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Greetings! I've decided that I want to attempt overclocking my rig to 4.0GHz however I'm not sure exactly how to approach it. These are my main specs (I'll add them to my sig a little later)...

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T at stock
Asus Crosshair IV Extreme
16GB (4x4GB) G.Skill RipJaws running at 1600
Corsair H70
1200w Antec High Current Pro power supply

Besides setting the VRAM frequency to 1600 and the VRAM voltage to 1.50, all other settings are at stock/auto. The only issue I see there is the amount of RAM potentially limiting the overclock potential. However, I need all 16GB of RAM since I do intensive virtualization testing and work. So, what's the first step I should take towards the 4.0GHz stable goal, if it's possible? What should I try?

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 10
Well first off you should do it the easy way...just increase the cpu multiplier until you get the frequency up to 4ghz, if at this speed the processor does not boot into windows reboot and increase the cpu voltage by half a volt...eg. if it were on 1.3v, increase till 1.35v and so forth till the system boots...when it boots run prime 95 for atleast 1-2hrs (overnight is ideal 8hrs+) you dont want the system crashing while your testing a virtaul network...(happened here already )...You have the H-70 so don't be afraid of the voltage, just keep it below 1.65 ish volts and the temps should not get out of hand.
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Yeah, I changed the multiplier to 20 and the voltage to 1.35v and it's been stable for two hours in Prime95 with the max CPU temp being 47C.
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If Ur stable with that volt U have a very nice chip. Keep pushing but dont get over 55c(MAX 62c). Instability can happend beyond 55c.
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Oh hells yea...if that thing is stable for a couple more hours you got a magic chip there...the voltage is pretty good.
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Think it'd be worth pushing it to 4.1 or 4.2?
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Go for it!
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welcome to OCN,

now as for 4 GHz, this is what i did for my first 4 GHz
get 4 ghz with some failsafe voltages, then drop ur voltage steady till u get unstable =]

but first things first
-nobody is responsible for damage to your hardware,
-and make wure you do research before doing ur OCing

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now for the fun

you have a black edition processor which means the multiplier is unlocked. your clockspeed works like this. Base clock X Multiplier = clock speed, in your case, dont touch the Base clock, you going to have to do a whole host of other tweaking that people like me have to do. so just bump up the clock speed until you get a total of 4000, which is 4ghz, then disable any turbo boosting features, or energy saving, and put vdroop to low, to maintain voltage,

now i did some resarch for you at the moment and you will need some tools
A. a program called CPU-Z (google it)
B a program called real temp (google it)
C. a program called Prime 95 ( google is ur best friend)
D. multiplier at 19x to get 4ghz (assuming the blk speed is like 215mhz, which is what i found on quick notice searching)
E. set voltage at around 1.58V and if u get stable then YAY!!!!!
F. start dropping the voltage by 0.02V and run like a hour of Prime 95 to make sure its stable before crashing.. once you have reached the point where you crashed. go 0.04V above the number that you had when it crashed.
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Originally Posted by _Carnage_ View Post
Think it'd be worth pushing it to 4.1 or 4.2?
Yea push it ...most likely you will reach a voltage barrier before a thermal barrier, or you can try my method..set the voltage to a max you are comfortable with and see what speed you can get out of that.
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Nice to see someone getting 4gHZ+ with that chip now Im bumped to purchase it
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