Overclock AMD Durons :D

Amd Amd duron 1.0 ghz socket a, 200fsb,...
February 7, 2012 at 03:55:36
Specs: Windows 2000, AMD Duron / Kingston cheapass 1GB
Hi,

I recently found my first home-built PC in the garage, its an AMD Duron processor in an equally low-end motherboard.

Considering that I can get (obviously used) AMD Durons for about £3 (~$5), I'm tempted to see how far this will overclock. As the board is pretty crap, it'll be a pure hardware overclock - soldering iron, scalpel and graphite pencil.

I have an old watercooling unit that I can probably adapt for this board (I'm curious as to how high a duron will overclock), so I'm wondering if anyone out there could shed some light on how to hardware-overclock an AMD Duron (and I don't mind if it involves blowing a few up on the way).


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#1
February 7, 2012 at 04:12:51
Motherboard manufacturer / model / revision number if applicable..... ??

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#2
February 7, 2012 at 04:27:53
No idea yet sorry, although I'll check when I get home. I was hoping there would be some simple pin-mods for the CPU to tweak voltages and multiplier. The motherboard was a cheap piece of cr*p in its day, so I doubt any overclockers here would have come across it.

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#3
February 7, 2012 at 04:49:34
You would be surprised at the amount of information you can come up with when you Google it....
YOU actually might find a better board on EBay for $10. and use that.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
February 7, 2012 at 04:58:49
Overclocking is best done thru the BIOS hence why requested info on MB, to see if it has any options to change Voltage, FSB, Multiplier..

http://www.spodesabode.com/archive/...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#5
February 7, 2012 at 05:10:25
Hi,

As I said, its a low end mobo that almost certainly will not have BIOS overclocking options. I've been overclocking for years and have also built a (very simple) computer out of 7400/4000 series logic ICs, I've a pretty good idea how computers work ;)

I'm trying to overclock this Duron out of boredom, nothing else (I have a sandy i7 running at 5.2GHz for gaming). Any mods to the motherboard (replacing voltage regulators, timing crystals, etc) I will figure out myself - I'm just wondering if anyone knows the necessary pinmods for Durons in order to up the multiplier and voltage.

So Fingers/Jolicloud - I don't want to buy a new board, and the current board is irrelevant anyway. I'm guessing you two aren't too familiar with physical overclocking, modern "bios tweaking" isn't applicable to this PC and I know that a good overclock on this CPU can be obtained just with a soldering iron and a pencil (and a few spare cpus).


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#6
February 7, 2012 at 06:30:07
There were 3 versions of the Duron - Spitfire (based on Athlon Thunderbird), Morgan (based on AXP Palomino), Applebred (based on AXP T-bred). Kind of difficult to offer any help when you don't tell us which Duron & which motherboard you're going to use.

Here's the data sheets for all 3 Durons, check the Pin Description chapters.

http://support.amd.com/us/Processor...

http://support.amd.com/us/Processor...

http://support.amd.com/us/Processor...


Not sure if this will help or not:

http://www.ocinside.de/go_e.html?ht...

http://www.ocinside.de/go_e.html?ht...


And here's an old thread from my old friend "jam":

http://www.computing.net/answers/cp...


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#7
February 7, 2012 at 07:04:34
Cheers riider, those links along with <http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclocking-amd,202.html> seem to have all the info I need for the processor side of things!

I've not powered on the duron pc for years, hence why I don't know much about it (although I think its a spitfire...). If I can break 2GHz on watercooling, I might see if I can take some LN2 home from work...


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#8
February 7, 2012 at 07:27:42
I understand the fun in overclocking, but a Duron overclocked to 2.0GHz isn't as good as a non-overclocked AXP at 2.0GHz. The low L2 cache amount (64k) hurts performance. SDR or DDR memory?

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#9
February 7, 2012 at 07:56:21
Like I said - I have a 5.2GHz Sandy Bridge i7 for power use. I'm overclocking this duron purely to see how far I can push it in synthetic benchmarks, I don't actually plan on using it for anything!

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