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I have an ASRock 960GM/U3S3 with an Athlon II X3 435. I just want to get it from 2.9 to 3.5 or so.

This board claims to accept 8 core FX so I figured it would have enough oomph to overclock an old three core Rana.

Right now just a mild OC. Appears stable under Prime95
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Hi. The reason that no overclocker has come to your rescue, is i think, that nobody wants to take responsibility to tell you a resounding "yes". This is a very weak motherboard. Very weak. Only 2 mosfets per phase and they are old gen mosfets (D-PAKs). And it's 95W limited even for FX. And Asrock usually bloats its "TDP support".

So, there is definitely risk and it's all for you to decide. If you are desperate to overclock, i would say, keep an eye on all your temperatures when you stress test. If you see temperatures skyrocket, well, it's bad news for the longevity. It's like tossing a coin.
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Hi. The reason that no overclocker has come to your rescue, is i think, that nobody wants to take responsibility to tell you a resounding "yes". This is a very weak motherboard. Very weak. Only 2 mosfets per phase and they are old gen mosfets (D-PAKs). And it's 95W limited even for FX. And Asrock usually bloats its "TDP support".

So, there is definitely risk and it's all for you to decide. If you are desperate to overclock, i would say, keep an eye on all your temperatures when you stress test. If you see temperatures skyrocket, well, it's bad news for the longevity. It's like tossing a coin.

I should have mentioned that this is a spare system just lying around. Not concerned about if a something bites the dust. Total investment on this has probably been $40 + spare parts.

Here is where I stopped. I got to 3.6 but only stable in some games. Prime95 would blue screen.

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Well, look at this from the opposite perspective - can you afford losing this system? Based on "this is a spare system just lying around", you probably can. So what can possibly go wrong? Do it! devil.gif
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These Athlon II's are generally pretty capable of 4ghz. Also on the right boards, you may even get unlocked core. Not sure if it unlocks L3 chache, but if it does, you'll have a decent performance increase.

Here's a thread with the same exact chip as yours. It's a good read! http://www.overclock.net/t/1182866/athlon-ii-x3-435-4th-core-unlocked-3-6ghz-stability
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@OP

Like cmpxchg8b says, you answered your own question.
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It's fine.
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These Athlon II's are generally pretty capable of 4ghz. Also on the right boards, you may even get unlocked core. Not sure if it unlocks L3 chache, but if it does, you'll have a decent performance increase.

Here's a thread with the same exact chip as yours. It's a good read! http://www.overclock.net/t/1182866/athlon-ii-x3-435-4th-core-unlocked-3-6ghz-stability

4Ghz for any of the Athlon II, especially X3 and X4 was pretty uncommon. They usually crapped out at 3.5-3.7Ghz.

Shouldn't be a big deal to overclock with that board as long as it has decent options. The low clock ceiling generally prevents huge voltage use unless you are doing a suicide run or something.
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