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I just installed a new 960T on my 790x evo mobo and unlocked the 2 extra cores and running stable at 3.6 mhz. Seems to add a little FPS to games over my last 720 x4 at 3.4 but I was wondering if I would be better off just running 4 cores on the 960t and just overclock it to 4 mhz. I have a Coolmaster 212 plus for a heatsink and this thing runs so cool and less voltage than some older Phenoms I'm pretty sure I could get to 4mhz on 4 cores. Just wanted to get all your insight and opinions if it would be a better choice rather than running x6.
Thanks for you help guys.
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I just installed a new 960T on my 790x evo mobo and unlocked the 2 extra cores and running stable at 3.6 mhz. Seems to add a little FPS to games over my last 720 x4 at 3.4 but I was wondering if I would be better off just running 4 cores on the 960t and just overclock it to 4 mhz. I have a Coolmaster 212 plus for a heatsink and this thing runs so cool and less voltage than some older Phenoms I'm pretty sure I could get to 4mhz on 4 cores. Just wanted to get all your insight and opinions if it would be a better choice rather than running x6.
Thanks for you help guys.

X4 will probably give you a higher fps in games.

I have the 970T running at x6 3.6ghz and just decide to leave it at x6, for general system performance this is a lot better, especially while doing work on my machine with all the programs I need open.

You could always try it and see what FPS you get, if you just game it may well be best to stick with x4 if you get a nice fps increase.

If you get only a little increase then definitely keep it as x6.

EDIT: Don't forget to overclock the CPU-NB, always overlooked but gives a nice increase to system speed/benchmarks.
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superste2201,
Thanks for the response. If I up the CPU-NB is there anything else I need to change. I'm not new to computer, but have always taken just the easy route on pass chips. It sounds like this chip has a lot of room if I tweak it a little more than just upping the multiplier and vpu voltage.

Does anyone have any recommendation on oveclock setting that have worked well for them? Then I can get an idea of what to start with.
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I just installed a new 960T on my 790x evo mobo and unlocked the 2 extra cores and running stable at 3.6 mhz. Seems to add a little FPS to games over my last 720 x4 at 3.4 but I was wondering if I would be better off just running 4 cores on the 960t and just overclock it to 4 mhz. I have a Coolmaster 212 plus for a heatsink and this thing runs so cool and less voltage than some older Phenoms I'm pretty sure I could get to 4mhz on 4 cores. Just wanted to get all your insight and opinions if it would be a better choice rather than running x6.
Thanks for you help guys.

Really? I could get just over 4000 MHz on 4 cores tongue.gif

Anyway, 6 cores is pointless in gaming and you will probably get more FPS if you have it as X4 and overclock it higher than if you have X6 at a slightly lower overclock.
    
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superste2201,
Thanks for the response. If I up the CPU-NB is there anything else I need to change. I'm not new to computer, but have always taken just the easy route on pass chips. It sounds like this chip has a lot of room if I tweak it a little more than just upping the multiplier and vpu voltage.
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Thanks

CPU-NB Voltage.

Will try and get my settings for you later on.
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Originally Posted by MoStyles View Post

I just installed a new 960T on my 790x evo mobo and unlocked the 2 extra cores and running stable at 3.6 mhz. Seems to add a little FPS to games over my last 720 x4 at 3.4 but I was wondering if I would be better off just running 4 cores on the 960t and just overclock it to 4 mhz. I have a Coolmaster 212 plus for a heatsink and this thing runs so cool and less voltage than some older Phenoms I'm pretty sure I could get to 4mhz on 4 cores. Just wanted to get all your insight and opinions if it would be a better choice rather than running x6.
Thanks for you help guys.

Assuming your temps are good, why not continue to push 6 cores, and see how far it goes. When you get to the unstable point, start disabling the bad ones. In my processors case, it does 6 cores @ 4 ghz, but I dropped 2 cores (3 and 4) and am trying to best overclock.
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Ozzy938,
How do you know which of the cores are the weaker ones as I push it further? Do you have a utility/software to monitor them. I would love to hit 4ghz if I can find the weak ones. I have it at 3.6ghs x6 and I'm sure I could do 3.7. It bsod on 3.8ghz.. That is just with cpu voltage and multiplier. I think I have seen some post that some guys have pushed all 6 cores to 4ghz, but I'm sure they started to adjust the core clock and NB/voltage as well. Let me know if you guess have any setting suggestion to get 6 cores to a stable max?
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For a better overclock and gaming performance, disable the extra 2 cores and clock it to 4GHz. The CPU-NB needs to be over volted and overclocked too.
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mo,

overclock your chip at 4 GHz @ 6 and @ 4 cores, then play some games. I notice at same clocks the max fps are about the same but the minimum fps is higher @ 6. that's just in one game i play, though. curious what you'll find out.

212 should be able to handle 4GHz at both.
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