Legendary Celeron 300A overclocked @ +700 MHz

Zyklon808

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The good ol days! I'm also pleased that Kyle has since learned how to write better than a 13 year old since then! ;)
 

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I had a celeron 533 that i couldnget to 1ghz and be stable...sad thing is, it didnt make those sucky celerons any better
 

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Ah I remember. Had a 300a with dual peltiers on it, guaranteed to get 450 ran it at 504:) Even had a boot screen with that number on it.
 

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Niiiiiiice ..... :cool:

I had one of those and ran it at 366mhz or something shameful like that .. got my hands on a vapochill for a Pentium 4 2.4c chip and ran it @ 3.6ghz though .. ;)
 

equinox654

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Where are the ut 99 and q3 benchmarks? I bet my athon 550 with the gfd overclocked to 700 is much faster.
 

Wixard

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I had a cel 433 around that time. Before that i had a k6-2 300 oc'd to 366 or 400, i don't remember.

Brings back memories.


Best one though is the first time i got a voodoo 2 running i was floored. I remember buying it at electronics boutique.

Celerons, geforce 2 mx, and the k6-2s were serious value for money. Pentium d 805 is up there too.

This was when men were men, and you could say "success! quake is loaded!"

Even if pc hardware is less exciting than it used to be, i'll take the new pc gaming golden age.
 
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Beazalbob

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Ah I remember. Had a 300a with dual peltiers on it, guaranteed to get 450 ran it at 504:) Even had a boot screen with that number on it.
Ah the peltier days! I also bought a mini fridge to house my pump and res for my homemade WC setup.:)

The memories, Thanks to the OP.
 

BigDov

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YES!!! This almost made me get a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye...... so awesome seeing that old hardware come out and make a run like that. Very impressive :D

Makes me sad for my BP-6 w/ 2 of those baddies on it, chugging away at a might 450mhz!

OP - thank you for all of the memories
 

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I had one of those. Easiest OC ever and it only cost 70 bucks for the CPU plus 100 (give or take) for the Abit BH-6.
 

zazzn

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Man this is memories, I had 527 on water cooling in a ice box, with a fountain pump.. haaha

My friend machined a block of aluminum for the heatsink.... Man good old days Q2 and a Riva TNT
 

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OMG, thank you for posting this. Just got back from my trip down memory lane. Awesome times! Awesome processor!
 

stealthy123

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I still have mine, rocking a hedgehog dual with two deltas, wish I had a mobo, this thread made me want to build a glide rig.
 

geforce

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Didn't really successfully overclock anything until the infamous Athlon XP-M 2400+ that I could get to 2.4GHz on a Zalman 7000AlCu cooler and the E2140 that could run at 3GHz (FSB wall) without even trying. Also successfully overclocked an nVidia Vanta LT to 170/180 (2.1x core/1.8x memory) made the card slightly less slower. My i7-2600K can run to 4GHz but it runs at 80C, and the motherboard is limiting, not that it's slow.
 

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I still remember kyle pushing the Celeron 266 (with no L2 cache iirc) up to 454 or something crazy like that back in the day. It got me into it, I had a P2-300 (SL2W8) @ 465 (103 fsb) for about 5 or 6 years.
 
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darkjedi

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I'll chime in: The 300A was what got me into the whole overclocking phenomenon. I have to agree with many others, good times. Now days, I'm much more boring, settling for relatively low overclocks with simpler methods of cooling. Also, most things run so damn good at stock... and with SSD's that overclocking really doesn't bring the thrill that it used to. But... 300A. Mmmmm, nice!
 

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Ah ha drooling over a celery 300a, the good old slot 1 days.

I remember stepping up to an a bit bp6 with dual celeron 333a's @ 500mhz. That was when over clocking and case modding went hand-in-hand. No stupid prefab windows and dual 120 mm in the front and top of your full tower case was sweet, and no case came that way.
 

WhoBeDaPlaya

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Celeron 300A was the way to go. Much better choice than the $800+ Pentium II 300.
Shut up. I actually bought a PII 333 and PII 400 not very long before the slot Cellys were released :(
That chip got me reading [H]ardOCP in the first place.
I can't believe you STILL have one....and the MB and memory to power one up.
Pffft.... please. Some of us still have working 2x 300A + ABIT BP6 combos.
If the OP's setup is [ H ]ard, ours' are John [ H ]olmes :p
 

nilepez

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Ah ha drooling over a celery 300a, the good old slot 1 days.

I remember stepping up to an a bit bp6 with dual celeron 333a's @ 500mhz. That was when over clocking and case modding went hand-in-hand. No stupid prefab windows and dual 120 mm in the front and top of your full tower case was sweet, and no case came that way.
Well I've only got one case with a window (and I didn't want that one, but Tiger gave it to me for free rather than pay for return shipping), but I have no desire to mod cases. I love looking at others mods, but to me case modding (and to some degree the current state of OCing) is more like being a car enthusiast. It's not something that interests me.

All I want is a nice quiet low key case. Back then any beige case would do...today black or charcoal grey.
 

Jeremy C

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The BE6-II and the BP6 were what made me cry when Abit went under. I ran the 300A @ 464 under a peltier, then later went up to a 700e pIII @1166 (166FSB) on that BE6-II. My dad ran dual 366's @ 550 on the BP6 forever, and after he started killing my Seti@Home prodo I went into the dual socket world and never ran a single thread again.

Awesome OC on that CPU though! Total kick-ass. :D
 

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i still think dual celeron 300a overclocking on LN2 would be interesting ... like 700+ MHz on each
 

Pyroja

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Oh man, epic blast from the blast! I never had a Celly 300A, but back in the day I had my first OCing experience with an AMD K6-2 333. Took it from 333 to 380, which wasn't much, but! I got the bus from 66 to 100 (maybe it was only 90-something?) in the process, and MAN did that make things fly!

Man do I miss those days, though I don't miss have to flip DIP switches instead of the flashy menus we have now ;)
 

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The amount of customers we used to get come in to the shop back then wanting to learn how to overclock these bad boys (back then they were!) was unbelievable! Those were the good old days of enthusiasts where there was no ego's, plug & pray was in its infancy and some boards still required dip switches or jumpers to be set up correctly (I wonder how many of today's young "guns" could set up those systems?).

450MHz was simple. with 504MHz being most people's upper limit.
 

nilepez

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The amount of customers we used to get come in to the shop back then wanting to learn how to overclock these bad boys (back then they were!) was unbelievable! Those were the good old days of enthusiasts where there was no ego's, plug & pray was in its infancy and some boards still required dip switches or jumpers to be set up correctly (I wonder how many of today's young "guns" could set up those systems?).

450MHz was simple. with 504MHz being most people's upper limit.
I'd think pretty much all of them. IMO, this was the easiest OC ever. You just changed the bus speed from 66 to 100. No memory timings to mess with nor any extra cooling.

Mine did die after 2 years, but Intel replaced it...by the time I got it back, I'd moved to a Pentium (needed a computer ASAP) and I sold it to someone else.
 

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I had a celeron 533 that i could get to 1ghz and be stable...sad thing is, it didnt make those sucky celerons any better
Nope. The butchered cache (down from 256KB 8 or 16 set associative to 128KB 4 set, IIRC) and lower FSB speeds took the wind out of the sails. An 800MHz Celeron was roughly equivalent to a Pentium III 450 or 500.

...I have no desire to mod cases. I love looking at others mods, but to me case modding (and to some degree the current state of OCing) is more like being a car enthusiast. It's not something that interests me.

All I want is a nice quiet low key case. Back then any beige case would do...today black or charcoal grey.
You and I have similar tastes in cases. Simple, industrial, and functional while looking professional. The Antec 300 has been God's gift in case design for me. It's been my go-to case for years and years because of it's simplicity and elegance.
 
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nilepez

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You and I have similar tastes in cases. Simple, industrial, and functional while looking professional. The Antec 300 has been God's gift in case design for me. It's been my go-to case for years and years because of it's simplicity and elegance.
I've got a p182. Not sure what my next case will be. If the R5 had 3 bays, I'd get that. Will do more research in the coming months.
 

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The amount of customers we used to get come in to the shop back then wanting to learn how to overclock these bad boys (back then they were!) was unbelievable! Those were the good old days of enthusiasts where there was no ego's, plug & pray was in its infancy and some boards still required dip switches or jumpers to be set up correctly (I wonder how many of today's young "guns" could set up those systems?).

450MHz was simple. with 504MHz being most people's upper limit.
It was definitely a different world then. I would say both harder and easier. Today it's rather simple to just flip a multiplier and off you go. Back with my first OC (pII 333) I used electrical tape and counted pins to find the one to cover for insta-OC (pin B21 IIRC?) on boards that weren't OC friendly. I wonder how many today would put up with the noise levels we did for those clocks? Dual 40mm Delta's, a bunch of screaming 80mm's, my machines sounded like jets winding up for takeoff and never left the ground. :D MUCH prefer the quiet of today's setups.
 

nilepez

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It was definitely a different world then. I would say both harder and easier. Today it's rather simple to just flip a multiplier and off you go. Back with my first OC (pII 333) I used electrical tape and counted pins to find the one to cover for insta-OC (pin B21 IIRC?) on boards that weren't OC friendly. I wonder how many today would put up with the noise levels we did for those clocks? Dual 40mm Delta's, a bunch of screaming 80mm's, my machines sounded like jets winding up for takeoff and never left the ground. :D MUCH prefer the quiet of today's setups.
Well noise was louder for years. I don't think it really got quiet until the Athlon 64 or Core 2. That said, i used no special cooling for the Cellery. I don't recall if I did anything for the original Athlon, but I know for teh 64 I switched to a Thermalright cooler, but mostly to cut down on noise. Got an aftermarket cooler for my ATI card for the same reason.
 

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I'm pretty sure I have permanent hearing damage from the delta fan that I had on my 366@616mhz.
 

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I remember whn my K6-2 300 wouldn't budge past 300. Seeing these kinds of speeds on the 300A just makes me feel warm inside.
 

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I remember whn my K6-2 300 wouldn't budge past 300. Seeing these kinds of speeds on the 300A just makes me feel warm inside.
I don't disagree, but this thread is five years old. I wonder if this 300A is still with us
 

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I didn't realize how far back this was. I googled "Celeron 300A LN2 overclock" and this was near the top. Apologies for the bump.
 
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