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Phenom II 920 owners - What are your overclocking results?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by johnnyfiive, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. johnnyfiive

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    So many 940 related threads I figured its time for a 920 thread. To all you 920 owners, what is your setup? What are your overclocking results? Lets see em!
     
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    Every one seems choosing 940 over 920 I guess it is BE thing.
     
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    I believe Kei is using a PII 920, and is getting good results. He's been posting in a couple of different threads about it.
     
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    I will be getting a 920 next week. I know Kei has posted his results, awesome results at that. I figured why not have a thread dedicated to just the 920. I'm hoping to get a decent overclock on my K9A2. My hopes are not too high though.
     
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    920 on its way. $180 SHIPPED. Damn good deal IMO.
     
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    I think I'm going to sell my 78-T and buy that board this evening. What I'm finding with the PII's is that the multiplier and NB speed mean significantly more than increasing the HTT.
     
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    How do you raise the NB speed without raising the HTT? Also my guess on the amount of 940's vs 920's is the recent price drop. The 940's are going for what a 920 was just less than 2 weeks ago. So people had budgets to spend about $230 then they dropped the price so why not grab the 940. Not saying the 920 isn't a screaming deal at $180, because it is and is so tempting.
     
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    When I said HTT I meant the NB with it. Obviously increasing the NB frequency for overclocking the CPU will result in better performance than just raising the multiplier, I'm just wondering by how much? It's the deciding factor for me between the 920 and 940. :)
     
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    My board has separate multipliers for the NB vs. the HTT. I have to agree about the chips though, I'd go with the 940. You just have more flexibility.
     
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    NB Multiplier. :rockout:

    Well, the way I see it is this. If your whole intention is to overclock chances are you already have a motherboard and RAM that will play well. Either one is going to give you awesome results. We all know that upping the clock multiplier only is NOT going to give you the best results when it comes to benching. Overall clock speed you might see it higher with the 940, but thats not what overclocking is about with Phenoms. It's about raising everything, the NB frequency, the HT link and the CPU clock. I personally like the challenge of not being able to change the multiplier. I just think I will have a good time with it. I didn't want to spend over $200 so the 920 fit the bill. I can put the extra money elsewhere.
     
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    Ah, I was getting it confused with HT Link. I'm looking through CPU-Z and I don't see NB clocks anywhere, am I missing this?

    I gotta agree, a brand new awesome processor and then going to get a lapdance with the money you saved, doesn't get much better than that :p
     
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    Look under the memory tab, in the top right corner. :)
     
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    The NB frequency is listed under the memory information because its related to the memory transfer.
     
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    Check this

    Obviously everyone knows that Northbridge is important but many people don't quite understand exactly HOW important it really is when it comes to the Phenom.

    I'm attatching two screenshots of the Everest Memory & Cache benchmark for you to ponder on that will shed a huge light on why the northbridge clock is so important in relation to everything else with the Phenom.

    We all know that the Phenom II is faster than the Phenom I when at the same clock speeds and by a nice margin so it's an absolute NO BRAINER which is faster if you give the PII a .5Ghz extra advantage.

    1. Phenom 9850BE 3.0Ghz

    HTT 250Mhz
    CPU 12.0x
    Ram 1000Mhz 5-5-5-15 2T
    HT Link 2000Mhz
    Northbridge 2500Mhz


    2. Phenom II 920 3.5Ghz

    HTT 250Mhz
    CPU 14.0X
    Ram 1000Mhz 5-5-5-15 2T
    HT Link 2000Mhz
    Northbridge 2250Mhz


    Now you'll see that the only differences in those two setups are the cpu multiplier and the northbridge multipliers. The PII gets a 500Mhz cpu clock advantage which is MASSIVE since clock for clock it's already hands down faster anyway. The PI gets a 250Mhz northbridge clock advantage which is a much smaller gap of course.

    Look at the results and judge for yourself on how important the northbridge is...


    Kei

    Btw, of course I can go much much much faster on my Northbridge on the PII but I wanted to show how important it really is with just a small change in speed.
     

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    Huh no wonder I cant find it, mine is greyed out :/
     
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    I too can vouche for NB making a huge difference. When I was quickly testing my results with my 9600BE I was gaining 100-200 kbs in the Winrar benchmark by having the NB at 2200+. High NB frequency's are awesome.
     
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    Best i can get is 3.64 on my 920 so far. Not sure if i can get much higher with windows 7 64 bit

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    Bam I use W7 as well and I've seen 3.8+ alresdy (3.7 on the stock heatsink) so just take your time. :)

    I put it in dual core mode and saw 3.93Ghz with the available 1.552v limit i can go too. Air cooling as usual.

    Kei
     
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    I JUST got mine installed 5-10 min ago. Heres where I'm at for now... this is too easy... it's kinda weirding me out. A Phenom taking 600mhz right off the bat with default vcore.. on a K9A2? WHHHAT?

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    I wanna see if it will do 3.5 on stock vcore, brb.
     
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    slight vcore increase. 3.6.

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    My HT link is 7 btw. Testing 3.7-3.8, brb.
     
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    Hrmm.. can't get it to fully boot at 3.7. Can anyone tell me what a good NB voltage is for an air setup?
     
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    Upped the vcore and nb voltage, im at 3.7 now.

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