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Okay, so with my stock cooling on the 4300, I'm working with 2.0GHz Overclock! Super awesome big, I know.

But today, I will be installing my very own TuniqTower. So, once this baby is installed, I think I might do a bit of Orthos and see what my temps are looking like, and then I'm going to push this thing for 3.0GHz.

So then, Why am I posting a thread. Well I'm curious to know from other E4300 users how they overclocked, what problems theyve come across etc. And I'm also very new to overclocking, having only just figured out how to set clocks.

System specs below.

As of now, Running Orthos Full CPU load, temps get around 52C, thats at 2.0GHz and stock cooling. Also, I consider my case fans to be smashtastic, having 6 fans total (Took a metal saw blade and went to town on the top, cutting a glorious hole for a 120mm blue led).

Thoughts, Comments, ADVICE?, Help, Walkthroughs. Give it all to me.

Love you OCN. You guys have helped me alot.
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well I got my e4300 to 3.20GHZ that's stabile at 1.5v

temps will hit 60 now and then but all in all I'm happy with it.

max i ever got it was 3.84GHZ dont go that far ...why because the CPU voltage was 1.8v way to much..

memory voltage is 2.200v ..

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Hrmm. I'm certain my memory can overclock well, but I'll have to pick up some form of cooling for it.

3.2GHz sounds epic. Did you notice a massive performance increase?
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Here are a couple great OCN resources that will help any e4300 owners just getting started:

Any e4300 Questions Here

CPU overclocks by cpu, week, oc and vCORE


So far your rig is looking good and the Tuniq will make a huge difference in temps . You should have alot of overclocking headroom, shortly. As it stands now there isn't enough to go on to really give you any specific advice. Other than the basics...

1) use Artic silver 5 thermal compound, or better Shin Etsu if you can find it.
2) the line method for applying thermal compound, and not the dot.
3) make sure the tuniq is seated properly.
4) Don't waste your time with small incremental FSB bumps, just jump to FSB 266. your cpu should get you there on stock vCORE, if it does then it may even get you to FSB300 on stock.
5) Whenever you notice system instability, thats when you start bumping up vCORE and incrementally increasing both FSB and vCORE as required.
6)vMCH should'nt need to much of a bump buy you may want to give +.1-.2 out of the gate anyway.
7) Ram can easily become unstable as Freq increases, so lower the memory divider as needed... I'd say give the ram 2.1 vDIMM and see how far it will go for you. Your memory wont need additional cooling @ 2.1-2.2 vDIMM... Don't go beyond 2.2 either.

Thats all I can think of at this point. It will be easier help you once you start OC'n and running into a little difficulty.

Oh yeah you are going to need to disable some features in the bios as well:

EIST
C1E
Disable No-Execute Memory Protect
Disable ‘Limit CPUID Max to 3’

Its just easier to run with them disabled when attempting an OC, sometimes those options enabled can hold you back... But once you have a stable oc going it will be worth it to try and enable the EIST and C1E functions so that you can save power during idle time.

--Edit-- check out my charts in sig for an idea of performance @ different cpu speeds and memory timings ect.
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Awesome! thank you so much. This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for.

I don't know what the deal is with this processor on stock. I ran it at 250FSB didn't touch VCore, and had the memory set to 1:1 with CPU. Rebooted it, and got an error that said "Go into Setup and reset your Processor clock. :-?

EDIT: Of course I picked up some AS5 with the Tuniq! And yea, I did read about the line method when it comes to 4300's. I read that in the E4300 Questions here thread like a week ago.
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Okay, well the Tuniq is on, and the difference is massive.

But I've run into some serious issues. I go into Bios, increase the FSB to (266), boot up and it says "System in Safe Mode! Reset your Clocks or Memory Frequency in Setup!

I couldnt find all of the things you said to disable above.

PLEASE HELP!

Using Phoenix Award BIOS
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Okay, well the Tuniq is on, and the difference is massive.

But I've run into some serious issues. I go into Bios, increase the FSB to (266), boot up and it says "System in Safe Mode! Reset your Clocks or Memory Frequency in Setup!

I couldnt find all of the things you said to disable above.

PLEASE HELP!

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Hmmm, I have no experience with your EVGA board, and in my case the intel chipset boards I use have never given me the message, ""System in Safe Mode! Reset your Clocks or Memory Frequency in Setup!".

Here is a review @ Bjorn3d.com with lots of screenshots from within the bios... Maybe that can help you find some of the options I was talking about.

http://www.bjorn3d.com/read_pf.php?cID=1069

Hopefully someone who has experienced this exact same issue can come in and address it for you.
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Okay, so I figured out what was up. I set my Memory Timings to What the specs were included with them 5-5-5-12. I also disabled a bunch of stuff i read on eVGA boards, and set my Memory Clocks to 800. Now I'm running Orthos at 2.7GHz, vCore 1.337v.

We'll see how far I can get this sucker tonight.
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Also, I've figured that SpeedFan and CoreTemp .94 are identical with their readings on temp, and the temps they read are good.

Gunna run Orthos for a few mins:

After 2 minutes:
Highest Temps:
CPU: 55C
Core1:46C
Core2:46C

Gotta love that TuniqTower. I'm going to push for 3.0GHz now
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Awesome. Pretty Stable at 3.44GHz vCore 1.5v, Orthos full CPU usage tested for 2 minutes, and the highest temp I got on CPU was 62C.

I may go back and try lowering the voltage a little bit. But 62C isn;t horrificly bad.
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