FX-55 Question

I have an FX-55 (S939), running with some decent memory on an ASUS A8N-E. However, I can't go faster than about 2.75GHz unless raising my voltage way up, which disappoints me when compared to the successes of other people with the same chip. I have to run 1.425v to even get it to do 2.75GHz when others do 3.0GHz with that much vcore... applying as much as 1.475v might get me up to 2.8GHz, but it's still slightly unstable. I have reapplied paste, tried BIOS updates, etc. I have a fairly large Zalman (7700 Al/Cu) on it, and I'm hovering around 50c full load.

Thus, I've decided to stay at my safe 2.75GHz unless anyone has ideas...
When overclocking, I have either of the two possible choices:

229 x 12 = 2748MHz (2-5-3-2, 1T - HTT 4x @ 916)
275 x 10 = 2750MHz (3-8-4-4, 2T - HTT 3x @ 825)

I can't decide which is better and can't figure out a decent way to bench in 'nix (don't have a legitimate copy of M$ at the moment, nor do I intend to pirate my way out of it).

Anyone think they know the answer to which is faster?
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  1. is amd cool&quite enabled?

    the fx-57 is 2.8 stock.
  2. I meant FX-55 :oops:
    C&Q is disabled.
  3. Quote:
    I meant FX-55 :oops:
    C&Q is disabled.

    well i was tottaly cofused on that.

    thats not too bad for a 55 i guess, since it is clocked so high already.

    but i have had my 3700sandy core up to 2730mgz before.
    from stock of 2.2 :P

    anyway there are more limiting factors such as
    ram, mobo, cooling, and power.
  4. Other have claimed to get 3.0GHz on stock... I can't come close no matter how high my voltage is :(. My guess is that I just got unlucky and got a bad chip...

    System Specs:
    500W PSU, Dual 12v @ 20A/ea.
    ASUS A8N-E, nForce4 Ultra Based
    AMD FX-55 (San Diego) @ 2.75 (275 * 10)
    2x1GB DDR550 @ 3-8-4-4, 2T

    Audigy2 Value Edition
    7800GTX, 256MB @ 500/1300
    80GBx2WD in RAID-0
    DVD/CD-R, 16x

    Have tried playing around with direction of airflow, to no avail:

    120mm, 80mm intakes
    90mm exhaust (high RPM)
  5. maybe not all cpu,s will oc the same.
  6. stick with this option... 229 x 12 = 2748MHz (2-5-3-2, 1T - HTT 4x @ 916). lower memory timings at 1t and a higher htt.

    it is true, not all chips overclock the same. that being said, have you tried dropping your memory divider down to 183, or even 166?
  7. Yes, but then my memory frequency dips under DDR400, because I only have the option of 400 or 333 on my board, which takes away so much of my bandwidth. At my current setup, I'm almost hitting 3gb/s in memtest 86+.

    Something interesting... when I set the memory interface to DDR466 @ 2-5-3-2-1t, the storage controller seems to give out, even though I locked my PCI bus at 33.33MHz...

    13x (~3.00GHz) multiplier failed, tried upto 1.45v and no luck. I figure it's not such a good idea to go past that point, especially when I can do 1.40v at my current setting, 2.75GHz.
  8. all i can really say right now is that if you're hellbent on getting to 3ghz on this chip, upgrade your motherboard. kinda retarded to do considering s939 is basically dead.
  9. The higher the fsb 1:1 with the cpu, the slightly better games and heavily memory intensive apps are going to run (@ the same overall mhz)...

    That said, you may be running in to a limitation with your mobo... The a8n-x series has known issues with running anywhere from 230-270fsb 1:1. I personally have run in to this with the a8n-del, and not run in to it with the a8n-premium (but i ran in to voltage issues with the premium...).

    I haven't used the -e, so i couldn't say for sure... It could be just as you say...The chip... You could drop the divider to 400:333 to take the memory controller out of the equation (a little bit...), or 400:200 or whatever, and see how far you can push it (instead of running 1:1).

    My 3500+ edited, and 3800+ x2 were both able to hit 2.75 between 1.45v-1.52v on different boards. I haven't even played with my 55 yet and i've had it for months now...
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    all i can really say right now is that if you're hellbent on getting to 3ghz on this chip, upgrade your motherboard. kinda retarded to do considering s939 is basically dead.

    In that case, I recommend the same mobo you have, the a8n32-sli deluxe, pcworld did a review on it and it turned out to be the best ocer out of the 939 boards of 2005 and most of 2006 (don't know if anything is better that's out yet)

    eh...i wouldnt recommend this motherboard. overall, it's allright, but in retrospect, i should have gone with a dfi.
  11. You will only fry your memory if you overvolt it...

    If it's within it's normal working voltages and can go to higher fsb (which he's already said it can work at *faster* [unspecified] fsb's...)... Then the faster the fsb is (with a given same overall mhz/ghz of the cpu)...

    The arguement of memory latency vs bandwidth i think can be answered fairly easily by a quick google... ddr vs ddr2 or ddr vs ddr3...or sdram vs ddr or sdram vs ddr3... So far in sdram/ddr tech, increased bandwidth/fsb is more important then lower latencies, or we'd still be using sdram or some derivitive... I'm telling you, higher fsb = faster, at the same overall cpu rating/mhz. Anandtech did some easy to read testing about a year ago on this...

    I've done some fairly extensive testing with this as well...a link to some of my testing...

    edit: one more thing...uh the 32-del...it also isn't an extreme oc'er board...if you're interested in extreme oc'ing dfi is the answer (the only answer). That said...i'd only recommend dfi if you're interested in putting a lot of time in to it...like weeks to get a stable* overclock...
  12. the ht is 1000mhz. they only say 2000mhz because its full duplex. 1gz one way, 1ghz the other. also dont forget with the a64, the memory controller is on the chip, so the higher the cpu frequency, the better the memory throughput. keep your fsb at 229, dont overdue your memory, and raise the multiplier to 12. you get the performance and stability. enjoy
  13. Sigh, the htt has nothing to do with anything that we've talked about. You could put it at 1x and it wouldn't affect anything. It's the most overhyped feature on the 939+ chipsets...{edit: the only possible time the htt comes in to play...is when you've overclocked too far and not moved the multiplier down (to keep it below 1000) which can cause lock-ups on some systems, or you have one of those boards that you can't adjust the htt mulitplier which also creates lock-ups (because of poor design)}

    If you'd like to learn about memory bandwidth on the 939 chips...Here's a quick one that shows the difference at the same ghz, and higher fsb at the same ghz...as i was attempting to explain before.


    Edit: forgive me if i'm short in this one... Picked up frigging mono and it's messing with me (damn women)...making me feel tired all the time...
  14. That's why i said to read the article...because what you're saying is WRONG...;-)
  15. =/

    You don't need to believe me... Just read the article... There have been similar ones by other major reviewers if you're not a fan of anandtech...
  16. /head tilts to the side...blood presure rises...

    Name of the article: Athlon 64 Memory: Rewriting the Rules

    Because the article has "Intel" written 2x in 10000 words, doesn't make it about intel... Jesus Christ... The whole thing is about AMD's memory handling on the 939... That's why i linked it...

    Several of us at Toms argued about this subject about a year ago... This is old news... And at that point it was old news to real overclockers... The only people that having low latency memory matters for are people that are attempting to beat times posted in superpi (and only on the 939 platform...cuz superpi got destroyed when the core chips came out)... That's it... For gaming, you get more work done (ie higher fps) with wider bandwidth and faster frequencies rather then lower latency (in regards to the 939 chips...). That's why tccd ram was so expensive (and so popular...amongst enthusiest).
  17. If you don't upgrade every 3 months, or sooner, your not a real enthusiast.

    Just don't upgrade your video card to a 8800, it cant do dx10, and Vista isn't supporting it. The ATI 9700 runs dos faster anyway.

    /to Robsx2
  18. /sarcasm.

    Not many people have the money to upgrade to the lastest and greatest, ever time something comes out.
    Edit: but it sure is fun to beta test all the new software and hardware... then spend 4 hours with tech getting it to work.

    The 8800 currently is great! But it wont be great at the end of the day.
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    /to Robsx2

    That was what that post was for. Saw him posting... couldn't resist.
  20. Thanks for the info! I'll try and run my memory at it's highest possible frequency and try that (I think it's DDR550 @ 2T, or somewhere in those ranges).
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