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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Looks good!

    You can manually set these now if you want

    Advanced Timing Control
    tRRD ------------------- 4 ---------- :3-4
    tWTR ------------------- 4 ---------- : 3-6
    tWR --------------------- 6 ---------- :4-6
    tRFC ------------------- 68 ---------- :52-62
    tRTP ------------------- 5 ---------- : 3-4
    Command Rate (CMD) -------------------- : [2] <---Set 2, test 1 later

    Driving Strength Profiles
    Driving Strength --------- : Press Enter <- Set 1066


    @ Faust1200

    Level 1 is normal LLC like you used to use when it was only enabled/disabled. Example idle Vcore 1.4 - Load Vcore 1.385/1.39

    Level 2 adds more Vcore under load than the idle voltage, and the amount can vary. Example Idle Vcore 1.4 - load Vcore 1.44

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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    I have read in other posts on this forum that the 1066 driving strength profile in the F10 BIOS is unstable on this mobo so I am going to leave it auto. Did some more gaming last night. Dropped VTT all the way to 1.2 but the game froze. Windows did not though, so 1.24 it is. The CPU shows 1.264 volts vcore in Windows. I cannot believe this thing runs at 4.04 Ghz at this voltage! I'm sure the Mushkin RAM helps a lot with that. I'm sure I could go higher with water cooling but I've spent enough money. For now. ;)

    I'd like to thank everyone that helped. I'm going to call this one good.
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P v1.0 F10 Bios
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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Ok, I lied. I finally had some time to run Prime95 and IBT. Both failed. I went ahead and turned on LLC and it is fine now. I should have listened. :P This did allow me to drop VTT to 1.2 and vcore to 1.3 though so I won't worry about it too much. Does anybody want to recommend a better cooler? The CNPS 9700 is ok for idle. Gets a little hot on load.
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P v1.0 F10 Bios
    Prolimatech Megahalems rev. B & 2 * Cooler Master R4 fans
    Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 @4.0 (8.5 * 475)
    2x2GB Mushkin 991619 (PC2-8500) 5-5-5-15
    XFX Radeon HD 4870x2 | Samsung 275T+
    WD Caviar Black 640GB x2 RAID 0 | Windows 7 x64
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    Thumbs up Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Make sure that your case is deep enough for the top tier coolers. Many are about 160mm tall, measured from the top of the cpu.
    Check out the cooler reviews at the best sites, such as Hardocp, xbitlabs, PC Perspective, etc.
    The Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B has been at or near the top of list for some time now.
    Two of the newest Zalman coolers have received very good reviews.

    Make sure that the cooler you choose won't have clearance issues with the 1st memory slot.
    Don't cut corners with an everyday 120mm fan. Noctua and Scythe are two of the top rated fans.
    My Scythe S-Flex fans (1600 rpm) have been excellent. Their 1200 rpm S-Flex fans offer about 15 - 20% less air flow.
    Let us know which cooler you choose and how it works out.
    Last edited by profJim; 06-18-2010 at 04:42 AM. Reason: correction
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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    What are core temps under Prime95 and IBT?

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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    It hits the upper 70's on those. Gets to the upper 50's when gaming. Running at 33 right now. I have read some of the cooler reviews but it looks like most of them are only 2 or 3 degrees apart from each other. I didn't know if anyone's real world experience with any of them was better. I hate the thought of spending up to $100 and ripping this thing apart to only gain a couple of degrees.
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P v1.0 F10 Bios
    Prolimatech Megahalems rev. B & 2 * Cooler Master R4 fans
    Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 @4.0 (8.5 * 475)
    2x2GB Mushkin 991619 (PC2-8500) 5-5-5-15
    XFX Radeon HD 4870x2 | Samsung 275T+
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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Check out mm67's post and ask him about his setup with Prolimatech Megahalems rev. B & 2 * Silverstone FM121 fans. His Q9550 is running at 3.91GHz.

    Fan noise might be an issue with each fan running at max speed (2400 rpm) while they're pushing and pulling 110 cfm.
    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
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    Check out mm67's post and ask him about his setup with Prolimatech Megahalems rev. B & 2 * Silverstone FM121 fans. His Q9550 is running at 3.91GHz.

    Fan noise might be an issue with each fan running at max speed (2400 rpm) while they're pushing and pulling 110 cfm.
    I actually run my Silverstones at 1100 rpm, at that speed they are pretty silent. 2400 rpm usage requires earplugs :)
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    Thumbs up Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    @mm67
    What are your cpu core temps while gaming? IBT temps? Prime95 temps?
    Does the Megahalems work as well as in the reviews?

    Thanks for your reply and your post in the other thread.
    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
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Don't really do any gaming but a 30 min Linpack run with all fans set to silent speeds looks like this:
    Attachment 2642

    Running Prime95 temps are about 10 degrees lower. I am quite pleased with Megahalems, I was previously using a Noctua NH-U12P SE2 cooler on this system which wasn't too bad either but after cooler swap my core temps went down 7-8 degrees. Noctua is now running on my secondary UD3LR & E7400 where it works really nice, maybe a hot running Quad is a little too much for it.
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    Fractal Design Arc Midi

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