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Timings? Help, I'm a noob.

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So, until today I'd never messed with memory timings, I changed them from the auto 11-11-11-29 that my PC was setting them to, to the stock of 9-9-9-24.

I'm using 8GB of Corsair Vengenace, 2x4GB sticks.

880GM-UD2H Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T @ 4.0Ghz Stable - (Planning on trying for 4.1-4.3)

I'm looking to upgrade to another stick or two of ram as I'm nearly maxing out, however, before that I'd like to see if changing my timings can contemplate for high percentage usage.

Could someone please explain (extreme babysteps, walkthrough) what ultimately the best way to make my modules reach their optimal levels.

Here's my CPU-Z;


My cooling's very good - I'm hitting 45c at a maximum on a 100% load at my CPU. The ram modules are directly next to a 120mm 68CFM Exhaust fan which is taking some good heat off of them - there's also a 120mm fan around 50mm above them which is also an exhaust.
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Unless you are already using your full 8Gb of ram, which I doubt you are, I would suggest against adding to it. Most suggest 4Gb, for gaming anyways.

That being said, AMDs like lower timing rather than higher frequencies. Just put through slightly more voltage to your ram and begin to lower your timings until it is unstable then bring it up 1 notch. The 2nd number is always the hardest to get down, so you may have to leave it at 7-8-7-20, etc..
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You probably really don't want to run the 1090T at that voltage on a motherboard with unheatsinked 4+1 power phase.... however Gigabyte's are of quality, add some mosfet heatsinks and you should be fine but I would recommend against going further/higher than 1.475V
Perhaps try some optimizations? (i.e. moving kernel permanently into memory... expanding pagefile...)
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
You probably really don't want to run the 1090T at that voltage on a motherboard with unheatsinked 4+1 power phase.... however Gigabyte's are of quality, add some mosfet heatsinks and you should be fine but I would recommend against going further/higher than 1.475V
Perhaps try some optimizations? (i.e. moving kernel permanently into memory... expanding pagefile...)
My CPU Cooler's keeping my temps at around 45c through Prime95 which is proving to be decent, I was expecting this motherboard to be terrible.
I'll be upgrading to a better motherboard in the coming weeks.

Anyway - I'm clueless what the Kernel/Pagefile jargon was about - could you help further explain?

Also - To the guy above - I'm currently using 85% of my 8GB of RAM and plan on putting more stress on my system. An upgrade is necessary.

Edit:
Currently my system's at;

100% CPU
79% RAM

Temperatures;

CPU Cores (As displayed by AMD Overdrive); 39.5c
Speedfan;
Temp1; 30C
Temp2; 44C
Temp3; 53C
Core; 40C
GPU; 33C.

I'm not too great at computing or overclocking at all, but I'm reasonably sure those are nice temperatures for the voltage going in.

Edit2: What's the maximum 'safe' voltage I can put into Corsair Vengeance with the specs listed above?
Edited by HenryParry - 2/12/11 at 7:39pm
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I'm talking about VRM temps/safety, not CPU. Since you have a tower cooler there's absolutely no air getting to mosfets - which are already unheatsinked and having to power more than 125W. x6 is very VRM heavy. Some people have seen mosfet failure - sometimes involving violent fire & explosives - with inadequate motherboards. I highly recommend adding some mosfet heatsinks for ~$10 i.e. Enzotech MOS-C1, if you wish to remain at 4Ghz.
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I'm talking about VRM temps/safety, not CPU. Since you have a tower cooler there's absolutely no air getting to mosfets - which are already unheatsinked and having to power more than 125W. x6 is very VRM heavy. Some people have seen mosfet failure - sometimes involving violent fire & explosives - with inadequate motherboards. I highly recommend adding some mosfet heatsinks for ~$10 i.e. Enzotech MOS-C1, if you wish to remain at 4Ghz.
Ahh, okay. Excuse my ignorance.

I'm looking into a new motherboard already - I'm quite sure the one I'm after has mosfet heatsinks.

Back on topic, what can I do about this RAM?
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Well, have you been able to lower timings at all past 9-9-9? i.e. 8-8-8 or 8-9-8?
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