@ Gooddog.... Not at my PC right now so don't have settings available to send... with that said, I can go by memory somewhat.. I've never seen more than 4 cores displayed in any of the tools I use, so would assume HT is not enabled? (Not sure this is valid indicator.... OC experts please chime in)..
For 4.8, I set the multiplier to 48
Load-Line Calibration = High
VRM Frequency = Auto
Phase Control = Extreme
Duty Control = T Probe
Cpu current Capability 130%
CPU Voltage = Auto
Memory at 1333 with default timings (auto adjusted to 1.6v) perhaps leftover from when I played with XMP)
Spread Spectrum = Disabled
Rest of the settings I left to Auto... basically letting ASUS handle the voltages etc.
One Note: "Memory at 1333 with default timings (auto adjusted to 1.6v) perhaps leftover from when I played with XMP)"
This usually dropped automatically to 1066 when loading "Optimized Defaults" after a failed OC attempt... but not always....
Which brings me to a question/concern I have around the BIOS... some settings seem to mix and match randomly, that is, things like "Load Optimized Defaults" will still have some carry over settings from previous manual adjustments... I may be all wet here, but it seems so.... I'm running 1053 BIOS as well.... listed as "beta" on the Asus site...will wait for some of you OC experts to recommend the best BIOS (when it's available of course) For now I guess I should stay away from 1253....Also... to Forum... sometimes lower OC settings still wont allow boot, but other (higher) settings will... havent tested TOO much but it initially seems related to RAM settings... for example... the Machine has ALWAYS booted when RAM is set to 1066... but intermittently failed OC's at 1333 (My Ram is Corsair 1333 X2 4 GB sticks... total 8GB).... Also.... and here's one I'm really hoping someone can answer... I've had the machine set up since Jan 9. 2 nights ago... for the first time ever... the machine just "Black Screened" at which point the CPU fan spins out of control.... I then have to pull the power supply plug to regain control of the machine.... this happened twice in one day... (I think in no way related to temps?)... anyway... anyone have an idea what might be causing that behavior?