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-- Unlocking the AMD Socket A Chip
-- 5.26.2001
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1 2

   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 them:

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This is the exact formation of the L1 Bridges

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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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