Overclocking a p4 fow far can you go?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Adam Vinski, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Adam Vinski

    Adam Vinski Geek Trainee

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    I recently was handed a pentium 4 socket 478 computer with a 1.7ghz processor. i already upgraded the ram to a gig and overclocked it. This rig will only be used for a DJ/Server computer at my fraternity house and now also has two 160GB in RAID. So whats left is a pretty pathetic processor, BUT it allows you to overclock it up to 2.4Ghz which is bareable.

    So my question is if i purchase a Pentium 4 2.4Ghz socket 478 400Mhz fsb will i be able to overclock That past 2.4Ghz? that is the max offered that fits the fsb of the motherboard. i am hesitant to purchase bacause the highest option i have to overclock and the fastest for sale are the same speed.

    this is my first time using this forum and hope to use it from now on.
  2. Big B

    Big B HWF Godfather

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    Those are official specs. I don't know which core you have, but the Northwood core was known to overclock pretty well. That was the second P4 core, the first being Wilamette, which was a Socket 423 exclusive. I highly doubt you'd be stuck to 2.4GHz. If it was a 3.2GHz chip, your ceiling might be a lot lower. I had a 2.4 chip that did 2.8GHz with air cooling.

    One thing to keep in mind with older motherboards is that the FSB and PCI/AGP clocks were tied to one another and used dividers to keep the PCI/AGP clocks close to their native 33/66MHz operating frequency. It may not affect you, but if it does, some PCI devices, such as RAID controllers can be sensitive to higher freqencies, which could be a major issue with this setup.

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