Dell Vostro 200 Overclock

A while back I got a Dell Vostro 200 for around $399, including LCD monitor. Great value and makes a great desktop.

PC’s never go fast enough however, especially when doing lots of video editing, so I investigated whether it was possible to overclock it. Turns out the motherboard is a Dell-specific board made by Foxconn. The G33M02. Looking at the Foxconn G33M, it looks like they have software overclocking… but that doesn’t work with the board.

Looking deeper, it has the ICS 9LP505-2HGLF PLL generating the CPU clock. ICS kindly provided the datasheet, which shows that it is not programmable though.

Therefore using software, it is NOT possible to overclock a Dell Vostro 200. Looks like a faster processor is what is required for me. That or to make a ‘BSEL’ modification to fool the processor into running at a higher FSB etc. Think I’ll take the safe option, but the next question is just how fast a CPU will it take?

If only Dell would tell us…

3 Comments »

  1. Ian said,

    February 17, 2008 @ 8:24 am

    Thanks for the information. Sadly, I too have a 9LP505 on my Dell 530.
    The only way now for me to OC the E6550 on it seems to be buying a new MB :)

  2. Frank Bailey said,

    May 31, 2008 @ 4:54 am

    I tried cpucool ,and this pll 9LP505 1 OR 2 does not support overclocking due to the lack of a system bus management connection. Oh well, im building a system ill be able to OC just fine.

  3. Gilberto said,

    February 18, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    this pll is supported by setfsb
    http://www13.plala.or.jp/setfsb/
    software overclock should work

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