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Oh I see. Thought it was disabled - what's it called on a gigabyte board?
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Could this be what's causing the oddities? I've gone down to 4.7 but can't gt stable when running prime95 frown.gif
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It just doesn't seem stable at any settings frown.gif

Would my old phenom ii 965 make for a faster and better OC platform? Starting to think the 4170 can not be OCd stable unless I'm doing something utterly stupid. Definitely not a chip for the serious gamer

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post #45 of 48
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Ok fluctuating CPU power sorted. Had to get an update from gigabyte to sort it in the end. Testing now at 4.75ghz
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It just doesn't seem stable at any settings frown.gif

Would my old phenom ii 965 make for a faster and better OC platform? Starting to think the 4170 can not be OCd stable unless I'm doing something utterly stupid. Definitely not a chip for the serious gamer

Cheers
James

Bulldozer FX cores are about 80% as powerful as Phenom II cores by design. So a 5GHZ FX is about 4GHZ Phenom II, ect. Bulldozer FX has a little more L3 cache, but the cache is slower. It can also handle higher frequency RAM, although with more latency.

Going from a quad Phenom II to a quad bulldozer is a side-grade at best. Anyone here that knows better only bought the FX to play around with, unless they needed the 8 core version for serious multi-threaded apps. The 4100 can sometimes be bought in a combo with a mobo for dirt cheap, making it an attractive budget buy.

I personally hated my FX-4100 for the first month that I owned it. After I fiddled around with the thing, I've unlocked enough performance from it to keep me happy.

What you should do now is whatever is easiest for you.

I was anxious to see if your 4170 ended up clocking higher than the 4100, but it doesn't really look much different. I'd personally sell the 4170 soon since they retail at a pretty steep price, like $150? Someone will buy it just because of very high stock clocks. Or maybe you have enough spare parts laying around to build a whole other rig that you can give to someone in need, or a school or something.
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Damric

Think you may be right here. This 4170 has turned out to be something of a turkey! It doesn't stay in a stable overclock with any combination of settings.

The highest semi-stable I got it was 4700 before it gave out on me. But had blue screens and instability all the way through the spectrum. Still not 100% its not something that I've done, but can't see how!

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So, out of interest. What is the highest OC people have got this processor to?

I managed in the end to get a stable (well so far!) 4.7Ghz - It did a black screen once. But I was then able to play almost 2 hours of FSX with no problems whatsoever. Temperatures stayed relatively good and was quite happy. It was perhaps marginally faster than my 965 was.

So people, what was the best 4170 config, and how did you get it there?

James
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