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Over 8300 MHz in Georgia - ASUS Maximus Formula vs Intel Celeron 356


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Hello Dear Overclockers! Some of you may already know - we have small overclocking community in Georgia - Overclockers.ge ( http://www.overclockers.ge ) and we are doing our part in the world of OC. I wish to share our success with you too.


About two weeks ago, local university organized LGA2011 stock cooler overclocking championship final stage and I decided to show young overclockers how it's all about extreme OC. That time local frequency record was 7350 MHz, I decided to break it.


First time I used Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard and despite its pretty unpredictable nature, I managed to tame it and done 7999 MHz - http://hwbot.org/submission/2519435_


At the university OC championship, Gigabyte MB refused to turn on at all. To compensate for that, after 3 days I decided to make a livestreaming OC event, this time with my old ASUS Maximus Formula. MB is quite old, with RMA on its history once and changed chipset, which loves a bit higher voltages than normal for stability. I expected to just jump over my previous 7999, get in 8000 MHz league and show young overclockers everything in live event.


Here are the Hardware used:

MB: ASUS Maximus Formula (X38 Chipset) - Flashed Rampage Formula BIOS, Unmodded Stock MB, no Vdroop, Vcore, OVP mods

CPU: Intel Celeron 356 - Batch: 5634B341

Pot: Kingpin Cooling Dragon F1

TIM: GC Extreme

RAM: 1 x Team Xtreem 512 MB, Micron D9GMH

GPU: Zotac GeForce 9500 GT

PSU 1: Inter-Tech CobaNitroX 750 Watts

PSU 2: Codegen 350 Watts - for fans only

Thermometer: UEi DT304 Apollo IV

OS: Totally stripped down WinXP SP3

and LN2 ofc.



But then my old Maximus Formula begin making wonders... Booted flawlessly @ 8000 MHz and made higher results possible - http://hwbot.org/submission/2520651_


Then it was 8133 MHz - http://hwbot.org/submission/2520654_

Then 8262 - http://hwbot.org/submission/2520655_

8292 - http://hwbot.org/submission/2520656_

Breaking 8300 MHz barrier - http://hwbot.org/submission/2520658_

And the top result for the day - 8322 MHz - http://hwbot.org/submission/2520659_




The result has been a great success for our community.


Considering that the CPU is unlapped and MB is stock, there seems to be some room for improvements. I plan to lap CPU and pot, do Vdroop mod to MB and try again. As of Loadline Calibration it gave worse results. 8322 MHz was done with Loadline Calibration disabled.


Here you can watch the 3-hour session on Youtube:



Here are the pics taken during the event:





























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