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I used this page to help me understand overclock, as I am new to this:

http://overclockhowto.com/cpu/how-to-overclock-an-amd-cpu/

I watched all three videos.

I have the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

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So, my question is, with the black edition, do I change the multiplier and Vcore only?? I was unsure about this, because in the video he says to just use the multiplier and then he proceeds to describing how to overclock without the black edition.

So would I change the other options such as he did? Or just the multiplier and vcore?
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post #2 of 12
You can do it either way. With AMD BE chips I just use the multipliers. Set the ram to manufactures settings, lock the HT link to 2000 and start raising the cpu multi until it crashes then start upping the vcore till it's stable again.

Be sure to stay under 60c though. Anything more can cause your chip problems down the line. If you intend to overclock the cpu/nb do that after you have found a stable clock speed you are happy with.
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As stated, with thje Black Edition chips, for a CPU only overclock simply raise the cpu multiplier. If you want to overclock the cpu-nb and RAM you raise the ref clock and adjust the CPU multiplier down to accommodate the higher ref clock.

But yes... if you only want to OC the CPU simply raise the multiplier, stess test with prim95, and raise the Vcore as needed. I personally use .05v increments.
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simplest best guide right here man

http://blogs.amd.com/play/2009/04/22/overclocking-101-with-the-amd-phenom-ii-x4-955-black-edition-processor/

except you can use any stress test you want, personally I use prime 95
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post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by (mirror)52-D.S.L.;13104296 
simplest best guide right here man

http://blogs.amd.com/play/2009/04/22/overclocking-101-with-the-amd-phenom-ii-x4-955-black-edition-processor/

except you can use any stress test you want, personally I use prime 95

P95 is good for an initial test, but after youre satasfied run IBT, that will be the end desicion maker, if you make it through IBT that thing is post rock solid.
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post #6 of 12
If youre just starting I would start by just upping the multiplier, and slowly increasing votage as you run into instability.

If you have a good cooler and can keep temps down its not uncommon to ht 4Ghz with 1.35v (stock voltage)
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Im just using multi on mine and have been able to get 4.2Ghz @ 1.44v. The C3's oc very well.
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post #8 of 12
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Do I need to change the CPU/NB frequency? like in step 14 of this guide:

http://blogs.amd.com/play/2009/04/22/overclocking-101-with-the-amd-phenom-ii-x4-955-black-edition-processor/

I think I get how to change the multiplier and play with the voltage, but how do I know how much to change the CPU/NB frequency or do I even have to?
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post #9 of 12
Yer you will want around 2800Mhz @ 1.3V maybe tad more to do it. Keep an eye on your temps on all your testing.
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post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smoblikat;13104347 
P95 is good for an initial test, but after youre satasfied run IBT, that will be the end desicion maker, if you make it through IBT that thing is post rock solid.

If he overclocks the CPU/NB(he should) too, IBT(or Linx) is garbage.
Edited by IOSEFINI - 4/13/11 at 7:26am
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