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Google suggests I may have been confused and reading about the CH V.
Is there any way then to collect and upload my BIOS OC data without taking a bunch of photos of the monitor?

What I do is find or make a template and just print out a few and update them as you change settings. This also helps to see a pattern in what is working with your OC and what to stay away from.

Edit: don't erase your old settings, so you can see the patterns.
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Good idea, I'll work on that tonight.
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I have had some long-standing issues with my CH IV F board ever since I purchased it, particularly with crossfiring my 6870s. I've resorted to running the system with a single card and it has been 100% stable ever since. The supplier has said they are happy to look at the board if I send it back for testing/replacement, but I'd like to make one last-ditch effort to wipe the drivers for it and start again.


Trouble is, I don't really know the proper process.

Is it worth installing anything off the CD provided with the board itself or just download all required BIOS, drivers etc?

I've spent some time on overclock.net and the first post here has been quite helpful, particularly the download links.


I found the 3027 BIOS, some Lucid drivers I'm not sure if I even need on the Formula board, and I'm not sure what else I'll need!


If someone could give me a quick few pointers on how to approach this I'd be greatly appreciative. It's the last effort before RMA'ing it and being down a PC for weeks or months.



System is a Phenom II x4 955BE (@3.99GHz) running Windows 7 64bit.
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Downloading any of the software is better then using the disk because you can get the latest. Here is a link to the CF IV http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Crosshair%20IV%20Formula&p=1&s=24

What are the issues you are having with Crossfire?
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Downloading any of the software is better then using the disk because you can get the latest. Here is a link to the CF IV http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Crosshair%20IV%20Formula&p=1&s=24

What are the issues you are having with Crossfire?

They're being bottlenecked by the CPU. tongue.gif

I'm not sure why the need for 3027 since the 955 is covered long before 3027 was introduced. I've got 955 BE in my system. Would have to take a look to see what BIOS I am running but I know I don't have the 3*** series BIOS as one was Beta for Zambezi and the other one is a combination of FX and Phenom II CPUs' that were recently launched not to long ago. Wouldn't really do anyone with a 955 any good I'm afraid. mellowsmiley.gif

If haven't downloaded and installed 3*** series BIOS, I would recommend against it. smile.gif

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I'm currently on 1902 BIOS, stick with that??

I've read of BIOS updates on other boards allowing surprising overclock improvements, that's why the update.

Search my started threads for a headache read about my crossfire issues tongue.gif
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The 2002 BIOS gave me a tad more OC performance, managed to raise the freq of the CPU 100Mhz higher than with the 1902 BIOS.

Also, the 2002 gave me a LOT of extra RAM stability with OC'd RAM. Got a lot of room on the timings that i didn't have on 1902. Might just be my specific case but I found the 2002 BIOS a huge improvement.

I have a few things I'd like to ask as well to the people of this amazing club.

#1:
My RAM is 4x2GB high-voltage DDR3 Kingston hyperX which is 1.7-1.9v specified.
Stock settings are 1600C9-9-9-27 on 1.65v. I'm overclocking the RAM a lot cause they appear to be pretty much golden for cheap Kingstons. Currently on 1846Mhz with 8-8-8-20 timings. Perfectly stable with 1.72v. However, they should run 1.9v problem free cause on AMD you can go that high on the DRAM Volts and the dimms are specified for that voltage.
Here comes the problem: Any DRAM Voltage above 1.74v in the BIOS becomes unstable and above 1.80v the board refuses to POST...
How can I get the DRAM voltage to about 1.90v so I can try to push for ~1850C6/7 or 2000+C7/8 and why is it refusing those high DRAM Voltages?

#2:
What voltages should I adjust for getting the CR to 1T?
It will do 1T with 2 dimms but it isn't stable with 4 dimms. I've tried more DRAM Voltage but the issue above kicks in then. Slightly more CPU-NB or NB didn't do the trick either but I was quite conservative with the voltages. Running 3000Mhz NB with 1.28v CPU-NB and 1.225v NB. Pushed till 1.30v CPU-NB and 1.25v NB and even though it got better, it was never stable.
So, simply more volts on either of them or something else to adjust such as the ctrl ref dividers or dram ref voltage?

#3:
My CPU hit a freq wall at 4150Mhz cause 4200Mhz is imposible to stabilize even with 1.536v but the guy I bought the CPU from ran it perfectly prime 95 stable on a M4A89TD board on ~4300Mhz with 1.524v. It hardly even passes the boot with those settings here let alone be able to stresstest with it and his board should be inferior to the CHIV.
Temps aren't really a problem in Prime, LinX does heat it up pretty high, 64c CPU / 55c Cores in a 45 minute run on 1.512v, but Prime Blend on 1.536v reached only 59c CPU / 51c Cores after 60 minutes so even though it's high, it's well under the 62.7c limit.
CPU does get instable above the 65c so I thought that was it but it doesn't reach that before getting a crash / BSOD (usually a 0x01 IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL one).

Is my CPU just hitting a wall even though the other board would go much higher or am I or the board doing something wrong?

Aah that was one big hunk of text and I even did it from my phone, xperia arc hehe wink.gif I'm looking forward to some answers wink.gif
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They're being bottlenecked by the CPU. tongue.gif
I'm not sure why the need for 3027 since the 955 is covered long before 3027 was introduced. I've got 955 BE in my system. Would have to take a look to see what BIOS I am running but I know I don't have the 3*** series BIOS as one was Beta for Zambezi and the other one is a combination of FX and Phenom II CPUs' that were recently launched not to long ago. Wouldn't really do anyone with a 955 any good I'm afraid. mellowsmiley.gif
If haven't downloaded and installed 3*** series BIOS, I would recommend against it. smile.gif
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Bottlenecked? by how much?

How far is the CPU overclocked? Too many unanswered questions to give any kind of answer.
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They're being bottlenecked by the CPU. tongue.gif
I'm not sure why the need for 3027 since the 955 is covered long before 3027 was introduced. I've got 955 BE in my system. Would have to take a look to see what BIOS I am running but I know I don't have the 3*** series BIOS as one was Beta for Zambezi and the other one is a combination of FX and Phenom II CPUs' that were recently launched not to long ago. Wouldn't really do anyone with a 955 any good I'm afraid. mellowsmiley.gif
If haven't downloaded and installed 3*** series BIOS, I would recommend against it. smile.gif
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Bottlenecked? by how much?

How far is the CPU overclocked? Too many unanswered questions to give any kind of answer.

Yup. I'm not specifically suggesting bottleneck, but it could be anything from lack of usable power to overtaxing the CPU beyond its capability with the two cards and the overclock. Could be the voltage is too low as well. 1sm032dunno.gif

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Bottlenecked? by how much?
How far is the CPU overclocked? Too many unanswered questions to give any kind of answer.

CPU is at 3.99GHz 24/7 stable, 1.425 Vcore.

I have had issues with the crossfire very early in the build, the newest piece of info I stumbled across is one slot running at x16 and the other only at x2, with fan control issues causing one card (which was already replaced under warranty and proceeded to do the same thing again) to act up. I don't even know what that means, which is why I want to refresh BIOS / drivers and if that doesn't work, RMA the board.
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