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Hi guys, ive been ocing intel since sandy but i have never oc an amd cpu. Im using an msi 990fx gaming mobo, amd fx8370, and kingston 1600 hyper x ram, anyone have a guide with an msi board? Or can u guys help me out? I tried to oc it and look at other guide but its differnet to my mobo. Thanks a lot, i just want to oc it up to 4.8ghz
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post #2 of 11
Well im rusted myself gonna google for some guide smile.gif


All i can says is multiplier + voltage would probably get you there and stay under 60-70c under load


1.55v max i would says


Goodluck smile.gif


( msi bios are pretty hard to understand )
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What PSU is in that system as that does have an effect on your overclocking.
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Inwin commander 1500 watts
Thats a 7 year old CWT made unit but no idea how good it is.
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Thats a 7 year old CWT made unit but no idea how good it is.
its good, and i used to use it on my other pc with an i7 2600k oc to 5ghz and 2 gtx titans, so it should be stable for this amd
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Hi guys, ive been ocing intel since sandy but i have never oc an amd cpu. Im using an msi 990fx gaming mobo, amd fx8370, and kingston 1600 hyper x ram, anyone have a guide with an msi board? Or can u guys help me out? I tried to oc it and look at other guide but its differnet to my mobo. Thanks a lot, i just want to oc it up to 4.8ghz

I would suggest against overclocking to 4.8 on that motherboard. Great looks, not so great mosfet quality (so instead, it tries to go with quantity). I mean, if longevity is a concern. The motherboard is 6+ 2 phase, with Nikos mosfets (although not the old D-PAKs). In the 970 Gaming here (which has the same VRM), the motherboard died at 4.7 within hours from the review:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1501416/msi-970-gaming-anyone

The best thing to do, is install a fan, to blow to the VRM heatsink. Otherwise, longevity wise, you are taking a gamble for speeds like 4.7-4.8. Your saving grace might be your 8370, as they use less voltage than the older chips. But still, you should have a fan blow on the VRM with that motherboard.
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+one on what Undervolter said vrms will get very hot above 70c and when the caps get to hot it will throttle down the cpu . Am running a fx8300/msi 970 max iv got is 4.9 but vrms where near 80c thats with a fan on the vrms and open case but i run it at 4.5 24/7 vrms temps are under 60c with fan on vrms and one 80m fan at the back of the board helps alot.
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+one on what Undervolter said vrms will get very hot above 70c and when the caps get to hot it will throttle down the cpu . Am running a fx8300/msi 970 max iv got is 4.9 but vrms where near 80c thats with a fan on the vrms and open case but i run it at 4.5 24/7 vrms temps are under 60c with fan on vrms and one 80m fan at the back of the board helps alot.

60C is good. The problem is this. Theoretically, almost all mosfet manufacturers, state their chips can survive 120C. But empirical evidence as well as mobo manufacturers' BIOS limits, show that prolonged heat at high temperatures, kill the mosfets well below the 120C peak temperature. In the MSI Gaming series, the VRM is the hidden achilles heal, because Nikos is notorious for producing mosfets with decreased resistance to heat. This is, i suppose, why on MSI Gaming series websites, you see all the boasting about the chokes, the caps, but never the mosfets. Military class and all the marketing boasting, but never on the mosfets. Because they are Nikos. And unfortunately, in AM3+, the VRM is the most crucial part of the motherboard, as there is lot of power, lot of heat and the one thing that has the most probabilities to fail and potentiall fry the CPU with it, is exactly the VRM. So it's like "military class" in other things, and "farmer class" in VRM. biggrin.gif Which is why MSI has put lots of mosfets per phase, to counterbalance the lack in quality. But when things get hot, quantity can sometimes fail you. Quality is better. Quantity is fine when you don't push things too hard.
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Your absolutely correct on that, thats why Msi has been slacking for a few years of late for highr end boards, dont get me wrong iv build 3 pcs all with msi over the past 10years not one has failed on me but iv seen other brands get pushed harder for the same equivalent boards just that msi makes good looking boards compared to others.
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