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Intel Pentium E5400 Overclocking Guide!

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This is my first OC'ing guide, so I will keep it short and sweet.

The Pentium Dual Core E5400 is quite an overclocker I've found, taking it to 4.644GHz on air.
This guide will show you how to overclock it on my crappy cheap G41 motherboard. You will probably do better with an X38 or X48 mobo instead, But this was my budget build.
I will be overclocking on a Gigabyte GA-G41MT-D3.

First thing you want to do is boot into the BIOS. Usually it is: DEL, F12, F2 etc. It will say somewhere when you boot up. (i.e. "press DEL to enter setup" etc.)



This is my boot screen. If I press DEL here it will take me into the setup:



In the setup. With most gigabyte boards you want the first option: "Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker".



With these settings you will get a nice overclock from 2.7GHz to 4.16GHz. you want the CPU Clock Ratio at 12, the fine CPU Clock Ratio at 0.5, the CPU Host Frequency at 333, and you want to set the PCI Express Frequency at its default of 100. (Why do this? on some boards the auto setting adjusts depending on other aspects. better safe then sorry!) Also, the low FSB of the E5400 means that the stock memory clock defaults at 800MHz. A Host Freq. of 333 will fix this, however if you leave the CPU Clock Ratio at its stock 13.5 then you will need a lot more volts, as explained in the next photo.



I have set my voltage to 1.45000 for stability. Depending on your CPU, mobo and other stuff, you may or may not be able to use a lower voltage.
Be aware that any low quality boards will probably not have very good power going to the CPU and you may not be able to get as high. A good quality board from places like Gigabyte and Asus should give you a decent overclock.

I hope this helps you in some way.



If this is in the wrong place Mods: please move!
Edited by TA4K - 7/21/13 at 4:38pm
    
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LOL nice find! Never knew an E5400 could do so well. Very good guide. +rep
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I wouldn't be so sure of putting 1.45V through a 45nm Wolfdale for best long terms results, but yeah, those CPUs can definitely do it if you're willing to give them as much.
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meh, I have huge vdroop where it drops down to 1.408v with no load, so I need it to stay stable ad idle. I guess the 1.45 keeps it stable at load, and the vdroop saves on wear and tear at idle.
    
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If you want to see my overclocking adventure with this chip, look at http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/1079263-cheap-chip-could-overclock-log.html

It is the overclock log that I wrote for this chip.
    
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Ha Ha, I have a G31M-ES2C Rev 2.0 and I have my E5400 OCed to 3.3GHz @ 1.2V! Didn't go higher because I don't have a good cooler (it's crappy Intel stock cooler) and no TIM (yes, you saw that right, no TIM). I have max temps of 85C.
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And now I have it OCed to 3507.5MHz @ 1.2V (305x11.5) biggrin.gif

Prime95 torture test: PentiumE54003507.5MHzFSB1220MHzRAM813MHzPrime95bl.txt 18k .txt file

And here's the validation of CPU-Z

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Temperature:
High: Core #0: 100C; Core #1: 95C
Low: Core #0: 85C; Core #1: 81C (during test)
Edited by Strix - 12/28/14 at 10:26pm
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To start off, I am very new to the world of overclocking, and I need your help! What do you guys get out of it? Nothing, really but I do need help. To start off, I will explain my PC. It is a Stock Dell Inspiron with no GPU and (obviously) an Intel Pentium E5400. To start off, I don't know how to get into the motherboard settings and 2. I believe I need a cooler/fan upgrade when heat becomes an issue. What coolers would you recommend? Will my stock motherboard handle overclocking? How do I enter the settings to overclock the CPU? It would be very helpful if some of you guys could answer. (Sorry if I'm bring a dead thread back to life, and I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to put this, I'm new).
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Originally Posted by GraDixFy View Post

To start off, I am very new to the world of overclocking, and I need your help! What do you guys get out of it? Nothing, really but I do need help. To start off, I will explain my PC. It is a Stock Dell Inspiron with no GPU and (obviously) an Intel Pentium E5400. To start off, I don't know how to get into the motherboard settings and 2. I believe I need a cooler/fan upgrade when heat becomes an issue. What coolers would you recommend? Will my stock motherboard handle overclocking? How do I enter the settings to overclock the CPU? It would be very helpful if some of you guys could answer. (Sorry if I'm bring a dead thread back to life, and I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to put this, I'm new).

I tried OCing my E5400 on G31M-ES2C Rev 2.0 to 4050 MHz (297 MHzx13.5, which ofcourse, wasn't stable) with my stock cooler. I ran AIDA64 stress test, stressing both the CPU & FPU (there's no iGP so no point in stressing the GPU - yeah that's right, I don't have a dGPU yet!) and the temps hovered at 86C on the hottest core and average of 81C @ 1.175V. Fortunately, my stock cooler didn't pose any threat to the OC before the OC was unstable. I essentially used an efficient TIM and that was well enough anyway. Besides, E5400 won't go much farther than 4GHz, and mine was only perfectly stable at 3915 MHz (290 MHz x 13.5) running 85C @ 1.175V on the hottest core on AIDA64. So see if you can have any luck with changing the TIM - take a less expensive step than taking the big one. However, if you plan to use this cooler for any other builds you have or plan to have, then ofcourse it's better to keep one aside. I'd suggest CRYORIG R1 Ultimate/Universal, Be Quiet! Dark Rock/Shadow rock, Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Noctua NH-D14/D15/D15S for the top-tier air coolers and Corsair H80i GTX, NZXT Kraken X31, Swiftech H220-X/H240-X, Deepcool Gamerstorm Captain 120/240, Cooler Master Nepton 240/120, Fractal Design Kelvin S24/S12, Silverstone Tundra TD-03/02 or the upcoming EK Predator 240. For just serving the purpose of cooling and doesn't have to be so much pricey, you can look at CRYORIG H5 Universal, Phanteks PH-TC12DX, Noctual NH-D15S/U12S, Be Quiet! Pure Rock etc. air coolers.

Given I could actually boot at 4050 MHz, 850 MHz RAM, 1188 MHz FSB on my G31M-ES2C, I think you wouldn't require any fancy board to OC E5400, unless your current one is a piece of crap (no offence, many motherboards are piece of crap, especially in the mainstream segment).

To OC the CPU, you go to the BIOS, enter "motherboard intelligent tweaker"/"OC tweaker"/"System OC" or the likes, and try tampering with the BCLK (that's the only way to OC LGA775 CPUs anyway). If your RAMs aren't OCable, adjust the memory multiplier to stay close to 800MHz RAM frequency, adjust the Vcore voltages (aka, CPU voltage), increase/decrease at 50mV increments and these are the basic tasks that you'll need for OCing it.
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