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    Default Q6600 / GA-EP-DS3L / DDR2 1066 / Looking to reach 3.4 GHZ stable

    Hey,

    Currently looking to reach 3.4 GHZ stable.

    I've used EasyTune 6 to reach 3.44 (433 x 8), ran p95 for about an hour without any issues...but I'm concerned about the settings EasyTune applies in my bios

    I'm running with a
    Q6600 @ 3.2
    Buffalo Firestix FSX1066D2C-K4G 4GB 2X2GB PC2-8500 (rated 5-5-5-18 @ 2.1v)
    GA-EP-DS3L (unfortunately, the L series, I know. )
    Xigmatek 1283
    Coolermaster 690 II Advanced (2 additional 140mm fans, Two intake, 3 exhaust), so lots of airflow.
    Silverstone Strider Plus 850w PSU

    If needed, I can post my current settings. Is there a way I can export the current settings to a file from the bios, or a program I might be able to use.

    I'm currently using CPU-Z, CoreTemp, and P95, anything else you recommend?

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    Default Re: Q6600 / GA-EP-DS3L / DDR2 1066 / Looking to reach 3.4 GHZ stable

    Yes, please do get us your current 3.2 BIOS settings, you will need to manually do it as there is no easy way.

    Template is in my signature, give us your settings and we can advise back on 3.4 settings for you to try.

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    Default Re: Q6600 / GA-EP-DS3L / DDR2 1066 / Looking to reach 3.4 GHZ stable

    Sorry about the delay. Here's what I could fill out. My current settings are BOLD, I've marked the settings that were not available as N/A as my board is probably limited to some of the settings.

    BIOS VERSION: F10 (newest, NON-Beta Bios)

    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster ...............: Auto
    CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 8x
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................:.n/a
    CPU Frequency ...........................: 3.20Ghz (400x8)


    Clock Chip Control
    Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control..................: [Enabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) ............: 400Mhz
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........:Set to 100

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


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


    DRAM Performance Control
    Performance Enhance...................: [STANDARD]
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.).....: N/A
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: [Auto]
    System Memory Multiplier ..............: 2.66D
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ..............: 1066
    DRAM Timing Selectable ................: [Manual]

    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time........................: 5
    tRCD .........................................: 5
    tRP'...........................................: 5
    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
    tWTR..........................................:3
    tWR............................................:6
    tRFC...........................................:52
    tRTP...........................................:3
    Command Rate (CMD) ....................:0

    Driving Strength Profiles
    Driving Strength ............................: 1066MHz

    Channel A
    Static tRead Value.........................:6/7-10 333/B MCH - 8/9-12 400/D MCH.......: 10
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto <<< Leave for all below as well.
    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.........................:6/7-10 333/B MCH - 8/9-12 400/D MCH.......: 10
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto <<< Leave for all below as well
    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
    CPU Vcore….……….........................:Auto

    CPU Termination…..... 1.200V*.......: Auto

    CPU PLL…………………....1.500V*.......: Auto (Default is not 1.500v, it's 1.550v on my motherboard)

    CPU Referen.…………....0.755V*.......: <<< .64% Of Vtt (Termination above) Auto Will set this correctly

    CPU Reference2………,,0.800V*.......:<<< .67% Of Vtt (Termination above) Auto Will set this correctly

    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core…………….....1.100V...........: << 1.100v
    MCH Reference….…….0.760V...........; <<< Leave
    MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........: <<< Leave
    ICH I/O……………….....1.500V............: <<< Leave
    ICH Core…………...……1.100V............: <<< Leave

    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ……....1.800V............: 1.800v
    DRAM Termination .…0.900V............: <<< Leave
    Channel A Reference 0.900V............: <<< Leave
    Channel B Reference 0.900V............: <<< Leave

    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]..... [Enabled]
    Virtualization Technology................: [Disabled]....... [Enabled] if you use Vmware/Virtual PC

    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Storage Detect ..............[Disabled]...... [Enabled] *Note* Must be enabled to flash from USB



    Thanks again!

    -Andrew
    Last edited by subpop; 04-20-2010 at 05:43 AM.

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    Default Re: Q6600 / GA-EP-DS3L / DDR2 1066 / Looking to reach 3.4 GHZ stable

    You can check the actual voltages applied in EasyTune -> Tuner -> Advanced -> Voltage tab. Target voltage is the actuall what BIOS sets.
    In genereal it is not recommended to leave Vcore, VTT(CPU Termination) , and CPU PLL on auto as BIOS may overvolt them dangerously.

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    Default Re: Q6600 / GA-EP-DS3L / DDR2 1066 / Looking to reach 3.4 GHZ stable

    Alright, so here's what Easy Tune 6 set for my voltage settings...

    BIOS is showing AUTO

    Last edited by subpop; 04-20-2010 at 05:58 AM.

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    Default Re: Q6600 / GA-EP-DS3L / DDR2 1066 / Looking to reach 3.4 GHZ stable

    CPU PLL may be more that is needed, set it manually to 1.55v or one step up, set VTT and vcore to their target voltage.
    Why does MCH Core shows 1.3v, in your template it was 1.1v. Also DRAM Voltage shows 2.0v and in your template it is 1.8v.

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    Default Re: Q6600 / GA-EP-DS3L / DDR2 1066 / Looking to reach 3.4 GHZ stable

    I believe because they were set in ET6, and it doesn't match with the BIOS...weird, I know...I would think the settings from ET6 are the correct ones.

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    Default Re: Q6600 / GA-EP-DS3L / DDR2 1066 / Looking to reach 3.4 GHZ stable

    If you use easytune for anything, testing or such, please do not use the save button only apply. If you use save it will apply those settings everytime at startup.

    Try these settings from what you mentioned above, moving to 3.4Ghz

    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster ...............: Auto or fast
    CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 8x
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................:.n/a
    CPU Frequency ...........................: 3.4Ghz


    Clock Chip Control
    Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control..................: [Enabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) ............: 425Mhz
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........:Set to 100

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


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


    DRAM Performance Control
    Performance Enhance...................: [STANDARD]
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.).....: N/A
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: [Auto]
    System Memory Multiplier ..............: 2.00D (you can try 2.00B or 2.40B here but it may not work with your memory or FSB)
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ..............: 900
    DRAM Timing Selectable ................: [Manual]

    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time........................: 4/5
    tRCD .........................................: 4/5
    tRP'...........................................: /45
    tRAS..........................................: 12/15/18

    ^^ If you run 900Mhz you may be able to use 455-12, 544-12, 555-12, ect above ^^

    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
    tWTR..........................................:3
    tWR............................................:4-6
    tRFC...........................................:48-54
    tRTP...........................................:3
    Command Rate (CMD) ....................:0 << Set 2, can test and compare 1T later

    Driving Strength Profiles
    Driving Strength ............................: 1066MHz

    Channel A
    Static tRead Value.........................:6/7-10 333/B MCH - 8/9-12 400/D MCH.......: 10 << 9 should be fine if using "D" memory multi, if you get "B" going you may be able to use 8
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto <<< Leave for all below as well.
    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.........................:6/7-10 333/B MCH - 8/9-12 400/D MCH.......: 10 << 9 should be fine if using "D" memory multi, if you get "B" going you may be able to use 8
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto <<< Leave for all below as well
    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
    CPU Vcore….……….........................:Auto << Set your own voltage here for sure!!! Try 1.38-1.45 and see how it goes

    CPU Termination…..... 1.200V*.......: Auto << Set your own voltage here as well!! Try 1.3-1.45

    CPU PLL…………………....1.500V*.......: Auto (Default is not 1.500v, it's 1.550v on my motherboard) << Set 1.5-1.58

    CPU Referen.…………....0.755V*.......: <<< .64% Of Vtt (Termination above) Auto Will set this correctly

    CPU Reference2………,,0.800V*.......:<<< .67% Of Vtt (Termination above) Auto Will set this correctly

    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core…………….....1.100V...........: << 1.100v << Will need 1.2-1.26 or so for stability with 4B
    MCH Reference….…….0.760V...........; <<< Leave
    MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........: <<< Leave
    ICH I/O……………….....1.500V............: <<< Leave
    ICH Core…………...……1.100V............: <<< Leave

    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ……....1.800V............: 1.800v << Set to your memory spec, 2.1V
    DRAM Termination .…0.900V............: <<< Leave
    Channel A Reference 0.900V............: <<< Leave
    Channel B Reference 0.900V............: <<< Leave

    Advanced Settings
    Limit CPUID Max. to 3.....................: [Disabled]
    No-Execute Memory Protect............: [Enabled]
    CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)................: [Disabled] << Disabled (Just in case you missed it and it is enabled)
    C2/C2E State Support....................: [Disabled]
    x C4/C4E State Support..................: [Disabled]
    CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) ...........: [Enabled]
    CPU EIST Function.........................: [Disabled]..... [Enabled] << Disabled
    Virtualization ................: [Disabled]....... [Enabled] if you use Vmware/Virtual PC

    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Detect ..............[Disabled]...... [Enabled] *Note* Must be enabled to flash from USB

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    Default Re: Q6600 / GA-EP-DS3L / DDR2 1066 / Looking to reach 3.4 GHZ stable

    Hey,

    I did what you asked, but after about 1 hour of running P95, I receive an error on Core 3 indicating "FATAL ERROR: Rounding was 0.5, expected less than 0.4"... From my understanding this sounds like a memory error. I'm running with the 5-5-5-12 timings. Should I change something?

    I keep thinking that EasyTune 6 is setting settings for me on startup... maybe I should go to defaults, and uninstall it.

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    Default Re: Q6600 / GA-EP-DS3L / DDR2 1066 / Looking to reach 3.4 GHZ stable

    Here is how to use Prime95, you will need to read this so you can tell what test you were using and possible causes of your errors
    Orthos/Prime Tests explained

    Yes, if you are unsure if easytune is setting things on startup go ahead and uninstall it for now and then continue your testing.

    You may just need a small bump to Vcore or Vtt, not sure since you did not post your exact settings you are trying.

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