you can guess I'm saying all this because I brought myself a
card and took my original 500 right up to it's core limit of
650 (1.7volts) on 0.25micron. Instantly seeing massive speed
increases and wiping the slate of any Intel P3-Coppermine benchmarks.
Perhaps the best part is that it takes under 20seconds to change
the speed and voltage. If you have the right motherboard it
only takes a moment to go from 650 to 700 by adding a few Mhz
onto the FSB.
be warned, despite what you might see and hear about people
taking there 500's to 800Mhz and in some cases 900Mhz, it doesn't
always improve your speed. After a full month of testing we
found that once you go beyond the core speed, the increase you
get is perhaps not worth the price you pay for the voltage or
risk. Not all K7 CPUs have the same cores despite being the
same base speed, always discuss this with a dealer that knows
what they are doing before buying a CPU and many don't.
the right combination?
you really want extra performance once you've reached the core
speed of your CPU then the FSB is the best way to increase performance.
Changing the cache to a slower speed and then upping the voltage
+ Mhz one more step (50Mhz) is unlikely to yield satisfactory
results, it may even reduce performance. Our advice would be
to wait for AMDs new KX133 Chipset, if you can't then Microstar
has a pro version of the 6167 that's a lot like the Asus K7M
but without the AGP problems (allows you to adjust FSB).
(Asus K7v [KX133] Board)