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    Unhappy Please help me get started OCing GA-EP45-UD3P

    Hi all,
    I've had some issues getting everything set up, but profJim helped me out and told me to start a new thread for help with overclocking.
    Chike has also helped and we determined that I need to go with liquid cooling in order to really push the processor hard.,,or at least a better coolor than an Ultra ChillTEC. (what a waste)
    Nonetheless, I'm having issues even at nearly stock settings and have no idea why. All components are brand new...

    Below are my settings as suggested in order to get started. The only deviation from the standard Gigabyte 'template' is the RAM settings. My problem is even though I haven't messed with the CPU at all I still get an error in Prime95 (Blend) after about an hour and a half. It says something about 'Hardware Failure detected: Rounding was .5, but .4 or less was expected.' and the worker stops. Core Temp during the run Maxed at 68C.
    I realize I can't go too far with the ChillTEC cooler, but I would think 2.93 or 3.2 should be possible. At the very least it should run at 2.66 and pass all stress tests.

    What do you guys feel might be the issue?

    Here's what I have at the moment:


    CPU = Intel QX6700 Extreme
    Motherboard = Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Rev.1.6
    BIOS Version = 1.6FD DEL.
    Ram = OCZ DDR2 PC2-9200 Reaper HPC 4GB - OCZ2RPR11504GK
    OCZ DDR2 PC2-9200 Reaper HPC 4GB Edition OCZ Technology
    HDD = Vertex Turbo 60GB (AHCI Mode)

    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster ...............: Auto
    CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 10x
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................: ?
    CPU Frequency ...........................: 2.66GHz


    Clock Chip Control
    Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control..................: [Disabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) ............: 266 Mhz
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........: 100

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


    Advanced Clock Control [Press Enter]
    CPU Clock Drive...........................: 800mV
    PCI Express Clock Drive.................: 900mV
    CPU Clock Skew (ps)....................: 0ps
    MCH Clock Skew (ps)...................: 0ps


    DRAM Performance Control
    Performance Enhance...................: [STANDARD]
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: [Auto]
    System Memory Multiplier ..............: [4.00A]
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ..............: 800 [1066]
    DRAM Timing Selectable ................: [Manual]

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

    Set all Suggested below to highest Values first. Then later you can lower, one at a time, testing as you go

    Advanced Timing Control
    tRRD...........................................3 [Auto]
    tWTR..........................................3 [Auto]
    tWR............................................6 [Auto]
    tRFC...........................................54 [Auto]
    tRTP...........................................3 [Auto]
    Command Rate (CMD) ....................:2

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

    Channel A
    Static tRead Value.........................:5 [Auto]
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:Auto
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:Auto
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:Auto
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:Auto
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:Auto
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:Auto
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:Auto
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto ps
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto ps

    Channel B
    Static tRead Value.........................:5 [Auto]
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:Auto
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:Auto
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:Auto
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:Auto
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:Auto
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:Auto
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:Auto
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto ps
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto ps

    Motherboard Voltage Control

    CPU
    Load-Line Calibration.....................: [Disabled]

    CPU Vcore….……….........................: [1.35000V]

    CPU Termination…..... 1.200V*.......: [1.200V]

    CPU PLL…………………....1.500V*.......: [1.500V]

    CPU Referen.…………....0.755V*.......: .760V [Auto]

    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core…………….....1.100V...........: [1.24V]
    MCH Reference….…….0.760V...........: [.800V]
    MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........: [.900V]
    ICH I/O……………….....1.500V............: [1.500V]
    ICH Core…………...……1.100V............: [1.100V]

    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ……....1.800V............: [2.06V]
    DRAM Termination .…0.900V............: [.910V]
    Channel A Reference 0.900V............: [.910V]
    Channel B Reference 0.900V............: [.910V]

    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.........................: [Disabled]
    Virtualization Technology................: [Disabled]

    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Storage Detect ..............[DIsabled]

    Any and all help or suggestions are GREATLY appreciated. I'm feelin like I wasted a ton of money to build an outdated rig that I can't even tweak.

    Thanks everyone!
    Last edited by Jerm1970; 02-27-2010 at 06:50 AM. Reason: Updated Template as suggested.


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

    Load-Line Calibration ----------------- : [?] is missing in your template, please add it(before vcore) with it's current setting.

    Leave all Reference settings and DRAM Termination on auto.
    I'd set DRAM Voltage at 2.06-2.1v.
    Try memory multiplier 4.00A, and MCH Core up to 1.24v.
    When you get the memory stable, it's possible to have the CPU at stock frequency with 333MHz FSB, and CPU Ratio 8 for a alightly better memory performance.

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

    Set Legacy USB Storage Detect = Disabled for now.
    It's not clear from your bios template if the 5-6-6-18 primary timings are set manually.
    The Extreme Memory Profile --- (X.M.P.) entry is missing from the template. This entry should be directly below the Performance Enhance setting.
    I recommend that your next bios post uses the bios template from this post.

    It will help if you post a screen-shot that includes the programs listed in step 4 in this post.
    You can also include the Prime95 window with the error message in the same screen-shot.

    After you've applied Chike's suggestions, if your system still isn't stable, try:
    Cpu Termination (VTT) = 1.22 - 1.26
    Starting with 1.22 volts, note how long Prime95 runs before an error occurs.
    See if the 1.24 and 1.26 VTT tests run longer without an error.

    MCH Core might need additional tweaking. I don't recall seeing other setups using 4x1GB of this 1150MHz memory, so we might have to wing it a bit.
    Chike's recommendations look good for starters.

    Just for future reference, your PC2-9200 Reaper HPC memory is rated at 2.1 - 2.3 volts and its rated timings are 5-5-5-18 @ 1150MHz.
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    Default Re: Please help me get started OCing GA-EP45-UD3P

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    The Extreme Memory Profile --- (X.M.P.) entry is missing from the template. This entry should be directly below the Performance Enhance setting.
    The memory does not have EPP profile.
    Screen capture posred in ofirst OP's thread, though it wasn't with stock settings.

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

    I pointed out the missing XMP setting from his template.
    I don't know if XMP is disabled or not modifiable in the bios if you don't have an EPP profile programmed in the memory's SPD.
    It might be possible to enable XMP without an EPP profile and this might lead to problems.

    For the benefit of others, Jerm1970 needs to post his current screen-shots in this post.
    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
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    Default Re: Please help me get started OCing GA-EP45-UD3P

    So far from what I have seen the XMP option is missing in BIOS if the memory don't have EPP/XMP profile. Maybe it will show disabled with Ctrl+F1, if someone care to test this.

    EDIT: BTW he indicated spesific entries that are missing in BIOS in the first thread which I later advised him to remove.
    Last edited by Chike; 02-27-2010 at 06:53 AM.

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

    In many/most bios posts, the OP leaves the missing entry but adds N/A or not available.
    All of my memory has EPP profiles, so I can't answer your question.

    Minor point: Does ALT + F1 work at the main bios screen to show additional bios settings?
    I've always used CTRL + F1 to access additional settings.
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    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
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    Default Re: Please help me get started OCing GA-EP45-UD3P

    Thanks gentlemen,
    I've adjusted my template in the first post according to the suggested settings by both of you and have made these changes on the machine.
    Load-Line calibration has been added though I'm not sure if [Disabled] is correct, that's the default. With regard to XMP, I do not have that option under any menu entry in the BIOS (version FD) even if doing Alt+F1 just FYI. I also don't see anything referencing EPP.
    The timing on the RAM is set Manually and according to the information provided by OCZ here: OCZ DDR2 PC2-9200 Reaper HPC 4GB Edition OCZ Technology
    Although I'm certainly not at 1150Mhz so I don't know how this affects things.

    Just restarted so I'll see if I'm able to get the screenshots as profJim suggested.

    Thanks again guys, I'm still WAY in the dark but am trying to soak up this information as fast as possible.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    All of my memory has EPP profiles, so I can't answer your question.
    So are mine. EPP profiles can be erased... but I'm not too excited to do it :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim
    Minor point: Does ALT + F1 work at the main bios screen to show additional bios settings?
    I've always used CTRL + F1 to access additional settings.
    Corrected to Ctrl+F1, been a long time since I've tried it, never chnaged anything in my board anyway.

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

    OK...everything appears to be fine as far as startup and letting it idle.
    EDIT: Just Blue Screened after posting (but not with an error on it...blank, blue with very light vertical banding)
    What areas might need adjusting? Seems like its darn near 'stock'. :(

    Attached are the screenshots as directed.
    I just have a spare and very small monitor hooked up for the time being so these are separate. I planned on running Prime for the rest of the evening if you guys think this is a good place to start...?







    Last edited by Jerm1970; 02-27-2010 at 08:20 AM.


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