Overclocking ResultsOne of the most important parts of this review was evaluating the 9300-ITX’s new overclocking capabilities that were not available in previous versions of this board. The new options for modifying voltages and front-side bus speeds should also make overclocking our Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 processor that much easier too.
When overclocking CPUs, its important to disable and power-saving features in the BIOS. So, the first thing we did was disable spread spectrum and C1E. Next, we started increasing the CPU’s front-side bus without modifying the voltages to see how far we could get until the system became unstable. We were pretty impressed to get to 3.4GHz before we noticed some instabilities. Next, we added .02v to the CPU Core which helped us get to 3.5GHz. After tweaking the FSB and voltages a bit more, we were able to get to 3.72GHz. But, we couldn’t keep our system stable at these settings so we started to decrease the FSB until we got to a comfortable 3.6GHz.
This isn’t a huge overclock by any means, but to do it on a mini ITX motherboard with a low-profile heatsink is certainly a success in my book.
See our overclocking results below for more details:
Final stable overclock: 3.6GHz
|CPU Speed||CPU Multiplier||Bus Speed
||FSB||DRAM Timings||CPU Voltage||Temp (Idle)||Temp (Load)|
|3.601GHz||10.5||200MHz||1371 MHz||6-6-6-18 1T||1.275v||32c, 32c