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Well, It finally happened, after RMAing my bad p5b, everything is together and working great. All I can say is damn, this thing is smoking fast. I have a few questions about overclocking before I totally jump right to it, although I've had her up to 3.4, 425x8, for one session of 3dmark

1. Temp--My stock idle temps as I'm typing this is 22-23c, bear in mind my room is probably 16c. I've read that the maximum temperature us OCers want is 55c, is that right? Oh, and how quickly do these processors hit their max temps. I had her at 3.15, the vcore at 1.375 i believe don't quote and the temp skyrocketed very quickly to i think 42c, then slowly over the course of 10 or so minutes rose to 45c and stayed there. My question is, is 10 mins long enough to determine max temps, i was using tat BTW. Also, what is the best way to extract the highest temp possible out of an OC: orthos, dual prime, TAT??????

2. Memory Voltage--I have 2gb of crucial Ballistix that are rated for ddr2-1000 at 2.2v, however in my bios thats not an option. Only auto, 2.15 and 2,25 are the closest. Can I trust auto ot will it pump the voltage in the background or would it be better to put them at 2.25 or 2.15

3. CPU voltage--Here is where i really need the juice of knowledge. I kind of blindly set it at 1.3785, I believe it was around there, and I was at least 10 mins TAT and one session of 3dmark stable. But see, I don't know if thats high or what. I read about people having them as high as 1.55 or even higher. Is it better to start at 1.45 then work your way down until you become unstable? Oh and vdroop, is the difference between the bios setting and the cpu-z reading right?, which one is true, which one do you have to worry about? What are reasonable settings for vcore for maybe a 3.2ish e6600?

4. Other voltages--Is it safe to just keep it at auto for the other voltages like north and south bridges, if it isn't, what are the preferable settings.

5. Does having a higher memory than fsb improve performance or is it better to leave it at 1:1, I've heard both sides, but what really is the best for gaming in general


Sorry for so many nubby questions, I tried searching but couldn't find anything that fit me just right. I appreciate any comments and help. Oh, and of course rep for anybody who can say something intelligent for helping a needy nub.

PS. Sorry for spelling mistakes, I would
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Damn, this is going to be one long ass post to respond to, but here we go:

Answer:
1-I don't know what BT VX is. So for a room at 16c (60f), of course the idle and full temps are going to have an impact. So wait till your CPU hit its full load potential and record the temp.
Yes 55c should be the highest IMO, 60c will be pushing it with a 3rd party cooler overclocked.
Orthos or TAT can easily push your CPU to its limits and you'll see how quickly those temps get higher. So yes, 10min should be enough.

2-Memory voltage. Depends on what ratio you're using the 2.2v. So yes, trust AUTO in case you're using a 1:1 or set it manually to 2.2v to give it that extra stability kick just in case. I do.

3-Vc, the E6600's voltages range from 0.850V-1.3525V and some CPUs overclock better than others, so you're basically going to have to find out how good of a CPU you got there. If you're going to OC higher than 3.20ghz, I think you should start at 1.43xx or 1.45xx. AT 3.60ghz, your CPU may require a 1.60V.

4-It's best to keep 'em at AUTO as long as you hit or go above 400mhz on a 1:1 ratio? Then change them and add the value that you want, once they start turning into yellow. There other several type of setting that don't require a voltage chaning, just disabling and enabling, those you have to take into count as well.

5-Best is a 1:1 but I personally prefer and recommend a 4:5. While I don't see a day and night difference running my RAM with higher frequencies than my CPU's? I see a itsy-bitsy tiny of the tiniest difference in increase performance for "some" application, in games as well but not all, just some.
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In the bios, it doesnt list 2.20v, would it be better to put it on 2.15,2.25 or auto?
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post #4 of 8
2.25v then.

Now what do you mean by "In the bios, it doesnt list 2.20v"?

I got the same P5B Deluxe as you and I can choose the Vdimm in 0.05V increment.

Do you have the latest BIOS?
post #5 of 8
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I believe my bios is 804.

heres a short list of available voltages:There are some lower and some higher, but doesnt list 2.20
Auto
2.10
2.15
2.25
2.30
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Oops! That's right, you can't in the BIOS but in AISuite, AIBooster allows increments of 0.05v:


But do the 2.25v for assurance.
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Thanks Nasgul, is a little weird that 2.20v isnt listed in bios, but whatever. Just ran 3dmark06 at 3.375ghz with memory at ddr2-1125@2.25 volts, 7950gt at 655 and 1692 mem and got a score of 6732.

Oh yeah. Merry X-Mas to all. And may santa bring my x-fi ans my headphones
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Nice OC you v-mod the 7950GT???
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