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    Default Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Ok, time for a new thread. I just picked up the Q9550 and put it in. Set defaults in bios and it booted fine. Just for fun onh the next boot I set it for 4.0 modeling the settings off of someone else's post. It loaded to the boot screen, but then a BSOD. So it looks promising that I van get there. Basic settings as follows.

    vcore 1.275 (seemed low but I thought I would try it)
    vtt 1.3
    pll 1.5
    mch 1.36
    dram at 2.02 5-5-4-12
    8.5 x 475 fsb (2.0D strap)

    A few questions on the Q9550 as I don't want to fry it already and I know it will take less volts than the Q6600 did.
    1. LLC on with a Q9550? I have it off at the moment, I have seen mixed opinions on a 45nm chip.
    2. Safe vcore for a Q9550 at 4.0?
    3. What kind of mch volts is good for 475 fsb with a pair of Mushkin 991619 (996619)?

    I can fill out the complete list of bios settings later if needed. Thanks for any help.


    A quick update. I backed the RAM off to 5-5-5-15 and bumped the vcore to 1.3 (show 1.254 in Windows) and it is running at 4.0 Now to see how stable it is...

    2nd update. Had to bump the vcore 1 more notch to 1.30625 because of a BSOD on 3Dmork 06 on the CPU test. It now passes 06, vantage, and the Steam video stress test. Temps seem to be in the mid 40's most of the time. Core 0 did hit 60 at one point but didn't stay there.
    Last edited by xxJackxx; 06-13-2010 at 08:53 AM. Reason: update
    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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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    MCH does not need to be that high, 1.2-1.24 should be plenty

    LLC is fine, use level 1

    Safe Vcore would be 1.4-1.45, above that should not be needed really.

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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    I figured the MCH might be high, I am used to that old 8GB of unstable RAM. I'll try to lower it. I don't think I'll need the LLC, it seems to be good so far. The vcore also seems to be good at 1.30625 though I have not tried prime95 or IBT. What games I have tried seem to work so far. I'm very happy with the new parts!
    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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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Vcore may be OK, but if you do not use LLC you might have a big droop under load. I suggest Level 1 LLC

    Glad to hear you are enjoying your new system!

    I saw your thread at Mushkin too, those guys are great too so if you have any issues feel free to ask them and they can help too!

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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Yes, Mushkin is great, I wish I had gone with them to start with. MCH down to 1.2, still runs, will have to stress it later.

    Pardon my ignorance, but what is meant by Level 1 LLC? I know the option for LLC has Enabled and Disabled. Do I just enable that, or am I missing something?
    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
    Antec SG-850 | Logitech G19 Keyboard & G500 Mouse

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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    New boards have advanced LLC options, if you have Enabled only it is probably the same as Level1.

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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Sorry, yes I meant Load Line Calibration.

    And yes your board may only have enabled/disabled, if that is the case use enabled - if you have advanced options choose level 1

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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Please post your bios settings using the template if you have questions or problems.
    It will also help to include the following screen-shot:
    Memset using the SPD and ">>" tabs
    cpu-z CPU and Mainboard screens (several instances can be run at the same time)
    EasyTune6 --> TUNER tab --> ADVANCE tab --> VOLTAGE tab (only the Voltage tab is needed)
    CoreTemp screen [for your cpu's VID (Voltage ID)]
    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

    Let me start this post by saying that I am not having any particular problem so far, though I have not done any serious testing. Games seem ok now, which is why I did the upgrade. However it couldn't hurt to have someone look over my settings as I know less about the Q9550 than I did the Q6600.



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    Motherboard:Gigabyte Model:GA-EP45_UD3P Rev#:1.0 Bios Version:F10
    Cpu: Intel Q9550
    Ram: 2x Muskin 991619 (996916) - 2GB DDR2 PC2-8500 5-5-5-15 Blackline
    Power Supply Unit: Antec SG-850 850 Watts

    note: replace all ?? with the value displayed in your bios.
    ----> Replace "Auto" with manually set values.

    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster -------------- : [Auto]
    CPU Clock Ratio ---------------------- : [8]
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio ----------------- : [0.5] <-- ignore if not available
    CPU Frequency ---------------------: 4.04 <-- this is set by your bios

    Clock Chip Control
    Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control --------------- : [Enabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) --------------: [475]
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) ---------- : [100] <--- Set to 100, never leave this on Auto

    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] <--- set to STANDARD when overclocking
    Extreme Memory Profile --- (X.M.P.) --- : [Disabled] <--- Leave this Disabled
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch ---------------- : [Auto]
    System Memory Multiplier -------------- : [2.00D] <-- this is the setting that you are using
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ---------------- : [950]
    DRAM Timing Selectable ---------------- : [Manual] <-- set to MANUAL for overclocking

    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time -------- 5 ---------- : [5]
    tRCD ------------------- 5 ---------- : [5]
    tRP --------------------- 5 ---------- : [5]
    tRAS ------------------- 15 ---------- : [15]

    Advanced Timing Control
    tRRD ------------------- 4 ---------- : [Auto]
    tWTR ------------------- 4 ---------- : [Auto]
    tWR --------------------- 6 ---------- : [Auto]
    tRFC ------------------- 68 ---------- : [Auto]
    tRTP ------------------- 5 ---------- : [Auto]
    Command Rate (CMD) -------------------- : [2] <--- Auto or 0 is OK

    Driving Strength Profiles
    Driving Strength --------- : Press Enter <--- press ENTER to modify memory sub-timings when overclocking

    Channel A
    Static tRead Value --------------------- : [9]
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment ------------------ : [Auto] <-- leave this and below set to 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 --------------------- : [9]
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment ------------------ : [Auto] <-- leave this and below set to 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
    Voltage Types------------ Normal -------- Current -----
    Load-Line Calibration ----------------- : [Disabled]
    CPU Vcore --------------- ?.????? ---- : [1.30625]

    CPU Termination --------- ?.???V* ----- : [1.30]
    CPU PLL ----------------- ?.???V* ----- : [1.50]

    CPU Reference ----------- ?.???V* ----- : [Auto]
    CPU Reference2 ---------- ?.???V* ----- : [N/A]

    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core ---------------- ?.???V ------- : [1.20]
    MCH Reference ----------- ?.???V ------- : [.8]
    MCH/DRAM Ref ------------ ?.???V ------- : [1.01]
    ICH I/O ----------------- ?.???V ------- : [Auto]
    ICH Core ---------------- ?.???V ------- : [Auto]
    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ------------ ?.???V ------- : [2.02]
    DRAM Termination -------- ?.???V ------- : [1.01]
    Channel A Reference ----- ?.???V ------- : [1.01]
    Channel B Reference ----- ?.???V ------- : [1.01]

    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 -------------- : [Enabled]

    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Storage Detect ------------- : [Disabled]

    Edit: I have been able to lower the CPU Termination Voltage to 1.24 from 1.3. Really liking this chip.
    Last edited by xxJackxx; 06-15-2010 at 03:21 PM. Reason: Changed VTT Voltage
    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
    Antec SG-850 | Logitech G19 Keyboard & G500 Mouse

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    Default Re: Ok, my Q9550 is here

    Not to Hijack this thread but since we're duscussing LLC, Lsd, can you tell me the difference between LLC 1 and LLC 2......I'm assuming one allows more vdroop than the other but from the descriptions on the BIOS I'm unsure which does what. Thanks.

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