Originally Posted by 2advanced
Damn Bubba, you're really taking this project on. I gotta say though, sounds to me like you're all over the place with your frequencies and voltages. Why not start with just Multiplier Overclocking to see how far you can get while maintaining 1.45V at load or less? THEN playing with the FSB to get things all tuned? I'd really like to see how far you can get with the multiplier alone and 1.45V. +REP for sharing all your hard work with us.
I did that with the 1.3625V setting. My board seems to be the opposite of normal. I don't know if they designed it that way or not. But with LLC off I'm seeing an increase in voltage. So when I set it to 1.3625 I'm actually at 1.365 to 1.37 idle according to hwmonitor and cpu-z and around 1.39 1.4 and change under load. At that point I was hitting 51-52C on the core temps at 4.5-4.6GHz and I don't want to push it even further. I think with even higher bumps it might hit 4.7 to 4.8 but the tradeoff with heat is making me nervous. Of course these temps are under prime95 but I want to achieve the highest clock I can without sacrificing lower temps. I was able to hit 4.5 rock solid stable at 25x200 and changing nothing else but the V to 1.3625 setting in bios which put me at the 1.4V load. That's why I'm playing with the FSB now to see where the sweet spot is. It may seem like I'm all over the place but I took a sampling of the steps I took (lazy I know) because I didn't want to type every 5 change in the bus. I'm sure there is a correct testing and reporting methodology but as this is my first REAL attempt at overclocking I'm a tad ignorant of the posting process
If this wasn't going to be my daily CPU I would push it higher. But as it stands I want to see the capabilities of this chip and prove the "faildozer" crowd wrong. I think the unlocked SB are amazing chips but I think that there is a market for BD as can be seen after they dropped the price to where it should be. If there are any other benchmarks you would like to see me run let me know (free benchmarks I would prefer). I think I've found the sweet spot now with 230x20 but I'll know better tomorrow after running it through it's paces.