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Overclocking from MSI Control Center or BIOS?

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Greetings,

I am new to overclocking in general and have recently decided that I should push my Fx-8350 chip a bit more considering that I use a Antec Kulher 620 water cooling on it.

My Motherboard is MSI 760GM E51. A Micro ATX Mobo that doesn't officially support 125W CPUs (only 95w) but I am able to run this CPU flawlessly when I didnt over clock it.

I tried overclocking the CPU to more than 4.2 in BIOS but Prime95 shows failed tests after a while and then OS would lock up.

So the other solution was obviously overclocking through MSI Control Center. Here's what i'm confused about: when i select the default "gaming" profile, it shows the CPU is rated at 4235.5 Ghz, but CPU-z is showing only 4100 Ghz. I don't know which one is accurate.

It seems that most people suggest OC in BIOS but this Mobo can't handle it. Strangely enough, its overclock able in the MSI Control Center and seems so be running fine, even though i have doubts about its accuracy.

Just wanted to see what you guys suggest.
Edited by davidsuzuki254 - 9/2/13 at 11:02am
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If you're changing in Control Center, thats not really altering anything. You would need to do it in the "ClickBIOSII" software instead, that is actually going to make the overclocking changes because once it restarts your PC from there, it will actually change your BIOS info. If you're doing it through the BIOS and you're failing on Prime95, then either stop due to the hardware limitations that you're explaining or if you're feeling adventurous, keep tweeking...just hope nothing goes wrong.
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Umm, I wouldn't push it at all. Your running a 125w CPU in a 95w socket!!! Otherwise I hope you have good fire insurance. Also as stated above make the changes in Clickbios 2. Also, even though the CPU is under water, the most important part isn't. I would wager if you took your build apart, there would be discoloring around the VRM's and socket. Even running stock, you are pushing that board past its rated capacity by a good margin. It is down clocking automatically due to the safety features in either the CPU or the board. MSI is notorious for added safeties built in to their boards, even their OC boards..
Edited by agrims - 9/2/13 at 9:52pm
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