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    Default Q8200 + GA-EP31-DS3L: 1st time overclocking

    hey guys/girls

    need some advice, ive tried a search for help but couldnt find what i was looking for.

    i need advice on overclocking a intel core 2 quad Q8200 2.33GHz with motherboard GA-EP31-DS3L
    point me in the right direction please :)

    ps. this is my first time overclocking cpu :)

    i have overclocked the gpu also
    Defaults are : Core Clock - 633MHz
    Shader Clock - 1404MHz
    Memory Clock - 1134MHz

    Overclocked : Core Clock - 729MHz
    Shader Clock - 1672MHz
    Memory Clock - 1317MHz

    with great success for my first overclock :)

    thanks in advanced
    Damien

    Edit: forgot to add ram etc
    Ram : 4GB
    GPU: GTX 275
    PSU: Cooler Master 650w
    Last edited by Noxide; 07-27-2012 at 10:37 AM.

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    Default Re: Q8200 + GA-EP31-DS3L: 1st time overclocking

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    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: Q8200 + GA-EP31-DS3L: 1st time overclocking

    *bump* :D

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    Default Re: Q8200 + GA-EP31-DS3L: 1st time overclocking

    bump :D

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    Default Re: Q8200 + GA-EP31-DS3L: 1st time overclocking

    Your current hardware list is lacking some important details.
    We can best help you after you create a detailed hardware list in the PC Specs portion of your
    forum profile http://forums.tweaktown.com/profile.php?do=editprofile at the bottom of the
    profile page or in your forum signature http://forums.tweaktown.com/profile....=editsignature.
    Be sure to include brand names and model numbers.
    Also include the make and model of your cpu heatsink and fan.

    Copy the bios template from http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post312040, post #4 into a plain text editior (e.g. NotePad) and fill in your current bios settings. When you go into the bios, press CTRL+F1 at the main bios screen so that hidden bios settings will be displayed. You will then copy your bios settings and post them.

    Follow steps 2 - 4 in http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post295784 in the middle of post #5. Note, EasyTune6 will not run with your motherboard.

    Read and understand the high level concepts in http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ing-guide.html and don't worry about understanding all of the details.
    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: Q8200 + GA-EP31-DS3L: 1st time overclocking

    hey thaks for the response, ill get all the info
    when i get some free time :D
    hopefully tomorrow :)

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    Default Re: Q8200 + GA-EP31-DS3L: 1st time overclocking

    You're welcome.
    Details are important!!
    We aren't mind readers
    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: Q8200 + GA-EP31-DS3L: 1st time overclocking

    hey this is all the info i can find:

    starting with

    Motherboard - Gigabyte EP31-DS3L
    Motherboard Bios Version - FDc (no idea if thats right but thats what i got from CPU-Z) Date 22/05/2009
    Chipset - Intel P31/P35
    Processor - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2333GHz
    Memory - 4096MB (2x 2048 DDR2-SDRAM) Brand : Kingston 2x 2GB - (this is what i read off the ram sticks) KVR800D2N6K2/4G, Kit of 2 1.8v, BKMK1650962
    Video Card - Nvidia Geforce GTX 275 896MB
    Hard Drive 1 - Seagate 2000GB
    Hard Drive 2 - Seagate 1000GB
    Case - Thermaltake 3 fans (sorry but i cant find the model name/number)
    Cooler Intel E3037-001, 1A0127K00-UFB, DC12V 0.14A, FoxConn (this is whats in the heatsink/fan)
    Keyboard - Logictech G510
    Mouse - Logitech G500
    PowerSupply - Coolmaster 650w Product Number RS-650-PCAR-E3, Powersupply link ClickHere
    Sound Card - Gigabyte Tech 82801G HD AC
    Monitor - ViewSonic VX2233wm-3 22inch
    Operating System - Win Vista 32bit Home Edition

    Now The settings in bios after crtl F1

    Robust Graphics Booster___________ [Auto]
    CPU Clock Ratio ____________ [7x]
    Fine Clock Ratio ____________[unsure] (couldnt find where this was)
    CPU Host Clock Control_ [Enabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (MHz)__________ [333]
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz)_______ [Auto]
    C.I.A. 2__________________________ [Disabled]
    System Memory Multiplier (SPD)____ [Auto]
    DRAM Timing Selectable_______ (SPD) __ [Auto]

    Performance Enhance = [Standard]

    CAS Latency Time________________ [6 - Auto]
    Dram RAS# to CAS# Delay_________ [6 - Auto]
    Dram RAS# Precharge Delay_______ [6 - Auto]
    Precharge Delay (tRAS)__________ [18 - Auto]

    ACT to ACT Delay (tRRD)_________ [3 - Auto]
    Rank Write to READ Delay________ [3 -Auto ]
    Write to Precharge Delay________ [6 - Auto]
    Refresh to ACT Delay____________ [52 - Auto]
    Read to Precharge Delay_________ [3 - Auto]
    Static tRead Value______________ [8 - Auto]
    Static tRead Phase Adjust_______ [29 - Auto]

    CPU/PCIEX Clock Driving Control [800mV]
    CPU Clock Skew Control [normal]
    GMCH Clock Skew Control [Normal]

    System Voltage Control____ [Auto]
    DDR2 OverVoltage Control__ [Normal]
    PCI-E OverVoltage Control_ [Auto]
    FSB OverVoltage Control___ [Auto]
    (G)MCH OverVoltage Control [Normal]
    CPU GTLREF Voltage Ratio [0.636]
    CPU Voltage Control_______ [Normal]
    Normal CPU Vcore _______ [1.25000v]

    Limit CPUID Max. to 3.....................: [Disabled]
    No-Execute Memory Protect............: [Enabled]
    CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)................: [Enabled]
    C2/C2E State Support....................: [Disabled]
    x C4/C4E State Support..................: [Disabled]
    CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) ...........: [Enabled]
    CPU EIST Function.........................: [Enabled]
    Virtualization Technology................: [Disabled]

    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Storage Detect___________________[Enabled]


    Thanks in advanced, Please ask for more info as im such a noobie to overclocking :) i need all the help i can get :)
    Thanks again
    Damien/Noxide

    Edit: Some things i couldnt find like the (i have them as disabled)
    C2/C2E State Support....................: [Disabled]
    x C4/C4E State Support..................: [Disabled]
    Last edited by Noxide; 08-16-2012 at 01:38 PM.

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    Default Re: Q8200 + GA-EP31-DS3L: 1st time overclocking

    Are you using the stock Intel cpu heatsink?
    If not, what is the brand and model number of your aftermarket cpu heatsink and fan?
    The cooling ability of your cpu heatsink might limit how high you can overclock your system.

    Please add your complete hardware list to the PC Specs list in your forum profile.
    This will let us quickly view your setup from any of your forum posts so that we don't have to search through your thread. Overclocking
    threads can often go on for several pages.

    Save your current bios settings and give it a meaningful name such as default_stable.
    Your motherboard user manual has instructions for saving and loading multiple saved bios settings.
    When you make bios changes for an overclock, save your new bios settings as an additional bios profile and give it a meaningful name such as XXX_test_01 where XXX is the Cpu Host Frequency that you are using. You can replace an existing saved profile with new settings and rename the profile name by overtyping the previous name. You should have a copy of the bios settings for each test where you can add notes that describe test results and details about any problems that occurred. This will speed things up and help with reporting details.

    The windows boot partition might get corrupted while stress testing with overclocked settings. It's best to have a system image backup of the boot partition before your start overclocking, where the backked up image is saved to a different partition, preferably on an external hard drive. Macrium Reflect is freeware that is easy to use.
    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

    Download and install the following programs before you start overclocking:
    Download and create a bootable CD, floppy or usb drive using Memtest86+ v4.2 before you start overclocking.

    Lets start with an easy 10% overclock:
    At the bios main screen, press CTRL+F1 and then load Optimized Defaults.
    Code:
    CPU Host Clock Control_ [Enabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (MHz)__________ [366]
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz)_______ [100]
    C.I.A. 2__________________________ [Disabled]
    System Memory Multiplier  (SPD) -- [2.0] <-- this will temporarily lower your memory speed
    DRAM Timing Selectable -- (SPD) -- [Manual]
    
    Performance Enhance = [Standard]
    
    CAS Latency Time________________ [6] <-- manually set these 4 settings
    Dram RAS# to CAS# Delay_________ [6]
    Dram RAS# Precharge Delay_______ [6]
    Precharge Delay (tRAS)__________ [18
    
    System Voltage Control -------- [Manual]
    DDR2 OverVoltage Control ------ [Normal] <-- this will be increased later to +0.10
    PCI-E OverVoltage Control ----- [Auto]
    FSB OverVoltage Control ------- [Auto] <-- this will possibly be increased later
    (G)MCH OverVoltage Control ---- [+0.10]
    CPU GTLREF Voltage Ratio ------ [0.636]
    CPU Voltage Control ----------- [1.25000] <-- this will be increased soon
    
    CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) ------- : [Disabled]
    C2/C2E State Support ---------- : [Disabled]
    x C4/C4E State Support -------- : [Disabled]
    CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) ---- : [Enabled] <-- always leave this enabled
    CPU EIST Function ------------- : [Disabled]
    
    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Storage Detect ------ [Disabled] <-- this often helps while overclocking and stress testing
    
    Advanced Bios Features
    Full Screen LOGO Show ---------- [Disabled] <-- posting will now show cpu and memory speeds
    Save these settings as a bios profile and then press F10 to save settings and exit.
    When your system reboots, immediately go back into the bios and verify that your new settings are still in effect.
    If your system gets into a boot loop, let it "recycle" at least three times and then immediately go into the bios to see if your
    overclocked settings have been replaced with default settings.

    If everything is OK, boot to the Memtest86+ bootable drive and let it run for 10 full test loops.
    If there is an error, note the loop #, test # and failing memory address.
    Stop the test if any error occurs, as this means that the bios settings are not good.
    If there are no errors, boot into windows and run the Prime95 Blend test for 4 - 6 hours or longer.
    If there is an error, post a cropped copy ot the Prime95 window that shows the error details.
    If there is a BSOD, post the error code which will be similar to 0x124.

    It will be very helpful to include the following in a screen-shot:
    • CoreTemp
    • MemSet using the SPD and ">>" tabs
    • cpu-Z showing the CPU, Memory and Mainboard windows (you can run multiple cpu-Z windows at the same time)

    There is a link to the Prime95 tutorial in my signature.
    Any questions?
    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: Q8200 + GA-EP31-DS3L: 1st time overclocking

    hey guys sorry i havent replied in a little while, I've been a bit busy with an insurance company.
    My car got written off 2 weeks ago and still currently dealing with insurance company. Could take a couple of weeks to get sorted. So i wont be around for a couple of weeks until i get it sorted and go buy another car.

    Cheers Noxide

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