Time for today's update. Not quite as great news, a little bit of "2 steps forward, 1 step back" syndrome, but nothing major.
I went ahead and lapped the CPU and V2 (and a little bit off my thumb!
). That definitely was not fun at all. The CPU itself took probably between 2-3 hours. I wasn't going to do the V2 at first, but after putting in all that effort on the CPU, there was no way in hell I was going to allow the V2 to cause there to be a gap between it's surface and the CPU's. Thankfully the V2 only took 20-30 mins to get flat. I couldn't get a mirror finish (using 220, 600, and then 1200 was the highest grit I could find), or it *perfectly* flat across the entire CPU surface, as the corners were rounded downwards. It was flat across like 90-95% of the surface, and I was happy to leave it at that.
I applied some of the OCZ freeze, and I gotta say, I'm not a fan of it's viscosity. Applying a thin, even coat across the top of the CPU actually proved to be a challenge... but then again, maybe I'm just a little too anal. It did fill what was left of the valleys on the V2 quite easily, and in a manner where I was able to get it in only the valleys (which was my intention since I put the main coat on the CPU).
In any event, I did notice a temp difference, and that's what counts. When I turned on the PC (using the exact same settings as throughout the day), I nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw 43 degree idles, and then 47-48 degree loads! Unfortunately temps did not stay that low. It eventually climbed and fluctuated anywhere between 50-60 degrees (can't remember if I saw it climb over 60, but it may have gone to 62).
One thing that kinda sucked was I replaced the front intake fan with the Scythe S-Flex fan. I tried plugging it in using the fan header to molex connector, and when I turned it on, it didn't work. I then tried plugging it in directly to a fan header, and it still didn't turn on. However, that is good news in a sense, since it'll give me a reason to return it, and get the S-Flex F or Slipstream (I can see they have them in stock on their website), or any other fan(s) I want to match my new case (although I do not see any particularly good choices other than those 2).
Now, on to the not so great news. I decided to attempt the blend test overnight, and Windows locked up after 4 and 1/2 hours. Since it passed the small FFT test, but not the blend test, could that possibly indicate that the CPU - RAM relationship caused it to lock up? I loosened my RAM timings to 6-6-6-18. I also bumped up the VCore 2 notches (to 1.39). I attempted to lower the FSB and SPP both down to 1.4v (I know, shouldn't try too many things at once like that), and Windows locked up within 10 seconds of ORTHOS, which was what I would always experience before when I left my SPP at auto. I think I'm going to have to leave that at 1.5. Anyways, I switched those both back to 1.5, and left it running the blend test today. Hopefully upping the VCore and/or loosening the RAM timings will cause it to stay stable.
As for the programs, thanks for the suggestions. I'll be obtaining many asap.
- Speefan - Don't have, but I read about it, and planned on setting it up when I intend on maximizing my airflow
- HWmonitor - Have
- cpu-z - have
- Orthos - have
- RivaTuner - don't have, but I am aware this is what's required to OC the GPU shaders. I heard that that is somewhat minute in terms of gain. True/untrue?
- SuperPi - Have but haven't tried it yet.
-3DMark06 or Vantage - Don't have (yet) but have been considering. In the meantime, do you think the Crysis benchmark tests are good enough?
- ccleaner - Don't have. Never heard of it. What exactly does this clean?
- AusLogistics defragger - Please tell me this runs much faster than the standard Win XP defragger! I seriously couldn't defrag my (500GB) HDD's before because I would leave it on for almost 10-15 hours, and it wouldn't even be at 20%. I can't leave my computer defragging for a week just to defrag 1 of my 3 HDD's
. Fortunately I created a 10GB Windows and apps partition just for this purpose.
- Everest - I heard about this yesterday. Some people swear by it, so I might look into it.
Somewhat optional/getting pretty repetitive to have:
- Coretemp - Have
- SiSoftware Sandra - Also heard many recommendations on this.
- ATItool - Have, but I was getting a little confused using this program, so I switched to using nTune for the GPU OC.
Originally Posted by chemicalfan
Also check out OCCT
-Sounds good, I'll definitely add that to my list as well.
Oh, and I tried to take pics, but my camera's batteries died as soon as I turned it on. Got them recharging, so I'll have some pics up tonight.Edited by RShannonCA - 6/19/08 at 7:12am