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post #1741 of 9487
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How about GTA 4? It uses DirectX 9 if I remembered correctly. Max Payne 3 and Crysis has option to use DirectX 9 too.
Another thermal paste worth considering: Noctua NT-H1. Reduced my load temp by 4 C (previously I was using Xigmatek Gaia's stock thermal paste).

Not sure what the stock thermal compound on the H100 is. Gonna try look for what's available here. Not a lot of choices here honestly.
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Problem is I don't have either of those two games, lol. I can try and find a DX9 test, or something like that. Maybe a benchmark test? That might work well. Any ideas of testers?

Yeah any DX9 games would be great. I think in-game benchies would do the trick if you don't wanna play for a couple of minutes. What games do you usually play? If you can play those games without crashing then I'd say your stable for your use. smile.gif
Edited by BeastRider - 10/26/12 at 11:28pm
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The maximum overclock in any cpu/gpu always lies in luck of draw. In you're case I'd say try getting a stable OC with a lower multiplier before going any higher. You're ram is also quite different as it is a low-voltage edition. Again overclocking with 4 DIMMS will also make it harder plus not having the option to underclock PLL will also limit your OC quite a bit.
I'm at 4.7GHz @ 1.376vcore with my 3570K and Corsair H100. My temps are about 80-85 degrees gaming and 90-95 when running prime. In my experience, you can be stable in PRIME but not in gaming/regular use. I was stable in prime with 1.36v but my games would crash (GW2) so I had to keep increasing turbo vcore till it got stable. Now my final voltage is 1.376.
What I did to get my OC was fiddle ONLY with turbo core UNLESS I get a vcore related BSOD in which case I increase static (non-turbo) vcore by 1 increment. I also got BSODs related to both VTT and PLL (using the guide's BSOD list of course) and UNDERCLOCKED them by 1 increment, usually this would take away the BSOD, if not, I decrease it again by 1 increment. I think my PLL is at 1.075v with my VTT at 1.086 or something.
Hope this helps and I can post screenshots of my voltages in AXTU if you want. My BIOS settings are the same as the guide says.

Is that a typo? Do you mean 1.75v? My Z77 Extreme4 won't go below 1.585v on PLL. Right now 1.619v PLL is working best for me.

864k kept crashing P95 at 4.6GHz, but I think I'm about to push over it w/ more vcore. CPU-Z shows vcore fluctuating b/n 1.304 and 1.328v under load and I'm finally not crashing P95 w/n a few minutes at 864k.

+0.020v offset
+0.043v turbo offset
1.076v VTT
1.625v DRAM
0.925v VCCSA
Level2 LLC

Keeping my RAM at 2200 for now. 2400 gives me boot problems sometimes...I'll work on that later.

Temps are maxing at 70/74/77/74°C right now, but smaller fft sizes get it hotter. Ambient temp is 75°F.

Edit: P95 just crashed, but it lasted over 20mins this time at 864k...big improvement over 1-2mins. Upping vcore 1 notch.
Edited by jason4207 - 10/27/12 at 4:26am
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Is that a typo? Do you mean 1.75v? My Z77 Extreme4 won't go below 1.585v on PLL. Right now 1.619v PLL is working best for me.
864k kept crashing P95 at 4.6GHz, but I think I'm about to push over it w/ more vcore. CPU-Z shows vcore fluctuating b/n 1.304 and 1.328v under load and I'm finally not crashing P95 w/n a few minutes at 864k.
+0.020v offset
+0.043v turbo offset
1.076v VTT
1.625v DRAM
0.925v VCCSA
Level2 LLC
Keeping my RAM at 2200 for now. 2400 gives me boot problems sometimes...I'll work on that later.
Temps are maxing at 70/74/77/74°C right now, but smaller fft sizes get it hotter. Ambient temp is 75°F.
Edit: P95 just crashed, but it lasted over 20mins this time at 864k...big improvement over 1-2mins. Upping vcore 1 notch.

Sorry yeah that was a typo, 1.75v I mean. Just keep increasing turbo vcore till no more core errors happen. Also I envy your RAM OC, I only have vengeance 1600 CL9 4GB sticks to work with so just keeping it within that range. Didn't really overclock RAM at all. My VTT is at 1.048v right now without seeing any BSODs. Just touched VTT whenever I get BSODs related to it.

1.619PLL is really low, can't believe your not seeing any issues with such low voltages lol. 1.328vcore for 4.6GHz isn't bad at all, just don't forget to test beyond PRIME after you've passed it for 24 hours. You might wanna try playing some of your favorite games, if they crash mostly I just increase vcore but IDK if lowering PLL will help with crashing issues as well.

I would've liked to keep my 4.7GHz OC @ 1.36v but games kept crashing. Wonder if lowering PLL further would do the trick?
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How about GTA 4? It uses DirectX 9 if I remembered correctly. Max Payne 3 and Crysis has option to use DirectX 9 too.
I don't have GTA4, but I can get it. Let's just not talk about how I can get it. wink.gif

I also can try some DX9 benchmark tests probably. I ran PCMark 7 last night, didn't crash, but I don't really think it's DX9. I did get great scores though. smile.gif
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I don't have GTA4, but I can get it. Let's just not talk about how I can get it. wink.gif
I also can try some DX9 benchmark tests probably. I ran PCMark 7 last night, didn't crash, but I don't really think it's DX9. I did get great scores though. smile.gif

Well what do you usually play? Try running what you usually play and if it works your good to go. I'd like to run benchmarks as well honestly all my overclocking goes to gaming performance lol. I have never tried benchmarking in my life except for ATTO to check if my SSD is running at rated speeds. Looks like a good way to view OC performance gains.
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Well what do you usually play? Try running what you usually play and if it works your good to go. I'd like to run benchmarks as well honestly all my overclocking goes to gaming performance lol. I have never tried benchmarking in my life except for ATTO to check if my SSD is running at rated speeds. Looks like a good way to view OC performance gains.
I usually play Minecraft, TF2, COD (MW2, MW3, BO) and I also have Medal of Honor, BFBC2, and Burnout Paradise. smile.gif
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Sorry yeah that was a typo, 1.75v I mean. Just keep increasing turbo vcore till no more core errors happen. Also I envy your RAM OC, I only have vengeance 1600 CL9 4GB sticks to work with so just keeping it within that range. Didn't really overclock RAM at all. My VTT is at 1.048v right now without seeing any BSODs. Just touched VTT whenever I get BSODs related to it.
1.619PLL is really low, can't believe your not seeing any issues with such low voltages lol. 1.328vcore for 4.6GHz isn't bad at all, just don't forget to test beyond PRIME after you've passed it for 24 hours. You might wanna try playing some of your favorite games, if they crash mostly I just increase vcore but IDK if lowering PLL will help with crashing issues as well.
I would've liked to keep my 4.7GHz OC @ 1.36v but games kept crashing. Wonder if lowering PLL further would do the trick?

Yeah, when I was trying to get 4.5GHz stable I found Crysis2 would crash very quickly even though P95 Blend w/ 90% RAM usage was passing for 8hrs+. Just a little more vcore fixed that.

Definitely try a lower PLL. It will lower temps which will sometimes even allow lower vcore which drops temps even more.

I've remounted my H70 3 times now. Last time I payed attention to the grain of the water block and the IHS and aligned them. I also added some washers to increase pressure a little and have been adjusting my TIM application methodology. Also tried giving the water block a little twist with pressure while the TIM was nice and hot to help spread it thinner. Managed to shave a few °C.

Got this RAM for $65 and love it! Haven't been able to get 2600 to boot yet, but I'll be happy if 2400 runs w/o issues. It does fine until I reboot, and then doesn't like to POST. Very annoying while trying to find max OC of CPU, so I'm keeping it at 2200 until I max out the CPU.

Edit: Looks like I needed a little more PLL. Vcore wasn't helping the 864k crash. I'm at 1.635v PLL now and 37mins into a pure 864k run of P95.
Edited by jason4207 - 10/27/12 at 8:33am
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I usually play Minecraft, TF2, COD (MW2, MW3, BO) and I also have Medal of Honor, BFBC2, and Burnout Paradise. smile.gif

Try those games and see if you can run em without any of them crashing. Isn't Burnout DX9? Well running those FPS might do the trick as well especially if you can play mutliplayer since that'll stress the CPU quite a bit. If you can play those on extended gaming sessions then I would call that overclock stable. thumb.gif
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Yeah, when I was trying to get 4.5GHz stable I found Crysis2 would crash very quickly even though P95 Blend w/ 90% RAM usage was passing for 8hrs+. Just a little more vcore fixed that.
Definitely try a lower PLL. It will lower temps which will sometimes even allow lower vcore which drops temps even more.
I've remounted my H70 3 times now. Last time I payed attention to the grain of the water block and the IHS and aligned them. I also added some washers to increase pressure a little and have been adjusting my TIM application methodology. Also tried giving the water block a little twist with pressure while the TIM was nice and hot to help spread it thinner. Managed to shave a few °C.
Got this RAM for $65 and love it! Haven't been able to get 2600 to boot yet, but I'll be happy if 2400 runs w/o issues. It does fine until I reboot, and then doesn't like to POST. Very annoying while trying to find max OC of CPU, so I'm keeping it at 2200 until I max out the CPU.

Nice RAM for quite a low price! Wonder if I can get me some of those here where I'm from. I can only get 2133 Dominators and they cost like $150. :| Haven't really tried anything on my H100, still running stock fans and paste, I doubt changing fans, paste, and making it a push-pull will allow me to hit 4.8GHz lol. Not to mention the 1.42+v I'll llikely need to keep it stable 24/7. That's just scary lol. Think I'm gonna keep my 4.7GHz @ 1.376v. Maybe Ima try lower PLL further and see if that'll allow me to lower my voltages and still remain stable.
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Need some help going from fixed mode to offset mode for a very mild overclock - 4.0 GHz.

My goal is just to run 4.0 GHz 24/7 at stock voltage. I've done a bunch of testing in fixed mode with voltage set at 1.205 and additional turbo voltage at +0.004.

4.0 GHz Fixed
Max 60C on Core 1 and 59 C on Core 2 (the rest are lower).
VID: 1.3411 v
Core Voltage: 1.208 V
LLC Level 2

So my question is: How do I translate that to Offset Mode? Do I just play with offsets (negative I assume) until I see my peak Core Voltage at 1.208 V? Do you think I will have issues with idle voltage?

Thanks!
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^^

Yeah, just keep increasing the negative offset. You should be able to run much lower vcore for 4.0GHz. ~1.1v

If you have issues at idle increase core vcore offset and reduce turbo vcore offset.
Edited by jason4207 - 10/27/12 at 9:07am
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