Overclockin.com testte de Ninja Micro FreeSpeed Pro Athlon Gold Finger Device. Dankzij dit printplaatje werd een Athlon 500 opgefokt tot 750Mhz.
Since this is an Athlon 500MHz processor, the obvious first place to start would be at 500MHz and 1.6V. As you would expect, it worked just fine. The system continued to recognize the processor as a 500MHz processor and the voltage was set properly at 1.6V. So far, so good. Next up was 550MHz. Again, no problem. The processor was recognized properly. Same story for 600MHz, 650MHz, 700MHz, and 750MHz. Keep in mind that this is a 500MHz Athlon processor (even though the core is rated at 650MHz....). No voltage changes were required to get this processor to run at up to 750MHz.
The next step was obviously 800MHz. In previous testing, this processor wouldn't run 800MHz at all. It would POST at that speed, but would lock up at the Windows splash screen. With the FreeSpeed Pro, I had the same results (as expected....). Regardless of the voltage I chose (didn't go over 1.80V...), the processor wouldn't get past the Windows splash screen. This is a very good indicator that the L2 cache is holding this processor back. With a core that is stable at 750MHz at the default voltage, you would expect to be able to push it a little higher even if you had to bump up the voltage a little. One thing to note is that I wasn't able to use the new L2 cache setting program from H. Oda with the processor at 800MHz because it wouldn't boot all the way into Windows.