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AMD Overdrive Stability Test Hardware Error

brbubba 17,199 2,789 May 1, 2013 at 08:12 AM
Got my system setup the way I want, been running some stability tests with AMD Overdrive Utility and it fails after about 2 minutes with a "Hardware Error" and then stops the test. Everything I can find seems to suggest a memory issue, however I ran memtest overnight and it went through 5 passes without a single error. Timings are set up for auto in the BIOS on RAM. CPU is not overclocked at all. Temps are golden. Any ideas?

System Specs:
FX-8320 @ 3.5Ghz (stock) w/ Turbo Core Enabled
ASROCK 890GX Pro3
4 x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600 (12800)

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Got my system setup the way I want, been running some stability tests with AMD Overdrive Utility and it fails after about 2 minutes with a "Hardware Error" and then stops the test. Everything I can find seems to suggest a memory issue, however I ran memtest overnight and it went through 5 passes without a single error. Timings are set up for auto in the BIOS on RAM. CPU is not overclocked at all. Temps are golden. Any ideas?

System Specs:
FX-8320 @ 3.5Ghz (stock) w/ Turbo Core Enabled
ASROCK 890GX Pro3
4 x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600 (12800)
Any particular error codes? What does the test entail (items tested). Are you running the latest drivers for your AMD setup?

On a side note, how is the FX8320 in your opinion?
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well does the utility run in overdrive mode if so memtest runs at regular speed so yes memory will test without "overclocking" but when overclocked fails that is what seems to be happening?
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Any particular error codes? What does the test entail (items tested). Are you running the latest drivers for your AMD setup?

On a side note, how is the FX8320 in your opinion?
No error codes, just throws up the following:
Calculation test> Hardware failure detected

Then it stops the test.

I've been playing around with this stupid thing all night and I upped the voltage and it's no longer throwing the error. That's insanely dumb since 3.5Ghz is stock while the turbo core randomly shoots cores up to 3.7Ghz, also an intended feature. Will see how far I can take it.

Drivers are latest.

FX8320 is a great processor for the money but it's HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stock fan keeps it cool but it is noisy as balls. If you intend to keep it at 100% for any period of time you almost have to upgrade the heatsink. Also if you don't have much room in the case, forget about air cooling the thing. There are NO low profile air cooled third party heatsinks that can handle this thing. I made the mistake of buying one of the best ones without reading the fine print on the website. Ended up getting a water cooling solution which is working just fine. It was either that or get a new computer case, which I didn't really want to do.

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well does the utility run in overdrive mode if so memtest runs at regular speed so yes memory will test without "overclocking" but when overclocked fails that is what seems to be happening?
Technically turbo core is overclocking for very brief periods of time. But this should be intended function. It's entirely possible that my mobo is auto detecting the processor and then auto setting the voltage incorrectly because this processor isn't "officially" supported on this board.
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No error codes, just throws up the following:
Calculation test>

FX8320 is a great processor for the money but it's HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stock fan keeps it cool but it is noisy as balls. If you intend to keep it at 100% for any period of time you almost have to upgrade the heatsink. Also if you don't have much room in the case, forget about air cooling the thing. There are NO low profile air cooled third party heatsinks that can handle this thing. I made the mistake of buying one of the best ones without reading the fine print on the website. Ended up getting a water cooling solution which is working just fine. It was either that or get a new computer case, which I didn't really want to do..
Good to know. Was asking because I considered that processor when I built my AMD Phenom II X6 machine. I wound up not choosing the FX because the entire series is apparently not true multi core (effectively the actual physical cores are half of what is adverstised). I don't fully understand it but reading reviews on newegg suggest that they have something called modules that they label as cores but are not actual true cores. Still a sick processor.

Yea first thing I did with my machine after build was go out and buy a HYDRO H60 which people have used on their OC'D i7, i5, AMD machines and had great results. Dropped my temps by 20c. Was $40 with a rebate when I grabbed it from Microcenter. I'm running the Phenom X6 1045t OC'D to a solid 3.4 ghz across the 6 cores. Love it. On heavy load or bench marking it's in the 35-40c range whereas it used to be 54c-60c which was getting to close for comfort.
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Good to know. Was asking because I considered that processor when I built my AMD Phenom II X6 machine. I wound up not choosing the FX because the entire series is apparently not true multi core (effectively the actual physical cores are half of what is adverstised). I don't fully understand it but reading reviews on newegg suggest that they have something called modules that they label as cores but are not actual true cores. Still a sick processor.

Yea first thing I did with my machine after build was go out and buy a HYDRO H60 which people have used on their OC'D i7, i5, AMD machines and had great results. Dropped my temps by 20c. Was $40 with a rebate when I grabbed it from Microcenter. I'm running the Phenom X6 1045t OC'D to a solid 3.4 ghz across the 6 cores. Love it. On heavy load or bench marking it's in the 35-40c range whereas it used to be 54c-60c which was getting to close for comfort.
I think you made the right choice, the lower TDP seems like a better compromise for not a whole lot more performance.

That being said, thanks for the help, reps all around. Seems to be a voltage issue, so I think what I suspected about an incorrect voltage auto setting was doing it. I'm stable OCed at 4Ghz right now and I'll probably leave it there. I had it at 4.5Ghz but it froze once I fired up the stability test. If I spent another few hours tweaking the voltages I think I could get it stable there, but it's probably not worth the trouble.
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I think you made the right choice, the lower TDP seems like a better compromise for not a whole lot more performance.

That being said, thanks for the help, reps all around. Seems to be a voltage issue, so I think what I suspected about an incorrect voltage auto setting was doing it. I'm stable OCed at 4Ghz right now and I'll probably leave it there. I had it at 4.5Ghz but it froze once I fired up the stability test. If I spent another few hours tweaking the voltages I think I could get it stable there, but it's probably not worth the trouble.
It was a good choice for me yes (better cost at the time for what I could afford) but honestly your processor outperforms mine by far, especially OC'd.

I peak at cpuboss to see what I can upgrade to and how it compares to else. Now I am wanting to run this AMD overdrive on my machine to see what happens.
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II peak at cpuboss to see what I can upgrade to and how it compares to else. Now I am wanting to run this AMD overdrive on my machine to see what happens.
It seems to be a handy tool just for testing the waters so to speak. Once you've dialed in some settings I'd probably implement them on the BIOS side and retest.
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