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So I was benching last night and needing to push high BCLK and so cranking the PCI-E up to 120 was fine but after that I was not booting so I guess that is all my drive could take. I have 8 different hard drives for benching and I will probably end up testing all of them...but..

What drives can take the most and is there something to identify that fact that they will take more PCI-E?
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It's not the drive that can't take it, it's the NorthBridge.
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It's not the drive that can't take it, it's the NorthBridge.
It should be able to handle it no problem on this board.

On my UD7 I had an IDE connector so I could hook my Hard drive to that and use a PCI GPU and crank PCI-E up over 130 if need be.

So I am sure this board can do it unless you can elaborate more?
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Do you actually see score increases with a higher PCI-E speed?Doesn't your board have a separate PCI-E divider?
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post #5 of 28
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Do you actually see score increases with a higher PCI-E speed?Doesn't your board have a separate PCI-E divider?
With X58 once you hit a certian point with BCLK (like FSB) it will wall, so at like 220 BCLK you will need to bump the PCI-E from 100 to 104ish, then from 225-230 you might need 105-108ish and so on.
Keep in mind this is for benching with DICE/LN2 that is why I want the excessive PCI-E clocks.
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It's not the drive that can't take it, it's the NorthBridge.
false.

I have heard that the seagate barracudas could take some good PCI-E, but around 120 is usually the upper limit for SATA devices...
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post #7 of 28
I'd be worried that the primary issue isnt the HDD, while some HDD's might be better at detecting and handling corrupted I/O (repeat request?). I'd be worried the primary issue is data corruption in the chipset controller.

The amusing thing is most of the X58 chipset diagrams I've seen show PCI-E separate from SATA.



Ultimately for benchmarking purposes, I'm guessing you don't care.
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post #8 of 28
I use barracuddas.. they go much higher than my Raptor's or my WD Cavi Black's..

*I run ~117-125mhz PCI-E for 3D01 with an 80GB Barracudda, ShortStroked to 20GB
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I will give my Barracuda an OS to test it on. I think increasing IOH more might help too.
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post #10 of 28
Never did take my raptor to 120 pcie but it was fine close to there , but agreed that the barracudas are pretty good with higher pcie.
The SSDs are the really picky ones...
    
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