CPU overclock gone bad?
so i decided today to try to overclock my fx 6300. It defaults 3.8 boost state, but i wanted to push it towards 4.3. now i have never overclocked so after watching a quick video i installed amd overdrive, and got to work. What i did was adjust the clock to 4100 MHz and the voltage to 1.3. I ran the stability test for an hour with no probs. I didnt adjust bios settings, however i am going to see if that could be the problem right after i post this. Anyway my concern is that i missed something. your time is appreciated thanks!
I would suggest doing more then watching a quick video, overclocking is a deliberate process and takes time and patience to get it right if you want to have a good stable performing computer as a result. There are a few stickies at the top of the overclocking forum that can take you through the process. Since the voltage setting is the key setting you never want to just jump to a voltage setting but by starting at stock work your way up so you don't have a voltage setting that's not necessary.
i have it clocked at 4.1 ghz with 1.2375 voltage. I ran a stability test for an hour, and after changing the settings in my bios so that the mobo wasnt trying to change the clock it seems just fine. Performance has increased, and the max temp i have reached was 56 and that was after 57 minutes of full load on all 6 cores.
If your going to go further and try for the 4.3 then you can raise the speed a notch and test if not stable then you'll have to add a notch of voltage and test. Like it or not it's all about baby steps and getting to your goal with the lowest voltage necessary so that your cpu will last longer and you'll have the increased performance that you want. I know it can be tedious but it's the best way and you really have to have a good amount of patience.
Once you get to the target and you are sure that your happy with it and going to stick with it you can burn it in with a 6 to 8 hour stress test that wll set your overclock. If your MB has the profile option you can save your settings to a profile in the event you update the bios or have an issue that causes your bios to reset and you would be able to easily restore your saved profile overclock.
well actually i think i just f****d it all up.. i had it working then when launching a game it was extremely choppy, bad performance. I went to reset the default clock (by pressing default profile) but instead set my current clock as the default. After 25 minutes of searching and trouble shooting i cannot restore the default profile. I tried uninstalling amd overdrive ect. So now i guess i will stick with an overclock but i dont really know what im doing, and now cant restore it to factory default. amd overclock does have a profile option btw. Anyway now if you wouldnt mind can you guide me in this? right now at 4100 mhz clock, with 1.2625 volage (only two things i changed) if i go to load a game performance is terrable. Temps are fine. I dont know what i did wrong, but i am going to try underclocking to see what happens. in your opinion what should i do? thanks
You want to reset the bios first and if there is no setting in the bios (there should be) most MBs have a cmos button that will do it and the last alternative is to disconnect the power plug from the wall and remove the cmos battery (round half-dollar size silver battery).
Once you have reset the bios to factory go online and download Prime95 and either Furmark or Future Mark, you should have two stress testers.
Then you can start with your overclock and as I mentioned before, small steps , this will take some time and like anything that's worth while it should. The biggest problem is patience because you want it to be done and most people think it should be quick. The quick part is changing the settings , the long part is the testing which is the most important part because you want to be able to use the computer without it crashing.
I have a different cpu than you but it's still overclocked and it hasn't crashed in months and I'm very happy with the performance, so that's what your goal is.
If your Pc crashed then it's possible you didn't have enough voltage and testing will bring that out. Some people think that stress testing for 15min, 30 min, or even 1 hour is good but it's not , once you get over 4ghz be prepared to stress test for several hours for each increase.
So if your back at your 4.1ghz and the voltage that you had and that turned out to be not good so you will have to increase the voltage one notch, what ever the next incremental number is and test with Prime95 for 1 hour minimum. If that passes with no fails then you can increase to 4.2 ghz and test, if you get a fail then increase the voltage one notch and test, if it fails then increase one notch until it passes 1 hour minimum. Now at this point your getting to your 4.3 ghz target so testing past one hour is preferred. As you can see this is a long process as I said before but the end result is what your working towards so yes it will take time.