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3.8 is almost guaranteed. I was able to hit 4.0ghz on the H50 but you HAVE to keep it below 60C under stress tests or it'll fail. that 965 hates anything above 60C.

I bought a 7950 and used it with my 965. It handled it overclocked up to 1ghz OC on the video card. When I overclocked the cpu to 4GHz, I gained benefits of the overclocked video card up to 1150 on the gpu. So that 965 is a beast no matter what people tell you. Even on the new Tomb Raider it handed it maxed out with no drops below 40FPS, most games maxed. As long as you run the chip @ 3.8+, it's a keeper and will last you a while.

lol Mine fails after a prolonged amount of time over 55C. However I can't seem to stabilize higher than 3.9, it might be because I'm using multiplier only though.
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lol Mine fails after a prolonged amount of time over 55C. However I can't seem to stabilize higher than 3.9, it might be because I'm using multiplier only though.

Oh ya, I couldn't hit 4ghz with just Multi but I got it with 211MHz on the reference clock. So the speed was actually 4009MHz tongue.gif Anything over 3.9 is REAL tough. 3.9 I could stabalize with like 1.457 volts. Just to hit stable on 4.0 was 1 notch above 1.55...whatever that was. At that point the heat REALLY starts to play a major role. I doubt you'll hit 4ghz unless you have a reeeaalllly good air cooler or water.
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post #33 of 46
have you considered a thuban? perhaps a 1090t or even a 960t if you can find one.
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Oh ya, I couldn't hit 4ghz with just Multi but I got it with 211MHz on the reference clock. So the speed was actually 4009MHz tongue.gif Anything over 3.9 is REAL tough. 3.9 I could stabalize with like 1.457 volts. Just to hit stable on 4.0 was 1 notch above 1.55...whatever that was. At that point the heat REALLY starts to play a major role. I doubt you'll hit 4ghz unless you have a reeeaalllly good air cooler or water.

Yeah, at my current settings my load temps are 50C which isn't bad for 1.488v and 1.275 on CPU/NB. I guess changing the fans on my Hyper 212 really helped lol. I'll probably play around with my clocks more trying to hit 4.0 if I ever discover a CPU bottleneck, I dumped enough of my time into the BIOS and on Prime for a very, very, long time.
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have you considered a thuban? perhaps a 1090t or even a 960t if you can find one.

I would recommend any unlocked Thuban to him as well. Because of the greater and easier overclocking potential, improved memory controller, and lower temps. However at stock clocks a 965 performs slightly better than a 960T at stock clocks, but I think that is because of the 400 Mhz lead the 965 has over the 960T personally.
post #35 of 46
Eh, I don't waste my time with Prime. I just do 20 passes on high in Intel Burn Test and if I can manage to pass that I'm good.
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post #36 of 46
My 965 BE was a great cpu.Handled Crysis Warhead with SLI 275s no problem. The only reason I went to a 1090t was because I had the money and the itch. I would say that a 965 is still a relevant CPU atm.
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Eh, I don't waste my time with Prime. I just do 20 passes on high in Intel Burn Test and if I can manage to pass that I'm good.

I do that after running Prime for at least 8 hours lol. However I recently started doing that beforehand because it will indicate a failure much faster than Prime does, if it passes that, then I move on to Prime blend for many hours (usually overnight). Although every time my system has failed Prime, it has been in the first ten minutes, so I don't really think it's necessary to run Prime forever because the longest mine ever ran Prime before failing was 2 hours when I tried 4.0 at 1.536v. But other than that I have never had a fail past 10 minutes.
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I prefer AMD for daily..web surfing..etc..

something about the instruction pipelines i guess...

AMD..It'll lag for a few seconds (3-5) every now and then..

Intel..You click something and 15 seconds later you're like"Didn't I click that?" then 2 browsers or whatever pop up..20 seconds later.
and you have an SSD? You should probably make sure you're in AHCI mode and have everything set up correctly. That shouldn't happen no matter what brand your CPU is.
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Oh just a warning on your motherboard. At about 300 watts on the CPU, those VRMs will start to cook lol. All was fine on my 965, but I got the 8350, hit 5.2GHz stable with fluctuating volts between 1.583-1.6 and the BUUURRRRNNN. I should have had better cooling on them but meh.....sucks to be me haha.
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Oh just a warning on your motherboard. At about 300 watts on the CPU, those VRMs will start to cook lol. All was fine on my 965, but I got the 8350, hit 5.2GHz stable with fluctuating volts between 1.583-1.6 and the BUUURRRRNNN. I should have had better cooling on them but meh.....sucks to be me haha.

Mine? Are you sure? That's kind of terrifying lol. Do you know how much power a Phenom II 965 draws at 1.488v? Because both hardware monitor and CPU-Z refuse to tell me anything other than the default power draw. Also what temps do you call "the BUUURRRRNNN?" I don't even know how to check my VRM temps.
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