Overclocking and System Setup

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Overclocking on the nForce2 chipset has been a mixed bag according to most of the online media. Having seen the pre-production Asus A7N8X overclock to a 183 MHz bus speed, I knew that the chipset could handle it if properly implemented. However, the Leadtek board didn’t reach quite that far. The fastest I could reach on a stable level was a 178 MHz bus speed, for a total processor speed of 2.319 GHz over the 2.17 GHz of the Athlon XP 2700+ processor.

However, the Leadtek bios does include a lot of the options that are needed for a good overclocking experience. Front-side bus speeds are available up to 200 MHz in 1 MHz increments. They also allow for Vcore, Vmem and AGP voltage modification via the bios.

As I had just compared the nForce2 and KT400 chipsets, I didn’t feel it necessary to include one in this review. However, expect a full KT400 roundup very soon. Here I decided to look at how the Leadtek motherboard holds up against the first nForce2 motherboard we reviewed, the Asus A7N8X. (It should be noted that the Asus board was pre-production and we just today received an actual retail board from Asus).

Here are the complete system setups:

AMD Test System Setup
CPU 1 x 2.17 GHz AMD Athlon XP 2700+ Processor
Motherboards Leadtek K7NCR18D nForce2 Motherboard
Asus A7N8X nForce2 Motherboard
Memory 2 x 256MB Corsair Micro XMS3200 DDR DRAM
Hard Drive 80 GB 7200 RPM IBM EIDE
Video Card ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
Video Drivers 61.66
Operating System Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1


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