ok well, here is an update. After getting my cpu overclocked at 3.81Ghz @ 1.3125v in BIOS(1.344v under load with cpu llc enabled) no problem i ran into a little stability issue when overclocking the NB. I tried various different settings on the ref clock and multipliers with no avail. So I went through and did some more reading and research. Unfortunately with my setup and ambient conditions I came to the temperature wall.
Although I was able to stabilize 3.81Ghz on the borderline of temps( it maxed out at 55C and hovered around 52-54C) by itself, When I overclocked the NB, the added heat pushed me a little past the preferred temp. range
When I as unable to regain stability I did some more reading and research. And from the reading I have done, it seems the phenom ll chips prefer lower temps over higher voltages for stability. And the higher temps were indeed destabilizing the chips overclock.
So.... I started from scratch and so far have the CPU overclocked at 3.750Ghz @ 1.296v in BIOS(1.32-1.33v under load with cpu llc enabled) running prime95 for about 7 hours so far and still going. Max temp according to HWmonitor was at 52C and it is consistently hovering around 49-51C under 100% load. And this is after 100% load for over 7 hours, so thats a lot of heat inside that case.
-will the 3.75Ghz be much different than the 3.81Ghz OC in real time performance?
-would a slightly lower but much more stable overclock perform/benchmark better then a slightly higher but less stable overclock?
I will start to OC the NB once more once I pass 8-9 hours on the CPU test and will report back afterwards.
so what do you guys think? Sandman?Edited by mwl5apv - 4/14/11 at 11:41am