Overclocking 5960x @ 4.2ghz but get BSOD after Long renders

bograt

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Hi guys, I'm very new to overclocking so really need some help on this.
I got my 5960x at 4.2ghz, vcore at 1.25 v. I haven't seen temps over 68c, even under heavy load. Most of the time they hang around 60c under load. I'm using a Noctua Nh-U14s, all case fans are Noctua. I haven't tried official stress tests but when I run a 3d rendering program all night everything is fine, When I run 3d scan program overnight I get BSOD (STOP:0x00000101)
I don't want a mad overclock on this but something relatively stable and I thought 4.2ghz might be a good target, though I work in 3d visualisation so every bit of speed helps...

My questions are: I read somewhere that 1x101 code means increase Vcore... Should I just go ahead and put it to 1.255 or something?

I don't want to kill my processor, should I just take the clocks down to 4.1? if so what should I decrease the Vcore to?

Is there a definitive way of finding out if Vcore is in the right place? I'm just worried I'm going to fry something.

If my temps stay under 70c, and no BSOD can I be confident that I'm not doing any damage.

Really appreciate the help. Thanks!
 

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Your OC would seem to be unstable to me, based on your info. This is why you should test multiple stresstests, and the software you typically use to check stability of an overclock. You may pass w/ flying colors on one test, but fail another. Your voltage doesn't look to high to me, but there's really no solid answer to what is technically "safe". If your comfortable at your current voltage, I would try as you mentioned and lower your speed to 4.1 and leave voltage the same. It could be that you just ended up with a chip that is a poor overclocker. If you stabilize and no longer have a BSOD at 4.1, then insufficient Vcore was the problem. After that, you can decide if you want higher speed at a higher voltage or stick at the lower speed/lower voltage. Also, wanted to ask are you running your Uncore @ stock speed? Memory speed as well?
 

bograt

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Thanks for the answer, that sounds sensible. The overclock was originally set up by Scan computers as an overclock bundle @3.9ghz, 1.225v, I could have had them put it at 4.2ghz but I thought it might be to much on an air cooler, when I saw the temps were very low I decided I could squeeze a bit more out of it (~58c max under load).
I really know nothing about overclocking and don't understand the importance of overclocking ram. I left everything as it was (mostly auto) apart from vcore and ratio. I'll have a look and get back to you.
Thanks!
 

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