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Before you post anything, know this: I already looked around, and it is VERY difficult for me, as a first time overclocker, to understand what the guides are talking about.

So here I go...

Using the PC in my signature, I was able to get the following overclock using the ASUS "High Performance" setting in BIOS:

Turbo Frequency: 4429.99Mhz
Multiplier: 43x
BCLK: 103.2Mhz
VID (RealTemp 3.7): 1.3661
Core Voltage (CPU-Z 1.58): 1.28V
Max temperature at 100% load: 66c
Hyper-Threading: Enabled
SpeedStep: Enabled
TPU: Enabled
EPU: Enabled

From what I've read, though, using the ASUS software is not ideal. So here are my questions:

1) Is this considered a good overclock as it is?
2) Should I manually overclock in the BIOS instead?
3) What are the settings I should use to overclock? (Yes, I've looked but am confused as to which settings to change)
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1. It is considered normal
2. I would overclock in the BIOS for more accurate result
3. Leave default settings. Just change the multiplier and the vcore
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1) What should I change to Vcore to?
2) Is there an increment ratio I should follow?
3) Should I set the BLCK to 100 instead of 103.2?

Also, why does it say in your signature that you need 1.54v to get to 4.4Ghz?
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Use Offset at start at 1.3 and x45 multiplier. Set BLCK to 100 for maximum stability. Set VRM frequency to 350 hz. Phase Control to Extreme. Disable EPU.

Btw, there are many guides on overclocking Sandy Bridge. There's even one done by someone from ASUS.
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I would say turn off turbo boost and try to push to 4.5GHz at least. a not-so-bad fan should be enough
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You don't need to turn off turbo boost. Just set the multiplier and you're set. You can also leave speedstep on.
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Originally Posted by l1o2l View Post
Use Offset at start at 1.3 and x45 multiplier. Set BLCK to 100 for maximum stability. Set VRM frequency to 350 hz. Phase Control to Extreme. Disable EPU.

Btw, there are many guides on overclocking Sandy Bridge. There's even one done by someone from ASUS.
And if I want to increase the OC, what increments should I overclock by? I want to try to hit 4.6-4.7Ghz on Air (heard it's possible).

Also, if the overclock fails, will I have to do anything to get back into BIOS or does BIOS keep everything at stock until bootup?
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And if I want to increase the OC, what increments should I overclock by? I want to try to hit 4.6-4.7Ghz on Air (heard it's possible).

Also, if the overclock fails, will I have to do anything to get back into BIOS or does BIOS keep everything at stock until bootup?
Go 1 multiplier at a time. You might have to step up voltage. What I'd do is set a higher than normal Vcore like 1.45 then see how high you can go. Then step down vcore until it's as low as you can go and remain stable. If temps are higher than desired then step the multiplier down one and do it again.

If the overclock fails you will likely get one of two things.
1) you cannot boot to windows and will get a BSOD or a restart
2) You boot to windows but you will get a BSOD or restart after starting some CPU tasks.

If either happens you can either try to enter the BIOS again and change your settings or clear the CMOS using the jumper or button (whatever is on your motherboard). That will reset the BIOS settings back to the factory default.
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ASUS motherboards can detect whether or not the the overclock is too high. If it won't boot, it will automatically reset to defaults. You just have to find out the sweet spot for your own processor. All processors are different.
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first off get a cpu cooler that will let you overclock like a corsair h70
after you got a descent cooler turn on your asus AI and let it set to 4.4 to 4.6 wherever it lets you then turn overvclock to manual be then back off the fsb to 100 mhz and turn the multiplier to x 50 = 5ghz after that you should be golden keep all the settings on auto

the asus tech overclock guide will let you squeeze more out your setup good ram helps out alot on the fsb oc corsair dominator ram i got will let me boot at 110 mhz all day it has a fan cooler that bolts on top
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