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Last night I finally decided to give the Overclocking a try.
Singularity Computers (youtube.com) and Asus has fantastic explanation and how to in overclocking basics. The R4BE board is pretty darn fantastic - yeah I got a few no post boot and I simply hit the RESET CMOS button on the IO panel and boila I was back in with my default settings.

At the time I have the RAM at 2133mhz and the CPU at 4.3GHZ - I will most likely try to push the CPU a little higher however at these settings wow what a difference in speed when I open my apps an use the apps. I noticed that my temperature where a bit high at full load. After a slight research on this it seems that I will be changing out the Thermal Paste on the H100i with Prolimatech PK-1 thermal paste (the robocop pc builder used this and highly recommends it.) I will also get three SP120mm fans to change out the three AF120mm front air intake.

more on this at a later time.....

P.S. I am trying to log my experience, steps, issues, etc. in this log as well.
   
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OVERCLOCKING IN PROGRESS - 8 Days and Counting

I've been researching on Youtube, On ASUS and JJ from Asus videos and other overclocker tutorials including overclock.net forums and going thru the R4BE user manual on trying to get a grasp on the options in the BIOS in order to fully try to understand how to overclock.

I currently have the i7-4930k overclocked and STABLE at 4.6GHZ with a VCORE Voltage of 1.290

Using the Ai Overclock Tuner set to X.M.P. the following settings were set:
  • X.M.P. DDR3-2132 - 9-11-11-31-2N-1.65v-120v
  • CPU Core Ratio - Sync All Cores - Ratio set to 46 for all cores (this is the Multiplier)
  • CPU VCore Voltage Set To Manual Mode which is the Default. The CPU VCORE Manual Voltage changed from the default of Auto to 1.290.
    I tried 1.280 and was only able to run the LINX stress test up to 4 runs and then test Failed starting the 5th run
    Tried 1.285 and was only able to run the LINX stres test up to 4 runs and then test Failed starting the 5th run

The higher the CPU voltage the hotter the CPU gets and the fastest the temparatures rise on the cores.
I tried clocking to 4.7GHZ with the voltage at 1.31 however the temps went very quickly to 95C with 20 seconds of the first LINX run.

I will love to reach the 4.7GHZ overclock at a low voltage and temps at no higher than 86C during the stress test.
I am considering of getting two SP120 performance fans to swap out two of the SP120 Quiet fan from the H100i radiator.
Take the two SP120 Quiet fans and replace the three AF120's in the front case air intake with SP120's for better static pressure.
Also considering in replacing the thermal paste from the H100i with better thermal paste.

Currently Using Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Once I have the system fully stable and overclocked I will install Windows 8.1 Update 1 - I'll give this OS another try

Tools Used for stress Test:
CPU-Z - ver. 1.68.2 x64
Real Temp GT 3.70
Linx 0.6.5

Per ASUS - JJ - he recommends running these two tools simultaneously to stress test all components after the tools above show a stable system:

AIDA64 - trial version
Unigen Heaven
   
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OVERCLOCKING IN PROGRESS

Ran PRIME95 for 18 hours and all tests passed and the system is still stable at 4.6GHZ.

I still will aim at getting the 4.7GHZ in the next few days. I need to research and figure out the settings that I will need to modify and also I am considering replacing the two push fans of the radiator to SP120 performance fans. I will replace the three AF120 intake fans to three SP120 fans.
   
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These are the rest of the images that I wanted to upload to this build log.

Once I get my PC fully configured I will edit all of the video footage and will upload to Youtube. I will update this log with the link to the video.

The video will probably not be ready until the end of May. I am still overclocking - I will like to achieve the 4.7GHz stable. Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be installed tomorrow and overclocking will start using the second BIOS.

























































   
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post #55 of 59
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I've just ordered the following in hopes that I can OC my i7-4930K to 4.7GHZ:

Corsair SP120 PWM High Performance Edition - Twin Pack (CO-9050014-WW) - 2 packs - total of 4 fans for the H100i radiator

Three Fans - for the Front Air Intake - these will replace the AF120
Corsair SP120 PWM Quiet Edition - Twin Pack (CO-9050012-WW)
Corsair SP120 PWM Quiet Edition (CO-9050011-WW)

Will connect the Radiator Four fans straight into Motherboard
Silverstone Tek Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter Cable (CPF01) - 2

Will replace the thermal paste that came with the H100i with the following paste:
Tuniq TX-4 High Performance Thermal Grease - 3.0g

Currently the highest that I am able to go on the CPU is 4.6GHZ with high temps in the 86C and sometimes 87C will stress testing the system with LinX.
If I try to go to 4.7GHZ and of course a voltage higher than 1.395 the CPU reaches temps of 95C and I then need to stop immediatly the stress test.
   
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ALL SP120 PWM fans are in. Waiting on the thermal paste to arrive.

Four SP120 PWM High performance fans will replace the four SP120 Quiet Edition none PWM radiator fans.
These fans will be plugged straight into the motherboard instead of the H100i water block via the Silverstone Tek Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter Cables.

Three SP120 PWM Quiet Edition fans will replace three AF120 Quiet Edtion none PWM fans - front air intake.

The H100i waterblock will be removed and the existing H100i thermal paste will be removed and cleaned off the CPU and the H100i waterblock using Artic Clean solution kit.
The Tuniq TX-4 High Performance Thermal Grease will be used using the pea sized shape method.

One thing I realized last week is that I did not clean the CPU of any finger prints or dust prior to installing the H100i - this might also be causing my high temperatures that I've been getting during the stress testing.
   
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All SP120 PWM fans were installed lasted night.
What a pain in the butt to disassemble the H100i from the rig in order to change the 4 H100i fans.

The H100i now has four SP120 PWM High Performance fans which are now attached directly to the motherboard via the Silverstone Tek Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter Cables.
The bottom two fans are connected to the CPU_FAN header and the two top fans are connected to the OPT_CPU fan header using the Fan Splitter Cables.
One word of advise, if you are not able to easily remove the splitter cable that's attached to the H100i waterblock just leave it alone. That splitter cable on the waterblock may rip entirely off the block with the circuits which will damage the block. It seems that the splitter is meant to go in but not to come off that easily and by forcing it might break.

The H100i water block was fully cleaned using the Artic Clean Cleaning Solution kit and also the CPU was fully cleaned.

The front case air intake also has three SP120 PWM Quiet edition fans.

I will be applying thermal paste tonight and plug in the water block and remaining connections and we'll see if changing out those components will help me get to 4.7GHz and keeping the temps at no higher than 85C during stress test.
   
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I am in the process of changing some parts and configuring the fans a bit differently in an effort to try and cool the CPU, the VRM and the motherboard a bit better in order to try and achieve a higher overclock.

The PARTS LIST has been updated with the current parts in use.

The H100i is now being cooled by four Corsair SP120 PWM High Performance fans. The fans are now attached directly to the CPU_FAN and CPU_OPT headers via the Silverstone Tek Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter Cables instead of having them attached to the H100i waterblock.

The front Air intake now contains a Corsair SP120 PWM High Performance fan at the top and one at the bottom. The middle Air intake contains a Corsair SP120 PWM Quiet Edition fan. The top fan is currently plugged into the OPT_FAN header. The middle fan is currently connected to the CHASSIS_FAN1 header and the bottom fan is currently connected to the CHASSIS_FAN2 header.

I am finding that the OPT_FAN header has a lot less fan control via the BIOS. I will be using another Silverstone Tek Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter for the CHASSIS_FAN1 and CHASSIS_FAN2 and will connect all front air intake fans via the splitters. I am also considering install a SP120 PWM High Performance fan right behind the mother board in order to try and cool the CPU and VRM a bit more.

TO DO:
  • connect front air intake fans via the Silverstone Tek Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter to the CHASSIS Fan headers
  • Change the H100i fan PUSH/PULL configuration to PUSH air IN from the ambient and PULL air into the case. this should give me a drop in temperature for the CPU.
  • Change the Thermal compound to the MX-4 just to see if there is a drop in CPU temperature.

Once the above changes are complete I will stress test again using my current settings to see if I get a temperature drop. If I do get a temp drop I will then proceed to Overclock to 4.7GHz. At the moment I have the PC overclocked at 4.6GHZ and it is stable and solid as a ROCK. I've played SKYRIM for over 10 hours straight. I've edited a full wedding images without any issues. I've copied 128gigs of files from my compact flash cards in no more than 15 minutes - on my old pc that was taking me over 2.5hrs to accomplish. I generated over 2,000 JPG files and DNG files using Ligthroom in no more than 20 min. that was taking me hours in my old pc. Soooo...yes...the rig is worth every penny.

The next component in my list to add will be a Samsung 1TB SSD EVO.
Edited by RJavier - 6/9/14 at 8:42pm
   
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post #59 of 59
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All the following was done and my temps did not drop much.
  • connect front air intake fans via the Silverstone Tek Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter to the CHASSIS Fan headers
  • Change the H100i fan PUSH/PULL configuration to PUSH air IN from the ambient and PULL air into the case. this should give me a drop in temperature for the CPU.
  • Change the Thermal compound to the MX-4 just to see if there is a drop in CPU temperature.

I am able to set my CPU to 4.7Ghz and even 4.8Ghz however I cannot keep it at this Overclock due to extreme temps when stress testing.
I really feel that at this point the H100i is my limitation.

I've decided that the 4.6Ghz is the clock speed that I will stay for the meantime until I can upgrade to perhaps a better CPU cooler or a full custom water loop which I'm considering of doing at the end of 2014.

My 4.6Ghz is very stable....today my daughter and I played TITANFALL for over 9 hours and Skyrim for about 4 hours non -stop gaming today and the highest temp that I got was 61C on two cores.
   
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