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    Default Re: Is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 the source of a world of hurt?

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    What make/wattage psu are you using?
    Enermax Galaxy DXX 1000w. I ran it on OCCT with no errors. The developer says it's a balls out load test on the PSU.

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    Default Re: Is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 the source of a world of hurt?

    Don't run too much IBT, 5-10 loops with 6144MB or max is enough.
    Then try the other 2 modules(8GB) at their slots, and run Prime95 blend. Perheps all you need is a bit more VTT to have all 16GB stable.
    Check the actual voltage readings with EasyTune/TouchBIOS, some of them don't look so great, maybe it's the PSU.

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    Default Re: Is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 the source of a world of hurt?

    Went to bed prior to your last message. I set the stress level to very high/100 passes. When I got up the result was "Success". However the computer was frozen and had to do a hard boot. That suggests to me something went wrong after the test. I've attached a log fyi.

    I've been wondering whether it's the mobo, cpu or psu all along. As I mentioned earlier there's a significant cost associated with each of these pieces of hard ware. For that reason, is there anything else I can do to narrow down which I should replace first? Educated guess work is welcome.
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    In all of your considerations re possible causes I have not seen any consideration given to your SSD being the cause.

    The first thing I'd do is remove your SSD and put an OS on one of your Black drives, see if that fixes your issues.

    You could also try benchmarking it, but bench it without it being your boot drive. Download ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46 | techPowerUp
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    Default Re: Is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 the source of a world of hurt?

    Quote Originally Posted by ~LL~ View Post
    In all of your considerations re possible causes I have not seen any consideration given to your SSD being the cause.

    The first thing I'd do is remove your SSD and put an OS on one of your Black drives, see if that fixes your issues.

    You could also try benchmarking it, but bench it without it being your boot drive. Download ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46 | techPowerUp
    LL, good point. I just put it on my list of things to do. I'll make an image of the OS on the SSD now, put the OS on a Black/bench the SSD and restore the image if nothing comes of the test.

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    Default Re: Is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 the source of a world of hurt?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chike View Post
    .... Check the actual voltage readings with EasyTune/TouchBIOS, some of them don't look so great, maybe it's the PSU.
    I've never used a utility on any board I've had but this Touch Bios is kind of cool. With respect to EasyTune, the only voltage info it's giving is:

    CPU: 1.2
    DRAM: 1.632
    +3.3v: 3.324
    +5: 5.0
    +12v: 12.024

    Should I be using CPU-Z instead of EasyTune or am I missing something?

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    Default Re: Is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 the source of a world of hurt?

    Quote Originally Posted by meat juice View Post
    I've never used a utility on any board I've had but this Touch Bios is kind of cool. With respect to EasyTune, the only voltage info it's giving is:

    CPU: 1.2
    DRAM: 1.632
    +3.3v: 3.324
    +5: 5.0
    +12v: 12.024

    Should I be using CPU-Z instead of EasyTune or am I missing something?
    Don't use CPU-z as it will give you incorrect VCore voltage.

    The best way is reading it from within TouchBIOS. If your VCore is at 1.20 then that's heaps if you are on Auto everything

    I run the same board and have the following stable settings currently with 4.2GHz

    Multiplier 42
    BCLK 1005
    VCore 1.20
    LLC Level 7
    QPI/VTT 1.14
    CPU PLL 1.56
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    Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 F9
    i7-2600K @ 4.8GHz
    4x4GB G.SKill Sniper 1600MHz F3-12800CL7D-8GBSR 8-8-7-24@1.6v
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    Default Re: Is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 the source of a world of hurt?

    Quote Originally Posted by meat juice View Post
    I've never used a utility on any board I've had but this Touch Bios is kind of cool. With respect to EasyTune, the only voltage info it's giving is:

    CPU: 1.2
    DRAM: 1.632
    +3.3v: 3.324
    +5: 5.0
    +12v: 12.024

    Should I be using CPU-Z instead of EasyTune or am I missing something?
    OK those look like they should, mainly the 3.3v that showed 2.95 in CPU-Z.
    Do you have any of the symptoms you described in the first post?

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    Default Re: Is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 the source of a world of hurt?

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    OK those look like they should, mainly the 3.3v that showed 2.95 in CPU-Z.
    Do you have any of the symptoms you described in the first post?
    The native resolution has gone off the screen a few times. There's still latency accessing the disks and neither controller card works. I replaced all the power and sata cables today. Found that one of the sata cables was faulting but it was hooked up to a black and not the OS. The pc was frozen when I woke up this morning which stumps me because it ran the Intel Burn Test for 100 loops so this must have happened at idle.

    I received a response from HighPoint related to the RR2300 controller card:

    "So the system is installed on a separate HDD on the MB not the card,correct? If so,then it has no relation with the card".

    They're saying that the error message, "The file header checksum does not match the computed checksum" is not related to the card. This is good only in so far as I might not have to replace either card. That said, if I plug it in and get that message how can it not be related to the card.

    I'm going to put the OS on a Black tomorrow to see if that changes the game at all. I'll run the OCCT PSU test balls out overnight and see what happens.

    Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 the source of a world of hurt?

    I found the receipt for my power supply. I bought it in September 2007. That's twice as old as I thought it was. I went on the Enermax website and used their power calculator and it indicates I'm using 1235w @90% load. For both reasons it's time I bought a new one like:

    ENERMAX - Product Any thoughts about this as a replacement PSU?

    Until I receive and install it in 2-3 weeks there's little sense in anymore diagnostic work. Perhaps I'll post back at that time and let you know how it's going. In the meantime I want you to know I appreciate the time and effort you have all taken to respond to this thread.

    Thank you,
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