I downloaded and updated RivaTuner to the latest. I installed CPU-Z and should I just read all the OC guides and reviews on BIOS for the Rampage II Extreme? I only planned to OC a little until I finish my school year and can pump mega buks into OCing (when I work a lot).
yes you should read some OC guides & reviews on BIOS to farmiliarize yourself.
My "style" is not to just jump into something until I know the consequences, common sense for me
You need to know what effects entering values can do.
If you learn to overclock a little, (stable) you will have the ability to OC a LOT 4Ghz +, same items in BIOS changed with 4Ghz or 3Ghz, just different amounts.
Write down everything you change in BIOS, so you wont be saying"boy I wish I could recall those stable sets I had"
So just pay attention to the options in the BIOS, what the reviewer says regarding it? What the mobos strengths/weaknesses are?
yes, this helps you to understand what each item in BIOS does.
Although on those review its not a step by step way to overclock.
Recommendations from the list of vendors above?
vendor links you gave I saw 3 good Heatsinks on PC Case Gear
I use Scythe "G" 120mm fluid bearing for case fans & cpu, on PC Case Gear link also
120mm fan "g"> http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...oducts_id=7570
PC Case Gear has a LOT.
Just what I use, personal pref.
High speed fans are noisy, I never hear them in gaming.
I would sacrifice cool for noise anyday, a decision you need to make on high rpm fans.
Some nice cpu coolers>
any Noctua, prefer the NH D14, pricey$$
I have this Mega> http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=11125
with (2) scythe g push/pull
* usually the more you pay $$ , the better it cools.
So what should I do for DRAM? Is that needed when I OC my CPU since I am upping the FSB, wouldn't that increase the frequency the RAM works on? Since Intel replaces that with QPI. Or am I completely mistaken in the functionality?
enter manu spec volts 1.65 like I said earlier.,
your ram> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145258
oc DRAM or setting to specs is easy , one thing @ a time
leave ram on auto till we get cpu oc a bit.
You did set Ai oc tuner to manual?
You did enter 1.65v( manu spec?) DRAM BUS? then you will be able to oc cpu & DRAM will "auto" follow.
You did [disable] floppy?
Yes as you increase or decrease BCLK or Ratio , DRAM freq is directly proportional and will increase/decrease.
So will UCLK & QPI link...confused yet?
UCLK value has to be twice that of ram ex: if ram 1600, uclk will be minimum 3200.
auto will/should do that for you.
You are right on with FSB QPI function
Under load the vcore increases?
vcore might increase/decrease with load, depends on a few things>
BIOS advanced menu speedstep ( which lowers vcore at idle, increases to approx entered value at load.).I [disable] that.
LLC [enabled] means BIOS controls vcore voltage under load to steady amout entered.
LLC [disabled} means intel takes control of vcore , so under load vcore will decrease below amount entered.
With LLC [enabled] you will have a more steady vcore, close to amount entered , thus a more stable OC.
So, take it off auto & enable it,
So if it goes to 2 I should set it manually to 2 later without changing the CPU frequency at all?
yes, set it to 2 (for simplicity) as this will be stable vcore under load, @ stock cpu freq. (p95) as read on cpu-z.
you will also need to manually increase qpi/dram core volts for stable overclock., usually around 1.25~1.30v
"what does changing the vcore value do in terms of speed or w/e effect it has?"
You need to increase vcore to increase cpu freq/speed.
If you leave(manually set) vcore on "2" at default cpu freq, its good, but increase speed (freq) it will fail.
Im talking a substantial increase of speed not 1 Mhz
Basically> manually set vcore to load amount read in prime95/cpu-z while vcore is auto.(2) @ stock freq.
This value(2) will be starting base for any increase in cpu freq.& will be stable @ stock freq.
if cpu freq is 2.8Ghz @ (2) vcore , then if you increase cpu freq to 3.0Ghz you can guesstimate it will need (2.3).
RealTemp monitors the maximum and minimum vcore value so I will use that then?
realtemp for temps
read max load vcore from cpu-z value
Could I use programs like CPU-Z or AIDA(Previously Everest) to do this instead?
yes, its always good idea to compare one to the other, for peace of mind.
Use the one you like the best.
I just mentioned realtemp as one to use, there are many.
I take it that means mess around with the features Asus provides, so I can do testing? Or...
in order to make manual sets you need to do this first Ai Overclock Tuner to [maual]
change LLC to [enable]
The features asus provides are not noob level up etc.that we will use
watch cpu coretemps always.
btw coretemp another useful prog> http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/
This motherboard has a CMOS reset button on the back I/O ports.
mine does too I think, but I never use it, tried, no luck.
If you are "locked" no screen, failed oc,, CMOS button might not rescue you.
I enter BIOS & set default if need be.
* remember these>
If you have a "failed oc" power off pc, unplug it, wait 5 mins power on and IMMEDIATELY del key to bios, press F5/F10.
Basically CPU Perimeter Recall.
If this fails to give you a screen after failed bios sets....remove battery for few mins, power on , enter bios, set defaults, one of these should get POST
intel heat sink abbreviated, sorry.
also means this ,Integrated Heat Spreader which is attatched to core of processor
Ready to try a small oc? ill try to put something step by step together for ya, back in a few.
When running prime95 blend @ stock before changing anything, open cpu-z to monitor vcore, temp prog for temps, run for 20 mins , watching temps not to exceed 80c cores.(intel stock HS take care).
note all readings, vcore & temps min/max
Sorry this sentence should have read
) can be monitored by RealTemp, it shows min & max value>
http://www.techpowerup.com/realtemp/Edited by M1 Abrams - 2/28/11 at 5:56pm