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Solved original question.

Hey all,

I have now had my 970A-UD3 for 4 days and I am loving it thus far. I have been reading quite a bit on overclocking throughout this post, this site, and the web. I would like to say I understand a good amount of it, but this is my first time overclocking a CPU. So far I have changed the CPU multiplier, VCore, and NB frequency.

Here is what I am running at the moment:
Specs

After running prime95 for 6 hours, I had only one error on 1 core at 4 hours in. Any suggestions as to where to go from here?
Edited by cwheikki - 1/31/12 at 12:08pm
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I'm not experienced but after having read some guides,

via http://www.overclock.net/t/777378/official-gappos-little-deneb-thuban-overclocking-guide-with-too-many-smileys
artificially lowering everything for isolation purposes:

i'm probably wrong here but you get the idea
1. Find max CPU frequency (cpu)
2. Find max RAM frequency (ram)
3. Find max FSB frequency (mobo)
4. Max NB frequency

Once you find the maximum where each component has it's limit, THEN you can begin overclocking, upping the multiplier until you get unstable and then from there, squeezing out the last few hundred MHz via FSB overclocking. And you can be guaranteed that your RAM/Mobo won't be the limit of your OC when doing this last step because you already know to use the #'s you got from your isolation tests!

***All theory.
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@ FlashFir

I typically have better luck by trying to find the max FSB your board can handle first. Seeing as you can lower your CPU's multiplier, you can continue to raise the FSB while keeping CPU speed near stock and find the max FSB your board can support. Once the max FSB is obtained, I typically begin working on RAM. RAM isn't too hard as you don't get that many dividers that you run so really just looking for voltage bumps and tightening your timings. After max stable RAM is obtained (while keeping your FSB as high as possible) you can then OC the NB frequency. This is typically good to do after the RAM as sometimes more voltage is needed on the NB_CPU VDD to run RAM at higher speeds (as well as the NB frequency). I then like to do the CPU OC last seeing as you're really just raising the multiplier at that point and increasing voltage until stable.

In all honesty, there is no "correct" way or order in which you need to follow. For me it's just preference on which items I OC first. At the end of the day, so long as your rig is stable, doesn't really matter how you got there thumb.gif
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^ that. same idea, done smarter i think.
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Hello there,

My rig is:

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Computer Case.
GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ Motherboard.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 (C3)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 plus 120MM CPU cooler (2 fans, push/pull)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory.
BFG Tech ATX 12V 550W PSU.
ATI Radeon HD 5770 (1GB 128-bit GDDR5) 930 MHz core/1360 MHz memory overclocks.

Lately I've been looking into overclocking my CPU and used such programs as CPU overdrive in the AMD VISION Engine Control Center and AMD overdrive. The best I can get before BSOD or instability is about 4100MHz. Now I've seen people say not to use AMD overdrive or other software for overclocking (I'm not sure why) but I was wondering what I should be doing to get the best possible overclock with this MOBO/CPU combo. I've tried messing with the FSB and it doesn't seem to want to work on anything higher than 204MHz. I tried lowering the CPU multiplier and raising the FSB but it just ends up not booting and resetting BIOS, am I doing something wrong? Also, my memory is supposedly timed at 9-9-9-24, in BIOS however, it's timed at something like 11-11-11-28, something else I did wrong?
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I just got this board to solve stability problems and give me the ability to overclock with a solid VRM setup.


I'm not going to join yet because I want to isolate stability problems I've been having before then I will overclock. So should I submit my form after I'm done overclocking
or
Can I update my entry in the spreadsheet later?

Questions:
  1. What's safe NB temperatures? Mine gets nice and toasty during prime95 testing.
  2. How to make the CPU fan more aggressive? ASUS has a min/max temperature to adjust its "Smart Q-Fan" but this Gigabyte mobo doesn't seem to have it... I never understood speedfan if that's the only answer... it was intimidating in the past to say at the least D: --> EasyTune6 + Smart

Now that I have this can't wait till I'm stable and ready to see how far my baby can go! tongue.gif
Edited by FlashFir - 2/3/12 at 9:04am
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Thread Starter 

You can ask me to update the spreadsheet result later, just send me a PM.  The spreadsheet is really just a reference list to give a general idea of who has done what and gone where with this board.

 

XOLiD, set your timings manually to rated.

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Originally Posted by FlashFir View Post

Questions:
  1. What's safe NB temperatures? Mine gets nice and toasty during prime95 testing.

What temp does your's reach during Prime95 runs? Mine typically tops out at 45C with the VRMs slightly toastier at about 48-49C.
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My Northbridge hits usually around 58-59C; 60C maximum recorded. It hasn't hit above 60/61C.
I'm in SoCal so I have REALLY nice ambient temperatures, basically low 70F all the time! (21C for comp terms)


And I have a general question about overclocking: Heat is a combination of Voltage and CPU Frequency right? Like VCore^x+Ghz*y=Heat?
Voltage increases exponentially, frequency increases heat linearly?



Additional question: Is there a way to view this club's spreadsheet in a better way? It sucks that you have to highlight and drag to the right to scroll right on the spreadsheet -_-;
Edited by FlashFir - 2/3/12 at 5:35pm
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And new 970a mobo

http://www.gigabyte.com.hr/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4122#ov
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