M2N-X vcore

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January 18, 2009 at 07:56:06
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3.214 GHz / 2047 MB
Hi I was trying to overclock my amd athlonx2 3200+ (on a M2N-X). However im unable to increase the cpu voltage in the BIOS higher then 1.450 volt?
Is there a way to increase this?
I already installed the latest bios updates but this didnt solve the problem. When increasing the cpu speed from 200 to 205 or higher, prime and orthos keep giving me errors and hardware faillures.

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#1
January 18, 2009 at 09:13:06
You have to know the trick to overclocking AMD systems. There should be no reason to change the voltage unless you're overclocking to the extreme. Raising the CPU freq from 200 to 205MHz is NOT extreme! Also, there is no "athlonx2 3200+". We have to know exactly which CPU you're working with.

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#2
January 18, 2009 at 09:29:59
srry wrong cpu ive got a AMD Athlon X2 6400+.
Just tested my cpu with prime95 and worker 2 gave me a error after 30 seconds "Hardware faillure" "rounding was 0.5, expected 0.4 or less. This was WITHOUT overclocking anything! :/ guess ive got a new problem now.

If you need more info plz tell me.


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#3
January 18, 2009 at 10:35:36
It start with, the 6400+ is virtually maxed out at 3.2GHz as it is, plus it's a high wattage/power hungry CPU - 125W, I think? You may be able to get a little more out of it but don't expect miracles. Even if you're able to squeeze out another 200MHz, you won't notice the performance difference.

You would have been better off with a 5400+ Black Edition which runs at 2.8GHz at 65W. With the unlocked multiplier, all you need to do is raise it from 14x to 16x & you'd be running at 3.2GHz, same as the 6400+.

- Turn Off AI Overclocking...set it to manual.
- Lock the PCI-e at 100MHz.
- Disable Cool 'n' Quiet.
- Overclock by raising the CPU frequency a little at a time.

And being that your CPU is close to being maxed out at it's stock speed, it does make sense to increase the voltage. But if 1.45v is as high as it can go, there's not much you can do about it unless you wanna wire mod the CPU socket.


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#4
January 18, 2009 at 11:55:29
I tried what you said. Windows booted normally but when I ran prime95 it gave me after 10 seconds for both cores errors "Rounding was 0.5, expected 0.4 or less".
I went to the bios set the everything back to default amd cool 'n quiet Enabled. Booted back into windows ran prime again, worked fine the first 3 min but then gave me a error at core 2, same as before. Core one kept running till I shut the program down after 10 min. Rebooted windows tried again same error but this time after 4 min core one fell out and core 2 kept running.
So now without overclocking my system is unstable and with overclockting its even more unstable. Is this a memory problem or is my motherboard to old?

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#5
January 18, 2009 at 12:39:12
Enabling Cool 'n' Quiet defeats the purpose. If you're gonna overclock, make sure it's disabled.

You didn't say what RAM you have. It *should* be DDR2-800. Did you ever test it with memtest86? Are you running the default values or did you manually configure the settings? RAM voltage is very important. Much of the so-call "gaming RAM" runs at 2.0v, 2.1v or even 2.2v. Make sure to set it correctly. Do NOT rely on Auto settings.


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#6
January 18, 2009 at 14:33:13
Yeah like Jam said with this processor you are basicly at your limits. If you do overclock it stable you maybe looking at an extra 200mhz but that's it, not much to make a real diff. Maybe with liquid cooled system you could push it 200mhz further stable, but it's not worth the money just to boost your performance 400mhz with a costly liquid cooled system.

If it's broke, then blow that sucka up!


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#7
January 18, 2009 at 15:05:47
Okay checked my cpu-z and found out that I have 2gb Kingston memory 1.8v 320 mhz. Thats not much, :/ could this be the source for the errors? Also my motherboard does not support over 800mhz if im gonna buy new memory should I buy above the 800mhz or is 800 enough (sugesting my 320 is not good enough)?


System info:
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+
Video: Ati HD3870 512MB Gddr4
Memory: Kingston 2gb 2kit DDR2 320 mhz
Motherboard: Asus M2N-X
Power Supply: Zalman 600watt
Cooling: Artic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro
O/S: Windows XP Professional SP3


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#8
January 19, 2009 at 08:06:18
"checked my cpu-z and found out that I have 2gb Kingston memory 1.8v 320 mhz. Thats not much, :/ could this be the source for the errors?"

I doubt it.

Do you know which speed RAM you have? DDR2-533, DDR2-667 or DDR2-800? Open CPUZ, click the memory tab...what's listed for DRAM frequency? Is that where you're getting 320MHz? Now have a look at the SPD tab. You *should* be able to determine what RAM you have. Look where it says "max bandwidth" or see which frequency options are listed in the timings table.


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#9
January 19, 2009 at 08:32:43
Ive gave some extra volt to the memory and putted the memory frequency in the motherboard higher and know cpu-z tells me:
Dram Frequency:400 MHZ (was 320)
FSBdram:CPU/8
SPD says:
Max Bandwith: PC2-5300 (333mhz)
Timingstable gives me: 200, 266 and 333 MHZ.


BTW: I lowered the cpu multiplier from 16X 3200mhz to 15X 3000mhz. Raised the memory frequency with 80. Running orthos now for 20minutes without errors.


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#10
January 19, 2009 at 09:17:50
Running for 1 hour now still no errors.

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#11
January 19, 2009 at 09:36:39
You have the wrong RAM for an AMD system. You *should* have DDR2-800 but it appears you have DDR2-667. Looks like you got it to run as DDR2-800 by overvolting & overclocking. Your system may be stable but you had to underclock your CPU to get it that way. Something's not right with your configuration.

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#12
January 19, 2009 at 10:26:16
Whats the best thing to do now buy some 800mhz ddr2 memory, or wait until AMD releases ddr3 motherboards and then upgrade to a ddr3 system?
And is my system stable now or am I just lucky and will it crash sooner or later because I burned my memory?

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