-- Cool that Asus P3V4X
-- By: GideonX
Please Note: I do not
take responsibility for your stupidty, if you break something that
you paid a lot for, tough luck. I told you to be careful.
In our previous review of the Intel
700e, we managed to get 1001 Mhz using a BX based motherboard (Abit
BE6.2). We have since taken that out and replaced it with
a VIA based board, the Asus
P3V4X. Can the VIA based board take the 700e any higher? Or are
the rumors of the infamous ICS clock gen overheating true? We'll
That rectangular chip is the clock generator
What I am pointing at above is the
clock generator. This is what controls the bus speeds on the Asus
P3V4X. From what some people have said, the older P3V4Xs came
with the ICS chip, which provided 32 bus speed settings, while the
newer boards came with the Winbond chip which only have 16.
It has also been noted that the ICS
chips run hotter than the Winbond, thus causing instability.
So with that in mind, I hypothesize that maybe that can cause
instability at higher bus speeds (133+).
Now with the P3V4X, I have to say that
it didn't provide stability like it did on the Abit BE6.2 at higher
bus speeds. I was only able to achieve 980Mhz (140FSB):
Not too shabby...
Attaching the Heatsink --