Originally Posted by WalkinTarget
Thanks to Undervolter and Rocozaur for the valuable info. That at least explains some weirdness on my end. Still under the weather here, so I haven't even turned the PC on.
I did find out last night that by upping the multi from within Windows, things got really strange. A quick run on the 'Valley' benchmark netted me a score in the 500s (!!!) when the old 6300 chip managed to squeeze out a score in the 1900s. I attribute this to Aero crashing or disabling itself as soon as I used MSI Command Center to up the multi to 20. Again, I can't BOOT the PC with the multi set to 20, so I will jot down the voltages I have plugged in to Command Center, then try and replicate those in the UEFI menu.
Just shooting for 4000 with a 20 multi, and I'm OK with the 1.424v for now, but first I gotta get it stable, then try some benchs, then lastly see if it passes Prime. My 6300 dropped 2 cores @ 4.5 in Prime, but I don't consider the PC a failure if it fails Prime, I consider it a failure if it crashes when I bench in Valley or game on it.
Be aware that some benches will react strangely to software overclocks with certain combinations of bios and control center versions. Some will straighten themselves out if you apply your software overclock prior to opening the program , others will wig out no matter what you do with software overclocks using multipliers. My CHV-Z does this with most of my steam games when using AI suite.
To get around this particular issue, you have to set the multi to what you ultimately want it to be using bios , then adjust the FSB with CC- on the older boards with older software this as the best way to get around it. Example set FSB to 190 , multi to 20 , boot to windows use CC to up the core voltage, the FSB to 205 ( that number will turn red on the 990 gaming if the board thinks it will be unstable- not sure on this board) and you should be running at 4100 mhz. As for the core voltage , something is up there. hwinfo should give you a better idea of what is happening, if it's drooping or offset , pstate etc is messing with it. The range for stable voltages at 4.1 ghz among my FX 8 core chips runs from 1.2 volts to almost 1.4 volts. I'd adjust it to the point where the voltage delivered is 1.4 - just watch the core temps.
When you use CC to overclock, disable all power savings features, and leave voltages in "auto". Also disable turbo and p-state limit, but leave cpu smart protection enabled.
I'd update to the latest bios too if you haven't already.