Originally Posted by cssorkinman
You should be well ahead of him in multiplayer BF3, are you sure everything is ok with your rig?
First off let me apologize for the above post. I can see how it may have potentially come off as "cross"...that was not my intent. Sometimes I fail to proof read from what I would call "another person's perspective", after reading my post in your quote, well, that was one of those posts. All due apologies if this was how I came off.
As far as I can tell my rig is ok, there is nothing wrong with it. I've not used Prime in many years, when I found my "stable" 4.8 GHz overclock it was with OCCT. I ran OCCT on a weekend morning starting at 7 a.m. and came back to it at 8 p.m. still running, no crashes, hiccups, etc. Since I don't actually use my computer for 13 hour intervals, I figured this test was more than what I needed to verify a stable overclock.
Right now, with the exception of the video card, I am back to stock (again with the exception of APM and all that crap, RAM voltage has also been upped to 1.6v for G.Skill Ripjaws X Series RAM 2 x 4 GB), even set the default RAM timings as per the label on the packaging.
The video card I recently "re-modded" to 1.212v, a 200% power target (which may never actually be acquired with only 1.212v, but hey, headroom
) and 100% fan speed. Though I did not mod the GPU clock at all with the firmware update, I run at +150 for GPU clock and +700 (down from +750 which was causing some long term instability) memory clock. This is on an EVGA GTX 670 FTW Edition 2GB card.
I know that even though ASUS has this supposedly "great" 'separately powered built in audio', it is still inferior to a damned good PCI audio card, which I lack at the moment, however, my friend is also using the built in audio on his Maximus, so I can't really use that as a weighing factor here. I suppose I "could" disable on board audio in BIOS and just test it out, but I seriously doubt this is the affecting issue.
Maybe there is something with the FX series that I am just completely missing, it would not be the first time.
When I "was" overclocking to 4.8 GHz I was running my RAM at 1866 MHz (tried at 2133 MHz a couple different times with "looser" timings but it just was not stable for whatever reason) with a CPU/NB of 2000 MHz and a HTLink of 2200 MHz. I had researched on this site and also on my own that unlike with my Phenom predecessor, the CPU/NB speed was calculated by RAM speed x 2, in this case 933 x2 which of course would equal 1866, and in BIOS the next closest thing (to 1866 MHz) for CPU/NB frequency is indeed 2000 MHz. In the case of the Phenom it would have been 933 x 3 which would have equated to 2800 CPU/NB frequency.
Maybe there is something different with the FX series than with the Phenom, but I never really ran an HTLink frequency of over 2200/2400 max.
I am trying to remember everything here off the top of my head without actually rebooting, going into my overclock profile, and writing all this down...
My RAM was at 1.6v even then, but my CPU/NB voltage I had raised to 1.3xxv (somewhere in the 1.3 range, don't remember exact decimal places after the first...). I believe my NB voltage was at 1.2xxv, and I don't recall touching the SB voltage. If I did alter the SB voltage, it would have been +1 of whatever the built in BIOS increment was. I never wanted to go too high with that, of course, maybe that's the problem.
All voltage/power switching was set to Ultra High or Extreme, whichever the higher of the two was in the options. CPU was set to an incredibly high (to me anyway) 1.44v (that was the lowest it would run stable at 4.8 GHz without a "one hour into OCCT crash"), but the temps never reached above 56 Celsius even under OCCT load (which I found impressive for that amount of friggen power being utilized by the CPU).
CPU Voltage Over-Current Protection I believe was set to 130%. (I believe 140% was maximum and RED in color, I kind of stayed away from that.)
CPU/NB Over-Current Protection was set to 130%. PWM Mode I believe was set to Extreme or Ultra High (the higher of the two allowed in BIOS, I just don't recall off the top of my head which one it is...).
Core C6 of course Disabled, HPC Disabled, C1E Disabled, Apm Master Mode Disabled, Cool n Quiet Disabled (I manually adjust my H100I fans in Corsair Link 2).
The memory I tightened up just a little, I am still not too familiar with "tightening" RAM timings, so I take it slow. The factory "default" for my RAM is 11-11-11-30. I believe I set it to something weak like 9-9-10-28 and kept it at 2T (1T caused instability.) That may not be the exactly what I had them timed to, I just don't recall.
If there is anything I missed please let me know, this is everything I could think of off the top of my head. Hopefully you'll see some kind of huge discrepancy in there and will be kind enough to let me know what it is.
Other than that I am at a stand still and honestly re-saving my money for an Intel build; that is, unless by some saving grace you are able to pinpoint the cause to my problem and help me overcome it, which would be absolutely terrific!
P.S. Sorry for the eye-bleeding term paper here...
P.P.S. Also sorry that I am sort of hijacking this thread with a potential "what is going wrong with my overclock?" question. Mods if you see it fit to move this please by all means it is not my intent to misplace posts in this forum.Edited by ThisMaySting - 4/1/13 at 11:07pm