first, I am aware that the hardware I am going to talk about isnt newest anymore. I am currently saving money for a much more capable setup so until there, this has to do.
I am running an FX8350 on an ASUS M5A95 EVO r2.0, from which I read that the OC capabilties are pretty limited due to overheating VRMs (i already got a fan hanging from the top of my case to get some wind on the heatsink).
Now, the board already seems to struggle with maintaining the CPUs stock turbo frequency, which is 4,2Ghz. I tried to set this speed via multiplier and it causes cores 7 and 8 failing in prime95.
First reaction of course: increase CPU voltage, but as soon as I do so and manually set anything above the default of 1,275v, the computer hangs within 1 to 5 minutes of running prime95.
I can get 4,1Ghz stable, but I was reading about users running the same combination being able to easily achieve 4,4.
Temps are not the issue, at stock speed, the CPU idles at 7 degrees, and also never passes 35 under load.
So my question goes out to all the more experienced guys, what would be the first you look at in the BIOS.