XP 3200+ has everything maxed out: the L2 on-chip cache is at 512 KB, the FSB reaches 400 MHz throughput (200 MHz DDR), and the matching Nvidia Nforce2 chipset provides a dual-channel DDR400 memory subsystem to provide full FSB bandwidth to the CPU even if AGP 8X, PCI and peripherals are all continuously accessing the memory as well. I was keen to know how much more frequency headroom is there beyond 2.2 GHz on this last Barton, using reasonable overclocking gear like a very good heatsink-fan combo, and a flexible, overclocker-friendly mainboard.
So, I assembled an interesting configuration using XP3200+, with CoolerMaster Aero 7 high-performance copper heatsink and turbine-like fan on top, 2×256 MB OCZ PC3200 Platinum EL DDR DIMMs in dual-channel setup at 2-3-2-6 latency settings, MSI GeForceFX 5600 128 MB 3-Dcard, all that sitting on the Asus A7N8X board.
Overclocking the Athlon XP3200+ – Squeezing out the last bit of oomph @ The Inquirer
Published in: CPUs & Chipsets on 2003-06-30