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Overclocking

ECS GeForce6100SM-M has only two overclocking options, allowing you to increase the CPU base clock up to 300 MHz in 1 MHz increments and the PCI Express clock up to 150 MHz in 1 MHz increments. Of course didn’t expect that an entry-level board to carry too many overclocking options, like voltage adjustments.

ECS GeForce6100SM-MFigure 4: Overclock adjustments available on ECS GeForce6100SM-M (October 16th, 2006 BIOS).

This board provides a very few memory-related adjustments, but no memory timings settings, as you can see in Figure 5.

ECS GeForce6100SM-MFigure 5: Memory adjustments available on ECS GeForce6100SM-M (October 16th, 2006 BIOS).

With this motherboard we were able to configure the base clock of our Athlon 5000+ CPU (which runs at 2.6 GHz) to run at 216 MHz externally, making its internal clock 2,808 MHz, an 8% increase on its internal clock rate. With this overclocking Quake 3 performance increased 5.25% and PCMark05 performance increased 5.72%.

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Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.