Overclock.net › Forums › Intel › Intel - General › Could use some direction with 3960X & R4E
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Could use some direction with 3960X & R4E

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I've been heavy into the software/dev side of computers for a while but its time to get back to my EE roots. Totally new to overclocking and have tried various settings (mostly using the BIOS presets) but have been experiencing some instability. First off, while running on stock settings I have an "AA" code appearing on the motherboard, looked in the manual and this is "System has transitioned into ACPI mode. Interrupt controller is in APIC mode". Is this normal? As far as I can tell ACPI mode has to do with the power states of the computer.

Some of the presets I've tried are XMP at 2133MHz profile. The first time it seemed okay but I didn't run memtest and after leaving it on overnight the keyboard (G15) would not turn on as well as monitor and mouse. This could be due to the computer going to sleep and not recovering, but I suspect the OC settings caused instability as CMOS reset fixed it.

I next tried turning up some of the voltages with XMP 2133 -
VCCSA-> 1.25V
Rampage tweak mode 1
DRAM 1,65
VTT 1.2
ran memtest and it went for a little under 30 minutes before halting on its own around 50%.

I've also tried the first two OC modes (standard and gamer), both seem pretty unstable, gamer mode won't boot at all.

I found this OC setup with extremely close rig to mine (same CPU/mobo/heatsink) - http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/asus_rampage_4_extreme_review/10. They run 1.472 V, x38 multiplier, and 125 MHz bus for OC of 4750 GHz. Are these good settings for day in day out longevity or just for benchmarks? Should I give these a shot or is there enough variance in the parts that I should expect different results? Am I going about this backwards? Help greatly appreciated!
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 
bump. smile.gif
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 12
Did you plug both 4 pin connection for cpu ? cause the asus maximus/rampage comes with one of them covered.
and also i suggest not pumping that mutch voltage through your cpu yet.
Edited by TheDarkBeast - 1/27/12 at 7:48pm
post #4 of 12
Hello cyr8x,

Sorry for being Lazy, but are you asking how to overclock your chip? If so, the 1st thing we need to know is what is your goal: 4.2, 4.4, 4.7, 5.0?

If you just want a good basic overclock on the Rampage IV Extreme, Go to your bios and pick the option for gamer OC. That should put you to either 4.4 or 4.7. After that set your ram specs. Once you are done, go to the asus oc profile (should be the last tab in the adv view) and save your settings.

You may want to save a default profile as well so that if your OC is bad you can quickly power off the pc, press the reset cmos button on the back of the MB, go back into the bios by pressing f1 and load you correct settings with your saved profile.

Here is a great guide that can help you:

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?5835-ASUS-Rampage-IV-Extreme-UEFI-Guide-for-Overclocking
Project X
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Evga Titan in SLI G.Skill |2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair Force GT SSD Swiftech MCP655 with TFC MONSTA Swiftech MCP350 with TFC X-Changer 480 Windows 7 
MonitorPowerCase
27' Asus PB278Q 1500 Watt PSU Mountain Mod Ascension 
  hide details  
Reply
Project X
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Evga Titan in SLI G.Skill |2400 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair Force GT SSD Swiftech MCP655 with TFC MONSTA Swiftech MCP350 with TFC X-Changer 480 Windows 7 
MonitorPowerCase
27' Asus PB278Q 1500 Watt PSU Mountain Mod Ascension 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheDarkBeast View Post

Did you plug both 4 pin connection for cpu ? cause the asus maximus/rampage comes with one of them covered.
and also i suggest not pumping that mutch voltage through your cpu yet.



Yeah I removed the cap that was covering 4 of the 8 pins on the 8-pin cpu connection. I originally had a splitter going from my psu cpu connection to each of these but read that the 4 pin is only for extreme O.C. and took out the splitter. I'm currently just running power to the 8 pin. Thanks for the tip.
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CDMAN View Post

Hello cyr8x,
Sorry for being Lazy, but are you asking how to overclock your chip? If so, the 1st thing we need to know is what is your goal: 4.2, 4.4, 4.7, 5.0?
If you just want a good basic overclock on the Rampage IV Extreme, Go to your bios and pick the option for gamer OC. That should put you to either 4.4 or 4.7. After that set your ram specs. Once you are done, go to the asus oc profile (should be the last tab in the adv view) and save your settings.
You may want to save a default profile as well so that if your OC is bad you can quickly power off the pc, press the reset cmos button on the back of the MB, go back into the bios by pressing f1 and load you correct settings with your saved profile.
Here is a great guide that can help you:
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?5835-ASUS-Rampage-IV-Extreme-UEFI-Guide-for-Overclocking


Somewhere safe in the 4.4-4.7 range would be awesome, I don't have a hard mark set yet because I'm not sure what I can attain with the NH-D12. Down the line I may switch to a water build to get it higher. When I tried OC profile in the past, the computer attempts to start and fails, I'm guessing because of RAM. Would you recommend doing XMP after selecting the gamer profile? Is memtest86+ from iso at boot the best way to tell if the system is stable and does it need to get to 100% to be successful.

Thanks for the advice, I will dig into the guide. I know a lot of this is extremely redundant for the vets here.
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Also, I'm really not sure if the AA code that is displayed on the debug LED is an error or what? Having trouble finding out any details of this code online.
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
I flashed the updated BIOS and went to the stock gamer profile and it appears to be working okay. In CPU-Z I can see the core voltage is 1.4 V. Is this too high for long term use?
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 12
if the system is stable and does it need to get to 100% to be successful. g.gif
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Not sure what you mean.
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
New Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3960X Asus Rampage IV Extreme XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 DD 2 GB Ripjaws Z 16 GB (4 DIMMs) 2133 MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 320 Series 300 GB SSD Sony Blu-Ray Burner Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2770 27" Monitor Logitech G15 ThermalTake ToughPower 1350W ThermalTake Level 10GT Snow Edition 
Mouse
Razer Naga Epic 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Intel - General
Overclock.net › Forums › Intel › Intel - General › Could use some direction with 3960X & R4E