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Asrock 970 Extreme3 with AMD x4 965 BE

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December 25, 2012 8:10:50 PM

So I just built my computer, kinda of a veteran, but last time i made my build was like 5 years ago with the core 2 duo e7200 which i got from 2.4 ghz to 3.4ghz! yayyyy boiii!

Though what I really wanna know is how in hell is an amd phenom ii x4 965 BE so hard to overclock from 3.4ghz (stock) to at least 4 ghz, I am sitting at 3.8 ghz. ITS ANNOYING!

Specs are:

Asrock 970 Extreme3
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4ghz
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit
XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler
Kingston KR-S3020-3H 120GB SSD
Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V Power Supply (this is the one from my old computer)

Could my PSU be the culprit for me not attaining a higher clock, or the stupid asrock motherboard (i usually get asus or gigabyte IDK why I went with AsRock) or the memory?

I just need help in getting the best bang for the buck out of this processor I am actually waiting for the steamroller or haswell later on to be honest. So any help will be much appreciated!!! And I will def listen and learn!
a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 8:17:36 PM

This may sound silly but have you altered the CPU voltage? You may have reached that point where you can no longer go farther without increasing the voltage. Also what are your temperatures?
December 25, 2012 8:33:40 PM

Haha hey nothing is silly give me all you've got! And yes I have been tinkering with it but funny thing is when it came stock my mobo had the amd running at 1.49v I WAS LIKE NO NO NO NOT GOOD! so I bumped it down to like 1.4375v and kept CLL enabled so the voltage doesn't fly all over and I am at 3.800 Ghz exact.

Temps are 31C Idle and with Prime on for say 2-4 hours hottest at 3.8 ghz gets up to 55-56C. But I can't go lower than 1.4375v with CLL enabled cuz Prime fails.

At the moment I decided to bump up the RAM to 1066 and see (there are presets from the bios) but I might go back and change it down to 800 instead.

Whats your take and thanks for your immediate response fox! Its much appreciated!!
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a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 8:57:43 PM

Hmm...56 degrees. That's getting quite hot for the Phenom II X4 965, though not over the max limit. If its not stable at anything over than 3.8ghz then you will want to bump the voltage just a bit until stable for whatever clock speed you want. From what I have heard, the sweet spot for the 965 is 4.2ghz. I myself own the Phenom II X4 955 and had it at 4ghz.

Edit: Plan on changing the CPU cooler any time soon?
December 25, 2012 10:34:13 PM

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socialfox said:
Hmm...56 degrees. That's getting quite hot for the Phenom II X4 965, though not over the max limit. If its not stable at anything over than 3.8ghz then you will want to bump the voltage just a bit until stable for whatever clock speed you want. From what I have heard, the sweet spot for the 965 is 4.2ghz. I myself own the Phenom II X4 955 and had it at 4ghz.

Edit: Plan on changing the CPU cooler any time soon?



I just made this computer so the CPU cooler is brand new. Is it a bad cooler? And yeah I can't keep the 3.8 ghz OC stable in planetside 2 with a 1.425v I need at least 1.45v to 1.46v to keep it stable. But while playing on ultra setting on planetside 2, Far Cry 3 and other games the max temp I am getting is 44C so its not bad I guess. But what is your guess on it.

Also I need to keep the CLL disabled at 1.425v or my comp freezes during PS2 in less than half an hour so i am guessing that for a 3.8ghz OC I need at least 1.45v unfortunetly. But planetside 2 isn't well optimized either so when the next patch/update comes out I really hope they do something to optimize the game!
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