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Unable to Overclock i7 3930 on a GA-X79S-UP5-WiFi

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In the BIOS, I'm unable to change the Clock Control Mode to Manual. It's stuck on Auto.

I've also tried enabling/disabling various Turbo, EIST, C1/3 settings. No dice. I'm still unable to switch to manual. Gear Ratio, CPU Clock Ratio, everything is stuck on auto.

I have a feeling that there is some preliminary step I'm missing that all of the guides and walkthroughs and videos fail to mention because it's assumed that you know to do it. Some other setting or switch that must first be switched to enable manually adjusting voltage and frequency on this board with this CPU?

Bought the board about two months ago. Using it with a i7 3930 and it shipped with the F3 BIOS installed.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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You also need to flash latest F4w BIOS in order to avoid throttling issues at high frequencies.
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4287#bios
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Thanks, Dex. That worked. I guess I should have RtMFM.

adridu59, thanks for the tip. I'm not seeing throttling when it's under load, however. But it does throttle down to a x12 multiplier and 1.5 gHz package when nothing's happening. To me, this seems fine. Less work, less power consumption? Or is this a bad kind of throttling?

I turned off the thermal monitor as several walkthroughs suggested. Perhaps this is allowing me to work at high freqs without throttling? By turning off that monitor, will it also disable the emergency shutdown when crit temps are reached?

Also, now I can't wake up the video card after it's put the display to sleep. I need to hard reboot. This is a hackintosh rig built from tonymacx86 specs. Do you have any idea if flashing the BIOS to F4w will fix the sleep issue? Or perhaps render some other aspect of the build unstable?
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Thanks, Sin. Do you have any thoughts on my other questions?
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The CPU has a built in thermal shutdown and even if you disable thermal monitoring, the CPU will still shut down, but you will see it throttle first. The only case where I have seen CPUs shut down is when like if your cooling fan dies and the temperature keeps rising even if the CPU throttles itself down to 16x and 0.9v.

The drop of frequency during idle is part of the EIST/C1E, C3/C6 states, you can disable them and frequency wont drop under idle, but IMo just leave it enabled.
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Ok. Thanks. I really appreciate the info.
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