Whoaaa. Let's back up a couple steps here. We went from unlocking cores to overclocking on auto voltage on a stock cooler etc. etc.
Update your bios by downloading the latest release from Asus's website, not the Bulldozer bios though.
- Slide the core unlocker switch to on
- Go into the bios and switch to the Advanced tab.
- Go down to Asus Core Unlocker and set it to Auto if it is not already. Do not use manual when trying to unlock your dormant core. Only use manual to dissable cores. (No reason to use manual, on a X3 really)
- Switch over to the AI Tweaker tab and enable AI Overclock Tuner
- Go down to CPU & NB Voltage Mode and set it to Manual
- Change CPU Voltage to 1.425v by typing it in manually than hitting the enter key
- Save/Exit/Reboot. The computer should shut down for a few seconds, and then boot. Watch the screen at the bottom to see if it says 4 cores enabled. If you cannot get into Windows, go back into the bios and set the CPU voltage to 1.45v and see if it will boot into windows again. Re-verify that the Advanced Tab/Asus Core Unlocker is still set to Auto. It may say manual, so doble check and change it if needed.
- If this does not work, leave it at 3 cores
I am not doing a step by step for this, but do your own overclocking by setting your voltage manually and either using the multiplier (Novice) or using BLCK (Advanced). Go from 2.9 to 3.0 and try to boot at 1.425v. You could run your stock cooler with upgraded TIM at 1.425v and as high as you can get it without a voltage increase and still have decent temps. Stress test the CPU overclock using Prime95 Blend (Easy) or LinX (Advanced). If you can run Prime95 for 1 hour, your pretty close to stable, but running it for longer is reccommended for constant CPU useage like folding.
This will give you a really nice performance boost and it is not very hard to do. You should be able to run your NB easily at 2800MHz. In the AI Tweaker tab, set the CPU/NB Frequency to 2800MHz. Go down to the CPU/NB Voltage and set it to 1.30v. You may need to raise this setting, but it should not take more than 1.35v. Mine is set at 1.3125v and I have folded a month with that. Prime95 Blend will test CPU/NB stability.
Originally Posted by DMT94
you guys recomend any coolers for my needs ? :
1) cannot cover ram slots because of my corsair dominators
2) not too big like the TRUE because i actually want to use my side window without it getting obstructed by a huge ugly heatsink - i want something nice like the Zalman CNPS5X or spin q or asus silent knight
3)needs to be ok for overclocking - i dont need something amazing - just something that keeps me in safe temperatures
DO NOT SUGGEST THE HYPER 212 + I HATE IT both the looks and the non flat surface
I never stuck an air cooler on this board, but do you have 2 or 4 sticks of memory? A fan?
EDIT: If you are only using it for gaming, leave it on X3 because you should get a higher OC out of the chip. X4 raises it to either 125 or 140 TDP instead of 95. Less heat, less voltage, better oc's, and almost all games use 2 cores or less. (There are a few exceptions though)
EDIT #2: You may also want to try setting all voltages manually. I get that screen if my CPU/NB is undervolted sometimes; the windows loading screen with the bar on the bottom that looks like it is installing windows. Here is what you should have those set to:
CPU/NB (2000MHz): 1.20v
CPU VDDA: 2.5v
DRAM: Whatever your chips say. Probably 1.65v.
NB 1.8v: 1.8v lol
Before you change these, can you write down what each says on Auto?Edited by BWG - 6/9/11 at 11:25am