Hey fellow 3820 boss's.
Note: There's an issue/question buried at the bottom of my rambling
I've been lurking for about a month and working my way through the Gigabyte X79-UP4 board and i7 3820. Home Cinema, thank you so much for the information you contribute. And for all the other members who've been so helpful, I really appreciate it.
This is my work rig so I don't get to play with it at home, but I stay a couple hours each evening after work to tinker. I've been out of the PC OC scene a while, I've been focused on Android development and top tier flagship HTC smartphones, and learning about building kernels.
My Rig: (Also in Rig Builder if I saved it right)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X79-UP4 (BIOS f3u)
CPU: Intel i7-3820
RAM: 32 GB G.Skill PC17000 CL11S (8x4 GB DIMMS)
Cooling: Asetek 510cl CPU cooler, Single fan pulling from rad exhausting through back of case and cooler master intake fan in front of case
PSU: XTreme 800 (Came in a Cyber Power bundle that my company bought)
GPU: MSI 2GD5/OC PE (Nvidia GTX 660 Ti Oc/ PE)
SSD: Kingston Hyperx 240 GB (Model
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
Immediate plans are to get some more case fans to get air moving across the motherboard VRM and RAM especially. In a few hours I'm going to try and pick up a couple of fans. If I had been allowed to build the rig to my standards it would have better liquid cooling and fan controller and fans. And I definitely would have started with a better power supply. But this is work supplied, although I'm trying to make a deal to get them to buy another similar setup and sell it to me for WAY less than cost or some similar arrangement.
Here's some of my CPU-Z validation shots on some overclocks that showed stable in many IBT tests at 10 tests each, and stable in Prime 95 for about 30 minutes to an hour. I know I've got some problems in my settings, constructive criticism is always useful. I'm used to being the forum tech support and remote tech support guru with Android, and now I'm a total noob with PC's
The problem is when I get a really stable overclock, my machine has trouble booting, and will power cycle several times before it boots. I think it's related to ram timings or IMC something like that. I have turbo mode and power saving settings disabled, PLL enabled, and my RAM timings when I let the board choose are 11-11-11-28 and that's what I've been using manually, using 1.5 or 1.6 volts.
Could you guys point a total noob in the right direction for getting stable/consistent boots?
PS- I've read a lot of the thread and will eventually have the entire thing read, so feel free to link me to any articles, posts, or guides that are important. I printed the one guide that's so popular that starts out saying "Overclock is an art, a science and a way of life" and it's in a binder on my lap the whole time I'm overclocking or tweaking settings.Edited by CharliesTheMan - 8/8/13 at 11:56am