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First Overclock in my Life
MedicineBaby 
23/7/08 11:01:16 AM
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I am currently in the process of attempting my first ever overclock XD. If my CPU or RAM goes poof with the magic fairies no biggy, shit happens I guess.

The victim:

Core 2 Duo E6700 w/Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX
-@2.66Ghz
-1.312V
-Multiplier of x10

4GB DDR2-667 Kingston ValueRam
Gigabyte 965P-DS3P rev3.3

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To start things of slowly and small I thought I would try a small target and aim for 3Ghz. Me being a complete n00b at overclocking thought it was as easy as ramping up the FSB and that was it. Well a few heart failures and blue screens got the better of me. So I thought it would be in my best interest to read a few articles here and there about overclocking. And as soon as that was done I was ready to really begin.

I think I took a rather large step at first as I was not too keen to overclock my RAM at the same time, and was only aiming to overclock the CPU ONLY. So away with my calculations.

Bus Speed: 345Mhz
Multiplier: x10
System Memory Multiplier: 2.0
DDR2-667 @ 690Mhz

CPU @ 3440.4 Mhz
w/ 1.44 volts
FSB: 1376
idle Temperature @ 36C average


I continued to push through and succeeded (Actually jsut grew some balls). I managed to overclock my CPU to 3440.2Mhz (3.4Ghz). I returned the multiplier back to x10, System Memory Multiplier returned to 2.0. After doing a quick Pi test, comparisons from this morning and to now show some improvements in the computers efficiency for calculations.

I have only completed a 1M Super Pi test but will do a full 32M soon.




http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg183/Medicinebaby/overclock_pi.jpg




*NOTE* Fiddling with memory timings = very bad if have no clue :P

EDIT: Update @ 5.07PM




I think I am falling in love with overclocking :S




Edited by MedicineBaby: 23/7/2008 6:20:27 PM

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fabercastell3 
23/7/08 5:12:43 PM
Guru

coolio, 65nm is a sweet fabrication process.

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MedicineBaby 
23/7/08 5:17:14 PM
Overlord

Ahhhh bugger it, I will try for 3.4Ghz right now. XD

If anyone has any suggestions as to how to further make a powerhouse overclock please post me something :D


Edited by MedicineBaby: 23/7/2008 5:38:35 PM

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MedicineBaby 
25/7/08 1:03:36 PM
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I have been trying to hit 3.5Ghz but have seemed to hit a wall. I have tried bumping the VCORE Voltage up to 1.5 but does not seem to do it, I have narrowed it down to that the CPU might have reached its limit.

When lowering the multiplier to x7 and putting the CPU frequency up to 420, it works but anything higher it just cannot do it. When I try the computer turns off and back without booting into Windows or anything and then reverts back to the other safe dual bios settings.

I have ruled out that there is any kind of FSB wall I have hit because at a CPU frequency of 420 I have no troubles booting into Windows and is stable.

I am not sure what other voltages to increase within the BIOS in order to try and get it past 3.5Ghz so have reverted back to factory settings. If anyone has any other ideas please share them with me. Otherwise I think this CPU has hit its limits.

Without an FSB wall to hit, it is a good outlook for the future though, might be able to do some serious pumping with this motherboard and an E8500 though XD. So some good has come out of it. It was a good learning experience though.


Edited by MedicineBaby: 25/7/2008 1:05:32 PM

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TheFrunj 
25/7/08 1:15:03 PM
Titan

Have you increased the northbridge voltage at all? Should give you a little extra wiggle room with +0.025V or +0.05V :)

Definitely don't run that voltage 24/7 though, tis a bit toasty.

*edit*
By that I mean the 1.5V


Edited by TheFrunj: 25/7/2008 01:15:15 PM

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MedicineBaby 
25/7/08 1:20:48 PM
Overlord

Oh definately I agree with you on that, I want to see what is the best PI score I can get XD and best clock.

I will increase the Northbridge Voltage and see what happens, I hope it will work out for me.

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MedicineBaby 
25/7/08 1:56:53 PM
Overlord

I tried increasing the Northbridge voltage up and up and up, to a point where I said I think I better stop, and nothing changed :(

Oh well, the CPU has its limit at 345Mhz ...

I feel like getting some Red Rooster now


Edited by MedicineBaby: 25/7/2008 1:57:34 PM

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