Originally Posted by gary_bushell
i have those resources, thanks. to be clear, everything runs fine - benching, playing games for hours and never a crash.
my basic questions is, in a reworded way, this: phenom ll x2 3.2 overclocked to a x4 3.5 using the asus auto tune. this gives about 43fps ave on FC2. if i up the cpu to say 3.7 it still passes all the bench and load tests, still plays all the games etc, however the fps ave drops in the same FC2 bench test. just wondered why?
what section in this forum might be interested in a question like this, if this is the wrong one?
The flaw is merely in your methodology. While your computer may appear to be stable, just running a game benchmark doesnt indicate that its entirely stable. Without stressing your system completely, you may be overlooking instability because FC2 is not going to give you the same level of stress that Prime95, OCCT, or Linx will. Run Prime95 for 8 hours on blend with no errors, or restarts and then tell me if its stable.
One of the largest contributers to instability while overclocking is insufficient Vcore. Although your only increasing your fsb to get a clock speed of 3.7ghz, whatever your Vcore is set at, may not be enough to keep it stable. If you have your Vcore on the auto setting, it could cause massive fluctuations just so your aware of that, its best to dial in a setting.
Another contributor to instability is your ram. When you increase your FSB setting, you also increase the ram frequency. If your ram frequency is increased beyond that of its specified rated frequency, with no voltage increase, you could become unstable.
I have seen in the past where a computer will run games fine, surf and browse webpages no problem, watch movies etc. with no issues. However through benching the performance is less than expected do to instability. Once the instability was removed through adjustment, the benchmarks changed.