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Chaintech ZNF3-150 ZENITH Motherboard Review

Former staff writer    -   March 3, 2004


Overclocking
While the motherboard did provide some nice looking overclocking features inside the BIOS, the maximum I could get the CPU overclocked was by 300Mhz, which took my 2.0Ghz AMD Athlon 64 3000+ to 2.3Ghz. I know that part of the reason I could not get a further overclock was due to the limit of my PC2700 (333Mhz) memory.

The memory would not go past 191.7/383.4. Had the memory “lock” in the BIOS worked as it was suppose to, the system may have over clocked further. Hopefully, Chaintech (and/or Award PheonixBIOS) will get this little problem resolved.

Another thing that would help in overclocking would be the ability to change the multiplier. While not available in the BIOS, the multiplier can be changed (only lowered) by using ClockGen, a nifty little overclocking program from CPUID, who also happen to make CPU-Z.

Overclocking Results
Overclock
 
Scores
CPU
HTT
Memory
Multiplier
2000 200 333.4 10x
2004.75 222.75 364.5 9x
2100 210 350 10x
2200 220 366.6 10x
2300 230 383.4 10x
 
3DMark 03
AquaMark 3
1528 15756
1539 15776
1540 15761
1547 15766
1553 15769



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