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Can i overclock my fx 8320 to 4ghz?

Will i be able to overclock my fx 8320 to 4ghz? Also i am new to all this so could you explain in depth.

Specs:
Palit Stormx gtx 1050 ti
Fx 8320
8gb ram
600w psu
Alpenfohn cooler (not sure which exact model)
Ga-78lmt-usb3

Thanks in advance
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  1. Maybe, maybe not. That motherboard sometimes struggles with 125w CPU's at stock speed.
  2. As long as you use a decent aftermarket cooler you you can. That CPU has a boost clock of 4 GHz to start so it is easy to to hit that frequency on all cores and be stable. You need to turn off turbo boost and set the CPU multiplier to what ever equals 4 GHz. You will have to adjust the voltage to allow for the upped constant speed.

    EDIT: that motherboard will easily handle 4.0 GHz on an FX 8320 CPU much over that is a gamble.
  3. bgunner said:
    As long as you use a decent aftermarket cooler you you can. That CPU has a boost clock of 4 GHz to start so it is easy to to hit that frequency on all cores and be stable. You need to turn off turbo boost and set the CPU multiplier to what ever equals 4 GHz. You will have to adjust the voltage to allow for the upped constant speed.

    EDIT: that motherboard will easily handle 4.0 GHz on an FX 8320 CPU much over that is a gamble.


    Are Alpenfohn cpu coolers aftermarket coolers?
  4. yes it is an aftermarket cooler but without knowing exactly which cooler it is we can not say if it is decent or not.
  5. bgunner said:
    yes it is an aftermarket cooler but without knowing exactly which cooler it is we can not say if it is decent or not.


    Hi it is a EKL Cooler EKL Alpenföhn SuperSilent SI 2 Bulk.
  6. Best answer
    That cooler is only designed to dissipate up to 130W of heat. To over clock that CPU it may not be enough. I recommend trying it and using AMD Overdrive for watching the temps to see if it throttles.

    At factory settings the FX 8320 needs 125W worth of heat dissipation so you can see how close your cooler is already to being just with in its thermal margin.
  7. Watch out for CPU throttling under prolonged use, as I mentioned your motherboard can even struggle at stock speeds. The issue is insufficient power design on the motherboard, the VRM's can overheat under prolonged high CPU load (for example gaming loads) and the motherboard then throttles the CPU back to reduce the load on the VRM's.
  8. sizzling said:
    Watch out for CPU throttling under prolonged use, as I mentioned your motherboard can even struggle at stock speeds. The issue is insufficient power design on the motherboard, the VRM's can overheat under prolonged high CPU load (for example gaming loads) and the motherboard then throttles the CPU back to reduce the load on the VRM's.


    I can see this being an issue, and have seen it, on Asus' M5A78L-M USB3 motherboard due to no heat sinks on the VRM but the Gigabyte GA-78lmt-usb3 boards have much better VRM cooling. In fact they have a heat sink on them where as the Asus board does not. This is where the issue lies with voltage throttling with the 8xxx series CPU's.

    If the Motherboard is capable of holding the CPU at 4 GHz boost without throttling it can handle it constant. Add the fact most chips can have the voltage lowered from what is programmed into them to run at full boost state and still handle the boost frequency. This will help keep the VRM from running as hot as it does under stock settings.
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