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mash1000
07-07-2003, 01:01 AM
Hi!
I have only 256 MB of RAM (PC133) and I wondering how to improve it.:cool:
I know that it can be overclock - but HOW??:eek:

elvis
07-07-2003, 01:11 AM
first rule of overclocking: if you don't know how to do it, you probably shouldn't bother trying.

mash1000
07-07-2003, 01:15 AM
Dont worry :)
I have overclocked CPU (Duron 1 GHz@ 1,2)
And Graphic - GeForce DDR (GPU120@140 and RAM 300@340)
But dont know anything about system RAM.
Give me some piece of advice.

elvis
07-07-2003, 01:19 AM
some motherboards have independant memory timings, which you can control directly through the BIOS.

older motherboards in particular take their memory timings directly from the FSB setting. therefor, if you overclock your FSB, your memory will also speed up.

often overclockers will lower their CPU multiplier and raise their FSB to get an equivalent CPU speed, but higher bus and memory speed (for a higher internal bandwidth and overall performance boost).

for example, a 1.4GHz machine could be 100MHz FSB x 14 multiplier, or it could also be 133MHz FSB x 10.5 multiplier. the end result is the same speed CPU, but the higher bus (and memory speed due to the bus) means higher throughput for the system internally.

mash1000
07-07-2003, 01:26 AM
Ahhh...
So, I can't improve it because in BIOS I have only PC100 or 133.
My CPU is 120 FSB x 10.
I thought that there are programs to change Mhz on RAM.
:hmm:

elvis
07-07-2003, 02:16 AM
you cannot change the frequency at which your ram runs unless the BIOS supports it directly. this is a very low-level feature, and no software is going to help you out here.

as i mentioned, SOME motherboards allow you to change your memory frequency within the BIOS. most have a "+33MHz" option, which means it'll just add 33MHz to the current clock rate for your ram, which is nice if you are around the 120MHz mark (as most modern SDRAM will happily hit 150MHz or so).

if your motherboard doesn't have this feature, then tough luck.

by the way, what motherboard do you have? i could tell you exatly what features are available if you tell me.

you're best bet is to get another 256MB of ram. you'll find your system being slow is more a result of running out of system ram and falling back to your pagefile then it is your physical memory speed.

jeef
07-07-2003, 03:45 AM
you are using PC100/133? if so, i personnaly wouldnt bother overclocking it...

first up, o/cing the RAM involves uping the FSB which is of cause also ocing the cpu... and the performance increase will be minimal (relative to buying a new cpu/motherboard/ram)

hope that helps some? :)

mash1000
07-07-2003, 12:23 PM
I have very bad motherboard :) -it was cheap ;P
ECS K7VZA - with Award BIOS.
Thx guys for replays:beer:

lesterc
07-08-2003, 08:58 AM
yea i agree with jeef
i wont bother overclocking with a pc133 ram
if you do overclock with it it won't do much at all

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