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Alright, so first of all. I have a Asus M2A-VM motherboard. I've been reading around that some people are having trouble overclocking it and some people are successful. I'd like to try and overclock mines. Here is what the bios looks like. Bios Pictures
Please note that I am also new to overclocking but if you point me in the right direction, I'm sure I can find my way.
Here is the link to my computer specs.
Computer Specs
Thank you.
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I was able to oc mine 4200+ from 2.2ghz to 2.8ghz without much trouble on it: http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc.php?id=385455
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Alright thank you. You wouldn't happen to know what options to raise/lower in bios would you?
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I just changed the freq from 200 to 255 (gradually of course). I didn't bother with voltages as I don't want to shorten the processors life, yet. While yours isn't the exact same as mine, the idea is still the same. If you have an unlocked cpu (which neither of us does. ex - amd black edition cpus) then you can change the multiplier thus giving you more options and flexibility.

my very crappy guide:
1) first get calculator and go into bios.
2) start by oc'ing about 100mhz at a time
- (<current_cpu_freq>+100)/multiplier
- enter the number you get from that over here (round it to nearest 1)
3) save and reboot
4) run memtest86+ for about and hour or 2, if no errors, go higher (I'd say 10-20 min is fine for the first 100-200 mhz)
5) repeat steps 2-4 until you get the highest freq without getting any errors in memtest
6) boot into os and run a torture test of some kind for 15-20 hours just to be sure its stable - I'd suggest cpu burn-in
7) if its still fine after that, you got your self a good oc

notes:
- keep an eye on the temp
- if you really want to mess around, try increasing the voltage a bit once you hit instability, then see how far you can push freq on it

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post #5 of 12
i have this board also with amd 4800+ (check my sig) i had no problems getting the stock 2.5 ghz up to an even 3.0ghz. u wont be able to adjust the multiplier on this board but its very possible to get a good overclock. heres my settings cpu vcore 1.375, 100mv on (not auto) dram voltage 2.1 dropped the dram frequency to 667 cpu fsb is at 240. north bridge south bridge volts at 1.3 temp at idle is 35. under max load (prime95 for a few hours) is 44 degrees C. the ram is not underclocked with these settings
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Alright thank you. I was able to change the frequency from 200 to 215 and it overclocked from 2.7 ghz to 2.9 ghz. I'm running on stock fan for the CPU with 2 tower fans (not sure if thats the right term). It runs at 45C when running and 40C when at idle. I'm not sure if I should go higher or not.
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post #7 of 12
push it higher!!! i pushed mine up to 3.3ghz (2.5ghz stock)on stock cooling before it wouldnt run prime95(lasted 20min then crashed) i backed it down a hair to just under 3.1 and now it runs prime95 for 12 hours no errors
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Alright! I'll see what I can do then. =)
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Originally Posted by avongenesis View Post
Alright thank you. I was able to change the frequency from 200 to 215 and it overclocked from 2.7 ghz to 2.9 ghz. I'm running on stock fan for the CPU with 2 tower fans (not sure if thats the right term). It runs at 45C when running and 40C when at idle. I'm not sure if I should go higher or not.
Avongenesis, looking good so far

If your on a budget and aren't planning on purchasing a new cooler, you can always clean off the stock thermal compound and apply some Arctic Silver 5. That may help your full load temps maybe 1-2C. Every little bit counts.

Let us know how it goes

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How are you guys able to push FSB so high on this board? 255Mhz? I put mine to 220Mhz and the computer fails to load windows.
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