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post #1 of 17
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Hello all, as the thread title implies I just finished a new build (my second one ever) and am looking for advice/ideal settings for my first try at overclocking.

I have read that the first consideration for OCing is cooling. I am hoping my cooling measures are adequate. My CPU fan is a massive zallman. My case, the antec 900, has a lot of fans built into it and I'm hoping this is enough cooling to allow me to mess around with some OCing.

Here's the hardware I used in the build:

Mobo is an ASRock 870iCafe. Selected because it supports AM3 CPUs, DDR3 memory, and SATA 3.

CPU is AMD 1100T Black Edition

Memory is G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1333 modules (2 of them.) Mobo can support up to 16gb but I only got 2x 4gb modules for now. Model number is F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL. According to newegg, stock specs are 1.5V and 9-9-9-24-2N (I know this is the "timing" but I don't know what it means or how to interpret these numbers.)

GPU is EVGA GeForce GTX470.



So far I have experimented with overclocking the GPU. I think I have probably pushed it as far as it can go, according to some things I have read online. Currently my settings for the GPU are as follows:

Core voltage 1.087mV
Core Clock 800Mhz
Shader Clock 1600Mhz
Memory Clock 1999Mhz
Fan speed on auto, typically around 75% when running under a full load with temps around 70º


This seems to be fairly stable at the moment. when I push any of the clocks higher I get onscreen glitches and artifact and system crashes so I don't think this can be pushed any more.

Now, as far as the memory, I have no idea how to modify it's settings without frying it. Like I said, I've never done this and I'm afraid that messing around with it without knowing what I'm doing could spell disaster so I'm holding off on experimenting until I see what some people have to say.

The CPU I have kinda-sorta overclocked using a built in motherboard/bios app. In my bios there's a tool that lets me overclock "automatically." When I set it to 20% OC it performs well, but 25% doesn't. It crashes or fails to boot. Looking at the settings that 20% uses, all it seems to do is increase the multiplier to 16. I don't see any changes to any other settings (voltage, north bridge, or anything else I've heard people talk about tweaking.) With this setting, the CPU cores are running at aboput 3.85Ghz. I've read online some people can get to 4 or 4.1.

Is there anything else I could do to squeeze some more performance out of this machine? Is my cooling adequate to take it further? Any suggestions for CPU/memory tweaks?

Thanks in advance for any wisdom you may be able to impart!
post #2 of 17
Wow big read!

What CPU cooler do you have specifically?

Also Donot use automatic settings. They are usually horrible.

I can help your OC your CPU manually.
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post #3 of 17
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Cool, thanks!

sorry for the long thread, I just wanted to give all the info haha.

This is my fan:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118019

I used the Arctic Silver compound when I installed the CPU as well.
post #4 of 17
Ok well just to clarify that your CPU cooler / Heatsink.

its a pretty old school cooler..

So first and foremost

Reset the Cmos

Download:

Prime 95, Intel Burn test, HW Monitor,and CPU-Z then report back
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ok, reporting for duty!
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well first off check your board if it has a 4+1 phasing before jumping on OCing it..since you are using a hexacore..a good phase motherboard usually a 8+2 design would be best if you want to play with that chip..

here's the layout i was able to fiddle..


and it seems it is running a 4+1 phase..you are seem to be able to OC that 1100 on this but to a certain limit..coz if you do push it more than whats recommended or advised you might ned up with a dead board or chip..many users here suffered the tragedy of ocing on a said board and end up frying/blowing the board out..

i would like to suggest you getting the 890GX extreme over the 870Icafe..seriously for the purpose you are stating..well unless you are just gonna do some mild overclocking..

here's the 890GX counterpart..

Edited by kairi_zeroblade - 3/3/11 at 10:51pm
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well first off check your board if it has a 4+1 phasing before jumping on OCing it..since you are using a hexacore..a good phase motherboard usually a 8+2 design would be best if you want to play with that chip..
Dont confuse him. Do the research and if there is a better board ask him if he can still exchange his Mobo
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Dont confuse him. Do the research and if there is a better board ask him if he can still exchange his Mobo
already did mate..
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That's the one I have.
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already did mate..
You edited it you slow ninja.. LOL.


Quote:
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That's the one I have.
hes suggesting you change your mobo for a better one if you plan to overclock the six core CPU.

He does have a point about the phase'es. This was something i did overlook..
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