Phenom II X6 1090T 5GHz All 6 Cores Cold Air + H50

Hey guys,

Last time i did 5GHz on core #1. Well here is all 6 cores.

5GHz On Phenom II X6 1090T Using Cold Air

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Taking advantage of winter, I just broke 5GHz with cold air on my 1090T.


Phenom II X6 1090T

5GHz Core #1, 3000NB, 2000MHz 7-9-6 Ram

Corsair H50 Watercooler (Performs Like High End Air)

Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5


Canadian Winter – Winter Air Overclocking W/ Phenom II X4 955 C2

My two part series about overclocking with subzero winter air. I will be adding on to this next winter.

Part 1

Back for my most recent blog post after a prolonged break from the OC scene, I bring to you some fun winter air testing. I used the same setup as previously. This mainly consists of my trusty Phenom II 955 X4 BE, Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P, and Ballistix D9GTS 2GB DDR3 set.

Ahh, the familiar feeling of Canadian winter. A dreaded feeling for most, but hey, I’m an overclocker……and I like cold weather for one purpose….

As some of you may know, I had been struggling to break the SuperPi 1M 16 second barrier using the Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P (Least efficient board in 1m testing)  configured in an air setup. However, this is no typical air setup…..but it finally got the job done.  The air ambient was around -8C to -10C.

There are chips that are capable of doing this without such cold ambient air temperatures. Mine is obviously not one of them as seen in this test. The Gigabyte board requires at least around 4.3GHz core speed to break 16 seconds whereas many other board are capable of this at 4.26-4.28GHz.

After that, I decided to do a little CineBench run. This was an untuned run. Also note it is in 32-bit windows.

Last but not least, I saved a validation of a 4.452GHz suicide. However, being away from all the updates, I neglected the fact that my CPU-Z was not up to date. This resulted in my beloved 4.452GHz dump to go to waste. Ah well.

Part 2

After enjoying opening gifts and the atmosphere of the holidays I had almost forgotten about publishing a second blog. Back for the second part, here is Canadian Winter. To see the first part, click here.

So at last, here is my second winter air blog. This time, I focused more on clocking my ram up to see how cold affects that. I used the same setup as previously. This mainly consists of my trusty Phenom II 955 X4 BE, Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P, and Ballistix D9GTS 2GB DDR3 set.

Real quick I just want to share what it looks like right outside my house on these chilly winter days, and a few images of my setup and how I utilize the cold air.

As can be seen, I am simply placing my rig in my window sill, and letting it pull the freezing air through the heatsink.

Last blog I displayed how the cold allowed me to break the SuperPi 1M barrier of 16 seconds through a large gain in cpu speed. This time, I decided to see how I could keep the CPU speed slightly lower, while taking advantage of gains in memory, and northbridge clocks. This time my ambient temperature was only just around -5C to -8C.

First, here is the memory speed I reached through testing. I kept timings the same, as I have them set perfectly to my liking. So I ramped up the frequency. I ended with a bootable NB of 3080MHz, and Ram frequency of 1760MHz.

I got lucky and it just so happened that this Ram/NB clock was stable enough for 1M runs. Note that I have lowered the cpu speed since last blog’s run and still attained below 16 seconds.

I also attempted for 4.452GHz again as I failed last time. I didn’t get a validation, but I did get a snap shot.

Shortly after this was the fate of attempting a validation.

Another thing I played around with, on the past knowledge from Chew* was the voltage tolerance of my chip. He claimed that there has never been a quad to boot past 1.6-1.65V. It seems he is right. Even with freezing temperatures, I could not boot at above that threshold.

I also tried attempting some overclocking using the same method on a day that struck with -20C weather. However, I was having issues. The colder the system got, the higher my CPU temperature went. I couldn’t exactly figure it out. With some advice from Chew* and Aaron Schradin I have found it may be due to either freezing of fluid/material within the heatpipes on my TRUE 120 which stops heat dissipation dead in it’s tracks, or attributed to VRM’s getting too cold due to the ambient temps which causes fluctuation in voltages. To combat this issue I tried even insulating my board with putty! (Yes, a first for an air system, I will have pictures of this for my next blog). However this even failed to curb the issue. I finally attempted to build a cardboard “ventilation system”, which would be used to vent cold air only to the CPU. However once again failing to work. This leads me to believe that the problem lies in fact in the heatpipes of my cooler.

This concludes my second winter air blog. I hope you guys enjoyed reading it. I will be back to post more in the future.

Canadian Winter Part 2 (Winter Air Overclocking) Released

Hey guys, I’m back with more just like I said I would be back.

Take a look at my new winter air overclocking experience over at

Click here.

Temperatures Dropping – Overclocking In Reach

Calgary Temps His -21C Tonight. Enough to compete with some mediocre Phase. :D

Stay Tuned.

Waiting On A Cold Day…Must Overclock

As some of you may know, I am beginning a multi-part cold winter air overclocking blog series over at You can already check out the first part here.

Lately it has gotten warmer where I am, so there has been no more achievements as far as overclocking goes. Once the winter decides to come back, I will have more content for you guys to check out!

8C Ambients

4366MHz Validation


15 Seconds is so close! A few lower degrees ambient and I am golden. However, I did get a great new validation.