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Requesting help with AMD FX-8350 Overclocking and Voltage drop issues

Greetings, this is my first post and like-so this is also my first experience of Overclocking.
I have followed various guides for overclocking this specific CPU, however I have an issue with the voltage dropping after overclocking while at 100% in prime95 tests.

And I'd like someone to tell me what I might be doing wrong or perhaps what can I attempt for a solution.

First of all my Specs are:

Motherboard:
Gigabyte 970A-DS3P (I did read that this board is terrible for OCing)
BIOS: Version "F1" (Q-flash doesn't work whenever I click on it inside BIOS, date being 2013 is concerning)
Memory:
16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance
1600MHz
CL9
DDR3
CPU
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition (Vishera)
Current Voltage: 1.368
Current Core Speed: 4220 Mhz (21x multiplier same as Turbo)
Stock Bus and FSB speeds (Manual)
GPU
GeForce GTX 970
Cooler
Corsair H80i V2
Pump running at 2900rpm (Performance mode)
Double fans running at 1900rpm (Custom-Quiet)
(This is as low temps as I can get to)
Power Supply
CX600M (Modular Corsair PSU)

Here is a 10-20minute test on Prime95 with current OC
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And here is HWMonitor while running Prime95
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Now as you can see on the HWMonitor screenshot, the minimum voltage for Vcore dropped down to 0.9v resulting also in frequency drops. I originally thought this was normal for Prime95, so I continued overclocking it till 4.4Ghz and then dropped down back to 4.3 since I couldn't get 4.4 to be stable enough to actually use.
Once at 4.3... I could sit all day and do my usual tasks such as gaming, however today I was livestreaming and was trying to maximise my streaming settings, eventually I hit the maximum settings and had the cpu running all cores at 100% once again. After a few minutes the frequency dropped and so did my FPS in-game and livestream status.

That is why, I've reset my previous overclock settings, and now I'm trying new settings that should not drop down the vcore drastically. Which is why I need help, because anything over stock frequencies are making the voltage drop, at 4.1 not so much as on 4.2 which is turbo mode equivalent.

Current BIOS settings:
Version: F1

Advanced Frequency Settings:
BCLK Clock Control: 200.00
CPU Northbridge Frequency: 2200
HT Link Frequency: 2400
CPU Clock Ratio: 21.00x

Advanced CPU Core Features
Core Performance Boost: Disabled
CPU Unlock: Disabled
Cool n Quiet: Disabled
C1E Support: Disabled
C6 State: Disabled
SVM: Disabled
HPC: Disabled
APM: Disabled
CPU Core Control: Automatic Mode
( Other Available modes:
1 core per CU / Two Cores per processor / Four cores per processor / Six cores per processor)

Advanced Memory settings:
X.M.P: Disabled
Memory Multiplier: 6.67 (8.00 won't boot up for some reason)

Advanced Voltage settings:
Vcore: +0.125V
NBcore: +0.025V
DRAM: 1.500V
LLC: Regular/Auto (Both pretty much feel the same)
Note: Extreme crashes my computer whenever CPU reaches 100%, therefore I avoided it but according to overclocking guides I should be using it :(

M.I.T Status:
Vcore = 1.368V
DRAM = 1.476V (even though I told it to run at 1.500)
Also I'd like to mention that these are the guides I've been using for the most part:
AMD Bulldozer and Piledriver Overclocking Guide
FSB/BLCK overclocking guide
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  1. You're overheating the vrms on the board and it's slowing down so it doesn't melt them. That is a baaaaaaaaad board for that processor even at stock speeds. Any oc is just a bad idea
  2. Supahos said:
    You're overheating the vrms on the board and it's slowing down so it doesn't melt them. That is a baaaaaaaaad board for that processor even at stock speeds. Any oc is just a bad idea


    Where can I check VRM temp?
    Isn't it one of the "TMPIN" temps?

    If it is, then I don't think 50C for it is that high :o
    Any ideas for a solution, other than "go buy new equipment"?
  3. There is no sensors on them. Drop speed to default speed, and lower voltage and see if the spikes go away to confirm.
  4. Supahos said:
    There is no sensors on them. Drop speed to default speed, and lower voltage and see if the spikes go away to confirm.


    I lowered the Voltage to +0.025V and dropped the speed to the default 4.0Ghz
    At 0.000v one of the cores failed on Prime95, so I bumped it up.

    Here are the results:

    Prime 95 40 min test (All passed)
    HWMonitor still shows voltage drops by exactly 0.500v

    I also tried doing a test with default bios settings (auto everything), however the frequencies and voltages were all over the place and I couldn't tell what was happening, though all voltage changes were within 0.200v~ ranges.
  5. Best answer
    I meant downclock it to like 3.2-3.5 lower the better and see what happens. That board doesn't like that CPU, the water-cooling makes I worse since there is no fan near the vrms. Rerun your test with the side panel off and a fan pointed at the heatsink near the CPU socket
  6. Supahos said:
    I meant downclock it to like 3.2-3.5 lower the better and see what happens. That board doesn't like that CPU, the water-cooling makes I worse since there is no fan near the vrms. Rerun your test with the side panel off and a fan pointed at the heatsink near the CPU socket


    Downclocked it to 3.8Ghz and lowered the voltage to +0.000v

    After 10 min of Prime95 running right now, the voltage is steady as one number (1.248v)
    Going to keep it running for about an hour to see if it's truly stable, as sometimes I get voltage drops only after a certain time at 100%.

    If it proves to be stable I'll try my luck with putting it slowly back up to 4.0Ghz with tiny little adjustments and see how far can I push this board and then get back to you.

    I'd also like to mention that my case is always open, is extremely small and so on... so it's definitely not helping this motherboard.

    Also this computer is like 4-5 years old now, so planning a new upgrade this or the next year to the ZEN architecture, now that I've had a bit of experience with overclocking I'll know to look for a better board with decent VRM setup.
  7. Look for a board with 8 power phases minimum for overclocking. 10 is better, 12 is getting pointless but if going for a max oc maybe
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