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I have the Rampage 3 Gene with a x5660 and I can boot 21 x 200 for 4.2ghz with 1600 ram.<br>
I have 3 x2gb Gskill 9 9 9 25 1.65v<br>
What is your uncore? I have to run mine at 2x ram speed or one click under 2x ram and I have it at 1.3v<br>
I normaly run 23x175 for a 4ghz 24/7 overclock. Ram is in the 144x range 8 9 8 24<br>
You should be able to post at 1600 with your hardware.
 

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What is your Uncore speed? It must be at least 1.5x your RAM speed.<br>
It could be that you need more QPI/Vtt voltage to get the RAM stable at that speed.
 

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Thanks for the replies, i tried both uncore x1,5 and x2 and also qpi/vtt from 1,2/1,25/1,3.<br>
Mysteriously it started with 1600mhz now this morning, with the multi set to 23x.<br>
But somehow the timings got really bad, im only able to get it stable at 9-9-9-24,<br>
the lowest i can start it is 7-8-7-18, but gets me alot of explorer errors and bluescreens,<br>
same with 8-8-8-20, increasing ram voltage didnt help either.<br>
1,5x or 2x uncore and different qpi/vtt settings didnt affect the stability at lower latencies either,<br>
so its running stable at 1600mhz (9-9-9-24) with 1,5x (2400mhz) uncore and 1,2 qpi/vtt for now.<br>
Somehow i feel im better off with the 1333mhz (6-7-6-18) setting, if im not able to get better latencies at 1600mhz.<br>
Also i read in a guide, that its better for westmere to set the uncore to 1,5x, than 2x like for bloomfield,<br>
not sure if it makes any difference.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2295317/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2295317" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2295317/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 335px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2295318/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2295318" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2295318/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 334px"></a>
 

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after taking a look at bill1024's timings, i also managed to get 8-9-8-24 running stable,<br>
but overall 1333 CL6 (6/1333 = 0,0045) seems to be the better deal, than 1600 CL8 (8/1600 = 0,005).<br>
Getting 1600 CL7 (7/1600 = 0,0043), like on my other build, would have been perfect,<br>
but i guess the gene with the x5600 series doesnt want to go at it, like the formula with the x5500 series. <img alt="rolleyes.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif"><br>
Now im thinking, if i should swap the the x5570 with the second x5675 (since i got a matched pair of them for a great deal), as a further upgrade for the htpc, since it also might have better temps.
 

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so i've been contemplating upgrading from my 970 to a 4790k for more single core performance in cpu heavy games like wow/heroes/ and starcraft, but i remember this thread. From what i am reading the xeon has comparable performance to the 4770k. Was wondering if there is much more headroom if i change from my 970 to a x5660 on overclock and how well my rampage fomula iii would do vs a sabertooth for overclocking.
 

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I have six sticks of 2GB RAM, mixed from two old 7-8-7-20-2T 1866MHz kits - I've been unable to run them stable faster than 1500MHz, but then again I'm able to run them at 1500MHz at 6-6-5-15-1T with only 1.5V, so I guess I'm quite happy with that. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Now this is intressting, i just installed the other xeon x5675 in my htpc and i cant run my ripjaws at 1600 7-7-7-18 CR1 anymore, they perform even worse than the snipers at 1600 8-9-8-24 CR1 now and a stable boot is only possible at 1600 9-9-9-24 CR1.<br>
At 1333 the ripjaws do a stable boot at 7-7-7-18 CR1 while the snipers can at 6-7-6-18 CR1.<br>
At first i thought, it was because the formula would perform better at ram overclock than the gene, but now im sure its the cpu that causes the difference. It seems the xeon x5500 series performs better at ram overclock than the x5600 series does, might be thanks to a different memory controller architecture in the smaller 32nm die. On a side note the g.skill sniper seems to overclock better than the red ripjaws does and here i thought the ripjaws were the better ones at overclocking, but the sniper is ahead in terms of performance together with a westmere cpu. Overall the big increase in cpu performance, combined with lower voltage needs and lower temperatures thanks to the smaller die, makes up for the little loss in overclocked ram performance. Both xeon x5675 are running stable at 3,66ghz with 1,125v now, further undervolting might be possible.
 

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As for the formula and sabertooth, i think they perform quite identical with overclocking, but i didnt push either to the limit, since im more after a stable 24/7 balanced overclock/undervolt setting and 3,66ghz is more than enough for daily needs. A friend of mine uses the sabertooth with a xeon x5650 at 3,66ghz and it runs with identical settings as the formula and gene im using. Judging from the temperatures and low voltage settings, theres plenty of room left for further overclocking. The main difference would be, the formula is able to do 3-way sli, with better audio and intel lan chipset, while the sabertooth only offers 2-way sli and realtek audio/lan solutions, aside from that, the bios have different layouts.
 

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3.6ghz is good enough, although I think your issue is a weak x5600. We have plenty of X5650's and up that run ram as high as 1866 or more. My Ripjaws barely make it into the 1800's but I see no benefit from it, not a benefit I care about anyway. I get better results working on the timings as you already did. Mine do 1600 at 1.5v and possibly could go lower but I have not tried it. All this on a Rampage III Extreme and a X5650 at 20x200.<br><br>
So, I just think its the CPU's IMC you have that is limiting your ram overclocks. This does not mean it is defective though.
 

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Its not about the max frequency, i could go higher with the speed , but i simply didnt, because i dont see any real benefit higher than 1600, but i cant get the latencies as low as on the x5500 series on the x5600 series with same frequency. Both the sniper and ripjaws are able to run 1866 at 1,5v as well, if i increase the timings further, im sure they work at even higher speeds too. The sniper nets the better latencies though.
 

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Would the only worthwhile time to upgrade to 4790k be if you plays games like guild wars, wow, Starcraft, and heroes where they are cpu bound instead of gpu?
 

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<div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1461359/official-xeon-x5660-x58-review-discussion-and-xeon-l5639-benchmarks-inside/2440#post_23330924" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mistax</strong> <a href="/t/1461359/official-xeon-x5660-x58-review-discussion-and-xeon-l5639-benchmarks-inside/2440#post_23330924"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
Would the only worthwhile time to upgrade to 4790k be if you plays games like guild wars, wow, Starcraft, and heroes where they are cpu bound instead of gpu?</div>
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If you run BOINC or Folding at home it would be worthwhile since they would take advantage of the new instructions missing in the x58 chips.<br>
From my "memory" VTX and VTX2 instructions. Primegrid is much, much faster with those.<br><br><br>
EDIT: AVX and AVX2 I do believe are the correct instructions missing in the x58 1366 chips.
 

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My [email protected] is running strong with tri sli 4gb 680s. I wouldn't upgrade if I didn't have a killer setup to go to.
 

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Alright, cause I picked up a 4790k from ire but have yet to open it. Couldn't justify haswell so I opted to skip it. I'm playing at 2560x1440 and I can never keep constant 60 with my 4.2 970.
 

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Best way to answer that is to have monitoring software running while you game. If your framerate drops, Alt-Tab out and see why. GPU at 100% means you're GPU limited. Same for CPU.<br><br>
1440p is a demanding resolution for one card in some games.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Firehawk</strong> <a href="/t/1461359/official-xeon-x5660-x58-review-discussion-and-xeon-l5639-benchmarks-inside/2440#post_23331159"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
Best way to answer that is to have monitoring software running while you game. If your framerate drops, Alt-Tab out and see why. GPU at 100% means you're GPU limited. Same for CPU.<br><br>
1440p is a demanding resolution for one card in some games.</div>
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This is the best way to find out what is bottlenecking or limiting performance.
 

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Right - I'm going to start overclocking from today using<br><br>
<a href="http://www.techreaction.net/2010/09/07/3-step-overclocking-guide-bloomfield-and-gulftown/" target="_blank">http://www.techreaction.net/2010/09/07/3-step-overclocking-guide-bloomfield-and-gulftown/</a><br><br>
Please can some people post frequencies, voltages and temps they use and see?!<br><br>
I'm not just being lazy - this is a 245 page thread and it's nigh-on impossible to find anything easily.<br><br>
Also - can people confirm these maximum/limit voltages for me:<br><br>
80C is safe 24/7 limit [100=always autothrottle and will prevent damage?]<br><br>
1.35 VCore [intel spec] - could be exceed a little with enough cooling, perhaps 1.4ish<br><br>
1.35 VTT [uncore, memory controller, QPI] -- ESPECIALLY WITH RAM:UNCORE AT 1:2***** YES? [I tried to read the techdoc, but it's impossible to calculate I think - I would expect to run my Uncore at 3200 24/7 unless that's a bad idea or the bench figures actually drop as I raise it.<br><br>
RAM:VTT <0.5V [shouldn't be an issue for me with 1.5V RAM I think]<br><br>
Max Multiplier available 23 or 24 with Turbo ON<br><br><br><br>
I am aiming for a safe 24/7 overclock, perhaps 4GHZ? i am also aiming for a safe Bench/Gaming overclock [hotter, but still 100% safe] - perhaps 4.4+GHz<br><br>
Please - some feedback?<br><br>
Thanks.
 
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