In Conclusion, even though we fell short of our initial goal, I still believe that 2.88GHz is a fairly decent overclock from a 2.4GHz processor. With a score of 15669, which is quite high, I believe this system could last me awhile. Below you will find my final comments on the hardware I used during this overclocking adventure.
The Intel Pentium 2.4B 533, which is currently priced at $175 USD on Price Watch, is quite a nice processor. The Intel Pentium 2.8B processor is currently priced at $359 USD. We achieved the performance, even a little more, of a Pentium 2.8B processor at basically half the cost. We would definitely recommend this processor to anyone who doesn't want to put a big hole in their pocket.
The Albatron PX845PE Pro II is the best motherboard I have ever worked with. It has a lot of great features and add-ons, and is the king as far as overclocking goes for the Pentium 4. I wasn't able to hit more then 2.8GHz on any other motherboard that I used with this setup (Shuttle AS45GTR, Asus P4S8X, etc), but the Albatron helped me hit 2.88GHz.
In the past I have had great doubts about OCZ's line of memory. But at the end of this article my mind has definitely changed. Even though our OCZ PC3500 was rated at 433 and we only hit 423 (10 MHz under its rating) we believe it was not the memory's fault. On our Athlon XP setup we were able to hit 433 MHz; unfortunately we couldn't get past that.
Cooling was definitely the big factor in us hitting such high speeds. Using top of the line cooling that our gracious friends over at exoticpc.com sent us, our CPU never went over 30c and our case temperature was a cool 22c. Unfortunately the down side to these great temperatures was the noise.
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