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Can someone point me in the direction of the best guide to overclock a 960T. I just picked up one today and just now got it installed.
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post #2 of 12
The best place to look for info on overclocking that chip is to probably look at the owners club for that chip. http://www.overclock.net/t/1189945/amd-zosma-960t-1600t-1605t-cpu-club/0_20
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post #3 of 12

You need a quality board with a quality 4+1 phase VRM system that is cooled to be pushing quads safely and efficiently.  Doing what you are doing so right now taking an underpowered 3+1 phase board rated for 95W processors and no further with a Phenom II quad core running a Hyper 212 EVO (thus no VRM cooling at all), you are going to run into performance issues as over-current protection will limit your clock speed constantly in all 80-100% load scenarios due to VRMs overloading and overheating, reuslting in performance that is lower than what would be at stock CPU speed and with the stock CPU cooler (which blows downward, thus ensuring that the VRMs get airflow to allow for heat movement).  Look to a new board for overclocking.  Read more in my sig - "About VRMs & MOSFETs".

post #4 of 12
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I am saving for a new board atm. I have been able to get a 4.0 overclock on 4 cores, 1.4 v at 50c stable on prime95 for the last 4 hrs. gonna let it run overnight and see whats up. I got a Ultra Kaze rigged up blowing on my vrm's to keep them cool, also using 4 more ultra Kaze throughout my case to keep things cool. Its loud as hell but it works very well smile.gif
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post #5 of 12
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Was stable all night . But i think im gonna back it down a little to around 3.8 to keep from frying my mobo till i get another. should be a couple weeks or so. I'm loving this chip tho, its a big diff from my Athlon II 630. biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

You need a quality board with a quality 4+1 phase VRM system that is cooled to be pushing quads safely and efficiently.  Doing what you are doing so right now taking an underpowered 3+1 phase board rated for 95W processors and no further with a Phenom II quad core running a Hyper 212 EVO (thus no VRM cooling at all), you are going to run into performance issues as over-current protection will limit your clock speed constantly in all 80-100% load scenarios due to VRMs overloading and overheating, reuslting in performance that is lower than what would be at stock CPU speed and with the stock CPU cooler (which blows downward, thus ensuring that the VRMs get airflow to allow for heat movement).  Look to a new board for overclocking.  Read more in my sig - "About VRMs & MOSFETs".

Can you recommend A board for around 100 bucks. Oh and thanks for the info ,all the links in your sig are nice and informative i learned alot just from your sig thumb.gif
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post #7 of 12

Plenty of choices.
ASRock 870 iCafe

or the Extreme3 variant which is the cheapest Crossfire board available

 

ASUS M5A97 for a quality cooled VRM setup and good features

ASRock's 970 Extreme4 also pushes low cost Crossfire AND SLI but it may be above $100 slightly.  This would arguably be your best choice as it offers the most features for price.  On Superbiiz, if you use the promo code FIRSTDOWN, it is $100  + $3 shipping.

post #8 of 12
I have my 960t on a Gigabyte 970A-UD3 and with no sweat at all was able to push it to 4GHz @ 1.41v easily and 3000MHz @ 1.275v on the NB. It also features 8+2 power phase and runs $99. Only downside is it's not the best board for crossfire but it does have all the same bios options and reliability of the 990FX boards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519R
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post #9 of 12
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Thanks Xd:thumb: I have only ever used ASUS boards so im kinda scared to use anything else but change is good i guess. The ASRock's 970 Extreme4 is what i'm liking atm cause of the sli option as i'm thinking about getting another GTX 460 768MB if i can find one smile.gif @CMA do you know what the idea NB and HT should run on this chip mine are both set at 2400. im OC'ED 4.08@ 240x17 @ 1.42v, cant remember what my NB v is set at i think it is 1.33 if i remember right.
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post #10 of 12
Thuban are best with the NB around 3000MHz. Just don't go over 1.375 on the NB Vid volts. HT should stay as close to 2000MHz.
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