Originally Posted by the_silencer
Your voltages going up during load doesn't really sound normal but as long as they're not going down I suppose there isn't really a cause for concern... I'm a newb as well so you may have to ask someone w/ more experience than me. The fluctuations may be caused by overzealous penciling so you can try removing the graphite w/ rubbing alcohol (I think thats safe?) and trying again w/ less graphite. Yes, you better try 3.6 Ghz first. I don't think this board is capable of stably OCing to 3.8Ghz w/o a ungodly amount of voltage, if at all in some cases. You should probably shell out for a better motherboard like those cool Asus maximus formula or striker motherbaords, though they cost boatloads of $$. I personally wouldn't risk it unless you're shooting for a 3d mark06 score to brag to your buddies. As for OCing to 3.6Ghz, refer back to the 1st page of this thread. go4life has done an outstanding job of explaining how to get there.
Just checked maximus formula and striker, well.. that mobo's are so cool, but $$$.. I will stick (or stuck) with my P5N-D
3.6Ghz is just to high for my cooling setup (max temp 70C and didn't pass OCCT), 3.4Ghz is enough for now
Since I luv to play flight simulator (FSX) on VATSIM for hours, 3.4Ghz is giving me a significant boost on performance. Currently I'm flying 747-400 from LosAngeles to Tokyo with all setting max out. Max Temp is 50C for the last 7 hours of flight.
Merry X'mas all