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I have an Athlon II X4 @ 3.1 Ghz . Will it bottleneck the gtx 295 ? If so how much further should i try to clock it ?

Gta IV @ very high settings 35/100 view distance and everything else @ max 1680*1050 runs @ 25+ fps , and crysis DX10 maxed out 45+ fps .

3D mark vantage p18289, h13594. Is it good , is it bad ?
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You might be close to optimum on both the card and processor at 3.1. I would defiantly say that you would see an improvement in most games from bumping the processor up in speed, high end Nvidia generally takes advantage of higher clocks on the processor up to 5ghz. But really the difference between a 3.1ghz processor and a 4.0ghz would be 3-10fps.
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maybe i will tweak the cpu a bit more , but i think i am close to the borderline between stable , and non stable without volt modding , but that would raise temps a lot , and could fry out the chip.
also +rep4u
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aslong as it's under 55c on the proccessor when on load then should be good i gotta oc my x4 when my mobo comes back.
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Thanks man.

Are you at stock voltage now with 3.12? I had a Athalon II 640 and in order to get stable at 3.4-3.6 I had to take the vcore to 1.53v. But the chip at that voltage ran 10c cooler than my current chip does on stock voltages. I had the exact same cooler as well and it kept me below 50c at 3.6ghz at 1.53v at load. Albeit the multiplier is higher on the 640 than the 620, but I have seen 3.8 from a few members on the 620.
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yep . stock voltage @ 3.12 . 29c idle . 35-40 full load . Prime 95 success 12 hour stress test .
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You have some head room since you are at stock voltage. Before trying to overclock, run furmark, cincebench or 3d mark vantage at stock speed on the processor and see what you get, then come back up to 3.12 and benchmark it again. You should be able to save your current OC in your bios profile so you can quickly switch between it and stock. You are already at 500mhz over stock which is pretty impressive for a propus at stock voltage. Running the benchmark at stock and then the current OC should give you and idea of what kind of increase you will see from the added OC/Mhz. If you only see 2 FPS or some small gain from 2.6 to 3.12, then you are clearly not being bottle necked by the processor speed, but if you see a 10% increase from the 500mhz oc, then I would try to get my processor clocks as high as possible.
Edited by cook - 5/30/11 at 9:40am
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You got plenty of headroom, keep going, keep that load temp under 55 though
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prime 95 says unstable . should i add more volts ?
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up to 1.55v. on the processor. I know its backwards to most of the guides, especially the one posted in my sig, but I sometimes take the voltage up to 1.55, Find my desired OC, then when everything is stable, back the voltage off until I am unstable. Its a shortcut, and probably not advisable, considering most like to know how there temps are going to rise as they ease up the OC scale.
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