Originally Posted by zartom
acutally not at all. once i push it to 227/228 and do prime95 and battlefield 3 together it crashes after an hour. unless i give it 0.225V more. and you wouldn't believe my CPU Cooler - a Zalman CPNS7500... it's not even recommended for this phenom, only weaker models. max load reaches 60C temp after 20-30 minutes, and i decided to live with that. i have this rig for years now and i will keep pushing it.
anyway, can i be sure that if the clock reads more Ghz, then performance go up? i'll try 3dmark, but bottom line, that is what i want to know.
how can i tell when and if memory timing is keeping me back?
Well stability on AMD chips can be affected by temps as well. The max safe temp for amd chips is 62C, which you are getting very close to with your cooler. Seeing as how that is very hot, it could be causing instability, making your stress tests crash. In theory though, the more Ghz, the better performance in CPU dependant tasks, yes. I ask about your memory only because it can also be a source of instability. If you are running Prime95 blend, then that stresses the RAM a lot and if it is not stable, then it could also be a reason for the failed stress testing. I guess I just assumed you OCd your ram based on the fact that you have to use the FSB to overclock, Is that right? If so, what is your stock/recommened ram settings? Memory timings and speed wont affect performance much in the real world though.