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Need help overclocking AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE CPU

Hey everyone, how's it going. I am a beginner to overclocking and have just started trying to overclock my cpu within the past couple of days. However, I am experiencing a few very frustrating problems. So I go into my BIOS to overclock my CPU. I set the Core Multiplier to 3.9Ghz and set the CPU voltage to 1.425, save my settings and boot into Windows (7 Ultimate 64bit). I have Coretemp enabled on startup so that pops up immediately, what I notice is that my clock speed is correct (200 x 19.5 = 3900Mhz or 3.9Ghz) but the VID that it is displaying is still coming up as stock voltage (1.3500). I also have AMD OD and HWinfo, they tell me the same thing, the only monitor that seems to read my settings correctly is CPUz. This is the first problem. My second issue is that whenever I go onto my web browser, go to Battlelog, and launch Battlefield 3 my Core Clock Ratio (200 x 19.5 = 3.9Ghz) reverts back to its stock settings (200 x 17 = 3.4Ghz). At this point, I reboot, check my BIOS, and everything is correct. So I am completely confused and cannot seem to locate the cause of the problem. Which brings me to the experts on this site. Note also, that I have disabled Asus cool n quiet and C1E in my BIOS. I have restored my BIOS settings to default and retried the overclock, yet the problem persists. Any help, advise, guidance, etc would be greatly appreciated. I am totally lost, so please help.

I am running on:
Mobo: Asus M4A87TD EVO

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE

GPU: Sapphire HD 7850 2Gb

RAM: 8Gb of RAM

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64bit
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  1. Hi and welcome to Tom's forum.

    Uninstall AMD OD, that utility not always works fine. Do you have enable the power saving options in BIOS?
  2. Thank you. And yes I have disabled power setting options in my BIOS. It's weird because my multiplier keeps reverting to stock every time I launch battlefield 3. I have it clocked at 3.9Ghz right now and let it runn OCCT for a good 40 minutes and had no errors or anything.

    So you think AMD OD could cause this to happen?
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    Dangalf said:
    So you think AMD OD could cause this to happen?


    Yes!

    So like saint19 said uninstall it, Please!

    List your memory specs in detail, including brand, speed, timings, voltage, model#s etc.

    How are you cooling the 965BE?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1874931/amd-black-edition-overclock-guide-raisng-multiplier.html
  4. 4Ryan6 said:
    Dangalf said:
    So you think AMD OD could cause this to happen?


    Yes!

    So like saint19 said uninstall it, Please!

    List your memory specs in detail, including brand, speed, timings, voltage, model#s etc.

    How are you cooling the 965BE?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1874931/amd-black-edition-overclock-guide-raisng-multiplier.html



    Okay I will uninstall it and post back with results. My memory specs are as follows:

    Dram Frequency: 668.9 MHz
    FSB:Dram: 3:10
    CAS# Latency: 9.0 clocks
    RAS# to CAS# Delay: 9 clocks
    RAS# Precharge: 9 clocks
    Cycle time: 24 clocks
    Bank cycle time: 33 clocks
    Command rate: 2T
    Channel#: Dual
    DC mode: Unganged
    NB frequency: Approx. 2006MHz

    I believe manufacturer is Kingston. I have 4 2Gb Sticks.

    Right now I am just using standard cooling. But I don't have any temperature problems. My case has good air flow. My temps didn't exceed 53 Deg. Celsius under load in OCCT. Tested for 40 minutes.
  5. Well it seems that by removing AMD OD the issue is resolved. Thank you so much guys! I would never have thought it would interfere because I really never used it. Thank you again I really appreciate your help. On another note, how far would you say I need to OC my cpu to see a noticeable increase in performance in games like BF3? I ask because I'm pretty sure this cpu bottlenecks my 7850
  6. With stock cooling you're lucky to be where you are, if you're going to go forward with overclocking your 965BE, get yourself an aftermarket air cooler, at least a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO!
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