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Technically, you'd be overclocking from 3.7 GHz to about 4.0 to 4.2 GHz.

 

You might enjoy overclocking anyway.  Many people find it to be a little addicting.  :)

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post #12 of 31
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It says 3.3 Ghz...how do you get 3.7?

And yes I kinda wanted to just play around with it some, it wouldn't hurt to tweak it a little bit would it?

If not, how should I go about getting started?
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post #13 of 31
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It says 3.3 Ghz...how do you get 3.7?
And yes I kinda wanted to just play around with it some, it wouldn't hurt to tweak it a little bit would it?
If not, how should I go about getting started?

 

It's Turbo Mode.  3.7 GHz is the fastest it will ever go when it is under full load.  The more intense the load, the closer to 3.7 GHz it will get.  Sometimes it will actually go straight to 3.7 GHz, but it always depends on how intense the load is.  Mine would top out at about 3.5 to 3.6 GHz when I ran Prime95.

 

I'm looking at the manual for the Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 right now to see what you can do.  Although, their UEFI BIOS screenshots are very low quality and blurry.

 

What I would do for now is go into the UEFI BIOS and switch to the "OC Tweaker" menu/tab thing.  In here, change "CPU Ratio Setting" to 40.  This is the multiplier, and 40 will result in exactly 4.0 GHz because the BCLK is at 100.0 MHz (and it's best to always leave it at 100.0 MHz because overclocking is easier with it at 100.0 MHz).

 

I don't know if this will work because there are never any guarantees, but I figure it's worth a shot.

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post #14 of 31
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Would going through the OC Tweaker to change the CPU ratio automatically scale the voltage and everything itself?
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Would going through the OC Tweaker to change the CPU ratio automatically scale the voltage and everything itself?

 

Yep, because they are set to Auto right now.

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Cool deal, thanks for all your help!
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post #17 of 31

You're welcome.  I just hope that this turns out to be a good start!

 

I almost forgot:  you'll need to use CPU-Z to check the CPU's full-load core voltage.  The easiest and best way I know of to get full load on the CPU is to run Prime95 for a few seconds or even a minute or so.  I would also check the idle voltage as well.  This way you can determine if you can leave the voltage setting on Auto.

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post #18 of 31
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Well I just ran Prime95 for about 3 minutes and the CPU temp was getting to 93C. I saw this is around the max temp I want to be when running full steam, should I be alarmed it's getting so hot without even being overclocked yet?

edit- And while gaming, will the load be anywhere close to what the Prime95 torture test will put it through? I'm using the test settings shown here:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1198504/complete-overclocking-guide-sandy-bridge-ivy-bridge-asrock-edition

Under Overclocking: The Prime Test


edit2 - Idle voltage is right around .984
Under full load it gets around 1.220v
Edited by reubdy - 11/13/12 at 7:30am
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post #19 of 31

That temp is way higher than I would expect even for stock cooling.  It sounds to me like the stock cooler may not be installed all the way.  Is it loose at all?  I mean, does it wiggle or wobble?  Can you move it?  If so, then that means it's way too loose.  It needs to be very tight against the CPU in order for the heat to transfer from the CPU to the heatsink in order to get spread throughout the heatsink so that it can be dissipated as quickly as possible.

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post #20 of 31
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Okay, second run of the torture test. I ran it for 10 minutes and temp is at 92C with a voltage of 1.218-1.224 with no errors or warnings on all cores.

As for the cooler, it's ROCK SOLID on the mother board. I installed the CPU with arctic silver and used the correct placement of the compound onto the top of the chip.

What else could it be? :/ This kind of has me worried.
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