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With the huge field of new games released in the next few months I have decided to attempt to overclock my aging q9400 up to 3.2Ghz. Practicably as a first time overclocked I am having great trouble reaching any type of stability. I did a bit of research on the topic and attempted to mimic the setups of a few other successful overclockers to little success. I believe this may have something to do with the fact that many of these other people where using different makes of memory and the majority where using 2gb x 2 whereas I am using 2gb x 4. On my first boot my PC blue screened as soon as I started intel burn test (this was at vcore of 1.21250V). I upped the Vcore to 1.25000 and was able to achieve 3 cycles on Intel burn test before instability was reported. Not understanding the true nature of my problem I had trepidations about simply increasing my Vcore when it may not be the issue. A list of the changes and reprimands I have made are listed below, are there any obvious issues that I can fix to achieve better stability?
Thanks in advance

MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Robust Graphics Booster ...............: Auto
CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 8x
Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................: +0.0
CPU Frequency ...........................: 3.20 GHz (400x8)

Clock Chip Control
Standard Clock Control
CPU Host Clock Control..................: [Enabled]
CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) ............: 400
PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........: [100]

C.I.A.2 .................................:[Disabled]

Advanced Clock Control
CPU Clock Drive...........................: 800 mV
PCI Express Clock Drive.................: 900 mV
CPU Clock Skew (ps)....................: 0ps
MCH Clock Skew (ps)...................: 0ps

DRAM Performance Control
Performance Enhance...................: [STANDARD]
Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.).....: [Disabled]
(G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: [Auto]
System Memory Multiplier ..............: [2.40B]
Memory Frequency (Mhz) ..............: 800
DRAM Timing Selectable ................: [Autol]

Standard Timing Control- I honestly have no understanding of how to adjust my timings correctly so I left this field on auto
CAS Latency Time........................ 5
tRCD ......................................... 5
tRP'........................................... 5
tRAS.......................................... 18

Motherboard Voltage Control
CPU
Load-Line Calibration....................: [Enabled]
CPU Vcore….………... .1.21250V then shifted to 1.25000V
CPU Termination…........1.200V.......: [1.300V]
CPU PLL…………………......1.500V.......: [Auto]
CPU Referen.……….….....0.755V.......: [Auto]


MCH/ICH
MCH Core…………….....1.100V...........: [Auto]
MCH Reference….…….0.800V...........: [Auto]
MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........: [Auto]
ICH I/O……………….....1.500V............: [Auto]
ICH Core…………...……1.100V............: [Auto]

DRAM
DRAM Voltage ……....1.800V............: [2.000V]
DRAM Termination .…0.900V............: [Auto]
Channel A Reference 0.900V............: [Auto]
Channel B Reference 0.900V............: [Auto]

Advanced Settings
Limit CPUID Max. to 3.....................: [Disabled]
No-Execute Memory Protect............: [Enabled]
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)................: [Enabled]
C2/C2E State Support....................: [Disabled]
x C4/C4E State Support..................: [Disabled]
CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) ...........: [Enabled]
CPU EIST Function.........................: [Enabled]
Virtualization Technology.................: [Disabled]

Integrated Peripherals
USB Storage Function........................[Enabled]
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Hmm, this is a bit complicated. Every chip is diferent. There's no "do this" in order to get a stable OC. You need to play with the settings until you get something stable.
Don't over do the CPU. It does have limits. And the MoBo plays a huge roll when Ocing.
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(G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: 400
System Memory Multiplier ..............: 2.00 D

Motherboard Voltage Control
CPU
Load-Line Calibration....................: [Enabled]
CPU Vcore….………... 1.3625
CPU Termination…........ 1.30
CPU PLL…………………......1.500V.......: 1.57
CPU Referen.……….….....0.755V.......: Auto, for now

MCH/ICH
MCH Core…………….....1.100V...........: 1.30
MCH Reference….…….0.800V...........: Auto, for now
MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........: [Auto]
ICH I/O……………….....1.500V............: 1.50
ICH Core…………...……1.100V............: 1.1

Advanced Settings
Limit CPUID Max. to 3.....................: [Disabled]
No-Execute Memory Protect............: [Enabled]
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)................: [Disabled]
C2/C2E State Support....................: [Disabled]
x C4/C4E State Support..................: [Disabled]
CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) ...........: [Enabled]
CPU EIST Function.........................: [Disabled]
Virtualization Technology.................: [Disabled]

Starting at 400 fsb and booting into Windows... If it makes into Windows fully, go back and raise the fsb 10 MHz and do it again. If it makes it again go another 10 MHz. Again. Again. Until it fails to make it into Windows. Keep notes on how far you get, RAM speed, voltages, everything. Print a couple of those MIT templates and use a pencil to keep track of what you are trying.

So you will go 400 fsb, 410 fsb, 420 fsb, 430 fsb until it fails to get into Windows. Write down where you got to and come back and post the settings here.

Her's the thread for our motherboard. Subscribe to it and be sure and read the entire first page. Lots of knowledgeable users there that have done some big things on this mobo.
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Thanks for the response I will try these settings tonight or tommorow and see what I get
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A question in terms of D ram voltage after reading the thread for my MB, the document seems to recommend a DRAM voltage of 2.1V, however my kit is rated (tested) at 1.8V and if I try to take it to 2.1 my bios list it as pink, should I just leave my DRAM voltage at the standard of 1.8V?
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If your kit is rated at 1.8 put 1.8 maybe 1.82 if you oc it. Don't over volt it too much, it won't really help if it's not rated for it.
 
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Using your parameters and some of my own fiddling I reached my OC goal of 3.2 at stable 1.26500V. Could not have done it without you.
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Originally Posted by niccroetger View Post
Using your parameters and some of my own fiddling I reached my OC goal of 3.2 at stable 1.26500V. Could not have done it without you.
Good work!

When you get the "itch" for more speed...and, believe me, you will--come back and we'll get that cpu going even further. CPU

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