Overclocking the Pentium M: A Silent Powerhouse

Overclocking/Overclocking Tests by Agent2 @ 2005-01-21

One of Intel?s latest CPU runs at 1.6ghz, no there is no typo here, the Pentium M normally intended for laptops have been given a chance to shine in desktop systems also with the help of resourceful motherboard manufactures. We take a closer look at DFI?s offering to see how far we can overclock this new "Dothan" CPU.

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Little Mean Gaming Machine

Intel Dothan CPU is quite powerful and doesn’t produce much heat when compared to its Prescott brother. Somebody must have thought: "Hey why don't we bring these CPUs to the desktop?” Well DFI and AOpen have are the first ones to come with motherboards supporting this mobile CPU. I'll be taking a closer look at DFI's 855GME-MGF combined with a Pentium M 725 (1.6ghz).

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When you look at the specifications of the 855GME-MGF you will most likely notice the absence of 800FSB, making it look like a motherboard from 2 years ago. How will this system perform? Time to find out!

Main board specifications:

Form factor:
  • MicroATX form factor (24,4 cm x 23 cm)

    Supported CPUs:
  • Intel® Pentium® M / Celeron® M processor with a 400 MHz system bus
  • Processor socket: mPGA479M

    Memory slots:
  • 2* DDR 333 slots
    Maximum ram capacity:
  • 2GB

  • Intel® 855GME chipset
  • Northbridge: Intel® 855GME Graphics Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
  • Southbridge: Intel® 6300ESB I/O Controller Hub

  • Intel integrated graphics up to 64 MB memory
  • Supports 4x/2x AGP 2.0

  • 2* IDE UDMA 100 ports
  • 2* SATA 1.0 ports (Supporting RAID 0 and RAID 1)

  • Realtek ALC655 6-channel audio

    USB & Firewire:
  • 4* USB 2.0/1.1 ports (back)
  • 1* IEEE1394/Firewire port at the back and an extra connector on the motherboard

    Package Contents:

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  • The motherboard
  • One back plate
  • Heatsink and fan for CPU!
  • Manual + driver CD
  • 1* IDE cable and 1* Floppy cable
  • 2* SATA cables + 1* molex to SATA power connector cable
  • A extra set of jumpers
  • Manual, driver CD and a disk with Intel RAID Drivers

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