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    Default i7-3930k + GA-X79S-UP5 + 32GB Corsair Ram Overclock + Windows 7

    Hello to the awesome TweakTown communtiy

    I have just got a computer up and running that will grow to be one of my primary editing computers. I will use it for Avid Media Composer primarily and transcoding footage. I also plan to learn Pro Tools and After Effects.

    The computer is as follows

    i7-3930k
    32GB corsair ram
    GA-X79S-UP5-Wifi
    EVGA GTX 480 which i hope will be warranty replaced with a newer card such as 570+

    1x 2TB as OS Drive

    2x2TB in RAID0 on SATAIII as Avid's media drive/pro tools drive/adobe scratch disk drive

    1x3TB for backups, will eventually upgrade to 4TB.

    another external drive for redundancy backup.

    Now my questions are as follows:
    1. What is an ideal settings template for my particular setup to achieve a 4.5ghz overclock? I'm not too familiar with the new BIOSes on these new motherboards.

    2. I plan to instal Windows 7 x64. This means I will probably not utilize anything UEFI related. By NOT installing Windows 8 with UEFI, am I taking a performance hit on what this system can truly give me? Or can I achieve the same high-end performance with Windows 7 and its old school CSM method on this board?

    Thanks again for your help.
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    Intel i7-3930k @ stock
    Corsair 4x8gb
    EVGA GTX 480
    GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI
    Noctua SE2011
    2x2tb in RAID0 on SATAIII
    1x2TB as main drive
    1x4TB as backup
    Antec 1000w PSU'
    Windows 7 x64

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    Default Re: i7-3930k + GA-X79S-UP5 + 32GB Corsair Ram Overclock + Windows 7

    Windows 7 x64 can be installed in UEFI Mode, see HERE.
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    Default Re: i7-3930k + GA-X79S-UP5 + 32GB Corsair Ram Overclock + Windows 7

    I had a 3930K cpu with a gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 motherboard, to overclock it to 4.6Ghz i needed 1.430Vcore (bios value) and set the multiplier to 46 other than that most settings on auto. Might seem like a high Vcore but sandy bridge-e can handle that no problem,i ran mine more than 12 months at that Vcore with no issues. I strongly suggest a decent all in one water cooler such as Corsair H80i or above as trans-coding will generate a lot of heat. Honestly running UEFI Mode is probably pointless since X79 is notoriously slow to boot anyway,from that point of view you would achieve little.

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    Default Re: i7-3930k + GA-X79S-UP5 + 32GB Corsair Ram Overclock + Windows 7

    thanks for the speedy replies

    So, I will then install Windows 7 x64 on my new right in CSM/Legacy mode. There doesn't seem to be any benefit to installing Windows 7 in UEFI mode.

    If i had a template right now, I would enter the default values because I'm running stock. I would like to know where a good starting off point would be to reach 4.4-4.5 ghz
    RAVEN2 case
    Intel i7-3930k @ stock
    Corsair 4x8gb
    EVGA GTX 480
    GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI
    Noctua SE2011
    2x2tb in RAID0 on SATAIII
    1x2TB as main drive
    1x4TB as backup
    Antec 1000w PSU'
    Windows 7 x64

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    Default Re: i7-3930k + GA-X79S-UP5 + 32GB Corsair Ram Overclock + Windows 7

    Try starting with a Vcore in bios of around 1.43V then set your multiplier (cpu clock ratio) to 45 or 46 leave everything else such as eist etc to auto. Boot into windows and test for stability with intel burn test or prime 95 either one will do,burn test is quicker but does generate a lot of heat. If it is stable lower your Vcore to 1.42V once again test for stability.......keep lowering your Vcore until it becomes unstable in 10mV increments. Remember every cpu is different you may need more or less Vcore than i did im giving you the values i had,my chip was only average but could still get 4.8Ghz. Once you get your cpu stable try enabling your RAM xmp profile so that it runs at its rated speed....once again test for stability. You may need to increase your Vcore and possibly the RAM voltage also if you run into instability. There is one particular Sandy Bridge E overclocking guide on the net which deals with Gigabyte boards see link below

    Sandy Bridge E Overclocking Guide Walk through, Explanations, and Support for all X79 Overclockers

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    Default Re: i7-3930k + GA-X79S-UP5 + 32GB Corsair Ram Overclock + Windows 7

    well, i did try 1.430 vcore and set mutiplier, which was defaulted to 32, to 46. i then ran occt and it only took a few seconds for a BSOD to occur. can anyone recommend me a good template of settings to start at for overclocking?
    RAVEN2 case
    Intel i7-3930k @ stock
    Corsair 4x8gb
    EVGA GTX 480
    GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI
    Noctua SE2011
    2x2tb in RAID0 on SATAIII
    1x2TB as main drive
    1x4TB as backup
    Antec 1000w PSU'
    Windows 7 x64

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    Default Re: i7-3930k + GA-X79S-UP5 + 32GB Corsair Ram Overclock + Windows 7

    Ok since you have 32GB of RAM it will take more Vcore to achieve 4.6Ghz,you also neeed to remember every cpu is different,just because mine would do 4.6Ghz@1.43V doesnt mean yours will. I would leave the Vcore at 1.43V for now and lower the multiplier to 45,if that isnt stable try 44 it may be a case that you have a bad chip. Also you might need to set the LLC (load line calibration) to turbo or extreme,what speed is your RAM?
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    Default Re: i7-3930k + GA-X79S-UP5 + 32GB Corsair Ram Overclock + Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by scracy View Post
    Ok since you have 32GB of RAM it will take more Vcore to achieve 4.6Ghz,you also neeed to remember every cpu is different,just because mine would do 4.6Ghz@1.43V doesnt mean yours will. I would leave the Vcore at 1.43V for now and lower the multiplier to 45,if that isnt stable try 44 it may be a case that you have a bad chip. Also you might need to set the LLC (load line calibration) to turbo or extreme,what speed is your RAM?


    the ram speed is as follows according to AIDA 64

    Memory Speed DDR3-1333 (667 MHz)

    so go down in multiplier. i have been reading that this board needs to have all the thermal fucntions turned off (eist, etc). can you specify what those are by chance?
    RAVEN2 case
    Intel i7-3930k @ stock
    Corsair 4x8gb
    EVGA GTX 480
    GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI
    Noctua SE2011
    2x2tb in RAID0 on SATAIII
    1x2TB as main drive
    1x4TB as backup
    Antec 1000w PSU'
    Windows 7 x64

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