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Unlocking 560 BE to B60 OC questions

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Hi all,

I just kinda-sorta (no internet yet) finished my first personal rig, the one in listed below, and I'm curious how far would be a good, moderate OC to push for my 560. I've already unlocked it, and it runs 4 cores without errors for 5 minutes at 3.38 ghz, haven't had time for a longer stress test. It runs a bit hot though, 61 C at full load. I've got the clock at 205, and stock settings for everything else.

I know xd_1771 will probably have something to say about the 3+1 phase of the VRMs on my mobo, so my other inquiry is what kind of cooling I should be looking into. I repeatedly see Cooler Master Hyper 212s as good budget cooling, and I'm thinking about picking one of those up, and maybe some MOSFET heatsinks?

Thanks
post #2 of 8
nothing you can do to change the powerphase, mosfet heatsinks may help, but just gwr a new board.
    
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Well, I can't really afford a more expensive board for now, and I just got this one... so, until I upgrade, I'm going to be stuck with this one. I know Jagged_Steel had a good deal of success with the exact same mobo/cpu combo, so it's doable, I'm just not sure how.
post #4 of 8
Taking a 3+1 with any 125W is usually a bad idea in the long run, esp. where this lower quality and non overclocking friendly A series is concerned.
An aftermarket tower cooler won't help as it removes airflow to VRMs, remember that. Take caution, and be sure everything is properly cooled at the least if you continue. You'll want to have some MOSFET heatsinks and a fan blowing in that area, for the highest level of safety. Most Biostar 3+1 can actually take a good hit, but with processors like these that consume more power AND are OCed, there's a much bigger risk involved.
If you unlock 4 cores, I don't recommend you push the CPU past stock speed. At 3 cores (you may not end up needing 4 depending on what you do with your chip) you have more headroom.

And please, if you can't afford a new board, at least get a better power supply.... I've owned this power supply, the voltages were out of ATX spec upon bootup, and I replaced it; the PSU won't protect against over current and may actually make a VRM failure more likely.
Edited by xd_1771 - 7/30/11 at 1:17pm
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Mmk, sounds good. So first on my list of things to get are MOSFET heatsinks and a good PSU... I haven't spent too much time testing the OC yet, although it's yet to give me any trouble. Maybe I'll lock down the extra 2 cores for now and OC those, since I'm still on 32-bit Windows 7 anyway. I need to get a 64-bit copy too...
post #6 of 8
Wow, 32-bit? Due to the 1GB video card, that means you're only able to utilise less than 3GB of your 8GB RAM!
For sure keep the 2 DIMMs there to continue running with dual channel performance, but you should also try and get to 64-bit ASAP.
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I got a new board before I overclocked my unlocked 555BE. 4.0GHz was pretty simple to get. I ran it at 3.85 on a 3+1 but not anything stressful, you need to assume risk if you do.
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I'll order a 64-bit copy through Microsoft student. Probably push for a moderate OC, nothing extreme.
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