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post #1 of 11
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Hi, I have an Athlon II X2 240 and would like to overclock it. I don't really know what I need though. A quick search tells me I need two programs, one to overclock, and one to test stability.

Can you give me a few pointers (and what apps are recommended?)

Thanks
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Hw monitor to check temps volts and what not. and intel burn test or prime 95 to check stability. Do not use software to O.C. your pc software glitches and can cause problems. I recommend you read the stickys. Start there but overclock it in the bios. Research what the max saft voltages are and max safe temps are. Then up the for a lack of a better term FBS in small amounts check for stability.
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post #3 of 11
http://www.overclockers.com/forums/s...d.php?t=596023
That is where you should start if you have absolutely no clue where to begin. It will take you from basic to advanced.
http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...they-mean.html
Here is a heads up for what some of the other voltages are used for.
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Thanks that's very helpful.
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http://www.overclock.net/amd-bios/54...a6vmx-htt.html

This seems like it would be helpful to your cause.
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post #6 of 11
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Can someone tell me please does AMD Overdrive support my CPU? (Athlon II X2 240)?
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post #7 of 11
Yeah, as long as it's an AMD CPU, it's overdrive compatible.

Basically you do this: Bump up CPU Multiplier until BSOD. Then, give it more voltage. I recommend you do .2V increments at a time.


Short, sweet, and got to the point. Get over it.
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I just tried to run Overdrive and got a message saying "Cannot detect AMD series 7 chipset on this computer", the app then closed
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post #9 of 11
Your motherboard's chipset is too old.

http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloa...uirements.aspx

Software overclocking is really a toy anyway. You want to overclock using the BIOS.
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post #10 of 11
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I'm going to follow this guide, before I do can someone tell me if it is a good guide or not please?

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In most Athlon 64 systems, the speed of the Hypertransport bus can also be adjusted, but this runs independently of the CPU and memory clock speeds, and is almost completely irrelevant for overclocking (or system performance in general).

1. Boot the computer into the BIOS screen.

2. Increase Motherboard Clock Speed or FSB speed in 5-10MHz increments. Reboot after each increment to ensure that the system can still boot into Windows properly.

3. If the system hangs, crashes or refuses to boot into Windows, increase the memory voltage slightly and retry. If this does not work, increase the chipset voltage slightly and try again, finally, increase the core voltage. If this still does not work, reduce FSB settings slightly, reset the voltages to their previous values and try again.

4. Keep going until the computer can no longer boot reliably into Windows, then back off to the previous safe settings. Keep an eye on the processor's temperature in the BIOS. Remember that it should be under 70°C to avoid limiting the overclocking potential and triggering the processor's thermal throttling feature.

5. Benchmark the overclocked system and compare the results to the performance baseline established earlier. If the system does not complete the benchmarks or crashes, either reduce the FSB setting slightly or increase voltages to compensate and retry.

6. Depending on the current overclocked FSB speed, a memory divider may be used to try to achieve higher speeds. Note that the memory may not be the limiting factor, and if it is not, the divider will not help.

7. Once a fully benchmarked overclocked setting is achieved, run the Prime95 stress test for a couple of hours to verify that the system is generally stable. Enjoy the free additional performance!
Also I have a question about step 2, should I increase the FSB or the motherboard clock speed? Or both?
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