Maximum Clock 3200 MHz
Current Clock 2088 MHz
Type Central Processor
Voltage 1.6 V

Im not sure if it is worth it to overclock the system, will I gain anything form it when i am playing games on the system?

  georgemac 15:10 29 Oct 2004

it may make it worse - overclock = more heat and the cpu will be at full load playing games - if it gets too hot you will start to get lock ups and freezes/crashes and may blow the cpu

  sean-278262 15:14 29 Oct 2004

currently it runs at 46C under load so do you think I should try to overclock?

  MAJ 15:19 29 Oct 2004

Don't overclock unless you're prepared to buy the proper cooling, new CPU fan and possibly a couple of case fans. Do you know what is involved in overclocking a processor?

  sean-278262 15:29 29 Oct 2004

I am planning to treat myself to a new CPU fan and heat sink and to get some quieter system fans. Currently My system setup is

Full ATX case
AMD XP 2600
512Mb x2 ddr sdram 2700 (166mhz)
Gigabyte Ga7n400 pro2 Mobo
Nvidia Geforce FX5200 128mb graphics
120gb seagate barracuda 7200rpm
15gb quantum fireball 4800rpm (storage drive borrowed from last computer for backup)
400W ultra silent 12cm fan
A rear exhaust fan (very loud)
Akasa fan mounted under the graphics heatsink blowing straight out the back.

  sean-278262 15:31 29 Oct 2004

sorry that was all meant to be split up but hopefully you can make sense of it all.

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