[Should I make a topic about overclocking this CPU elsewhere, or is this a good place to ask?]
So today my X3440 arrived. Got it installed, and it works fine in everything including games at default clocks. From what I can tell GTA5 does seem to run better with certain graphics settings turned up compared to before, good for a $30 upgrade.
What I'm wondering now is how to overclock the CPU. I tried the way I did it before which was to use the motherboard's automatic overclocking tool on I think it's called the "turbo" setting (the same thing that got me 3.7GHz on the i5-750), and it seems to blue screen shortly after logging in (I think the OC was around 3.3GHz for the X3440).
I'm guessing this is caused by the lack of official motherboard support, and the settings it automatically chooses to overclock with aren't ideal for this CPU. I was able to use the, I think it's called "X.M.P" profile to get my RAM up to their highest rated timings/speed [DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), Timing 9-9-9-24, CAS Latency 9, Voltage 1.5V]
, and the CPU was slightly overclocked automatically along with that, and it seems stable.
So I'm thinking I might have to do some manual overclocking if I want the CPU to run faster.. something I haven't ever learned to do. I read someone say there's not much of a difference between 3.5GHz to I think 4GHz in games on the X3440, I'm not sure if this is true for all CPU intensive games.
I found this video, but I'm not sure if the information is correct and if I should attempt to follow it. I feel like it's perhaps not specific enough regarding all the settings the X3440 should be set to, and I'm not sure if all of the settings are called the same thing or even an option on my motherboard. I don't know what I should be changing each setting to, or what is safe. I know it is possible to have a CPU that can't overclock high at all, or a CPU that is in the average range, or a CPU that overclocks very high compared to average, and I'd need to determine through trial and error which category my specific unit falls into.
So yeah, not sure if I should ask for help here for this issue. Let me know if you think the video below is any good to help OC this CPU.