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    Default Help for Newbie GA-EP43-DS3 Intel P43 + Q8400

    Hello!
    I am very new to overclocking,so please be patient with me.
    So far I have managed to overclock up to 3.2GHz .I would like to go higher but after a bit of fiddling,I have not been successful.
    Any advice would be appreciated!
    Thanks
    Michael


    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 LGA775 'Yorkfield' 2.66GHz 4MB-cache (1333FSB)

    Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3 Intel P43 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

    OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 Dual Channel (OCZ2G10664GK)

    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket LGA775)
    Windows XP home

    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster ...............:Auto
    CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 8x
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................:.0
    CPU Frequency ...........................:3.2Ghz(400x8)


    Clock Chip Control
    Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control..................: [Enabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) ............: 400Mhz
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........:Auto

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


    Advanced Clock Control [Press Enter]
    CPU Clock Drive...........................: 700mV
    PCI Express Clock Drive.................: 700mV
    CPU Clock Skew (ps)....................: Ops
    MCH Clock Skew (ps)...................: Ops


    DRAM Performance Control
    Performance Enhance...................: [Turbo]
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.).....: Disabled
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: [Auto]
    System Memory Multiplier ..............: 2.66D
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ..............: 800 1066
    DRAM Timing Selectable ................: [Manual]

    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time........................5 Auto
    tRCD .........................................6 Auto
    tRP'...........................................6 Auto
    tRAS..........................................18 Auto

    Advanced Timing Control
    tRRD...........................................3 Auto
    tWTR..........................................3 Auto
    tWR............................................6 Auto
    tRFC...........................................54 Auto
    tRTP...........................................3 Auto
    Command Rate (CMD) ....................:0

    Driving Strength Profiles
    Driving Strength ............................

    Channel A
    Static tRead Value.........................:11 Auto
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:0
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................: 0 Auto
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:0 Auto
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:0 Auto
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................: 8 Auto
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:8 Auto
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:7 Auto
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:9 Auto
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto


    Motherboard Voltage Control
    Voltage Type.………... Manual
    CPU
    CPU Vcore….……….........................:1.28750V Auto
    CPU Termination…..... 1.200V
    CPU PLL…………………....1.500V
    CPU Referen.…………....0.760V

    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core…………….....1.100V
    MCH Reference….…….0.760V
    MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V
    ICH I/O……………….....1.500V

    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ……....1.800V............:
    DRAM Termination .…0.900V
    Channel A Reference 0.900V
    Channel B Reference 0.900V

    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.........................: [Enabled]
    Virtualization Technology................: [Enabled]

    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Storage Detect ..............[Enabled]
    Last edited by Funtime; 05-12-2009 at 03:45 PM. Reason: Realised i need to give more info

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    Default Re: Help for Newbie

    Please start over using optimized defauls, you are using FAIL SAFE Settings as a starting point and this can cause many issues as there is visible and not visible settings per your hardware that may be set incorrectly.

    Please see here for info on loading optimized defaults >>
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/

    After you do that if you still need help give us your full new settings and we can advise. I can tell you now that you need more MCH Voltage, you need to manually set your ram voltage, Vtt (Termination), CPU PLL Voltage, and to put performance enhance on standard until you get going.

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    Default Re: Help for Newbie

    Great advice. From my experience with my Q8200 it was difficult to get past 3.2GHz and I only just scraped 3.4GHz stable, with alot of effort and reference voltage tuning.

    You may have an easier time of it as your multiplier is one higher than mine, meaning you can use a slower FSB to get the same core speed. However I can't see any Q8xxx series chip getting over 3.6-3.8 without hard core cooling and probably huge voltages.

    The Q8xxx series seems to be a kind of dumping ground for 45nm quads that didn't make the grade for the Q9xxx series. Not saying they're bad chips, they aren't. Just that they may not be as good overclockers as the Q9xxx quads. Intel putting out a second stepping of the Q8xxx series less than 5 months after launch also has me thinking they're failed Q9xxx series chips of varying steppings, some with enhanced halt states, some without.
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