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Overclocking the Gigabyte X48-DQ6

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Hey,

I'm trying to overclock my PC, but after I go into the BIOS, the changes don't seem to stick. The standard configuration for my processor is 333 Hz and I've tried everything from 340 to 400, but it never sticks. Pretty much, there's an option in the BIOS that asks if CPU should be controlled manually or automatically. I set it to manual, and modify the FSB, but the next time I open the BIOS, it's back to auto. However, the number I inserted previously is still there, just grayed out.

I've also tried using Easy Tune 6 Pro, but when I click "Go," my computer freezes.

Here are my system specs:

Windows Vista x64 SP1
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor 9450 (2.66 GHz)
Gigabyte X48-DQ6 Motherboard
8 GB (4 x 2GB) Mushkin XP2-8500 RAM (DDR2 1066)
XFX NVIDIA 9800 GTX Graphics Card
WD Caviar 500 GB HD (primary)
WD Caviar 1 TB HD

Thanks for any and all help!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 Gigabyte X48-DQ6 XFX Geforce9800 GTX 8 GB (4 x 2GB) Mushkin XP2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
500 GB WD Caviar; 1 TB WD Caviar Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 Samsung T220 Razer Tarantula 
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Antec NeoPower 650 W Antec 900 Gamers Case Razer Lachesis 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 Gigabyte X48-DQ6 XFX Geforce9800 GTX 8 GB (4 x 2GB) Mushkin XP2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
500 GB WD Caviar; 1 TB WD Caviar Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 Samsung T220 Razer Tarantula 
PowerCaseMouse
Antec NeoPower 650 W Antec 900 Gamers Case Razer Lachesis 
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hey atomicpropel, I've got pretty much the same setup, gigabyte x48 dq6, q9450, 4gb muskin pc8500 and a 9800gtx. The board is getting a lil bit on my nerves, I can't get past 413mhz FSB while the same components on my brother's 780i reach 475 FSB (3.8Ghz CPU) without breaking a sweat >_< ...

Anyway if I had to bet I'll guess your problem memory related, I've learn that intel chipsets are a little picky with memory settings, to fix it you have to decouple ram settings for fsb settings, that's done by setting the ram ratio manually rather than letting the board set it automatically (it does crazy stuff). For instance, I can run stable at 413mhz FSB having a 2.66D memory multiplier/divider that results in ~1100mhz (a little over 1066, cant figure out the math involved), with lower latency settings (5-7-7-18 instead of 5-5-5-15). Another important thing, maybe your board isn't reading the spd settings on the memory sticks, and does not apply the correct voltage for 1066mhz operating speeds. DDR2 modules over 800mhz need voltages higher than the reference 1.8V, mine's are rated for 2.1v, which is +0.30 from the reference settings, you can try to force +0.30v for ddr ram manually and see if you can get it to boot.

Hope it helped, I'm now trying to figure out what's my problem after assuring that my components can go much further, I'll let you know if I find the cause of the problem.

Regards,

Antonio.

BTW: Easy Tune 6 Pro, and the rest of gigabyte's applications included with the board, are utterly useless.
Edited by Provinomico - 7/14/08 at 10:35am
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1Tb Samsung spintpoint The cheapest i could find Windows XP Dell 2408fwp 
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Q9450 Gigabyte X48 DQ6 2x 4870 XFired Mushkin 4gb DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1Tb Samsung spintpoint The cheapest i could find Windows XP Dell 2408fwp 
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Trust slim (love this one) Zalman ZM1000-HT Antec p182 Razer Diamonback 
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