I'm having some trouble Overclocking. This is my first PC which I got custom built and thus the first time I've ever overclocked as well (specs in my profile). However I came into this prepared. I've watched tons of step-by-step videos. I've read a detailed guide on how to use the Sabertooth 990FX BIOS. I've been to troubleshooting forums where other 8150 users had problems. I even printed off an in-depth Overclocking guide for beginners.
First I turned off all of my power saving features in the BIOS as well as Turbo. Next, for a basic starting point I increased my multiplier to 20 (3.6GHz increased to 4.0GHz) and I increased my stock voltage from 1.33 to 1.4 and saved my settings. Windows started just fine so I ran Prime95 for 8 hours with not a single hiccup. A nice performance increase on my benchmarks as well. Success! But I can't seem to go further then this. Below is the table I created while I was Overclocking:
Speed | CPU Voltage | Stable | CPU Temperature (at load) | Time Tested
3,600 | 1.3300 | Yes | 32.8 | (Default)
4,000 | 1.4000 | Yes | 48.0 | 8 hours
4,100 | 1.4000 | No
4,100 | 1.4180 | No
4,100 | 1.4375 | No | 56.0 | 4 hours (After torture testing this a second time it failed)
4,200 | 1.4375 | No
4,200 | 1.4500 | No
4,200 | 1.4750 | No
4,200 | 1.5000 | No
While I'm happy I've achieved at least some basic overclocking I'm not very happy with the results considering the FX-8150's biggest selling point is its overclocking ability. And I'm not limited in anyway by my motherboard as a youtube video showed someone going to 5,000 with the Sabertooth 990FX. The research I did prior to overclocking showed most people were achieving 4,400 - 4,500 speeds using just air with the FX-8150 and up to 5,000 using H100 Corsair liquid cooling (which I'm using.) Yet, with a similar set up to them I can't seem to hit 4,200. And even at 4,100 my temperatures are already nearing the temperature cut off point of 61 degrees (56.0).
Thoughts? (^_^ ;; )