Hello, I'm running a Q9450 for almost two years now with this combo, and I've finally decided to try overclocking this in effort to match my friends and their i5's. I guess you could say I'm a lil stubborn and figure I could hold out for the core i9's
. I have a thermalright ultra extreme 120 with a copper base and lapped, paired with an antec tricool 120mm fan and of course this motherboard with the stock NB fan attached.
I've achieved 3.4 ghz stable (425x8) and memory @ 850 mhz (1:1 FSB:RAM) with the following voltages. At the time of this writing I'm 10 hrs and 30 mins into prime95 blend mode with no errors on each core. I'm trying to hopefully reach 3.6 ghz but I'm having worries with voltages. I'll perform the vdroop mod tonight in hopes to achieve 3.6 ghz without high voltage. Right now, my settings are as follows:
VCore (VID) - 1.38750v (Vdroops to as low as 1.34v under load, 1.36v avg)
DRAM (MEM) - 1.950v
HT (VTT) - 1.40v
NB - 1.50v
SB - Auto
Would anyone be able to help me optimize my voltages for 3.4 ghz and for 3.6 ghz? I have tried using the settings for 3.6 ghz with 2 core fails, and with VCore set to 1.45000v, one core failing. I'm really not keen on upping voltages too much, but hopefully some experts can see where I'm going wrong and get me on the right track for this higher OC.