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This is my first post here so hello guys

Anyway I simply can't get a stable Oc going above 3.4Ghz No matter what i do.













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As of right now i am in the dark even if i go up to 1.5v i get a BSOD 0x0000124 error something of that nature. If i even loosen the ram timing above 7-7-7-24 my pc will fail to boot until i lower it.
Edited by Detahmaio - 12/23/10 at 8:40am
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I have found with lots of the AMD processors that I have overclocked, they do not like an even 10 MHz interval for the core clock. Best to have a board that allows you to make minor tweaks here if you are planning on overclocking. Think you could bump your CPU frequency up to something like 256 MHz and try from there going down in increments. Also, with stock cooling, you dont have that much head room to OC. Locked multiplier on this processor means that as you increase you FSB, you must increase the vcore to compensate as you have no wiggle room with multipliers. Try dumping the HT Link to 8x and increasing the voltage to 1.55V. Tell me what happens. Have seen stable OCs on this chip at about 3.9GHz.
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Should i keep the fsb the same or up it since i increased the vcore to 1.55?

Edit: i didn't raise the fsb but i still get a blue screen even with 1.55v
Edited by Detahmaio - 12/23/10 at 9:45am
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Well, make sure you have the latest BIOS for you board and go ahead and give it a nudge. Even FSB like 230 doesnt hold well with many AMD chips. 228 would be more stable if trying for that speed or 232. This is a better range. Also, for overclocking, you will not have that much headroom without sufficient cooling. Are you monitoring your temps, if so, what are they? Also, reaching speeds much above that with a chip that isnt unlocked or a Black Edition AMD processor will be difficult and requires a solid understanding of what every function related to your processor - in the BIOS - does. Questions feel free to msg me and I will try to help.
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Don´t forget to disable spread spectrum as well. It´s still enabled from the looks of your screenshot.
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Well, make sure you have the latest BIOS for you board and go ahead and give it a nudge. Even FSB like 230 doesnt hold well with many AMD chips. 228 would be more stable if trying for that speed or 232. This is a better range. Also, for overclocking, you will not have that much headroom without sufficient cooling. Are you monitoring your temps, if so, what are they? Also, reaching speeds much above that with a chip that isnt unlocked or a Black Edition AMD processor will be difficult and requires a solid understanding of what every function related to your processor - in the BIOS - does. Questions feel free to msg me and I will try to help.
I actually can't find a BIOS update for my mobo i know there probably is 1. I will give 228 a shot soon enough i just have a lot on my plate today . I plan to get a new heatskin/fan sometime next week because my temps aren't to bad.

At 3.4 my temps are about (estimating from what i can remember) 28c idle/54c full load

with the 1.55 volt increase my pc BSOD before i can even reach max temp but it gets 63c. i can unlock to a 4th core but i heard the 4th core can cause stability issues.
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Don´t forget to disable spread spectrum as well. It´s still enabled from the looks of your screenshot.
i thought it was a good thing ill disable it
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code 124 probably refers to low vcore. It does to mi at least
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yeah i still get it even up i up to 1.55v for 3.5ghz
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For some reason certain chips don't like certain multipliers.First lower your CPU multiplier waay down to like 10-set your timings loose to 8-8-8-24 and the 400 divider.Keep your HTT multi low too.Leave the NB at 10 and raise voltage of your NB to 1.25v.The try to set your ref clock(fsb) to around 260 and see if it will post.1.45v on the CPU should be fine.If you can get it to post,then you go in and raise your CPU multiplier untill you can't get it higher.Then you go to your RAM.I have had boards that would post at 300 NB but wouldn't at 235-the CPU's can clock higher too on lower multipliers vs a 15.5 multi.That's why you need a board that will run a high ref clock,especially with unlocked chips.Also-make sure you let your board sit before you try to post a new overclock setting,atleast a minute or 2.Often I find I have to save settings in bios-then before the pc restarts-cut the power off.Wait several minutes then try and start,for some reason this helps with budget boards.
Edited by Redwoodz - 12/23/10 at 5:21pm
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I don't know how to tinker with the RAM at all besides the timing,voltage. My pc refuses to post if i go beyond 7-7-7-24 it won't get any looser. As i right this i am preparing to raise my cpu multi.
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