Originally Posted by EchoLaughter
I have not seen the 'balanced mode' hold anything back other than the second it takes for the cpu to step up from 1.6ghz to 4.5ghz
Performance mode will do exactly the same thing and may give you better performance when needed. The CPU controls when and how much the "step up' occurs. Not the OS.
If you want higher overclocks try this. Set PLL voltage on enabled, (not auto) disable load line calibration, (to prevent overvolting) and disable CPU speed spectrum. Set offset to +.005 and ATV to .116. Memory voltage as needed for the speed you're running. ( I use 1.600v on the memory because I'm running 1600 MHz memory @ 1922 MHz.) Set 100 BCLK and 47 multiplier. That should get you to 4.7 GHz. If it's not stable take offset to .010. That should give you a 1.336-1.344 vcore. If still not stable take ATV to .120. You shouldn't have to go higher but each chip is different.
Once you get it stable you can play around with different BCLK, multipliers and voltage if you want to go higher.
And FWIW I'm not a big fan of Prime, Lynx or any other stressing program. If you're stable doing whatever you do that causes the most stress (game, video encode, whatever) that should be good enough. JMHO. I stress by running on WCG 24/7/365 @ 100% load.