I am an amateur to overclocking but just read a few things. All I did was increase the multiplier from 17 to 19 and lowered CPU Vcore to 1.4-1.42ish. And voila, 3.8ghz. Just booted and it seems fine. (P.S. I have 8gb Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz, didn't touch any settings on it besides manually keeping it at 1600 as the mobo autoed it to 1333)
Here are the stats on idle.
Should I just leave the vcore or raise it back to default which was 1.45?
Just wondering - why 'lower' the voltage? I always assumed that the stock voltage is set for the stock clock...so if you up the clock, you shoup up the voltage or maybe keep it the same...but lowering voltage seems alien to me?
The stock voltage is set for all processors based on testing by the manufacturer. They usually air on the side of stability and set the processors voltage a little higher than necessary for that specific clock. That way, with the variations over the silicon wafers the processors are fabricated from, they'll all operate as intended, even if one wafer is of lower quality.
With that in mind, often times you can actually lower the voltage at the default clock and the system will still function properly. This reduces power consumption and heat and is usually called "undervolting". Basically, the idea is to find the lowest possible voltage for any given clock.
gman - looks good, vcore looks a tad high to me, but your temps look fine, so if its stable leave it.
mrsav - Think of it this way, more voltage = more heat, so the lower you can get your voltage and be stable, the lower you will be able to keep your temperatures.
Also, the stock voltages are usually too high anyway, though they are will be stable. Same principle when you use an overclocking tool instead of manually setting values in the bios. The tools will all use a bit more voltage than necessary when setting the overclock.