Originally Posted by thr33niL
Downloading it now. Thanks.
I'm obviously new to software overclocking. So should I go in to BIOS and just default everything before starting in with the software? Also, when applied or saved.. does the overclock just load on startup or do you have to load and apply the settings in the Control Center everytime?[/quote]
It's understandable that you would be a little apprehensive about software clocking if you are new to it, probably wise to be cautious.
My suggestion is to go to bios, set everything to default , I believe you can do this by pressing F6. Then as I said in the other post disable turbo functions, active phase switching and cool and quiet. Might as well disable the OC genie function as well while you are there. Everything else should be auto for now. If you want , you can save this bios configuration in one of the profiles in bios using a usb thumb drive. This will come in handy if you have to clear cmos in the future and want to quickly restore the same values in bios as a starting point.
Once you have done this press f10 to save those settings and exit bios. Once it boots up open cpuid, and a temperature monitoring program before even opening control center.
Look over the values that those programs are giving you , if everything looks ok proceed to open control center and start with minor bumps in voltage and multiplier.
I have an 8350 and the default voltage to the cpu is 1.28 which is enough to run it at 4 ghz under normal conditions, but is not enough to run all 8 cores at 100% load. I have tested this many times and at that speed and voltage he v drop is about . 03 volts. This is enough to cause worker errors in prime 95. I have found that bumping the voltage to 1.31 in control center allows it to run prime stably indefinitely at that speed. I write this because i want you to gain an understanding of the board's v drop and it's effects and how to compensate for them.
As you go up in speed and voltage the vdrop will increase to a maximum of .07 volts at values above 1.5 volts in control center and at speeds above 4.7 ghz at 100% load on all cores. However, after the initial drop, mine stays very steady. You have nearly the same powersupply that I do , so I would expect similar performance. I have been able to run prime at 4.5 ghz with a setting of 1.47 in control center. I would expect your 8320 to hit 4.3. I guess we will learn along the way, just go slow, make small adjustments in voltage and multiplier and watch your temps. But you have a very nice cooling setup so I don't expect that to limit you.
I wouldn't recommend going above 1.55 volts in control center unless you are willing to risk harming your equipment, I have went much higher , but I've done so at my own peril.
Good luck and if you have any other questions , just let me know.