Originally Posted by Chapperz
Thanks very much i took someones advice and went to the intel section and low and behold my motherboard had options to fine tune it to 3 preset speeds 3.2 was the highest
but still a nice surprise that they are thinking of us noobs
So here is what i have done so far please tell me if i have made any errors
As mention by a senior poster on the post i read http://www.overclock.net/t/1354431/i7-870-asus-p7p55d-overclock-expectations
very helpful cheers
i set the BCLK to 180 unfortunately i couldn't figure out how to change voltage manually the post recommends 1.28v mine is at 1.344v (IS THIS BAD?)
i disabled speed step and boost tech as instructed changed the modifier to 22x
So i now have my cpu is running at 3972 core speed i assume that's 3.9 up from the old 2.9 (is this correct seams like a massive jump for very little work?)
i ran prime95 Torture test for 1.5 hours with 42 tests completed and 0 errors or warnings (Not sure how long i am meant to run it for or what this means)
My CPU temps are 34-36 degrees across the 4 cores idle and i believe they were around 86-89 loaded during torture test (again i have no idea what a safe temp is sorry again)
Thanks again all i hope i haven't screwed u too much
Hey great job, it sounds like you made some huge progress!
1.344v is actually a great voltage to be at with that kind of overclock - it sounds like you have a very nice chip! For temperatures, I would say 86 - 89 is a little warmer than I'd be comfortable with for 24/7 use, but now you can start fine-tuning the overclock. You'll want to start lowering the cpu voltage little by little to see the minimum needed to keep the 3.9 frequency, or you can lower the BCLK a little to get some more head room on your cpu voltage (it depends on what you're aiming for in the end
Your idle temps look very good, and for load temperatures I'd recommend trying to aim for about mid 70's to low 80's max for 24/7 use. You can go higher if you want, those temps are just what I would aim for on air cooling.
It sounds like you learned a lot over 1 night so keep reading up and the more you learn, the more fun you'll have with it, and the more you can do with your system. Also, sometimes things can get lost in translation when having text conversations - most the people are trying to be helpful (though there are occasional silly comments on grammar lol), so I'd say try not to be offended as they might not have meant it the same way you read it
Keep it up Chapperz, I think we have a future overclocker in the making!