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I've been thinking about a little overclocking. I have never tried it before.
Am i better off to do it through the bios?
Or use the AMD OverDrive software
i am using my sig rig?
Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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BIOS. However, I suppose you could use Overdrive to get an idea of what settings work and then apply them in the BIOS.

Also, good luck. Overclocking is a complicated process, but it's not too hard to figure out the basics. The first thing I would do is lock down your memory timings and then start increasing the FSB or CPU multiplier to the point where your PC won't boot. Then you can bump it down so it will boot and try to make it stable using Prime95 or whatever.

Edit: Clearly my advice isn't going to make you a master overclocker. There ought to be some good guides out there that will give you some ideas about where to start.
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Originally Posted by mrhiab View Post
I've been thinking about a little overclocking. I have never tried it before.
Am i better off to do it through the bios?
Or use the AMD OverDrive software
i am using my sig rig?
Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated!
If you're really serious about overclocking then do it in the BIOS!

You have a black edition CPU so just up the CPU multiplier a little at a time. When in Windows, use Prime95 Blend until it goes 24 hours without an error. Be sure to have a program that can monitor CPU temps like HW Monitor. If it goes over 60 degrees C while running Prime95 then you're running too hot. Most people don't like it if it goes over 55 degrees C.

You'll hit a wall this way but you can go even higher and be stable once you start increasing your CPU voltage. Temps should be your limiting factor but it's also not recommended to go over 1.45v with that CPU. You can still do it but you should have really good cooling if you try to do that. Did you add a second fan to your 212+?

That's CPU overclocking. The next item is the CPU-NB. You'll want it to be anywhere from 1.5x to 2x of your DDR3 speed. This item also has an adjustable multi and there should be a CPU-NB voltage setting in your bios. This can be tested also with Prime95 blend for 24 hours. Don't ignore the CPU-NB because when your CPU speed gets higher, the CPU-NB and related L3 cache starts bottlenecking the CPU
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Running a single fan on 212+ but i do have 3 more fans just haven't put them in yet.
So far temp hasn't gone over 38 deg after 24 hours on prime but that was just messing with the overdrive software got it up to 3.7 ghz.
Thanks again!
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