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I don't know if it's completely relevant anymore, but there was a benchmark floating around that showed tRFC <110, tRCD and tRC, and of course tCAS to be worlds more beneficial than Command Rate. It was a DDR3 test, but I don't know if it's AM3+ friendly or not. Apparently RCD carried a TON of weight in those tests though, mind was blown, heh.
For testing RAM and motherboard FSB (HTTRef), a few hours of Blend with 75%+ RAM would be sufficient. Oh and don't actually overclock the HTT Link clock, the reference clock will infact change that tongue.gif
From there, I'd go with messing with the CPU Multiplier and Reference clocks, get a little more out of it if you can, but that's just me haha. Depends on what you're looking to do really.
Did you try Command Rate 1 on them? Or lowering any timings beyond what they are rated? tongue.gif


I have tried command rate 1 but i just notice it slows but when i put it on 2T everything runs smooth and running prime95 in blend since last night as per HW monitor temp idle on 34 Celsius
but this temp reading i dont know might be not accurate.

As per prime no errors found. Thanks again
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I have tried command rate 1 but i just notice it slows but when i put it on 2T everything runs smooth and running prime95 in blend since last night as per HW monitor temp idle on 34 Celsius
but this temp reading i dont know might be not accurate.
As per prime no errors found. Thanks again

Not a problem ya' enjoy the build smile.gif.. odd that CR1 would slow it down, might just be instabilities causing that. Though I have noticed odd things about RAM myself, where on my sticks, running 7-7-7-20 actually feels, and benches slower than 7-8-7-20. But after loosening the volts on my CPUNB, I stick to 8-8-8-24-32 (mainly that was to aide my board in booting, easy skew calibration). This RAM has so much potential, but my board and CPU hold it back D:

Oh, and if you get AIDA64, it will show you your actual CPU temp. You are reading core temp, which means your CPU temp is probably around ~45C give or take. That will be super easy on the chips lifespan for sure, hah.
    
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Not a problem ya' enjoy the build smile.gif.. odd that CR1 would slow it down, might just be instabilities causing that. Though I have noticed odd things about RAM myself, where on my sticks, running 7-7-7-20 actually feels, and benches slower than 7-8-7-20. But after loosening the volts on my CPUNB, I stick to 8-8-8-24-32 (mainly that was to aide my board in booting, easy skew calibration). This RAM has so much potential, but my board and CPU hold it back D:
Oh, and if you get AIDA64, it will show you your actual CPU temp. You are reading core temp, which means your CPU temp is probably around ~45C give or take. That will be super easy on the chips lifespan for sure, hah.


Oh i see, honestly dont know much about this thing in regards of overcloking im very happy to signup on this site has been very helpful to me and also you guys here responding on my queries. I think its fine now maybe next time will try to overclock my processor but for today its fine im also an addict gamer.

Might be the board has issues detecting correct timings of our ddrs thats the board supposed to be adjusting automatically.

Thanks my friend thumb.gif
Edited by bargzeek - 9/4/12 at 6:05pm
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Mezmenir, do i need to update my bios to the latest version mine is f2 but the new release is f4. Which is the best way for me to do that via gui base or via dos mode? Thanks
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That's up to you, QFlash makes it super easy. Just put the files on a flash drive (FAT32 formatted) and boot up into QFlash. Note though; you don't have to update it, what chages were made to F4? If your system is running fine on F2, I wouldn't. My 990XA-UD3 gave me so much heartache over BIOS revisions haha.

Personally, I prefer DOS mode but building DOS memory sticks is a lot more work than just simply booting into QFlash and selecting 'update from file', yeh? thumb.gif

By GUI I assume you mean that Gigabyte tool that comes with the board, runs in Windows right? Can't remember the name of it myself, but if that's what you mean, I wouldn't use that. Use QFlash, it's easy and safe. On the 990XA-UD3, spamming the "End" key during boot would launch QFlash, YMMV- I believe it is also accessible from the BIOS itself.
    
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Ok thanks for that, so no need for me to update the bios., see below bios update info. as what i have read of this AGESA update is just an additional cpu support list not that too important.

F4 BIOS - 2012/08/14 - Update CPU AGESA 1.2.7.1, Update AHCI ROM 3.1.0.0, Improve SSD compatibility
F3 BIOS - 2012/07/09 - GA-970A-DS3 1.1 Release BIOS - Modify VGA card compatibility
F2 BIOS - 2012/03/30 - Update CPU AGESA 1.2.0.2
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Ok thanks for that, so no need for me to update the bios., see below bios update info. as what i have read of this AGESA update is just an additional cpu support list not that too important.
F4 BIOS - 2012/08/14 - Update CPU AGESA 1.2.7.1, Update AHCI ROM 3.1.0.0, Improve SSD compatibility
F3 BIOS - 2012/07/09 - GA-970A-DS3 1.1 Release BIOS - Modify VGA card compatibility
F2 BIOS - 2012/03/30 - Update CPU AGESA 1.2.0.2

It might be worth it to run F4 for the improved SSD support if you have one of those. The updated AHCI/RAID ROMs from AMD have better caching IIRC. Probably not worth it if you just run spinning disks, though. That and F4 includes the F3 updates, so, whatever it does to video cards, no clue. The 990XA-UD3 never had any updates to VGA compatibilty. It did however have the same AHCI/RAID update, which worked well for me personally.
    
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It might be worth it to run F4 for the improved SSD support if you have one of those. The updated AHCI/RAID ROMs from AMD have better caching IIRC. Probably not worth it if you just run spinning disks, though. That and F4 includes the F3 updates, so, whatever it does to video cards, no clue. The 990XA-UD3 never had any updates to VGA compatibilty. It did however have the same AHCI/RAID update, which worked well for me personally.

Do you use the AMD AHCI Driver or the Microsoft Default one? I'm using the Microsoft (Windows 7) default.

On another note, taking a look at your sig; is the Xonar D2X worth buying? I have some 5.1 logitech (X-540) speakers. Think I'll notice a difference? Does it put less stress on the CPU having a dedicated sound processing unit?

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It might be worth it to run F4 for the improved SSD support if you have one of those. The updated AHCI/RAID ROMs from AMD have better caching IIRC. Probably not worth it if you just run spinning disks, though. That and F4 includes the F3 updates, so, whatever it does to video cards, no clue. The 990XA-UD3 never had any updates to VGA compatibilty. It did however have the same AHCI/RAID update, which worked well for me personally.

Thanks bro, i have successfully updated my Bios to F4 using QFLASH its so easy indeed as what you have said. biggrin.gif
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Do you use the AMD AHCI Driver or the Microsoft Default one? I'm using the Microsoft (Windows 7) default.
On another note, taking a look at your sig; is the Xonar D2X worth buying? I have some 5.1 logitech (X-540) speakers. Think I'll notice a difference? Does it put less stress on the CPU having a dedicated sound processing unit?
Thanks

That's the main reason I got a dedicated card, it does lighten up the load on the CPU a little- who knows, it may help overclocking a little bit as well. Sounds fairly decent, but then again, I really, -really- disliked the onboard audio included with the GA990XA-UD3. I will update this opinion in a week or so when I get my new board, as apparently it has amazing onboard audio- so, it's a more fair comparison, hah.

EDIT: And about the AHCI driver, I used the provided pre-installation driver from Gigabyte (yes, it's old but, it worked), followed by installing AMD's newest drivers after Windows was done installing. That seemed to net the best performance. I had bad luck with SATA on my board though, so my only opinions on the MSAHCI driver are- it sucks. YMMV, though.

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Thanks bro, i have successfully updated my Bios to F4 using QFLASH its so easy indeed as what you have said. biggrin.gif

Glad it worked out for you thumb.gif Gigabyte does make updates super easy. Always worth it to update if it's something that improves compatibility/stability, I only ever skipped the ones that added new CPUs or stuff like that.
    
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