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ok so i bought this computer from a friend out of state and he doesnt recommend me turning up the overclock no higher than he set it at 3.6 and he wont offer me advice or tell me how to do it.. LOL(what a friend!!!)

the mobo is asus rampage lll formula

its an i7-970 processor chip

has custom liquid cooling setup
its already @ 3612.2 GHz and i wanna bump it up to 3.9 or 4.0 . thats my goal and final resting point. i run this computer 24/7 for online chess playing and tournaments where other players have dual xeon setups and 980x @ 4,5,6 GHz some vapor cooled, custome nitrogen setups, some guys have cluster computers with 48+ cores.. endless players and setups, but for me, i just want a good setup and i have got it now. i have 12 GB of g.skill ripjaw series 1600 MHz DDR3 memory, 2 intel x-25 SSD 80gb. 1 tb caviar black and 500 gb CB HD. 1200 watt corsair professional series power supply. . my CPU-Z says the voltage is
1.224 and 3612.2 GHz right now.
multiplier is x24
bus speed is 150.5 MHz
i see in the bios when i start up it a tab says extreme tweaker and i believe this is where u do the overclocking adjustments, i just dont know what to do and how to adjust it, if some one could give some adfice, i greatly appreciate it. i been around computers for 20+ years, but never got into bios and overclocked or cared to until about 3 months ago.. thanks guys.. i have attached pics of my computer case and inside bay





    
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First of all, since this is your first post, welcome to OCN.

Secondly, go here and fill out the rest of your system spec as much as you can (if you don't know some of them then just leave it blank). This will help us when it comes time to troubleshoot your OC.

Third, might wanna go through the R3F mobo thread since there are a lot of members posting their OC templates inside and that would be an easy start for you to go on. In fact, below is one of the templates for 4.2GHz that was posted inside that thread. Just make sure to watch the temps, don't use Asus AI software to overclock (do it through the BIOS), know how to clear the BIOS in case you have problem, etc. and you should be good.



- i7 970 @ 25x168 BCLK = 4200MHz
- QPI @ 18x168 = 3024MHz
- CPU vcore: 1.352v
- QPI/DRAM: 1.25v


Edit: good job on filling out your spec and that's one nice rig you have there!
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ok now

i7 970 @ 25x168 BCLK = 4200MHz
- QPI @ 18x168 = 3024MHz
- CPU vcore: 1.352v
- QPI/DRAM: 1.25v

where u have put 25x168=4200 is that ut i put in in bios and the qpi 18x168 i put that in too?

all these figures u gave me i will have to enter it..

can u tell me where each one goes in what order or will i see the abreviations qpi and just enter the numbers exactly how u have them? and thats it..

and all these i enter is in the same screen or diff sections of bios? ..this will be my first time touching anything in bios i did in fact figure out how to turn off hyper threading.

and i guess before i touch anything just write down what it currently says so i can change it back incase i have a BSOD or something happens, how do i know if my computer is stable at 200 what is some signs or things to look for.. also with my setup what is the max temp. i should watch out for. or what do u consider a high temp? and a normal temp and a normal operating temp at 100% load..? thanks in advance. right now # 3.6 with 100% load for hours at a time my max temps are 142 F* or in celcius it is 61C
and idle is between 31C - 37C
    
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ok so i went by the template i went into bios
i turn on manual for the cpu level up in the bios from cpu level up to manual

i change BCLK to 168 and at top in yellow said target 4200 MHZ
i then went down to CPU VOLTAGE it said auto i changed to 1.3564 i kept hitting the + till i got to close as i could to 1.352 i did same for the QPI/DRAM then i hit f10 and exited and it restarted but said overclocked failed please enter setup to fix or reset back to default settings

if i hit auto cpu level up it says 2 options i7-980x 3.33G and i7-crazy 3.60G .

what am i doing wrong?

please help me thanks.. why is it not working i also changed the multiplier from 24 to 25 (says min 12 max 25.) it was at 24 for 3.60G now i changed to 25 and left voltages on auto and now i went from 3.6 im at 3.750G now and its running fine same voltage and changed x24 to x25.. i didnt hurt nothing did i .. the voltage is at 1.224 . thanks.i really do wanna go to 4.0 or hit 4.2 i have liquid cooling, im not doing sumthing right ahh if they only had remote support for bios too!!..
    
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please help me thanks.. why is it not working i also changed the multiplier from 24 to 25 (says min 12 max 25.) it was at 24 for 3.60G now i changed to 25 and left voltages on auto and now i went from 3.6 im at 3.750G now and its running fine same voltage and changed x24 to x25.. i didnt hurt nothing did i .. the voltage is at 1.224 . thanks.i really do wanna go to 4.0 or hit 4.2 i have liquid cooling, im not doing sumthing right ahh if they only had remote support for bios too!!..
You didn't hurt anything so don't worry and 3.75 is an increase so it's all good. Try 160 x 24 and that should get you to 3.8GHz (leave everything else on auto if you like), keep it for a few days, do some stress testing (Prime95 or IBT) and if everything's cool then you can move it up a notch.

Here's a guide for 920 and 930 just for your reference. Might wanna go through at least the first page and get familiar with some of the terminologies there. Good luck and I'm trying to get the mod to move your thread to a correct forum (Intel CPU) so you can get more responses there.
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what if i do 160 or 165 or 170 at 24 .. can i do that and leave rest at auto ? i also notice that everything still says 3612.2 GHz even though my cpu z says 3750.6Ghz my program SPECCY says 3612 still and my chess program i7 970 @ 3.2 G 3612.2 MHZ.. nothing says 3750.6 just in my CPU-Z why is this?even in computer properties says 3612 still i have rebooted twice too!.
    
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ok so i tried 160 @ 25 didnt work.. said overclocking filed press f1 to fix.

so i did 158 at x25 and im at 3.925 G and it worked!! and the voltage says 1.280

from 3.762 at 1.224

so im guessing my voltage is ok?

also my temps @ idle are now between 38c-41c
I HAVE liquid cooling as u can see in my pix.

my goal is to get 4.2 out of her for 24/7 use in computer chess at playchess. is only gaming i do and i leave her going 24/7 auto enter tourneys win $$ if i place first. strongc competition (dual xeon setups @ 5 ghz) vapor cooling etc.. one guy has an i7 2600k there at 7.1 GHz he is a world known overclocker and placed top 10 in the overclocking championships he is from ukraine, ill find his name he has helped makeone of the chess books me and my friends use online!.. but the multiplier still says x24 in everything but CPU-Z when i restart computer and says same for my pc speed @ 3.6GHz now when i went from 3.7 to 39 now says 3.80 GHz.. why the reading not high as what it says in CPU-Z?
    
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ok so reading up i notice people says i have mine at 21x191 etc.. so im guessing multiplier 21x BCLK= 191 therefore im at25(max) mutiplier and BCLK 158= 3.925 GHz
should i lower the mutiplier to like 22 or 23 and raise the BCLK to deisred number to get 4GHZ?.. since i have it on auto it adjusts my voltage and all for me.. well in extreme tweaker i have it on maunual not CPU level up or auto. vut voltage says auto beside it so does QPI/DRAM.

my memory im using is sats this in speccy only place i could find info on my memory..




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Size12280 MBytes
SPD
Number of SPD modules3
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XMP-8809572
Frequency4404786 MHz
JEDEC #4
Frequency686 MHz
CAS# latency9.0
RAS# to CAS#10
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tRAS25
tRC34
Voltage1.500 V
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Frequency610 MHz
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RAS# to CAS#9
RAS# Precharge9
tRAS22
tRC31
Voltage1.500 V
JEDEC #2
Frequency533 MHz
CAS# latency7.0
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RAS# Precharge7
tRAS20
tRC27
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JEDEC #1
Frequency457 MHz
CAS# latency6.0
RAS# to CAS#6
RAS# Precharge6
tRAS17
tRC23
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Slot #2
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ManufacturerG.Skill
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SPD Ext.EPP
XMP-8809572
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Frequency610 MHz
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RAS# Precharge9
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tRC31
Voltage1.500 V
JEDEC #2
Frequency533 MHz
CAS# latency7.0
RAS# to CAS#7
RAS# Precharge7
tRAS20
tRC27
Voltage1.500 V
JEDEC #1
Frequency457 MHz
CAS# latency6.0
RAS# to CAS#6
RAS# Precharge6
tRAS17
tRC23
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Slot #3
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Another thing i would do if u have green dye in that loop i would drain it asap and replace it with destilled and a silver coil and drain it every month. Just my
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its not dye i dont think. its the liquid cooling thatcame with the kit.. the black light really makes it look green. but with lights off and in day its really light light green to a clear color..

i changed the AI tuner to manual.. in bios .. '

ok i went back into bios i did x25 multiplier and BCLK 159 ok
at top when u do this it shows ur adjustment wwhere ur speed will be if u use them numbers.. undeath it it says something with the memory DDR3-1584 etc.. well i have 1600 MHZ memory and it seems when i try and do x25 multi or x24 and go over 1600 mhz it wont work right and says overclock fails on reboot.. but if i lower it just enough below 1604 MHZ it will boot up so highest i can go without going over 1600 MHZ is x25x159 = 3.980 GHz.. im happy, but i wanna get one day to 4.2 atleast. 4.1 im satisfied as well heck 4.0 would work.. my memory timings are

1600MHZ-9-9-9-24-2N-1.50V
    
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