Overclocking of the Albatron K8SLI
When we first started to overclock the Albatron K8SLI, we kept running into walls. Every time we tried to adjust a setting, the system would completely freeze up and refuse to boot. We went to the Albatron website and downloaded the latest R1.12 BIOS update and after this, when settings were changed, the system booted fine. If you run into this same problem, R1.12 is what you need.
Albatron uses a similar BIOS setup to ASUS motherboards, so finding your way around is just like working on an ASUS motherboard. The Award 6 core is used as the base of choice these days. Under the advanced menu the Frequency/Voltage Control Sub-Menu is where all the overclocking options are located, and Albatron for a value motherboard has done pretty good in the amount of setting you have available.
CPU Frequency (MHz) is your FSB adjustments; you can change them from 200MHz up to 300MHz in 1MHz increments. DRAM adjustments allow you to select base 200, 266, 333, 400MHz memory speeds which are your dividers for your memory controller. PCI-E frequency can be locked to 100MHz to keep PCI-E clock at defaults when overclocking the FSB. The last of the frequency controls is the Hammer FID which is where you can change your CPU ratio. K8 CPU's don't allow you to raise your multiplier but you can go down to as low as 4x and raise the FSB.
The HT ratio setting allows you to adjust the HyperTransport ratio from 1x up to 5x.
CPU voltage can be adjusted from standard up to 15% above default. The steps are +5%, +10% and +15%. While limiting, it does give enough to allow you to overclock. DDR voltage allows you to raise DDR core voltage from 2.6v standard up to 3.0V in 0.1v increments which is pretty good for a value motherboard. The last voltage option is chipset voltage; settings are from 1.5v up to 1.8v in 0.1v increments.
With theses options we managed an FSB of 258MHz with memory at 1:1, CPU voltage at +10%, HT link at 3x and DDR voltage at 2.9v - in all, not too bad.