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I just finished a 2500k/Z68-UD4 build today and I've yet to mess with any OC settings. All I've done is switched the board to AHCI and that's it. However, my 2500K settings seem all screwed up. My mobo claims my CPU stock settings are 3.4Ghz @ 1.2v. It also claims Turbo is 3.4Ghz too. What's the problem here?

Also, during post all the leds are green except for one on the top which is red. I'm unable to find out what this means. Is this something to be concerned with?
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check the manual about the red light, they should all go green/blue

Anyway here's a guide to overclocking your 2500k
http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...uide-p67a.html
(It's a guide for P67 but they're pretty much the same on terms of overclocking)
Good luck with it!
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When you are int eh BIOS, have you verified that "Turbo" is enabled?
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Check your mobo with Aida64 or CPU-z. Sometimes a BIOS will post the wrong the wrong information. My mobo was posting 8 GB of RAM, but my system settings were only utilizing 4.
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check the manual about the red light, they should all go green/blue
That's the odd thing; it's not in the manual. The only reference to the phase leds is for "Dynamic Energy Saver". The manual doesn't tell me anything else about them.

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When you are int eh BIOS, have you verified that "Turbo" is enabled?
Yep, yet it's set at 3.4Ghz at default settings. I've since turned it completely off since I'm working on getting a stable OC now.

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Check your mobo with Aida64 or CPU-z. Sometimes a BIOS will post the wrong the wrong information. My mobo was posting 8 GB of RAM, but my system settings were only utilizing 4.
CPU-Z and HWMonitor give me incorrect volts. I've started OC'ing and right now both programs say my CPU is at 1.056v and my memory is at 2.01v. In reality, vcore is 1.35 and memory is 1.35. Here's a screenshot to show what I mean:

Ignore the start/stop time and dates. It was wrong when I started stability testing and I corrected it later on.


Edited by sgr215 - 6/2/11 at 7:43pm
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im totally going to wimp out on ordering parts and building a pc now , this was practically exactly the same build as what I was going to do -.-
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If you're referring to the lineup of LED's near the top of the board, they all light up for a few moments when I power on my system. I recall reading in the manual that they indicate power phase usage if enabled in gigabytes dynamic energy saver utility. Doesn't seem important regardless.

Sounds like you have the turbo multiplier situation handled. I have run into issues myself where the bios settings mysteriously changed. I spent a good deal of time trying to figure out why my 3Dmark score dropped 700 points after increasing my overclock. Came to find out that the bios had reverted all of the multiplier settings(including turbo) to x33. After getting all my settings how I wanted them, I haven't had any further issues.
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im totally going to wimp out on ordering parts and building a pc now , this was practically exactly the same build as what I was going to do -.-
It's just minor issues and all easily fixed with just setting up everything manually. If I was you I'd order it or, if you prefer a more mature board, go with the P67 version.

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If you're referring to the lineup of LED's near the top of the board, they all light up for a few moments when I power on my system. I recall reading in the manual that they indicate power phase usage if enabled in gigabytes dynamic energy saver utility. Doesn't seem important regardless.

Sounds like you have the turbo multiplier situation handled. I have run into issues myself where the bios settings mysteriously changed. I spent a good deal of time trying to figure out why my 3Dmark score dropped 700 points after increasing my overclock. Came to find out that the bios had reverted all of the multiplier settings(including turbo) to x33. After getting all my settings how I wanted them, I haven't had any further issues.
Regarding the leds, every board I've used in the past that had leds used them for indicating there was some sort of a post error. You're right though, the only mention of them are regarding some power feature I couldn't care less about. I just assumed a single red led with the rest green meant I had a issue but I guess not.

I haven't had my OC resetting on me so far but it was definitely weird how out of the box it set my 2500k to such a high vcore with some random frequencies. I've since disabled Turbo and I've got my 2500k at 4.5Ghz @ 1.35v. So far I'm approaching 3hrs of Prime95 with no errors.
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there is an issue with the current BIOS release in where turbo isn't working quite correctly for the GB Z68 boards, you have to enable a few things to get it to work, it should be solved in a BIOS update. But for now your CPU is ok.
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post #10 of 13
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Thanks for the info Sin0822. I definitely had my suspicions it was related to how new these boards are and glad to hear my suspicions are confirmed.
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