ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI Motherboard ReviewMon, Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 AM
The Tests: Overclocking
When it comes down to overclocking budget boards, let’s just say there is usually no surprises. We did not have very high hopes for this board because of the target market. And we were correct. As we worked with a board that had very little to offer as far as voltage tweaks were concerned, we knew we would be limited, and we were. As you can see in the following pic, we were only able to get an HTT of 220 out of the board with stability. Anything above that proved to be unstable.
We then decided to make sure of our findings and lower the multiplier in the CPU to see if we could go any higher, and while we could, it was certainly not very much to write home about. With a multi of 10, we were able to increase our overclock only to an HTT of 227. It is nice to know at least that you can get a little more performance out of your already inexpensive motherboard. Take a look at the screen shot.
Personally, I feel that the motherboard is certainly held back by the lack of voltage adjustments. But I think it is also helo back by the heat of the chipset. It tends to get hot, and every now and then, an overclocked setting that passed our SuperPi 32M place stability test would give us fits. We are confident this is a heat issue, and if you would want to put an aftermarket cooler or add a fan to it, you might get just a little more out of the board. Ok now, let’s wrap her up!