Originally Posted by m k b
I've recently purchased a GD53 (B3) mobo with an i5-2500k and had a dabble with some overclocking and have had some intermittent problems with my Vertex 3 120GB SSD.
Firstly the SSD. Had a number of BSOD's with the error code F4 with default CPU clocks and my memory on the std XMP profile. I also experienced stuttering in windows whilst watching video streams or playing BF3. My PC would stutter with the mouse juddering around, similar to if you pressed play/pause quickly when listening to music. I was using the 1E bios that was installed when I bought it. I then tried the latest Beta Bios 1FB but my PC kept crashing with no warning or BSOD. I've since reverted back to the 1D Bios that is supposedly the most stable and the best for overclocking. I'm yet to try the LPM fix suggested and so I'm hoping that may resolve the problems I'm experiencing, although I'm open to any other suggestions.
With regards to overclocking in the Bios UEFI. On my previous x58 board I found that using Low Line Calibration 2 really helped stabilise my overclocks. I notice that on the GD53 I have either the AUTO option or LOW VDROOP CONTROL (High VDROOP control is missing). Which is recommended to stabilise the vcore?
On another note, just for clarification. In the UEFI under Integrated Peripherals I have AHCI enabled, and below this option all the SATA ports are listed and shown to have Hot Plugging Disabled. I just want to make sure this is the only place I need to disable hotplugging as it's important for my SSD to run smoothly.
These are known Vertex 3 issues documented in the OCZ Vertex 3 forums. There are firmware updates and solutions for the BSOD and stutter. There are also recommendations for first time install of the SSD. Here is the steps I followed to resolve these issues on my system.
1. remove the drive
2. clear the cmos
3. set hotplugging to disabled, set up bios then f10 and exit,....now power off
4. attach the drive
5. reflash the FW to the drive with hotplugging disabled
6. once reflashed, power down the system, remove power to the drive for 1 minute, reconnect the drive and power on.
7. boot to windows... go to device manager, navigate to disk drives, navigate to the SSD drive, right click on it...uninstall
9. you will now be asked to reboot
10. boot back to windows, let the drive be installed again and reboot
11. boot back to windows, make sure power scheme is how you want it ( i run balanced with sleep and hybrid enabled and LSPM to moderate)
12. reboot then run WEI
6. is MOST important, just had this confirmed by SandForce, the drive right after being flashed HAS to see a full power cycle...i want you guys to be ultra thorough about this, if you can remove the drive or minimum take the power cable off the drive for at least 30 seconds.
I used the Linux iso flash tool they have posted and system not overclocked when doing the flash. System in AHCI mode, with latest stable bios (in my case 1.D) I also made sure my SSD was aligned and in my case used the Intel Storage drivers (10.6.0.1002 ). You want to try both the MSAHCI and Intel to see which one works best for you.Edited by prmax - 11/18/11 at 5:46am