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Cooling the mighty Phenom x4 965

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September 28, 2009 2:05:43 AM

I'm buying a Phenom x4 965 soon, and I'm looking for a good cooling system (fan or water) to cool this CPU. I want to over clock it to atleast 4.0 ghz. I just need suggestions on whats the best fan/water cooling system for this. Thanks!
September 28, 2009 2:33:59 AM

140 Watts! Overclocked at stock! LOL, just like the Prescotts.
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September 28, 2009 2:54:24 AM

phenom 2s are the same way... not power efficient once overclocked.
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September 28, 2009 3:30:47 AM

haxs101 said:
I'm buying a Phenom x4 965 soon, and I'm looking for a good cooling system (fan or water) to cool this CPU. I want to over clock it to atleast 4.0 ghz. I just need suggestions on whats the best fan/water cooling system for this. Thanks!


Maybe a TEC rated at > 500W?

If you get it TO 4 GHZ stable, please let us know. Most overclocking websites are getting BSOD's around 3.8 to 3.9ish GHZ. And even then, the lowly i7 720 tends to have better benches than the 'mighty' x4 965. It is a good cost per performance chip, but a lousy performance at all costs chip.
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September 28, 2009 5:50:39 AM

965 doesn't clock any higher than a 955 and the Phenom II's rarely reach 4.0Ghz stable in a 64bit OS
September 28, 2009 4:54:20 PM

3.8ghz is about all you will get out of these CPUs. I have hit 4.0ghz, but it is not stable. I can boot into windows... but if I try to run anything like games, benchmarks... it BSODs. I tried playing around with diff voltages and multipliers with no success. Temps were not an issue either. I run at 43c under full load... 32c idle @ 3.6ghz, stock voltages. Not to discourage you though. Please give it a try, and if you succeed let us know how you did it. Good luck.

EDIT: I may try another go at 4.0ghz tonight. I never tried messing with the NB multiplier on my previous attempt. I'll update with my results tonight.
September 28, 2009 4:55:57 PM

kinda sad when you only get a 10% OC from an unlocked multiplier.
November 12, 2009 10:55:09 PM

haxs101 said:
I'm buying a Phenom x4 965 soon, and I'm looking for a good cooling system (fan or water) to cool this CPU. I want to over clock it to atleast 4.0 ghz. I just need suggestions on whats the best fan/water cooling system for this. Thanks!



Better push_hard to justify the costs. Non-OCed; using stock HS/fan I run Phoronix-Test-Suite at 42-C and get good numbers ( unigine-tropics=37.3 ).
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November 23, 2009 3:40:35 PM

Hi all i recently purchased the 2nd revision of the phenom 2 965 (125w) c3 stepping moddel ok extremely impressed
yes its power hungry yes it has the most abismal cpu cooler included however if you have some ear defenders at hand it clocks and goes like a train relentlessly performing without the slightest of glitches,ok im not an amd fanboy,well maybe a little however i run an i7 920 clocked to the max and found my 965@4128mhz creamed it ok on certain completely pointless benchmark programs it didnt but real world gaming it absolutely trounced the intel... now yes intel have far faster more energy efficient cpus out there...BUT and its a huge but,what can intel give you for £118.00 black edition with 4000mhz clock and 4cores? nothing that comes close



amd phenom II 965BE (c3 stepping-125w)
Asus M3n-HT Deluxe/Mempipe
Corsair xms2 1066 ddr2 (4x 2048mb)
3x inno3c GTX260 Freezer x2 (3way-sli)
November 23, 2009 3:49:30 PM

Save your money and get the X4 945... with good ram, it will OC just as much as 955 & 965. With the money you saved, get a Corsair H50.

Or you could skip the PII X4 and get I5 750.
December 25, 2009 11:58:56 AM

Save your money and don't buy i5 with their faulty foxconn sockets...

If you buy p II x4 with an am3 socket now you can be sure that it will fit the new 6 core AMD CPUs coming this summer ;) 
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December 25, 2009 12:14:41 PM

I would go the i5 route if I were you. It performs similar to the 965 at stock speeds at it would destroy it if overclocked to 4ghz (easily attainable). Most motherboard manufacturers have newer sockets, not the old faulty foxconn sockets. One of the best, if not the best, coolers you can get for lga 1156 is the Prolimatech Megahalems. You can get it from newegg for $60, just make sure to buy 1 or 2 120mm fans to put on it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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