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    Default Fine tuning a Z68XP-UD4

    I finally ended up here after plenty of googling etc on fixing cold boot and boot loop problems with my motherboard. Basically I have managed to fix these problems ( but occasionally cold boot problems still exist ). So to finally fix this I thought I would use the option "sleep" instead of "shut down ". The problem is Windows appears to go to sleep and the monitor does but all the lights/fans in the PC case still keep going. My last 5 computers have all been Gigabyte motherboards and its sad to see them release such a buggy board, if only I had found this forum before I purchased my mobo I wouldnt have any problems but thats life.

    Basically 2 things I want to do is solve the "sleep" problem and find more details on fine tuning the bios .ie more understanding of what the settings do for the "z68" motherbaods. Any plain english readmes would be good :-)


    Also comments on Gigabyte utilities .... are these stable and reliable ? which ones do you recommend ?

    I do intend doing some mild overclocking when summer finishes ( if it ever arrives ) but what I want is a rock stable killer machine like my GA EX58-UD5P, Anyway using sisoftsandra


    Computer
    Model : GigaByte Z68XP-UD4
    Workgroup : WORKGROUP
    Host Name : Inteli72700K-PC
    User : Intel i7 2700K

    Processor
    Model : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2700K CPU @ 3.50GHz
    Speed : 3.59GHz
    Cores per Processor : 4 Unit(s)
    Threads per Core : 2 Unit(s)
    Type : Quad-Core
    Integrated Data Cache : 4x 32kB, Synchronous, Write-Thru, 8-way, 64 byte line size, 2 threads sharing
    L2 Cache : 4x 256kB, ECC, Synchronous, ATC, 8-way, 64 byte line size, 2 threads sharing
    L3 Cache : 8MB, ECC, Synchronous, ATC, 16-way, Exclusive, 64 byte line size, 16 threads sharing

    Computer
    Mainboard : GigaByte Z68XP-UD4
    BIOS : Award (OEM) F5 10/12/2011
    Bus(es) : X-Bus PCI PCIe USB FireWire/1394 i2c/SMBus
    Multi-Processor (MP) Support : No
    Multi-Processor Advanced PIC (APIC) : No
    Total Memory : 15.92GB DIMM DDR3

    Chipset
    Model : Intel Core (Sandy Bridge) DRAM Controller
    Front Side Bus Speed : 100MHz
    Total Memory : 16GB DIMM DDR3
    Channels : 2
    Memory Bus Speed : 2x 667MHz (1.33GHz)

    Memory Module(s)
    Memory Module : G.Skill F3-10666CL9-4GBXL 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)
    Memory Module : G.Skill F3-10666CL9-4GBXL 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)
    Memory Module : G.Skill F3-10666CL9-4GBXL 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)
    Memory Module : G.Skill F3-10666CL9-4GBXL 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)

    Video System
    Video Adapter : 2x AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (1120 SM5.0 900MHz, 2GB DDR5 4.2GHz 256-bit, PCIe 2.00 x16)

    Graphics Processor
    OpenCL GP Processor : AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (1120SP 14C 900MHz, 1GB DDR5 4.2GHz 256-bit)
    OpenCL GP Processor : AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (1120SP 14C 900MHz, 1GB DDR5 4.2GHz 256-bit)
    Compute Shader Processor : 2x AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (1120SP 900MHz, 2GB DDR5 4.2GHz 256-bit)
    Compute Shader Processor : Intel(R) HD Graphics Family (12SP 850MHz, 64MB DDR3 1.33GHz 128-bit, Integrated Graphics)
    STREAM GP Processor : AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (1120SP 14C 900MHz, 1GB DDR5 4.2GHz 256-bit)
    STREAM GP Processor : AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (1120SP 14C 900MHz, 1GB DDR5 4.2GHz 256-bit)

    Storage Devices
    Crucial M4-CT256M4SSD2 (256GB, SATA600, 2.5", SSD) : 238GB (C:)
    Seagate ST31000524AS (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 7200rpm) : 932GB (F:)
    Seagate ST31000528AS (1TB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm) : 932GB (X:)
    HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS50 (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : N/A (D:)

    Logical Storage Devices
    System Reserved : 100MB (NTFS)
    Seagate (F:) : 932GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST31000524AS (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 7200rpm)
    Seagate (X:) : 932GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST31000528AS (1TB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm)
    Hard Disk (C:) : 238GB (NTFS) @ Crucial M4-CT256M4SSD2 (256GB, SATA600, 2.5", SSD)
    Optical Drive (D:) : N/A @ HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS50 (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)

    Peripherals
    LPC Hub Controller 1 : Giga-Byte Cougar Point LPC Controller
    LPC Legacy Controller 1 : T2 87-28
    Audio Device : Giga-Byte Cougar Point High Definition Audio Controller
    Audio Device : Hightech Information System Radeon 68xx HDMI Audio (NI Barts)
    Audio Codec : ATI (AMD) HDMI Audio
    Serial Port(s) : 1
    Disk Controller : Giga-Byte Cougar Point 4 port SATA IDE Controller
    Disk Controller : Giga-Byte Cougar Point 2 port SATA IDE Controller
    Disk Controller : Giga-Byte 917Ah
    Disk Controller : Giga-Byte 917Ah
    USB Controller 1 : Giga-Byte Cougar Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2
    USB Controller 2 : Giga-Byte Cougar Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1
    USB Controller 3 : Giga-Byte Etron USB 3.0 Extensible Host Controller
    USB Controller 4 : Giga-Byte Etron USB 3.0 Extensible Host Controller
    FireWire/1394 Controller 1 : Giga-Byte VIA VT6308 1394 OHCI Controller
    SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : Intel ICH SMBus

    Printers and Faxes
    Printer : Microsoft XPS Document Writer (600x600, Colour)
    Fax : Microsoft Shared Fax Driver (200x200)
    Printer : Canon MG6100 series Printer (Colour)
    Printer : Canon MG6100 series Printer (Colour)

    Network Services
    Network Adapter : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (Ethernet, 1Gbps)

    Operating System
    Windows System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home 6.01.7601 (Service Pack 1)
    Platform Compliance : x64

    Windows Experience Index
    Current System : 7.6


    btw: yesterday ran memtest for a couple of hours and no errors

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    You just might need to be patient and wait for gigabyte to catch up with a bios fix,I remember going through exact same thing when my mb first came out,generally s3 sleep resume is down to memory/voltage setting,what dram and qpi/vtt voltage you using? Best set dram to SPEC/printed on ram itself,between 1.5-1.6v no more,qpi/vtt can be anything upto 1.2v max

    EDIT: there isnt really much to adjust regarding oc,coming from x58 you use much less qpi/vtt voltage on sb and the biggest learning curve is finding out how much loadline calibration settings add or affect the cpu voltage,once you get used to it you can adjust along with dvid to get a stable cpu voltage ect,system agent voltage is left on auto,no need to touch it,same for other settings really,maybe higher the cpu power limit to 120% thats about it,can use the oc software for general testing and voltage adjustment its quicker than keep having to go into the bios to adjust voltages ect then once you find a good stable setting transfer it into the bios where it will be much more stable than relying on oc software
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    Default Re: Fine tuning a Z68XP-UD4

    Only thing that breaks sleep on my board is using Internal Cpu PLL Overvoltage, as long as that setting is disabled S3 sleep works perfectly.
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    Default Re: Fine tuning a Z68XP-UD4

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    You just might need to be patient and wait for gigabyte to catch up with a bios fix,I remember going through exact same thing when my mb first came out,generally s3 sleep resume is down to memory/voltage setting,what dram and qpi/vtt voltage you using? Best set dram to SPEC/printed on ram itself,between 1.5-1.6v no more,qpi/vtt can be anything upto 1.2v max
    is it worth while trying the beta bios ? atm I just have left memory settings on auto


    never have been keen on playing with voltage settings, never have really looked into them but may have to


    Quote Originally Posted by mm67 View Post
    Only thing that breaks sleep on my board is using Internal Cpu PLL Overvoltage, as long as that setting is disabled S3 sleep works perfectly.
    will give that a try and see what happens

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    i would just set dram voltage manually to 1.5v if thats what your ram runs at,and go in dram timings and set them manually timings will also be printed on the ram modules,qpi/vtt should be fine on auto same for cpu voltage
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    Default Re: Fine tuning a Z68XP-UD4

    Also be sure you have BIOS set to S3 sleep, not S1 as it does sound like hibernate might be set. And verify OS is set to use S3 as well!

    I could be wrong though, so don't mind me :)

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    I believe that Lsdmeasap is correct in his diagnosis. From the description, it sounds like the OP has S1 sleep selected (which keeps the fans running). Selecting S3 sleep should correct the problem. As mm67 noted, make sure that Internal Cpu PLL Overvoltage is disabled, as it causes problems on my system as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Also be sure you have BIOS set to S3 sleep, not S1 as it does sound like hibernate might be set. And verify OS is set to use S3 as well!

    I could be wrong though, so don't mind me :)
    did that and it worked :-)

    strange thing was about an hour or so later it fires up again......screen is still off but PC appears to be going


    edit : just went into BIOS and disabled power on by ring/ pme wake up event/resume by alarm and will see how that goes. It took about 6 boot loops ( I just let it go ... on / off //on /off ) before it managed to post, very annoying problem. Wonder if it loaded my setting in BIOS or backup BIOS ?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobCollette View Post
    I believe that Lsdmeasap is correct in his diagnosis. From the description, it sounds like the OP has S1 sleep selected (which keeps the fans running). Selecting S3 sleep should correct the problem. As mm67 noted, make sure that Internal Cpu PLL Overvoltage is disabled, as it causes problems on my system as well.

    cant find it in the BIOS ...can find CPU PLC but thats auto and no disable feature there just manual settings
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    Default Re: Fine tuning a Z68XP-UD4

    The CPU PLL Overvoltage setting is in the advanced CPU options in the MIT section, and it should be disabled by default.

    You may need to disable wake via USB for S3 as well, this is a hidden setting. On the MAIN Page of the BIOS press Control + F1 and the screen will flash, then go into the power options page and you will see a new setting for wake via USB, set disabled in case your mouse might be waking it up via a slight movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    The CPU PLL Overvoltage setting is in the advanced CPU options in the MIT section, and it should be disabled by default.

    You may need to disable wake via USB for S3 as well, this is a hidden setting. On the MAIN Page of the BIOS press Control + F1 and the screen will flash, then go into the power options page and you will see a new setting for wake via USB, set disabled in case your mouse might be waking it up via a slight movement.
    I have USB keyboard and mouse and use that to wake it so disabling wake via USB doesnt make sense, in other words how would I wake the PC ? Anyway, put the PC to sleep , went to work and when arrived home it was already running.

    And I will check the CPU PLL out tomorrow...bed calls


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