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    Default GA-X58A-UDR3 board-mounted LEDs

    My system is running nice and stable so far, thanks for all the help on that!

    My new question, which my searching on the forums isn't seeming to answer, regards the board-mounted LEDs. Since I enabled XMP for the G. Skill memory I'm using I've had some LEDs light up. The CPU voltage LEDs are lit green and yellow, and what I presume is the North Bridge voltage green LED is lit. I say presume because those LEDs are covered by the large blue heat sink; all I see is a green glow emanating from under the heat sink.

    Do I need to be concerned about these? CPU temps according to HM are running 37-41c at mostly idle. The only temp that seems high is TMPIN2 which I gather is the North Bridge, it's generally hovering around 61-63c. I did some searching for a fan that was specific to this chip on this board, but no joy. Current fan arrangement is front push over the hard drive, rear PSU mounted low, rear upper pull, and the dual fans on the Noctua CPU cooler which are aimed right at the rear upper case fan.

    I'm guessing there's some way to lower the voltages to the NB and CPU a bit? I'm not even sure what to search for on the forums to find information on that.

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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UDR3 board-mounted LEDs

    The CPU ones are likely lit due to QPI/Vtt voltages, and the NB is probably as you suspected.

    You can verify what voltages are being used by auto if you install Easytune, you will find actual voltages in the Tuner/advanced/voltages tab II.

    NB is generally hot on X58, you can verify that is the NB temp with Everest/AIDA64.

    IOH (NB) voltage should be fine at stock, maybe a little more. Manually set it to 1.1-1.14 and see how things go, that will turn off the LED as well.

    As for the CPU voltage LED, you'll need to find what QPI/Vtt voltage is stable for you, it may or may not be enough to lower/disable the LED and keep the ram running at spec.

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    some are northbridge/memory activity led's,they light up according to the loading not the voltages,it tells you what each set of led's do in the manual and where thay are placed,do you have dynamic energy saver installed? if so you can turn off these phase leds with that software
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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UDR3 board-mounted LEDs

    In EasyTune under Tuner/advanced/voltages tab II, only one voltage is listed, ICH Core, it's currently showing 1.1000V Under Voltages Tab I ICH Core was showing 1.22. I changed it to 1.1 and the LED went out.

    QPI/Vtt Voltage is 1.435V

    Dynamic Energy saver is disabled; the Phase LEDs are off. It's definitely the NB Voltage LEDs, according to the manual diagrams those are the only LEDs in that part of the board (next to the X58 chip that's between the CPU socket and the PCI slots). It didn't flash or blink, just a steady green (only one was lit, it looked like).

    So, can I just make changes to settings in Easy Tune without worrying too much about cooking something? Probably the only thing I'll mess with is the QPI/Vtt, maybe move it down just a hair at a time until at least the yellow CPU Voltage LED goes out. I assume that's the right thing to try? Man, I miss the 80486 days, things were so-o-o-o-o much simpler then. :)

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    I spoke too soon. When I rebooted the settings I did in EasyTune went away. IOW, after rebooting the QPI/Vtt and ICH Core voltages where right back to 1.435 and 1.22 respectively. XMP profile is still set in BIOS, will this over-ride EasyTune? I guess the larger question would be, is there a good overview writeup of how ET and the BIOS work together? As one can see, I'm missing even the most rudimentary understanding of the concepts behind this.

    The reading that I've done so far indicates that QPIVtt at 1.435 is borderline much too high, more than I want to run with if I can help it.

    FWIW, near as I can tell voltage and frequency settings in the BIOS are set at AUTO for the most part, or whatever default values come with the board.

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    easytune is windows based,it only sets the voltages you selected when its loaded or saved in an easytune profile,it wont alter bios settings

    you can alter the qpi/vtt voltage with xmp enabled i think,i think it will let you adjust it,1.4v is too much if your at stock or even overclocked,try with 1.315v and set ioh core to spec 1.1v then save and exit

    if xmp wont let you adjust qpi/vtt voltage post your bios settings and ram ect
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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UDR3 board-mounted LEDs

    How odd... I rebooted into the BIOS and went into advanced voltage settings. There I see the QPI/Vtt is set to 1.175 and ICH Core is set to 1.1. Yet when I boot the system the overvolt and phase LEDs come one while POSTing. As soon as Windows starts the phase LEDs go out but the overvoltage LEDs stay on. Though ET is on the task bar it apparently doesn't automatically apply saved settings. The one meager page in the manual doesn't discuss how to make the changes take effect such that on the next boot they'll be set.

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    try loading optimized defaults in the bios,make a note of any bios settings as they will be wiped,then re-enter bios settings/save and exit

    try un-installing easytune first just to make sure its not that(you can always re-install it later)
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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UDR3 board-mounted LEDs

    Ok, memory is G. Skill Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI 7-8-7-24 DDR3 1600. With XMP enabled and all other settings on default for the BIOS the memory settings are 7-8-7-24 at 1,600mHz, the published specs for the memory. With XMP off the memory settings go to 8-8-8-20 at 1,066 mHz. ET shows Power On of 1.435 for QPI/Vtt and 1.22 for ICH Core and Target of 1.75 and 1.1 respectively. I'm not really clear on what the difference is between Power On and Target.

    I appreciate your time and help for sure!

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    power on is what it uses at start up,target is what it actually uses

    if you wanna go with published specs then set dram voltage according to ram(printed on box or module) either it will be 1.5v or 1.65v set to 1.66v though

    set qpi/vtt to 1.315000v and ich core to spec 1.1v
    then set system memory multiplier(spd) to manual and then either 8x 10x 12x ect untill you see 1600mhz speed,
    set memory timing to manual/quick and type in the timings in the top four boxes like this
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    command rate 1T

    then save and exit

    1.45qpi/vtt voltage is alot for 1600mhz ram speed,probably why your seeing high nb temps,mines at 47c atm so anything around 45-55c is normal as they run hot anyway but 60c+ is too hot esp at stock
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