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post #1 of 27
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Please note this post has been edited with my most recent overclock. Will be updated with each successful overclock.

CPU : - AMD Phemom II x4 965BE
Clock speed : - 4069mhz
Mobo: - ASUS M4A79XTD-EVO
Cooling: - Zalman CNPS10X Performa


I can push this chip much further, but I don't have the time currently to do all the testing that comes with it. When I next take some time off work I'm going to do some serious overclocking.

System: Sigrig.

Screenshot:





Validation:



Notes:
  • Temperatures: - Low: 23 / High: 46 (under 100% load after 11 hours of Prime95)

Edited by Lifeshield - 5/17/11 at 5:22pm
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post #2 of 27
Your voltage looks good and your HT link is still within reason (you don't want to go any higher on it). What speed is your NB at the moment? You should try to get it around 2600mhz or slightly higher.
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post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by HobieCat View Post
What speed is your NB at the moment? You should try to get it around 2600mhz or slightly higher.
Everything else was set to Auto, so I really don't have a clue, lol. All I did was increase the FSB and the multiplier. This was my first attempt so I really didn't want to jump into the deep end without fully understanding what I was doing (though I did a little research before hand).

I noticed the HT increased with the FSB (the HT is also on Auto as it is exactly the same as the FSB with an extra 0 whether the FSB is at 200 or 220).

Should I set my HT link lower manually? What sort of settings are acceptable for it?
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I say you must have a nice chip, perhaps you can push 4.2ghz =] When I first achieved 4ghz it was wonderful and a great feeling(SO Overpowering, haha) But, it looks like 4.2ghz should be an easy achievement for you_ When I hit 4.2ghz at 1.45volts I was glad I paid 200 bucks for my 955x4 at a local shop(I no longer felt like I was ripped off), even 4.4ghz was an easy achievement for my obviously now outdated CPU, but at 4.4 my temps were a tad bit too high for this poor H70_

4.2ghz 24/7 overclock is a must have, =] Go for it !
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post #5 of 27
Looking good so far, but you are really just getting started. Tweak the ht link speed down to keep it around 2000

Mess around with different combinations of fsb and multi, find your limits to your nb and ram

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post #6 of 27
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What do you think is the best way to achieve this (4.2ghz)? Bump up the FSB some more, or bump up the multiplier?

Which would be more likely to generate more heat than the other?

Also I'll try and lower the HT link manually. Will this impact performance in any way? What's the reasoning for keeping this so low?

I have no idea what to do with Northbridge and RAM, yet. Any information, and suggestions, for this are much welcome.

Thanks for your opinions, suggestions, guys.
Edited by Lifeshield - 5/15/11 at 5:35pm
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post #7 of 27
Don't see anything wrong with it HT Link should be as close as possible to 2000 +/-100Mhz but 2200 shouldn't be any worry
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I'm trying to locate the HT Link post I saw a while back where someone actually tested and benchmark different HT Link speeds, from 1800 to 2600 and he found out that going past 2000-2200mhz on the HT actually hinder performance instead of increasing it, so you want to keep the HT link below 2200. Arrgh, if only I can find it, it was extremely informative with a lot of pictures of benchmark runs showing that a high HT Link frequency actually killed your performance
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post #9 of 27
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Ok I set my FSB to 250, my multiplier to 16, and my HT link to 2000. My CPU is currently clocked at 4000.

Currently testing this before I move onto Northbridge settings. Tests going well so far and not going higher than 45 degrees either.
Edited by Lifeshield - 5/16/11 at 1:05pm
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post #10 of 27
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Ok so here's my last overclock of the CPU after three hours of Prime95.





Is running pretty stable so going to start thinking of overclocking Northbridge. So where should I start here, and what should I be looking for?

Edit: Clocked the Northbridge to 2750 and it's running pretty stable so far under Prime95. Should I try to hit higher or leave it as it is?
Edited by Lifeshield - 5/16/11 at 2:12pm
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