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New FX-8120 Owner with a Crosshair V - Tips and Advice?

RagingShadow07
Level 7
I just picked up a shiny new FX-8120 from CompUSA earlier today. I haven't gotten around to testing it thoroughly, but I did manage to do a quick overclock to stock 8150 clocks, minus the turbo core.

I've been doing some research before-hand on the temperatures and what are ideal, but I haven't seen much for an 8120 (they're mostly for an 8150).

If I can, I'd like to get some advice on how much I can overclock my 8120 (ideally I'd like to sit around 4Ghz, with Turbo core enabled around 4.3) and what the normal temperatures are for it.

The Crosshair ended up setting it to 3100MHz to begin with. Right now it's somewhere around 210 * 17.5 at 1.35V and a 20 minute run of Prime95 put the AI Suite temps at 64C (Corsair H100 with two Antec 120mm fans in a 600T) and the CoreTemp temps at 49-52. The idle temps are the usual with CoreTemp, around 9c which isn't possible, but I'm not sure what to watch for the load temps. I don't want to believe an AMD CPU is approaching 65C with an H100 at this low of an overclock.

Also, how do I properly configure Turbo Core on a Crosshair V? I'd like a minimal overclock when possible, but the settings looked kind of confusing.

Thanks for the help!
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garikfox
Level 7
Dont use Turbo when OCing.

I would run 3.9GHz

Turbocore: Disabled (in the Advanced CPU config Disable the whole list , Cool'n quite etc.)

Ratio: 19.5

FSB: 200

PCI-E Freq: 100

Spread spectrums Disabled

PWR:
High
High
100%
100%
AUTO
T.Probe

Voltage:

CPU: 1.325v

DRAM: put this 1 notch higher then the ram is rated if the dram is 1.5v put it too 1.50625v

The rest of the options leave at AUTO.

That high temp your seeing is the CPU/socket temp which is fine, The Core(s) temp is what you need to look at and your fine. Id keep it under 55c at full load.

With my 8120 at 3.9ghz and the above settings under full load I get 63c CPU/socket temps and 49c core(s) temp. Ambient is 25c
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RagingShadow07
Level 7
Kind of similar to what I have now. 17.5 * 215 @ ~1.34 volts. I wanted to get the memory overclocked by a decent amount if I could. Turbo is off in the BIOS, but C1E and CnQ are enabled since I don't want it idling at 40. Temps aren't too bad in AMD Overdrive. Using the stress test it has built in the temps are about 44c max which is fine by me.

3.9GHz is possible with voltage that low with your CPU? That's amazing compared to what I've heard.
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garikfox
Level 7
Dont OC the MEM thats very bad for it, and do not use the FSB to OC leave it at 200.

And the 8120's only are doing about 4.3ghz stable currently, esp. with the new batchs of 8120's, I myself wouldnt go above 1.35v just so the CPU lasts longer.

If I were you I would run the settings I provided, If you do youll have a very long lasting good cpu for many years. 🙂
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garikfox
Level 7
If you want max speed you can do a easy 4.3ghz, the Temp on the cores with that H100 will reach about 50c on full load.

Ratio: 21.5

PWR:
HIGH
HIGH
110%
100%
AUTO
T.Probe

CPU voltage: 1.4375 , Under full load it will goto 1.39v
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RagingShadow07
Level 7
They just hit about 58c core at 215*18. I went to get some food and Prime95 had three cores fail. AI Suite was reporting well over 60c at 1.34V. Guess it's not a lucky chip, but I'm content with 3.8 GHz I guess. I might try a new coat of thermal compound and different settings later.
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RagingShadow07
Level 7
Alright, now I really need help. At stock it's starting to crawl to 60c after just one minute of stress testing. I changed the thermal compound on the H100 (Since it was on my 1055T for a few months I thought it would help) and now it's trying its hardest to overheat. I didn't think thermal compound would make that much of a difference. What should I do now?

Something interesting to note is that AI Suite is reporting temperatures like they were before I tried the new compound, but AMD Overdrive and CoreTemp are immediately giving me high temp readings.

Edit: Never mind. I screwed up the thermal compound install. Used some generic pretty-much-liquid compound and the temps are 35c max now at stock. Sorry about that.
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FlanK3r
Level 13
Coretemp show temps of core, but not corectly. Only in load time is diference between real temp of CPU and software sensor 10-15C. Idle temps are not important (doesn matter if u have 27,30 or 35C in idle time). So with FX and load temps, limit is max 70C in Coretemp!
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RagingShadow07
Level 7
Yeah, 9c would be an absolute dream if it was physically possible. Temperatures in Florida get that low maybe five days in Winter.

At the moment without turbo core it's at 19 * 200 = 3.8GHz and is 41c max in Prime95 (Only tested for 15 minutes at the moment) at 1.33v. Couldn't be happier, but with Turbo Core on the cores will randomly be half at 2.8GHz, with the other at 3.8. With that disabled everything is fine though.
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FlanK3r
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I have "good" daily profile FX-8150 with CnQ, C6 and AMD Turbocore enabled, bclk at 215 MHz, voltage for CPU at auto (so in load only 1.35x V and turbo near up to 4500 MHz, all cores up to 42xx MHz and idle 15xx MHz)
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