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Ok Im new to OC and I wanted to post my results and see if any of u can recomend some tweaks and critics to get max performance from what I have done. I just got my Zalman CNPS9500 am2 in this morning and the thing works great. Here is what I have so far...

System:
AMD x2 4200 @ 2596.3 *temps: idle 34-37, load 45-47*
Multi: x11.0
BusSpeed: 236.0mhz
HT Link: 1180.1
Volts: 1.352v
MB: K9N SLI Platinum
PSU: Antec SmartPower 450 *stock with my sanataII*
OS: WinXP pro
RAM: Kingston HyperX 2gb pc2-6400
RAM Running:
Freq: 370.9mhz
CAS-5
RAS to CAS delay: 6
RAS Precharge: 5
Cycle Time: 15
Bank cycle time 21
Command rate: 2t

Im new at OCing and I know I need to tweak things. Please any critics please let me know. I also have a msi 7900gt OC to 570clock, 900mem. It puts out around 60C max loaded. If Ive forgotten anything please let me know! thanks!

I went up too 2.7 and was stable but my CPU was hitting near 50c on load. I dont know if that is good or not with an OC, and I also didnt know if I was bottlenecking myself with my mem settings and other stuff.

My MB has many options for OC. If you have critics or tweaks please let me know the technical terms so I can look inside my bios. Thanks in advance.

~S~ Phelan
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50C is about as high as you want to go with dual core - however IIRC, AMD has most dual core chips spec`d to 60C MAX operational temperature, so you have some headroom there.
    
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actually its around 70C i think. I just looked it up since my chip is doing 60C load and i was wondering if it was semi-safe to fold on it.
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please fill in you system specs by clicking the user cp button so that they show up under evry one of your posts keep the volts under 1.55 and temps under 50c on the cpu and that temp on the gpu is good keep it under 80c
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For starters, lowering the CPU Multi and upping the FSB more will net your more performance. If you motherboard is up to the challenge you might try 288*9. Note that this will require lowering your HTT link and running your ram at a larger divider. AM2 Chips are good for <55 at load. Your ram timings are extremely loose, I would suggest seeing if you cant tighten them at all. As a comparison I run my ram at 378 FSB, timings of 4-4-4-6-21-1T. Your ram should be able to squeeze out alot more performance. Other then that things are looking good. Just remember to kep that HT Link <1100 and the temps <55 at load and you should be ok.
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Originally Posted by PhelanJKell View Post
Ok Im new to OC and I wanted to post my results and see if any of u can recomend some tweaks and critics to get max performance from what I have done. I just got my Zalman CNPS9500 am2 in this morning and the thing works great. Here is what I have so far...

System:
AMD x2 4200 @ 2596.3 *temps: idle 34-37, load 45-47*
Multi: x11.0
BusSpeed: 236.0mhz
HT Link: 1180.1

Volts: 1.352v
MB: K9N SLI Platinum
PSU: Antec SmartPower 450 *stock with my sanataII*
OS: WinXP pro
RAM: Kingston HyperX 2gb pc2-6400
RAM Running:
Freq: 370.9mhz
CAS-5
RAS to CAS delay: 6
RAS Precharge: 5
Cycle Time: 15
Bank cycle time 21
Command rate: 2t

Im new at OCing and I know I need to tweak things. Please any critics please let me know. I also have a msi 7900gt OC to 570clock, 900mem. It puts out around 60C max loaded. If Ive forgotten anything please let me know! thanks!

I went up too 2.7 and was stable but my CPU was hitting near 50c on load. I dont know if that is good or not with an OC, and I also didnt know if I was bottlenecking myself with my mem settings and other stuff.

My MB has many options for OC. If you have critics or tweaks please let me know the technical terms so I can look inside my bios. Thanks in advance.

~S~ Phelan
Your HT is too high. When over 1000, set your HT to 4x, it is currently set to 5x. 4x236 will be less than 1000 and it'll run better. Your memory controller will like you for it.
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Wow, thanks for quick responses guys. Ok I am new to OC so please bear with me guys. Ive read that I need to lower my HTT. Ok I just looked in my bios and I cannot control anything to do with that..?

What does lower the multiplier do?

As far as the memory is concerned it runs at 677 @ 5-5-5-15 per reference. It also runs at 800 @ 4-4-4-12. If I run it at 800 I get bsod. Im sure it is something I am doing but I have left my system on Auto as far as the memclock opion and left 1.90v.

So what do I need to do? I dont have an option for HTT.I can change the CPU Freq Multi from 5-11x and up the volt.

For memory I can have speeds from 400-800. Appriciate the time guys. thanks and please bear with me! haha
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Look for something along the lines of CPU-SPP, it will have options of either 200-400-600-800-1000, or 1x-2x-3x-4x-5x. That will be your HTT. Your board does have it somewhere, as I found a review stating such. I would imagine it is under the "CPU Frequency Configuration". The HTT is your FSB*the HTT Multi. It needs to be kept ~1000, however, some boards can get away with an overclocked HTT.

EDIT: Ok, I found the HTT Options, enter your bios, then go too Advanced Chipset Features. It should say "MCP55 to AM2 (CPU) Freq Auto: Auto/Disabled" Change that to Disabled. That will unlock the two features below. The one right below it is our HTT Multi.

When it comes to the Multi goes, without going into too much detail, a CPU speed is figure out by FSB*CPU Multi. The CPU Multi only effects the CPU, while the FSB effects all of the computer and its sub-systems, memory, nb transfer speed etc. Having your FSB higher will allow all of the computer to work faster. That is why it is always better to have a lower multi and higher FSB then the other way around.

PS: You are running your memory under the suggested voltage from Kingston. Depending on what set of 6400 Ram you have the suggested voltage is either 1.95 or 2.0, the suggested voltage can be found HERE
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Tubnotub1, Thanks. I got that ok. With that I have the options for speeds on the HTT from 200-1000, I want to set it too 1000 or 800?

For the cpu multiplier, which multi do I want to choose? I have 5x-11x..? and once I set the multi I just do the same steps of raising the fsb until system doesnt boot, then bring it back down a lil then increace volt by .025 and try more right?
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Tubnotub1, Thanks. I got that ok. With that I have the options for speeds on the HTT from 200-1000, I want to set it too 1000 or 800?
Its best to think of the choices as follows:

200 = 1*FSB
400 = 2*FSB
600 = 3*FSB
800 = 4*FSB
1000 = 5*FSB

If your FSB is at 237, then 800 (*4) would be your choice. This would put your HTT at 948 (237*4=948).

When it comes to what multi to choose, that depends entirely upon how high of a FSB your motherboard can support. I would first find out how high you can get your FSB on that motherboard by lowering the CPU Multi to 6, and running your ram at the largest divider available. After that keep raising the FSB and see how high you can go. Once you are not able to boot into windows or the computer will not start and requires a CMOS reset you have found your max FSB. Once you have found that out you can figure out what your best choice for your multi will be.
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