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Hey everyone,

so I have recently decided to try and overclock my Athlon x3 450 a bit. I read some guides but I feel completely lost.
Out of curiosity though, I tried to see what I could do with my limited knowledge. Well I looked around the BIOS and found the things I needed to change. I successfully overclocked to 3.4 GHz from 3.2 GHz, but I can't get any higher. It seems like I should be able to go much farther than that.

So, is there anything a I need to do to get a little higher? I'd like to get 3.6 GHz, which seems like it should be fine.
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What is the speed/timing of the memory you use?
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Speed: DDR3 1600
Timing: 9-9-9-24
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Take a snapshot using CPUZ so we can see so specs of your system.
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You might need to lower the memory multiplier one notch to continue OC-ing CPU further. However, I would err on the side of safety if OC-ing with this motherboard, due to the low quality 3+1 phase on it (i.e. don't go pushing 1.5V on it, and don't unlock cores as that would put the power consumption significantly over the limit)
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I am in 100% agreement with XD about VRM'S on MB'S he knows his stuff.
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You might need to lower the memory multiplier one notch to continue OC-ing CPU further. However, I would err on the side of safety if OC-ing with this motherboard, due to the low quality 3+1 phase on it (i.e. don't go pushing 1.5V on it, and don't unlock cores as that would put the power consumption significantly over the limit)
Yea, I don't plan on core unlocking. Do you think 3.6 GHz is a reasonable expectation though?

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post #8 of 8
Have you tryed to OC your NB a little?And from what I saw the one cpuz page said your ram was at 9-11-11-29-40????I would try to tighten those timings up and see if you can get a little bit more out of your North Bridge.

Maby 8-8-8-24-33 2T.

Then do a before and after Memtest to see if it is better or worse.


Just my 2 cents.
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