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Overclock a crosshair IV Extreme with Phenom 970 Black edition

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June 5, 2011 5:52:03 AM

I have a crosshair IV Extreme motherboard, with Phenom II 970 Black Edition, Corsair Vengence DDR 3 16 Gigs of memory, HIS ATI PCI-Express Video.
I am running the CPU at the stock 3.5 GHZ, and memory is set at 1600 MHZ. It defaults back to 1333 if i set everything to auto.

I just want to know if anyone has simular mobo and how far did your rig overclock before problems occured.
I'm curious as to how far I can push my system without all the trial and error time.
a b K Overclocking
June 5, 2011 6:43:43 AM

Calculated Trial and Error is the way to go as all components are different...

I suggest reading this very informative guide to OCing your chip...

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/258573-29-black-editi...

IMO..I would expect to see 4.2GHz @ approx. 1.54v....That as extreme as that chip will go.

BTW thats a great board for OCing...the BIOS is not for the novice user however
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June 6, 2011 4:01:50 PM

lowjack989 said:
Calculated Trial and Error is the way to go as all components are different...

I suggest reading this very informative guide to OCing your chip...

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/258573-29-black-editi...

IMO..I would expect to see 4.2GHz @ approx. 1.54v....That as extreme as that chip will go.

BTW thats a great board for OCing...the BIOS is not for the novice user however


I can only get my 965 (stock 3.4ghz) up to 3.9ghz stable with my crosshair iv formula and 8th 1600 ddr3 ram and scythe ninja 3 cooler.
Lowjack I saw in your signature that you got your 965 higher. Do you have water cooling?
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a b K Overclocking
June 6, 2011 4:22:24 PM

I wouldn't say great water cooling but yeah it is water cooled....On air I got it to 4.0 GHz no problem as well
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June 6, 2011 4:47:37 PM

lowjack989 said:
I wouldn't say great water cooling but yeah it is water cooled....On air I got it to 4.0 GHz no problem as well


I will try out some of your settings and try to get 4 as soon as I have the chance and then go for 4.15 when i get water. Thanks!
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a b K Overclocking
June 6, 2011 5:20:21 PM

OK ...just be careful with the voltages..good luck man ...I hope you get it to 4.4GHZ stable that would be the shisnit
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June 6, 2011 5:30:49 PM

lowjack989 said:
OK ...just be careful with the voltages..good luck man ...I hope you get it to 4.4GHZ stable that would be the shisnit


Thanks. 4.4 would definitely be shisnit. I think I would need some liquid nitrogen for that
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a c 286 K Overclocking
June 6, 2011 6:08:38 PM

^LN2 is for extreme overclocking, not for stable overclocking.

I agree with lowjack989, 4.2GHz or maybe 4.3GHz on that chip are possible, just keep your eyes in the temps and don't go above 1.55V and 55ÂșC on load.
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