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To achieve this result we set all the system voltages exactly as has been shown on the screenshot above. It is important that when the FSB frequency was raised to 511MHz, the board would boot just fine, but we couldn’t get the system to run stably. Any further increase in the voltage settings would have no positive effect at all.

So, DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G failed to outperform the best overclocking-friendly mainboards on Intel P965 Express chipset from the overclocking potential prospective. The board wouldn’t hit the 500MHz bar. Nevertheless, it proved undoubtedly better than the boards on Intel 975X Express chipset, the direct competitor to ATI RD600 9both of them support Crossfire). However, if you intend to overclock the Core 2 Duo E6300 and E6400, this board will not be the best choice.

It is important to point out here that since the memory controller of the ATI RD600 is asynchronous, the chipset doesn’t change any memory latencies when you change the strap. It means that the performance doesn’t drop upon FSB frequency increase during overclocking on DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G, unlike mainboards on other chipsets. The performance during overclocking increases constantly and gradually.

Moreover, there is one more advantage to the asynchronous memory clocking. Overclockers can tweak the memory independently, that may contribute to the performance increase alongside with the CPU overclocking. DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G is pretty good at memory overclocking. To check this out we decided to see how far we could push the frequency of our Corsair TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF test modules. As you remember from our previous articles, we could get these modules to work at 576MHz with 4-4-4-12 timings and 2.4V voltage on ASUS P5B Deluxe mainboard.

When running on DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G mainboard, this memory ran even faster having hit 588MHz speed with the same settings. So we can pronounce this mainboard a great platform not only for CPU overclocking but also for DDR2 SDRAM overclocking.

In conclusion to our overclocking experiments discussion I would like to mention that the current BIOS version for DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G mainboard dating back to December 22, 2006 is unfortunately, not absolutely flawless. First, the mainboard wouldn’t clear the settings back to defaults in case of over-overclocking. Therefore, if your experiments result into a boot-up failure, the only thing that can help you is clearing the CMOS. Luckily, you don’t need to use the jumper for that: this mainboard can clear the Flash-memory if you press and hold the Reset and Power On buttons simultaneously. Second, the CPU and memory frequencies aren’t displayed correctly in the start up screen. It may be pretty confusing at first. Third, the board doesn’t always start normally. Sometimes it may freeze during POST, but it has nothing to do with the settings. To eliminate this problem all you need to do is shut down and power up the system a few times.

In other words, overclocking with DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G is extremely interesting and unpredictable. This board gives overclockers a bunch of efficient overclocking tools, which only work for maximum success if used the right way. But besides that, they will also be facing numerous unexpected obstacles, which should add certain excitement to the whole thing. I can even compare CPU overclocking on DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G with a great role game, which will get you carried away for days.

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