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EVGA 8800 GT 256mb Edition
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I cannot go over 3.1 ghz ever on the Black Edition. Even if I up my voltage to 1.475 it will not go up. However, keep in mind I have been attempting to do it by simply upping the multiplier instead of going past 201 for CPU Frequency?
Should I be upping the freqeuency?
Is the RAM horrible and holding me back since I cannot even get it to the rated voltage?
Is the cooler a piece of crap and I should abandon it?
Any help is appreciated as I am getting sick of the lackluster OC'ing.
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Originally Posted by ubernewhacks View Post
EVGA 8800 GT 256mb Edition
5000+ BE AMD clocked at 3.1 ghz
Crucial Ballistix DDR2-667 2 x 1 GB rated at 2.2v, can only get up to 2.175v on current board
Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3
Arctic Cooling 7
I cannot go over 3.1 ghz ever on the Black Edition. Even if I up my voltage to 1.475 it will not go up. However, keep in mind I have been attempting to do it by simply upping the multiplier instead of going past 201 for CPU Frequency?
Should I be upping the freqeuency?
Is the RAM horrible and holding me back since I cannot even get it to the rated voltage?
Is the cooler a piece of crap and I should abandon it?
Any help is appreciated as I am getting sick of the lackluster OC'ing.
- 3.1Ghz is not bad at all. It may be the max for your chip.
- If your only changing mulitplier then RAM should not be an issue being that it is not overclocked.
- I don't think the video card is holding back your OC. I can't think of any reason why it would....
- The cooler should be fine as long as Temps are 60C or less
- My wife uses the Intel version of that motherboard. I doubt you can blame it. But possible.

I would try setting your RAM to lowest setting (prolly DDR2 400) and then slowly start upping the bus speed 5-10 mhz at a time.
    
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- 3.1Ghz is not bad at all. It may be the max for your chip.
- If your only changing mulitplier then RAM should not be an issue being that it is not overclocked.
- I don't think the video card is holding back your OC. I can't think of any reason why it would....
- The cooler should be fine as long as Temps are 60C or less
- My wife uses the Intel version of that motherboard. I doubt you can blame it. But possible.

I would try setting your RAM to lowest setting (prolly DDR2 400) and then slowly start upping the bus speed 5-10 mhz at a time.
Sorry. I was thinking gameplay at the time and forgot to add in gameplay wise xD
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Sorry. I was thinking gameplay at the time and forgot to add in gameplay wise xD
Are you just trying to find the weakest link in your system?
    
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Yes up the frequency it should help you achieve higher clocks, I found some testing reviews that might help you out.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...er,1708-3.html
 
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I used 16x, DDR2-800, 1.40 in Bios, and it is not prime95 stable for more than 30 seconds, even when loosening RAM timings.
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post #7 of 18
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I used 16x, DDR2-800, 1.40 in Bios, and it is not prime95 stable for more than 30 seconds, even when loosening RAM timings.
- Lower the RAM speed to lowest possible speed.
- Try adding +.02v or +.04v to CPU
    
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post #8 of 18
I had a similar problem and could not get stable over 3 GHz, this was because when running orthos my temps were in the mid 50's. I found that lapping my Artic Freezer Pro 64 helped and brought my temps below 50 degrees under load.

Try lapping your heatsink, brings temps down alot. Try these settings since you have a 770 chipset might work for you too.

Voltage: 1.425
Multi: 15X
Bus: 214

Keep your ram timings at factory specs and see if you can get stable. Lack of adequate cooling will limit your overclock.

Good Luck
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post #9 of 18
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I had a similar problem and could not get stable over 3 GHz, this was because when running orthos my temps were in the mid 50's. I found that lapping my Artic Freezer Pro 64 helped and brought my temps below 50 degrees under load.

Try lapping your heatsink, brings temps down alot. Try these settings since you have a 770 chipset might work for you too.

Voltage: 1.425
Multi: 15X
Bus: 214

Keep your ram timings at factory specs and see if you can get stable. Lack of adequate cooling will limit your overclock.

Good Luck
Tried those settings. Ran orthos for 30 seconds. CPU'z were at 100% load each at 22 and 31 C each according to Core Temp when I started getting Illegal Sumouts.
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post #10 of 18
What are your ram timings, loosen them up.
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