Athlon Overclocking Card GFD Review
At this time in the AMD
overclocking world the GFD is beginning to look as old as PC100 RAM (I guess
that's why Mac's have to look so stylish...). Anyway our last exploration into
the wonderful world of overclocking the Athlon was rather disappointing, with
the GFD in question mucking around with the motherboard, and failing to do its
When we approached this GFD from the
computer zone we were a bit suspicious as to whether or not the powerless GFD
concept really did indeed work. Three screws, and a few dip settings later we
were happily overclocking a nice little Athlon 750Mhz on our Asus K7V... but
could we get it to go to 1.0 Ghz with this GFD and a stock Taisol heat sink. A
challenge to be sure. More on that in a moment.
|| The design of the ComputerZone
Athlon Overclocking Card is very simple, with only a socket and dip switch
to attach to the PCB. Silk screened instructions on the front make reading
The Computer Zone Althlon Overclocking card
came to us in a padded pouch with a set of instructions that only detailed the
dip switch settings, and how to insert the card on the processor. A 1-800 number
is available if you have any further questions which is a very unique and
welcome feature if I ever saw one.
The card only has six rather large dip
switches, so it's easy to operate, and rather simple. I hate jumpers so this is
great. It has the potential to bring an AMD processor all the way up to 1.2Ghz
in 50Mhz increments, and shock the core with up to 2.05 volts. I didn't set the
test Athlon to higher than 1.85 volts.
Starting off at 750Mhz, the CPU's default
speed we managed to rack up clock speeds of 800 and 850 with out a problem.
Speeds of 900Mhz came easily but windows died, a problem which would have been
fixed if a decent heatsink were attached, possibly anyway's.
Nicely working away at
|Humming away at 850Mhz, while 900Mhz
was achievable, windows wouldn't boot up.
In conclusion, the Athlon Overclocking Card does what it says it
will do (the only real test of a good GFD, is easy to set, and comes with decent
instructions. Our Athlon 750Mhz, rocking away at a nice speed of 850Mhz is proof
positive. At $20 through www.AthlonOC.com
the price is amazing as well!
Go forth and overclock your Athlon.