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post #1 of 14
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I'm a little new to this overclocking stuff and I want some help.

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Motherboard & RAM

Temperatures:

Idle:

Busy: (Prime95)


I use BIOS 1801, I changed the settings like this :

AI Tuning - Manual
FSB - Memory Clock Mode - Unlinked
FSB (QDR), MHz - 1423


Memory Timing Setting - ALL AUTO
Spread Spectrum Control - ALL DISABLED
Intel SpeedStep - Disabled
CPU Internal Thermal Control - Disabled
Limit CPUID MaxVal - Disabled
Enhanced C1 - Disabled
Execute Disable Bit - Enabled
LDT Frequency - 5x

Voltages

Vcore - 141250v
Memory Voltage - AUTO
1.2HT - AUTO
NB Core - AUTO
SB Core - AUTO
CPU VTT- AUTO
DDR2 Controller Ref Voltage - AUTO
DDR2 Channel A Ref Voltage - AUTO
DDR2 Channel B Ref Voltage - AUTO

But after all this, Windows XP SP3 boots, then I get Blue Screen and my PC restarts.
Can you help me please? I tried to set the Vcore to 1.45, 1.5 but I get the same thing.
Thank you
Edited by thegameg - 2/18/09 at 4:25am
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post #2 of 14
The CPU vcore you set is way too high, start off a bit lower. Try 1333FSB and run the memory linked instead of unlinked. Set CPU vcore to 1.35v.
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post #3 of 14
im not sure about the q6600's vcore as i never used it, but i do know that you should set RAM voltage to its specified one (corsair's usually at 2.1V). SE likes to auto RAM voltage very low. i know i cant boot if i reset cmos and boot with my 8500C5DF corsairs, need to switch in a stick of cheap ram to boot and change RAM voltage before switching back to the corsair ones.

other than that, is the win xp install fresh or new?

also, 65nm cpus seem to favour 1301 to 1305 BIOSes more (according to asus and XS forums). go higher only for the newer 45nms.

one more thing, since you're running 4 sticks of RAM the NB might like some more voltage.
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post #4 of 14
I would set the memory timings to 5 5 5 18 as it shows in your cpu z.

Do not leave meory voltage auto, manually set the voltage to factory settings,1.9v. It may show as +.1 in BIOS, default is 1.8v

your NB will need more volts, try giving it +.1

Try your overclock again, if stable, bring down your cpu vcore until unstable, you do not want to run that high of vcore unless needed.
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post #5 of 14
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I set FSB Memory Linked, Memory Ratio 1:1, FSB 1333, memory timings like on CPU Z, VCore 1.35, Memory Voltage 2.1v, NB Voltage 1.35v and it won't boot. I get a black screen and if I turn the pc off, Striker Extreme logo shows up, then this message shows up:

System BOOT Fail
Your sistem last boot fail or POST interrupted.
Please enter setup and load default and reboot again.

Something wrong with my settings?

Then I press F1 to continue, windows boots, then everything is back to normal, 2.4 GHz etc...

LE: I set Memory Voltage to 1.9v and Memory Ratio to 3:2, it boots then I get Blue Screen. :|
Edited by thegameg - 2/18/09 at 5:49am
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post #6 of 14
I looked up your memory, I really think it should be at 1.9v


Have you stress tested at stock? It sucks to think, but sometimes you have an instability always, you need to solve this 1st.

Since you are running 4 sticks of ram, you should run a few cycles of memtest.

If you are still having issues, try your overclock with just 2 sticks of RAM
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post #7 of 14
I'm running the striker too and have been having the same issues trying to OC. However, I recently discovered a solution to my own problems and have now been able to stabilise my Q6600 @ 3.6.

My problem was caused by using the Sound Card that came packaged with the Striker, the SoundMax HD Audio one. I have absolutely no idea why it caused me problems, maybe something to do with drivers or maybe it was just putting too much strain on the chipset, I don't know... it just didn't work when trying to OC.

I'm not sure which Sound Card your running with as I can't tell from your profile, but if it's the SoundMax, try uninstalling the drivers and pulling it out. Then try your overclock again.

Also, as most have already suggested, it's definately wise to set your RAM timings manually in the motherboard. Regarding the voltage for your RAM, the Striker has been known to overvolt RAM so I would set it a noth below your manufacturers recommended (i.e. if it's rated at 2.1-2.2 set this at 2.0 or 1.9).

Good luck with the overclock!
post #8 of 14
You were able to get to 3.6? I can't even get over 3.1 without my PC totally refusing to boot...
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post #9 of 14
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Memtest reaches 800% with no problems.
I'll set my ram timings manually, I'll try 1.9 Memory Voltage and I'll remove my SoundMax HD.

BTW, 2.6 is stable, at 8x333 and voltage 1.216, I'll edit the post as soon as I can.

LE:Removed my SoundMax HD,ram timings 5-5-5-18 22 2T, Memory - 1.9v, 400 mhz
Vcore:1.3
FSB 1333
Multiplier 9

I'll try a FSB 1600 and see how it works.
Edited by thegameg - 2/20/09 at 11:38am
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post #10 of 14
I just got home from work and have time to give a few pointers.

What version of BIOS are you running at the moment? I'd recommend updating this before continuing your OC adventures. The latest release is 1801, but I haven't tried this yet as I'm stable using 1504. It's really your choice as to which one you want to use. Get them from the ASUS Support website.

If you've never flashed the BIOS before be careful. It's a pretty simple process, but make sure you have a stable power supply to the PC and disconnect all USB items. The safest and easiest way is to use the Asus EZ Flash utility that's buit into your BIOS. A USB Memory Stick is the simplest way and here's a link to guide you through:

http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?...e=en-us&page=1

Now you've got a stable BIOS here's a template with my magic settings:

FSB - Memory Clock Mode: Unlinked
x FSB - Memory Raio: N/A
FSB (QDR), Mhz: 1600
Actual FSB (QDR), Mhz:
MEM (DDR), Mhz: 800
Actual MEM (DDR), Mhz: 800
Vcore Voltage: 1.50
Memory Voltage: 1.90
1.2v HT Voltage: 1.40
NB Core Voltage: 1.50
SB Core Voltage: 1.65
CPU VTT Voltage: 1.50
DDRII Controller Ref Voltage: auto
DDRII Channel A Ref Voltage: auto
DDRII Channel B Ref Voltage: auto

tCL (CAS Latency): 5
tRCD: 5
tRP: 5
tRAS:15
Command Per Clock (CMD): 2


Advance Memory Settings
tRRD: AUTO
tRC: AUTO
tWR: AUTO
tWTR: AUTO
tREF: AUTO
tRD: AUTO
tRFC: AUTO
Async Latency: AUTO

CPU Spread Spectrum: Disabled
by default

PCIE Spread Spectrum: Disabled
MCP PCIE Spread Spectrum: Disabled
SATA Spread Spectrum: Disabled
LDT Spread Spectrum: Disabled

CPU Internal Thermal Control: Disabled
Limit CPUID MaxVal: Disabled
Enhanced C1 (C1E): Disabled
Execute Disable Bit: Enabled
Virtualization Technology: Enabled
CPU Multiplier: 9.0
Enhanced Intel Speedstep Tech: Disabled
LDT Frequency: 5x

PCIEX16_1 Frequency (Mhz): 100
PCIEX16_2 Frequency (Mhz): 100
PCIEX16_3 Frequency (Mhz): 100
SPP<->MCP Ref Clock, Mhz: Auto

My chip runs pretty hot on full load, around 85C. I should probably reseat my HS, however, I'm too lazy and as I'm mostly gaming it rarely gets close to this. It's really a personal choice as to what temps you're comfortable with, but I wouldn't recommend exceeding 85C on full load.

Last, but not least! You'll find there's some big holes in the FSB so be prepared for a long and arduous series of "will it/won't it" reboots. It's worth it in the end though
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