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October 18, 2013 12:57:25 PM

I have been wanting to overclock my cpu for a while now. I am currently just using the stock fans in a Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3

I have managed to Overclock it to a target speed of 3600 MHz with AMD OverDrive. Should I try any higher than that?

Also, for some reason my current speed is over the speed of the target speed, is this a bad thing?Screenshot

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October 18, 2013 1:05:54 PM

What is your motherboard? Some motherboards (notably cheaper MSI 970 boards) have VRMs too weak to reliably or safely support very high overclocks, although that is more applicable to the higher-wattage 8-core chips. Particularly if there are no heatsinks on your VRMs, be careful. Check temps before pushing too far. When a VRM pops, that's it; you should hear McCoy's voice, "it's dead, Jim."
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October 18, 2013 1:09:27 PM

Onus said:
What is your motherboard? Some motherboards (notably cheaper MSI 970 boards) have VRMs too weak to reliably or safely support very high overclocks, although that is more applicable to the higher-wattage 8-core chips. Particularly if there are no heatsinks on your VRMs, be careful. Check temps before pushing too far. When a VRM pops, that's it; you should hear McCoy's voice, "it's dead, Jim."


I have a ASUSTeK M5A97 LE R2.0
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October 18, 2013 1:32:41 PM

Ok, that one has decent heatsinked VRMs.
As to whether or not to push any harder, do you need the performance? I try to make sure I know why I am doing something before I do it, especially if there are risks involved. If you keep it at stock voltage, you should be pretty safe, but I wouldn't start bumping voltage unless you have good reason. If you truly need the performance, it may be better to just get a FX-8350 or switch to Intel rather than risk your system.
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October 18, 2013 1:43:54 PM

Onus said:
Ok, that one has decent heatsinked VRMs.
As to whether or not to push any harder, do you need the performance? I try to make sure I know why I am doing something before I do it, especially if there are risks involved. If you keep it at stock voltage, you should be pretty safe, but I wouldn't start bumping voltage unless you have good reason. If you truly need the performance, it may be better to just get a FX-8350 or switch to Intel rather than risk your system.


The performance would be nice, but I would not want to push it to the level where I am going to have a likely hood of damaging or significantly changing the liftetime of my system. I just figured since my cpu is running at such a low temp (30-45 C) I should try overclocking it a little.

Here is what I am currently running at in AMD Overdrive when playing Team Fortress 2 on max settings after using the Auto Clock Utility (if it helps at at all)
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