Thanks, my friend!
As a matter of fact, that thread was the very first thing that I have read when I started my overclocking adventure. Indeed, Mr. sin0822 seems to be an expert in this field. I would love to PM him to ask for guidance, but I hesitated because it looks like he is already a high-profile forum member so he must be busy. But definitely I will try to send him a message.
I have actually achieved some success with overclocking and already submitted my official entries to this thread. I have tried the following:
4.0GHz, Manual Overclock Method, with LLC on Level 4<--this was my very first overclock, following sin0822's guide.
4.0GHz, Offset Overclock Method (not submitted)
4.3GHz, Offset Overclock Method (not submitted)
4.4GHz, Offset Overclock Method, +0.010 Offset VCore (1.308 VCore in BIOS...within OS it was 1.296->1.284->1.272->1.260)
4.5GHz, Offset Overclock Method, +0.035 Offset VCore (gave me 1.344 VCore in BIOS, and then within OS it was 1.320->1.308->1.296->1.284)
It's summer months so I will have to wait until the rainy season for the weather temperatures to go down a bit. :)
Maybe you can pitch in or give insights to some of my previous questions? But definitely I will also forward them to Mr. sin0822. Anyway, here are my previous posts (and only if you have time, please):
EDIT: is this VCore considered "within range" or good enough, i.e. not too high for a 4.5GHz Overclock?
Today I am running another round of 12-hour Prime95 stress-test. It's the same 4.5GHz overclock, but I am now trying +0.025 Offset. In BIOS, that would be a VCore of 1.332 and then within the OS (during stress-testing) the VCore was 1.308<-1.296<-1.284<-1.272.
For RAM, here is my query: I only have two sticks, 4GB which is 2x2GB...Corsair Dominator CMP4GX3M2A 1600C9. On the sticker, box, and the product's website it says 1600MHz at 1.65V. In the BIOS, it shows at 1333MHz at 1.5V though. Do I have to change BIOS for it to run at 1600MHz at 1.65V? Are those the "stated/rated timings"? Or do I just keep it at 1333MHz at 1.5V?
By the way I have tried out enabling "XMP Profile" for the RAM. I noticed that the RAM settings would be 1.65V and then Vtt Voltage (I'm guessing this is VCCIO) of 1.15. If I wanted to set my ram to 1600MHz manually instead of using XMP Profile...do I simply set VDIMM to 1.64 (that's the closest to 1.65V in my BIOS) and then I will set my QPT/Vtt to 1.08V (from the default of 1.05V)?
For my motherboard: to set PLL to a lower value as suggested (i.e. 1.71V), do I have to enabled "CPU PLL Overvoltage"? Or will 1.71V still kick in even if I don't enable it?
Or do I just forget about configuring the RAM altogether (apologies...I am simply bewildered because the sticker/box says 1600MHz but BIOS says 1333MHz so I don't know what the "rated/stated timings or settings" are).
Thanks in advance. :)
Edited by topet2k12001 - 5/22/13 at 11:07pm