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Conclusion

Hopefully anyone interested in overclocking an AMD processor now has enough information to get started, whether it remains just simple multiplier-based overclocking within AMD OverDrive or more extreme overclocking adventures. Remember, results and exact steps will vary from system to system, so do not attempt to just copy our settings, but rather use the guide as an aid to discover the capabilities and limitations of your own system. Take small steps, monitor temperatures, perform stability tests, and use as little voltage increases as necessary. Learning safe shortcuts will come with experience, as making rash jumps in frequency and voltage is not only the wrong approach to successful overclocking, but it’s also one way to damage your hardware.

The last tip with which we will leave you is to be aware that there are quirks and specific tweaks that will apply to individual motherboard models, so it is a good idea to search out discussions related to your exact motherboard model and revision. Advice from experienced enthusiasts who have "been there and done that" with your same motherboard
can help avoid or overcome the pitfalls you may encounter with your own system.
I thought this was kind of funny because Tom's had a terrible time trying to get their Phenom II's anywhere above 3.6Ghz. But at least they hit 4Ghz now! And on an air cooler that performs worse then the Xigmatek S1283. This might be useful for any of those swapping from intel to AMD.
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wicked link man....i just had to fumble around in the dark with my triple core...

just used my jumperfree setting in bios to bump up the frequency(along with everything else)

maybe now i can get a little more boost out of my chip



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Very nice guide, only downside is I think they should have waited maybe one or two more days and included AM3 mobos/cpus in this guide, because after all, these are also Phenom II
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Wait how does this only apply to Phenom II.........It thought this was the steps anyone took when Ocing their cpu?
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wicked link man....i just had to fumble around in the dark with my triple core...

just used my jumperfree setting in bios to bump up the frequency(along with everything else)

maybe now i can get a little more boost out of my chip



Joe
I can only sit on 2.6ghz with this chip to... lol
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tom's did well with amds this time around.
   
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Wait how does this only apply to Phenom II.........It thought this was the steps anyone took when Ocing their cpu?
It doesn't. I meant their guide details really well how to OC a Phenom or a Phenom II on AM2+ socket, with a few pages exclusively focused on AMD Overdrive and the Black Edition cpus. However they're not saying a word about the new Phenom II on AM3 socket that got released to the market last week. And a few threads over some forums on the web, as well as one or 2 reviews tell us these, and especially the Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition, are really good oc'ers. Which is the reason why I find it's too bad they didn't review it in this guide, even though it would have delayed its posting by a day or two.

Ofc the guide containts all the basics about oc'ing an AMD chip, but it's mainly focused on the AMD cpus that the community favors, like the X4 940BE.
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Well, it's nice to see that they actually took some time out to try and achieve some good overclocks this time around.

The last time I saw their attempt to overclock a cpu, they listed their method which was horrible, just brute force volt pumping/multi only raising based on what they 'expected' to achieve. They had to struggle to hit 3.6ghz, and I hit 3.5ghz rock solid stable after only two hours. Well props to them for learning.
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Is it just me, or is the quality of Tom's Hardware articles improving? Pretty nice read, and I don't recall chuckling to myself at anything in the article (unlike in the past).
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Is it just me, or is the quality of Tom's Hardware articles improving? Pretty nice read, and I don't recall chuckling to myself at anything in the article (unlike in the past).
Iirc they got some new people on the team, maybe they were the ones who did the actual tests and documented it
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