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Thread: P35-DS4 and 8GB DDR2-1066

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    Default Re: P35-DS4 and 8GB DDR2-1066

    I've been using the settings suggested earlier for 1066 @ 266 and progressively adjusting things back, so far it's passing memory tests, although I was just playing SupComm, and after about 3hrs into the game I got a hard lock of my system. Whether this was RAM or something else is hard to tell...

    ProfJim, no I'm not familiar with those system/stability tests. Open to any suggestions though.

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    Default Re: P35-DS4 and 8GB DDR2-1066

    Please add your hardware list to your forum signature, this helps to eliminate possible errors or confusion.

    Stress testing is used to ensure that your system is stable. These programs run your system at 100% to see if there are any weaknesses indicating that your system isn't stable. If the program detects any errors, even a single error, your system is not stable. Errors can occur seconds after the test starts, or an error may not appear for several hours. Sometimes it will take 10 hours or more for an error to appear.

    My preference is to run Prime95 or OCCT for at least 8 - 10 hours (for each test), longer is better. OCCT has the added benefit of saving and graphing temperature and voltage readings for the duration of the test.

    As you'll see below, there are three separate tests. It's best to run all three tests separately to fully test your system.

    I like to run Intel BurnTest (IBT) first, as it only takes 10 - 20 minutes. I've run IBT for as long as 1 hour, error free, only to have OCCT or Prime95 fail during their tests.

    If you have stability issues, post your bios setup that failed and describe the error in detail.

    IBT download and information thread
    Prime95 website (note: you don't have to create an account or userID)
    OCCT website

    Prime95 primarily tests your:
    cpu using the small FFT test
    ram using the large FFT test
    both using the blend test

    from the OCCT website:

    • 3 different test types
      • CPU = no RAM tested, alot of heat generated on the CPU, errors are usually CPU-centered
      • RAM = Maximum error detection, tests the whole chain CPU-Chipset-Memory
      • Mix = CPU and RAM alternated

    • 3 tests modes
      • Auto = 1h long Mix test
      • Custom (Infinite) = Infinite loop of the test type of your choice
      • Custom (fixed) = A test of the type of your choice, and of a duration of your choice

    • Integrated monitoring and System information thanks to CPU-Z and HWmonitor engine
    • External Monitoring Program support through plugins (Everest, Speedfan, and many more)
    • Graph output showing temperatures and voltages of your computer
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
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    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
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    Chike is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: P35-DS4 and 8GB DDR2-1066

    And before you attempt any linpack based tests (LinX/IBT/OCCT:LINPACK) make sure your CPU cooling is up for it.
    The E6700 has low thermal spesification, core temps should be kept below 65c, preferably under 60c.

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    Default Re: P35-DS4 and 8GB DDR2-1066

    Fantastic! Thanks heaps! I'll definitely look at those and give them a run (and when I get a min put my h/w into my signature - most of it is in my first post here anyway though)

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    Default Re: P35-DS4 and 8GB DDR2-1066

    Just a bit of an update:

    Whilst the memory at 1066 (with timings a bit tighter than suggested above) was consistently passing memory tests, I was getting quite regular game crashes with TF2 and also Supreme Commander. I tried to run Prime95 on it, and it failed on the very first test.

    So, I dropped the memory back to 800, and made the timings 4-4-4-12, and other BIOS settings back to defaults (as mentioned in about my 3rd post where my BIOS template is) with a little extra in the voltages, re-ran Prime95 all day today. Not a single error. I've also since run IBT on the maximum stress test for over an hour with no errors and it's just finished OCCT as we speak. Again, no errors. Been keeping an eye on temps too and they're not getting too high.

    I haven't tested it with RAM at 800 in games yet, that'll be a challenge for the weekend when I have time spare, but it looks like the system is otherwise stable and my challenge is now just getting the best performance I can out of the RAM. :)

    Do people have any suggestions on what would be the best way to maximise performance and maintain stability? Whether it's by overclocking to 333 FSB, or just tweak the settings with the RAM running at 800Mhz, or try looser timings again at 1066Mhz?
    Last edited by Chris_J_W; 08-18-2009 at 08:17 PM.
    My system:
    CPU: E6700
    Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-DS4 (Rev 1.0, F14 Bios)
    Vid: NVidia 8800 Ultra
    DVD: LG Dual Layer burner
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill PI Series
    OS: Win7 X64
    PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 750W.

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    Default Re: P35-DS4 and 8GB DDR2-1066

    I would suggest an overclock, it would help the system as a whole and likely make your setting up this 8GB of memory a bit easier on that board.

    I would also go ahead and run the ram at 800-900 or so as it will be much easier to stabilize.

    If you need more help with getting that setup please post your full settings you try that fail and we will try to advise you back.

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