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then don't bother but I found that GOOC is better for OCing

BTW everybody I got my P67A-UD7 review/preview up, take a look http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...ew-review.html .

Thanks!
Edited by Sin0822 - 12/12/10 at 2:54pm
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Nice job Sin! Congratulations on the new board review
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I must say I been reading threads on this forum for many moons and this thread has been a huge wealth of info. Amazing work on the reviews you have done on this board. I purchased the UD5 using your review as my guide and its much better than anything on the web.

I've never had a reason to signup to post but you guys are the ones to ask. I post this now hoping that you guys can give me a hand. I am not trying to overclock at this point as I just bought some new components, want to get the system running stable at stock first and have some questions that have bothered me. First off I found that one of my 4 hard drives was starting to show SMART errors and figured it should be replaced. Being that this board has the SATA III port that I wasn't using I figured why not SATA III. I never really used Marvell Sata Controllers before so I didn't know what to expect, let alone use a SATA III drive, but from what I read of the 6g drives there isn't much of a performance gain. Regardless, I purchased a Seagate Barracuda XT 2 TB Sata 6g retail with the Sata III cable 7 pins. I set in the bios (version below) for the Sata III ports AHCI mode and the rest auto. Installed a new clean install and all was smooth. I kept all my clocks at standard at this point as I didn't want to start the overclocking till I had a stable OS. I noticed immediately that the drive would pause for a second during transfers. Causing the system to stall for a moment. This was shown also on HD Tune as a quick dive on the graph and recovery. I figured I had a bad drive as I had a Western Digital drive which did this years ago on another system. But that drive you could hear the power cycling no noises from this one. First I changed cables and all those things, no go. So I exchanged the drive for a new one. Same issue but not as bad. I was able to get all my apps and everything back on the OS and all but it irked me as I should be getting some nominal performance from this drive. I read the review of the UD5 and noticed your posting on the Sata III controller and its drawbacks. Since I am using this new SATA III drive as my OS drive should I just switch it to the Intel Sata controller as I'm not going to get much increase on the Marvell controller? What approach should I take to get the most out of this drive on this board?

I have another question and I figure i'll just post it together with the previous one. Since I purchased the UD5 Rev 2.0 I had dual channel A-Data 1333 mhz 1.5v RAM. Well I got a hold of 6 gigs of OCZ Gold RAM triple channel 1600 MHz RAM via a client and I figured why not? Installed it, set the voltage to 1.65v, no XMP on this RAM or anything, manually set the speed to 1600 MHz, Extreme Performance, like on my previous RAM, set the timings to 8-8-8-24. Kept the other voltages for the other peripherals at stock so that I could make sure the RAM was good to go. CPU is in Turbo too. Anyways, reboot all is well. But I notice out of the window on my case that the over voltage LED are now on more than just the DRAM, now they are on the CPU and Northbridge also. The CPU has two one yellow and one green, northbridge just green. I can't see much anything else as I have two GPUs covering the rest of board. First I thought it was the temp LEDS, temps are fine. Checked the voltage readings, same as they ever were. Only thing that had changed was the DRAM voltage and the triple channel 192 bit aspect. If I set the voltages manually to the same value as AUTO is setting them at, all the LEDs are off. This is one of the stranger things I've experienced. The system is stable via a whole bunch of stability tests. What should I be doing different to compensate for this new RAM? Is this the system saying something is out of whack?

Again, I'd really like to thank you for your in depth review of this board. It is a fantastic resource and has been a real help throughout my experience with this great piece of hardware. Sorry for the long post but I figured you were the best guys to ask. Heres some info:

RAM= http://www.ocztechnology.com/product...triple_channel

code]GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7

MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)


> Advanced Frequency Settings [Press Enter]


CPU Clock Ratio............................: x23
CPU Frequency ........................(GHz): 3.07 133x23
> Advanced CPU Core Features [Press Enter]

Intel(R) Turbo Boost Tech..................:Enabled
CPU Cores Enabled..........................:Enabled
CPU Multi Threading........................:Enabled
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)....................:Enabled
C3/C6/C7 State Support.....................isabled
CPU Thermal Monitor........................:Enabled
CPU EIST Function..........................:Enabled
Bi-Directional PROCHOT.....................:Enabled

QPI Clock Ratio............................:AUTO
QPI Link Speed........................(GHz):4.8
Uncore Clock Ratio.........................:24
Uncore Frequency......................(MHz):3200
>>>>> Standard Clock Control
Base Clock(BCLK) Control...................:Auto
BCLK Frequency(MHz)........................:133
Extreme Memory Profile(X.M.P.).............:N/A
System Memory Multiplier (SPD).............:x12
Memory Frequency(MHz)......................:1600
PCI Express Frequency(MHz).................:
>>>>> Advanced Clock Control
CPU Clock Drive (mV).......................:800
PCI Express Clock Drive (mV)...............:900
CPU Clock Skew (ps)........................:0
IOH Clock Skew (ps)........................:0

> Advanced Memory Settings [Press Enter]

Extreme Memory Profile(X.M.P.).............:N/A
System Memory Multiplier (SPD).............:12x
Memory Frequency(MHz)......................:1600
Performance Enhance........................:Extreme
DRAM Timing Selectable (SPD)...............:Expert
Profile DDR Voltage........................:1.5v
Profile QPI Voltage........................:1.2v
Channel Interleaving.......................:6
Rank Interleaving..........................:4
>>>>> Channel A, B, & C
> Channel A, B, & C Timing Settings [Press Enter]

>>>>> Channel A, B, & C Standard Timing Control

Cas Latency Time...........................:8
tRCD.......................................:8
tRP........................................:8
tRAS.......................................:24
>>>>> Channel A, B, & C Advanced Timing Control
tRC........................................:
tRRD ......................................:
tWTR ......................................:
tWR........................................:
tWTP.......................................:
tWL........................................:
tRFC.......................................:
tRTP.......................................:
tFAW.......................................:
Command Rate (CMD) ........................:
>>>>> Channel A, B, & C Misc Timing Control
B2B CAS Delay..............................:
Round Trip Latency.........................:

> Channel A, B, & C Turnaround Setting [Press Enter]

>>>>> Channel A, B, & C Reads Followed By Reads

Different DIMMs............................:
Different Ranks............................:
On The Same Rank...........................:
>>>>> Channel A, B, & C Writes Followed By Writes
Different DIMMs............................:
Different Ranks............................:
On The Same Rank...........................:

> Advanced Voltage Settings [Press Enter]

>>> CPU

LoadLine Calibration.......................:Auto
CPU Vcore..................................:Auto
xDynamic Vcore(DVID).......................:Auto
QPI/VTT Voltage............................:Auto
CPU PLL....................................:Auto
>>> MCH/ICH
PCIE.......................................:Auto
QPI PLL....................................:Auto
IOH Core...................................:Auto
ICH I/O....................................:Auto
ICH Core...................................:Auto
>>> Dram
DRAM Voltage...............................:1.66
DRAM Termination...........................:Auto
Ch-A Data VRef.............................:Auto
Ch-B Data VRef.............................:Auto
Ch-C Data VRef.............................:Auto
Ch-A Address VRef..........................:Auto
Ch-B Address VRef..........................:Auto
Ch-C Address VRef..........................:Auto

> Miscellaneous Settings [Press Enter]

Isochronous Support........................:Enabled
Virtualization Technology..................:Enabled

GOOC 2010 WWF Rev.2 Settings Only

GOOC Lean Mode.............................:
GOOC extreme clock.........................:
GOOC extreme temp..........................:
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First - there was a SMART error fix with BIOS FB/GOOC, as well as the current Beta.
Second- I would definitely use the stock SATA3G Intel Controller as it is tweaked much better than the Marvell. SATA6G is just a transfer rate, and I have no clue why the advertise HDDs for SATA6G as not one can use all the bandwidth of current SATA3G platform, if you aren't pushing over 285mb/s read or write, then You should in fact use SATA3G(SATA Version 2.0) as there is no benefit to using the Marvell controller. The only drive ATM that should be used on SATA6G is the Crucial C300 SSD, which actually has a read speed faster than SATA3G can provide of 350mb/s, regardless many people use it on SATA3G because of the much better random data(4k) speeds. So use ICH10R the blue ports right next to the white ones. Those in my opinion are the best SATA ports on this motherboard.

For your RAM problem, have you tried letting the board set the timings by itself? That is one of the best things GIGABYTE boards are excellent at, setting timings and finding stock CPU voltage (VID). Try that and see what it does, more than likely it will pick the best timings for you.

I wouldn't worry at all about the LEDs if the voltages in windows are acceptable.
On a side note I have never had good experience with OCZ products including some 1333 DDR3 i bought a few months back, they worked half way, as in they woudl produce errors on stock on my P6X58D-Premium and my X58A-UD5 rev 2.0. In windows everything would be fine until they were stressed, then they would blue screen.
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I've switched over the drive to the intel side of things. Same speeds as the Marvell. I was reluctant to do so as I have a Raid 0 array already running on that controller. I notice the AHCI Bios is not installed now when I boot from that controller. Does that mean the RAID bios is running the non-raid drives in IDE mode? How does that work with this controller?

Anyways, As you know it'll take a day or so to get the feel of how well the drive is running on the new controller. When I set the RAM timings to auto it sets the CAS to around 7 and the system doesn't run so well. As you mentioned this OCZ is that "fake" 1600 MHZ without a proper JEDEC profile. I'm tempted to return it to Microcenter and exchange it for something else with a proper XMP profile. But it seems stable enough so far. I haven't run it through any real tests except stability related and it kept running nicely. That XMS3 I had for my last board an MSI nforce board with an AMD and it worked well but I sold it with my last rig to get this one. Do you recommend that RAM for the UD5?
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Yea it is what I use I think it works well and the board picks the timings really well.
Um what are you using for speeds? On HDDs speeds are low for random, sequential performance doesn't change, access time is lowered as are random speeds. you need to use a program like crystal disk to give you all of your speeds. Everything should be in AHCI, what is it set to? IDE? can you do me a favor, download AS-SSD and it will tell you the drive for your RAID as well as single drive. Single drive+ RAID should be fine, as ICh10R maxes at around 600mb/s total bandwidth with RAID.
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I just want mine back.
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Heres my rundown:

I have 4 HDDs.
- Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB it is the SATA 6g drive that was in question
- Seagate Barracuda Which is a 320 gb drive SATA II *
- Western Digital 320 gb drive SATA II *
- Maxtor Diamond Max 200 gb Drive SATA II
Those 4 are in the Intel SATA ports. The two with the * are currently part of a RAID 0 array.
I then have added the Seagate Barracuda XT to the intel ports so that it and the Maxtor are running independant of the RAID 0 array.
Then I have a Plextor optical drive running on the Gigabyte/JMicron ports all the way at the end, white ports. That is in IDE.

The Intel sata ports are set to XHD/RAID in the bios. I have now turned off the SATA III ports. I notice when I boot now it says "AHCI BIOS IS NOT INSTALLED" since I added the newest drive, the XT. I'm assuming that regardless of that message all is fine with two of the four drives in RAID and the rest in Single Drive?

Here is a screenshot of device manager first off:



Those are the controllers that I currently have running along with the drives. The sloppy * R is the Raid Volume. The crossed out controller is Daemon Tools.
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Re enable marvell see if that changes, because they should all run in AHCI RAID is AHCI in many cases, its recommended to run in RAID mode on ICH10R instead of AHCI even with single drive. Can you run AS-SSD benchmark for me quick easy download, i don't care if its in German: http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4 Don't even run it just give me the screen shot with your single drive I can tell alot from that program whether you are running in IDE or AHCI mode. make sure to select your single HDD.
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