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Ill start off by saying this: I have done the stickys(tutorials) and they dont help.

Also i'll start off by saying my chip is a C2 revision and my CPU/NB highest i can get is 2470mhz(fsb) 2400(multi).

I love this CPU when it comes to undervolting. ive gotten it to 3.4Ghz @ 1.24v(stock is 3.1ghz @ 1.35) but when it comes to overclocking, more specifically, 4Ghz+ it sucks bawls...
As i am typing this i have it at 3.7 @stock voltage(1.35) i can hit 3.8 @ 1.425v and 3.9 @ 1.52v but 4 ghz needs atleast 1.6v to boot into windows successfully. i cant get it stable. in my sig i have my 550 be unlocked to B50 be at 4.08ghz @ 1.6v(honestly.... only core 1 was overclocked then too). unlocked or locked it requires same voltage.
My ram overclocks to 1776mhz and 9-9-9-25-34 @ 1.6v

i want to get the best out of this rig(fastest combonation of stuff).

Any help will be appreciated
Edited by kill - 6/5/11 at 3:35pm
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Hey!
I came into the same frustation as you when overclocking my chip. Although mine is a C3 955, I'd have to bump the voltages very high to go from 3.8ghz to 4ghz. I can run 3.8ghz@1.43v w/ NB@2600mhz but to get to 4ghz I gotta bump it up to 1.54v...bummer I know... The Phenom chips are known to require higher voltages to get to 4ghz. Only few people can acheive that speed with less than 1.5v...So don't worry if yours needs 1.6v, especially is it's a C2...Although you shouldn't keep 1.6v for 24/7, it's risky and over the 1.55v safe voltage zone.

Is this your first experience overclocking? Cuz if yes, then try focusing on your ram voltage (set it manually to it's stock voltage), NB frequency (the higher the better, but don't abuse) and try to keep the HT Link as close as possible as 2000mhz, since these usually tend to play on your system's overall stability...
Edited by polm - 6/5/11 at 3:11pm
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post #3 of 16
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Hey!
I came into the same frustation as you when overclocking my chip. Although mine is a C3 955, I'd have to bump the voltages very high to go from 3.8ghz to 4ghz. I can run 3.8ghz@1.43v w/ NB@2600mhz but to get to 4ghz I gotta bump it up to 1.54v...bummer I know... The Phenom chips are known to require higher voltages to get to 4ghz. Only few people can acheive that speed with less than 1.5v...So don't worry if yours needs 1.6v, especially is it's a C2...Although you shouldn't keep 1.6v for 24/7, it's risky and over the 1.55v safe voltage zone.

Is this your first experience overclocking?
No ive been overclocking since the old pentium 4 days lol got my Northwood up to 3.2ghz(stock 2.6) on an OEM mobo

EDIT: u edit ninja'd me
EDIT to Your EDIT: my ram needs a little extra voltage as i have 3 sticks(idk why... it just does)
Edited by kill - 6/5/11 at 3:13pm
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post #4 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by kill View Post
EDIT: u edit ninja'd me
lol got ya

EDIT**: You seem to be running 3x2gb ram on an AMD plateform which isn't the best config if you ask me. The extra ram module that isn't part of the dual channel config will cause instability. Remove the extra module and it'll help ya clock higher with less voltage, beleive me.
Edited by polm - 6/5/11 at 3:15pm
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post #5 of 16
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lol not true....... well i believe you for you maybe but i am actually able to clock better like this... before i had it as 2gb*2 and i needed more voltage for cpu/nb for stabily

EDIT: i think my pc is backwards in most stuff for some reason
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I'm sorry, but with that chip and cooler I don't see it getting 4GHz stable.
The CPU has a C2 stepping for one.
It's low-binned (higher clocking ones with less leakage went to the X4s).

It would take over 1.5v at least plus some really good cooling (below 60c) to get it stable.
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about that... i have to put in 1.6v to get it to boot and my load temp is 53c
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Quote:
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about that... i have to put in 1.6v to get it to boot and my load temp is 53c
1.6v just to boot the computer?
That's pretty bad/odd.

Running the latest BIOS?
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post #9 of 16
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nono to boot into windows... but yea i have the latest bios(just checked literally 20 minutes ago)

EDIT: im changing the thread title to help me get the best performance
EDIT#2: i dont even think i need to change anything in the OP
Edited by kill - 6/5/11 at 3:35pm
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Try leaving your CPU/NB at stock as well as your HT Link (including stock voltages).

Overclock only by using the multiplier.

Clock it at 4 GHz with 1.55v vcore and see what happens.
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