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So I had to downgrade from my Intel rig and now am stuck with a athlon x 3 untill I can buy a 8350. So I tried using the unlocker on my motherboard but then when it restarts it wont boot up so It unfortunately wont unlock to a quad. So I wanna atleast get it up to a respectable clock rate so it will fair better in games.

My problem is as soon as I take the clock any higher than 3.35GHz it refuses to even post. I can set the bus from 200 to 210 but no higher even if I drop the multiplier. This is really baffling. Am I missing something? I figured I could at least pull 3.6GHz but no matter how high I set the voltage it wont even post past 3.35GHZ even setting vcore to 1.45!! nothing....


Any help advice is much appreciated, been awhile since I had to work for a overclock.redface.gif
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Okay, I did a little research for you. So here we go. A direct quote.
"In your bios your going to increase your cpu frequency by 10-15mhz at a time, and then load your computer up and run a stress/stability test to see if you have a stable overclock. Repeat these steps until you are at a unstable overclock or your temperatures are too high for your liking."

I hope that has helped somewhat.
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So here is where I stand on my OC. Gotta say I am shocked at what this chip can do. So if someone could help me lock down this OC and tighten things up that would be great. Vcore says 1.52 but in bios it is actually set to 1.48v


Edited by Dimaggio1103 - 10/24/12 at 11:46am
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You got a good enough overclock smile.gif

Those ol' X3s were a pain to get high overclocks on without bumping up vcore by quite a bit. Some were golden though. Mine's one of them biggrin.gif



The 450 had one of the worst unlock rates out of all the X3s.

Use LLC to stabilize your vcore.
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Thanks i actually got my vcore down to 1.38v and still dropping. Its running at 3.8GHz but yet I still see it bottlenecking my gts 450 in starcraft 2. Its a shame. I will probably pick up a vishera in a week or two.
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Thanks i actually got my vcore down to 1.38v and still dropping. Its running at 3.8GHz but yet I still see it bottlenecking my gts 450 in starcraft 2. Its a shame. I will probably pick up a vishera in a week or two.

The Vishera's sound sexy. THey also perform well. I plan on getting one myself for my rig.
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SC2 is CPU bound pretty much no matter what you do. You're not going to find an OC that changes this. Sandy bridge at 5GHZ is still CPU bound in SC2 so don't worry about it too much. Just get the best OC you can and enjoy. try to get NB over 2500.
     
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Thanks i actually got my vcore down to 1.38v and still dropping. Its running at 3.8GHz but yet I still see it bottlenecking my gts 450 in starcraft 2. Its a shame. I will probably pick up a vishera in a week or two.

Don't forget you have to adjust ALL of your settings when using ref clock for overclocking,so lower you RAM,HTT and CPU/NB(IMC) when setting your CPU. If you are lucky you can run 4.35GHz all day long.

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Definitly gonna push the OC higher for now. Think i'm gonna pulls the trigger on a fx-6300, so I can now abuse this x 3 for the time being.
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the athlon x3s have the highest chance of unlocking. More like 75%

Try unlocking again, but this time, raise the voltage first before you enable unlock and save bios settings.
If the stock is 1.36, raise it to 1.39, save then restart and unlock.
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