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I am a gamer 99% of the time and now that I have my new Intel Core i7 i950 Processor and Gigabyte EX-58 Extreme Motherboard with Corsair RAM at 1600MHZ. I have a corsair HC70 Cooler.

I have read a lot of the guides out there but still find myself confused.

My stock temps are 38degrees.

I'd love to be able to get my computer running around a steady 4.0.

Can anyone guide me? Attached here is my CPU-Z log.

What i'm struggling with most is how to set all my bios settings as a start. I know right now it's using XMP Profile for the memory and Turbo Mode. I have HyperThreading turned off but didn't notice much temp differences either way (maybe couple degrees). I'm mainly confused on all the voltages on where to start with them on manual mode vs. auto.

Please help if you can.

Thanks,
Bmickey
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If your a beginner read, read, read and read.
then try a little.

If you ask questions like that, all we are able to say is what's already written on those guides for begginers.

btw, don't even look at your idle temps, they are useless. load temps is what matters
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Look for the "3 step guide to overclocking your i3" (and the title may encompass i5 and i7 as well.) It should be pretty much the same.
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Look for the "3 step guide to overclocking your i3" (and the title may encompass i5 and i7 as well.) It should be pretty much the same.
this is a GREAT guide, read it, print it and use it. i'd forget bout xmp go to manual overclock(i have asus so may use different names) if you just wanna hit 4ghz heres some settings to use as rough guidance but still get the guide and use it as your bible! but go bck 200, multi 20(or you could go 190/191 with a multi of 21, but a higher bclk will mean faster ram, you may even get a faster bclk of 210 and 19 multi, if you follow steps in guide of maximizing bclk, also i typically get better stability on odd number multi's???) set your ram timings manually as per there manufacturers specs but set them to a lower multi(so they are running at 1333 instead of 1600) at first then once your cpu stable you can lifting speed of ram. disable speed step, turbo(think turbo turns off at same time as speedstep) c1e, and virtulization. turn on HT, if heat and stability become an issue later then turn it off, you can set load line cal if you want to 800mv but i would imagine you dont need it at 4ghz. set vcore 1.3 at first and once you get stabilty THEN slowly bring it down once you lose stability go up a notch or two. try cpu pll at 1.85 and qpi 1.35(i've had it at 1.6 b4 but again use the guides steps to maximize voltages) dram 1.65, disable your spread spectrums too. theres a million and one cheap and dirty ways to get to 4ghz(like this, lol) but to get the absolute most out of your pc take a little bit of time to do the research(i mean how hard is it to read) and you will be better equiped to do it in the future, on different systems etc. let us kno how you go??
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Ok, so I spent quite a few hours over 2 days going through the 3 Step Guide to overclocking. I THINK it was pretty successful but I wanted to review the settings I have with some of you gurus to see if you see anything I should be fine tuning? I did have it at BCLK of 200 and it BSOD during the 2nd test, so I scaled it back to BCKL of 195.

Thanks all for the suggestion!!!

My main questions are:
1) Do I have too many settings still on AUTO? And if so, which ones?
2) What else am I missing?
3) During the 3 Cycle IntelBurnTest my max temps were pretty high I feel (89Celsius)? Is that too high?
4) Is my CPU VCore at 1.43125V too high?
5) What would you tweak next?

I am able to run the IntelBurnTest v 2.50 at Maximum with Threads = 16 for 3 times:
Time (s)Speed (GFlops)Result
343.99127.00973.434917e-002
220.96942.04703.434917e-002
192.30448.31463.434917e-002


Here is my current BIOS settings:
Advanced CPU Features:

CPU Clock Ratio = 21x
CPU Frequency = 4.09 GHz (195 x 21)
Intel Turbo BoostTech = Enabled
CPU Cores Enabled = All
MultiThreading = Enabled
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) = Enabled
C3/C6/C7 State Support = Disabled
CPU Thermal Monitor = Enabled
CPU EIST Function = Disabled
Bi-Directional PROCHOT = Enabled
Virtualization Technology = Enabled

Uncore and QPI Features:
QPI Clock Ratio = AUTO
QPI Link Speed = 7.02 GHz
Uncore Clock Ratio = x16
Uncore Frequency = 3120 MHz
Isochronous Support = Enabled
BCLK = Enabled
BCLK Frequency = 195
PCI Express Frequency = AUTO
CIA2 = Disabled
CPU Clock Drive = 800mV
PCI Express Clock Drive = 900mV
CPU Clock Skew = 0ps
IOH Clock Skey = 0ps

Performance Enhance Settings = STANDARD
XMP = Profile 1 (on)
SPD = 8
Memory Frequency 1560

DRAM Timing Selectable(SPD) = EXPERT
Profile DDR Voltage = 1.65V
Profile QPI Voltage = 1.4V

CAS Latency Time = 7 [AUTO]
tRCD = 8 [AUTO]
tRP = 7 [AUTO]
tRAS = 20 [AUTO]
Command Rage (CMD) = 1 [AUTO]

Advanced Voltage Control:
LLC = ENABLED
CPU VCore = 1.43125V
QPI/Vtt Voltage = 1.255V
xDynamic Vcore (DVID) = AUTO
CPU PLL = AUTO
PCIE = 1.5 AUTO
QPI PLL = 1.1 AUTO
IOH Core 1.160V (2 video cards)
ICH I/O = 1.5 AUTO
ICHO Core = 1.1 AUTO

DRAM Voltage = 1.500V AUTO
DRAM Termination = .750V AUTO
CH A - C Data Vrem = .750V AUTO
CH A-C Address VRef = .750V AUTO
post #6 of 8
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Any updates? I had one person tell me that CPU Vcore of 1.43125 was high for this overclock. My question is, is it too high and will it damage my CPU or mobo over time?
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Originally Posted by bmickey View Post
Any updates? I had one person tell me that CPU Vcore of 1.43125 was high for this overclock. My question is, is it too high and will it damage my CPU or mobo over time?
Yes its high, and its too high since you are using H70.

Take alook at this, here is my 4.3 HT On BIOS setting, you can install Gigabyte Tuner and change every thing as i have.

But before that be sure that your HT is off, and disable any thing else which need power like Keyboard USB and so... You can do that through Bios as below:

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

Check if you can boot and dont forget to check you Load temp. After that you can reduce the clock with some other stuff to make it fit your needs.

If you need any thing else, dont hesitate to tell me/us.

Good Luck
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^^^^these cpu settings look good(rubema post)^^^^
im not familiar with gigabyte bios' settings but first off i would say your vcore is way to high. its prob qpi(think it vtt on gigabyte) causing bsod. when its been bsod'ing whats the code(the row of number at bottom the first block of numbers will end in 101 or 124 mostly) 101 usually relates to not enough vcore and 124 is qpi/vtt). try bit higher qpi/vtt(with higher bclk you get stability from qpi overall speed is vcore) and lower your vcore. also lift your dram from 1.5 to 1.65. are those timing the stock timings(7-8-7-20) for your ram? if theyre not u should get the cpu stable then OC the ram afterwards. as rubema mentioned disable turbo, you can get same output by entering multi manually, but that flicking back and forth at such high clocks can cause errors. disable virtulization and c1e. let us kno how you go
Edited by CH4PZ - 12/27/10 at 5:47pm
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