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Windows 7: Question about overclocking an AMD FX-8350 and proper cooling.

09 Jan 2013   #1
Artaeus

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Question about overclocking an AMD FX-8350 and proper cooling.

Hello everyone,

I am currently thinking about overclocking my new processor. To be quite honest I am a little new to overclocking and just wanted to get a few questions answered before I decide to start.

I'm thinking about overclocking from 4.0 GHz to 5.0 GHz. Is this feasible? My main concern is proper cooling and this is where it gets a little complicated, I do not want anything to do with liquid cooling (to be honest, the thought alone is unsettling). Are there any Air coolers that will fit my case (NZXT lexa s) and cool my processor enough to keep it stable at 5.0 GHz?

Also, at idle my processor runs at about 12.7 C (around 55 F).

Thank you for your time,
Artaeus


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10 Jan 2013   #2
Erick Aguilar

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Water cooling is the best recommendation, either closed loop, or the big pump arrays that are far more complex. Both of them are equally safe IF you set them up correctly and NEVER rush their set up since in excitement you could be missing really important steps in a safe setup.

An air cooler that might come close to giving you proper cooling for overclocking could be the Noctua nh-d14, it is a monster of a cooler, you should check it's dimensions, and then see what size coolers your case fits, but it looks to me that it would fit with no problem as I found a couple of pictures of users with the same case using the NH-D14.

5 GHZ will be fun for you to achieve, just remember not to make a huge jump, it's not as simple as selecting a multiplier to what you want and hope it works, you have to do it little by little, and it takes days since you would have to check CPU stability in multiplier increments with stress tests that should be done at least for 12 hours to ensure the CPU is stable with that frequency.

Also remember to disable services included in the chip such as cool and quiet because it can tamper with the chips stability while performing tests, and it could lead to errors detected by the stress test.

Before, I had been able to overclock my 3670k to 3.2 from the base 2.7ghz but after disabling cool and quiet, I was able to raise the multiplier even more and take my cpu up to stable 3.7.

Have in mind as well that just because someone else can take their chip to a certain frequency does not mean you will be able to reach that speed as well CPU's are just like people, they behave differently, and some of them can reach different performance within the same model.

Let me know if you need more information alright?

Ah, I forgot to mention, it's impossible for your chip to read 12.7 C as true temperature, that means your room temperature should be 2 Celcius for that to be possible.
It is more likely that you real idle temperature is 32 Celcius. Temperature monitors go a little... stupid when they are reading the minimum temperature on idle.

It is far more reliable if you check the max load temperature.

Run a test on OCCT with stock speeds and check your max temperature with stock cooling.
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10 Jan 2013   #3
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Artaeus View Post
Hello everyone,

I am currently thinking about overclocking my new processor. To be quite honest I am a little new to overclocking and just wanted to get a few questions answered before I decide to start.

I'm thinking about overclocking from 4.0 GHz to 5.0 GHz. Is this feasible? My main concern is proper cooling and this is where it gets a little complicated, I do not want anything to do with liquid cooling (to be honest, the thought alone is unsettling). Are there any Air coolers that will fit my case (NZXT lexa s) and cool my processor enough to keep it stable at 5.0 GHz?

Also, at idle my processor runs at about 12.7 C (around 55 F).

Thank you for your time,
Artaeus
That would be me and Proper cooling closed waterloop will do

You have to consider voltages and what kind of board you have that can max potential of this chip
as of right now im about to go off and some things for the house and will be back shortly but if you like you can find some of my threads on 8350 or one tittles what do you think of this Motherboard you can see setting and voltages
and those are good temps by the way
Anyway I will be around later
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10 Jan 2013   #4
Artaeus

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello Erick and Solar and thanks for the replies,

I know that most water cooling solutions are safe if not rushed in the setup but, the whole idea of it still bothers me. Also I ran OOCT and my max temp was around 45 C (113 f) after 2 hours. After looking at the Noctua, it's a bit outside my budget at the moment. Are they're any other coolers that preform close to or just as well as the Noctua? After looking through a lot of coolers it seems most will have RAM compatibility issues.

Side note: My mother called me and asked what a Cooler Master V6GT was and if I could use it. Would that be a good cooler for what I'm trying to accomplish?

Thanks again.
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10 Jan 2013   #5
Erick Aguilar

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Artaeus View Post
Hello Erick and Solar and thanks for the replies,

I know that most water cooling solutions are safe if not rushed in the setup but, the whole idea of it still bothers me. Also I ran OOCT and my max temp was around 45 C (113 f) after 2 hours. After looking at the Noctua, it's a bit outside my budget at the moment. Are they're any other coolers that preform close to or just as well as the Noctua? After looking through a lot of coolers it seems most will have RAM compatibility issues.

Side note: My mother called me and asked what a Cooler Master V6GT was and if I could use it. Would that be a good cooler for what I'm trying to accomplish?

Thanks again.
No coolers will have ram compatibility issues, most likely the ram will be too tall for the cooler, but that mostly happen when people buy ram with tall heatsinks. I don't see that as... smart, the cpu fans would suck and blow some of the rams generated heat.

And I personally would not trust a V6GT for an overclock of that kind, you could make the investment into it, but be aware that if it's not the best heatsink for an overclock you might not be able to reach 5GHZ with a safe temperature.
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10 Jan 2013   #6
Artaeus

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Erick Aguilar View Post
No coolers will have ram compatibility issues, most likely the ram will be too tall for the cooler, but that mostly happen when people buy ram with tall heatsinks. I don't see that as... smart, the cpu fans would suck and blow some of the rams generated heat.

And I personally would not trust a V6GT for an overclock of that kind, you could make the investment into it, but be aware that if it's not the best heatsink for an overclock you might not be able to reach 5GHZ with a safe temperature.

When I said "compatibility issues" I meant if it would clear the ram. I picked up the term from Noctua's site when I was checking if it would clear my RAM and fit my motherboard. My mother said she would buy the V6 GT for me if I needed it but just wanted to make sure if it would be good enough before I gave her a yes or no.

Thanks
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12 Jan 2013   #7
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Artaeus, Do you think your case and ram will allow a V8 inside as it's on sale and priced well after MIR.

Cooler Master V8 CPU Fan - Socket 1366/775/AM2/AM2+,1156, AM3 120mm Fan, Modular Aluminum Fins at TigerDirect.com
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12 Jan 2013   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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