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Hey everyone!

I want to overclock my intel Q9550 to 3.4Ghz with motherboard X48C Platinum MS-7353.

Can anyone let me know what parameters I should use to keep it safe.
Also why can't I change voltage in my bios cell menu, all the voltage settings are grayed out and set to "auto" here is a pic:

Oh and my cooler is CNPS700 LED, enought for 3.4Ghz?

I am very new to this, never done it before actually.
Edited by Psychoduck - 5/20/11 at 1:09am
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your Q9550 has a max CPU muliplier of 8.5 so to get to 3.4GHz just set your cpu fsb to 400Mhz. you'll need to up you cpu voltage a little bit say 1.3V and set your fsb/ram ratio to 1.2:1 you can probably leave everything else on auto.
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Depending on his stepping he will most likely not need 1.3 volts to get to 3.4Ghz. My E0 has a VID of 1.25 and hits 4.0 with 1.27 volts.

First things first, you need to get either realtemp or coretemp to determine your stepping and VID. VID is the "stock" voltage for your chip. Then, you manually enter your VID as your CPU Voltage (picture 2). Then, gradually start sliding the speed of your chip upwards... go from 333 to 340FSB Frequency. Boot, stress test using prime95 FFTs. If it goes 10-15 minutes (looking for basic stability, not gonna do 12 hour tests in between every 5mhz FSB bump)

Continue like that as long as temperatures stay below 70C for your cores.

Thats the basic how to overclock your PC guide. You should really fill out your system information and search the forums for some more clear cut information. If you have an E0 stepping you should be able to hit 3.4 on stock volts, resulting in very similar temperatures that you get at stock speeds.

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Ok so I have clocked to 3Ghz so far by only changing the FSB freq. When I try to go higher the PC just reboots 3 times and goes back to default setting.
How do I even increase the voltage with my motherboard, as you can see they are greyed out and set to "Auto" I have been looking all over bios to unlock the voltage settings but still can't figure out how to.
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all what the guys said is true so far... the x48 boards are horrible with OCing... you will have to bump the nb voltage as well to get it stable.... keep an eye on that befor you even worry about your cpu tempp... the nb temp clmbs very fat on these boards when you start to OC.

also depending on ow much you oc and how much ram you got... you might even have to bump up the voltage there... for the moment, i would say do not have more than 4 gig in just for the moment....

as i said, these boards are a real pain to OC with them....
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all what the guys said is true so far... the x48 boards are horrible with OCing... you will have to bump the nb voltage as well to get it stable.... keep an eye on that befor you even worry about your cpu tempp... the nb temp clmbs very fat on these boards when you start to OC.

also depending on ow much you oc and how much ram you got... you might even have to bump up the voltage there... for the moment, i would say do not have more than 4 gig in just for the moment....

as i said, these boards are a real pain to OC with them....
Ye you know it's not for OC if it doesnt even let you change the voltage
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is your board the ddr2 or ddr3 board??
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Quote:
Originally Posted by levontraut View Post
all what the guys said is true so far... the x48 boards are horrible with OCing... you will have to bump the nb voltage as well to get it stable.... keep an eye on that befor you even worry about your cpu tempp... the nb temp clmbs very fat on these boards when you start to OC.

also depending on ow much you oc and how much ram you got... you might even have to bump up the voltage there... for the moment, i would say do not have more than 4 gig in just for the moment....

as i said, these boards are a real pain to OC with them....
This. A friend of mine also has an MSI x48 board and a nice Q9550 E0. Couldn't get it past 3.4Ghz no matter what..
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post #9 of 10
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I got it to 3.2Ghz now only by changing FSB to 377 and memory to 1:1.26 (This board makes it to simple for me now lol) here are some temp stats in Idle:

and here is 100% load:


What would be your advice guys, push for 3.4Ghz after all or just leave it at 3.2? I guess my cooler is not entirely up to the task?


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is your board the ddr2 or ddr3 board??
It's both
Edited by Psychoduck - 5/20/11 at 3:10am
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No your cooler does seem to be struggling. You also have the 95W C1 stepping chip which doesn't overclock as well as the E0. You should still be able to get 3.4GHz - 3.8GHz though with a better cooler.
Keep your below 80'C in IBT. Real world temps will be much lower as IBT really does burn.
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