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Just finished my build and I haven't built a PC in years, man the BIOS's have changed! I wanted to ping someone here who may have this board that can help me figure out what the optimal settings are (without choosing optimal settings of course) har har. Here's my build:

Cooler Master HAF XB Case
AMD FX-8320
16GB (8x2) 1866mhz RAM (I had to manually select 1866 in BIOS otherwise it would default at 1333 ????)
Kuhler 620 cpu cooler
(2) 1TB HDD RAID
(1) 64GB SSD (OS Drive)

One other thing I should note is that I plugged my (3pin) fans onto my motherboard which are in a (4pin) configuration. I also had the option of plugging the fans (2 front + 1 radiator) directly to the power supply. Which one is better? Am I able to control these speeds being the pin numbers are not the same?

I think that's enough info, but I don't know where to start in the BIOS really, all the memory tweaking and stuff. I'm using this server as a Server 2012 Hyper-V Host fyi.

Thanks fellas!
Edited by DirtMcGirt - 5/17/13 at 1:06pm
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Originally Posted by DirtMcGirt View Post

Just finished my build and I haven't built a PC in years, man the BIOS's have changed! I wanted to ping someone here who may have this board that can help me figure out what the optimal settings are (without choosing optimal settings of course) har har. Here's my build:

Cooler Master HAF XB Case
AMD FX-8320
16GB (8x2) 1866mhz RAM (I had to manually select 1866 in BIOS otherwise it would default at 1333 ????)
Kuhler 620 cpu cooler
(2) 1TB HDD RAID
(1) 64GB SSD (OS Drive)

One other thing I should note is that I plugged my (3pin) fans onto my motherboard which are in a (4pin) configuration. I also had the option of plugging the fans (2 front + 1 radiator) directly to the power supply. Which one is better? Am I able to control these speeds being the pin numbers are not the same?

I think that's enough info, but I don't know where to start in the BIOS really, all the memory tweaking and stuff. I'm using this server as a Server 2012 Hyper-V Host fyi.

Thanks fellas!

AM3+ I know for sure automatically downclocks the RAM when it is in Dual-Channel mode by default. It did the same on my M5A99FX Pro 2.0 board with my 1866 RAM.

Fans: Plug them into the motherboard. 4-Pin PWM fans control RPMs based on temps and the presets in your BIOS for CPU fans. I know for sure if you plug them into your PSU directly that they will spin at top speed no matter what.

Honestly, "tweaking" your BIOS comes down to personal preferences. Do you mean like overclock/voltage settings?
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the IMC speed is 1333mhz so it's always going to downclock unless you run XMP profile, not just cause of it being dual channel. i own a 990FX Sabertooth as well a 990XA-UD3 with a 955BE. redface.gif i've actually ran in single channel and still downclock itself to 1333mhz until i used the XMP profile my ram has.


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Originally Posted by DirtMcGirt View Post

Just finished my build and I haven't built a PC in years, man the BIOS's have changed! I wanted to ping someone here who may have this board that can help me figure out what the optimal settings are (without choosing optimal settings of course) har har. Here's my build:

Cooler Master HAF XB Case
AMD FX-8320
16GB (8x2) 1866mhz RAM (I had to manually select 1866 in BIOS otherwise it would default at 1333 ????)
Kuhler 620 cpu cooler
(2) 1TB HDD RAID
(1) 64GB SSD (OS Drive)

One other thing I should note is that I plugged my (3pin) fans onto my motherboard which are in a (4pin) configuration. I also had the option of plugging the fans (2 front + 1 radiator) directly to the power supply. Which one is better? Am I able to control these speeds being the pin numbers are not the same?

I think that's enough info, but I don't know where to start in the BIOS really, all the memory tweaking and stuff. I'm using this server as a Server 2012 Hyper-V Host fyi.

Thanks fellas!

optimal settings varies person to person, chip to chip, motherboard to motherboard (even if they're the same motherboard there still can be variant's between the two that won't work with one or another in terms of settings). i usually plug all my fans to the Molex connectors on the PSU so that i get the maximum rpm the fan can do. i've never had a problem with that method, this is with me running 5 Scythe Ultra Kaze 3000RPM Fans which are extremely loud and do consume a decent amount of power.
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the IMC speed is 1333mhz so it's always going to downclock unless you run XMP profile, not just cause of it being dual channel. i own a 990FX Sabertooth as well a 990XA-UD3 with a 955BE. redface.gif i've actually ran in single channel and still downclock itself to 1333mhz until i used the XMP profile my ram has.

Good to know, I've been attributing it to the wrong factor this whole time.
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Asus D.O.C.P loads XMP profiles on AMD motherboards. AMD doesn't have the license from Intel to use XMP.
They just released their own version [AMP] that works with AMD and Intel (along with having default JEDEC settings)


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Serial presence detect (SPD) refers to a standardized way to automatically access information about a computer memory module. Earlier 72-pin SIMMs included 5 pins which provided 5 bits of parallel presence detect (PPD) data, but the 168-pin DIMM standard changed to a serial presence detect to encode much more information

When an ordinary modern computer is turned on, it starts by doing a power-on self-test (POST). Since about the mid-1990s, this process includes automatically configuring the hardware currently present. SPD is a memory hardware feature that makes it possible for the computer to know what memory is present, and what timings to use to access the memory.
Some computers adapt to hardware changes completely automatically. In most cases, there is a special optional procedure for accessing BIOS parameters, to view and potentially make changes in settings. It may be possible to control how the computer uses the memory SPD data—to choose which settings to use, to selectively modify the memory timings, or possibly to completely over-ride the SPD data (see overclocking).

In order for a memory module to support SPD, the JEDEC standards require certain parameters to be placed in the lower 128 bytes of an EEPROM located on the memory module. These bytes contain timing parameters, manufacturer, serial number and other useful information about the module. This data allows a device utilizing the memory to automatically determine key parameters of the module. For example, the SPD data on an SDRAM module might provide information about the CAS latency, allowing this to be correctly set without user intervention.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_presence_detect

XMP (EXtreme Memory Profile) Intel-developed JEDEC SPD extension for DDR3 SDRAM DIMMs. This uses bytes 176–255, which are unallocated by JEDEC, to encode higher-performance memory timings

AMD AMP (AMD Memory Profiles) - Multiple SPD Profiles (Enthusiast Overclocking, Mainstream Overclocking, Green Computing)
http://www.radeonmemory.com/amp_technology.php






AMD Bulldozer and Piledriver Overclocking Guide - Asus Motherboard
http://www.overclock.net/t/1348623/amd-bulldozer-and-piledriver-overclocking-guide-asus-motherboard
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post #6 of 18
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Thanks fellas, so what's up with this issue.

I have 2 1TB HDDs and 1 SSD. How can I RAID the 2 TB HDDs and leave the SSD (OS Only) alone and have everything boot normall? This MoBo has a 1-4 and a 5-6. My hardware is my SSD, (2) 1TB HDDs and a DVD drive. I put the OS on the SSD then Raid'd the 2 HDDs now the thing just loop boots.
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Keep SSD and HDD on 1st four SATA ports (Optic Drive on port 5 or 6)

Best way is to set motherboard BIOS SATA to RAID mode. have the latest AMD chipset drivers on USB flash drive
or you could use the motherboard CD. hold CTRL+F to get into RAID utility. build your array. save and reboot.
boot Windows CD. push F6. then load AMD RAID drivers.



what you might want to do the 'dirty' way by adding a RAID array to your current setup. leaving your SSD OS the way it is.
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Here's the change you need to make while in windows under ahci.

run regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\iaStorV

Change the Start REG_DWORD from 3 to 0

Restart into bios, change to raid and it should not bsod when booting up.
[medo145]


haven't don't this way myself but you should work. to install the AMD RAID chipset drivers in your current
OS, regedit, then reboot. switch BIOS SATA mode from AHCI to RAID. go into AMD RAID utility. build your array.
boot into Windows.


Before doing anything you should backup your information (image your SSD)
Creating a Recovery Disc Set in Windows 7



AMD Chipset Drivers [latest]
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/raid_windows.aspx


[OCZ] How to enable IDE, AHCI, n/m RAID mode without reinstalling.
http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?57789-How-to-enable-Ide-Ahci-n-m-raid-mode-without-reinstalling&s=748afbff58b1a3b778165bb91ec63af9
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post #8 of 18
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Thanks Heuchler. I loaded the RAID driver ok and everything is cool!
Edited by DirtMcGirt - 5/18/13 at 12:55am
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very nice. are you going RAID 0 or RAID 1 ?

if striping I would make a small 100GB partition on each drive (200GB total).
Short-stroked 64KB. and dump older games or not so much used applications on it.

SteamMover or you can manually move installed apps/games then use windows symbolic link.
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I just did a raid 0 on the 2 drives. Using the server for Hyper-V so didnt really need to keep a small 100gb partition for anything
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