*I never could get past the pci option error, when i had both onboard raid and 3ware 9650 pciex4 on at same time, so i've dumped the idea of using onboard raid
(didnt want to suck up my extra ports on my 8 port 3ware)
I have had many issues with this native 1600mhz OCZ ram that i got for my p5e3 deluxe not long ago (cpu = q9650, native 1333 fsb)..
So i thought perhaps some of my issues were A: because i'm trying to do 8GB and B: i may have had corruption in my Vista HDD image..
Previous glitches: random BSOD, random freezes where the usb and keyboard lights would go dead, failure to boot even a Linux CD or Vista OS or Vista DVD
So i decided to wipe things clean and start over..
Here are my RAM settings (i decided to drop all the way down to 1066 and see how the stress testing went):
AI overclock: manual
FSB is set to 333
PCIE is set to AUTO (ive tried 100 as well, not sure if 100 was failing, though in cpuz, the link width shows x4 instead of x16 for some reason)
DDR frequency 1066
CPU ratio = auto = 3.0 ghz for now
Skew on A: 150ps delay
Skew on B: 150ps delay
Timings: 7-7-7-20 ( i went with this, as i believe this is the 1066 native settings that the chip wants, though the chip says 8-8-8-26 1.8v)
Volts on ram: 1.8
NB volts: auto
Tref (i think this is what the value is called): 110
CPU %: .67%
So when i run the Linpack tester, using maximum stress, 20 iterations.. i had a failure on 2 of them..
Is this anything to worry about?
OCCT 2.0.1 succeeds on a 2hr mix..
So far my computer hasnt crashed in 12 hours of normal use (with some testing mixed in)...
I will want to at least overclock the CPU to 3.61 and maybe the fsb to 1600 at least..
I never could achieve 1600mhz for ram speed, no matter what volts/settings i set.. i dont think 1600mhz on 8GB is possible on this board or maybe any board..
*I also found that using the faster speed settings on slower 1066 dram freq, resulted in getting better performance test memory mark values (1075) vs 1333 at 888 26, gave me about 900 in performance mark.. my read rates in everest at 1066 are around 7400 (the one time i did boot with 1600mhz on ram, i showed a value of 9100 in everest, at 1333 i was seeing around 8050 MB/sec in everest).. not sure if its worth the fuss to even hit 1600mhz on ram speed?