Any advice much appreciated!

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  1. cctaylor88

    cctaylor88 New Member

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    Well I honestly don't even know where to begin, as I have never even attempted to overclock before. The only thing that may be a problem is that I don't have any "aftermarket" cooling or heat sinks, but I don't want to do anything crazy as far as the overclocking goes. Just want to squeeze out whatever stable and safe performance I can!

    Basically before I begin I want to know what I'm doing...

    What software should I download, as I assume there will be a lot of trial and error involved with this

    Ram: g.Skill Ripjaws 8GB kit

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2ghz

    Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3

    Power: 600W

    Case (to show fans/cooling): Antec 300, 2 fans front, one back, one top, side panel but no fan
    Also.. I always notice that on start up when I see my BIOS screen I can press 4 to their "ASUS core unlocker" or whatever...

    CPU-Z is saying that my CPU "Core Voltage" is sitting around 1.332 V
    Also... the RAM I purchased states that it is a CL9 but CPU-Z is saying that the CAS Latency is at "11.0 clocks" why would this be?
     
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    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    you can hot the multiplier about two clicks and have it run about 3.6GHz safely then set your RAM to time (specs).
    all done in the BIOS..
     
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    Probably but not necessarily. It's not unheard of for Phenom II 955s to not budge at all at stock voltages, or to run fairly hot with the stock cooler. And they thermal throttle at just 61 degrees. In addition, OP does not state that his CPU is a black edition.

    Cctaylor, what are your current load temps? Test by running Prime95 torture test (max CPU temp) for 10 minutes or so, and measure them using HWMon (http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html).
     
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    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    is this a 955 or 955BE.?
     
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    cctaylor88 New Member

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    Okay I can run that test sometime soon, its a 955BE what is the difference exactly? And what do you mean I can "hot" the multiplier about two clicks..? If I do this then how should I adjust my voltage exactly? Thanks
     
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    blibbax nahm8

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    The BE is much simpler to overclock, so lucky you :)

    I really do advise that you come back with temperature readings as described in my previous post before progressing further.
     
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    Okay so first I will run the Prime95tourture test, Is this a program I must boot from manually like memtest86? Or is it just like a monitor and I can run the .exe right from my computer?

    So basically run Prime95 for about 10min and then measure by downloading HWMon?
     
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    blibbax nahm8

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    Both Prime95 and HWMon are programs you can install and run inside Windows.

    1. Open HWMon.
    2. Identify where your CPU temperature is listed in HWMon.
    3. Open Prime95.
    4. Run a torture test (in place large FFTs, 4 threads) in Prime95.
    5. Monitor temperatures in HWMon. If at any point they exceed 62 degrees, abort the test.
    6. After ten minutes, report back with your maximum temperature(s). An HWMon screenshot will most likely suffice.
     

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