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Saturday, November 21, 2009

AMD Athlon64 X2 7750: Surprise-In-A-Box

Read this first, then read the edit!

Well, I couldn't stay away and keep me fingers relaxed... until now.

Presenting: AMD Athlon X2 7750 (NON-Black Edition), stable overclock (from 2.7 GHz to... 3.1 GHz!) - stock voltage+0.05 volts for CPU and stock voltage for RAM. Considering that my CPU is an Ex-Phenom (with two cores disabled), it's nice. Too bad it's not a BE and I have a crappy motherboard, because I could unlock the other two cores and maybe be lucky enough for them to be stable.

But fear not, all's not lost. It's just stalling.

Screenshot:

OVERCLOCK!


EDIT, after 30 minutes

After surfing thru AMD's website and checking stuff, I decided to see my CPU specs.

All was fine and dandy until I searched for the model. Apparently, AMD has released TWO IDENTICAL CPUs branded 7750, one of which was the Black Edition (Unlocked Multiplier). Well now, I first searched for my 7750 by selecting the model. Page loads, AMD says "Black Edition: Yes". I tought something was wrong at first. I pushed back on my browser, selected "Black Edition: No" from the sorting list, and guess what, there was no 7750. Well now, that was odd.

After having overclocked the CPU to a dandy 3.1 GHz (that's 400MHz overclock), I decided to test the theory that I may be a lucky son of a bitch to have a Black Edition CPU. I rebooted the computer, hoped that the multiplier options in the BIOS would go above 13.5 but they didn't. So I selected x13 multiplier and put a 231 FSB (which would equal 3003 MHz). If my CPU will turn out NOT to be a Black Edition CPU, then all I would get is my initial 3.1GHz overclock, plus/minus some megahurtz.

Here goes nothing. With the setup above (FSB/Multiplier), I save my BIOS and reboot. As soon as the PC passes POST, I push "Del" like a fat kid who sees candy, very eager for the result. I go to my CPU Info in bios, and guess what. GUESS WHAT.

AMD Athlon64 X2 7750 Dual-Core Processor
3003 MHz

That proved it. I R HAZ A BLAXOR EDITION CPU!

After that, I couldn't resist NOT cranking up the stuff more.

I've modified the Multiplier back to x13.5 (highest), and modified the FSB to 237. Saved the bios, hoping my RAM would bare with me, and crossed fingers. POST, "Del", CPU Info: TA-DA! 3199 MHz. I overclocked this son of a bitch by 0.5 GHz.

The system is stable, the voltage is the same as the last overclock, so now I have a 3.2GHz Black Edition BADASS X2 Athlon CPU. I will do some stability tests, but I think the setup is rock solid.

There are only TWO black edition CPUs on the B3 stepping, one of which was released very recently, with AMD's 40 Year Anniversary. The other one's mine.

http://products.amd.com/en-us/desktopcpuresult.aspx?f1=AMD+Athlon%E2%84%A2+X2&f2=&f3=&f4=512&f5=AM2%2b&f6=B3&f7=65nm+SOI&f8=95+W&f9=3600&f10=False&f11=True&f12=True

On another note, if I would have another motherboard, I may be able to unlock the other two disabled cores from the originally PHENOM cpu (which was made into this one and codenamed Kuma). But I'll settle for this gigantic overclock for now!

ALSO, I managed to raise my Windows Experience Index (CPU-wise) to 6.5 from 6.1. That's huge! No rly, it's damn huge.

Now for the eyecandy:

CPU-Z VALIDATION LINK: http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=839247

OVER FUCKING CLOCK MOTHAFUCKA!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Upgrade complete!

Well, as the title says, the Upgrade is complete.
The system's pretty stable now that the new memory has arrived.
No reboots since I've installed them in place, that's a nice relief.
Turned out that the dimms Clau gave me (GEIL Black Dragons) had a minimal voltage req. of 2.0v, and my mobo can supply a maximum of 1.95v. Well, let me tell you, 0.5 volts is a lot to "not" have.

Anyways you can see my system's specs at the following address:

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=832736


- David aka. Tassadar over and out!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Upgrading...

Well, after much struggle and much consideration, and a failure, I am finally able to say "here comes the sun" - at least for me it does.

I have managed to upgrade my computer, and am awaiting the final components as we speak.

AMD Athlon64 X2 7750, 2700Mhz, CACHE 3MB, 95W, BOX

ASUS M2N-E NForce 570 Ultra MCP Motherboard

2x2GB (4GB) A-DATA Vitesta DDR2 800+MHz Extreme Dual Channel Kit
(until I get my RAM on Tue, I have loaned 2GB of DDR2 from a friend, which are 2X1GB DIMMS of GEIL Black Dragon Gaming Series RAM)

I just pray to God it will work once everything's plugged in. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Next step will be going further to AM3 or whatever AMD will cook up, but for now, it's a very nice and welcome boost.

Mind you, I am replacing the following:

CPU: AMD Athlon64 X2 4200+ Sk. 939
MOB: ASUS A8N-SLI SE
MEM: 2x1GB KINGMAX DDR1 400MHz

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Farmville spreadsheet calculator

Farmville!

Well, everyone's playing Farmville, one of Facebook's most addictive and fun games around.

It's built in Flash, it has it's kinks, but it's fun to play and very nice all-around.

The game is a MMO-style Browser Based RPG'ish thingie.

You're a farmer. You have a farm. Build stuff, plant stuff, get XP, get money, get more XP, get more money, level up, recruit friends to be your neighbors for being able to upgrade your farm (the bigger the better!). You start out with a 10x10 or 12x12 farm, and move on from that. You plant, you harvest, you plow, rinse, repeat.

Anyway, on the same subject, I stumbled upon a little excel spreadsheet that someone made, and I tried to perfect it. So here it is, version 0.2, available for download. It tells you kind of everything you need to know about what to plant and so on in Farmville, what profit you get, etc.

Check it out: Farmville 0.2 xls - Excel required.

- Tassadar over and out.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

R.I.P.


Today I've heard that one of my best friends' mother has passed away.
Today I was shocked.
May she rest in peace, and may God rest her soul.
My sincerest condolences, Srj.
No words can suffice.

- David.