View Full Version : Need help overclocking 550 athlon
03-21-2001, 09:48 PM
is it economical for me to overclock my 550 athlon? i've never oc'ed anything before.
thanks in advance.
03-22-2001, 01:52 PM
You would need to get your hands on a goldenfinger device - which can be tough now that the SlotA Athlons are pretty much gone.
If I remember right, the SD11 had very little in the way of overclockability by bus speeds, so a goldenfingers device is probably your only realistic shot of hitting anything over 600mhz.
But if you can track down a goldenfingers device and get it installed, (involves removing the black plastic case) you stand a decent chance at 650mhz+, although nothing is guarunteed.
My Athlon Classic 750 runs rock stable at 950mhz, although it's flaky at a gig.
There's another post in this group with basically the same info I just posted above... keep an eye on it too.
03-22-2001, 08:42 PM
Cool, thanks for the info. Is it relatively easy to install one of those goldfinger dealy thingys? I don't wanna screw up my cpu.
[EDIT] Damn, I got ahead of myself there. I thought I'd be able to get one of those goldfingers on eBay but I'm not getting any search results. :(
[Edited by passwird on 03-22-2001 at 08:46 PM]
03-23-2001, 05:40 AM
Goldenfingers devices are pretty tough to come by these days. No one makes them anymore because the Athlon Classics are out of production...
Keep searching Ebay. That's probably your best bet.
They're not hard to install, as long as you're very careful when removing the black plastic case. I had no problem getting the case off my Athlon, but I killed a P3-550E doing the same exact thing, back when the 550E was a $250 chip... that hurt.
05-28-2001, 12:49 AM
I think I found the Goldfinger thing you were talking about, but I wanted to show you the link before I bidded.
The next one doesn't mention Goldfinger anywhere, but I wanted to know if it would work as well. Thanks.
05-30-2001, 08:19 AM
Yep. those are the things you need...
The second one doesn't mention GoldenFingers, but it does call it a GFD, which is short for golden fingers device, or something along those lines.
Golden Fingers is kind of a nickname anyway... it doesn't have to call it that to be the right thing.
But you're on the right track. Pick up something like those, and you should be on the way...
05-30-2001, 09:53 AM
does anyone know if a goldfinger will work on a slot t-bird 1 Ghz?
I got one of these from work, and was thinking about it...wana know, before i pry mine open
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