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Safe to OC a 955 with my mobo?

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Just got done reading this thread
http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/94...hy-choose.html

and i wanted to know if it is safe to run this cpu and OC it
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It is a heatsinked 4+1 of decent quality, I say go for it as long as you don't push ridiculous voltage levels. Power phase count is more of a concern on Phenom II x6 or otherwise heavily (1.5V+) overclocked 125W processor
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I have some bad news...

Your motherboard uses a 4+1 phase design and heatsinked VRM, this will make it difficult to OC heavily. So, I would only overclock with some caution to play it safe. You should be okay but the 4+1 scares me a bit so I would take it one step at a time instead of throttling high voltages at it immediately.

Good luck!
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It is a heatsinked 4+1 of decent quality, I say go for it as long as you don't push ridiculous voltage levels. Power phase count is more of a concern on Phenom II x6 or otherwise heavily (1.5V+) overclocked 125W processor
I have my VRMs nice and cool. So I shouldn't go over 1.5v? My CPU right now hits 1.46..
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post #5 of 10
Yeah, pushing high to extreme voltages is where 4+1 starts to crumble, unless you're on something that's proven to be good such as that DFI AM2+ board with the 4+1 that people use DICE on
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I wouldn't go above 1.475v, personally...
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I wouldn't go above 1.475v, personally...
My power phase is heatsinked
I'll try not to. I might just leave it at stock or go for 3.5ghz
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post #8 of 10
Even if its heatsinked, the 4+1 phase might not be able to handle the demand for higher voltages over 1.475v.

Being cold and providing enough power to fuel demand are two slightly different things. It might not blow up but it could just give out under the stress and stop functioning.
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post #9 of 10
Talon95: Your motherboard is in essence a "4+1" (well it's 4+2 but close enough )
Where an x6 is concerned then amount of phases usually begins to matter more; otherwise as long as the quality & cooling are good, a 4+1 can hold up and supply the power (below that is where the latter begins to have trouble). Have a look at some people who have pushed hard on the DFI 790FX-M2RS on DICE, which is 4+1
post #10 of 10
Yeah, I bought a cheapo motherboard and I'm only running 3.4GHz at 1.35v.

I wouldn't dream of pushing 1.5v down this thing.
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