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How far can you (safely) OC a FX-4100 with the CPU Cooler given?

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January 4, 2014 9:31:33 PM

Hello,

I am curious to know how easy and safe is it to over clock a AMD FX-4100 with the CPU cooler given from the box.

I do know the given cooler is nothing compared to after-market coolers, and I will eventually settle in with a Hyper 212.

The default clock is 3.6 Ghz, I'm not attempting to go much higher than 4.3 Ghz. I hope over clocking this far will reduce the lag in large Planetside 2 battles; entities range can be in the several hundreds, giving me around 20 FPS when it matters most.

Thanks

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January 4, 2014 9:35:58 PM

just take little steps and watch your temps. generally stock cooling overclocking is not good but you should be able to get .2ghz before getting too hot.
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January 4, 2014 9:36:12 PM

I got mine to 4.0, I got a Corsair H60 and got it to 4.6, the Hyper 212 Evo should get it to 4.4 or so.
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January 4, 2014 9:41:34 PM

There are a few issues:

1) CPU cooler to remove heat, and
2) MOTHERBOARD designed for more stable overclocking.

Basically, jump up to 4GHz and monitor the CPU temperature and stability for a while:
1) Increase frequency to 4GHz (and verify DDR3 memory is proper frequency in BIOS)
2) run MEMTEST and Prime95
3) run game and monitor CPU temperature, and game stability
4) Increase frequency in 100MHz increments until things become unstable then increase the voltage slightly

There are better explanations you can Google, and other methods such as having SINGLE core usage be higher when other cores aren't used. Also see your motherboard manual for tips.

Here's some optimizing tips, but I don't recommend Gamebooster. Just make sure you haven't got any programs like web browsers running, and monitor your CPU usage periodically to make sure nothing's excessively using your CPU: http://thelonegamers.com/complete-guide-better-planetsi...

I linked this mainly because of the UNPARKING issue, though I know nothing about it myself.
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January 4, 2014 10:13:13 PM

Thanks for the immediate feedback, was surprisingly quick at this hour.

Is there a preferred method or program on over clocking CPU's for beginners? I had AMD Catalyst Control Centre do my GPU over clock and I am very pleased with the results. Should I use this program again?
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January 4, 2014 10:17:52 PM

Your better off using the multiplier in the bios
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January 4, 2014 10:19:38 PM

photonboy said:
There are a few issues:

1) CPU cooler to remove heat, and
2) MOTHERBOARD designed for more stable overclocking.

Basically, jump up to 4GHz and monitor the CPU temperature and stability for a while:
1) Increase frequency to 4GHz (and verify DDR3 memory is proper frequency in BIOS)
2) run MEMTEST and Prime95
3) run game and monitor CPU temperature, and game stability
4) Increase frequency in 100MHz increments until things become unstable then increase the voltage slightly

There are better explanations you can Google, and other methods such as having SINGLE core usage be higher when other cores aren't used. Also see your motherboard manual for tips.

Here's some optimizing tips, but I don't recommend Gamebooster. Just make sure you haven't got any programs like web browsers running, and monitor your CPU usage periodically to make sure nothing's excessively using your CPU: http://thelonegamers.com/complete-guide-better-planetsi...

I linked this mainly because of the UNPARKING issue, though I know nothing about it myself.

Thanks for the link. I am not sure what you meant by "There are a few issues;"

And what would be signs of instability? This is my first attempt on CPU over clocking
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January 4, 2014 10:21:44 PM

I wouldn't go above 4Ghz on the stock cooler
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