the AMD Socket A Chip
-- By: GideonX
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With our constant reviews of AMD Socket A coolers,
we suddenly noticed that we mentioned the overclocking aspect of
these Socket A chips, but never really explained how it was done.
Here is a quick and simple 10 minute guide to get you going en route
to overclocking your AMD TBird/Duron chip to fully utilize that new
cooler of yours.
Many of you may be very accustomed to overclocking
the front side bus of your chips. Made famous by the insane
rage introduced when the Celeron 300a was released. Everyone
overclocked that chip using the front side bus. With the
introduction of the AMD Socket A, a different approach to oc'ing
emerges. Check out our Mini-OC
Guide for a brush up on the basics of overclocking.
Due to the new pcb of the Socket A, previous
generation 'Gold Finger' devices are not used anymore. The
method used now is a simple connection of 8 points on the chip,
mainly the L1 bridges. This in turn opens up the ability to
change multipliers for manipulation. Here are the materials
and parts you would need for this project:
- AMD Socket A Chip
- Conductive Pen (~$10.00 USD)
- Motherboard that supports multiplier changes
For our tests to see if this works, we used our AMD
Thunderbird 800 Mhz chip. The L1 bridges are located directly
to the right of the chip when looking at it in the upright position.
Here is our chip and a circle to show you where the
bridges are located:
Due to the small nature of the points
that need to be connected, here is what is needed to be done on
This is the exact formation of the L1 Bridges
Taking the conductive pen, this is what it should look
like afterwards, the diagram above is a general idea, please make sure
that there are no spaces between the dots.
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