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AMD 955 3.8ghz-4.0ghz Stable 24/7 Overclock

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July 8, 2009 10:54:09 AM

Hey guys I plan on overlocking my 955 to about 3.8-4.0ghz. Here are my specs and I want the overlock to be stable 24/7. what combination increase of voltage,multiplier etc. does you recommend

PII AMD X4 955
Gygabyte GA-MA790XT UD4P
OXC Pllatinum 2x2gb 1.7-1.9voltage 7-7-7-20
XFX XXX 4870 1gb
Xigmatek Dark Knight

edit: and what program should I ust for benchmarking and to check my CPU's stability

one more thing when I overlock should just change everything using AMD overdrive or do it using AMD overdrive and than do the same thing in my BIOS
July 8, 2009 3:27:04 PM

you can get about 3.8 on multi alone stable 24/ 7 is what i heard, but thanks anyway
a b K Overclocking
July 9, 2009 6:33:38 AM

Negative, 3.8 requires a volt increase.
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July 9, 2009 7:13:45 AM

oops your right, i think its like 19.0x and 1.55v
July 9, 2009 3:56:41 PM

Just skip overdrive all together and do everything in the BIOS.
a b K Overclocking
July 9, 2009 4:06:53 PM

Overdrive is fine and on top of that you can monitor your system. Bios is used when you already know all your settings.
July 9, 2009 6:16:38 PM

yea might just do increase multi from 16 to 19 and voltage from 1.3 to 1.55 that will give me 3.8ghz. and do all of that in overdrive
a b K Overclocking
July 9, 2009 6:25:37 PM

The nice thing about overdrive is that it has pre-sets when you are ready to overclock and it tells you what is the best setting for your cpu as far as overclocking is concerned. Yea you can do all of this in the bios if you are a super (bios) geek but for the noobs and peeps in general that want to learn about all the different settings, overdrive is a must and VERY helpfull, specially if you are building a spider platform
July 9, 2009 6:46:19 PM

yea this is my first overlock on my firs computer i built and quicj question was a spider platform?
a b K Overclocking
July 9, 2009 7:11:08 PM

Spider platform consists of an AMD cpu (AM2+AM3 prefered), a motherboard with an AMD chipset (SB710-750) and an Ati Radeon GPU. Once all 3 are put in place you open up Overdrive and all hell breaks loose.... Basically made to push all your hardware to the limits and get an insane overclock. At least for me this is what it does....
July 9, 2009 7:27:12 PM

ok thanks for the explonation so is my rig a spider platform?
a b K Overclocking
July 9, 2009 7:31:02 PM

Yes Sir, go download Overdrive and open up....

Download speed fan and prime95 to monitor your cpu activity, stability and temps....
July 9, 2009 7:37:07 PM

oki i havent put my computer together yet, Im doing it this saturday so Ill download the them then.

so...
Overdrive is for overlocking
Speed fan is well... to control fan speed
prime95 is like you said temps cpu activity and stability
and one more thing what program should i use to benchmark?

edit: and whats TurboV used for?
a b K Overclocking
July 9, 2009 7:43:25 PM

Speedfan is a program were you can see the activity of all your components, read temps etc...

Prime95 is to check stability only.....

For benchmarking get 3dmarko6 and pcmark-vantage....
July 9, 2009 7:50:08 PM

ok..so

Overdrive=overclock
Speed Fan (or TurboV?)= temps, actibity
prime95=Stability
Benchmark= 3Dmark06 and PCmark-vantage

is there a software that can contron your fan's speed?
July 9, 2009 7:55:06 PM

OvrClkr said:
Spider platform consists of an AMD cpu (AM2+AM3 prefered), a motherboard with an AMD chipset (SB710-750) and an Ati Radeon GPU. Once all 3 are put in place you open up Overdrive and all hell breaks loose.... Basically made to push all your hardware to the limits and get an insane overclock. At least for me this is what it does....


no quite, spider platform is amd cpu (am2-am2+) e.g. first generation phenom, amd 7xx based motherboard and a 3xxx based gpu.
dragon platform is amd cpu (am2+-am3) e.g. phenom II and is relatives (X2,X3,X4) , amd 7xx based motherboard and a 4xxx based gpu.
a b K Overclocking
July 9, 2009 8:04:08 PM

Thank you for correcting me, I meant DRAGON platform.... Heh, trying to help 4 peeps at the same time is not easy!!! I knew something didnt seem right...

Daggs you are 100% correct, thx for the feedback!!!
July 9, 2009 8:25:20 PM

So I got a Dragon platform right?

and did I get everything right here?
Overdrive=overclock
Speed Fan (or TurboV?)= temps, actibity
prime95=Stability
Benchmark= 3Dmark06 and PCmark-vantage

umm and is there a software that can contron your fan's speed?
a b K Overclocking
July 9, 2009 8:37:15 PM

Yes indeed, once you install your video card the software that comes with it, if I am not mistaken (Catalyst) should have a tab where you can adjust the fan speed from 0-100%. But I dont recommend using the CD that comes with your card. Just go to http://ati.amd.com/products/catalyst/index.html and download the latest drivers. Once installed open the Catalyst Control Center and you will have tons of settings to play with.....
July 9, 2009 8:58:26 PM

ok so I got two questions

1) About the drives should I use the CD's or is there some option to do it like for example 'My computer-properties-download latest drives' do I sont have to look for them online.

2) Is TurboV kinda like Speed Fan and does TurboV come with your mobo or video card or do you have to download it?

3) Is Catalyst only for my video card fan or is it for all of my fans (i got a antec300 with 2 120mm in front 1 in back 1 on top and 1 on side)
a b K Overclocking
July 9, 2009 9:15:25 PM

Always download drivers (lastest) from the website. Most of the time the CD drivers are old and can cause problems.

As far as TurboV, I dont recall ever using it.

Catalyst is only for your video card.

If you want to control the fans in your case using a program, the fans have to be connected to a fan header on the motherboard.

If you run out of fan headers i recommend a fan controller.
July 9, 2009 9:39:43 PM

Yea I think TurboV is a software that comes with an ASUS ??? mobo.

I dont think ill bother with the headers 2 of my fans have a fan control switch anyway

Catalyst isnt really necessery for overlocking my cpu right? since it only controls the gpu fan.
a b K Overclocking
July 9, 2009 9:46:00 PM

Catalyst is a must due to the fact that it not only lets you control the fans, but thats what you will use to overclock the video card, change resolutions, hertz, chage from single display to dual etc.....

And yes you just refreshed my mind TurboV is a feature that comes with Asus motherboards. Ex : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That MB comes with TurboV.....
July 9, 2009 9:56:29 PM

Im getting XFX XXX 4870 1gb, its alredy overclocked i dont plan on overlocking it any further, I also dont plan on getting another monitor, but Ill prorobly get it anywa to control the fan speed and resolution.
a b K Overclocking
July 9, 2009 10:01:46 PM

As far as im concerned the catalyst comes with the driver so you dont have to download it it seperately.
July 10, 2009 3:57:35 AM

i'm running my 955 @ 3.7 with 18.5 multiplier at 1.34v. i haven't really put the time into playing with the bus speed + multi max oc, and i'm pretty happy with 3.7 stable. try bumping up the voltage in smaller increments if you want to hit 3.8, especially if you're using air.
July 17, 2009 5:11:07 PM

daggs said:
no quite, spider platform is amd cpu (am2-am2+) e.g. first generation phenom, amd 7xx based motherboard and a 3xxx based gpu.
dragon platform is amd cpu (am2+-am3) e.g. phenom II and is relatives (X2,X3,X4) , amd 7xx based motherboard and a 4xxx based gpu.


You sir are wrong as well! The Amd spider platform consisted of a 710 SB, 770 NB, A Phenom I AM2+ QUAD CORE CPU and at least one Radeon HD 3XXX GPU.
The Dragon platform is a 750 SB, A 790GX/FX NB, A Phenom II QUAD CORE CPU and at least TWO HD 4870 in crossfire. Without all critieria being met AMD SAYS it is NOT a Dragon or Spider. In a sense X2 and X3 processors do not count, and even a regular old 790x mobo will not get you in that class. But as long as you have a 770NB/710 SB and above AMD overdrive will work.
a b K Overclocking
July 17, 2009 7:54:32 PM

Yup....we sure dont know squat when it comes to both platforms...I guess im an Nvidia dork......

July 17, 2009 8:13:41 PM

Well nvidia Does have cuda so there is one plus there.
July 18, 2009 4:38:09 PM

I managed 3.9 stable using a coolermaster v-10 . If I take the time and really fine tweak , I think I can reach 4.0

Here are the numbers: CPU clock ratio 19.5 (3.9mhz)
CPU north Br. x11 (2200mhz)
HT link Freq. x11 (2200mhz)
DDR 3 Volt. 1.650 v
North br Volt. 1.200 v
CPU north br. 0.050 v
CPU Volt. control 0.150 v

AMD 955 X4 oc'd to 3.9
Coolermaster V10 CPU cooler
Gigabyte MA790XT-UP4
4GB Patriot Viper @ 1600mhz
PNY GTX260 core 216
Windows 7
July 18, 2009 6:22:00 PM

^ Nice!
March 23, 2011 3:04:22 AM

I managed 3.9 GHz stable using a Cooler Master 212+.

Here are the numbers:

CPU clock ratio 19 (3.9 GHz)
Northbridge Speed: 2167 MHz (x10)
HT link Freq. 1950 MHz (x9)
CPU voltage: Stock (1.404 V)
DRAM Voltage: 1.65 V
DRAM timing 7-8-7-24-40-1T
DRAM Speed: 1732 MHz

AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE
Cooler Master wo Scythe Slipstream 120 mm (110 CFM @ 37 db)
Asus M4A89GTD Pro/US212+ with tB3
4GB PG.Skill Ripjaws Blue @ 1732 MHz
Sapphire 6870 @ 1000/1150 MHz with Zalman VF3000A
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
a b K Overclocking
March 30, 2011 8:24:35 PM

I got 4.0 GHz stable
NB=AUTO
Multi= x 20
BClk=200MHz
Mem =1600MHz
Vcore =1.45v
DRAM timing= 7-9-8-24-1T
DRAM voltage= 1.6v

X4 965
M4A89GTD PRO
H50
8GB G.Skill Sniper
Diamond 6870 900/1050MHz
Win. 7 64

The only real way to OC is the BIOS..software OCing utilties are full of bugs...TurboV is a joke I have it on this MOBO
a b K Overclocking
March 30, 2011 8:34:26 PM

K1ash3r said:
ok so I got two questions

1) About the drives should I use the CD's or is there some option to do it like for example 'My computer-properties-download latest drives' do I sont have to look for them online.

2) Is TurboV kinda like Speed Fan and does TurboV come with your mobo or video card or do you have to download it?

3) Is Catalyst only for my video card fan or is it for all of my fans (i got a antec300 with 2 120mm in front 1 in back 1 on top and 1 on side)




1.} Always download the latest drivers and put them on a flash drive
2.}TurboV is useless really...Speedfan is great for monitoring temps and cpu/case fanspeeds
3.} You have to have Catalyst for you video card to work to its fullest and to maintain fanspeeds...You gotta have it....It only works for the GPU fan
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