The overclocking of this board was designed quite well. While Gigabyte still tries to push this board as overclocking master board, they still have the ability to use it as an OEM or integrated solution.
First off, if you want to overclock by multiplier, you need to set the jumpers on the motherboard. This is a handy feature so you don't have the end user of an OEM PC like HP or Compaq going in and overclocking the CPU, possibly destroying the CPU if not done correctly and trying to claim warranty. Getting inside the PC is the only way and HP and Compaq have ways of telling if you have been inside it.
In BIOS, you have all the major settings you can use to overclock your board in the Frequency/Voltage submenu
- Front Side Bus
The first option is the FSB. You have the option to change the FSB from 100MHz up to 200MHz in 1MHz increments. This is a must to be any kind of overclocking board today. We managed to set our max bus speed at 167MHz when we backed the multiplier on our AMD Athlon XP down.
- DRAM Ratio
Next you have the DRAM ratio. The options for this are 100, 133 or 166 respectively. If you are running PC2700 memory, then you set your DRAM ratio to 166MHz. When overclocking, it's best to run at 133 unless your memory can handle extreme speeds.
After the DRAM and FSB settings, we get to the important overclocking parts, voltages. You can have all the FSB settings and DRAM settings, but without voltage to stabilize the system at over specs speeds, you may as well have a $2 OEM board. The Gigabyte board allows for changes in Vcore from 1.1v up to 1.9v in 0.025v increments. The 1.9v setting comes in handy for water and vapor cooling as well as super large heatsink users to squeeze that extra performance out of the CPU.
- DRAM Voltage
Next is the DRAM voltage settings. You can change the DDR SDRAM voltage from 2.5v up to 3.0v in 0.1v increments. Extremely handy when running your memory well over specs.
- AGP Voltage
This is the most important voltage today for overclocking your FSB. Geforce3 and 4 cards are extremely sensitive to high AGP speeds and require extra voltage. At AGP 4x 1.5v, you can change the voltage from 1.5v up to 1.8v in 0.1v increments. At AGP 2x 3.3v, you can change the voltage from 3.3v up to 3.5v in 0.1v increments.
In all, the Gigabyte board was stable as a rock and packed to the brim with features that you couldn't jump over with a pole vault. With LAN, USB 2.0, RAID and overclocking features as standard, it is no wonder that Gigabyte is getting a lot of press.
Good overclocking features
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