I'm back behind the keyboard, after a night of sleep and pondering...
I finally found the setting for my multiplier (for some reason, the ASUS P5QL/EPU BIOS stores its values in separate pages), and set it to a fixed 8, so the clock does not bounce to and fro 6-8.
Afterwards, I found out my BIOS has some kind of pre-sets for DRAM values as well, so I don't need to input values manually. I chose the lowest option (750, which I assumed to be DDR value for 375), so to achieve an FSB:DRAM ratio of 1:1.
Having done this, I set back FSB to 375, saved and rebooted.
OC seems to be working fine: Windows started at decent speed (I won't be fooled again, I know this is not entirely related to the OC operation, still things seem smooth enough).
Here are my new values (as you can see, I was right about the DRAM value):
Since things seems to be quite stable, I'm testing this configuration, before I consider going further on.
I will report back here after some hours of testing. Feel free to post comments and/or suggestions in the meantime...I'll use the testing time to read them, as well as to read something more on OC from my tablet.
Update: I ran OCCT for over 2 hours (from what I read, that's the recommended phase, before attempting a longer test).
As you can see from the screenshot below, OC seems to be working quite good...I am however concerned about temperature rising up to 75 degrees (from what I read, it should be a no-no):
My readings lead me to think I should do something to the voltage, to lower those temperatures a little bit...am I correct?
As of now, my BIOS manages voltage automatically, so maybe that's heating things up. According to CoreTemp, my VID should be 1.2875v, if I'm not mistaken....
Before I start thinkering with voltage, however, I would like to have some insight on it, so I don't overdo it...I read my PC would not start at all, with a bad voltage, but I would like an advice on the matter...
Below are the CPU voltage graphs made by OCCT during the test, so you can see more about my possibility (they look like double-dutch to me...
Oh, BTW, bit of an update...looks like my Motherboard does not have a CPU voltage setting....not in the traditional sense, at least...the only things I can see and alter seems to be the following:
Memory over voltage
CPU core offset
Phase operating control
All these values are now set to AUTO...any suggestions about that?A quick edit:
I read around another tiny bit, and I found THIS GUIDE about "Overclocking Using Offset Mode for CPU Core Voltage"
. It seems to be my case, but, before screwing things up, I'd like to hear some confirmation, or at least some opinions about this, especially since I don't see any load line calibration setting in my bios...
For the moment being, I saw I can change those offset values only in positive. Just to start, I removed the "AUTO" value, and put it to 0.
Here's an updated screenshot (I noticed my last one was in standby, so you could not see I had positively reached 3.0