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Ok, so i overclocked my amd 4400 x2 from 2.2 to 2.5 with a voltage of 1.4. Now i dunno why but i set my voltage to 1.45 but its still running at 1.4. Does this mean that my motherboard is automatically setting the voltage for me for what suits my overclock best? I have an asus a8n32-sli-deluxe board. And my question is when u overclock higher u need a hiher voltage, so my voltage stock is 1.35 but it automatically went to 1.4 even though i set it as 1.45, now can this in any way ruin my cpu if my overclock is too high for my voltage? And do you think 1.4 voltage is good enough for a 2.5 overclock? Sorry for all my questions. lol.
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No, you cant ruin your cpu if you overclock too high on a low voltage. You can tell if you overclocked too high if your system is unstable or it wont post, and if that happens you raise your voltage. 1.4 voltage is great for a 2.5 overclock. If you try to oc to 2.6 and it wont post, raise your voltage to the next highest level. Good luck on the OC!
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Oh ok, so basically how u ruin ur cpu is if ur voltage is too high and the temperature raises past 55C. Overclocking too high on a decent voltage wont ruin it if its nice and stable, correct? BTW thanks for the info.
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Exactly. No problem bud, I was where you were a month ago.
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once you get the max htt speed : vcore ratio figured out you're all set.

its actually pretty hard to fry a cpu if you have any idea what you are doing. You dont really have to worry about the clock speed of your cpu, but the voltage. more voltage equals heat, heat equals stress and instablilty.
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Well thanks for the info guys, i just overclocked my cpu and am now running at 2.6ghz at 1.42 voltage
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Nice, Good luck. Rep if we helped
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A good rule of thumb is to never have your voltages set to "auto". Always manually set them so you dont have to worry about where they are running.
As far as OC'n, I would start with your stock voltage, and up the FSB until you get instability, then at that point, increase the vcore .25. Then repeat the process.
Have some stability programs to test, but I usually just use booting to desktop in the initial stages then tweaking from there.
I wouldn't go over 1.55v in the beginning, even though I'm not that familiar with OC'n dual core's.
Dont get to thinking that the quicker you get your processor that you have to increase vcore. Only increase volts if your computer isn't stable.
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post #9 of 10
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oh ok, so where do u think the voltage should be for a 2.6ghz overclock? I have it set at 1.5, do you think that is fine? See heres the thing, even when i set it at 1.4 my computer is stable enough to boot and run programs. But for some reason when I play CSS, after like 10 minutes there is an error and it automatically tells me to close the program. Do you think this is due to lack of voltage and more OC? The program just closes, it doesnt shut down the computer or anything.
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post #10 of 10
you want it as low as possible for that speed. So back it off to say 1.45 and see if you can run prime95 for a couple hours. You want it to be stable or else over time your HD will become corrupted. Might take a year, but you never know. Seems you are doing well with low voltage already, just make sure it's stable....testing is the fun part..
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