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Hello people.

 

I'm totally new on this frum, but i had a look at a lot of threads in here. Still i couldn't find what i was looking for.

 

So my question is: What is the optimal and best settings for my system? I want to get the highest performance out of my system.

 

I had a look at the BIOS but i don't want to ruin or destroy my system by adjusting the settings wrong so that i might damage my components.

 

Best Regards

 

BlackAngel

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Hi,

 

When you populate with all four DRAM slots you bring into effect constraints due to the added duties that the memory controller must operate with.

 

It's logical.

 

The load and access on a system with an 8GB capacity with a four DRAM slot population will constrain an overclock in both memory and CPU speed. The same system with a 4GB capacity and a two DRAM slot population will clock both the memory and CPU faster.

 

This has been so since the early days of overclocking. I remember when 1 X 512 clocked better with the Athlon Hammer that it did with 2 X 512, etc. etc.

 

What you want to do is marry the best memory speed with the fastest overclock.

 

Do you have the FPO/Batch number for your processor?

Download CPU-z from
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Please post a screenshot of the CPU-z CPU, Memory and SPD tabs (of all four sticks).

Download CoreTemp

Please Post a screenshot of Core Temp.

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Here it is...and thnx for the fast response...:)

 

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww319/BerndLinneweh/CoreTemp-Scr2.jpg

 

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww319/BerndLinneweh/CPUz1.jpg

 

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww319/BerndLinneweh/Cpuz2.jpg

 

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww319/BerndLinneweh/CPUz3.jpg

 

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww319/BerndLinneweh/CPUz4.jpg

 

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww319/BerndLinneweh/CPUz5.jpg

 

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww319/BerndLinneweh/CPUz6.jpg

 

Hope this will do some help.

 

Best regards

 

BlackAngel

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This will bring you to 9 X 333 ~= 3.0Ghz

Download Memtest86+ V2.11 from--->

and extract the ISO image. Burn the ISO image to an CD-ROM disk. Enter your BIOS. Load Setup Defaults. Save Setup Defaults. Set to these values:

 

AI Overclocking: Manual
CPU Ratio Control: 9
FSB Frequency: 333
FSB Strap to North Bridge: 266
PCI-E Frequency: 100
DRAM Frequency: 800
DRAM Command Rate: 2T

DRAM Timing Control: Manual

CAS# Latency: 4
RAS# to CAS# Delay: 4
RAS# Precharge: 4
RAS# Activate Time: 12
tRFC: 55
All the Rest of the Advanced Timings set to "Auto"
DRAM Static Read Control: Auto

CPU Voltage: 1.40v
CPU Voltage Reference: Auto
CPU Voltage Damper: Enabled
CPU PLL Voltage: Auto 
DRAM Voltage: 2.1v
FSB Termination Voltage: Auto
North Bridge Voltage: 1.25v
North Bridge Voltage Reference: Auto
South Bridge Voltage: Auto

 

Run Memtest for 2 full passes.

 

Results?

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Yes, I have my gaming system running on RAID 0 with a network image created.

 

For gaming, there is a differential at the high end. With 2 X GTX 280+ and a 40" gaming monitor with 2048 X 1152 you will see a great difference. Otherwise, not so much.

 

However, I can convert a 700MB avi file to DVD format in 8 minutes with the i7. I built my son an E8500 @ 4.3Ghz with 4GB of DDR3 @ 1500Mhz and it takes 17 minutes. This machine is also on RAID 0.

 

So, it depends on what you are doing. The real difference in price at the moment is the motherboard. You can buy a very good motherboard for Core2 at a good 100.00 less than the i7.

 

hehe...you're fast reply.

 

How u set up your hdd's? Raid?

 

R the i7 cpu's really as good as the price compared to the C2D quad core?

 

Just wondering....

 

Best Regards

 

BlackAngel

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This will bring you to 9 X 333 ~= 3.0Ghz

Download Memtest86+ V2.11 from--->

and extract the ISO image. Burn the ISO image to an CD-ROM disk. Enter your BIOS. Load Setup Defaults. Save Setup Defaults. Set to these values:

 

AI Overclocking: Manual
CPU Ratio Control: 9
FSB Frequency: 333
FSB Strap to North Bridge: 266
PCI-E Frequency: 100
DRAM Frequency: 800
DRAM Command Rate: 2T

DRAM Timing Control: Manual

CAS# Latency: 4
RAS# to CAS# Delay: 4
RAS# Precharge: 4
RAS# Activate Time: 12
tRFC: 55
All the Rest of the Advanced Timings set to "Auto"
DRAM Static Read Control: Auto

CPU Voltage: 1.40v
CPU Voltage Reference: Auto
CPU Voltage Damper: Enabled
CPU PLL Voltage: Auto 
DRAM Voltage: 2.1v
FSB Termination Voltage: Auto
North Bridge Voltage: 1.25v
North Bridge Voltage Reference: Auto
South Bridge Voltage: Auto

 

Run Memtest for 2 full passes.

 

Results?

 

Hi again DerekT.

 

I've run the memtest 1 time. Took about 1hour and 30 minutes, never done this before so i was quite surprised it took so long.

 

But i had to do some adjustments.

 

1st: Didn't find anything in my bios called CPU Voltage. Could it be VCORE?

 

2nd: Didn't find anything in my bios called CPU Voltage Damper.

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1st: Didn't find anything in my bios called CPU Voltage. Could it be VCORE?

 

Yes

 

2nd: Didn't find anything in my bios called CPU Voltage Damper.

 

Voltage Damper = Loadline Calibration.

 

Now that you have tested, you can begin an overclock and raise of DRAM values. Set the FSB to 350Mhz and notice your CPU-z memory speed.

 

3.15Ghz and 840Mhz memory speed. Increase the FSB to 375 and the multiplier to 8 and you get 3.0Ghz with 900Mhz on the memory. Play with the strapping values of 266 and 333 (400 can be wonky) and your multiplier to get your best stable ratio.

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Ok got it.

 

What about tRFC? Didn't find anything in my bios.

 

My sytem didn't boot with your recommended settings so i had to adjust the FSB Strap To NOrth Bridge to 333 to be able to choose DRAM Frequency 800.

 

Also run the memtest with the CPU Ratio Control on 8. But adjusted it up to 9.

 

Best Regards

 

BlackAngel

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If there is no setting, disregard it. With regards to booting values. You have already begun to test and play with your settings. If you are careful with your voltages and document your system's reactions to values, you will find your sweet spot. The reason overclocking is considered an "Art" is that much of it is interpretive. And I can see that you are interpretive. Now use this ability and tie it to actual documentation of your work.

 

My view?

  1. Google is too good a research tool to not use. Learn just what the performance enhancing settings are and if you Google correctly you will find some great information.
     
  2. Use this keyword in your Google search, "xtremesystems". http://www.xtremesystems.com is invaluable.

Ok got it.

 

What about tRFC? Didn't find anything in my bios.

 

My sytem didn't boot with your recommended settings so i had to adjust the FSB Strap To NOrth Bridge to 333 to be able to choose DRAM Frequency 800.

 

Also run the memtest with the CPU Ratio Control on 8. But adjusted it up to 9.

 

Best Regards

 

BlackAngel

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Thanks very much DerekT for all valuable information. I've really learned some great things tonight.

 

Been in bios again and did as you told me to.

 

Now running CPU at 3158.8 Mhz - multiplier at 9, Bus speed 351.0 Mhz.

Rated FSB 1403.9 Mhz.

 

memory 421.2 Mhz, FSB:DRAM 5:6 4-4-4-12-2T

 

I will play around with this some time and see what this system can do.

 

Thanks gain and have a great one.

 

BlackAngel

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