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I just purchased an ASUS M5A97 and have had the inclination to overclock my CPU. (It's an AMD Phenom II 6-core 1035t @ 2.6ghz) I've never overclocked before, so I'll be scouring the forums on how to do that correctly. (Any links would be such a huge help!)

I've played around in BIOS before, but on this board I'm given some new BIOS UI that isn't the traditional DOS-like structure...it's a lot like the AMD Overdrive utility. That being said, how and where do I adjust the values to overclock my CPU? (and possibly my vengeance 1600 RAM)

Any advice would be extremely helpful!
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The auto-overclock feature works great.I am referring to the one in the ASUS AI suite software you run from windows. Depending on if or how you installed that from the ASUS disk it should be in your lower right on the toolbar. I have not read about anybody using it with a 6 core yet, you should give it a try. When you give it the order to begin the auto-OC process be very patient and don't enter the BIOS or anything during restarts. If you have dual OS boot, choose the one you started the Auto-OC on each time you are prompted or you might leave the process hanging (I have done this). It will start and restart the computer several times, trying higher and higher OCs until one fails. It will then restart with the highest one that worked. It is pretty cool because you can see the settings it is trying-clock speed, multiplier, voltages and all. For my chip it will take it up to 3997 Ghz on the extreme setting.

To get to the manual settings, you need to select "advanced mode" in the upper right of the first UEFI screen.
uefi-ui.jpg

It will take you to this page. The CPU and memory settings are in the AI tweaker tab of this new page. You can mouse wheel scroll in these pages. The memory settings are found by scrolling down onthis page. Took me a while to figure that one out by blind stumbling.

ASUS-P8P67-EVO-BIOS-2.jpg
Edited by Jagged_Steel - 8/14/11 at 8:53pm
    
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@JaggedSteel Have you tried unlocking cores on your 555?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by spaceballsrules;14585730 
@JaggedSteel Have you tried unlocking cores on your 555?

Yup. They will unlock fine but they are not usable. I can unlock them and even clock them way up and stress them, but they produce some random graphic errors when running. I have done it both on my old Biostar A870 and this board too.

ratrod_11.jpg

This was on my old Biostar board.
Edited by Jagged_Steel - 8/14/11 at 9:07pm
    
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Rule of thumb: software overclocking is bad.

the black edition phenoms are very easy to OC. I'm too tired to get into detail but i'm sure there are tons of people who can explain that process to you.
    
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Originally Posted by xPrestonn;14585819 
Rule of thumb: software overclocking is bad. the black edition phenoms are very easy to OC. I'm too tired to get into detail but i'm sure there are tons of people who can explain that process to you.

I disagree.This may be true with other or older Auto-OC software, but I have used and tested this one several times and it definitely works great. The overclocks that the AI suite produces have by far run smoother than all of my manual OCs on this board. I can get the clock,NB, and Memory speeds way higher manually and they will benchmark way higher, but when it comes down to running the smoothest in games the AUto settings have worked the best on this board. It is easy to do the manual OCs with this board/chip as well. I pointed the OP to the right spot in the BIOS for him to do this in the previous post. Even if you are dead set on trying everything manually, I suggest trying the auto-OC anyways. You can write down the clock speeds it trys, and these will get you started when you try to set your own OC. You can get 5 or 6 viable clock speeds doing this and then try different multipliers with them. I was able to manually get my highest OC of almost 4.3 this way.
    
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I've been trying to manually OC in the BIOS...I havent installed this on my OS, heck, I didn't know I could or if it would work!

In the second end of your post, what are you instructing me to do with my memory? Does the auto OC feature work with the memory as well?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jagged_Steel;14585782 
Yup. They will unlock fine but they are not usable. I can unlock them and even clock them way up and stress them, but they produce some random graphic errors when running. I have done it both on my old Biostar A870 and this board too.

ratrod_11.jpg

This was on my old Biostar board.

So are you saying that was just with your particular chip, or you think it will be the case in general? And soz if you saw my PM =D Typical noob move, only searched forum after spamming PM frown.gif
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I have a Phenom x2 565 and this motherboard unlocked it to a Phenom x4 B65
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