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April 16, 2011 6:00:05 AM

Been trying to overclock my 955, i have an antec 900 v2 case, hyper 212 cooler, 8gb of Ripjaw RAM.
I have it set to 3.8ghz, multiplier at x19, 1.4v. idle temp: 38C Load:49C. Does this seem like the peak in terms of temps? Also my NB freq is at 2000MHZ, i have this mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) should i be setting that freq to something higher like 2.4 or 2.8? Will i see a speed increase?

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April 16, 2011 6:31:49 AM

Lucid155 said:
Been trying to overclock my 955, i have an antec 900 v2 case, hyper 212 cooler, 8gb of Ripjaw RAM.
I have it set to 3.8ghz, multiplier at x19, 1.4v. idle temp: 38C Load:49C. Does this seem like the peak in terms of temps? Also my NB freq is at 2000MHZ, i have this mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) should i be setting that freq to something higher like 2.4 or 2.8? Will i see a speed increase?


In my opinion, those are nice temps for 3.8 Ghz. Is that CPU or core? I'm guessing CPU temps, what you want to avoid is going over 60C load on the cores. Its possible to get the 955 to 4.0 Ghz, but I'm not sure you'd want to go too much higher as core tmeps on Phneom II are right around 10C higher than CPU temps report.

As far as the NB goes, you don't want to clock it higher than the HT speed. This wont be an issue unless you start to mess with the reference clock. So, 60C max on core load temps and don't go higher than 1.45V unless you obtain more exotic cooling. Really though, 3.8Ghz is nothing to sneeze at.
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April 16, 2011 6:42:04 AM

NB only becomes a bottleneck when it is less than 1.5x your memory speed. If you are running 1333mhz memory, then nothing above 2000mhz will make much of a difference. If you are running 1600mhz memory, then OCing the NB to 2400mhz will show significant gains in performance. You should be able to run 2400mhz NB with only a small pump in NB voltage, though some boards can run that speed at stock voltage.
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April 16, 2011 5:46:28 PM

If that's 49C under prime 95, then those are great temps ^_^. Anyway, only raise the NB speed if you're done raising your CPU speed. The Hyper Transport speed has the smallest effect on your overall performance, but every little bit you can get :D 
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April 16, 2011 11:37:20 PM

JofaMang said:
NB only becomes a bottleneck when it is less than 1.5x your memory speed. If you are running 1333mhz memory, then nothing above 2000mhz will make much of a difference. If you are running 1600mhz memory, then OCing the NB to 2400mhz will show significant gains in performance. You should be able to run 2400mhz NB with only a small pump in NB voltage, though some boards can run that speed at stock voltage.

Im running the 1600mhz ripjaws, am trying to bump up the NB freq to 2400mhz and still messing with the voltage, im at 1.4v and still getting an error on worker #4 during prime95 testing. Do i need to also bump up the HT freq while im adjusting the NB freq and voltage? Should i not go any higher than the 1.4v on the NB?
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April 17, 2011 12:11:58 AM

Which Prim95 stress test are you running?
How long does it take for the error to occur on work #3?
How long have you stress tested it before raising NB?

NB OC will not cause individual workers to fail, generally an unstable NB OC will cause blue screens and sometimes even require cmos reset. That being said, a NB OC will open up your system and perhaps could be highlighting an unstable OC on the CPU that otherwise would have been dormant or at least sporadic. You may (probably) need more voltage on your CPU. Since you are still at only 49c right now at current voltage, a small bump shouldn't rocket your temps much at all. 62c is really bad, but I always tried to keep it below 55c load for that extra buffer.

HT can stay at 2000mhz, some hardcore benchers and overclockers will jack it up, but in my experience it has a very small effect on overall performance.
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April 17, 2011 4:43:33 AM

JofaMang said:
Which Prim95 stress test are you running?
How long does it take for the error to occur on work #3?
How long have you stress tested it before raising NB?

NB OC will not cause individual workers to fail, generally an unstable NB OC will cause blue screens and sometimes even require cmos reset. That being said, a NB OC will open up your system and perhaps could be highlighting an unstable OC on the CPU that otherwise would have been dormant or at least sporadic. You may (probably) need more voltage on your CPU. Since you are still at only 49c right now at current voltage, a small bump shouldn't rocket your temps much at all. 62c is really bad, but I always tried to keep it below 55c load for that extra buffer.

HT can stay at 2000mhz, some hardcore benchers and overclockers will jack it up, but in my experience it has a very small effect on overall performance.


I've always heard you want to keep the HT and NB speeds equal for best stability.
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April 17, 2011 5:48:00 AM

set NB and HT to 2400mhz, no adjusted voltage. set my 955 to 1.5v at 3.8, that seem to do it. Ran for about 20 mins on prime 95 small fft's, no errors. Touched 56C at times but goes back to 55 and remains there under full load. just ran a 3d mark vantage benchmark and it BSOD during the second graphics test, set NB and HT back to normal. what should i do?
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April 17, 2011 12:02:45 PM

Not all boards will OC the NB with stability. I don't know what board you have, but it could be that it just doesn't like to do that.
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April 17, 2011 4:59:32 PM

I have this motherboard :
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
So what i am at now is the best OC i can do for my system?
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April 17, 2011 5:14:51 PM

While that board has many great features and is decently built, it has one major flaw for OCing, and that is the 4+1 power system. This will limit the stability of the power delivery to the CPU. I owned this board and could benchmark some decent clocks with my 1090t, but only for very short periods, and usually with very cold winter air blowing over the board. With my 965 BE, I could only see a stable 3.8ish daily OC, but got as high as 4.4ghz benching outside at -30c. With my 1090t, i had the same daily limit, 3.825ghz, but even lower max of 4.2ghz, again, only with cold weather benchmarking.

Yes, you may be at the limit for your board.
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April 17, 2011 7:08:57 PM

What kind of gains would i see if i were able to OC the NB to 2400mhz in terms of gaming and everyday use? Basically, what am i missing out on?
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