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post #1 of 23
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I would like to get a clock somewhere between 4.5-4.7 currently at 4.3 with the vcore set to 1.493 using only the multipler in the bios. Tems seem good just when I run prime95 on any clock over 4.3 I either have the system freeze up on me or multiple core tests fail out (2-3 on average) Not home with the system but I'll try to provide as much input as I can. Mobo is a Asus M5a97 running 8 gb of 1866 ram with a Cooler Master Seidon water cooler. Anyone got some pointers or tips, maybe something I'm missing? Pretty sure I got all the stuff disabled that could hinder the oc.
post #2 of 23
How are you monitoring your temps? I suggest downloading hwinfo64 and logging your temps during prime95. You should also download IBT and use it to check stability; run it on very high and monitor temps as well. Since you're using a water cooler, you have no real cooling being applied to your VRMs. You're probably going to want to rig up a fan blowing directly onto them.

1.49 seems rather steep for 4.3GHz to me.
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post #3 of 23
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I have hwmonitor I've been running in junction with p95 to keep an eye on temps. Don't know if this will help but here's some screen caps along with more info on my system.
http://imgur.com/XkAWdNP
http://imgur.com/scS914V
http://imgur.com/Cd8cs1K
http://imgur.com/nJoKhBQ

MOBO > Asus M5a97 Bios 1605
CPU & Cooler > Cooler Master Seidon 240M – All-In-One CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 240mm Radiator and 2 Fans
MEMORY >Patriot Viper 3 8GB PV38G186C9K 8GB (2 x 4GB)
POWER SUPPLY > OCZ 850w
VIDEO CARD > AMD Diamond 6950 x1
HDDs/Optical drives > 2tb x1
SOUND DEVICE > Onboard
USB > keyboard,mouse,headset
O/S > Windows 8.1
Case > Rosewill CHALLENGER 3 stock fans
post #4 of 23
Asus M5a97

That's the reason you can't get any better overclock.

It's a horrible board for overclocking. I was only able to get 4.3 GHz out of my 6100 with a custom water loop.

My 6100 was able to get 4.7 on a gigabyte 990fxa-ud3.

If you can get 4.3 GHz with that motherboard, keep it and be happy.
post #5 of 23
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Yea I had some suspetions that the mobo might of been holding me back. Im going to fill you in a bit on what my goal is. I recently preorderd Fallout 4 and it being one of my favorite game franchises and a long awaited title for me I'm in the process of doing some upgrading to my system. Just a few days ago I ordered a new AMD R290x. Was trying to push just a little more performance time out of this cpu mobo set up that I've had for a little over 3 years. So here's another question, in your opinion what would you do? I've considered looking info upgrading cpu/mobo or at bare minimum from the sounds of it the mobo. Should I hold of on upgrading, or would doing it in the next month or so be as good as time as any? I am also a little torn on what direction to go when I upgrade. As I mainly game on my pc many people have told me I would see higher performance gains running Intel.

Thanks in advance for all advice given.
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Yea I had some suspetions that the mobo might of been holding me back. Im going to fill you in a bit on what my goal is. I recently preorderd Fallout 4 and it being one of my favorite game franchises and a long awaited title for me I'm in the process of doing some upgrading to my system. Just a few days ago I ordered a new AMD R290x. Was trying to push just a little more performance time out of this cpu mobo set up that I've had for a little over 3 years. So here's another question, in your opinion what would you do? I've considered looking info upgrading cpu/mobo or at bare minimum from the sounds of it the mobo. Should I hold of on upgrading, or would doing it in the next month or so be as good as time as any? I am also a little torn on what direction to go when I upgrade. As I mainly game on my pc many people have told me I would see higher performance gains running Intel.

Thanks in advance for all advice given.

What resolution monitor are you running? What's your budget? The best setup for CPU/MOBO you could do for gaming without spending too much is 4690K/Z97 motherboard.

I would suggest this setup. If you want to go a bit cheaper, you can get a i5 4460 and a great h97 board. The stronger per core performance will be beneficial for gaming.

I personally made that switch from a FX-6350 @ 5.2 GHz to a i5 4690K @ 4.7 GHz and I would never go back. I do love the AMD processor more for overclocking though, It can take quite a beating tongue.gif
post #7 of 23
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Budget not quite determined yet I'd be OK dropping $350-400 on an upgrade give or take if the performance gains were decent. I'm running at 1920x1080 currently. If I go with i5 4690k is there a specific board that you would recommend?
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Budget not quite determined yet I'd be OK dropping $350-400 on an upgrade give or take if the performance gains were decent. I'm running at 1920x1080 currently. If I go with i5 4690k is there a specific board that you would recommend?

I own the Z97i-PLUS from ASUS and the Z97M Gaming from MSI.

Depending on form factor, I would suggest either these two boards or the ASUS Z97-A
post #9 of 23
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Sorry but what do you mean by form factor? Like what will best fit the case?
post #10 of 23
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Sorry but what do you mean by form factor? Like what will best fit the case?

ASUS Z97i-PLUS is mITX
MSI Z97M Gaming is mATX
ASUS Z97-A is ATX

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