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Just installed my new CPU, a AMD X4 940 (125W). biggrin.gif I'm going to clock this puppy to around 3.35GHz (stock vcore), but I was wondering how safe that is. My motherboard is rated for 140W but it's a 4+1. How far do you think I can push it before I go pop?

Also, anything else I should try to overclock on my system (other than my 460)? Is overclocking my RAM, bus, etc worth it?
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post #2 of 16
4x1? Return it to stock.
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It can't be that bad, from what I looked up online a overclock at 3350MHz is the same as a 140W CPU which my board is rated for...
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I've got my sig rig @ 4ghz with some silly little heatsinks on the mosfets, works brilliantly tongue.gif
    
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post #5 of 16
A 4+1 isn't necessarily bad on an x4, but where it is unheatsinked and of visibly low quality I would keep a sharp eye on VRM temps and cooling most definitely. With your Arctic Freezer tower cooler, VRMs get zero cooling whatsoever - considering the high power consumption of the processor this is not very good. I advise you do not OC until you get the VRMs cooled by way of heatsinks or fan.
post #6 of 16
940's generally OC 3.7-3.8Ghz. That is it.
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post #7 of 16
I've had 920 OC at 3.7Ghz without any problems on Gigabyte GA-M720-US3 and GA-MA790x-DS4. Both had no problems so I guess you shouldn't have any problems with your OC as long as VRM temps are not on fire.
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post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by xd_1771;13616757 
A 4+1 isn't necessarily bad on an x4, but where it is unheatsinked and of visibly low quality I would keep a sharp eye on VRM temps and cooling most definitely. With your Arctic Freezer tower cooler, VRMs get zero cooling whatsoever - considering the high power consumption of the processor this is not very good. I advise you do not OC until you get the VRMs cooled by way of heatsinks or fan.

This is what my motherboard looks like:

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And my case airflow (I normally keep the side panel on and the hard drive inside the case tongue.gif ):

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Think it looks fine?
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post #9 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771;13616757 
A 4+1 isn't necessarily bad on an x4, but where it is unheatsinked and of visibly low quality I would keep a sharp eye on VRM temps and cooling most definitely. With your Arctic Freezer tower cooler, VRMs get zero cooling whatsoever - considering the high power consumption of the processor this is not very good. I advise you do not OC until you get the VRMs cooled by way of heatsinks or fan.

youre wrong on the zero cooling for mosfets. the bottom 3 fins are curved downward to cool the mosfets. AC already knew the importance of the cooling so they planned ahead. wink.gif
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post #10 of 16
I would buy these for your MOSFETS.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835708011
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