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post #1 of 18
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Hi all, I am completely new to overclocking and I came here to get some help
First of all I have a AMD Phenom II x4 currently at 3.0ghz
MB - Gigabyte GA-MA74gmt-s2
and 4gb of ddr3 memory
windows 7 32bit (yeah I know tongue.gif)
I was wondering whats the most I can get out of the CPU with the stock cooler (I don't have much of a budget at the moment)
I have used Core Temp and the cores usually hang around 40 - 44c when I'm not doing anything (I'm from Australia the air temp as I'm typing this is about 35c)

Anyway thanks in advance for any advice smile.gifthumb.gif
post #2 of 18
First of all - welcome wave2.gif Here is an OCN thread to get you on your way to overclocking, enjoy! http://www.overclock.net/t/525113/phenom-ii-overclocking-guide
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by K62-RIG View Post

First of all - welcome wave2.gif Here is an OCN thread to get you on your way to overclocking, enjoy! http://www.overclock.net/t/525113/phenom-ii-overclocking-guide
Thanks for that, there is still some things I don't understand , Like the reference clock and multiplier where do I find that is that the FSB or am I looking in the wrong place?
Sorry if I'm sounding like a complete newb (mainly because I am tongue.gif)
post #4 of 18
Think of the reference clock (Bus freq, usually 200Mhz) as a drummer keeping the tempo of the music at a certain pace. The multiplier will tell you how many times faster the other individual instruments in the band are going (CPU, Front Side Bus, Ram, Hypertransport). So for example, if you have a CPU multiplier of 15, then your CPU's speed is at 3Ghz (200x15).

If you have a black edition chip, you can adjust only the CPU multiplier to achieve your desired overclock. Can you tell us your exact cpu model?
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post #5 of 18
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I sorta got the hang of it now, I tried it at 205x15 wich worked out to be 3047.95 MHz I did a Prime 95 test and the temp peaked around 65c (Core Temp) and didnt go any further.
What do you think I should do? should I go any further or will it just get too hot with the stock cooler?
post #6 of 18
At this point, you need better cooling. You want to stay at or below 55-60C under full load with Prime 95. Actually, you probably need to re-paste and re-mount your CPU cooler. What kind of cooler do you have?
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post #7 of 18
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Its just the stock cooler that comes with the CPU
post #8 of 18
What are you using to monitor temps? Is the fan set to full speed?

Even with the stock heatsink, you should be able to get a couple hundred Mhz. For the moment though, lets focus on getting your temps in check. Use HWMonitor to check your core temps under prime 95.

Get it here http://www.cpuid.com/downloads/hwmonitor/1.21-setup.exe
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post #9 of 18
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I was using Core Temp to monitor it, I actually had a desk fan blowing into the side of my machine im not sure if that was fooling something and not increasing the fan speed?
post #10 of 18
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well It wasnt that, Tried it again same results, the fan speeds are all at 99% when doing the test

Also it is a very hot day today here where I am (Australia) 36c
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