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I'll start by stating what will soon become obvious: this was my first attempt at overclocking.

I finished my first PC build in Feb. Basic specs are as follows:
Processor: Intel I7 5960
MB: Asus x99 Pro USB 3.1
Cooling: EK Predator 360 into Asus x99 monoblock
RAM: Corsair Dominator, 3000, 8 x 8gs , 64gb total
GPU: (x2) XFX Radeon R9 390
SSD: (x3) 512 gb
PSU: EVGA 1200 p2

I had been experiencing issues with my crossfire set up. I assumed the problem was driver related, since the new 480s are out. But none the less, my radeon see tings have only been picking up one card for abut a month now. So I figured I'd spare the card the load, and uninstall it since it's not being used anyway.

So I'm sitting around on Sunday, waiting for John Oliver to come on, and I decide to finally try my hand at overclocking.

Everything I'd heard abt the corsair Dominator said they were very easy to start clocking with...so I load up the BIOS, go to advance settings, and adjust the frequency from 2133 up to the advertised 3000. Everything else under the advanced setting was set to "auto" so i assumed i would be alright on voltage and everything (stupid, i know). Save & restart, and now I'm getting a QR code "db", or as the manual says "Flash update is flailed". I cannot get it to post past this error code.

I realize my noob status in overclocking, but would also kindly ask for help so I can return to my 8 core dream machine
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by LawClerkz847 View Post

I'll start by stating what will soon become obvious: this was my first attempt at overclocking.

I finished my first PC build in Feb. Basic specs are as follows:
Processor: Intel I7 5960
MB: Asus x99 Pro USB 3.1
Cooling: EK Predator 360 into Asus x99 monoblock
RAM: Corsair Dominator, 3000, 8 x 8gs , 64gb total
GPU: (x2) XFX Radeon R9 390
SSD: (x3) 512 gb
PSU: EVGA 1200 p2

I had been experiencing issues with my crossfire set up. I assumed the problem was driver related, since the new 480s are out. But none the less, my radeon see tings have only been picking up one card for abut a month now. So I figured I'd spare the card the load, and uninstall it since it's not being used anyway.

So I'm sitting around on Sunday, waiting for John Oliver to come on, and I decide to finally try my hand at overclocking.

Everything I'd heard abt the corsair Dominator said they were very easy to start clocking with...so I load up the BIOS, go to advance settings, and adjust the frequency from 2133 up to the advertised 3000. Everything else under the advanced setting was set to "auto" so i assumed i would be alright on voltage and everything (stupid, i know). Save & restart, and now I'm getting a QR code "db", or as the manual says "Flash update is flailed". I cannot get it to post past this error code.

I realize my noob status in overclocking, but would also kindly ask for help so I can return to my 8 core dream machine

Remove the CMOS battery or use the CMOS reset jumper on your motherboard. It should be in your user's manual.
post #3 of 19
Have you reset CMOS?
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I have not but rest assured it will be my first move after work!
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I'd advise reading some of the posts in the Haswell-E and Asus X99 mobo threads. X99 can be little picky on DRAM OC'ing. I'd guess that the majority of users reporting issues are from DRAM OC'ing. Certain RAM speeds work best with different BCLK speeds, XMP isn't always the best way to go, DRAM voltages might need to be a bit higher than advertised, DRAM training can cause a boot issue, training voltage vs operating voltage, etc. There's quite a bit to it.
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Yea I'm seeing that haha. I guess my concern is that I can't boot or post up.

Will reseting the CMOS get me to post?
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Yea I'm seeing that haha. I guess my concern is that I can't boot or post up.

Will reseting the CMOS get me to post?

most likely.
post #8 of 19
Ahhh yes...we have all been there at some point in our overclocking history.

I remember my first overclocking attempt on my P4 3.0 GHZ desktop back in the day. Bumped the OC to something like 3.7 and my computer freaked out on me...wouldnt boot and made all sorts of noises...

Panic started to set in...Google searched on a different machine and found this website....Removed the Cmos battery for 2-3 min, put it back in and ran like a champ...

At that point I decided it would behoove of me to do some more research on overclocking before making another attempt.

And that is how my legacy to www.overclock.net got started.
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post #9 of 19
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Yea I'm seeing that haha. I guess my concern is that I can't boot or post up.

Will reseting the CMOS get me to post?

A couple of things...

64GB of RAM might be a bit more of a challenge to OC than say 16GB. I'm running 32GB, and I can't get past 2666 for love nor money, but your gear list looks solid. Past 2666 is where things start getting dicey, generally speaking. That's not to say there's nobody running 64GB @ 3200, just that I'd say that's more of an exception than a rule and both CPU and DRAM can influence your max stable DRAM OC. And stable is also important. It can take a LOT of tedious tweaking to get really stable RAM OC on these things. I kidded that I had 1000 re-boots when trying to get past 2666, but I wasn't kidding by much. I was longing for the good ol' Ivy Bridge days when RAM OCing only took an hour instead of a month. biggrin.gif


Good news: An OC'd 5960X is still a stud.

In the HW-E thread, there's several examples of how to manually OC the DRAM, what values and parameters need attention, etc. Read, read, and read some more. Start from the first of the thread, that's where more meaningful and detailed results are. By the time you get to the end of the thread, a lot of the posts are just the same questions that have been asked countless times before and answers tend to start drying up.
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post #10 of 19
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So, firstly, thank you for all of the kind advice and responses smile.gif

I am a bit curious where exactly the switch is for CMOS. Ive attached a picture, with a red highlighted box around what I think it is. The problem is that the manual was kinda vague on exactly which switch it is....

That, and im not sure where the battery for the CMOS is

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