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Hey guys.
Here I am again coming to you for help
So I have OC'ed my CPU to 3520mhz with 1.525v in bios and 1.488v under load, 2.4 mem multi giving me 1056mhz at 5.6.5.18 with 2.22v under load.
Now the problem is, even though I passed 15 runs of IBT at max rams and ran memtest for 10 hours, I still fail in prime95 blend test in less than half an hour, even faster. Small FFT worked fine for a few hours till I had enough.

I have increased vcore by 2 steps giving me 1.504v under load, increased MCH voltage to 1.4 from AUTO (1.1 stock) and nothing works ...

The BSOD I'm getting is the same one I would get if it fails IBT (124) and the CPU doesn't even get that hot. (~65-68C compared to ~72-74C running IBT)

Here are the pics of stress testing.

Anybody have any idea why I'm failing blend test but nothing else?


Edited by Cryptedvick - 3/14/11 at 9:43am
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Is MCH voltage the P45 voltage? I would think if you pass everything else but fail blend that would be the culprit... If that isn't the voltage, increase the chipset voltage (but I think it is anyway). I'm fairly sure your problem lies in running 4 1GB sticks, I bet if you removed 2 sticks you could pass blend with not too much of a voltage bump for the chipset.

Sometimes you just get limited in running memory the way you want it. My poor C2 Phenom II couldn't run 1600mhz at all no matter how much CPU-NB voltage I gave it, just like it may be impossible for you to run 4 sticks of 1066mhz no matter how much chipset voltage you give to it. You can try dropping the RAM divider or loosening timings more.
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I'm not sure that i will be comfortable with voltage of 1.5v. Try removing two sticks and check again - the more sticks you have the harder it will get for you to clock.
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I'm not sure that i will be comfortable with voltage of 1.5v. Try removing two sticks and check again - the more sticks you have the harder it will get for you to clock.
Removing two stick is most definitely not an option No way in hell I'm gonna run on 2GB of rams. 4GB is barely enough for me as it is ..

Quote:
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Is MCH voltage the P45 voltage? I would think if you pass everything else but fail blend that would be the culprit... If that isn't the voltage, increase the chipset voltage (but I think it is anyway). I'm fairly sure your problem lies in running 4 1GB sticks, I bet if you removed 2 sticks you could pass blend with not too much of a voltage bump for the chipset.

Sometimes you just get limited in running memory the way you want it. My poor C2 Phenom II couldn't run 1600mhz at all no matter how much CPU-NB voltage I gave it, just like it may be impossible for you to run 4 sticks of 1066mhz no matter how much chipset voltage you give to it. You can try dropping the RAM divider or loosening timings more.
yes the MCH is the P45 voltage.
From what I know, its safe as high as 1.5v? not sure tho...
These sticks are 800mhz, I OC'd them to 1056mhz
Right now, I'm at my absolute OC limit... everything past this point is unstable unless I go crazy on the voltages (which I can't due to heat) but also, I'm not willing to go lower on the clocks of my rams or their timings.
I wonder if fiddling with those other weird voltages might bring some stability ... Anybody have any experience with these old P45s?
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1.5v is the very limit Intel gives for that chip - but for 24/7 more than 1.46v is a lucky shot. And for the Temp too.
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id...es=SL9UM,SLACR
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1.5v is the very limit Intel gives for that chip - but for 24/7 more than 1.46v is a lucky shot. And for the Temp too.
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id...es=SL9UM,SLACR
no offence but these chips are completely fine with 1.5-1.52v on air with decent cooling ... I've been running mine with this kind of voltage for the past 2 years with no problems.

A lucky shot would be 1.6v with bad temps(80C). Remember, these are old school 65nm that can take quite a beating before they pop. They WILL NOT fail at 1.5v.


Anyway, I've set the MCH to 1.3v, tREAD values from 8 to 9 on both channels, and CPU PLL + CPU Termination to their stock values as I read that AUTO overvolts them. Doing Blend test as I type this ...
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Well, seems like I found the culprit ... vcore.
Even tho I can pass IBT just fine at 1.525v/1.488v it won't pass Blend Test.
Went ahead and gave it 1.547v/1.504v and now it passed a few hours of Blend Test (compared to minutes before it would BSOD before) and I stopped it. Will do some proper testing later but I got a feeling its stable.
Come to think of it, this is the vcore I used a few months ago but then it wouldn't make it under IBT with 1.488v.
NB is at 1.3v right now and seems happy at that.

Thanks you guys for your replies, +1
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My money is on RAM fail, %100.

Option 1: Run them 1:1 with FSB, which is what you should be doing anyway with 4x1GB, and you'll probably hit 3.6 with lower VCore.

Option 2: You're already putting 2.4 volts through you RAM, trying to force them to work, and you're going to kill them. When you kill them, buy 2x2GB, run them 1:1 and you'll probably hit 3.6 with lower VCore. IF you buy 2x2GB of 1066, FIRST OC with 1:1, and AFTER you get the CPU stable, change the RAM multiple to try to get 1066.

Trying to make 4x1GB run 1066 on a Q6600 OC is a waste of time. I'm just being honest. You're going to kill them with that voltage, you're holding your CPU back and 1066 vs 800 is not helping you.

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124 BSOD is VTT or vcore. According to the BSOD error code list posted somwhere on this forum...
    
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Q9650 @ 4.3Ghz Gigabyte P45-UD3R EVGA GTX 960 SSC G.Skill Pi PC2-8800 8GB 
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OCZ Vertex 460a 120GB LG SuperBlu Bluray/HD DVD drive Thermalright Archon Push/Pull corsair H75 (GPU) 
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