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Ok so I went into bios
Went to the "extreme tweaker"
Went to AI tuning
Set it from auto to AI Overclocking
Went back to the extreme tweaker page
Went to overclocking options and set it from disabled to Overclock 20% which was the highest setting there

Saved changes, then exited.
Took out the 320GB maxtor harddrive I use for backing up.

Now I want to check the benefits of all of above. I have attached a screen print of 1 of the pages from CPU-Z.

I notice that when I right click my computer and look at my processor speed it now says 2.88Ghz instead of 2.40Ghz so it looks like something worked? Well atleast I think.

Could I probably go higher than that? If I can I won't for now because this wasn't done manually. It looked like some kind of preset that came with the board. I don't know how to overclock totally manually by myself. Also I don't want to have to purchase any coolers or anything. I just want to overclock the fastest I can with the current stuff in my system.

Help will be appreciated.
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post #2 of 14
Hi SolidStateLogic,

Yeah your overclock seems succesful. Your CPU should be able to reach 3,2GHz though. (Probably even higher on better cooling)
It is best for doing this manually, but since you don't know how you should look around on the forum for a tutorial on how to overclock. There are lots!

EDIT: Here, this should give you a pretty good idea of overclocking itself:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...rclocking.html

You should monitor your CPU's temperature. When it runs around 60 degrees you should be fine. Keep in mind if your temperature is too high it can cause instability and shorter the lifetime of your CPU. But again, around 60 degrees you should be safe.
Programs for monitoring your CPU are for example SpeedFan and Everest. (Just google them and you'll find a download).
Edited by Unstoppable - 5/31/08 at 3:17pm
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Thanks for the reply, I've been monitoring my temp.. Also getting hold of Everest trial as I reply to your post.

3.2Ghz sounds nice and fast but I doubt I would be able to use my standard coolers at that speed or would I?

I'm using the antec p180 case which has a big fan in the front and an identical in the back and ofcourse I have my processor fan. There are plenty vents all around the case too.

Do you have any idea what I could safely clock to with out having to buy coolers etc.. and just stay with my current setup?

Also I'm going to check out the URL you provided. Thanks

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Originally Posted by Unstoppable View Post
Hi SolidStateLogic,

Yeah your overclock seems succesful. Your CPU should be able to reach 3,2GHz though. (Probably even higher on better cooling)
It is best for doing this manually, but since you don't know how you should look around on the forum for a tutorial on how to overclock. There are lots!

EDIT: Here, this should give you a pretty good idea of overclocking itself:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...rclocking.html

You should monitor your CPU's temperature. When it runs around 60 degrees you should be fine. Keep in mind if your temperature is too high it can cause instability and shorter the lifetime of your CPU. But again, around 60 degrees you should be safe.
Programs for monitoring your CPU are for example SpeedFan and Everest. (Just google them and you'll find a download).
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post #4 of 14
im sure you can go higher if you set things yourself
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post #5 of 14
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Okay managed to set 1 thing myself. I turned off AI Overclocking and set it to manual. I then went to fsb etc config and unlinked the mem.

Then I changed the fsb qdr to 1332. Saved,exited and let the pc restart. When it restarted I checked the processor speed and it said 3.0Ghz.

I am watching my CPU and GPU temp carefully. CPU varies from between 55% and 61%.. Well now it's currently at 58%

GPU is at 68% and varies between 68% - 69% sometimes 70% should I be concencrered about my CPU and GPU temperatures as they are? Did I overclock too much? I don't want to push it. But I want to get the most out of this processor and mobo in the most safest way until I upgrade my pc in a few months. I use this pc for music production. With Cubase, Protools and alot of software synths, compressors, limiters, eq etc. So I need as much CPU power as I can get.

Thanks the replies so far.
Further help will be much appreciated.

(Please look at attachment, I have screen printed Everest and CPU-Z)
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post #6 of 14
Is the CPU temp that is showing now your load or your idle? If that is you load I say your pretty good but if thats your idle, i would lower the overclock.

btw we don't really need you gpu temp unless your overclocking your graphics card to. Just thought Ill let you know.
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post #7 of 14
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Will test now with prime95.

Ok my temp has gone to 72% - 75%

I stop the stress test and temp drops back down to 58% - 59%

I checked temp using my music software.. e.g. cubase, and I loaded a project where I had alot of digital processors loaded and the temp went up to around 68. This is the main prog I'll be using by the way. I custom built this system for my music creation. Is my temp going above 60% going to be a problem in the long run?

So I guess I have to lower the FSB from 1332 to something else in BIOS?

Is this the only thing I can do? I was looking forward to running at 3Ghz on each core.
Edited by SolidStateLogic - 6/1/08 at 2:28am
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post #8 of 14
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Ok I set the VCORE voltage to 1.3v. My cpu temp now idles at around 51% - 53%.
When I run prime and stress the CPU the temp goes up to 67% - 68%.

What would be the best setting for VCORE to help lower my temperature?
Is there anything else I could do in BIOS to keep my temperature as low as possible.

I don't intend to go higher than 3.0Ghz on each core. This fine for me for now. As I am new to this I don't want to over do it.

**UPDATE**
Set VCore voltage to 1.2V and now cpu temp is reading 46% and with 100% cpu load with prime it's reading from around 53% to 58% 59% after like 5 mins.

So I now want to find the lowest VCore volts setting I can use at 3.0Ghz thats safe. Once I've found that and temp has lowered even more I want to up 3.0Ghz and see what the best speed I can get is, with good temp levels. Although I am not bothered because 3Ghz is fine for me. I can manage with that for a while. It is better than when I was using 2.4Ghz so atleast it's an improvement.
Edited by SolidStateLogic - 6/1/08 at 4:10am
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post #9 of 14
Im guessing your using the Stock intel Fan? If so you can see a very large improvement by upgrading your HSF unit to a after market solution other then that yes you have a successful overclock as long as you can run it stable with Orthos/Prime95 (be careful changing voltages if you havent read up on it).
post #10 of 14
that not always true i can do 3.4 on stock heatsink but then again i have a good e6600 3.9 stable under 1.5 vcore on water


none the less good overclock keep pushing that chip just keep it under 60c
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