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    Default Tinkering w/ my new EP45 board..

    Hi there! I've just started a pet project to overclock my machine and while I'm not new to OCs (I had a small OC on my old machine - an Athlon 2200+ & MSI K4AV-based workhorse that's now my Ubuntu box) the extensive list of customizable settings on this new board is.. well.. overwhelming & a little confusing.

    Here's the specifics of my system:
    MB: GA-EP45-UD3P
    CPU: Intel C2D E8400
    Memory: 4x1GB DDR2-800 (just bought a set of 1066 speed 2x2GB yesterday to replace this)
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD4870 512MB
    OS: Vista x64 Home Premium

    My goal is a minimum of 4gHz stable, would like to push for 4.2.. I'm also trying out two different types of thermal compound - the one that was included with my Zerotherm BTF-90 cooler (currently in use), and a sample tube of Innovative Cooling's Diamond 7 I received as part of a promo (will use later). I don't currently have plans to overclock my GPU since I really don't have a need at the moment (I mostly play Final Fantasy XI, which is a very CPU-driven game).

    Started off last night with what seems to be a basic starting point - 3.6 gHz. My settings in BIOS looked like this:
    CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 9X
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................: +0.0
    CPU Frequency ...........................: 3.60Ghz (400X9)

    Clock Chip Control
    Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control..................: [Enabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (FSB)(Mhz) ............: 400
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........: 100

    DRAM Performance Control
    Performance Enhance...................: Standard
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.).....: Disabled
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: AUTO
    System Memory Multiplier ......(SPD): 2.00D
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ..............: 800
    DRAM Timing Selectable .......(SPD).: Manual

    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time....................... (5) 5
    tRCD ........................................ (5) 5
    tRP........................................... (5) 5
    tRAS......................................... (18) 15
    settings beyond this remained the same


    Temps via CoreTemp were 44C/41C @ Idle, 68C/61C @~75% load. I left part of the screenshot behind CPU-Z because I noticed something strange going on with my graphics - I can kinda see the polygon "shadows" & lines (bottom center) while playing, where before this kinda stuff was hidden unless I turned on wireframe mode.

    Next step will probably come tomorrow when I get the faster memory installed. In the meantime, any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Tinkering w/ my new EP45 board..

    What is this " Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.).....: ". Whats the function?

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    Default Re: Tinkering w/ my new EP45 board..

    I'm currently using the BIOS F9. And that particular option is missing..anyone with some opinion about it??

    Core2Duo E8400 @3.6ghz,
    Gigabyte EP45 UD3R,
    Coolermaster Hyper 212,
    (2x1GB) Transcend aXeRAM,
    Samsung 2X250GB,
    XFX 8800GT XxX Edition,
    Soundblaster Audigy2ZS Platinum Pro,
    Creative Megaworks 550 THX,
    Pinnacle PCTV Stereo,
    Thermaltake Toughpower 650w PSU,
    Thermaltake Shark.

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    Default Re: Tinkering w/ my new EP45 board..

    No idea what it is, but if I had to guess it's a way of saving customized settings for the memory so that you can tinker with the settings and revert if something doesn't work well.
    MB - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 C0 @ 3.6gHz (400x9)
    Mem - 4x1GB G.Skill DDR2-800 5-5-5-15
    HSF - Zalman 9900 w/ Innovative Cooling Diamond 7-Carat
    GPU - Sapphire Radeon 4870 512MB
    PSU - Corsair 550VX
    Case - NZXT Apollo Black w/ 3 Antec Tri-Cool 120s

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    Default Re: Tinkering w/ my new EP45 board..

    XMP is an alternate SPD. Only some memory modules contain one. For example, a set of PC2-8500 may contain JEDEC standard SPD of 5-5-5-18, 1.8V @ 400MHZ and an XMP of 5-5-5-15, 2.1v @533. XMP usually gets timings set right, but there's still room to tweak, so many people disable it. You're not missing out on anything, it's useless to all but the most technically challenged.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
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    Default Re: Tinkering w/ my new EP45 board..

    bcmack401, if your temps are that high at 75% load, I'd stop where you are until you can get a better cooler.

    Download and run a copy of Prime 95, using the Large FFT stress test. What are the temps after 10 min? You need to be keeping in the 50-65c range for safety. The chip is rated to run up to 74c but I wouldn't want to run it there all the time.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Default Re: Tinkering w/ my new EP45 board..

    Managed to download Prime95 & run a quickie test for about a half hour before I left for work.. It's not the Large FFT test (I'll do that tonight when I have more time & can monitor things more closely) but here's the results:

    MB - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 C0 @ 3.6gHz (400x9)
    Mem - 4x1GB G.Skill DDR2-800 5-5-5-15
    HSF - Zalman 9900 w/ Innovative Cooling Diamond 7-Carat
    GPU - Sapphire Radeon 4870 512MB
    PSU - Corsair 550VX
    Case - NZXT Apollo Black w/ 3 Antec Tri-Cool 120s

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    Default Re: Tinkering w/ my new EP45 board..

    Judging by those temps I'd stick where you are atwith the overclock for now. You really need better cooling before moving on. I'm running an E7400 @ 3.9GHz with over 1.4V going thru it and have lower temps than you. Thermal compound will likely make little difference. Your cooler was an OK mid end product back in 2007, and is now well past it compared to some of the newer HSFs available (TrUE, recent Noctua sinks, Scythe Kama Angle etc).

    You have a C0 stepping CPU too, rather than the newer E0, meaning you'll run hotter at the same clock speeds as an |E0, need more voltage and probably not reach 4GHz unless you're really lucky. There is no way on earth you'll get 4.2GHz short of water cooling and about 1.4V+.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Default Re: Tinkering w/ my new EP45 board..

    This keeps getting weirder.. I ran the large FFT test this morning for about 15 minutes and my temps never went over 61/59. I wonder if there's a bit of breaking in of the CPU or the compound going on that's slowly causing my temps to report lower..
    MB - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 C0 @ 3.6gHz (400x9)
    Mem - 4x1GB G.Skill DDR2-800 5-5-5-15
    HSF - Zalman 9900 w/ Innovative Cooling Diamond 7-Carat
    GPU - Sapphire Radeon 4870 512MB
    PSU - Corsair 550VX
    Case - NZXT Apollo Black w/ 3 Antec Tri-Cool 120s

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    Default Re: Tinkering w/ my new EP45 board..

    I'm not sure if it's the type of paste that cures. It contains silicone, and doesn't contain any metal particles. Silicone is not the best conductor of heat, and you'd likely get better results from your diamond based TIM.

    It's important to remember that air cooling is effected greatly by ambient temperature. At an ambient temp of 19c, my cores don't get past 50c, but at 26c they can reach about 60-62c.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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