Limited BIOS’ usually bring limited overclocking with them. This board was no exception to this rule. Not only was our vdimm and vcore limited (2.0v and 1.5v respectively), but there was no CPU multiplier adjustment. With these handicaps in mind, we went off to explore our overclocking, and this is what we came up with:
Were we disppointed with these results? You bet we were. The P35 chipset has more potential than this (as we witnessed in our last P35 article). When you compare it with other chipsets in the nVidia lineup, or even older Intel chipset, this is certainly not much of an overclock. I believe there is a BIOS issue that needs to be resoved as far as options for voltage and a possible 349 fsb limit. We have been able to consistantly get 3.6ghz and above on this CPU with anywhere from 1.5v-1.55v, so it certainly is not an issue with the CPU. (As you can see in our last nVidia chipset review). It should also be noted that we needed to put a fan on the northbridge to be able to overclock even to this level. Let’s wrap this up!