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Safely overclocking AMD FX4100 Black Edition?

CPU Overclock AMD FX 4100 Black Edition

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Hi there,


My CPU is getting a bit aged now and I'm interested in overclocking it to give it that new lease of life. However I don't really know where to go with it. I've read up about overclocking black edition CPUS a little bit and I'm curious as to how you can safely do it and to what voltage without it overheating. 


I've got a CPU fan on top of the actual processor, not sure of make but it was a £25 one that came with my machine, its a rather large block so I image it serves its purpose, along with this I have 3 fan in the case. So if anyone is able to help it would be much appreciated.


Full setup - 


AMD FX 4100 Black Edition CPU


Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti Graphics Card (2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0)


Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 motherboard


CiT 600W 12cm Silent Fan Dual Rail Power Supply - Black Edition



Edited by PaleHorse094, 16 June 2015 - 09:59 AM.

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Overclocking carries a risk.


A common misconception is that if you assemble processor A with motherboard B add RAM C and video card D you'll be able to benchmark or overclock to some widespread average you have seen. Even worse is some imagine not an average, but that some extraordinary well publicized overclock will be obtainable.

Why isn't this always so? The technical answer is that when Integrated Circuits (IC) Chips are made, they are tested, but, the manufacturer does not explore the full potential of each and every individual chip. They instead do a limited amount of testing, first for basic functionality with a burn-in and then roughly for speed, known as speed binning. Some chips will be better than others, most will be average and a few will be below average. It is a classic bell curve with the average commanding the lion's share.

Some processors or memory chips can gain a reputation as good overclockers largely because the speed they end up rated for is conservative. Others are speed binned to a finer granularity and their potential is more limited. Of course all of these tests are based on the "stock" voltage the chip class is destined for as well as an average temperature of operation.

Overclocking is one way for the end-user to explore their full performance potential. However, this is also how you can accelerate the "wear" on the chip and may also uncover a latent defect that will further degrade, or kill the chip.

Source: http://forums.overcl...711&postcount=7

Another problem with overclocking is electromigration: http://www.dwpg.com/...ntid=2&artid=68


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