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Hello all.
first some backstory....
So, about 40 days ago I bought a new system. I have been saving for it for about 6 months, and I (for the first time) assembled it all myself. I am not experienced in this like you guys, so I'm pretty proud. Even did the thermal paste part pretty well, I think.

P8H67-M pro MB
16Gigs DDR3 Ram
EVGA GTX590 Classified
i7 2600k CPU

I thought I had researched a fair bit, but since then I have realized a few things. The H67 does not overclock, and the 2600k is great for overclocking. Damn.
The H67 has an onboard GPU but I have a friggin GTX590.
Double Damn.
The H67 does not support Nvidia SLI.
Triple Damn.

Now, I would LOVE to swap this motherboard which has been active in my system for over a month, for a P67....but i don't see how that can happen without trying to sell a slightly used H67 and buy a new P67.

I can live with all this....except one part. The H67 is slightly overclockable...if I use Auto Tuning, which I have to cause I'm an idiot when it comes to overclocking, it actually gives me a result I can live with. It does a stress test, reboots, and then tells me
"autotuning successful
3914Mhz 103.0x38 ^15%"

however, which i run testmycpu, it only get about 3500Mhz out of it.

So I am confused as hell. Is the autotune overclocking it or not? Is the 2600K actually a fast chip without overclocking, or did I actually just waste a bunch of money like a fool? Is it possible to overclock with the P8H67-M PRO, or not....cause I have actually been reading some threads that indicate that something can be done.

I apologize for the gigantic post...any help, suggestions, or criticism is welcome and appreciated.

-matt
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I know this is kinda "I told you so", but you really should have posted the specs here before you bought them

But in answer, you can overclock with the H67 boards, but only by raising bclck (base clock) which will only get you tiny overclocks. The P boards have an unlocked multiplier, and most 2600ks can get 4.5ghz easily (with a decent air cooler).

I've never heard of the "testmycpu" thing, but the 2600k will downclock to lower speeds when it's not being used, and only goes up to its max (3.8ghz) when being stressed. Download something like prime95 and cpu-z to find out what the real core speed is.
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It should be an "I told you so", because you are 100% right and I am 100% wrong. I was an idiot and I made a mistake, no two ways about it.

so, the program isn't testmycpu, it's actually CPU Speed, and it's here
http://www.wizard-soft.com/cpuspeed/index.htm
it says 3500 where the asus autotune says 3900. Hmmm. I will download and try CPU-Z as SOON as I get home, to make sure.

I will also look at making sure that my bclck is raised. I wonder what kind of speed I could drag out of that...if i could get it up to 3900Mhz I would be happy, to be honest.

I guess no suggestions on how to replace my board with a P67 chipset board as cheaply as possible....i guess asus doesn't take well to begging.
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I guess no suggestions on how to replace my board with a P67 chipset board as cheaply as possible....i guess asus doesn't take well to begging.
Hmm, the only way to do is to try to sell your H67 board.

You could beg to whomever you bought it from, but judging by the amount of time that's passed you might not have any luck

edit: I've seen people with up to 109mhz base clocks (4.1ghz), but a bump to 105mhz would give you 3.99ghz. Don't forget, though, that raising the bclk raises the clock generation which applies to the whole motherboard (including the pci buses etc).
Edited by fluxlite - 5/25/11 at 9:56am
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ok I am rethinking my goals here.

Sounds like I am giving up, and to some extent I am.....but it makes sense.

I do 3D animation for a living and I do alot of rendering where my CPU is stressed to 100% for extended lengths of time. Maybe I shouldn't be so eager to overclock. Maybe I should be happy with a very, very stable system which is also very fast. (my cpu cores are around 23 degrees at rest and around 43 degrees totally stressed out)

maybe in a year or so i will replace the mobo, at a time when i want to drag more speed out of my CPU, maybe with another GTX590 also....in a year or two after I've saved my pennies again.
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Honostly... upgrade to P67! The difference between that H67 Pro and a P67 Pro will be within a 100 dollars and with a rig like that... I would take that cost for the benefit.

Plus.. most people are ATleast 4.5 ghz with their sandy bridges... Not to mention your not seeing the full benefit of a 590
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Are you able to exchange it perhaps?

Say to the place that you haven't used the board.

You had plans for an HTPC build, but by the time you bought all the parts you figured out that you needed a 2600K instead. Explain to them your uses as well.

Tell them you will pay a restocking fee, and you will buy a P67 or Z68 board from them. It's worth a shot.

There's really no point in having an H67 board with a 2600K.

Plan B: Sell your board on Kijiji or Craigslist or Ebay, I'm sure you'll sell it.

What ever you do, try and get yourself a P67 or Z68 board one way or another.
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well, this is my plan.
First, contact Asus and ask them why their AutoTuning software says that it is clocking me up to 3900Mhz, but this not actually happening. (unless it is, gotta recheck tonight)
maybe this'll get me some Asus-sugar, so to speak.
Then, assuming this fails, I am going to think about buying an unopened P8P67 Pro Rev3 off Kijiji or something, then worry about selling my current board afterwards.
I don't think I can take it back to the computer store. I have already been using it for a month...I've already screwed a heatsink mount into it.....I'm not even sure if I have the original packaging. maybe the box but not the special de-magnetized bag...bottom line is I think it can be discerned that it has been opened. and the comp store only allows for 14 days of return policy.

Finally, be marginally less of a fool in the future, and trust in the experts, like you guys.
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ok folks, picked up a new P8P67-M Pro off Kijiji for 110$. creating a new thread now, need help with manually overclocking. been doing alot of reading about it.....but as opposed to when i bought the H67, I am going to trust in the overclockers.
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well, this is my plan.
First, contact Asus and ask them why their AutoTuning software says that it is clocking me up to 3900Mhz, but this not actually happening. (unless it is, gotta recheck tonight)
maybe this'll get me some Asus-sugar, so to speak.
Then, assuming this fails, I am going to think about buying an unopened P8P67 Pro Rev3 off Kijiji or something, then worry about selling my current board afterwards.
I don't think I can take it back to the computer store. I have already been using it for a month...I've already screwed a heatsink mount into it.....I'm not even sure if I have the original packaging. maybe the box but not the special de-magnetized bag...bottom line is I think it can be discerned that it has been opened. and the comp store only allows for 14 days of return policy.

Finally, be marginally less of a fool in the future, and trust in the experts, like you guys.

I had a RMA happen 5 months after the 30 days passed..That's what you get when you're a loyal customer. Try contacting the company you got it from and ask to speak to a supervisor.
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