Originally Posted by sceptre155
Shad0wfax.... You sir are a genius. I ran home ...walked in the door did not pass go or collect 200 bucks. Gf was a bit miffed... lol Anyways went straight to my computer and yanked out the dimms in slot 1 and 3. And take a wild guess what happened next. BAMM !! 4300 mghz
It's the ram. You were right. I also noticed that just about all the over clocking features try and increase the ram speed, which casues Blue screens.But I can deal with blue screens... the reboots with no vga output was frustrating.
You've been a huge help. I need to run get some dinner and say hi to the GF before the lazor beams of death start burning holes....
I'm going to take the ram back and pick up some 1833 or something. We'll see what the prices are like... will probably be the deciding factor. Figure I have 100 bucks to spend on two dimms and put some money back in my pocket.
I want to take a more detailed look at the guide you posted.
Hah, I'm glad that fixed it for you. It could have been any number of things, but RAM was simply the most likely. What you've stumbled upon in the "automated" overclocking features is one of the major flaws in them; they try to monkey with RAM timings too much and that's almost never a good idea. (The other flaw with the automated OC suites is that they tend to provide a bit too much voltage.) Not all DIMM are created equal either; you may get more performance from a 1600 CL8 than you would from a 1833 CL11. Furthermore, our SB mobos work really well with 1600 and often do not work well above that. Ivy Bridge is slated to go up to 2133 or even higher though.
If I were you, I'd say that you can go with some nice G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 CL9 for $30 and use the $70 to treat your girlfriend! (Or you can get some 1600 CL8 modules and treat her a bit less.
Originally Posted by Overclockname
Noticed on the ASUS website that there is a newer BIOS update for the P8Z68-v pro/gen3 that I have.
I have not yet completed my system or started it up yet, but: is it worth while to update the BIOS if there are no issues present? Or should I do like the manual says and not
update it (bios) unless I am having a problem. The process looks pretty straight forward using the "EZ Flash 2" and a usb drive from reading the manual. But then again, I'm a newbie and "don't know what I don't know."
And after reading Shad0wfax and sceptre's conversation, it looks like I'll be removing 2 of my RAM Dimms as well........Oh well. Live and learn...
I think the 4 GB packages being available confuse many new purchasers and many new purchasers believe that "bigger is better" which is the case in most of what we do; unfortunately it's dead wrong for RAM. The truly extreme benchers who flagellate with liquid Nitrogen runs and such, typically use only 2 GB or 4 GB of RAM in 2 DIMM simply because it allows them the most headroom in overclocking and presents the least load to the memory controllers while still booting the OS and running their bench programs and such.
I tend to recommend 8 GB (2x4 GB) for a dual-channel motherboard and 6 GB or 12 GB (3x2GB or 3x4 GB) for a triple-channel board. (There are some boards out there with triple-channel that have 6 DIMM slots and again, it's best to populate half of them.)
As for updating your BIOS, I'd read all of the changelogs and consult with other users here before doing it. Once in a while an update will harm your performance. Usually
it's best to have the latest BIOS though. Make sure you are not overclocked when you flash your BIOS and always flash from the EZFlash boot menu or the USBFlash from a boot. Never flash a BIOS from within the OS!
I can't emphasize that enough. Asus may provide you with a program to update your BIOS from within the OS and it may work for some people but it's also the number one cause of bricked motherboards! Avoid that like the plague and always use a USB flash drive and do it from a boot menu!
Originally Posted by sceptre155
Well in the old days, flashing a MB was iffy. If it froze in the middle of flashing it was usually a brick. I think its gotten alot better. I havent bricked anything in years. Usually I'll look at the release notes. If it isn't anything i care about I usually just skip it.
Running at 4.1 atm. mor eor less on stock settings minus turning up cpu increase to 110%.
I uninstalled the asus suit 2 stuff. And made all the bios changes in the ai tuning menu.
I'll run it at these speeds for a bit untill i get more time to play.
Any recommended Motherboard monitoring software folks like these days? I see a few at the begining of the thread. Just wondering which are more popular.
After uninstalling the Asus Suite II, make sure that you also clean up your registry and verify that the services for it have stopped as well. It likes to leave pieces of itself behind. If you're not too far into it, you might even consider a fresh OS install over your current one, just so that you know that you're clean. I'd recommend a fresh install, but I'm also a bit OCD when it comes to that.