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Ok, new here looks great, love the site. I am new to overclocking, bought a new rig so that I could overclock and check it out. What I custom ordered was an intel E8400 dual core with an ASUS P5E-VM HDMI board, which I freakin love but it has way too many bios options for overclocking that I dont know for me to maximize this rig to its full potential. I have an Aspire 600watt PSU, 3gbs of PC 6400 ram, I have a nice Apevia case larger size, with hard drive fan and four case fans to keep it nice and cool, heavy duty intel heat sink, all high quality parts for overclocking. SO far I have only been able to raise fsb to 450 and multiplier to 8, thats my max like 4.05ghz from the original 3.0ghz, no voltage raising nothing, everything else on auto. At this point it is stable, runs cool, with stress test 100 percent cpu usage its at 60 degrees, idle at 40 degrees. I cant get to 500fsb with all auto and any lower or higher multiplier, this is bios of my board= http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...vm_hdmi/3.html Any recommendations on these other freaking settings that I have no clue what to put em at, or what would be the optimal set up and overclocking set up would be awesome My multipliers are 6 to 9 I believe. I also am having a problem with I guess intel stepping, where its set to 4.0ghz but yet it shows multiplier lower and speed lower during idle then higher when its needed, even though I turned it off in bios and in windows xp. Thanks so much for any help. MIKE
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You hit more than 4.0GHz and you say you're new? Jeez. At any rate, I don't know much about ASUS boards so someone else is going to have to step in here at some point to get this completely sorted out, but I'll help for now. You're going to want to get that multi to 9, it will give you the best potential overclock for your FSB, so your system won't stress as much. I'm not sure how to do that on your board, but you're not going to get very far if you can't change it, as well as getting rid of CE1, IEST, and other power saving, performance hindering options. If you notice that you're crashing or are otherwise unstable after bumping your FSB, it's time to start messing around with voltages. What you're looking for is something along the lines of "CPU VID add:" and then there'll be a list of options in mV's. You can bump this up one setting at a time until you're stable, and that should hold you over for now.
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The board has a unlocked multiplier, from what I read around u want a higher FSB and lower Multiplier to get faster speeds, I can go from 6 to 8 I think, maybe 9 got to check, and this is the other ones
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125V increment
- vChipset (N.B.): 24-step chipset voltage control
- vDRAM: 33-step DRAM voltage control
- vFSB: 16-step FSB voltage control
- vCPU PLL: 16-step CPU PLL voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 800MHz at 1MHz increment
- Memory tuning from 533MHz up to 1333MHz
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
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Im not using a graphics card either, just onboard, would love to overclock the ram or something, I know the board supports 800mhz but im only at 450. OOO and theres been no crashing just wont boot if I set it wrong, has crash free bios so no matter what u do u cant really screw it up, has protection which is sweet.
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Yeah, the Vcore is what I'm talking about, play around with that and you'll be solid...and correct me if I'm wrong, but the multiplier is what counts, so you don't have the stress the FSB of your system as much...
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Check out this guide: http://forums.anandtech.com/messagev...readid=2057083

It helped me out when I started overclocking.
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Yeha I dont know, from what I read it seemed like there was multiple ways to get to a certain frequency say 8 times 300 would be 2.4ghz but the way data travels if u can have it set to 6 times 400 fsb that would be a faster 2.4ghz set up then the 8 times 300 fsb, because more data travles thru faster.. But thats what I am here for so I could be wrong lol
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Yes, higher FSB = better overclock, but that also means your system is less stable. For example, I don't think I can get over 3.0ghz using an 8x multiplyer, while with the 9x I can.
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I read the guide but its still pretty confusing, and my board has a bunch of settings, I got it at 8 multiplier times 440 fsb stable on stress tests and cool, higher but everything else is auto, any thing higher then 450 causes issues wont boot, but I dont know how to set the ram to work over 400 correctly, cause its pc 6400 so I guess 400 is its proper working speed. Want to go higher but its tough to figure it all out so many choices. Still on my computer properties and everest core says 3.96ghz, pretty decent over a 3.0ghz but the 8 times 440 doesnt equal 3.96 so I dont know
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post #9 of 12
I would try to lower the fsb and run a 9x multi, see if that will help. You will also have to raise your other voltages.

Edit: BTW, if your RAM is running at 450, your RAM speed is 900mhz. So the RAM is o/c'ed.
Edited by gibsonnova74 - 6/26/08 at 6:23pm
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Well lowering the fsb and raising multiplier I can only get to the exact same spot, 9 times 440 same spot boots, runs cool, just cant get any higher, and yeah I got good ram and it is overclocked not by me on purpose but I guess its overclocked with my fsb settings but stress test it runs fine, dont know if I can change timing ect to help out alot or what, but I know it can get higher.
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