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Hi all, I have the proc in the title and I am overclocking it. I have the BT with the FM121 mounted on it and I have a few questions.

1. Is it best to run a high mulitiplier? "current multi is 11"
2. I am watching my temps from speedfan and I see a temp that says core and it is at 46C as I am typing, while the mobo cpu temp probe is telling me 34C, my current ghz is 2.48.
3. When I see specs for procs I see a "nm", what does that mean?
4. What are steppings? I hear them mentioned many times, what does it mean?
5. I have the FM121 and it can with a controller, should I use it to get the most speed out of it, or it is not needed?

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I don't have much time to answer all your questions but i'd recommend staying with the 11x multi on that board because it just won't handle high FSBs and high memory speeds at the same time, it's one or another.

As for temps, forget about the mobo CPU temp that's not accurate, you don't want your Core temp to go over 55ºc at full load.
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Ok........

1. Depends on a number of factors........I have the 3200+ version of that CPU and run 10 multiplier and 265 gives me 2.65GHz

2. Your Vcore is what will cause temps like that for your CPU you shouldn't need to go above 1.35v to get a decent stable overclock of at least 2.6GHz.
My Vcore is 1.33v

3. nm is nanometers or 1/1000 of a meter

4. Steeping - http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/29

5. Controllers are good!
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The lowest I can get the vcore is 1.35v will that be good enough to overclock? It's funny, I always thought that the higher the voltage the better overclock you get.

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The lowest I can get the vcore is 1.35v will that be good enough to overclock? It's funny, I always thought that the higher the voltage the better overclock you get.

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That's right, but the highest clock with the lowest voltage the better
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Alright I know my via chipset sucks, but with a multi of 11, 1.550v and I forget the FSB like 237 I think I was able to get 2.51ghz and a idle temp of 48C (core reading). Right now I am trying multi 10 with 1.500v and right now I am able to get 2.40ghz. I am going to try to get 2.7ghz by tonight and I will be very happy! but it seems that I will not be able to. Boy it sure would be nice to be in the 3ghz club .

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The problem i had with that board is that i COULD reach high fsbs no problem, i got my 3200+ (2.0ghz) to 2.7ghz and over (not stable though) but i had to run the ram under 400 to achieve that. High FSBs and "high" ram freq just didn't get along... good luck in your OC. I'm looking forward to see the results.
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Ok........

1. Depends on a number of factors........I have the 3200+ version of that CPU and run 10 multiplier and 265 gives me 2.65GHz

2. Your Vcore is what will cause temps like that for your CPU you shouldn't need to go above 1.35v to get a decent stable overclock of at least 2.6GHz.
My Vcore is 1.33v

3. nm is nanometers or 1/1000 of a meter

4. Steeping - http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/29

5. Controllers are good!

I want to see you cpuz proof on that oc cause if you have a Ccore of 1.33v at 2.65ghz theres some thing very wrong there. Most amd cpus in s939 have there voltage stock at at 1.35-1.4 volts. So how could you get a clock of 2.65ghz and still putting less volts on your core then they come at stock
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The problem i had with that board is that i COULD reach high fsbs no problem, i got my 3200+ (2.0ghz) to 2.7ghz and over (not stable though) but i had to run the ram under 400 to achieve that. High FSBs and "high" ram freq just didn't get along... good luck in your OC. I'm looking forward to see the results.
Ok is that my problem then? I can't get any higher than 2.50ghz, so do I need to run my RAM under 400? If I do so, wont my RAM be slower than they were at 400? Thanks guys for the help. I also noticed something, my voltage for my vcore isn't stable, (cpuz readings) it goes from 2.354, 2.600, to 2.616, what's the deal, my OCZ 700 watt should be able to handle everything correctly, right?

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Ok is that my problem then? I can't get any higher than 2.50ghz, so do I need to run my RAM under 400? If I do so, wont my RAM be slower than they were at 400? Thanks guys for the help. I also noticed something, my voltage for my vcore isn't stable, (cpuz readings) it goes from 2.354, 2.600, to 2.616, what's the deal, my OCZ 700 watt should be able to handle everything correctly, right?

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Ok is 2.354, 2.600, to 2.61 your voltage cause if it is TURN IT DOWN YOUR GONNA FRY IT. Yes your OCZ psu can handle that. I also think you may be confused on the ram part of it. your ram is DDR which means double date rate. So in logical terms that me if your ram says DDR400 that means its runs at 200 effectivly. There is no way you can go above 400 which would make it DDR800. Also your motherboard looks like it has alot of voltage fluctuation (spelling?) so that could be a problem for overclocking
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