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So I've been trying to get my processor to around 3.2-3.4GHz but for some reason my BIOS "hardware check" freezes up if I go over anything past 3.1GHz.

Here are some pictures of my current (3.0GHz overclock) settings:

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Any recommendations on how to get it to boot with anything higher than 3.1GHz? 3.1Ghz runs fairly badly as well when it comes to stability, no matter the power settings I adjust my PC always crashes after awhile.
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When you say power setting, do you mean your cpu voltage? It may need a little more voltage at that frequency to be stable.

Also set the memory voltage/ratio to a manual setting.
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When you say power setting, do you mean your cpu voltage? It may need a little more voltage at that frequency to be stable.
Power/voltage settings yes. When I was trying to reach 3.4 I had my VCore ate 1.5v, was planning to reduce it as much as possible AFTER getting a stable boot...

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Also set the memory voltage/ratio to a manual setting.
Either that's named something obscure in my BIOS or I have no idea what you're talking about...

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You will find it difficult to OC on the ASUS motherboard with a quad.
3.0GHz-3.2GHz will probably be your limit because of the GTL REF voltage issue. The ASUS motherboards struggle to OC the quad core. The problem is a hardware issue. The ASUS 600i motherboards do not follow the NVIDIA reference design, while they are great overclockers with the dual cores, they are not in any way good overclockers with the quad cores. This is due to the GTL voltage supplied to the CPU. The rev A1 680i boards released by NVIDIA (rebadged by EVGA, XFX and BFG) fixes this issue. Unfortunately ASUS will not do anything about it. So this is a hardware issue that will never be fixed by bios updates.

Here is some documentation:
Vr-Zone A1 revision

There is a way to modify the board to compensate for this:
Vr-Zone Ketsfield mod





I dont recommend the mod at all. But it does help illustrate the issue.
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You will find it difficult to OC on the ASUS motherboard with a quad.
3.0GHz-3.2GHz will probably be your limit because of the GTL REF voltage issue. The ASUS motherboards struggle to OC the quad core. The problem is a hardware issue. The ASUS 600i motherboards do not follow the NVIDIA reference design, while they are great overclockers with the dual cores, they are not in any way good overclockers with the quad cores. This is due to the GTL voltage supplied to the CPU. The rev A1 680i boards released by NVIDIA (rebadged by EVGA, XFX and BFG) fixes this issue. Unfortunately ASUS will not do anything about it. So this is a hardware issue that will never be fixed by bios updates.

Here is some documentation:
Vr-Zone A1 revision

There is a way to modify the board to compensate for this:
Vr-Zone Ketsfield mod





I dont recommend the mod at all. But it does help illustrate the issue.
I've done some basic PCB circuit soldering and and such to make a little robotic bug, but there's no chance that I'd risk doing anything like that on a motherboard... eVGA 780i FTW edition here I come (if that would cover my "needs" that is)...
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Were you ever able to get over 3.10GHz? The most I can go stable is 3.15GHz for a while now and I have similar probs as you did (a long time ago apparently) with the system BSoD'ing or locking up. Based on your pics literally everything was set to the same configuration.

I've loosened timings, linked RAM and CPU FSB, upped all the voltages, using only 2 sticks of RAM, temps are around 60C at full load, PSU is more than enough, i'm using what seems to be the best OC'ing BIOS from all the reading i've done, yet I still cannot get 3.2GHz.

3.15GHz is perfectly fine so how can it behave so badly when each core gets an extra 50MHz?

Here comes the "why are you resurrecting an old ass thread" replies now...

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