Originally Posted by slack3y
What specifications of a motherboard do you look at to ensure OC stability? HT Link / NB Freq? Phase power? (This board has HT of 1000MHz and NH Freq of 2000MHz, But I've been setting the NB Freq to 1000)
The northbridge should be either 1.8GHz or 2GHz stock speed. Lowering your chip to 1GHz will be a HUGE bottleneck for performance.
HTT speed of 1GHz will only be a problem for performance, not stability. The stock HTT speed is also 1.8GHz if I remember right. This board just sucks ass and has a terrible chipset. Thats why it doesnt like overclocking, is hard to get stable, and runs at slow speeds. The nForce 6xx series is a rebrand of the nForce 5xx series, which is a minor update and rebrand of the nForce 4xx series. So basically the reason you have an HTT speed of only 1GHz is because it is a chipset from back in the socket 939 days when those processors only ran at 1GHz HTT. Nvidia hasnt actually made a chipset in many years, and the last few years they made chipsets it was mostly just rebrands of older generations. Nvidia left the chipset business because they sucked so bad and had massive problems since Nvidia was using silicon they already knew to be defective. It was a big lawsuit and Nvidia just left the game after that.
The board doesnt even properly support stock DDR3 speeds for your processor. Max officially supported by this board is DDR3-800, and an overclock to DDR3-1066 is technically supported by certain modules. This goes back to the chipset never being designed for this processor and why it cant even support stock speeds for different areas of the CPU. Honestly, I had never even seen DDR3-800 before today. I thought 1066 was the slowest DDR3 ever sold.
The good news is that those chipsets are technically capable of closer to 300MHz fsb speed, from the 200MHz stock. However I dont know if the bios is bug free enough to run much higher than the stock speed with the more modern processors than the chipset was ever designed to be used with.
I know it seems like I am bashing the MB you guys have, and I kinda am. But the board is just designed terribly. It sucks that you are stuck with it and I wish it would work out better for you both :/Edited by EniGma1987 - 11/15/12 at 6:29pm