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HighSpeed PC Athlon XP Unlocking Kit Review - Athlon XP Unlocking Kit - Page 4

When the new Athlon XP hit the streets, many overclocking enthusiasts were concerned about the new style of L1 bridges. You couldn't just grab a pencil and unlock the processor anymore. But then along came HighSpeed PC with their unlocking kit and they claimed that life would be good again saying that it was very easy and effective. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he delves into this little kit to find out if it works, and if it really is as easy as claimed.

| AMD CPUs & APUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Mar 13, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%      Manufacturer: HighSpeed PC

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If you recall our initial opening, I said that we would be seeking answers to two questions. The first was to see if the application was as easy as they led us to believe. After performing the task of unlocking the chip, I can say that it really is that easy. None of the steps required any special actions, and if a mistake is made, it's easy to just start over and try again.

 

Now, the second question was asking if the kit really worked. To answer this, let's start off by looking at what we were working with today...

 

 

The Athlon XP 1800+ processor that I have is set at 11.5x multiplier and 133MHz FSB in its native habitat. After I finished up, I set the multiplier up a little and boosted the FSB. I wasn't going for anything drastic (yet), but just a means to see if the multiplier would allow adjustments. Here's what I got for my efforts:

 

 

So to answer the second question, the multiplier can be adjusted now that the bridges are connected.

 

One final note:

 

After you get through with the task of unlocking your processor, don't touch your work. The compounds used don't set into a hard shell. If you rub your finger over it to admire your fine work of art, you'll be crying because you'll have to start over. So once it's done right, keep the fingers away.

 

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