Overclocked E5200 Vs Stock E6600

Dell / DIMENSION 8400
December 23, 2009 at 22:09:23
Specs: Windows XP, 3.2HT / 2ghz
Hi all,

I've got 3 CPUs and 3 motherboards to work with. Specs as follow :

CPU : E5200 @ 3.8ghz / E6600 / E2140

Motherboard : Biostar TP35D2-A7 P35 / Biostar G31-M7 TE / Ausus Commando

My questions are :

1. Would like to know is an overclocked E5200 would beat at stock E6600?

2. Plan to overclock E6600, should i place it onto the Biostar TP35D2-A7 P35 ? (As i believe it is the best board of the 3 stated.)


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December 24, 2009 at 00:18:51
U better put e6600 in biostar board and overclock.U didn't mention your ram specs i assume e5200@3.8 (400x9.5) (u need ddr2 800) yes it will beat e6600 at stock speed. But i heard good things about asus commando.

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December 24, 2009 at 03:17:58
Yup, they're DDR2 800.

Will place the E6600 into Biostar TP35D2-A7 P35 and try overclocking it. Thanks. (Now that the best combination is finalised.)

Next, Which board should E5200 goes into? Is asus commando a better overclocking board as compare to Biostar G31-M7 TE ?


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December 24, 2009 at 04:53:43
Yup, put e5200 in asus commando i heard asus commando is a very good overclocker. G31 is crappy chipset and it's not a good overclocker.

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December 24, 2009 at 08:42:24
I'm not a big fan of G31 boards but I think the one you have will overclock better than the Commado. I'm not basing that on experience though, I'm just basing it on the specs. The Biostar board lists 1600MHz FSB, the Asus lists 1066MHz FSB...with DDR2-800, 1600MHz FSB is what you should be shooting for. The Asus has a better southbridge chip (ICH8R) vs the Biostar's ICH7, plus the Biostar only has 2 RAM slots.



In other words, you *probably* have the boards in order from best to worst: Biostar TP35D2-A7 P35 / Biostar G31-M7 TE / Ausus Commando.

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December 24, 2009 at 11:14:06
Is it asus or ausus? If its asus look http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/ma...

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December 25, 2009 at 07:57:10

The thing is, E2140 used to be placed on the P35 board and
was able to achieve 2.4GHz stable (M0 stepping, heard it can
reach 3.0GHz easily but unfortunately, not for mine..*-*)

Now it's on G31 and could hardly reach 1.8GHz. Am
wondering if ASUS Commando can do better in overclocking.
? Probably have to try it(E5200) out both boards. Thanks.


It's an ASUS Commando....sorry for the typo.

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December 25, 2009 at 10:43:38
The P965 northbridge chip used in the Commando was the hot ticket until the P35 came along, then the P45. The southbridge chips were improved as well. The G31 is based on the P35 but it's for the "value" segment & is always paired up with the older ICH7. The Commando has the ICH8R & your P35 board has the ICH9.

Regardless, it appears that all three boards are capable of handling a CPU frequency of 400MHz (1600MHz FSB) & since you have DDR2-800 RAM, you *should* be able to get a major overclock out of any one of them. Remember that the highest clock speed shouldn't necessarily be the ultimate goal, the highest stable FSB with the CPU:DRAM ratio running at 1:1 should be the goal. And since you have RAM capable of at least 400MHz frequency, you should attempt to take full advantage of it. I can only guess that you're not setting up the BIOS correctly.

I can only suggest a few generic things to do, the rest is up to you. The settings have to be manually configured. Do NOT rely on any built-in overclock settings. Generally, if there's a choice between Auto or Manual, choose Manual, then adjust the settings yourself.

- lower the CPU multiplier to take the CPU temporarily out of the picture - 6.0x for example? (lower, if possible)
- raise the CPU frequency to 400MHz (1600MHz FSB)
- do what you gotta do to run the RAM at 400MHz frequency (800MHz DDR) to match the CPU frequency. This is done in different ways depending on the board. If could be an actual ratio setting, or you may have to underclock the RAM setting so that it jumps up to the desired setting based on the CPU frequency/FSB.
- always set the RAM voltage as per the RAM manufacturer's specs. Don't except the BIOS default. If the voltage is spec'd at 2.2v, make sure to set it at 2.2v.
- always disable ALL Spread Spectrum options
- always disable EIST (SpeedStep)
- always lock the PCIe at 100MHz
- always lock the PCI at 33MHz

If you can pull off the above, the CPU will run at 2.4GHz at 1600MHz FSB with the RAM running in step at 800MHz DDR.

Then to increase the CPU clock speed, all you have to do is increase the CPU multipler a little at a time & see what happens. If it becomes unstable, increase the CPU voltage a little & try again. You *may* also throw a little more voltage at the northbridge too. But NEVER increase voltages unless you're absolutely sure it's necessary.

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