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Hey all. Im looking for some help overclocking this chip. Its my first MSI board, coming from am ASUS M5A87L-M LX with an FX4100, which i was able to get 4.5Ghz prime stable.

Current system:
MSI 990FXA Gaming
AMD FX6300
1x crucial ballistix 8gb ddr3 1866
2x crucial ballistix 2gb ddr3 1866
MSI radeon hd7770
PSU is rated at 650w, not sure of brand
1x seagate 1.5tb 7200rpm
cooled by cooler master 212 evo

So far ive only been stable at 4.2ghz at 1.34 volts, but what ive been reading says 4.5ghz really shouldnt be a problem to hit.. Ive been up to 1.45 volts at 4.3ghz, but still fails in prime. However it will run IBT for hours on max memory. Could I just have gotten a terrrible chip, or an I missing something in bios? MSI bios has much differennt settings than ASUS so anything you guys can tell me would definitly help. Also i can provide any additional information you might need
post #2 of 29
pull the single 8gig stick out and just run with the 2x2g sticks and see if that helps.

ud
post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by zx2ner88 View Post

Hey all. Im looking for some help overclocking this chip. Its my first MSI board, coming from am ASUS M5A87L-M LX with an FX4100, which i was able to get 4.5Ghz prime stable.

Current system:
MSI 990FXA Gaming
AMD FX6300
1x crucial ballistix 8gb ddr3 1866
2x crucial ballistix 2gb ddr3 1866
MSI radeon hd7770
PSU is rated at 650w, not sure of brand
1x seagate 1.5tb 7200rpm
cooled by cooler master 212 evo

So far ive only been stable at 4.2ghz at 1.34 volts, but what ive been reading says 4.5ghz really shouldnt be a problem to hit.. Ive been up to 1.45 volts at 4.3ghz, but still fails in prime. However it will run IBT for hours on max memory. Could I just have gotten a terrrible chip, or an I missing something in bios? MSI bios has much differennt settings than ASUS so anything you guys can tell me would definitly help. Also i can provide any additional information you might need

Never mix different kits of ram if you want a good overclock.

Update to the latest bios with that motherboard.

I'd like to know the exact psu you have.

Make sure to have good airflow over the socket vrm area , that board has really good heatsinks but they need air to work.

You might be interested in this
http://www.overclock.net/t/1577875/msi-990fxa-gaming-a-casual-review
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post #4 of 29
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pull the single 8gig stick out and just run with the 2x2g sticks and see if that helps.

ud

Could I also pull the 2 2gb sticks instead? They are older and I'd like the higher capacity.
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Originally Posted by cssorkinman View Post

Never mix different kits of ram if you want a good overclock.

Update to the latest bios with that motherboard.

I'd like to know the exact psu you have.

Make sure to have good airflow over the socket vrm area , that board has really good heatsinks but they need air to work.

You might be interested in this
http://www.overclock.net/t/1577875/msi-990fxa-gaming-a-casual-review

Bios is already the latest version

I did rig up the stock CPU fan to blow directly on the VRM. Temp actually dropped by 10c

I'll check on that PSU once I get home as well
post #5 of 29
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Update: PSU is this
https://www.amazon.com/Solid-Gear-SDGR-650BR-650W-Bronze/dp/B00A62A0BG


I think you might have been onto something with the RAM. Currently running just the 8gb stick @4.4ghz, 1.4 volts. Im 35 min into a prime95 test and no issues. Will contimue to update

UPDATE: Prime still running at 1h15min

UPDATE: Stopped the test at 1h30min with no failure. I'll test it during normal use and maybe try to go higher.
Edited by zx2ner88 - 6/28/16 at 6:49pm
post #6 of 29
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Another update. Ran prime overnight but 1 core failed at 5h30min. Should I bump the voltage another notch? Core temp is steady just below 50c
post #7 of 29
yes tongue.gif


ud
post #8 of 29
Thread Starter 
Okay bumped the vcore another .010v. Ran overnight again but failed at 2 hours. Still no issues on IBT
post #9 of 29
bump another .01 and give it a go.

to your question on 1x8 or 2x2 sticks. 8 should be fine because you say it serves you best for what you do. 2x2 might look better in some bench test but real world means nothing. biggrin.gif

ud

edit: what is your vcore read under prime load.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
Edited by uddarts - 6/30/16 at 12:32pm
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by zx2ner88 View Post

Could I also pull the 2 2gb sticks instead? They are older and I'd like the higher capacity.
Bios is already the latest version

I did rig up the stock CPU fan to blow directly on the VRM. Temp actually dropped by 10c

I'll check on that PSU once I get home as well

I would beg, borrow or steal to get a MATCHING 8 gigabyte stick so you can run in dual channel.
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