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I built my rig about 2 weeks ago, its all performing well and is a big step up from my old Q6600 system. I really don't think there is an urgent need to overclock as its all running brilliantly and games performance is excellent.
Probably the reason I say that is because I don't really understand how to overclock using the BIOS. I was tempted to try the Asus Turbo V software, but from what I have been told its far better to overlock using the BIOS.
I am confused by the settings in the BIOS and am afraid to mess with anything there in case I damage something.
What I need is somebody to explain to me what I need to do in the BIOS to overclock. As I am not using water cooling yet I would only really want a mild(ish) overclock. Could somebody who has a similar setup to me please point me in the right direction.
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post #112 of 2861
I have the same board and chip as you. Follow the link in my sig and there are some overclocking guides in there for you.

Edit: Don't be thrown off that it states its for the 920 and 930 chips, the settings will still help you as well. I followed the 4.2 settings and worked right off the bat. I'm currently 9 hours into testing my overclock at 4.5MHz.
Edited by gibsonnova74 - 11/7/10 at 3:35am
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I'm sorry for being a complete noob, but which link did you mean?
I noticed that you have your HT turned off. Is that the best thing to do? I assumed that 8 cores would perform better than 4, but clearly I don't know what I'm talking about.
Edited by steelgrey75 - 11/7/10 at 3:58am
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I'm sorry for being a complete noob, but which link did you mean?
http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...-e-thread.html

Just scroll down a bit and you will see the overclock links.
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Thank you for your help. So I will try these settings :

Ai Overclock Tuner.....................[Manual]
CPU Ratio Setting......................[21.0]
Intel(r) SpeedStep(tm) Tech............[Disabled]
Xtreme Phase Full Power Mode...........[Enabled]
BCLK Frequency.........................[191]
PCIE Frequency.........................[100]
DRAM Frequency.........................[DDR3-1531MHz]
UCLK Frequency.........................[3063MHz]
QPI Link Data Rate.....................[Auto]

CPU Voltage Control....................[Manual]
CPU Voltage............................[1.23125]
CPU PLL Voltage........................[1.80]
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage..................[1.21875]
IOH Voltage............................[1.14]
IOH PCIE Voltage.......................[1.50]
ICH Voltage............................[1.20]
ICH PCIE Voltage.......................[1.50]
DRAM Bus Voltage.......................[1.64]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHA...........[Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHA...........[Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHB...........[Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHB...........[Auto]
DRAM DATA REF Voltage on CHC...........[Auto]
DRAM CTRL REF Voltage on CHC...........[Auto]

Load-Line Calibration..................[Enabled]
CPU Differential Amplitude.............[800mV]
CPU Clock Skew.........................[Delay 300ps]
CPU Spread Spectrum....................[Disabled]
IOH Clock Skew.........................[Auto]
PCIE Spread Spectrum...................[Disabled]

C1E Support............................[Disabled]
Hardware Prefetcher....................[Enabled]
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch...........[Enabled]
Intel(r) Virtualization Tech...........[Disabled]
CPU TM Function........................[Enabled]
Execute Disable Bit....................[Enabled]
Intel(r) HT Technology.................[Enabled]
Active Processor Cores.................[All]
A20M...................................[Disabled]
Intel(r) SpeedStep(tm) Tech............[Disabled]
Intel(r) C-STATE Tech..................[Disabled]

Would you advise these? Or should I use the settings that have HT turned off?
At the moment its idling at 29 degrees c, motherboard is 25 degrees.
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Yeah those are fine. If your temps get too high while testing for stability, turn the HT off. Also, please remember that all chips are different. You may have to make some tweaks to get these settings to work, but you should be ok. If anything you might have to bump up the CPU voltage a notch or 2.
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Must admit I am very nervous about all of this, a friend of mine has a 920 and is running it at 4ghz, but he has warned me about increasing the cpu voltage, thats the bit I am most nervous about. Really dont want to damage my system as I think I am in love with it, just ask my wife lol.
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Must admit I am very nervous about all of this, a friend of mine has a 920 and is running it at 4ghz, but he has warned me about increasing the cpu voltage, thats the bit I am most nervous about. Really dont want to damage my system as I think I am in love with it, just ask my wife lol.
With the settings you posted you won't be doing any harm to your chip. All those settings are well under the max voltages. You have nothing to worry about on those settings.
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Can't thank you enough, clearly you are an experienced overclocker and know what your talking about. I'll try those settings and run Prime95 later on. What sort of temps should I start to worry about? I have heard people mentioning 70 degrees as an absolute max on these chips.
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Can't thank you enough, clearly you are an experienced overclocker and know what your talking about. I'll try those settings and run Prime95 later on. What sort of temps should I start to worry about? I have heard people mentioning 70 degrees as an absolute max on these chips.
For a full load temp I would try to stay under 80c. Right now I'm running Prime95 and the highest I see on Coretemp is 81c. I would say as long as you stay under 85c you are fine, don't go over that.
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