Thanks for the tips on putting on the heatsinks. What it defaults (after using the reset switch due to a bad oc) to is 1.4V for the VCore. The motherboard does allow the Phenom II x4 965 which is rated at 140W. Unfortunately when it's unlocked it goes to 177W...soooo not safe XD
I've settled for running it as an x4 instead of x6. Maybe down the line in 2-4 years I'll have an ATX board that's better than 4+1 and actually has a heatsink on the VRM part.
Tonight I'll run it between 1.275-1.375 as an x4 and see high it'll go. I'm aiming for 4Ghz. If I can't beat my friend with more cores...I will win with a higher clock!!
side note: rep++ for you
edit: After trying wtih x16-x20 multiplier and a vcore of 1.275 it just does not want to boot into windows. I've set it to 210x18 for 3780Mhz with a voltage of 1.35 but it registers it as 1.39-1.42. At least this cpu is waaaay laxer on OCing compared to the locked A8-3850.
edit 2: 210x18.5 3885Mhz @1.34-1.37V http://i.imgur.com/P0Tmi.jpg
edit 3: 220x18 3960Mhz @1.4V http://i.imgur.com/861cU.jpg
I like this one the most because the freq match the cpu's #. 960 ftw!
-- Prime95 blend test causes core 4 to fail "[Wed Feb 15 18:09:53 2012] FATAL ERROR: Rounding was 0.5, expected less than 0.4. Hardware failure detected, consult stress.txt file."
-- seconds after posting that it BSOD'ed
edit 4: back down to 215x18 3870Mhz @1.38V (which i'm sure was 1.425 in the BIOS). fatal error again. setting it back to stock and stress testing. i hope I did not kill core 4 :C
it's all good (i think)...on stock it got past test 5 as opposed to not finishing 1
edit 5: 221x16 3535Mhz @1.375 (registers as 1.34-1.38V) I think i'll stick to this for now. Blend test while I cook/eat and tomorrow, since it's a free day, I'll see about getting a higher clock. ~20 minutes in and it still hasn't crashed.
++ 1 hour in and it still hasn't crashed/stopped. This one's a keeper! =D
++ 1h30 and its passed the 8, 12, 20, 640, 720, & 800K self-test for blend
this is my failsafe OC now.
edit 6: core 4 REALLY doesn't like 3.7Ghz. 221x16.5 3646Mhz is still fine and is stressing well. but at x17 it will fail on core 4.
++ letting Prime95 go for the next 8 hours on 221x16.5 @1.356V. I still feel weird about the FSB:DRAM ratio being 3:10 @736MhzEdited by BadRobot - 2/15/12 at 3:12pm