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post #141 of 1595
Well, I AM new to Intel, this is my first build with it, so, how did it go?

I was slightly puzzled with the Extreme 6/GB CPU mounting. I was trying to install an XSPC Raystorm CPU block, and, I couldn't find any way to remove the standard CPU cooler mounting plate (front or back) so that I could put the backplate on for the Raystorm. So, I test fitted using the standard mounts it comes with, only using the screws that XSPC provided, and it worked PERFECTLY.

Next, the RAM. On advice from here, I bought some Samsung RAM. I punched the numbers into the Bios, running 9-9-9-24 at 1866. This memory and the board took it perfectly. (16GB at 4GB/Stick)

Then, 3 days of headaches with the Crucial M4 solid state drive. Random Freezes/Hangs, and hard freezes were occurring. I looked all over Crucials forums and others around the net, I did the LPM registry fix, tried different ports, nothing. Finally, I uninstalled the piece of crap Intel Rapid Storage application, and this thing boots to Desktop in just over 20 seconds, with everything loaded. No more freezes or hangs.

The EUFI bios are a little lackluster, in my opinion. While there are a lot of nice things about it, it just feels that they have left something out.

The Gameblaster audio card works VERY well, It's fitted into the bottom most PCI (not PCIE) slot. There's colors coming out of each audio port via LED light so you can accurately place your plug ins, which is nice as the audio card didn't come with any colored rings around the ports (a nice touch aesthetically.) Coming from standard onboard audio, the difference in sound is AMAZING. Sounds in BF3 or more vibrant, jets flying over actually feel like jets flying over.... just awesome!

My biggest complaint, is that there are TWO CPU fan headers, and neither of them scale well when turning the fans down. Sounds like a damn jet engine with two scythe fans running off of it. So, I am running one fan off the back on one CPU fan header, and the other is sitting there unused.
post #142 of 1595
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Did you have to do anything in the bios to use the game blaster in a different port? I think I remember trying to make it work in another PCI-E and couldn't get sound to work with it.
 
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post #143 of 1595
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Originally Posted by XNine View Post

Well, I AM new to Intel, this is my first build with it, so, how did it go?
I was slightly puzzled with the Extreme 6/GB CPU mounting. I was trying to install an XSPC Raystorm CPU block, and, I couldn't find any way to remove the standard CPU cooler mounting plate (front or back) so that I could put the backplate on for the Raystorm. So, I test fitted using the standard mounts it comes with, only using the screws that XSPC provided, and it worked PERFECTLY.
Next, the RAM. On advice from here, I bought some Samsung RAM. I punched the numbers into the Bios, running 9-9-9-24 at 1866. This memory and the board took it perfectly. (16GB at 4GB/Stick)
Then, 3 days of headaches with the Crucial M4 solid state drive. Random Freezes/Hangs, and hard freezes were occurring. I looked all over Crucials forums and others around the net, I did the LPM registry fix, tried different ports, nothing. Finally, I uninstalled the piece of crap Intel Rapid Storage application, and this thing boots to Desktop in just over 20 seconds, with everything loaded. No more freezes or hangs.
The EUFI bios are a little lackluster, in my opinion. While there are a lot of nice things about it, it just feels that they have left something out.
The Gameblaster audio card works VERY well, It's fitted into the bottom most PCI (not PCIE) slot. There's colors coming out of each audio port via LED light so you can accurately place your plug ins, which is nice as the audio card didn't come with any colored rings around the ports (a nice touch aesthetically.) Coming from standard onboard audio, the difference in sound is AMAZING. Sounds in BF3 or more vibrant, jets flying over actually feel like jets flying over.... just awesome!
My biggest complaint, is that there are TWO CPU fan headers, and neither of them scale well when turning the fans down. Sounds like a damn jet engine with two scythe fans running off of it. So, I am running one fan off the back on one CPU fan header, and the other is sitting there unused.

Are there profiles in the uefi that allow you to adjust the fan speed? This makes me think I should buy a fan controller when I order my 3820.
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post #144 of 1595
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Did you have to do anything in the bios to use the game blaster in a different port? I think I remember trying to make it work in another PCI-E and couldn't get sound to work with it.
Honestly, I didn't even try. The manual (who reads those? I do, lol) stated to try the audio card in the bottom most port, which is PCI, and it worked without a hitch.
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Are there profiles in the uefi that allow you to adjust the fan speed? This makes me think I should buy a fan controller when I order my 3820.

There are, but they don't seem to really be effective. Some of the fan headers have option on how high or low you can set them (1-9, Auto), but some are only Auto/Full on, which are the exact same thing. Considering my CPU temp is sitting at 32C right now, the fans don't need to be at full blast. This is really my biggest issue with the board. I since move the CPU fans over to my Aquaero unit, and only have the rear exhaust on the CPU header. All is much quieter now.
post #145 of 1595
SO I've got some OC results this morning. Honestly, this was all done in a few hours this morning after doing some X79/SB-E research, it was pretty easy compared tuning a high-end 775 OC.

GOAL: 5.0GHz 24/7 with EIST/C States enabled, max temps under 86C, VCore offset used for dynamic VID (VCore decreases with CPU mutliplier).

SO FAR: I'm OC-ing with fixed VCore so I can find max clocks easier, EIST and C-States enabled (then hopefully move to an offset OC for a nice low-voltage idle). I can hit 4.6 at 1.4VCore, LLC level 2, all else Auto, PLL Overvoltage Disabled. I can hit 4.8GHz at 1.46VCore, LLC Level 2, PLL OV Enabled, all else Auto. The difference from 4.6 to 4.8GHz temps at full load is over 10C, and .06V VCore difference. That's alot. I've watched VTT, PLL and VCCSA since they're on auto, and they're staying fixed at 1.129, 1.811 and 1.201 respectively.

Some screens:

340

This was the max temp during OCCT loading, 84C. Pretty hot, 4.6 full load was only 72C. The tubes/rads in my loop are noticeably warm at load.

282

OCCT completed without errors at 4.8GHz.

I did 3dmark06 as a baseline, since it's CPU-limited.

700

Stock vs 4.8GHz. Quite an improvement.

700

4.5GHz vs 4.8GHz. Still going up!

Basically, 4.6 would be a nice safe-voltage OC for this rig, but what fun is that? I'm going to keep going on the multiplier to see what kind of volts are needed for 5.0, but I'm certainly going to go too high on temps. Next will have to be a larger main RAD. Until then, I'll work on 4.8 or 4.9 with VCore offset instead of fixed to see if I can get a stable dynamic-VID OC.
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post #146 of 1595
Working desktop at 5.0/1.46.

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post #147 of 1595
3dmark06 5.0 vs 4.8GHz.

700

Going to run OCCT and see if she blows.....

*EDIT* OCCT bluescreen at 5.0/1.46. I think I'm done for the day. going to play around with 4.8 for a while.
Edited by 2thAche - 3/25/12 at 1:05pm
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post #148 of 1595
hey i have to do a review ion this extreme 4, and can someone tell me LLC, level 1 is stronger than level 5 still right?

Also speed step needs to be enabled? What else do I have to change to make 5ghz work? i am having issues trying to get a decent OC with this board.
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post #149 of 1595
Level 2 keeps things the most constant. Level 1 overvolts. Level 5 is the most slope, level 1 the least.

Hardware Canuck's review here.

I only started today but all I needed for benchmark-stable 5.0 was VCore 1.46, PLL Overvoltage ON, 50x100. I never turned EIST or c-states off, so I can't comment on that. I haven't touched VTT or VCCA yet, but only running DDR3 1866. See my posts from today, 5.0 should not be too hard since it was your guide I started with, and it only took me a morning.

I'd help you more but I haven't played with it for that long yet.

OH and there are TWO thermal protection settings to disable, one for CPU and one for VRM. One is obvious, the other is at the bottom of the Hardware Monitor page in UEFI.
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post #150 of 1595
hey thanks, yea i ended up getting it to work, but i need a lot of vcore just like on other boards. Anyways i found that disabling PLL overvoltage helped getting me to boot into windows at 5g. Thanks for the help, i was wondering about the LLC and thanks for your answer. Yea i helped the guy write parts of that review dealing with the vrm.

like MSi this board has them same pll behavior, if you boot into BIOS set what you want and then restart and go back into the BIOS and disable CPu PLL you can set a higher multiplier. i didn't think it would work on this board, but it did. Its an extreme4 btw.

yea i think the 5G and 2400mhz are good tho.
Edited by Sin0822 - 3/25/12 at 5:01pm
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X99 Main Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 5960X Extreme Edition @ 4.5GHz Always Changing VisonTek R9 290 G.Skill Ripjaws 4 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 @ 3200MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 128GB M.2 PCI-E 4x SSD Apotop 256GB SSD 1.82TB NAS Noctua NH-D15 with both fans 
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Win7 Pro Enermax 1000W 
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