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post #7081 of 7957
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you could start with a really simple OC
set base clock to 180
make sure the memory speed is set to a default of 1333 mhz (what X5660 multiplier will allow) before the base clock is taken into affect
set the uncore to 3000 or as close as possible.
keep the QPI Link on lowest setting (not slow)
Memory will be dependent on where you base clock sets everything. 180 base clock should put the memory at 1800mhz
Set your memory timings manually, can be found in CPU-Z memory SPD tab.

Start with these voltages as a very simple guideline.

CPU Vcore 1.3 should be more than enough for 3.78 ghz
QPI/VTT 1.3 as well.
Memory voltage set to what ever is spec for the kit


The voltages will likely be able to run much lower, but that is a good starting point. will allow you to get a decent clock, and drop the voltages quite a bit.

Then you could play with higher base clocks.
test stability with prime 95 Large FFT's, fast to show errors.
watch your temps, keep it under 70°C
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Quick and dirty.
In bios: multiplier 21
bus speed 196
memory x8
ram timings 9-9-9-24 1t

Cpu vcore 1.30v
Qpi/Vtt 1.27-1.30v

Run Intel Burn Test on very high 20 passes for stability and prime 4-8h.

This will bring her to almost 4.2. I would start a little smaller for a very first time over clocking
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Hi Elizabeth,

I started learnig X58 overclocking with this guide:

http://www.techreaction.net/2010/09/07/3-step-overclocking-guide-bloomfield-and-gulftown/

The nice thing about it is that it explains how to find your overclock step by step, narrowing the oveclocking down to one aspect of the system at a time. I recommend that you get familiar with the components and their relationships first, and then try to achieve a mild overclock by following one of the presets listed in the guide.
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I too read this guide many moons ago rambo.gif
Great read, set some time aside
Much to learn you have
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In the meantime I've crossflashed the P6T SE with the P6T WS Pro BIOS to overcome turbo throttling, but, well, I'm getting slighhtly lower scores in Cinebench 15 at my favorite 186*22 preset. Maybe it's relaated to the 3400 vs 3000 MHz uncore speed difference. Not sure how fast thee uncore waas on the EVGA when I got 951 CB. To this moment I've only got 931 or so. Not a big deal but I'm definitely OCD when it comes to that kind of stuff biggrin.gif

P.S. Should've bought that RIVG for $200 silly me!

DRKrieger, wasn't it, like, you, who said "don't run above 2000 MHz RAM on X58 for the IMC is fragile"? What's that speed in your sig, if I may ask?
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This will bring her to almost 4.2. I would start a little smaller for a very first time over clocking

4.1 to be precise which is easy to do with a noctua cooler and moderate mb/cpu.180x21 is too moderate,i would go for at least 190x21 with the settings i gave,but that's just me time is precious to spend all day incrementaly increasing 0.5 and testing for an hour.She should start from 4ghz imo and 1.3v vcore and test with setting in bios posted.
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In the meantime I've crossflashed the P6T SE with the P6T WS Pro BIOS to overcome turbo throttling, but, well, I'm getting slighhtly lower scores in Cinebench 15 at my favorite 186*22 preset. Maybe it's relaated to the 3400 vs 3000 MHz uncore speed difference. Not sure how fast thee uncore waas on the EVGA when I got 951 CB. To this moment I've only got 931 or so. Not a big deal but I'm definitely OCD when it comes to that kind of stuff biggrin.gif

P.S. Should've bought that RIVG for $200 silly me!

DRKrieger, wasn't it, like, you, who said "don't run above 2000 MHz RAM on X58 for the IMC is fragile"? What's that speed in your sig, if I may ask?

LOL.. Yes that is a 2000+ ram speed setting. I know I know!!! It was my X5670 that bit the dust. I am giving this speed a bit to bake in and see if it is a viable setting.

As for your cinebench score, the drop in uncore of that amount may cause a mild drop in score.
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4.1 to be precise which is easy to do with a noctua cooler and moderate mb/cpu.180x21 is too moderate,i would go for at least 190x21 with the settings i gave,but that's just me time is precious to spend all day incrementaly increasing 0.5 and testing for an hour.She should start from 4ghz imo and 1.3v vcore and test with setting in bios posted.

Either way, both will get her started. Just don't want to get ahead yourself, and loose track of what may be unstable.

Step by step, and find some comfy voltages.
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Hi guys,

I'm new here and looking for instructions for overclocking my x5660. My rig:

Mobo: Asus p6x58d premium
CPU: Intel Xeon x5660 & noctua cooler
GPU: Asus R9 290 4gb
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 12gb 2000mhz (3x4gb)
PSU: Zalman ZM-850HP
SSD: Samsung 830 240gb

Question is that I don't know nothing about overclocking so what should I do? I'm satisfied with 3.6ghz-4ghz and sticking with air cooling.

This community is so supportive that even I had courage to ask from you guys! Thanks from advance from your expertise!

Which Noctua cooler? I'd probably start off at around 3.6ghz and work your way up from there. Something I always like to do is set all of the voltages in the bios to Normal, this is shown on the right side when each voltage setting is selected. This will prevent the board from pushing voltages up when it isn't needed.

There are a few good guides for overclocking x58 the one posted above is a pretty good starting point, one thing I'd highly recommend is making sure you have a good backup of your system as overclocking can corrupt the system files when it crashes, it is rare but it happens. Overclocking x58 is not quite as easy as some of the newer platforms, so I'd recommend taking your time to learn what each setting does. You can try some of the settings above, but I'd highly recommend figuring out what is best for your system.

A few recommendations:
Vcore: max 1.35v
VTT/QPI Voltage: max 1.35v
Vram voltage: max 1.65v (dependant on your memory, keep at 1.5v if that's what your memory is)
PLL voltage: Usually no reason to go above 1.8v, so keep it there unless you have major trouble getting things stable. If you need to bump this up make sure to never go above 1.9v
Uncore: Keep this between 2800-3200mhz

Each chip will overclock differently, if you have a very good chip you may see as high as 4.4ghz at 1.3v, if you have a average chip you'll see around 4.1ghz at 1.3v, if you have a bad chip you may see as low as 3.4ghz at 1.3v. So just take your time to figure out what is best for your setup.

I can post a few screenshots of how my (P6T Deluxe v2) bios looks at say 4ghz for reference if needed.
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If you reduce the thread count on Intel burn Test to 6, instead of running it at 12.

reduced from 12 to 6 the result is 79 G / flops

the result is low?
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