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I've ran prime for two hours, and it seems good so far. I only planned to hit 4ghz but after looking at these temps it seems like I can probably hit 4.2 , i'm just not sure if I should go for more or stop here, it's just an everyday gaming system.

What does everyone think so far? Do my memory settings look optimal?
I'd appreciate a look over and some input on any tweaks I should make to get the most performance. I do have Hyperthreading off BTW.



Edited by strap624 - 12/27/10 at 8:39pm
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Personally I would play some games, keep that overclock for a day or two. Then if you don't experience any problems try to go higher. I say install some recent games and enjoy your overclock, whats the point of overclocking if you cant reap the benefits?

But in all seriousness you really wont notice any differences in games if you go higher than 4ghz, thats one hell of an overclock.

EDIT: You could see if you can achieve the same overclock with a lower multiplier. I.E. 21 or 22 instead of 23.
Edited by james_ant - 12/27/10 at 8:42pm
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post #3 of 17
Don't get ahead of yourself just yet. 2 hours in P95 isn't that long. Start celebrating when you get to 16-24 hrs.
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I have the XMP profile off, Should I enable it? I don't really know anything about it, and these are stock memory settings. Only thing I changed was setting the voltage to the recommended 1.65v on DRAM
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post #5 of 17
Agreed. Full pass of small FFT, then 12-24 hours of Blend proves stability. Still, it's looking good for you!
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post #6 of 17
Planning on using HTing? You seem to have a pretty decent vcore on the chip so I'd push that thing to at least 4.1 - 4.2 w/ HTing and see what temps you get.

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Don't get ahead of yourself just yet. 2 hours in P95 isn't that long. Start celebrating when you get to 16-24 hrs.
Yeah 2 hours isn't great. Its good for immediate stability testing but keep pushing it up there until you hit your personal heat ceiling. After that I'd do the 24 hour prime test and if it passes then you're stable. A lot of people will say that's unnecessary but I consider that the only real test since I fold on my CPU.
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post #7 of 17
enable ht and push to 4.4!
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For sure, this was just a preliminary stability test. There will definitely be 10+ hours of stress testing.
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post #9 of 17
Oh, good catch fellas! I didn't even realize that he didn't have hyperthreading enabled. That changes things.

OP - If you're going to run on just 4 cores, then keep going with your overclock. But if you plan on running 4 cores / 8 threads, then get that stable at 4 GHz before you do anything else. Chances are that you will need lots more voltage and that you will see a corresponding increase in temperatures.
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post #10 of 17
run more stability tests...
you need to run 4 instances of prime95 at the same time
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