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    Default Re: Can you help me find stable settings? EP43-DS3

    The stutter I'd think either BIOS settings or driver problem.
    How many hard drives do you have? The keyboard/mouse are USB or PS2?Any other USB devices connected?
    If 2GB is enough for your OS you can try with one memory stick in different slots to see if it help the stutter.

    The Linpack based tortures give good indication if CPU is operating properly, low results may indicate too low vcore. However those tests get the CPU hotter by 10c+ over Prime95 So I suggest you don't use them untill you have better cooling solution.

    What case fans do you have and what is ambiant temperature? You can experiment with open case and room fan blowing over it to see if case cooling can be improved.
    Check the NorthBridge HS by touch, it should be hot, maybe too hot to touch, if not it may not be seated properly. Check the DIMMs also to see if they over heating.

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    I'm now running 3.2 ghz with vcore 1.3v or 1.35, i can't remember now. I upped termination and pll by a notch.

    curiously my Vcore in HW Monitor is always less than the bios voltage. hw monitor shows 1.26 vcore with 1.3-5 in bios.

    I have a brand new samsung 750gb harddrive and 1 of my old raid hard drives from my dell pc. It is 160gb.

    Mouse and keyboard both USB. I also have a USB stick for readyboost, it's a kingston traveler 2gb.

    At 3.2ghz, prime 95 sent the cpu to 75C at 100% load. Idle, the temp is 43C. I stopped the prime95 test as soon as it reached 75C since i don't want to mess the thing up.

    Maybe i could try lowering the voltage on my Vcore a little too.

    I have 2 large outtake fans at rhe rear and above the CPU. I think the cpu lacks enough thermal paste to be honest. I will invest in better cooling soon i think. Also the cpu seems to make a little more noise when under 100% load at 3,2ghz, maybe this si the fans speeding up, i'm not sure.

    I will check the NB now.

    Any idea about the stuttering? Could it be my USB drive readyboost?
    MB: GA-EP43-DS3 - F9
    CPU: Quad Core Q6600
    RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel (KHX8500D2K2/4G)
    Graphics: ASUS 8800GT
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600w PSU
    Monitor: Dell 2007fp @ 1600 x 1200

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    Default Re: Can you help me find stable settings? EP43-DS3

    The heatsink near the CPU, guessing that's the northbridge. That's hot to touch so it seems seated properly.

    Could it be that the voltages i'm using for my ram aren't actually the best for it right now? Or maybe i've got slow settings making it stutter somehow?
    MB: GA-EP43-DS3 - F9
    CPU: Quad Core Q6600
    RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel (KHX8500D2K2/4G)
    Graphics: ASUS 8800GT
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600w PSU
    Monitor: Dell 2007fp @ 1600 x 1200

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    Default Re: Can you help me find stable settings? EP43-DS3

    Quote Originally Posted by mattavich View Post
    curiously my Vcore in HW Monitor is always less than the bios voltage. hw monitor shows 1.26 vcore with 1.3-5 in bios.
    Just as vdroop is the difference between idle and load vcore, vdrop is the difference between BIOS settings and idle vcore, also normal, nothing to be worried about.


    Quote Originally Posted by mattavich
    I think the cpu lacks enough thermal paste to be honest.
    That's fairly easy to verify if you have some to reapply. Too much is not good either.


    Quote Originally Posted by mattavich
    Any idea about the stuttering? Could it be my USB drive readyboost?
    LOL just for it's name it would be the first thing I'd suspect.

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    Default Re: Can you help me find stable settings? EP43-DS3

    Quote Originally Posted by mattavich View Post
    Could it be that the voltages i'm using for my ram aren't actually the best for it right now? Or maybe i've got slow settings making it stutter somehow?
    You can try 2.0v for the ram, the timings shouldn't be the cause for the stutter.

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    Default Re: Can you help me find stable settings? EP43-DS3

    Ram set to 2.1v, stuttering still occurs, i've also removed the usb and still no change.

    I'll try reseating the ram in slots 2-4
    MB: GA-EP43-DS3 - F9
    CPU: Quad Core Q6600
    RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel (KHX8500D2K2/4G)
    Graphics: ASUS 8800GT
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600w PSU
    Monitor: Dell 2007fp @ 1600 x 1200

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    Default Re: Can you help me find stable settings? EP43-DS3

    Any other indications to the stutter other than the cursor? Do you have a PS2 converter to try the mouse in the PS2 port?
    When stutter accur is there any disk activity?

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    Default Re: Can you help me find stable settings? EP43-DS3

    You guys need help here still, or do you have the OP all covered?

    SSD is use here?

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    Hi all, sorry i didn't get back, i'm in the UK.

    The system seems to be "ok" the way it is i'll just keep an eye on it and the temps after an hour or so of gaming.

    I'm not sure on this stuttering thing, i'll have to check it out some more.

    I could root out a ps2 converter but ive never had a problem with the usb mouse/keyboard before.

    Would you class this as a successful overclock then?

    Or is there any other steps you could take? Maybe change to 333 fsb and go for better ram mhz?

    I'm running 3.2ghz at 3.3v right now, i think intel says 3.5v is max
    MB: GA-EP43-DS3 - F9
    CPU: Quad Core Q6600
    RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel (KHX8500D2K2/4G)
    Graphics: ASUS 8800GT
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600w PSU
    Monitor: Dell 2007fp @ 1600 x 1200

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    Default Re: Can you help me find stable settings? EP43-DS3

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    You guys need help here still, or do you have the OP all covered?

    SSD is use here?
    No solid state drives.

    Device Manager shows ths for my HDS

    Hitachi HDS721616PLA380 ATA - 160 gb

    Samsung HD753LJ ATA 750gb

    Kingston DataTraveler G2 USB (readyboost)


    I don't know if this makes a difference but the 160gb is under "Slave" in BIOS, does it matter if my second non bootable hd is a slave?

    not sure what a slave means
    MB: GA-EP43-DS3 - F9
    CPU: Quad Core Q6600
    RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel (KHX8500D2K2/4G)
    Graphics: ASUS 8800GT
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600w PSU
    Monitor: Dell 2007fp @ 1600 x 1200

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