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I too have found much more stability in my system with increased voltages on the CPU and NB, but a decrease in voltage on my RAM... I went from being 65% stable to about 95% stable. (Thanks to you guys for that btw) There is still some more fine tweaking of the voltages to get the setup 99% stable. Once I achieve that, then the overclocking fun begins
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A little off topic from the current conversation, but I've noticed something with the bios's that isn't necessarily new, but not something I've seen talked about here in this thread yet.

I've started noticing instability where there never was instability, and the cure has been more volts, mainly to the CPU & CPU-NB. It has gone from 1.505 for 4 Ghz to 1.535. And the CPU-NB has needed more volts as well. I had been thinking that my chip was acting weird, maybe going bad, whatever, but now I know it was the different bios's.

I noticed this because gaming with settings I had always used without issue started freezing/locking up.

The long story short is that the 1.10x beta bios's I had been using (I tried 1.102 and 1.105) were the culprit. I believe I also noticed a need for increased volts with either 1.8, 1.9 or both.

I have flashed back to 1.7 official, and sure enough, the volts dropped back down to where they had been when I first got this chip.

So, it appears that some of these later beta bios's are not as overclock friendly as some of the earlier officials. And I can say that 1.7 official is the most overclock friendly that I have used, volts are down at least 30mV, and the core temps have dropped about 3-5 degrees.

Will update if I notice anything else specific about this.

Marc
I agree. Before my board died (in RMA staus) I got it with 1.6, flashed up to 1.7 and all was good. Then I went to 1.9 and started to have to increase CPU voltage to maintain OC. Then I tried the 1.10b and had to up voltage to 1.57 to remain stable then board died. Is it related? I don't know
    
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I too have found much more stability in my system with increased voltages on the CPU and NB, but a decrease in voltage on my RAM... I went from being 65% stable to about 95% stable. (Thanks to you guys for that btw) There is still some more fine tweaking of the voltages to get the setup 99% stable. Once I achieve that, then the overclocking fun begins
99% stable,thats no good,you need it 100%,lol!!,then you can start tinkering with things.

I only run between 4.1ghz and 4.3ghz for benching,everyday use i run 4.050ghz,the extra voltages needed to run higher frequencies decreases life-span of components.
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A little off topic from the current conversation, but I've noticed something with the bios's that isn't necessarily new, but not something I've seen talked about here in this thread yet.

I've started noticing instability where there never was instability, and the cure has been more volts, mainly to the CPU & CPU-NB. It has gone from 1.505 for 4 Ghz to 1.535. And the CPU-NB has needed more volts as well. I had been thinking that my chip was acting weird, maybe going bad, whatever, but now I know it was the different bios's.

I noticed this because gaming with settings I had always used without issue started freezing/locking up.

The long story short is that the 1.10x beta bios's I had been using (I tried 1.102 and 1.105) were the culprit. I believe I also noticed a need for increased volts with either 1.8, 1.9 or both.

I have flashed back to 1.7 official, and sure enough, the volts dropped back down to where they had been when I first got this chip.

So, it appears that some of these later beta bios's are not as overclock friendly as some of the earlier officials. And I can say that 1.7 official is the most overclock friendly that I have used, volts are down at least 30mV, and the core temps have dropped about 3-5 degrees.

Will update if I notice anything else specific about this.

Marc
i gave 1.7 a try today and i got the same results.i hadn't used 1.7 before and i was using 1.9 and had tried a few of the beta bios. so far 1.7 has been trouble free and stable with less volts and lower temps than 1.9 and the beta's..
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Can anyone tell me step by step how to overclock my 965 c3 to atleast 3.8ghz. I'm new to oc'ing and looking at the bios just confuses me lol. Any help is appreciated. I'm running 1.6 bios. Everything @ stock. I seen somewhere you can bump it up just by changing the multiplier itself. Is this true and where and how do I change it and by how much.
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Can anyone tell me step by step how to overclock my 965 c3 to atleast 3.8ghz. I'm new to oc'ing and looking at the bios just confuses me lol. Any help is appreciated. I'm running 1.6 bios. Everything @ stock. I seen somewhere you can bump it up just by changing the multiplier itself. Is this true and where and how do I change it and by how much.
Hi!

I'm new to OC'ing as well and strongly recommend the guide to overclocking Phenom's on the first page of this thread. Check out the NB link too.

You can simply increase the multiplier (and a corresponding increase in CPU volts), then stress test. This all takes place in the Cell Menu. Make sure to adjust everything incrementally, and one at a time to isolate changes.
I would also recommend updating your BIOS to 1.7 or newer.

Welcome
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Hi!

I'm new to OC'ing as well and strongly recommend the guide to overclocking Phenom's on the first page of this thread. Check out the NB link too.

You can simply increase the multiplier (and a corresponding increase in CPU volts), then stress test. This all takes place in the Cell Menu. Make sure to adjust everything incrementally, and one at a time to isolate changes.
I would also recommend updating your BIOS to 1.7 or newer.

Welcome
Thanks for the quick reply bro. yea i have been reading them thoroughly and gonna try out a few things right now
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My Pleasure.

I'm psyched that I just hit 4ghz OC tonight for the first time after installing the Corsair H50.I feel like I just popped my cherry
    
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My Pleasure.

I'm psyched that I just hit 4ghz OC tonight for the first time after installing the Corsair H50.I feel like I just popped my cherry
Yeah the h50 has a way of doing that
    
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I just raised the multiplier from 17 to 18 so it brought it 3.6 on 1.4 volts. I didnt change anything else and its still running ok im going to up it to 19. do you think i would need to ioncrease my volts?
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