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    Default Re: Please help me get started OCing GA-EP45-UD3P

    Cool...I'll keep an eye on it. Running Memtest since last post with DRAM voltage at 1.90v...if I get errors I'll try to see where they're coming from.
    I do have (4) unopened 2GB modules of OCZ PC5400 I could try, but was afraid it would be too 'slow' or not optimal for this configuration.
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    Default Re: Please help me get started OCing GA-EP45-UD3P

    You can take a picture of the screen with a digi cam and post it.
    You can test the memo at DDR-800 as profJim suggested, but personally I am in the opinion you deserve what you have paid for, and DDR-1066 is not even that.

    With the PC-5400 you won't be able to overclock much over 333MHz FSB.

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    Looks like 1.900v played friendly with MemTest86+...Wall Time about 8hrs, 8 passes, 0 errors. Just fired up Prime95 and will post results. This is only with stock 2.66 CPU settings and what appears to be stable RAM....PC9200, 5-6-6-18, 1.9v.

    But if this passes, I'm likely dead in the water until i get better cooling. I'm already seeing a High of 68C in CoreTemp and it's just now on Test6 :(
    Bummer.
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    Default Re: Please help me get started OCing GA-EP45-UD3P

    I've been bothered by your high cpu temperatures at stock settings. A logical suggestion would be to check that the cooler is properly mounted and inspect the thermal compound pattern when you remove the cooler.

    I checked several reviews and it appears that your cooler is decent. I found one disturbing review from HotHardware where they detailed a serious (potential) problem with a reverse mounted peltier in their conclusion. Check it out.
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    Wow...I hadn't even considered that situation being a possibility. As much as it's pretty inconvenient to remove that thing, it's the only way I'm going to know whether that's the problem. Thanks for sharing this information profJim! I've been discouraged by the temp issue since day one. Even though I only paid $290 for the processor, I'd really like to see how far it can be pushed.
    Have a few things to do around noon, but plan to dive into this as soon as I return.

    As an aside...Prime95 Blend ran for about 16hrs with no errors at 2.66 and the arrived upon RAM settings, BUT CoreTemp shows a high of 68 at those settings....yikes.

    What's strange about the cooler is that at any load the LCD stays between 34-42 while CoreTemp will peak as high 68. But right now, at idle...LCD shows 31 and CoreTemp is the same.

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    Default Re: Please help me get started OCing GA-EP45-UD3P

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerm1970 View Post
    What's strange about the cooler is that at any load the LCD stays between 34-42 while CoreTemp will peak as high 68. But right now, at idle...LCD shows 31 and CoreTemp is the same.
    I've seen a review where the pointed this same issue. They used the processor diode but there was still a quite a difference between temp readings.

    I don't know how the controller is calibrated but this can be part of the problem.

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    It might be worth checking to see if your cooler can operate in a "standard" mode where it operates with the TEC unit disabled.
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    Unfortunately, there are NO options available for controlling the unit other than changing the display color and whether or not it's shown in C of F.
    Pretty lame and useless imo...but hey, it looks cool in your case so I guess that's all they were worried about.

    I didn't get a chance to pull it yesterday and verify that the Peltier is correctly oriented...hope to do that tonight. I'm definitely going to get rid of it and get a liquid system, just not in the monetary position to do that at the moment.

    Reviews I read about the ChillTEC said that the 'active' cooling wasn't on all the time and would only kick on when temps warrant it. However, since first hooking it up, the display on the controller has ALWAYS been on and the animated LCD icon shows the processor as working...even when idle.
    Other than power, it only has a connection for the fan and I put that on the CPU fan header as per the instructions.

    I think it's just a poorly designed, poorly made, ineffective solution that's overpriced. I rarely RMA things because of the hassle typically involved...it's easier to pitch it and move on...although I basically just wasted $100+


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    Default Re: Please help me get started OCing GA-EP45-UD3P

    It may be active but not at the right level, so it maybe active but not enough active.
    Doesn't the controler indicate how active it is, or supposed to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chike View Post
    It may be active but not at the right level, so it maybe active but not enough active.
    Doesn't the controler indicate how active it is, or supposed to be?
    It's pretty sparse as far as usable information and I see no options for adjustments. No software came with it allowing one to interact with the controller and the display shows the 'temperature' (sometimes seems accurate, sometimes way off), an icon of a guy digging with a shovel (that's supposed to indicate the CPU is working or under load...always on) and there are 2 counters on it...Total run time and run time per session (both completely useless pieces of info unless you just want to log when it fails, imo)

    I'm hoping maybe I got one of the defective units profJim mentioned and that it's just not together properly. Although I think if that were the case it would get much hotter, much faster even at Idle.
    But I'm going to check nonetheless.


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