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    Default GA-EP45-DS3L Settings Help - New Build

    I just got this motherboard today and I need some help to determine what the the stable recommend settings are for the BIOS (have F9 ready to flash).

    Here are the components:

    GA-EP45-DS3L Mobo
    Intel E8400 Wolfdale CPU
    Radeon HD 4850 GPU (Asus)
    2 x G.Skill 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) (4 matched 1GB sticks in total)
    700 Watt PSU

    This is a gaming computer, but I am looking for stability not performance. I have no plans to overclock this system in the near future. It will run Windows XP x86 initially, but I do plan on upgrading to Vista x64 in the future to take advantage of all 4GB of RAM.

    What should my BIOS settings be to keep the system rock solid stable?

    Thanks fo the guidance...I will post my experience with the recommended settings once I have a chance to run it through it's paces.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3L Settings Help - New Build

    im gonna assume thats the CAS5 version, but if not you'll have to up the voltages and tighten the timings a bit

    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster ...............: [Auto]
    CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 9
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................: N/A
    CPU Frequency ...........................: 3GHz


    Clock Chip Control
    Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control..................: [Enabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) ............: 333MHz
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........:100MHz <--Always 100!!

    C.I.A.2 .................................:[Disabled]


    Advanced Clock Control
    CPU Clock Drive...........................:800
    PCI Express Clock Drive.................:900
    CPU Clock Skew (ps)....................: Auto or 0
    MCH Clock Skew (ps)...................: 0


    DRAM Performance Control
    Performance Enhance...................: [STANDARD]
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.).....: Disabled
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: 266 or 333MHz
    System Memory Multiplier ..............: 2.40
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ..............: 800
    DRAM Timing Selectable ................: [Manual]

    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time............................. 5
    tRCD .............................................. 5
    tRP'.............................................. ... 5
    tRAS.............................................. .. 15

    Advanced Timing Control
    tRRD...........................................3-5
    tWTR.......................................... 4-6
    tWR............................................3-6
    tRFC...........................................52-55
    tRTP...........................................4-6
    Command Rate (CMD) ....................:2 (1 might work because you're running at stock)

    Channel A
    Static tRead Value............................:7-10
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:Auto
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:Auto
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:Auto
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:Auto
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:Auto
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:Auto
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:Auto
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto

    Channel B
    Static tRead Value..........................:7-10
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:Auto
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:Auto
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:Auto
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:Auto
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:Auto
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:Auto
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:Auto
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto

    Motherboard Voltage Control
    Voltage Type.………... Manual
    CPU
    CPU Vcore….……….........................: 1.3V (you can decrease this to reduce heat if you're able to boot at 1.3)
    CPU Termination…..... 1.200V*.......: Auto
    CPU PLL…………………....1.500V*.......: Auto
    CPU Referen.…………....0.755V*.......: Auto
    CPU Reference2………,,0.800V*.......: Auto

    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core…………….....1.100V...........: 1.2-1.3V
    MCH Reference….…….0.800V...........:Auto
    MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........:Auto
    ICH I/O……………….....1.550V............:Auto
    ICH Core…………...……1.100V............:Auto

    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ……....1.800V............: 1.9V (i think...check the sticker on the DIMMs)

    DRAM Termination .…0.900V............: Auto
    Channel A Reference 0.900V............: Auto
    Channel B Reference 0.900V............: Auto

    Advanced Settings
    Limit CPUID Max. to 3.....................: [Disabled]
    No-Execute Memory Protect............: [Enabled]
    CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)................: [Disabled]
    C2/C2E State Support....................: [Disabled]
    x C4/C4E State Support..................: [Disabled]
    CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) ...........: [Enabled]
    CPU EIST Function.........................: [Disabled]
    Virtualization Technology................: [Disabled]
    NZXT Lexa BlackLine Case with Red LEDs
    Corsair TX-750 Modular PSU
    Gigabyte EP45-DS3P (BIOS F7)
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 3.73GHz (downclocked for the summer )
    OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Heatsink
    2x 2GB Kingston HyperX RAM PC2-6400 @ 996MHz (4-5-5-15)
    3x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB HDD in RAID5
    2x HIS Radeon HD 4850 @ 745/1090 in CrossFireX
    2x ThermalTake DuOrb GPU Heatsink
    D-Link Super G PCI WLAN Adapter
    Asus Lightscribe 20x SATA II DVD-DL Burner
    Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro
    2x 22" LG W2252TQ-PF Widescreen LCD Monitor (YAY!! Finally got the second one!!)

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3L Settings Help - New Build

    Thanks for the quick reply!

    RAM Timing and Voltage: CAS Latency listed as 5. Timings are listed as 5-5-5-15. Voltage is listed as 1.8V-2.0V.

    Vcore: Heat might be an issue as the ASUS graphics card is known to run hot on stock cooling. Not sure yet because I won't start assembling for a few hours, but will stick with 1.3V unless CPU temps get out of bounds under load.

    CMD: I'm apt to leave the command rate at 2, as you suggest, if it is more stable.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3L Settings Help - New Build

    you might be able to lower it to 1.27-1.28V, but just start with 1.3V. Yes CR2 will be more stable, but 1 will give you better performance, and at stock frequency you can probably pull it off. As for the graphics card running hot, there's 2 fixes for that (if you dont want to shell out any more daruu)... hardware and software.

    For the easier, software fix, create a profile in CCC called Default. C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\ATI\ACE and open the file called Default.xml in either Notepad or Wordpad. Now look for the tag

    Code:
    Feature name="FanSpeedAlgorithm_0"
    just underneath that you'll see

    Code:
    Property name="FanSpeedAlgorithm" value="Auto" /
    change "Auto" to "Manual"

    then go down to

    Code:
    Feature name="FanSpeedPercentTarget_0"
          Property name="Want" value="0" /
    and change value="0" to value="whatever percent you want" before i got the after market coolers, 45% worked fine... kept the card at about 40C when idle, then i made a gaming profile with 60%, which kept it nice and cold when i was playing games.

    So the whole section should look like

    Code:
         Feature name="FanSpeedAlgorithm_0"
          Property name="FanSpeedAlgorithm" value="Manual" /
          /Feature
          Feature name="FanSpeedRPMTarget_0"
          Property name="Want" value="0" /
          /Feature
          Feature name="FanSpeedPercentTarget_0"
          Property name="Want" value="65" /
    The other fix requires editing the BIOS... i can guide you through it if you want... just hit me up whenever.

    EDIT: What's up with the CODE tags... i put them in and they were just blank
    Last edited by BongWizard; 10-10-2008 at 07:42 AM.
    NZXT Lexa BlackLine Case with Red LEDs
    Corsair TX-750 Modular PSU
    Gigabyte EP45-DS3P (BIOS F7)
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 3.73GHz (downclocked for the summer )
    OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Heatsink
    2x 2GB Kingston HyperX RAM PC2-6400 @ 996MHz (4-5-5-15)
    3x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB HDD in RAID5
    2x HIS Radeon HD 4850 @ 745/1090 in CrossFireX
    2x ThermalTake DuOrb GPU Heatsink
    D-Link Super G PCI WLAN Adapter
    Asus Lightscribe 20x SATA II DVD-DL Burner
    Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro
    2x 22" LG W2252TQ-PF Widescreen LCD Monitor (YAY!! Finally got the second one!!)

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3L Settings Help - New Build

    Thanks for the info on the fan fix. I will give that a try.

    I was thinking of adding an aftermarket VGA cooler at some point, but if I can keep the GPU cool with just some settings tweaks, that would be great.

    What I like about custom cooling units (fans/heatsinks) is that you can often get good cooling but with lower noise. Right now I only concerned about getting the stock build running smooth and stable. Hardware upgrades will definitely wait a long while.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3L Settings Help - New Build

    yeah you'll get really nice temps with aftermarket coolers, but i found that at 45% the card was almost silent... if you use those settings and mod the fan control you should get a nice, cool, and above all stable system
    NZXT Lexa BlackLine Case with Red LEDs
    Corsair TX-750 Modular PSU
    Gigabyte EP45-DS3P (BIOS F7)
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 3.73GHz (downclocked for the summer )
    OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Heatsink
    2x 2GB Kingston HyperX RAM PC2-6400 @ 996MHz (4-5-5-15)
    3x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB HDD in RAID5
    2x HIS Radeon HD 4850 @ 745/1090 in CrossFireX
    2x ThermalTake DuOrb GPU Heatsink
    D-Link Super G PCI WLAN Adapter
    Asus Lightscribe 20x SATA II DVD-DL Burner
    Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro
    2x 22" LG W2252TQ-PF Widescreen LCD Monitor (YAY!! Finally got the second one!!)

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3L Settings Help - New Build

    You could also just install ATITool and let it monitor fan speeds and change them to set amounts at set temps >>>



    ATITool - Overclocking utility for ATI and NVIDIA cards

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3L Settings Help - New Build

    Built the machine last night (BIOS is F6) and I cannot get it stable. I tried to flash to the new BIOS, but QFlash said the floppy files were no good.

    I did change the BIOS settings as described above.

    It will sometimes post, sometimes not, and once in a while I will get a single beep motherboard error. It will often say, "BIOS Checksum" is bad and go into a BIOS recovery loop, that reboots the machine several times. Sometimes it is just a couple of times, other times in will get stuck, in what appears to be an infinite loop (forced to hard reset). Reset the CMOS seems to have stopped the infinite BIOS recovery loops.

    If it posts and progresses to Windows, it will blue screen.

    I tried to install Windows XP (disc with SP1) and several files failed to copy and I can't get setup to run. I was able to reformat the HDD and copy most windows files, but setup will not run, I just get a blank green screen.

    So far things do not look good.

    I will begin troubleshooting on Sunday night (10/12). I will start by double checking all of the data and power connections. I will then try to flash to the newest BIOS (F9) with a new floppy or USB drive.

    After that I guess I will pop out two of the RAM sticks and see if that works.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3L Settings Help - New Build

    Was able to get the 4x1GB running but not stable. Windows crashed twice during Microsoft Update and the last one required a repair install.

    Also, I am running BIOS vF6. Soemthing is wrong with the floppy drive and I get a disc read error when trying to use QFlash.

    Running 2x1GB right now until I can just gets this system stable.

    Can you tell me the settings I should use when just running 2x1GB sticks of RAM?

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3L Settings Help - New Build

    I'm still getting freezes and blue screens running 2X1GB.

    What should my BIOS settings be now that I am running with just two sticks of RAM and BIOS F6?

    Anyone?
    Last edited by heavyfeul; 10-11-2008 at 02:33 PM.

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