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Hello everyone,

My original question that has been solved:
I am overclocking my Fx-6300 to 4.6 Ghz, I got it stable for 7 hours tested by prime 95. My Vcore during load fluctuates around 1.404v and it is set in BIOS at 1.525v. Also, I increased the NB voltage a bit 1.225v.

My Question is do I need to increase the Vcore voltage further?
Or is there something I am missing? I need Guidance in making it stable.

Also, I am wondering is there a performance gain from increasing HT Link speed or Bus speed? And Ram speeds and timing does it effect gaming performance?

My plan is to overclock the processor to 4.6 GHZ and get it stable. After, I want to overclock the Ram a bit and tune the timings. Then I will overclock my GPU a bit.










Guys if you know free benchmark tools I can use to test the overclock and compare it to other it would be nice. I will post the benchmark results in here so others can compare and have an idea about the overclock gain.

My specs are:

CPU: FX-6300
Mobo: Asus M5A97 R2.0
GPU: PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 390 8GB
Ram: 2 x 8 GB Kingston KHX1600C10D3 and 2 x 2 GB Kingston 9905403-133.A00LF
HDD: RAID 0 1.5TB (Samsung 850 EVO SSD coming on the way)
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO
PSU: Antec TPQ-1200 1200W

The Games this rig will be used for are:
Attila Total War
Empire Total War
Cities Skylines
Fallout 4
The Witcher 2 and Soon The Witcher 3
GTA

Cinebench benchmarking:

Totally stock clockes


@ 3.5Ghz with 800Mhz ram and all power disabled


@ 4.3Ghz on 1.3v


@ 4.43Ghz overclock and ram at 822Mhz


@ 4.5Ghz ram at 842Mhz


@ 4.6Ghz ram at 858Mhz


Single Core benchmark @4.5 GHZ


OpenGL Benchmark:


Rome 2 Total War Benchmark:


Setting:


4.5Ghz Stable:

Motherboard BIOS setting:








4.5Ghz Stable for 10 Hours:



Settings:

CPU Ratio: 22.5
CPU Bus Frequency: 200
Memory Frequency:DDR3-1600MHZ
CPU/NB: 2200MHZ
HT Link Speed: 2200MHZ

CPU Load Line Calibration: Enabled

CPU & NB Voltage: Manual Mode

CPU Manual Voltage: 1.368750
CPU/NB Manual Voltages: 1.25000
All rest voltages is set at auto

CPU Configration:
Core C6 State: Disabled
HPC Mode: Disabled
APM Master Mode: Disabled

I used these settings to achieve this overclock

Cinebench shows that my score at 4.5 is 531 while Intel Core I7-3770 score is 662.

Is my processor is comparable to Intel Core I5?

I am thinking about upgrading to I5 Skylake within the next 4 months is it worth it as I am mostly gaming.

I would like to thank everyone that helped my achieving this overclock.
 

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Enable load line calibration and lower your voltage
I enabled CPU LLC

I adjusted the Voltage to 1.4v

Ran prime 95 for 40 Min then it stopped.

apparently it stopped as the CPU temp reached 75c which is high.

I will lower the voltage to Vcore 1.387500v and try again.
 

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I tried and it ran stable for 22 min only.


Should I lower the voltage or increase it?
You have multiple problems. It looks like your cpu was throttling. You have failed workers in Prime95. Plus your socket and core temps look too high. You need more voltage but your temps are already a problem.
 
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You have multiple problems. It looks like your cpu was throttling. You have failed workers in Prime95. Plus your socket and core temps look too high. You need more voltage but your temps are already a problem.
So should I target a lower speed?
 

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Start all over from 3.5GHz with all power saving off and turbo disabled.
Start with stock voltage with llc enabled... Increase voltage only when needed
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Start all over from 3.5GHz with all power saving off and turbo disabled.
Start with stock voltage with llc enabled... Increase voltage only when needed
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And only overclock with the multiplier. Forget the BCLK as there are no benefits according to The Stilt. Plus it just complicates things.
 
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Start all over from 3.5GHz with all power saving off and turbo disabled.
Start with stock voltage with llc enabled... Increase voltage only when needed
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I will start all over, thanks
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And only overclock with the multiplier. Forget the BCLK as there are no benefits according to The Stilt. Plus it just complicates things.
Okay this time i will try only the multiplier
 

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You are lucky...
Mine only can reach 4.5GHz @ 1.475v anything over is not stable
LLC on very high using M5A99X EVO R2.0 motherboard
Didnt try 1.5v+ yet tho as my room is quite warm/hot
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You are lucky...
Mine only can reach 4.5GHz @ 1.475v anything over is not stable
LLC on very high using M5A99X EVO R2.0 motherboard
Didnt try 1.5v+ yet tho as my room is quite warm/hot
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I concluded that 4.6 needs a better cooling than mine maybe a water cooling.
 

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And only overclock with the multiplier. Forget the BCLK as there are no benefits according to The Stilt. Plus it just complicates things.
I took your advice and I achieved 4.5GHZ stable.

Thanks
 

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Is my processor is comparable to Intel Core I5?

I am thinking about upgrading to I5 Skylake within the next 4 months is it worth it as I am mostly gaming.

I would like to thank everyone that helped my achieving this overclock.
That depends, you should test single threaded performance and bench the memory to get a general idea.

Generally speaking AMD CPUs have a tendency to lack performance in minimum fps due to poor single threaded performance, okay-ish cache performance and often lower memory speeds. Since min fps contributes a lot to the smoothness of your gaming experience, it's worth testing if your overclock is comparable to an i5 in single threaded performance.
 

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That depends, you should test single threaded performance and bench the memory to get a general idea.

Generally speaking AMD CPUs have a tendency to lack performance in minimum fps due to poor single threaded performance, okay-ish cache performance and often lower memory speeds. Since min fps contributes a lot to the smoothness of your gaming experience, it's worth testing if your overclock is comparable to an i5 in single threaded performance.
What applications I can use to test the single threaded performance?
 

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I took your advice and I achieved 4.5GHZ stable.

Thanks
That is awesome.
 

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What applications I can use to test the single threaded performance?
Forget benchmarks. Do all the things that you do on your computer. Encode video, game, rip dvd's. What is important is whether it meets your expectations doing those type of tasks not some synthetic benches. At least that is my take on it.
 
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