Nothing special really in the BIOS, pretty much leave on the stock settings, and shot for a stable overclock. I am pretty sure after I changed out my G-Skill Ares 1866 CL9-10-9-28 RAM to just some Value RAM, then I was able to use the same settings/timings/speed and was ok at 4GHz. I think once I put the value RAM in the system it seem the start going stable at 4GHz, with a one of the latest BIOS updates.
Before then I was running something like 3.8GHz to be stable at. Has been a bland and difficult overclocking adventure
I have tinkered around with RAM settings, making sure its not overclocked before hand, load lines, and whatever else I could find, even using other peoples settings they are posting, but seem nothing worked.
Recently I changed out the case for a Lian Li PC-7h and installed additional dual top case mounted fans, and the 4GHz overclock I do have, does not go over 60c when prime loaded which is ok.
Basically I just run 4GHz flat with 1.28v, which is ok a this stage. I use to need more voltage, when it was running hotter in the older case I had. As you know stability is affected at higher temps, and if your cooling cant handle it, then you need more volts (to cope with the thermal ceiling of a particular speed), that leads to more heat and then you are stuck with a run away train effect.
Anyway I have been reading up over the internet, and seem the FX8350 is much compared with a i5-3570K, with the Intel around 10% in the lead a lot of the time, but not always. I can see that an i5-760 clocked at 4GHz would be much like a i5-3570K at stock speed, but then it still has to compete with its internal improvements which the first gen does not have.
Cant really take to many photo, and there is not much to take a photo off, so I will just rattle off what I have set in the BIOS for the AMD processor
CPU ratio = 20
Turbo = Disabled
PCIE = 100
Mem Freq = 1866
CPU/NB = auto
HT Link = auto
Manual voltage = 1.28v
DRAM = 1.6v
CPU load line = Ultra High
Everything else in the menu it just auto/stock
CPU configuration = Everything disabled (otherwise I have this crazy clock jumping around, even at stock. Which sucks, sometime I would like to have power savings on, if I need to leave the system running, but want it to be snappy too)
Seems when ever I go any higher than 4GHz the system will fail, as in freeze up, and progressively lock. I know this thing can go high, as when I first got it, I made a couple of suicide boot ups in to windows at or near around 5GHz. So something gives, and does not like to go fast and stable. Power supply is solid, and have recent added a second graphics card, and copes really well with that, and hasn't affected anything I did already have before.
btw. Just a thought that I haven't been able to shake. I was thinking about in the 2000's when AMD use to give their processors weird names like XP 2600+ but the clock speed was much slower that the name suggested, but was by name on par with Intel offering with performance, this was so Joe six pack would think it is the same clock speed as an Intel and buy it. Point is, AMD usual try and keep in sync with what Intel are doing, therefore the reason I cannot see any Steamroller processor this year is (could be likely) as Intel as just doing a clock refresh of their current line, no change, therefore no need for AMD to change anything either Edited by erase - 2/8/14 at 5:35am