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    Unhappy Overclocking GA-G31M-ES2L & E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz

    Hey everyone, I have been lurking on these boards for a while trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong on my overclock of my budget build pc. From everything I read the E8400 is expected to hit close to 4.0GHz but I am unable to overclock at all above stock speeds. I have a feeling its an issue with my ram settings but I'm unable to figure it out.

    My build is as follows:
    Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
    G.Skill 2x2GB DDR2 800

    Additional Equipment:
    Zalman CNPS 8700 NT
    Sparkle GeForce 9600GT 512MB
    ThermalTake Lanbox Lite

    I tried setting my multiplier to 9x (default) and FSB from 350 to 444 in small increments. I raised the voltage on the CPU to ~1.35 and increased Ram voltage +.01 and same with pci voltage. I tried manually setting my memory timings to 5-5-5-15 (default for my ram).

    I am unable to POST at all, the pc will restart a few times then default to 3.0GHz. I have successfully "underclocked" but never any gains. Maybe I am expecting too much?

    Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    Thanks a bunch!
    Louis
    Last edited by LBueno; 04-22-2009 at 10:30 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBueno View Post
    Hey everyone, I have been lurking on these boards for a while trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong on my overclock of my budget build pc. From everything I read the E8400 is expected to hit close to 4.0GHz but I am unable to overclock at all above stock speeds. I have a feeling its an issue with my ram settings but I'm unable to figure it out.

    My build is as follows:
    Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
    G.Skill 2x2GB DDR2 800

    Additional Equipment:
    Zalman CNPS 8700 NT
    Sparkle GeForce 9600GT 512MB
    ThermalTake Lanbox Lite

    I tried setting my multiplier to 9x (default) and FSB from 350 to 444 in small increments. I raised the voltage on the CPU to ~1.35 and increased Ram voltage +.01 and same with pci voltage. I tried manually setting my memory timings to 5-5-5-15 (default for my ram).

    I am unable to POST at all, the pc will restart a few times then default to 3.0GHz. I have successfully "underclocked" but never any gains. Maybe I am expecting too much?

    Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    Thanks a bunch!
    Louis
    Read old thread link at http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/ga31...oc-able-31385/

    GA-G31M-ES2L is only budget board, not great OC with E8400 no matter what, try upgrade to UD3P rev 1.1 or UD3R 1.1 with E8400 superb.

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    Default Re: Overclocking GA-G31M-ES2L & E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz

    Thank you for the quick reply. I guess I will just live with what I have, I do love it at stock speed anyway. I will look into the UD3P and UD3R for my next build ;)

    All the best,
    Louis

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    Default Re: Overclocking GA-G31M-ES2L & E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz

    Any update on this? I'm about to get a Q8400 soon for free...

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    Default Re: Overclocking GA-G31M-ES2L & E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz

    I definitely will, Lsd! In some forum, others are of the opinion that with my entry-level mobo, I can't OC enough this Q8400 to make the change worthy compared with my 3.5Ghz E5200. When I do get this Q8400 next week, I'll need your help to OC this...

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    Default Re: Overclocking GA-G31M-ES2L & E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz

    G31 has FSB:PCIE tied together. if you want more FSB, you need more PCIE to make it work. If you set PCIE to 106, you can't get more than 347 FSB

    334/112 auto
    374/112.7
    377/114
    380/114.7
    383/116
    387/117
    390/118
    393/118.7

    I had mine at 400 FSB and 120 PCIe. But i think it was 117. PCie may raise PCI, and damage SATA HDD, mine was IDE and had no problems

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    Default Re: Overclocking GA-G31M-ES2L & E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz

    @yuu-- I'm what you might call an occasional OCer; in fact, I've never manually set my mobo's PCIe (except to put it on Auto). What do you think can I expect realistically with a Q8400 and G31 mobo?

    Edit: I just realized that the thread is about E8400 and not Q8400. I'll just start a new thread

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    Default Re: Overclocking GA-G31M-ES2L & E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz

    Ya you might have some issues, but you should still be able to overclock it some anyway, not sure how much though maybe yuu could better say?

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    Default Re: Overclocking GA-G31M-ES2L & E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz

    I really have some issue :(

    Anyway, I made a new thread already....

    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/g31m...57/#post360392

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