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Looks like you forgot to install your Intel USB 3.0 driver.

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The other posters have you on the right track. For my 3770K this is what I did:
1) Used Asus TurboV Evo in Windows to get a ballpark of what the CPU could do (4.5GHz around 1.3V) - took about 10min
2) Used XMP mode + manual Vcore in UEFI (all other settings including LLC auto) dropping .1V at a time and then stress testing in Windows to find a stable load Vcore, ended up at 1.192V
3) Switched to offset mode with LLC still on auto and figured out I needed about +0.06V to get it to hit 1.2V on 100% load - problem with this is less droop at idle/medium loads resulted in slightly higher temps/vcore in those states (I do not use my machine at 100% load ever other than stability testing, so I wanted to optimize for idle/desktop and gaming which is all I do other than rare encoding).
4) Put LLC on medium (25%, the lowest non-auto setting) and ended up with +0.04V offset. This results in 1.2V on 100% LinX/Prime95 load, about 1.23V in gaming (BF3) and 0.976V on idle at 1.6GHz
I left all other settings (PLL) including all power saving on auto, the CPU clocks down to 1.6GHz on idle. Memory is on XMP.

Thanks for the advice, looks like you got a nice chip! Mine, on the other hand....I have everything on auto, multi x 45, XMP mode and manual vcore at 1.230v. AIDA says 1.240v in Windows (why do I seem to have the opposite of vdroop?!?), and 1.276v VID. I crash after 90 seconds of OCCT CPU Linpack with AVX. I'll have to wait until the weekend when I'll have more time to play with it, but I don't think I'll get my vcore as low as yours!
Edited by Camberwell - 6/14/12 at 8:16am
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Is there really any benefit of having Asus "own" realtek audio drivers installed? Or should I just uninstall those and install the stock linked from Realteks site? Anyone have an opinion regarding this?
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Is there really any benefit of having Asus "own" realtek audio drivers installed? Or should I just uninstall those and install the stock linked from Realteks site? Anyone have an opinion regarding this?

Realteck ones are generic. Asus ones may have small changes made to them to better work with the board.
In any case there should be no difference in quality, so it is better to stay with the Asus ones, unless you experience problems.
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Realteck ones are generic. Asus ones may have small changes made to them to better work with the board.
In any case there should be no difference in quality, so it is better to stay with the Asus ones, unless you experience problems.

Not really. It's the same driver, packaged with Asus' installation files. When you install the one from Realtek, it will say Asus on the control panel - the same goes with Gigabyte, MSI, etc.
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Is there really any benefit of having Asus "own" realtek audio drivers installed? Or should I just uninstall those and install the stock linked from Realteks site? Anyone have an opinion regarding this?

Try the one from Realtek's website. Asus takes FOREVER to post anything recent.
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Jacer200 thats a kool destop is that a program to make up that gui ?

You could always draw it on the background, and move your icons to the boxes.
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You could always draw it on the background, and move your icons to the boxes.

Ah, but "fences" has scroll bars....biggrin.gif
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So a little update to my post above: after upping the vcore in stages up from my initial manual 1.230v (everything else on auto, multi x 45), I ended up with 1.256v stable at 100% load, a little higher than I had hoped but there you go.

Then I switched to Offset mode, and played with every combination of positive and negative offset combined with different levels of LLC, and I ended up with LLC = 50% (Medium) and +0.005v offset. This gives me 1.280v at idle, and 1.264v at full load. The next lowest setting flipflopped between 1.256v and 1.248v at 100% load and it was just not stable.

Only strange thing is that it won't drop down to 1.6GHz when idling (2.5GHz is the lowest I've seen), this is with SpeedStep and all C states etc enabled.

Stress testing with OCCT Linpack + AVX gave cpu temps of 59/60C, with the highest core around 79C (with a peak at 82C), so all in all not the lowest vcore but temps are very reasonable. Now onto the real testing, after I re-install BF3 smile.gif
Edited by Camberwell - 6/15/12 at 10:22am
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So a little update to my post above: after upping the vcore in stages up from my initial manual 1.230v (everything else on auto, multi x 45), I ended up with 1.256v stable at 100% load, a little higher than I had hoped but there you go.
Then I switched to Offset mode, and played with every combination of positive and negative offset combined with different levels of LLC, and I ended up with LLC = 50% (Medium) and +0.005v offset. This gives me 1.280v at idle, and 1.264v at full load. The next lowest setting flipflopped between 1.256v and 1.248v at 100% load and it was just not stable.
Only strange thing is that it won't drop down to 1.6GHz when idling (2.5GHz is the lowest I've seen), this is with SpeedStep and all C states etc enabled.
Stress testing with OCCT Linpack + AVX gave cpu temps of 59/60C, with the highest core around 79C (with a peak at 82C), so all in all not the lowest vcore but temps are very reasonable. Now onto the real testing, after I re-install BF3 smile.gif

The idle voltage should be lower than load if you are using offset + LLC, something is borked. Are you sure Speedstep, EIST and all C-states are enabled? With those settings your idle vcore (depends on your chip) should be around 0.95-0.98V and running at 1.6GHz (make sure you don't have demanding background apps running, let it sit at desktop for 5 min after boot to settle).

Load temps look fine, mine are only a few degrees less at 1.2V after 2 hours of LinX (AVX), I find BF3 is about 20C less on the cores than LinX (55-60C vs. 70-80C).
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