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Hey all, new to OCN, but certainly not computers (so feel free to get technical, lol).

1. Having issues with games (BF3, BC2, Dead Space 2, Trackmania 2) freezing from 5-20 minutes of playing requiring a hard reboot. The video will freeze, then about 3-5 seconds later the sound will freeze. I'm not positive if its my CPU OC (4.5 survives Prime95 Torture for at least 30 minutes) or my GPU OC (900/1375/1.15 via Trixx) or perhaps something else. I'm gonna try going to all stock clocks and see if it solves it. Anything else I should try?

2. Are 2x Sapphire Dirt3 6950 (shaders to 6970) cards enough to run most games in EyeFinity at 5760x1080?

3. How the hell can I put a second card on this board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128495
if my case only has 4 expansion slots on the back. Also, the SATA ports (first card is already kind of mushing the SATA3 ports :| )... And the headers... WHO DESIGNED THIS?

4. On that board (see #3), since I can't use the bottom slot, will I see any big performance drop using a x4 port instead of the x8?

5. When do OCZ Octane SSDs go on sale?!?! Lol, just a bonus question.


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1. Well, for starters 30 minutes is not enough to determine stability. Most people don't go ahead and determine their OC stable until they pass 12-14 hours of Blend. Even so, there's always the chance that you're not pumping enough core voltage and you'll get a BSOD while gaming or something. Set your overclock to stock and see if the issue disappears, if it doesn't, set your GPU overclock to stock as well and see if it stops.

If you're still having issues after setting both overclocks to stock, you can go ahead and say it's a driver issue.

2. Absolutely.

3. Not sure, honestly.

4. See this video:


5. Not sure, honestly.
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Question 1):
Do you have EIST and C states on? Have you tried disabling them?

EDIT:
Don't use anything lower than x8 for graphics card. For the PCIe slots:
Slot 1 (top blue)= 16x (8x when slot 2 is used)
Slot 2 (middle blue)= 8x
Slot 3 (bottom blue)= 4x (Also shares bandwith with others such as USB3)

So if you use slots 1 + 2 you'll be fine. The bottom blue slot is for sound card/NIC card etc.

Have you got any right angle SATA headers? Use those to maximize clearance.
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1. Well, for starters 30 minutes is not enough to determine stability. Most people don't go ahead and determine their OC stable until they pass 12-14 hours of Blend. Even so, there's always the chance that you're not pumping enough core voltage and you'll get a BSOD while gaming or something. Set your overclock to stock and see if the issue disappears, if it doesn't, set your GPU overclock to stock as well and see if it stops.

If you're still having issues after setting both overclocks to stock, you can go ahead and say it's a driver issue.

2. Absolutely.

3. Not sure, honestly.

4. See this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSfif...feature=relmfu

5. Not sure, honestly.
1. Followed a guide to get the overclock (exact same everything, except PSU) so it should be stable, but nothing is ever universal. I'll run a longer test (just concerned about overheating that long :/ ). If its not that, then begins stock settings tests. I just ran FurMark maxed out and Unigine Heaven maxed and neither crashed (may be my new clocks of 880/1375/1.15).

2. Figured, thought I'd ask.

3. I don't think its possible, lol.

4. Awesome link, thank you. The other card is gonna be the slave theoretically so it'll use even less bandwidth.

5. Was supposed to be the 1st, but oh well, need money anyways.

Quote:
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Question 1):
Do you have EIST and C states on? Have you tried disabling them?

EDIT:
Don't use anything lower than x8 for graphics card. For the PCIe slots:
Slot 1 (top blue)= 16x (8x when slot 2 is used)
Slot 2 (middle blue)= 8x
Slot 3 (bottom blue)= 4x (Also shares bandwith with others such as USB3)

So if you use slots 1 + 2 you'll be fine. The bottom blue slot is for sound card/NIC card etc.

Have you got any right angle SATA headers? Use those to maximize clearance.
I do not have them on because I didn't like my CPU fluctuating and I was getting BSODs with them on.

Hmm, that's contradictory to that video, hah. I don't really have a choice unless I liquid cool the bottom video card :|

Actually, you've never experienced the genius that is this board.
x16
x4
x8

Uhh, who lays it out like that...
     
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I'm not actually sure about the PCI slots because I'm assuming that your board lays it out like others do. I shall dig into your board's manual for now.

Holy crap, they actually designed the bottom PCIe as 8X! I cannot think for the life of me why they would do that on a mATX board... seeing as even if you use a 3 slot card (ie. ASUS DCII) in slot 1, you still need at least 2 slots for the second slot!
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I'm not actually sure about the PCI slots because I'm assuming that your board lays it out like others do. I shall dig into your board's manual for now.

Reserved for later editing
It doesn't because Gigabyte's designers were high while they made it.

The manual says that they recommend using the x8 slot for the best performance but it doesn't say that you can't use the x4.

EDIT: Also, for the SATA ports, I am using right angles, but the card still will be too low probably. One would think the SATA + number of expansion slots on mATX cases would've come up when they were designing a mATX board...
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So, Prime95 got two cores to become ILLEGAL SUMOUT errors... I assume that's the overclock?
     
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So, Prime95 got two cores to become ILLEGAL SUMOUT errors... I assume that's the overclock?
That would be an unstable overclock, yes.
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That would be an unstable overclock, yes.


This is gonna be way too much work, lol.
     
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I'm at 4GHz now. Seems stable, but who knows.
     
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