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Overclocking an FX6300, should I continue?

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Hi guys!

for the past few days I was tinkering with the frequencies in my PC. I managed to get my RAM from 1600 MHz to 1864 MHz without changing any of the timings so I think that's quite an achievement.

My next question is regarding my CPU. I managed to get over 4,6 GHz (CPU-Z validation) with it, but it doesn't seem stable (PC shut off once - power supply not strong enough? Temps are too low for critical shutdown) and I pulled it back down to 4,4 GHz.

A stable 4,4 GHz OC is achieved with +0.175 V on the core. Should I go higher? Full load temperatures do not exceed 45 °C at the moment.

Thanks!

P.S.: CPU-Z screenshot
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I can really only say that if it's unstable it might very well shut down without being warm.

As far as voltages go I've no idea.
 
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Hi guys!

for the past few days I was tinkering with the frequencies in my PC. I managed to get my RAM from 1600 MHz to 1864 MHz without changing any of the timings so I think that's quite an achievement.

My next question is regarding my CPU. I managed to get over 4,6 GHz (CPU-Z validation) with it, but it doesn't seem stable (PC shut off once - power supply not strong enough? Temps are too low for critical shutdown) and I pulled it back down to 4,4 GHz.

A stable 4,4 GHz OC is achieved with +0.175 V on the core. Should I go higher? Full load temperatures do not exceed 45 °C at the moment.

Thanks!

P.S.: CPU-Z screenshot
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PSU seems fine, if the temperatures are all right you can start increasing the voltages. If the CPU-z voltage is accurate, you up the cpu voltage quite a bit more. Afaik its been generally agreed on that 1,55V is a sort of max for chips like yours so you have quite a bit of headroom left. If upping the voltage causes your PC to shut off more quickly however, you might have bumped in to the limits of your motherboard power delivery capacity.
 
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I can see lots of people reading the thread so am sure someone will chime in soon with some detailed advice, and I haven't had an amd chip for years but I know the bus speed is also linked to other things such as nb and htt (if it's still called that...) so you could well have enough vcore, you might just need to tweak some other things to get your oc stable, still subbed to see how you get on :toast:
 
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This is what I'm getting right now. 4,66 GHz on +0.225 V. I'm just gonna keep the stress test going. VCore loadline calibration is set to "Extreme".

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Could this result in damage to my CPU if ran 24/7?

EDIT: CPU temperature in AIDA while stress testing shows 66 °C, HWMonitor says 55 °C (same as Northbridge in AIDA)
 
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depending on your motherboard it might work better with 1 notch under extreme as LLC. Apart from that those volts and temps are fine.
Keep in mind however that CPU-Z bench isnt the best stability test you could run. Prime95 generally is more punishing on your system and will be a better worst case scenario.
 
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If u had at least this model GA-970A-UD3P or better like 990 FX chipset u could reach higher but since your mobo has 4+1 i think NO.

Leave it @4.4-4.5 GHz if is stable,turn off turbo core,C1E,C6State and CnQ.

Edit: Keep it max 55-57 C,to work optimal and no throttling
 
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If u had at least this model GA-970A-UD3P or better like 990 FX chipset u could reach higher but since your mobo has 4+1 i think NO.

Leave it @4.4-4.5 GHz if is stable,turn off turbo core,C1E,C6State and CnQ.

Edit: Keep it max 55-57 C,to work optimal and no throttling
I have already done all that before: turbo off, C1E off, C6 off, HPC off, CnQ off, CPU not throttling, always on OC clock (no power-save).

Starting stress test with Prime95
*stress test didn't go to well*

Computer didn't want to turn on for a minute or two, thought I lost him, hahaha. Reverted to 4,4 for now. Voltage down to +0.175 V
 
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Glad u knew it those must be off..

Keep it safe and no more try OC further on that mobo,4.4 GHz is decent and overall good performance gain.
 
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Your motherboard cant cope with power demand of that chip beyond 4.4GHz. Perhaps there's a setting that disables the CPU consuming more power then AMD recommends. You should turn that off.
 
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970 boards are not made for overclocking, and probably won't take too much more.

I'd say if you want more, a 990 board would be needed.
 
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Chip is proberly at it's max as well. Better board only shaves off few more mhz but nothing special.
 
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You can be glad it powered off - if not your MB and maybe the CPU too would be dead now. The safety measures worked. I would not run the system on the absolute limit 24/7. If you know 4.4 GHz is the limit, I would go a tad lower and decrease voltage to decrease the stress it puts on the motherboard. 100 MHz less doesn't make a difference performance wise, but for your mainboard it could mean life and death. Find a overclock setting that's a good balance between overclock, performance and power consumption, that's the best for the health of your PC.
 
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I have reverted the clocks back to 4.4 GHz as stated before and I'm now running the Prime95 small FFTs test. Things seem to be going just fine actually. I have a problem when I, for example, pause a video (VLC Media PLayer), leave it sitting there and after 20-30 minutes my computer freezes (odd colored vertical lines). I have already determined that the CPU is causing this, but how come it happens when idliung on video and never on full load?

Edit: Prime95 small FFTs → 4,4 GHz @ 1.475 V → max. temp. 58-59 °C → no errors for now
 
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Thats a pretty low end motherboard, psu is questionable too. What cooler is on the cpu?
 
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Thats a pretty low end motherboard, psu is questionable too. What cooler is on the cpu?
CPU cooler: Arctic Freezer Extreme rev. 1.0.

The PSU should by all means be able to cope with the system.

Other PC cooling(my thread on TPU):
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Also, I'm not planning on upgrading the motherboard since Zen is coming out and I don't feel like spending money on my PC ATM, planning on a bigger upgrade next year (mobo, RAM, CPU, GPU).
 
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You should look at the package temperature in HWinfo (which is the same as the CPU in AIDA). This is 67 and if I remember well the maximum was about 72. AMD boards go hard on the VRMs. Good news your board has VRM heatsink. Bad news is it's only 4+1 phases but for 6 core chip it should be fine.

Edit: FYI I had my FX 6300 @ 4.55GHz 1.4v. I would not put more than 1.45v for 24/7. When trying to overclock your CPU, downclock your ram or run it at stock in order to avoid getting errors from it
 
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I wouldn't put much hope on any am3+ board with a 4+1 power phase. Your core temps might be fine but I'd assume those VRMs are now going crazy with that voltage.
 
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You should look at the package temperature in HWinfo (which is the same as the CPU in AIDA). This is 67 and if I remember well the maximum was about 72. AMD boards go hard on the VRMs. Good news your board has VRM heatsink. Bad news is it's only 4+1 phases but for 6 core chip it should be fine.

Edit: FYI I had my FX 6300 @ 4.55GHz 1.4v. I would not put more than 1.45v for 24/7. When trying to overclock your CPU, downclock your ram or run it at stock in order to avoid getting errors from it
Package temperature doesn't reach 60 °C with this configuration. Are you saying I should drop all the clocks (FSB, NB, HT link) and then try to get a higher clock on my chip? I think I'm slowly reaching the limit (of the chip) so I believe it's better to stick with 4,4 GHz and leave all the other clocks, because dropping those and only increaing the CPU clock will probably yield lower performance. Correct?

Edit: Stayed on 4,4 GHz, all other clocks same as before, CPU doesn't exceed 53 °C on +0.150 V while small FFTs test

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Look for AMD FX oc club. On here.

I snagged my board 2 years ago.
 
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CPU temperature in AIDA while stress testing shows 66 °C, HWMonitor says 55 °C (same as Northbridge in AIDA)
AIDA stress test doesn't really put the cpu on it knees, try Prime95 and you will see that temperatures won't be the same and let's see for how long your cpu will hold that stress test:p
 
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AIDA stress test doesn't really put the cpu on it knees, try Prime95 and you will see that temperatures won't be the same and let's see for how long your cpu will hold that stress test:p
The CPU has been on Prime95 stress test for 2 hours now, still no errors.
 
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The CPU has been on Prime95 stress test for 2 hours now, still no errors.
Stable! Seriously, if it were me, I'd start using the CPU an hour ago.