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As the title says, I own an FX 8320 (cooled by a Hyper 212 EVO) running on a Gigabyte 970A-D3P motherboard. I attempted overclocking yesterday and was confronted with baffling results. The ONLY changes I made in BIOS were unlocking the CPU, turning off turbo boost, and raising the CPU multiplier (NOT FSB). I started off with baby steps and rose the multiplier from 3.5 GHz to 3.6 GHz. Booted fine, ran Prime 95 for a while, played some games, good temps and no issues. I then went back into BIOS and set my multiplier to 19.00, thus overclocking to 3.8 GHz. After saving settings and rebooting, my PC starts. But before it can even POST or give any signal to my monitor, it shuts off. Thankfully it turned back on on it's own and managed to boot into Windows without a hitch. I go through the motions, the OC is stable and sitting at 3.8 GHz in Prime 95. Good temps. No issues. Now every time I would reboot it would perform the same ritual. On, Off, then On again and boot just fine whether it was cold boot, warm boot, or reset. I reset my clock back to stock and turn core turbo boost back on and it boots perfectly. The problem ceases. There was definitely something with my overclock (I think). Is this normal, should I be worried, and what exactly happened here? I'm running the latest F5 BIOS so that can't be a problem. My overclock does stick when I boot into Windows, so maybe I have a problem somewhere else.
Edited by Propheciah - 3/23/14 at 6:30pm
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This is a gigabyte thing. Every gigabyte board I have had, current one included does this ritual. It will turn on fans, turn off, turn on fans, turn off, turn on fans and boot. Nothing unstable about any of my OC's, but I have read that it is sensing an OC and loading it from your BIOS then restarting, and then finding more changes in the bios, and restarting.
When everything is stock as you said, it will boot right up, but once settings are changed, it will do this.

Really annoying as it takes what would be a 10 second boot time, and turns it into a 20 second ordeal.

Also, have you changed your voltage at all?
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Thank you very much for your input gunzkevin. This really puts me at ease smile.gif . I have not touched any voltages yet. A few people on Tom's hardware suggested it was inadequate voltage or a bad overclock, but it showed no bad signs when it got into Windows. A guy I know personally (whom helped me build my PC actually) said it seemed odd, but if it passed stress tests then it was fine. I just worried for my the safety of my components, but it seems that all is well.
Edited by Propheciah - 3/23/14 at 8:26pm
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Thank you very much for your input gunzkevin. This really puts me at ease smile.gif . I have not touched any voltages yet. A few people on Tom's hardware suggested it was inadequate voltage or a bad overclock, but it showed no bad signs when it got into Windows. A guy I know personally (whom helped me build my PC actually) said it seemed odd, but if it passed stress tests then it was fine. I just worried for my the safety of my components, but it seems that all is well.

Yeah, it is a really annoying thing that I have just learned to put up with.

You should really adjust your voltage rather than just leave it at auto. Normally it is set to around 1.4v which is much more than required and produces extra heat.

Would you like to know how, or would you rather just leave it alone?
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This is a gigabyte thing. Every gigabyte board I have had, current one included does this ritual. It will turn on fans, turn off, turn on fans, turn off, turn on fans and boot.
That was also common on a lot of p35 and p45 intel boards, like a double boot sort of thing.
    
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That was also common on a lot of p35 and p45 intel boards, like a double boot sort of thing.

Had a p35 and it happened on that. Gigabyte is lucky everything else on their boards is excellent, or I would go somewhere else to save my 10 seconds.
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Yeah, it is a really annoying thing that I have just learned to put up with.

You should really adjust your voltage rather than just leave it at auto. Normally it is set to around 1.4v which is much more than required and produces extra heat.

Would you like to know how, or would you rather just leave it alone?

If manually setting the voltage shouldn't cause any issues, then I would like to know what I should set it at. I'd prefer to cut down on heat if possible. Thank you so much for the feedback! By the way, could I properly sustain a 4 to 4.2 GHz overclock with this new voltage?

Edit: I found a post by you in another thread explaining to set CPU vcore to "normal" by typing in "nor" to change the value. Now my vcore doesn't go past 1.3375 in CPU-Z. In core temp it does ramp up to 1.4+ like it used to but maybe that's innacurate... Does this sound correct? Edit: Nope, nevermind. Max volts still 1.425. I DID notice, however, that my voltages automatically changed to 1.3375 after applying an overclock... Hmm...

Another (and hopefully final) Edit: I attempted overclocking again and it was smooth. It just really freaks me out when it powers back down almost instantly after it powers up, the fans hardly get a chance to rev up. There is a period of about 4 seconds while I'm assuming it is loading the OC settings. Is that abrupt of a shut down still okay? Just making sure one last time because it is a bit scary lol
Edited by Propheciah - 3/24/14 at 1:27pm
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If manually setting the voltage shouldn't cause any issues, then I would like to know what I should set it at. I'd prefer to cut down on heat if possible. Thank you so much for the feedback! By the way, could I properly sustain a 4 to 4.2 GHz overclock with this new voltage?

Edit: I found a post by you in another thread explaining to set CPU vcore to "normal" by typing in "nor" to change the value. Now my vcore doesn't go past 1.3375 in CPU-Z. In core temp it does ramp up to 1.4+ like it used to but maybe that's innacurate... Does this sound correct? Edit: Nope, nevermind. Max volts still 1.425. I DID notice, however, that my voltages automatically changed to 1.3375 after applying an overclock... Hmm...

Another (and hopefully final) Edit: I attempted overclocking again and it was smooth. It just really freaks me out when it powers back down almost instantly after it powers up, the fans hardly get a chance to rev up. There is a period of about 4 seconds while I'm assuming it is loading the OC settings. Is that abrupt of a shut down still okay? Just making sure one last time because it is a bit scary lol

With my processor (everyone is different), I managed to overclock to 4.3ghz stable at 1.31v. Stock for our chips is 1.35v so I was still under what the factory believes it should be set at. Getting to 4.4ghz took 1.32v and 4.5 was 1.36v. So if you do set it to normal (1.35v) it should handle 4.1ghz.

Thanks for searching around, many people will appreciate that on this forum.

There are two settings I want you to change. First is "VCore LoadLine Calibration". This has to do with something called VDroop. Basically, if you set your cpu to run at 1.35v, it will be running higher than that while at idle, and under load it will go to 1.35v. Changing this will allow you to set it to 1.35v, and it will not exceed that voltage.

At the bottom of the page where you were changing the voltage, you will see "VCore LoadLine Calibration",



Set this value to Medium by typing "med", the other settings either add too much voltage, or not enough and you still see a big flucuation.


Now, back to setting your voltage.

When you change the CPU Vcore to "Normal", an option right underneath it called "Dynamic VCore (DVID)" will light up and become available.


If you want your Vcore to be set at the stock 1.35v, set this to "0.0000".

Now depending on what OC you are after, you can lower that. If you want to just go for 4.1ghz, I would recommend setting "Dynamic VCORE" to "-0.025", use the "+" and "-" keys to change this value.

This will set the max voltage to (1.35v) + (-.025v) = 1.325v



Here are all my other voltages, and their values. I have pretty much set everything to the stock value, rather than auto to limit the voltage to what is specified. CPU PLL voltage I lowered .1v as I read it was beneficial.



Boot back up, and run prime95 Small FFTs to see if you get any errors/freezes. If you do, just keep adding more volts until it is stable. Or if it is stable and you would like to lower the voltage, keep on subtracting small amounts.

I also recorded my start up so you can see mine. There is probably a fix, I just have not found one and pretty much gave up on that. But it is not hurting anything.

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Yes! That is exactly what my PC does! Thank you so much for all of your help and taking the time for a video. I can't thank you enough. I'll be one happy overclocker soon thumb.gif
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Yes! That is exactly what my PC does! Thank you so much for all of your help and taking the time for a video. I can't thank you enough. I'll be one happy overclocker soon thumb.gif

No problem, always nice to help someone out.

Post back with your OC results! I want to see how high you can get it! thumb.gif
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