I dont think my motherboard has controls for the memory timings, could that be my problem, should I have to loosen them?
Do you know if theres anyway to adjust the memory timgings for the gigabyte 965p ds3?
To gauge temperature im using Core Temp.exe, I found it from someone elses thread for measuring accurate core temps.
Yeah it is pretty chilly, with the antec sonata it was hanging around 60-62 C, and since I put it in this btx case with the 4 fans running on medium each its been running around 49-51 C so theres actually been about a 10C temperature drop, alot more airflow I guess. This case is awesome.
I was considering getting a tuniq tower and try to get it from 3.6-3.8 but if ive hit a wall at 3.4 and i cant break it im just going to stick with the blue orb, its working great.
You hit CTRL+F1 on the main BIOS screen to show hidden options in the subscreens (most importantly the M.I.T. area for the DS3 and other Gigabyte boards). You usually have to loosen timings if you want to run RAM much faster than spec.
As for the temps, I wish mine were that low (they're around 50 at only 1.325V). I've tried similar voltages with my CNPS9700, and get readings approaching 70C in CoreTemp. However, I did notice a kind of nasty looking imperfection on the contact surface of my 9700, so that could be hurting performance.
I found the arctic silver 5 helped for 2-4 degrees, but the big difference was this case, having the exhaust above and behind it really pushes the air through the cooling fins.
The Heatsink is 869g of alumium so thats about 2 lbs, and i disabled the fan controls so its running at max, 1700 rpm which is still only 17dba, it works fantastically.
It runs about 48 C at 22C ambient, and 50 C at 23 ambient, at 52-54 at 24 ambient.
Im actually really impressed how well that heat sink works. Im planning on using it when i build a home theatre pc. The fan blades are curved so the air comes out the entire height of the heatsink and pushes air onto the ram and Northbridge. Its low heigh and large mass i think would be perfect for overclocking a hometheatre pc if anyone wants, although in a confined space you may have to consider keeping your c2d from 3.0-3.2 ghz.