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I've read through the Intel OC guide for Beginners but I'm not sure if I should actually start there. I found a link on here a few days ago that lead to a post about finding your max base clock. Is that really where I should start? Anyway, here's a run down of my hardware. Let me know if I should start with the base clock thing or just go with the Intel OC guide here. Thanks.

Mobo: MSI-X58M
CPU: i7 960 @ 4.0GHz (currently 200 x 20, all voltages Auto)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H-70 (push/pull intake)
RAM: 12GB Patriot Sector 7
GPU: EVGA GTX 550 Ti
PS: Kingwin 850W
SSD: Kingston 64GB
HDD: WD Caviar .5 T

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The pic is from last week, it's pretty close to how my airflow is now. I need to take some newer pictures, a task for tomorrow.
Edited by unforgivensc2 - 4/10/12 at 7:39pm
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4.0GHz on a 960? Sounds good to me. Any reason you want to go higher?
     
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In short: because I can.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by unforgivensc2 View Post

In short: because I can.

Hah, I did forget this is Overclock.net.

Well, I would recommend trying to find someone (via Google) that has used your exact same mobo and a 920/930/950/960 (whatever models there are) to see what they accomplished and the BIOS settings they changed. If you can't, just Google some X58 overclocking guides as they differ from SB and SB-E. I've never worked with the X58 platform directly, but I have assisted a friend get his 920 to 4.2GHz @ 1.4V. The X58 CPUs just don't overclock as far as SB from what I see, so don't expect 5.0GHz, hah. Also, watch your temps with just a H70 cooling it.
     
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So there I was using my machine and BLAM!! BSoD - 9C. My machine is at 4.0GHz and had been since late last week. Any ideas why it just now decided to go TU?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by unforgivensc2 View Post

So there I was using my machine and BLAM!! BSoD - 9C. My machine is at 4.0GHz and had been since late last week. Any ideas why it just now decided to go TU?

Happens pretty frequently. Its just because your overclock isn't actually stable. No matter how much testing and stressing you do, you'll never know. My guess is since you have voltage set to auto.
     
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post #7 of 13
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So let me see if I have my math right.

base clock x 4 = FSB
base clock x multi = core speed

So if my memory is 1333MHz then I should make my base clock 334 to have a 1:1 ratio?
So I'll have to up my VTT until 334 is stable?

At 334 base clock my multi should be 12 for a 4.0GHz core speed.
Then I'll have to manual up my vcore until 4.0 is stable?

Here is my current CPU-z, if that actually helps.
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Edited by unforgivensc2 - 4/11/12 at 9:45am
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post #8 of 13
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4.0GHz on a 960? Sounds good to me. Any reason you want to go higher?

I've thought about what I really want out of my build: that is sync'd clocking and top performance.
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post #9 of 13
I'm not a fan of modifying base clock beyond 100, just change the multipler and increase the voltage to a level you feel comfortable keeping the temps in check too. I think you're fine at 4ghz though all things considered.
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So you are saying to not go beyond 300 base clock?

First, thank god for Excel.

I think I figured out the relationship between my base clock and my Northbridge/FSB.. My NB freq = base clock * quad pumped * 4. Is that correct or did I make a wrong turn somewhere?

I'm trying to get RAM to be fully utilized.
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I'm not a fan of modifying base clock beyond 100, just change the multipler and increase the voltage to a level you feel comfortable keeping the temps in check too. I think you're fine at 4ghz though all things considered.

My lowest multiplier for my mobo is 12. I am fine staying at 4.0GHz, just wanting to optimize my setting to fully use my hardware.
Edited by unforgivensc2 - 4/11/12 at 11:58am
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