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Old 12-17-09, 10:18 PM   #1
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Default 4Ghz and beyond: A PII X4 965 Overclocking Adventure

I will be using this thread to report results of what I'm able to do with this CPU. I believe I can reach 4Ghz fairly easily now that I've got my TRUE 120 bolted on to it.


Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE (125w)
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Testing program: Orthos (2 instances) stressing 4 threads.
Test time: 10 minutes per run w/ periodic overnight testing for full stability.



Test 1: 3.4Ghz (17x multiplier, 200mhz FSB) @ 1.2Vcore, RAM: 1333mhz (7-7-7-20 2T) - PASSED Temps (idle/load): 27/40

Test 2: 3.485Ghz (17x multiplier, 205mhz FSB) @ 1.2Vcore, RAM: 1366mhz (7-7-7-20 2T) - FAILED

Test 3: 3.485Ghz (17x multiplier, 205mhz FSB) @ 1.25Vcore, RAM 1366mhz (7-7-7-20 2T) - PASSED Temps: 28/42

Test 4: 3.570Ghz (17x multiplier, 210mhz FSB) @ 1.25Vcore, RAM 1398mhz (7-7-7-20 2T) - FAILED

Test 5: 3.570Ghz (17x multiplier, 210mhz FSB) @ 1.3Vcore, RAM 1398mhz (7-7-7-20 2T) - PASSED Temps: 29/45
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Old 12-17-09, 10:50 PM   #2
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I made this thread a sticky for now.


Good luck with your tests!
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Old 12-17-09, 10:50 PM   #3
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Nice job man.
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Old 12-17-09, 11:15 PM   #4
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Default Re: 4Ghz and beyond: A PII X4 965 Overclocking Adventure

Thanks for the temporary sticky!


Now the fun really begins...

I pushed it to 215mhz FSB, and it looked stable, until I tried to run a total system performance test... Now that I've seen that this processor can't take leaps on blind faith, I've decided to increase the CPU Vcore to 1.4V and leave it there while I take baby steps up the ladder. It looks like I'm starting to hit some RAM limitations too (low voltages) so I'm going to keep tabs on that as well incase it's not fully stable.

Onward and Upward!



Test 6: 3.655Ghz (17x multiplier, 215mhz FSB) @ 1.4V (RAM 1431mhz 9-9-9-24 2T) - PASSED Temps: 32/52 (BONUS: Ran Windows 7 performance test: 5.9 (stupid Hard Drives!!!! )

Test 7: 3.689Ghz (17x multiplier, 217mhz FSB) @ 1.4V (RAM 1445mhz 9-9-9-24 2T) - PASSED Temps: 32/52

Test 8: 3.736Ghz (17x multiplier, 219mhz FSB) @ 1.4V (RAM 1458mhz 9-9-9-24 2T) - PASSED Temps: 32/52 (BONUS: Cinebench 10 64-bit - 1cpu: 4069 Xcpu: 14025)

Test 9: 3.768Ghz (17x multiplier, 221mhz FSB) @ 1.4V (RAM 1471mhz 9-9-9-24 2T) - PASSED Temps: 32/52

Test 10: 3.806Ghz (17x multiplier, 223mhz FSB) @ 1.4V (RAM 1485mhz 9-9-9-24 2T) - PASSED Temps: 32/52

Test 11: 3.860Ghz (17x multiplier, 227mhz FSB) @ 1.4V (RAM 1498mhz 9-9-9-24 2T) - PASSED Temps: 32/52

Test 12: 3.902Ghz (17x multiplier, 229mhz FSB) @ 1.4V (RAM 1525mhz 9-9-9-24 2T) - FAILED


Overnight Test 1: 3.860Ghz (17x multiplier, 227mhz FSB) @ 1.4V (RAM 1498mhz 9-9-9-24 2T) - FALIED

Now, this could have been for many reasons. All I know is that I woke up this morning and my computer had been restarted. However, I did not get any sort of "reports" that the computer had crashed, which tells me that either a power blip knocked it offline (it's raining really hard right now) or a windows update caused it to restart on its own. Either way, it was unavoidable.

Thank you for the hints about increasing the Northbridge clock frequency. I'll start trying to slowly push that up as well.
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Old 12-18-09, 12:37 AM   #5
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wow nice results.
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Old 12-18-09, 12:42 AM   #6
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Looking good man. Remember, once you get your max clock, try overclocking the NB, it should make it to at least 2.6GHz if not somewhere near 3GHz up from the standard 2GHz. It makes a huge difference.
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Looking good man. Remember, once you get your max clock, try overclocking the NB, it should make it to at least 2.6GHz if not somewhere near 3GHz up from the standard 2GHz. It makes a huge difference.
Makes a huge difference on all phenoms....
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The Phenoms still have a hard time hitting 4ghz on x64?
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Old 12-18-09, 10:51 AM   #9
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Day 2 of testing.



First, I ran it at the overnight settings for 30 minutes to make sure it was stable, and sure enough, with me surfing the internet and rearranging files on my computer, the system remained completely stable through everything, so I'm going to continue to push forward. I'll put an emphasis on 24/7 stability once I get it to 4Ghz. I'm getting close now.


Test 13: 3.908Ghz (17x multiplier, 229mhz FSB) @ 1.425V, (RAM 1525mhz 9-9-9-24 2T) - PASSED Temps: 33/54

Test 14: 3.919Ghz (17x multiplier, 230mhz FSB) @ 1.425V, (RAM 1531mhz 9-9-9-24 2T) - FAILED - Left it on for 30 minutes, and it locked up (not BSOD)


Since I got a system lockup rather than a BSOD, It's apparent that the RAM isn't happy now. I've loosened the timings and I'm going again.


Test 15: 3.919Ghz (17x multiplier, 230mhz FSB) @ 1.45V, (RAM 1531mhz 10-10-10-26 2T) - FAILED - BSOD


Increase NB and ram voltages


Test 16: 3.919Ghz (17x multiplier, 230mhz FSB) @ 1.45V, (RAM 1531mhz 10-10-10-26 2T) - PASSED 35/57

Test 17: 3.933Ghz (17x multiplier, 231mhz FSB) @ 1.45V, (RAM 1538mhz 10-10-10-26 2T) - PASSED 35/57

Test 18: 3.972Ghz (17x multiplier, 233mhz FSB) @ 1.45V, (RAM 1551mhz 10-10-10-26 2T) - FAILED - BSOD

Test 19: 3.972Ghz (17x multiplier, 233mhz FSB) @ 1.475V, (RAM 1551mhz 10-10-10-26 2T) - PASSED 35/57

Test 20: 4.005Ghz (17x multiplier, 235mhz FSB) @ 1.475V, (RAM 1565mhz 10-10-10-26 2T) - FAILED - BSOD

Test 21: 4.005Ghz (17x multiplier, 235mhz FSB) @ 1.5V, (RAM 1565mhz 10-10-10-26 2T) - FAILED - BSOD

Test 22: 4.005Ghz (17x multiplier, 235mhz FSB) @ 1.525V, (RAM 1565mhz 10-10-10-26 2T) - PASSED - 38/63
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The Phenom II's can take *a lot* of voltage... so don't be afraid to raise it higher if need be. You should be able to hit 4GHz with ease, and even higher. Just raise the voltage.
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Old 12-18-09, 01:19 PM   #11
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The Phenom II's can take *a lot* of voltage... so don't be afraid to raise it higher if need be. You should be able to hit 4GHz with ease, and even higher. Just raise the voltage.
I read it was able to handle something like 1.8V, so that's inspiring. However, I've still got to contend with the thermal limitations of this processor, so I have a feeling that 1.55-1.6V will be about the highest I'm able to push it without going to a WC setup. I'm trying for 4Ghz on air.
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Looking good!!! Keep at it
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