I am trying my hand at overclocking for the first time, and have achieved a stable overclock using the below equipment with both the fourth core locked and unlocked, but with a higher stable frequency with only three cores active. For gaming, with an eye to prepping for SWTOR in December, what advice can you offer as to which direction I should go, unlock the fourth core and run 3.4GHZ @ 1.4V or 3.5GHZ with three cores at 1.4V.
I could probably push the three cores to 3.6, with getting the voltage to 1.42, but since this is my first time, am a bit nervous about going too far.
Other than locking in the memory frequencies, I left everything else untouched, including the CPU freq at 215 MHZ.
ASROCK 870 Extreme3 MoBo AMD Phenom II X3 740 8GB RAM - PC3-10600 CL9 set at 8-8-8-(tRAS 20, tRC 27) AMD HD 5850
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3.4 4cores (unlock) faster and better than 3.5 3cores, your voltage still safe and worth
I have been able to get the 4 unlocked cores stable at (215MHZ) 3.5GHZ, and the VCORE at 1.45. Is this pushing it too far?