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Asus M5A97 R2.0 + FX 8350 - Overclockcing

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Hi, seen alot of people talking about playing / trying to overclock the FX 8350 on various motherboards. And alot of them seem to always be running into some kind of trouble, and as have i. Tried doing it while following several different guides and suggestion for settings, and ofc tried to slowly increase the clockspeed ratio as you are supposed to. But the highest i'v been able to achieve with manual overclocking the system is 4.2Ghz (on other words, the same as the turbo core speed), and 4.3GHz by using the Asus AI Suite II's auto overclocking software, even tho using the auto overclock have proven to only be about 90-95% stable.

Now when it commes to the auto overclocking with AI Suite II's untability, my guess is that its my RAM thats causing the slight unstability, due to the fact that several people have stated that the XMS3 ram chips doesn't like running at speeds (neither lower nor higher) than stock.

And for the manual overclocking, i'm honestly not really sure whats causing it. I'v gone trough every setting 10x tried various settings, voltages (within safe margines ofc) etc but it doesn't seem to make any difference what so ever as long as i try to go over 4.2GHz.

I have been able to run it at 4.4 and 4.6 while gaming for a few rounds, before it froze (several times on both speeds). But running f.eks Prime95 at anything higher than 4.2 will cause the pc to instantly freeze / lockup.


So, my big question is. Has anyone else overclocked their system using the same cpu and mobo as i'm currently working on? If so, please copy/paste in the settings you used and the achieved clock speeds you gained. As it could save me alot of time and possibly a massive headeache. smile.gif
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That board is better suited for overclocking an FX 4xxx or 6xxx. I'm not sure you'll get much more than the turbo on an overclock as even though it's 4+2 phase and heatsinked it will most likely throttle with an 8xxx.

You're best bet is to find a guide to overclocking and following the procedure properly instead of just picking random settings or pasting some. There are a number on this forum which should be of help.
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Yeah, i know its kind of a wild shot in the dark to just follow another pc's settings all the way. Was mostly curious about their settings (not the amount they have overclocked), and to see if people have been able to obtain any higher numbers than 4.2 on this board or not.

Pretty sure that i'm just going to pick up a more high-end motherboard that is more suited for overclocking. Also going to switch out the RAM chips with 4x4gb Crucial Ballistix + a 80+ gold or platinum psu.

Then i'll take it from there. smile.gif
Edited by Kinryuu - 3/7/14 at 10:40am
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Lol, well if you're spending that much just to over clock, you may as well just sell the cpu as well and stick with your current memory and PSU and go intel. You probably want to overclock to get more out of a value processor, but if you're going to be putting in 2-300 just to do it, you may as well switch unless you're just dead set against Intel. Memory speed isn't really an issue either on Intel. My 1600 CL9 performs better than DDR3 2400 run on an fx8320 just because Intel IMC destroys Intel.

TBH there isn't much difference in games between stock and my 4.2ghz overclock but I bought a K chip so I figured I may as well overclock. Is this a gaming rig? You should fill in the System Builder for your sig, as it just makes helping out a little easier knowing what you have. You can find it in your profile settings.
Edited by Horsemama1956 - 3/7/14 at 11:03am
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This is just somthing that i'v been playing around with putting together on my free time mostly during 2013, but yeah. I have been using it for both gaming, recording and video making. And its not that i'm not satesfied with the performance, cause i am. Just i'm done with my education as a mechanic, so i'm hopefully going to start on my IT education next fall, so everything from pc building (which i have been doing for a few years), case modding (that i'm going to start with as a hobby), various software and overclocking is all somthing that i eager to learn more about. And there are mainly 2 ways that is effective when it commes to learning. 1: assistance from someone that knows the stuff. 2: read, try, fail, learn. wink.gif

Now i'm not exactly at the point of being able to call myself an advanced overclocker yet, but i'm far from entirely green at the area.

The case that i have this hardware in is going to be my first case modding project, and a temporary gaming pc while waiting for the my pc build budget for 2014 to be high enough for a high-end build.

The FX 8350 is one of the better "value vs price" cpu's out there, atleast when you use the pc for alot more than just gaming, so seemed like a fairly good choice with the budget i had at the time for building it. + we are at a break point of where both software and games will start to take more and more advantage of having multiple cores / threads, so in the near future it will hopefully perform a little better even without any insane overclocking.


PS: I have filled in pretty much everything about this rig on my profile. Including hardware, equipment that is used for this particulare pc, when they where bought and prices i payed for them. smile.gif
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