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FX 8320 on Asus M5A97 R2.0 locking up

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Hey guys!
I joined this forum a day ago mainly because of this problem I'm writing about. In August last year I built this new rig under my profile and it works fine, no problem. Well, at least while not OC'ing. The thing is, every time I try to OC the CPU it boots up normally, it even works for half an hour but then locks up and I have to plug the power cord out of the wall and reset it that way because nothing else works. At 4GHz it's pretty stable but still does the same thing. On 4.2 it's almost instant after I load up OCCT. On stock everything's working fine. Three main components I think might be the cause of this are (from most probable to least): RAM, MOBO, CPU.
My RAM runs at 1333MHz stock and has 9-9-9 timings, but is also tested at 1600MHz with 10-10-10 timings. Today I found out I was actually overclocking my RAM to 1600MHz while leaving the timings at 9 which I thought may have caused the system to freeze. Unfortunately, that wasn't the problem. I even ran MemTest86 and everything worked fine.
My main concern is if my motherboard is faulty, but I don't think it is because than something would be wrong even on stock... And 4+2 power phase is definitely enough for 4.2GHz on this CPU (my friend has 4.5GHz on a 4+1 power phase mobo, same CPU).
Other than that, it could only be my OS. I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Also, my mobo BIOS version is 1903.

If you know anything that can help, please share it. smile.gif

Thanks in advance wink.gif
post #2 of 27
Are you raising the multiplier without adding voltage?
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Well... Using anything less than 8+2 for an 8 core is going to be the first thing people bring up. (Even me... heh...) Anyway, what volt are you at when you are locking up? The 8350 is higher binned, but I can get a 22x multi with 1.3875v on my Sabertooth.
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post #4 of 27
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I'm at 21X multiplier for 4.2GHz and I am raising the voltage and adjusting it. It's almost 100% stable on 4GHz with 1.272V, so I think that 1.31 - 1.33 (that's where I was when it locked up) should be enough for 4.2GHz. Also my cooling is Noctua NH-D14.
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You might want to look at the memory the timings or voltage.
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post #6 of 27
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You might want to look at the memory the timings or voltage.

Yeah that's the most probable solution to me right now as I haven't tested the memory much on different settings. I'll try something more with that and see what I come up with.
post #7 of 27
Try increasing NB voltage. I wonder if that isn't getting enough for CPU and RAM
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post #8 of 27
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Try increasing NB voltage. I wonder if that isn't getting enough for CPU and RAM
I'll definitely try out your advice. I'm from Croatia and it's nighttime here so it'll have to wait until tomorrow. Will report back the results.

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post #9 of 27
Are you messing with the LLC settings in the BIOS? That can help as well if the 2.0 boards have it. I have the same board and CPU except mines the EVO version. (Still not sure on the difference.)
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this definitely sounds like a voltage issue on your problem. my guess is one of 2 things, A. your not feeding it enough vcore. B. you might not have enough juice from your power supply. I know PC Power and Cooling makes a good power supply but I think 500 is probably a bit lowish for that 8350 for overclocking it. was the power supply purchased brand new or did you have it left over from another rig? its definitely a voltage issue, if your ram is rated for ddr3-1600 and you were downclocking it to ddr3-1333 that wont be the issue. try to bump your vcore up and maybe your cpu nb volts up to see if it stabilizes. make sure you run the recommended voltage for the ram. if all else fails see about borrowing a bigger and better power supply if you can from someone else and see if that snubs out your freezing issue.
 
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