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My phenom x4 II 955 was over-clocked last night to 3.9ghz the voltage i use was 1.45.. stock voltage. (200) x19.5 = 3.9GHz

I ran prime95 for 8 hours and pass

max temp load 60c

idle temp 34c

didnt mess with the cpu/nb so thats next to overclock.

And for the ram I left it at 1333 timings 6-7-6-19.

can this cpu hit the big 4.0 on air cooling ? I think this cpu is bottlenecking my video card i recently purchased. Asus 560Ti..

any help or pointers very appreciated
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post #2 of 15
You are very close to the temp limit of the Chip - around 62*C for the Phenom II X4 9xx series!

You could boot but I would be worried about temps.

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post #3 of 15
must...push...harder!
you should be good for 4+
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Originally Posted by lezker View Post
My phenom x4 II 955 was over-clocked last night to 3.9ghz the voltage i use was 1.45.. stock voltage. (200) x19.5 = 3.9GHz

I ran prime95 for 8 hours and pass

max temp load 60c

idle temp 34c

didnt mess with the cpu/nb so thats next to overclock.

And for the ram I left it at 1333 timings 6-7-6-19.

can this cpu hit the big 4.0 on air cooling ? I think this cpu is bottlenecking my video card i recently purchased. Asus 560Ti..

any help or pointers very appreciated
You really using a 400w PS with a 560? Also, that motherboard is ok for overclocking but look at this list: http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...hase-list.html
If u look up your board the power phase is only 4+1 and VRMS are not heatsinked. So you might want to be careful.... if you look at the list for my board, it is really bad for OC. I don't OC right now, but see this thread as well... http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/94...y-usually.html
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post #5 of 15
You should try bumping up the cpu-nb freq...i say this because my chip is very picky. i.e. for my chip to get stable at 4.5ghz i must have my cpu-nb speed and voltage at exactly 2600mhz and 1.31v any deviation from that and 4.5ghz just does not work....so u can play around with different cpu-nb and cpu freq it may help.

Yes that cpu can hit 4ghz+ with a decent cpu coolerl...i can't find your cooler any where...but the temps are a bit high(ish) not in terms of "OMG your going to burn the cpu" but more in terms of amd cpus are known for being unreliable past 58c...So as you are running at 60c maybe that is whats stopping you from getting to 4ghz...i would recommend the cooler master hyper 212+ but not with the single fan, i would also recommend that you get a 2nd fan for it as this helps drop temps by a further 3c on average.

Thirdly...NO your cpu will not bottleneck a 560 actually no gpu should be able to bottleneck your cpu...bottlenecks only occur when you begin running 2 or 3 cards is SLI or Crossfire so once u stay with a single gfx card config you will be good to go.
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okay just got back from my class.. the cpu cooler im using is a SilenX ICX-HA2 Extreme Performance CPU Cooler Lol... I got this at frys a long time ago...

http://www.virtual-hideout.net/revie...er/index.shtml

thinking on getting that corsair h50 or h70..

here are some pictures.. should i upgrade this cooler to hit that big 4Ghz ?

or am I okay with what i got and just add another fan ? im going to redo the thermal paste cause i think I didn't spread properly when i was installing my cpu.. i was too excited when i got the cpu at the time and i was being clumsy and so eager to install it that i messed up with the paste.. i use the pee size method, heard it works best.




At Mr AMD_fan.. I was reading what you provided me.. I've learn a lot !!

scary stuff.. hopefully my mobo wont fry cause of my VRM not being cool, and that 4 +1.. not being 8+1 power phase.. I will just try to be careful

and one last thing I recently bought a 650w thermaltake tr2 rx power supply when i got my asus 560ti.. so i aint running on that 400w anymore (:

Now im going to mess around with my cpu/ northbridge oh yeahhh!



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Whoa, the Thermaltake TR2 is not a good PSU, dont rely on having the 650W to play with!

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...y-Review/902/9

Review above is the 750W version but it still stands for the 650W.

Def go with the extra fan and resitting your heatsink.

maybe even look into adding some RAM heatsinks to your VRMs if you dont want to upgrade your MOBO.

EDIT - I would even go as far as saying this is holding your OC back!
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Dan that power supply is that bad Haha... Well what would you recommend me to get ? I got this Power Supply at Fry's for 105 dollars to be exact. What other power supply can i get with in that price range ? have to get it at frys.. dont like waiting when i order things from online Ha,...
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post #9 of 15
Don't push it further. You're reaching the temperature limit, which is 62C by the way. Your PSU isn't very good for overclocking and could die, because running a GTX 560 and the Phenom II X4 955 is even risky to run at stock clocks with a 400W PSU.
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Yea man, like someone else said, that Best Buy Dynex 400W PS is not helping things... Get some good clean power, some better cooling ,and crank that voltage up to at least 1.5
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