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I'm looking into seriously overclocking my FX-6300 and possibly other components of my system. First off, here are my system specs:

MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Creative Sound Blaster Z 70SB150000000 5.1 Channels 24-bit PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) Interface Sound Card

I'm thinking I already may have noticed an oversight, in that the Mobo only has PCI Express 2.0 and the GPU is 3.0, so that may be holding back my system...

Anyways, I was experimenting the other day with overclocking my CPU since I installed a new Cooler Master heatsink and two corsair high static pressure fans. I left the FSB at 200Mhz and set the multiplier at 22.5 for 4500Mhz. I couldn't get past the windows password screen without getting a BSOD, so I turned it down to 4400Mhz. It was stable for around 45 minutes, playing Skyrim, but then gave me a BSOD. Tried it again at that speed and got a BSOD again after about the same amount of time. I've heard of people overclocking their FX 6300s to 4800Mhz, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I figured I'd get some advice before trying anything else to make sure I don't damage any components.

Interestingly, the mobo has an OC Genie mode in the BIOS where it automatically adjusts settings for everything, so I tried it and windows wouldn't even load. I went back into the BIOS and found that it had changed the FSB to 215 and the multiplier to 22 for 4730Mhz. I'm hoping that nothing was damaged by using the OC Genie.
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Originally Posted by Darktangent View Post

I'm looking into seriously overclocking my FX-6300 and possibly other components of my system. First off, here are my system specs:

MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Creative Sound Blaster Z 70SB150000000 5.1 Channels 24-bit PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) Interface Sound Card

I'm thinking I already may have noticed an oversight, in that the Mobo only has PCI Express 2.0 and the GPU is 3.0, so that may be holding back my system...

Anyways, I was experimenting the other day with overclocking my CPU since I installed a new Cooler Master heatsink and two corsair high static pressure fans. I left the FSB at 200Mhz and set the multiplier at 22.5 for 4500Mhz. I couldn't get past the windows password screen without getting a BSOD, so I turned it down to 4400Mhz. It was stable for around 45 minutes, playing Skyrim, but then gave me a BSOD. Tried it again at that speed and got a BSOD again after about the same amount of time. I've heard of people overclocking their FX 6300s to 4800Mhz, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I figured I'd get some advice before trying anything else to make sure I don't damage any components.

Interestingly, the mobo has an OC Genie mode in the BIOS where it automatically adjusts settings for everything, so I tried it and windows wouldn't even load. I went back into the BIOS and found that it had changed the FSB to 215 and the multiplier to 22 for 4730Mhz. I'm hoping that nothing was damaged by using the OC Genie.

I was running my 6300 at 4.8GHz with 1.472V (1.44V set manually with LLC set to 75%) I'll warn you these babies get hot with that kind of voltage.

Forgot to mention i had my multiplier set to 24 and i didn't touch the FSB.
Edited by philhalo66 - 4/14/14 at 2:14pm
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I was running my 6300 at 4.8GHz with 1.472V (1.44V set manually with LLC set to 75%) I'll warn you these babies get hot with that kind of voltage.

Forgot to mention i had my multiplier set to 24 and i didn't touch the FSB.

Did you leave the FSB at 200? I haven't fooled around with voltages yet, not sure what is safe or not.
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Did you leave the FSB at 200? I haven't fooled around with voltages yet, not sure what is safe or not.

Yes i left it at stock 200.
As far as i know the safe voltage ranges are 1.28V~1.5V and 1.55V at the absolute maximum with high end water cooling loop. Temperature is 60C maximum any higher and it is causing damage (everyone on here told me that)
Edited by philhalo66 - 4/14/14 at 2:20pm
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I've got settings for CPU Voltage, and CPU-NB Voltage, which one should I change?
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I've got settings for CPU Voltage, and CPU-NB Voltage, which one should I change?

CPU Voltage!.
The CPU-NB is the integrated memory controller you shouldn't have to touch that.

I also just noticed your motherboard is only 4+1 Power Phase keep a very close eye on your MOSFET temperatures if they get too hot they can cause a fire and kill your Motherboard an processor i suggest you put these on them http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835708011

And have a read of this thread it has alot of good information. http://www.overclock.net/t/943109/about-vrms-mosfets-motherboard-safety-with-125w-tdp-processors

Edited by philhalo66 - 4/14/14 at 2:27pm
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I left the FSB at 200Mhz and set the multiplier at 22.5 for 4500Mhz. Ambitious!

I couldn't get past the windows password screen without getting a BSOD, That's what happens without doing all the other overclocking stuff.

I've heard of people overclocking their FX 6300s to 4800Mhz,. 5GHZ is pretty easy

Interestingly, the mobo has an OC Genie mode. I wouldn't touch that with a 10 foot pole!!

You have to read a lot of guides and posts. It's basically all in the voltages.
Don't worry about overheating, All AMD CPU will shut themselves down long before heat becomes destructive.
But too much voltage can kill one instantly. Just go slow with the overvolting, small steps, one parameter at a time.
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Ok, going to try 1.445V at 4300Mhz to start.
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I'm looking into seriously overclocking my FX-6300 and possibly other components of my system. First off, here are my system specs:

MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Creative Sound Blaster Z 70SB150000000 5.1 Channels 24-bit PCI Express (x1, x4 or x16) Interface Sound Card

I'm thinking I already may have noticed an oversight, in that the Mobo only has PCI Express 2.0 and the GPU is 3.0, so that may be holding back my system...

Anyways, I was experimenting the other day with overclocking my CPU since I installed a new Cooler Master heatsink and two corsair high static pressure fans. I left the FSB at 200Mhz and set the multiplier at 22.5 for 4500Mhz. I couldn't get past the windows password screen without getting a BSOD, so I turned it down to 4400Mhz. It was stable for around 45 minutes, playing Skyrim, but then gave me a BSOD. Tried it again at that speed and got a BSOD again after about the same amount of time. I've heard of people overclocking their FX 6300s to 4800Mhz, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I figured I'd get some advice before trying anything else to make sure I don't damage any components.

Interestingly, the mobo has an OC Genie mode in the BIOS where it automatically adjusts settings for everything, so I tried it and windows wouldn't even load. I went back into the BIOS and found that it had changed the FSB to 215 and the multiplier to 22 for 4730Mhz. I'm hoping that nothing was damaged by using the OC Genie.


The people who get stable overclocks of 4800 MHz are few and far in between. The guys who do tend to use Sabertooths and Crosshairs. Most also have real watercooling set ups. Pretty sure your board has much weaker voltage delivery system. I also think that particular MSI board is famous for catching on fire.
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I'd be happy just to get it stable at 4.5Ghz. I was a little underwhelmed with the graphics performance in games, but that may be due to the mobo pci express slot only being 3.0.
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