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Mobo & Ram Overclock Question - MA78GM-S2H & pqi TURBO 4GB DDR2 533

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This question is for someone familiar with this board (and maybe setup?)...

Tough to tell which thread to put this in....

Anyways, I have an Gigabyte MA78GM-S2H

(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128090)

with:

AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HD960ZWCGDBOX
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103244)

Zalman Fan for the CPU
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118030)


pqi TURBO 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PQI24200-4GDB - Retail
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141241)

ATI Radeon 1650x video card

I am not an overclocker, but I was curious if someone familiar with the board could explain which settings they would use for this equipment. My friends tell me to test things out - but I mess it all up and end up pulling the battery.

I do not know timings of RAM or correct ratio's, if anyone would be willing to walk through this with me, the help would be greatly appreciated. I read timings and speeds on the manufacturers websites, but once in the bios - Im not quite sure what to do, and I obviously would like to get as much performance and I can with a reasonable amount of stability. Thanks for any input..
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If your not an overclocker don't worry about it as chances are your board set your RAM to SPD (manufacturers specs.) by default.

Download CPU-Z 1.44.2 and see what it tells you under the SPD and memory tabs.
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I am just curious as to what I should do for a performance increase.

CPU-Z says I am at 5,3,3,9,13 but on the SPD, it says 3,3,3,9,12. I think the answer to my question is a pretty easy one - the obvious doesn't typically come to me until someone steers me in the right direction.

Anyone have experience with this board?

Thanks all.
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Originally Posted by Lyzdog View Post
I am just curious as to what I should do for a performance increase.

CPU-Z says I am at 5,3,3,9,13 but on the SPD, it says 3,3,3,9,12. I think the answer to my question is a pretty easy one - the obvious doesn't typically come to me until someone steers me in the right direction.

Anyone have experience with this board?

Thanks all.
Lyzdog, in regards to stock seettings your memory is set to run at 3-3-3-8. The first number is CAS (TCL), the second number is RAS to CAS Delay (TRCD), the third is Ras Precharge (TRP) and the forth is Active to Precharge Delay (TRAS). For Command Rate, try out both 2T and 1T. With an overclock, 2T is typically more stable. The performance difference between the two is only noticeable in benchmarks.
I had a look at your manual and actually couldn't find where the memory sub-timings were at. I'm assuming they are accessible through the Advanced Menu options which can be visible by hitting the CTRL+F1 keys. I believe this works on most GA BIOS's. The memory sub-timings should be in there.

Let us know what you find

Good luck
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Athlon II X4 620 Asus M4A785-M Asus 5770 G.Skill 8GB DDR2-800 
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Athlon II X4 620 Asus M4A785-M Asus 5770 G.Skill 8GB DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD3200AAJS Windows 7 Pro Acer AL2216W, Samsung P2770 Corsair 550VX 
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Tagan Black Pearl 
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Originally Posted by thlnk3r View Post
Lyzdog, in regards to stock seettings your memory is set to run at 3-3-3-8. The first number is CAS (TCL), the second number is RAS to CAS Delay (TRCD), the third is Ras Precharge (TRP) and the forth is Active to Precharge Delay (TRAS). For Command Rate, try out both 2T and 1T. With an overclock, 2T is typically more stable. The performance difference between the two is only noticeable in benchmarks.
I had a look at your manual and actually couldn't find where the memory sub-timings were at. I'm assuming they are accessible through the Advanced Menu options which can be visible by hitting the CTRL+F1 keys. I believe this works on most GA BIOS's. The memory sub-timings should be in there.

Let us know what you find

Good luck
Thank you for the suggestions - I have tried them and have found that they do help me a tiny bit in my tweaking. I am still having problems and assume it is coming from the RAM - but anytime I up the HT levels just a bit - things go kerplunk. I am going to continue finding the sweet spot - but am still looking for someone with this board to guide me in the right direction, thanks!

I will post my findings when/if they happen - otherwise, Q6600 here I come.

Edit: My temperatures are about 10C cooler than other examples of overclocking out there for the phenom 9600, just an FYI
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