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    Default Overclocking and setup advice for GA-X58A-UD7 and i930

    Hi guys,
    I bought an overclocked bundle consisting of the above with Patriot Viper (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz.
    It comes O/C at 4.2 and originally all was fine but having a few win 7 startup problems now. I am still awaiting the Radeon HD5870 I have ordered and the rest of the system consists of a Corsair 750W power supply a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium - Fatal1ty Champion Series 7.1 Sound Card and 3 1Tb WD drives and 1 WD velociraptor 150 Gb.
    Firstly can anyone reccomend the best way to set up the drives. I want the Velociraptor as the boot drive then one of the 1Tb as my D: (Games) and set up the other 2 Tb drives in raid as my E drive which will house all my docs and pics etc. I also have two DVD rom drives F&G. What is the best RAID setup for this MB?
    Also could some one please give me some settings for the O/C to 4.2.
    Thanks in advance guys!!

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    Default Re: Overclocking and setup advice for GA-X58A-UD7 and i930

    Put your boot drive in SATA2_0, then put your RAID Drives in next (SATA2-1/2), and finally put your third drive in SATA2_3. Then put your 2 CD/DVD drives in SATA2_4/5

    Use Intel RAID, install the RAID Drivers during OS install, but do create your array beforehand with the RAID Rom (Control + I @ bootup)

    OC Settings? I thought it was already setup overclocked? I can help, just not sure what you mean since it is already setup?

    What cooling are you using? If you need help with your current settings please tell use the BIOS version and fill out a template from my signature and give us your current settings/specs and we can help

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    Default Re: Overclocking and setup advice for GA-X58A-UD7 and i930

    OK, I should have mentioned that the 2 raid drives are sata 6. The package did arrive O/C to 4.2 but I have been tweaking and installed the latest bios F7p.
    I made a note of the settings and applied them each time in the bios updates but the system has been a little flaky of late so I would be happy to reduce the O/C a little for stability.
    One problem has been the sound cards X-Fi I/O Drive which I have narrowed down to the O/C as it works ok on defaults. Also my Logitech G110 USB keyboard seems to act up.
    Settings are below, any not filled in are Auto.

    CPU = i930
    Motherboard = GA-X58A-UD7
    BIOS Version = F7p
    Ram = 6Gb Patriot Viper

    Advanced CPU Features:
    CPU Clock Ratio ................................ [21x]
    Intel(R) Turbo Boost Tech .................. [Disabled]
    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] << Disabled if you do not use Vmware or Virtual PC Programs
    Bi-Directional PROCHOT ..................... [Enabled]


    Uncore & QPI Features:
    QPI Link Speed .............................. Auto
    Uncore Frequency .......................... Auto (Always 2x memory Multi or 2x +1)
    Isonchronous Frequency ..................[Enabled]


    Standard Clock Control:
    Base Clock (BCLK) Control ................ [Enabled]
    BCLK Frequency (MHz) .....................[200]
    PCI Express Frequency (MHz) ........... [101]

    C.I.A.2 [Disabled]

    Advanced Clock Control:
    CPU Clock Drive ..............................[1000mV]
    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) ........ [8]
    DRAM Timing Selectable (SPD) .......... [Expert]

    Channel A + B + C

    Channel A Timing Settings:
    ##Channel A Standard Timing Control##
    CAS Latency Time ......................[9]
    tRCD .......................................[9]
    tRP .........................................[9]
    tRAS .......................................[28]

    Below values may be left in Auto if you like, generally this is fine. For those users who DO Set advanced timings manually, please see some of my thoughts and findings about these settings and rules here
    XtremeSystems Forums - View Single Post - Gigabyte EX58-UD5/Extreme Discussion Thread

    ##Channel A Advanced Timing Control##
    tRC ........................................ (Should be = tRAS + tRP or above for stability)
    tRRD .......................................
    tWTR ...................................... (Must be Write to Read Delay/Same Rank - (tWL + 4)
    tWR ........................................
    tWTP ....................................... (tWTP Must = tWR + tWL + 4)
    tWL ........................................ (tWL Must be CAS Latency -1)
    tRFC .......................................
    tRTP .......................................
    tFAW ......................................
    Command Rate (CMD) ................[2]

    ##Channel A Misc Timing Control##
    Round Trip Latency ...................

    B2B CAS Delay ..........................


    Advanced Voltage Control:

    CPU
    Load Line Calibration ................. [Level 2]
    CPU Vcore ...............................[1.39375]
    QPI/VTT Voltage 1.150v ............[Auto]
    CPU PLL 1.800v .......................[Auto]

    MCH/ICH
    PCIE 1.500v ...........................
    QPI PLL 1.100v .......................
    IOH Core 1.100v .....................
    ICH I/O 1.500v .......................
    ICH Core 1.1v ........................

    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage 1.500v ..............[1.660]
    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]

    once again thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Conky; 06-03-2010 at 05:53 PM.

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    Default Re: Overclocking and setup advice for GA-X58A-UD7 and i930

    I still suggest Intel RAID, Marvell RAID controller is terrible I have just been testing it myself and find that RAID on it is slower than a single drive!


    Try these settings

    Advanced CPU Features:
    CPU Clock Ratio ................................ [21x]
    Intel(R) Turbo Boost Tech .................. [Disabled]
    CPU Cores Enabled ............................ [All]
    CPU Multi Threading .......................... [Enabled]
    CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) ................... [Enabled] << Disabled
    C3/C6/C7 State Support .................... [Disabled]
    CPU Thermal Monitor ......................... [Enabled]
    CPU EIST Function ............................ [Enabled] << Disabled
    Virtualization Technology ................... [Enabled] << Disabled if you do not use Vmware or Virtual PC Programs
    Bi-Directional PROCHOT ..................... [Enabled]


    Uncore & QPI Features:
    QPI Link Speed .............................. Auto < Set x36
    Uncore Frequency .......................... Auto (Always 2x memory Multi or 2x +1) << 16-18 set manually
    Isonchronous Frequency ..................[Enabled]


    Standard Clock Control:
    Base Clock (BCLK) Control ................ [Enabled]
    BCLK Frequency (MHz) .....................[200]
    PCI Express Frequency (MHz) ........... [101]

    C.I.A.2 [Disabled]

    Advanced Clock Control:
    CPU Clock Drive ..............................[1000mV] << 800
    PCI Express Clock Drive ................... [900mV] << 900
    CPU Clock Skew ............................. [0ps]
    IOH Clock Skew ............................. [0ps]


    Advanced DRAM Features:
    Performance Enhance ...................... [Standard] << Turbo/Extreme mat be better than standard, not sure why this is on X58 but that's what I have noticed.
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P) ......... [Disabled]
    System Memory Multiplier (SPD) ........ [8]
    DRAM Timing Selectable (SPD) .......... [Expert]

    Channel A + B + C

    Channel A Timing Settings:
    ##Channel A Standard Timing Control##
    CAS Latency Time ......................[9]
    tRCD .......................................[9]
    tRP .........................................[9]
    tRAS .......................................[28]

    Below values may be left in Auto if you like, generally this is fine. For those users who DO Set advanced timings manually, please see some of my thoughts and findings about these settings and rules here
    XtremeSystems Forums - View Single Post - Gigabyte EX58-UD5/Extreme Discussion Thread

    ##Channel A Advanced Timing Control##
    tRC ........................................ (Should be = tRAS + tRP or above for stability)
    tRRD .......................................
    tWTR ...................................... (Must be Write to Read Delay/Same Rank - (tWL + 4)
    tWR ........................................
    tWTP ....................................... (tWTP Must = tWR + tWL + 4)
    tWL ........................................ (tWL Must be CAS Latency -1)
    tRFC .......................................
    tRTP .......................................
    tFAW ......................................
    Command Rate (CMD) ................[2] << 1T

    ##Channel A Misc Timing Control##
    Round Trip Latency ...................

    B2B CAS Delay ..........................


    Advanced Voltage Control:

    CPU
    Load Line Calibration ................. [Level 2] << you do know what this does right? Under load your Vcore shoots way up over idle amount. If you didn't know that please check it out under load and adjust accordingly or use level 1
    CPU Vcore ...............................[1.39375]
    QPI/VTT Voltage 1.150v ............[Auto] << Here is the issue, set this manually! Try 1.25-1.375
    CPU PLL 1.800v .......................[Auto]

    MCH/ICH
    PCIE 1.500v ...........................
    QPI PLL 1.100v ....................... << 1.18-1.24
    IOH Core 1.100v ..................... << 1.14-1.18
    ICH I/O 1.500v .......................
    ICH Core 1.1v ........................ << 1.14

    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage 1.500v ..............[1.660]
    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]

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