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Thread: X58A-UD3R, 1600Mhz C7 and i7 960 Bios settings advice




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    Default X58A-UD3R, 1600Mhz C7 and i7 960 Bios settings advice

    Hi Everybody

    this is a follow up thread from the one here: EX58-UD5 and 960 problems, please help

    Long story short, the system from that thread had a bad UD5 motherboard, I have since replaced it with a EX58A-UD3R, also I replaced the WD YS hard drive with a 1TB Seagate barracuda.

    Im starting this thread because this system is like 99 percent perfect >__<
    but I need that final 1 percent.

    All the serious instability as per the previous thread is fixed, some other problems such as the graphics showing up artifacted at post is fixed (the card needed more pci-e voltage) and the sleep problem ( F4 BSOD) has been fixed, and the CPU is healthy and flawless.

    I have however had two out of like over 50 posts be unsuccessful, the first occurred when I powered up the system without the VGA or USB (HID peripherals) connected, I thought that was weird.

    the second one was after I held the power button down for 4 seconds as the system was restarting (this one is not uncommon and is quite ordinary from my experience with the x58s)

    its the first post up failure that has me concerned, this system needs the most perfect settings for the owner, and I just worry that some kind of under or over voltage caused the first one (as when you get a post failure and enter the MIT it tells you the generic message that its recovered)

    So, here are the now current system specs and my most stable bios template I have for this system,
    any anomalies spotted or tweaking advice will be greatly appreciated! ! ^_^

    CPU = i7 960 @ stock frequency 3.2-3.3ghz (HT and Turbo enabled)
    Motherboard = GA-X58A-UD3R, Revision 1.0
    BIOS Version = F1
    Ram = Corsair Dominator 1600Mhz Cas7 (7-8-7-20-2T @1.65v) (link in url@ top of post)

    Code:
    Advanced CPU Features:
    CPU Clock Ratio ................................ [24x]
    Intel(R) Turbo Boost Tech .................. [Enabled]
    CPU Cores Enabled ............................ [All]
    CPU Multi Threading .......................... [Enabled]
    CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) ................... [Enabled]
    C3/C6/C7 State Support .................... [Disabled]
    CPU Thermal Monitor ......................... [Enabled]
    CPU EIST Function ............................ [Enabled]
    Virtualization Technology ................... [Enabled]
    Bi-Directional PROCHOT ..................... [Enabled]
    
    
    Uncore & QPI Features:
    QPI Link Speed .............................. AUTO (@x38/4.8Ghz)
    Uncore Frequency .......................... AUTO (@ 3200Mhz)
    Isonchronous Frequency ..................[Enabled]
    
    
    Standard Clock Control:
    Base Clock (BCLK) Control ................ [Enabled]
    BCLK Frequency (MHz) ..................... 133
    PCI Express Frequency (MHz) ........... [AUTO] @ 100Mhz
    
    C.I.A.2 [Disabled]
    
    Advanced Clock Control:
    CPU Clock Drive ..............................[800mV]
    PCI Express Clock Drive ................... [900mV]
    CPU Clock Skew ............................. [0ps]
    IOH Clock Skew ............................. [0ps]
    
    
    Advanced DRAM Features:
    Performance Enhance ...................... [Standard]
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P) ......... [Disabled]
    System Memory Multiplier (SPD) ........ [12.0]
    DRAM Timing Selectable (SPD) .......... [Quickl]
    
    Channel A + B + C
    
    Channel A Timing Settings:
    ##Channel A Standard Timing Control##
    CAS Latency Time ......................7
    tRCD .......................................8
    tRP .........................................7
    tRAS .......................................20
    Command rate..........................2
    
    
    ##Channel A Advanced Timing Control## (*Below values all left on Auto)
    tRC .........................................27 *
    tRRD .......................................4*
    tWTR ...................................... 4*
    tWR ........................................8*
    tWTP ......................................19*
    tWL ........................................  7*
    tRFC .......................................60*
    tRTP .......................................4*
    tFAW ......................................20*
    Command Rate (CMD) ................1 (this is actually set to 2)
    
    ##Channel A Misc Timing Control##
    Round Trip Latency ...................53*
    
    
    
    Advanced Voltage Control:
    
    CPU
    Load Line Calibration ................. [Disabled]
    CPU Vcore ...............................Auto (1.26250)
    DVID.......................................Auto (+0.00000v)
    QPI/VTT Voltage 1.150v ............Manual: 1.275V
    CPU PLL 1.800v .......................Auto: 1.800V
    
    MCH/ICH
    PCIE 1.500v ...........................Manual: 1.540V
    QPI PLL 1.100v .......................Auto
    IOH Core 1.100v .....................Manual:1.160V
    ICH I/O 1.500v .......................Auto
    ICH Core 1.1v ........................Manual:1.180V
    
    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage 1.500v ..............Manual:1.660V
    DRAM Termination 0.750v [AUTO]
    Ch-A Data VRef. 0.750v [AUTO]
    Ch-B Data VRef. 0.750v [AUTO]
    Ch-C Data VRef. 0.750v [AUTO]
    Ch-A Address VRef. 0.750v [AUTO]
    Ch-B Address VRef. 0.750v [AUTO]
    Ch-C Address VRef. 0.750v [AUTO]
    and the PC Health voltage reporting:
    Code:
    PC Health Status:
    Case open status......................Disabled
    Vcore.......................................1.252V
    DDR15V....................................1.648V
    +3.3V.......................................3.360V
    +5V..........................................5.026V
    +12V........................................12.429V
    The memory in its current configuration (rated stock settings) is flawless, it can Pi and prime burn endlessly, and with the PCI-E voltage slightly bumped the graphics has no post problems (in OS it doesn't have any problems at all, with or without the small bump)

    Since the system is stable to stress, I honestly don't know if I can get any finer settings which will prevent any unforeseen post failures.

    thanks for reading ;)
    Gaming: GIGABYTE X58-UD5 - i7 920 C0 - Noctua NH-U12P - 6GB OCZ Platinum PC3-10666 CL7 - Sapphire HD5870 - Antec P182 - TruePower Trio 650w - 3 Acer X243HB in Eyefinity - 2 x 500GB ST3500320AS 7200.11, SD1A - MS Digital Media KB - Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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    Default Re: X58A-UD3R, 1600Mhz C7 and i7 960 Bios settings advice

    Well the two post issues you mention sound normal and warranted, either could cause BSOD or failure to start properly, so I think you might be fine if everything has been well otherwise.

    Be sure you save a profile or two for the owner, Stock optimal setup and your overclock. And of course explain or show him/her how to use this should he need to, if you already thought of this then you can ignore me :)

    Are you sure that even (x24) multi is stable? Are you sure that you would not be better off with the same overclock and be able to use lower voltages at a x23 multi? I ask because often even CPU multi's are less stable than odd, and need more voltages. So just wondering if you had tested x23, or not, and why you choose x24. I know you are happy and settled in with x24 and that is fine with me, I just wondered if you had thought of those things or not?

    I would manually set the QPI to x36 or X44, both would be easy and should not require any voltage changes at 133 Bclk. If you want to leave at stock, I still advise you manually set to x36.

    Same applies to Uncore, set to x24. X25-26 would also improve system response a little bit, but may require more tweaking work on your part, manually setting x24 would not.

    Command Rate, likely could be set at 1T. This may be more tweaking effort for you, but I doubt it at all, same with switching to Turbo or Extreme Perf. Enhance, since you are at stock neither should give you much problems if any. I see the rated specs are 2T, but just wonder if that was for compatibility reasons, did you try 1T?

    Other then those few things all looks fine to me, those are just nit-pics anyway nothing major to worry about.

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    Default Re: X58A-UD3R, 1600Mhz C7 and i7 960 Bios settings advice

    haha awesome :D
    I didn't know that the x58's would have post problems without a display or usb kb & mouse attatched.
    Regarding the profile thing, I already did that! ^_^ I saved a 1066 and a 1600 Profile for them
    The only thing I havent done is lin-packing on this system, Im wary already of priming it as the temps are not great since this system has a stock Intel HSF.
    Its quite stable, Ive been testing and tweaking for a few days, but just wanted some re-assurance that I havent set anything wrong or overlooked anything :)

    I realise that it could be tweaked further, but my goal really is just as stable as possible at stock speeds for the owner.
    Ohh and 1600 Cas7 is damn nice, makes my 1333 Cas7 seem slow! >_<

    Thanks a bunch LSDmeasap :>
    I'll be sure to lock those settings you've mentioned before i give the system back!

    and again, I'm so glad that youre back on the forums, welcome back!!

    If anythng I might flash a newer BIOS, F1 probably is contributing to some of the minor fiddly things ive noticed about this motherboard.
    Gaming: GIGABYTE X58-UD5 - i7 920 C0 - Noctua NH-U12P - 6GB OCZ Platinum PC3-10666 CL7 - Sapphire HD5870 - Antec P182 - TruePower Trio 650w - 3 Acer X243HB in Eyefinity - 2 x 500GB ST3500320AS 7200.11, SD1A - MS Digital Media KB - Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    Server: - HP Proliant MicroServer N36L - 4GB Team 1333 CL9 - 1x 160 2.5 5400RPM - 2x 500GB ST3500320AS 7200.11, SD1A - 1x 250GB ST3500320AS 7200.12 - 1x 1.5TB ST3500320AS 7200.12

    HTPC1
    : GIGABYTE EP45-UD3L - E7600 - 2GB Corsair DHX 800 C5 - GIGABYTE 8500GT - Antec Fusion - Microsoft Comfort Wireless / Logitech MX1000 bt - Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    HTPC2
    : GIGABYTE 945GCMX-S2 - E6320 - 2GB Corsair DHX 800 C5 - GIGABYTE 7600GT - Antec Fusion - Windows 7 Ultimate x64


    HTPC3:
    GIGABYTE P35-DS4 - E6750 - 4GB OCZ System Elite 800 - GIGABYTE 8800GTX - TT Shark - Earthwatts 500w - DeNovo Mini - Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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    Default Re: X58A-UD3R, 1600Mhz C7 and i7 960 Bios settings advice

    Ohh, I missed that BIOS version. Yes, please do update it. That of course may mean you might have to re-tweak things again, but since you are sending it out at stock Bclk shouldn't be too much to change/test.

    With the Intel stock cooler only I think you are good in deciding not to run Linpack, prime95 for 24 hours plus Memtest86+ and or HCI memtest, or OCCT should let you know just how stable things are.

    Yes, Cas 6 + 7 at 1600 is nice!

    Thanks for your kind words of support!! Makes me fell appreciated, I always welcome more of that :)

    Good luck getting this setup and ready, do they live near you in case something goes terribly wrong?

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