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GB X48T and Q9450: Let's break 'em in

post #1 of 5
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Hello all!

I've been spending my last month or so lurking and reading up on these forums, hungry for decent information on components and how overclocking works these days.

I've finally upgraded from my 7 year old AMD T-bird rig to this thing:

q9450 + Noctua NH-U12P
Gigabyte X48T-DQ6
Corsair TWIN3X DDR3 1333MhZ 2GB
Corsair HX620W PSU
Sapphire Radeon HD3850 512MB Ultimate
Raptor 74GB + Seagate Barracuda 250
in an Antec P182

I finally got my last part, the CPU itself, in the mail yesterday. The parts are all put together, i've gotten home from work, my girlfriend is out of town and i've got the whole weekend for this little project to start. The goal here is to push the 9450 as far as it's reasonable. Everyone would love to hit that 4GhZ mark, but of course i'm a lot more modest. Let's just try to run a decent, cool 400FSB for starters.

Firstly, i'm just needing some time to settle with the ridiculous boost in performance from my old rig, and also the mechanics of modern technology. Just having a heatsink of that size in there is odd for me. That's why i'm gonna be needing some help from all of you guys out there with any questions. Pictures will also be posted.

Now, some problems and questions have started to arise:
- Does anyone else have the GB x48 with a decent quad core? Care to share your knowledge?
- My noctua cooler doesn't seem to be working optimally. Realtemp gives me the following celsius temps right now, all on stock: 33, 41, 39, 44
I've reseated the cooler twice now but something doesn't seem right. Is it just me, or are these temps just too high? Is there a chance i might have to attempt lapping? Pictures can be supplied if someone needs to see them

This thread will be updated regularly over the course of the weekend. How about it, guys?
post #2 of 5
The temps are normal seems like there's something wrong with the temperature sensors and the Q9450. Check my thread http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...erclocked.html
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 3.4/1.248v ASUS Maximus Formula MSI GTX470 Corsair TwinX x 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD RaptorX 150GB x2, WD 500GB ASUS 20X DVDRW w/ Lightscribe Windows 7 64 Bit Samsung 2232GW 22" 
PowerCase
CM Real Power Pro 1000watt CM Stacker 830 Evolution 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 3.4/1.248v ASUS Maximus Formula MSI GTX470 Corsair TwinX x 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD RaptorX 150GB x2, WD 500GB ASUS 20X DVDRW w/ Lightscribe Windows 7 64 Bit Samsung 2232GW 22" 
PowerCase
CM Real Power Pro 1000watt CM Stacker 830 Evolution 
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post #3 of 5
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Alright. I decided to throw the silly temperatures to the wind, and try to spend my evening reaching the modest 400FSB, making it 3.2 GhZ.

I'm currently running just that with a slight vcore increase, 20 minutes into OCCT i'm getting what seems to be decent temperatures, all between 50-56 C. Odd, though, cause i was easily hitting 10-15 more just a couple of hours ago with no other significant changes.
This might be allotted to ambient temperatures. It's dark out now and also colder in my apartment. Or maybe i can cut the noctua some slack in this case, giving the credit to the setting of the thermal paste?

Thanks for the link Harris, i ploughed the thread and found a lot of fun reading material.
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All right, now i've been at it for a while and while the whole system happily pushes itself along at higher speeds, i can't run any harder than the previously idiot-proofed 400 FSB with some tests.

Everest just told me my RAM has 0.0 latency and 23956 MB/s read. ***!?
OCCT fails to comply with anything and happily resets itself every time i run it higher. anyone have any idea why this happens? been trying to work around it, thinking maybe the RAM was too slow, but no matter how i vary it it refuses to go.

All other significant loads to the system are handled well!
post #5 of 5
I max out at around 437fsb. =/ sad.
Project One
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 3.4/1.248v ASUS Maximus Formula MSI GTX470 Corsair TwinX x 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD RaptorX 150GB x2, WD 500GB ASUS 20X DVDRW w/ Lightscribe Windows 7 64 Bit Samsung 2232GW 22" 
PowerCase
CM Real Power Pro 1000watt CM Stacker 830 Evolution 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 3.4/1.248v ASUS Maximus Formula MSI GTX470 Corsair TwinX x 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD RaptorX 150GB x2, WD 500GB ASUS 20X DVDRW w/ Lightscribe Windows 7 64 Bit Samsung 2232GW 22" 
PowerCase
CM Real Power Pro 1000watt CM Stacker 830 Evolution 
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