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Hey guys!
I understand i'm new. But I assure you i've already searched before I posted.

Now, I have a problem. I have an UNLOCKED 955 Phenom, Unlocked from an Athlon x3 445
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...lon%20x3%20445

Paired with 4gb of DDR3 1333Mhz G.skill Ripjaws.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-310-_-Product

Now, Im no expert at all when it comes to overclocking.
but whenever I try to overlock my processor, I literally cant, even from its stock 3.1Ghz to 3.2Ghz, it wont boot. Stuck at windows loading.
I understand the concept of Bus speed bumping up the RAMS frequency, so I decided to try and LOWER the RAM to 1200Mhz, and seen if it would boot. and noooppee.

Is this because it's unlocked?or my RAM?
I have a cousin with the excact same Processor, and Samsung DDR3 1333Mhz ram, and his CPU is pushing 4Ghz..

Help?
PS: I am on my netbook, and real Lazy to please dis regard any spelling mistakes or Grammarical errors
post #2 of 18
Can an Athlon become a Phenom? Have you unlocked extra cache?

I have no experience overclocking Athlons - only Phenoms

Be very suprised if you couldn't overclock though, should be possible regardless.
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Did you try increasing the cpu voltage?
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post #4 of 18
You could unlock an Athlon II x3 to a "Phenom II x4 955" and get the 4th core and L3 cache, but it would not be black edition and not the same as the x4 955 you buy off retail with the unlocked multi.
Therefore you would have to push up the bus clock to overclock instead of raising the multi.
Since you have generic 1333 CL9 RAM you're being held back. Don't expect to reach 4Ghz unless you swap out the RAM for better - and I highly recommend you do swap it to 2 DIMMs for dual channel (much better performance), and non-generic speed/timings.
post #5 of 18
an Athlon unlocked to a quad core is not a Phenom. It never was, it never will be and they are based on different cores (Rana for the Athlons and Deneb for the Phenoms). Thus, they will have different overclocking properties, and the newer athlons are not the strongest things in the world overclock wise.

Now, as you have unlocked a Core, that is most likely the issue here as unlocking cores on certain chips can cause instability, as the unlocked core was never meant to be turned on.

Some people call this CPU roulette, and it seems you have lost out here, whereas your friend has won. Try turning off the extra core and then overclock it slightly, if it boots then the 4th core being unlocked is the problem.
     
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Originally Posted by Evil262 View Post
an Athlon unlocked to a quad core is not a Phenom. It never was, it never will be and they are based on different cores (Rana for the Athlons and Deneb for the Phenoms).
FALSE

Not my pic but this is what it looked like when I unlocked some kids Athlon X3 to that... All they do to sell triple cores is disable the 4th core if one cpu in a batch has one bad core...not ALL are bad thus being able to unlock...so this phenom was in a batch that got messed up and they marked it as an athlon x3...
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post #7 of 18
Apologies, but i still believe him unlocking the 4th core is the issue here.

The tech specs of that athlon chip list the core as a Rana, thus my mistake
     
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post #8 of 18
I'm pretty confident in it being the RAM, unless you've been able to push such overclocks with the 4th core/L3 cache locked.
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Holy quick replys!
Thanks guys
PS : Im sorry, never really checked that link, but I AM using 2x2gb dual chanell Sticks of the Jaws, forgive my Faceplam moment.
post #10 of 18
They are still t he 1333 CL9 ones?
If so they're still generic
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