Overclocking Results

In our last two AM3 motherboard reviews, we were able to push our Phenom II X3 720 processor to 3.667MHz on air alone. That’s a phenomenal increase from its stock speeds. For this review, we just want to evaluate the MA770T-UD3P’s basic overclocking functions to see if we can squeeze a moderate overclock from this board.

We started off increasing the base clock without modifing the voltage, HTT, or memory timings. We were only able to reach 187MHz before we noticed stability issues so we increased the CPU voltage to 1.5v which allowed us to make it all the way to 209MHz before things started to get a bit dodgy. So, we backed it down to 201MHz, which seems to be a sweet spot on this particular CPU.

Next, we worked on increase the CPU multiplier. After numerous attempts to reach 18x, we simply couldn’t get it to stay stable enough to keep it at that multiplier level. So, we backed it down to 17x, which worked out great and proved what we needed for our evaluation. After all was said and done, we were able to overclock our X3 720 to 3.423MHz with only a minimal voltage increase.

Our overclocking results confirmed that the UD3P can definitely handle some moderate overclocking, which should be a great sign for those frugal enthusiasts looking to save some serious coin on their next AM3 motherboard upgrade. See our overclocking results below for more details:

Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P AMD 770 AM3 Motherboard Review - Motherboards 81      Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P AMD 770 AM3 Motherboard Review - Motherboards 82

Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P AMD 770 AM3 Motherboard Review - Motherboards 83

Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P AMD 770 AM3 Motherboard Review - Motherboards 84  
Overclocking Results

CPU Speed CPU Multiplier HyperTransport Clock DRAM Frequency DRAM Timings CPU Voltage Temp (Idle) Temp (Load)
3.423GHz 17 201MHz 1072 MHz 7-7-7-16 1T 1.5v 25c 31c

For those just learning about overclocking the new Phenom II cores, the architecture is different than any previous AMD core. We suggest that our readers checkout our initial review of the X3 720 we wrote back in February so they can get a better understanding of the pros and cons of the newest AMD processors.


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