Overclocking AMD x2 +5600

Amd Athlon ii x2 dual core processor
January 18, 2010 at 16:33:29
Specs: Windows 7
I'm not the most computer savvy person in the world, but something is telling me my computer can function much better than what it's performing right now. My question is How do i go abouts overclocking my system? If i could push it up to 3.0ghz I'd crap myself.

Thanks for your help
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#1
January 18, 2010 at 17:59:00
Your 5600 X 2 should show 2800+ mhz in CPUZ, not 1808. Your multiplier should be 14, not 9.

That should speed your computer up some without overclocking, just get it up to the speed is should be.

Good Luck
Smitty


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#2
January 18, 2010 at 18:05:39
Ah that's what it says now. I was running some stuff before that might have messed with it a bit. I think it does need to be overclocked.

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#3
January 18, 2010 at 18:13:16
It doesn't need to be overclocked, it just needs to be clocked correctly. Your CPU is running at the wrong speed & so is your RAM.

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#4
January 18, 2010 at 19:06:37
"Your 5600 X 2 should show 2800+ mhz in CPUZ, not 1808. Your multiplier should be 14, not 9."

You're forgetting that with Cool & Quiet enabled the speed and multipiler actively fluxuates depending upon what's running at the time.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#5
January 18, 2010 at 19:09:10
<quote> It doesn't need to be overclocked, it just needs to be clocked correctly. Your CPU is running at the wrong speed & so is your RAM. </quote>

if that's the case how do i go about fixing it?


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#6
January 18, 2010 at 19:19:40
There isn't anything wrong with it. CPU-Z is just displaying what you're cpu is running at during that time with Cool & Quiet enabled. The CPU frequency will automaticly increase when it needs to run faster.

For example keep CPU-Z open, then open up a few programs at once, you will see your processor speed increase in CPU-Z and then drop back down again once that amount of CPU speed isn't needed. That's how Cool & Quiet works which helps cut down on power usage when your CPU doesn't need to run at its fullest, it will only run at it's max cpu speed when it needs to.

I have a Phenom II X4 CPU and it does the same thing with Cool & Quiet enabled.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#7
January 18, 2010 at 19:34:32
Alright well thanks for that, that helped me understand it better, But I'm still very interested in overclocking my system. And I've tried a few different ways looking for a safe alternative so i know I wont mess anything up. But I'm just wondering if there is a guide that i happened to have missed or something that might make my life easier.

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#8
January 18, 2010 at 19:36:32
"if that's the case how do i go about fixing it?"

Can't tell you how to fix it unless you tell us what you did. But Cobra brings up a good point about Cool 'n' Quiet...if you have it enabled, the CPU speed will vary depending on load.


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#9
January 18, 2010 at 19:38:46
Yeah it's called Jam lol. He can better explain how to overclock an AMD processor better then anyone on this forum. You won't need a guide when he explains to you what settings you need to change in the bios. He can pretty much walk you straight through the process. I can show you how to do it but jam is better at explaining it which will prob make it easier for you.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#10
January 18, 2010 at 19:42:26
Thanks Cobra,

Jam:
Well the thing is i never actually messed with it.
I'm just nervous i don't want to mess anything up.
Everything is how it came really.

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#11
January 19, 2010 at 06:28:11
You really can't mess up anything with overclocking now of days. Modern day CPU's have thermal heat protection on them so you can't overheat CPU's like you could in years past. The only thing you have to be concern about is overvolting CPU's when you overclock them which can ruin a CPU if you raise the voltage too high, but unless you are doing extreme overclocks you won't have to worry about that type of stuff.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#12
January 19, 2010 at 08:15:50
Alright I understnad,

Now how do I do it?


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#13
January 19, 2010 at 16:11:19
Going from 2.8GHz to 3.0GHz isn't much of a jump & I wouldn't expect you'd notice much of a difference, if at all.

We need to know which motherboard you have & which speed DDR2 RAM. Based on your pics, the board is a Gigabyte GA-M61P-S3:

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products...

On AMD systems, the RAM speed is tied in with the CPU multiplier. The fact that your RAM is only running at 255MHz (510MHz DDR) means you probably have DDR2-533 rather than DDR2-800. You'd get better performance using DDR2-800.

Anyhow, if 3.0GHz is all you're looking for, all you need to do is enter the BIOS & enter these settings:

Under Advanced BIOS Features:

AMD K8 Cool&Quiet control - disabled

Under MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.):

CPU Frequency(MHz) - 215
PCIE Clock(MHz) - 100
CPU Clock Ratio - 14x

Save & Exit.

When you reboot, your system will run at 3.01GHz (14 x 215MHz) with the RAM running at approx 274MHz (547MHz DDR). And since Cool 'n' Quiet is disabled, the CPU will run at full clock speed at all times.


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