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FX-4300 - On my way to 5Ghz (Air) (@4,7Ghz currently)

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First of all: Hi, new dude, been lurking along and reading a ton of threads to get the hang of proper overclocking. Thank you all for your Effort and work to get people into this. OC is one hell of fun when you try to beat a friend with his fancy octocore.

My Rig:
CPU:
AMD FX-4300
- 4,7Ghz Stable at this very moment
- 38°C
Mainboard:
MSI 970A-G43 Rev 3.0
- I think this is the Bottleneck for now, a 990FX Chipset might help boosting more...
- 44°C Socket Temp
GPU:
Powercolor Radeon R9 280X TurboDuo
- OC to 1110Mhz Core Clock, 1550Mhz Mem Clock
- 48°C Idle
RAM:
4x 4096MB DDR3-1866 HyperX FURY CL10
- 2x Blue, 2x White, because reasons.
- running at 939Mhz
PSU:
450W Corsair CS80+ Non Modular
- IDC about excess cables, case can stash them away pretty well.
Case:
Cooler Master HAF XB Cube
- All Fans replaces with better 120mm Fans

Usual SSD Boot Drive, 1TB 7200RPM HDD and the other useless and irrelevant Stuff

Back to the Story now. While I write this, I have the Rig stable for around 5 Hours, permarunning CPU-Z Stress Test. While I'm eagerly awaiting Zen and Polaris as most of you enthusiasts, I decided to give a writeup of my OC story, give some Benchmarks and so on. Alright, are we ready? Yes? Lets go!

I acquired this rig from my games earnings around September '15, with much lower plans. I originally wanted to get a cheap throwaway PSU (a very nice store clerk from Mindfactory saved me from that) and an R7 250. With a bit more Budget at hand than I expected, I changed my choice to a 280X from Powercolor, which was on sale, as they seem to stop selling Powercolor GPUs or something like that.

Setting it up, and in January I dabbled in changing a little Clock Speed (To 4200Mhz, i was really scared of OC). It yielded me this Score on Fire Strike Extreme: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/7183167

Thats... devastating, right? Well it fitted my gaming, development, and Graphics design needs so I went with it. 4300Mhz sounds not bad, it was Stable and I didn't have much to do in the UEFI. Also I have a thing for round numbers. But I wanted more. Multipler Up you go! 4.5Ghz was my next barrier. I reached it, had a few stability Issues and went up a major notch in Fire Strike Extreme: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/7276637.

However, 4500Mhz threw the system into a lockup randomly from uptimes 1hr into 3 days uptime (Rendering jobs and so on...). Back to 4400 and lets see what I can do on the GPU. Upping it to 1110Mhz Core Freq gave minor improvements.

Then I found this Thread here on OC.net: Need Help Overclocking an FX 4300 - especially Post #7, as linked. Now thats useful Info! Note, I didn't use this as exact guideline, more like a guidance on what I have to do to get some more "Whoosh" out of my FX. A day full of Crashes, Bluescreen, Redscreens (I'll tell later in the text), Lockups, One Case of accidentally upping the multiplier instead of the FSB (The PC didn't bode well to trying 6,2Ghz) and a lot of excited chairhopping it it will boot up.

And I got it up. 4,7Ghz seems to be my personal barrier for now in this silicon lottery winner FX4300.
Validation: http://valid.x86.fr/73idfq
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/7443776
3D Mark FSE Comparison over Time: 6 Results for the Price of One!

My next target will be another 100Mhz. 4.8Ghz with a new Board. The Board of Choice would be a Gigabyte GA-990FX-Gaming because of better Cooling of the North and Southbridge and the better Chipset. This "Hobby" will surely bridge the Time to Zen.

I'm playing with the thought of also getting a 8350 to the new Board. Your Thoughts?

And about the Red Screen: Lets say, Radeon Crimson has a critical Bug screwing up your GPU RAM Clock if you use Overdrive, not allowing you to reset the RAM clock. One Wrong clock and you accidentally up your GPU to 1600Mhz and cause Red Screens of "I don't want to work anymore". Only solution is to reinstall the drivers after fully removing them, sadly.

And hey, getting almost the same score as 3DMarks "Recommended 4K Setup Computer is kinda awesome, right?

And because there are no good threads without at least on picture, meet "Phoenix":
(Dubbed it this name because of the Winglike projections from the LED Strikes and the Top Fan.)

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You'll find that CPU heat goes exponential above 4.7 GHz.

What are you using for cooling?
My System
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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I'm using a Xilence M403 for the CPU (It is working pretty well and even running GTA5 doesn't bring it up far)
The Case itself sports three Xilence Red Wing 120mm Fans and a 220m One I currently seem to be unable to find online.
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Welcome. This forum is one of the best on the net for overclocking research. I was a lurker for quite a while as well.
Summit Ridge
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ASUS R510DP
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 1600X ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 HIS Radeon HD7870 IceQ 2x8GB G.Skill TridentZ 3200 CL16 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Plextor M6S Plus 256GB SSD Toshiba X300 6TB Toshiba X300 6TB Toshiba 2TB 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Deepcool BETA 400 ST Windows 8.1 Pro x64 HP S2031 20" Samsung SyncMaster 932BW 19" 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic S12G 750w Lian Li full tower Logitech MX310 SteelSeries 4HD 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-5750m 3.5Ghz ASUStek A75M FCH HD 8650G + HD 8670M dual graphics 2x4GB Samsung 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 1600X ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 HIS Radeon HD7870 IceQ 2x8GB G.Skill TridentZ 3200 CL16 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Plextor M6S Plus 256GB SSD Toshiba X300 6TB Toshiba X300 6TB Toshiba 2TB 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Deepcool BETA 400 ST Windows 8.1 Pro x64 HP S2031 20" Samsung SyncMaster 932BW 19" 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic S12G 750w Lian Li full tower Logitech MX310 SteelSeries 4HD 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-5750m 3.5Ghz ASUStek A75M FCH HD 8650G + HD 8670M dual graphics 2x4GB Samsung 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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Pretty much every piece of software out there is tailored to Intel, so you'll get things like a 5 GHz 8 core FX chip not meeting the "requirements" of some old game. Treat this as a hobby because most games won't show much of an improvement between 4.5/6 GHz and 5 GHz, the Piledriver architecture just isn't up to snuff compared to Intel. We'll see about DX12 and Vulkan, I'm hoping these APIs will give the FX platform some serious legs.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320E @ 4.6 GHz +0.356250v offset Asus Sabertooth 990FX Rev1 eVGA GTX 970 SC ACX2.0 Patriot Viper Xtreme 2x4 GB 1600LL 8-9-8-24 1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black 1 TB 32MB cache FALS WD Blue 1 TB 7200rpm EZEX Corsair H80i 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 x64 HP LP2475w Logitech Illuminated Corsair TX750  
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black 1 TB 32MB cache FALS WD Blue 1 TB 7200rpm EZEX Corsair H80i 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 x64 HP LP2475w Logitech Illuminated Corsair TX750  
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Originally Posted by umeng2002 View Post

Pretty much every piece of software out there is tailored to Intel, so you'll get things like a 5 GHz 8 core FX chip not meeting the "requirements" of some old game. Treat this as a hobby because most games won't show much of an improvement between 4.5/6 GHz and 5 GHz, the Piledriver architecture just isn't up to snuff compared to Intel. We'll see about DX12 and Vulkan, I'm hoping these APIs will give the FX platform some serious legs.

Sadly I as a gamedev am aware of that, but I'm developing exclusively on AMD Hardware. Thing is, as my Co Dev discovered, the NB-Timer on Intel/Nvidia Boards is way off. While adding Advanced Post Processing into the Game (which takes 1ns every render cycle at 60 fps on AMD), Intels absolutely Freak out, and are between 15ns and 400ns. That caused a lot of problems for my playerbase, as Intel is a bit more widespread.

I do hope for Zen and Polaris to even the field out a bit.

Oh and my Game definitely is using every single extra Mhz if possible wink.gif
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