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Hey,

I have an AMD Phenom II X4 830 that is currently sitting @ 3.6Ghz @ 1.45V. I was wondering if there is any way that I could possibly get some higher clocks out of it so I can level out with my GTX 470 that is @ 915/1830/1674. Have I hit a wall or am I doing something wrong here?
I'm using an Asus M5A97 Motherboard (AM3+) for those who are wondering.
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Hey,

I have an AMD Phenom II X4 830 that is currently sitting @ 3.6Ghz @ 1.45V. I was wondering if there is any way that I could possibly get some higher clocks out of it so I can level out with my GTX 470 that is @ 915/1830/1674. Have I hit a wall or am I doing something wrong here?
I'm using an Asus M5A97 Motherboard (AM3+) for those who are wondering.

Lock in loose timings on your ram like 10-10-10-30 and then set your ram to a low settings like DDR-1066 or lower. Lower the HT speed then boot into windows and use your overclocking software to slowly turn up the FSB while running prime95 in blend. Once it crashes reboot into the bios and set the FSB in the bios to maybe 10MHz lower than where it crashed. Then re-select a lower DDR speed again (keep it well under 1333 if possible). Boot into windows and start increasing the fsb again. If it crashes around the same spot then that is probably your max fsb if you get further this time then raise it in your bios again.

Once you can't get any more FSB without crashing try entering only 5MHz less FSB in the bios. Then run prime95 for about 12HRs if it passes then set your ram between 1333-1600 and put the timings to what they are supposed to be according to the jdec profile (you can read the JDEC profile from CPU-z.

Make sure your HT is at least 3x the speed of the ram in MHz then run prime95 again for 12HRs. If it is stable increase your HT and run prime again if it is stable you can either try tightening ram timings or increasing the ram speed and run prime again.

When I say make sure your HT is 3x the speed of your ram in MHz I am talking about MHz so for example DDR-1600 is 800MHz and would require a HT of 2400 or higher. 1333 requires an HT of 2000 or higher 1066 requires 1600 or higher.

Going more than 3x faster on the HT is fine as long as it is stable and the faster the HT the better the ram will perform as well as the cache. If you get it to 2600-2800 be happy and stop there. If you get it to 2600 you can attempt running your ram at 1866 but honestly it isn't going to increase the performance much so it isn't worth the trouble IMO.
Edited by givmedew - 2/17/13 at 9:30am
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Lock in loose timings on your ram like 10-10-10-30 and then set your ram to a low settings like DDR-1066 or lower. Lower the HT speed then boot into windows and use your overclocking software to slowly turn up the FSB while running prime95 in blend. Once it crashes reboot into the bios and set the FSB in the bios to maybe 10MHz lower than where it crashed. Then re-select a lower DDR speed again (keep it well under 1333 if possible). Boot into windows and start increasing the fsb again. If it crashes around the same spot then that is probably your max fsb if you get further this time then raise it in your bios again.

Once you can't get any more FSB without crashing try entering only 5MHz less FSB in the bios. Then run prime95 for about 12HRs if it passes then set your ram between 1333-1600 and put the timings to what they are supposed to be according to the jdec profile (you can read the JDEC profile from CPU-z.

Make sure your HT is at least 3x the speed of the ram in MHz then run prime95 again for 12HRs. If it is stable increase your HT and run prime again if it is stable you can either try tightening ram timings or increasing the ram speed and run prime again.

When I say make sure your HT is 3x the speed of your ram in MHz I am talking about MHz so for example DDR-1600 is 800MHz and would require a HT of 2400 or higher. 1333 requires an HT of 2000 or higher 1066 requires 1600 or higher.

Going more than 3x faster on the HT is fine as long as it is stable and the faster the HT the better the ram will perform as well as the cache. If you get it to 2600-2800 be happy and stop there. If you get it to 2600 you can attempt running your ram at 1866 but honestly it isn't going to increase the performance much so it isn't worth the trouble IMO.

Okay, thanks for the help! +rep thumb.gif
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Let me know if you got anywhere with this and thanks for the rep.
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Let me know if you got anywhere with this and thanks for the rep.

Didn't really get anywhere with it. Guess i already hit a FSB wall.
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