MSI P965 Platinum overclocks poorly.

Hello, I've been having some strange overclock hold backs, and other forums have failed. I think the TG forums will be a little more helpful :D; any advice is appreciated. My system is as follows:

MSI P965 Platinum mobo

Core 2 Duo E6400

1Gb (2x512Mb) Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 4-4-4-12

Antec 500W Smartpower

7600GT

Zalman CNPS9500

Here's my problem:

My old Asus P5ND2-SLI with an nForce4 chipset was horribly unstable and finnicky with hardware changes, and finally totally conked out. But while it was working, it would overclock my old Pentium D 805 to 3.8 reasonably stablely but with heat issues, and rock solid to 3.6. After it died, I prepared for Core 2 by purchasing the MSI P965 Platinum. However, it wouldn't even post the PD805 at 3.8, it was unstable at 3.6, and was only solid at 3.4. This was with the exact same cooling and voltage settings, and keep in mind 3.4 is only a 170Mhz FSB, far below its maximum.

For Christmas, I got my E6400, and was excited to pop it in. 2.4 rolled around easily with no voltage bump, 2.66 perfect, but then, with 2.7 and beyond, Prime fails immediately regardless of voltage and the system will lock up. Temps are ideal, 27C idle and barely breaching 44C load, I set my RAM severely underspec to rule that out, 5-5-5-18 at DDR2-667, updated the BIOS, turned off most available BIOS options, bumped north bridge voltage, etc. etc., I just can't figure it out. The current FSB is only 333Mhz, which is commonly and easily exceeded with my setup. I would just say I got unlucky, but the fact that 333Mhz FSB for an e6400 is so uncommonly low and the motherboard has proven it underclocks sub-par with the PD805, I think there's something I'm overlooking. It also seems that adjusting the voltage in the bios is very unresponsive to stability, most of the time only making it worse. Is it possible the VRM is just defective?

My other current prime suspect is a BIOS option I'm unaware of, or perhaps just some other general aspect I missed out on. I have fairly good overclocking experience and have read extensively into the subject, but this anamoly has me stump. Please share if you have experience with this mobo or this type of overclocking wall before I buy a new Gigabyte DS3.

Thanks.
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  1. Same motherboard using an E6600 and 2 x 1Gb 800Mhz Nanya memory / Leadtek GF7950GT 512Mb. the highest FSB I can get stable is 301Mhz. As soon as I clock over 300Mhz, I get a BIOS warning on boot that the motherboard doesn't support my CPU. Like you, temperatures are well within spec. Making even slight changes to voltage on the memory causes it not to boot.

    I read an overclocking review comparison between 965 motherboards and the MSI was by far the worst for overclocking. The review speculated that this could be corrected by a BIOS update. I think we are overdue for one as AMI are up to version 1.6 and we are still stuck at 1.2.
  2. While I hate to hear someone else having the same problems, this is somewhat good news as hopefully a BIOS update will fix us up.

    I also notice both of our limits is about 2.7Ghz.
  3. Yes, 2.7Ghz appears to be the stable limit. I think we might have "updated" hardware as well because most of the early reviews achieved speeds closer to 3Ghz. I attempted to reinstall BIOS version 1.2 in case it was corrupt in some way. Unfortunately, it made no difference.

    Failures to boot don't appear to follow any logic. If I underclock my RAM, it fails to boot. If I increase the CPU voltage slightly, it fails to boot. In essence, I am only able to play with the FSB settings.

    The reason I get a warning with a 301 FSB is that once you go over 300Mhz, it appears to reset the Board to operate at 333Mhz and thinks it is being underclocked to 301. It knows that the processor should operate at 266Mhz and so sends a warning to say that you shouldn't be using 333Mhz. I've not heard of any other board doing this.

    The dual core center software is a joke. Each time I have used it to move my settings to those which I have previously used successfully by manually setting the BIOS, I have had a system failure.

    This is meant to be MSI's flagship product. It's about time they got it fixed.
  4. Unfornately MSI motherboards do not overclock well. They are fairly stable at stock FSB but as soon as you try to overclock a little bit they star showing their weakness.
  5. Quote:
    Failures to boot don't appear to follow any logic. If I underclock my RAM, it fails to boot. If I increase the CPU voltage slightly, it fails to boot. In essence, I am only able to play with the FSB settings.

    The reason I get a warning with a 301 FSB is that once you go over 300Mhz, it appears to reset the Board to operate at 333Mhz and thinks it is being underclocked to 301. It knows that the processor should operate at 266Mhz and so sends a warning to say that you shouldn't be using 333Mhz. I've not heard of any other board doing this.

    The dual core center software is a joke. Each time I have used it to move my settings to those which I have previously used successfully by manually setting the BIOS, I have had a system failure.

    This is meant to be MSI's flagship product. It's about time they got it fixed.


    I have the exact problems. Raising the voltage over a certain, reasonable point results in failure to boot, and I get the same warning message. My RAM is very finnicky, when I set it to a 4:5 ratio for DDR2-832, it will always fail despite extremely relaxed timings and hiked voltage. A measly 32Mhz over rated speed should not cause that.

    The only thing the Dual Core Center is somewhat useful for is temps, but other, free apps are just as apt. When I barely dip past 2.7, it will give me warnings that all of my fans are at 0 RPM, when they clearly are fine, and eventually freezes. Overclocking with it rather than the BIOS doesn't really even work; benchmarks were slow and the system soon crashed.

    It's very frustrating after reading the positive reviews here and with the simple expectation of all high-end P965 boards to perform similarly.
  6. With latest bios this board is known to max out kinda low.
    370MHz is the most you should expect to get from it.

    I have the same board with a E6600 that tops out @ 367FSB.
    It is kept at 360FSB, 1.285V no stability issues.

    Don't worry about the post message as it dosen't affect anything.

    Keep playing with the settings and if it dosen't OC far enough for you, rma it for an Asus P5B Delux or another known good OC board.
  7. I also have this board and I agree that it is not the best overclocker. Especially with trying to overlcok the ram past 850mhz. Here are my specs:

    Antec 550w
    MSI P965 platinum of course
    e6400
    Crucial ballistix ddr2800 4-4-4-12 2gb
    zalman 9500
    evga 7800 gt
    and some other stuff not relevant to what I am going to say.

    Have you checked out Toms overclocking guide? I am somewhat new to overclocking but the guide helped me a lot. I am running a fsb of 358 with 1:1 memory timings. Overall effective clock of 2.85 stable with memory timings at 4-3-4-12. I believe I can go further but am happy with my clock speed. I am going to continue working with the timings (only started yesterday).

    I also had problems when I first started trying to OC. I couldn't get stable at 310! This is what I did to reach my stable clock.

    1. set NB voltage to 1.51
    2. Memory voltage at 2.2
    3. disabled c1e stepping ( can't exactly remember what its called in the bios...will repost when I get home and I can see it)
    4. disable the spread spectrum
    5. set memory at 533mhz ( it increases with clock speed)
    6. I did a slight VCore bump of .0250
    7. memory timings (to start) were 4-4-4-12

    That should get you close I believe since our systems are pretty similar.

    I hope with the next bios revision that the board will be a little more memory friendly. I would like to start off with a memory speed of 667 but overall I am happy because I achieved the overclock that I wanted. I am not one of those that "goes for the gusto". I just wanted something respectable and reliable.
  8. Set your timings to 5-5-5-18 and you should be able to push your ram much further.
  9. Thanks Cappster. I have used your settings except that I moved my memory to 5-5-5-15 (the official settings for my memory are 5-5-5-18 ) and set the FSB to 340. This appears to be stable. Couldn't see any settings that looked like c1e stepping and so ignored that part of your post. If you find out what that is, let me know.

    I initially tried a FSB of 358 then 350 but was unstable at those settings. I will be playing around with the new settings over the next few days and so should be able to tweak upwards from here.

    I had tried most of the tweaks that are now working except previously:

    1. I had only underclocked my memory to 667, never to as low as 533.
    2. I hadn't played with the NB voltage.
    3. I had left the spread spectrum setting enabled.

    Once I've played around and established optimal settings I'll report back.
  10. I believe the c1e stepping is listed as "speed step technology" under advanced chipset features or the in the bios . Try disabling that because I read it can "fight for control" with your manual OC settings. You can also disable the "vanderpool technology".

    I have to say I ran Prime 95 that is designed to push both cores last night and one core would fault out within an hour. I guess its not as stable as I would like but while running the regular prime 95, it doesn't fault out. Then again it only runs the cpu at 50% instead of 100% with the dual prime. :/

    I just think this board doesn't overclock well and that is the long and short of the problem. I can't even run my ram at 5-5-5-15. It runs 4-4-4-12 or below. Can't figure that one out :?
  11. Did you try lowering your memory speed?
  12. Yesterday when I got home, I got my system 100% stable while running Dual Core prime 95. I adjusted my Vcore up by .100 for a voltage of 1.3 and it ran beautifully for 6 hours (thats when I stopped it). I did back the fsb back to 350mhz. It idled at 33 and maxed out at 57c under load but averaged 55-56c under load.

    I was also surfing the net at the time of the stress test. Now I just need to work on getting my memory OC'd to where I want it to be!
  13. I'm going to check out the new BIOS Version 1.3:

    BIOS 1.3

    My system has been moderately stable from 334 FSB - 340 FSB but has crashed when put under heavy use for a few hours. I've tweaked the memory timings and processor / memory / NB voltages but with no improvement. I can use a FSB of up to 355 but the system is very unstable at anything over 340. Hopefully the new BIOS will improve things.
  14. Thanks for the info about the new BIOS 1.3. I was going to pose a question on here today asking if anyone knew about a new Bios version and you answered my question. This proabably seems like a dumb question but since I have never flashed a bios, how do you do it/what is the best way?

    I hope with the new bios, it will solve some of the issues with OC'ing and with the memory divider.

    Cappster
  15. The simplest way is to use live update. You will be able to flash from within Windows and then reboot. All your BIOS settings will return to their defaults and so make sure you know what your current settings are before you begin. If you use the file from my linked page, you can also flash from within windows and it has the same effect. Make sure you turn off all firewalls and anti-virus / anti-spyware software.

    The only real risk is a power failure in the middle of the flash. If this happens, it could fry the motherboard.
  16. The last time I checked live update, it didn't have bios 1.3 available. According to the date of the bios and the last time I checked live update, it should have been in there. I guess I will check when I get home to see if it is there and if it isn't, I will have to find out how to do it the old fashioned way.
  17. I've upgraded to 1.3 and as far as overclocking is concerned, I see no improvement. If anything, it is slightly worse ( I now cannot boot at 350 using settings which were previously unstable but which did enable the machine to boot).
  18. Same here, It still doesn't overclock worth crap. Oh well, I guess we should have purchased a different board!
  19. Have bought more or less identical hardware last week:
    MSI P965 Platinum
    E6400
    Kingston HyperX DDR2 800 (4-4-4-12)
    Thermaltake BigTyp 120VX

    Am running stable at FSB 375 (3Ghz), 4-4-4-12 memory settings (started with 5-5-5-15) and BIOS 1.3. Ran Orthos - dual core Prime95 (100% load on each core) for 12 hours without problems. Core temp during test did not exceed 48 C.

    So no need to buy another board. Did notice that raising Vcore with more than +0.05 only raised the heat, not performance. Memory voltage was key to stability (2.2 volts). Try to find out what the max voltage is for your mem and see if that helps. Then try backing it to reduce the heat.
  20. Quote:
    Hello, I've been having some strange overclock hold backs, and other forums have failed. I think the TG forums will be a little more helpful :D; any advice is appreciated. My system is as follows:

    MSI P965 Platinum mobo

    Core 2 Duo E6400

    1Gb (2x512Mb) Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 4-4-4-12

    Antec 500W Smartpower

    7600GT

    Zalman CNPS9500

    Here's my problem:

    My old Asus P5ND2-SLI with an nForce4 chipset was horribly unstable and finnicky with hardware changes, and finally totally conked out. But while it was working, it would overclock my old Pentium D 805 to 3.8 reasonably stablely but with heat issues, and rock solid to 3.6. After it died, I prepared for Core 2 by purchasing the MSI P965 Platinum. However, it wouldn't even post the PD805 at 3.8, it was unstable at 3.6, and was only solid at 3.4. This was with the exact same cooling and voltage settings, and keep in mind 3.4 is only a 170Mhz FSB, far below its maximum.

    For Christmas, I got my E6400, and was excited to pop it in. 2.4 rolled around easily with no voltage bump, 2.66 perfect, but then, with 2.7 and beyond, Prime fails immediately regardless of voltage and the system will lock up. Temps are ideal, 27C idle and barely breaching 44C load, I set my RAM severely underspec to rule that out, 5-5-5-18 at DDR2-667, updated the BIOS, turned off most available BIOS options, bumped north bridge voltage, etc. etc., I just can't figure it out. The current FSB is only 333Mhz, which is commonly and easily exceeded with my setup. I would just say I got unlucky, but the fact that 333Mhz FSB for an e6400 is so uncommonly low and the motherboard has proven it underclocks sub-par with the PD805, I think there's something I'm overlooking. It also seems that adjusting the voltage in the bios is very unresponsive to stability, most of the time only making it worse. Is it possible the VRM is just defective?

    My other current prime suspect is a BIOS option I'm unaware of, or perhaps just some other general aspect I missed out on. I have fairly good overclocking experience and have read extensively into the subject, but this anamoly has me stump. Please share if you have experience with this mobo or this type of overclocking wall before I buy a new Gigabyte DS3.

    Thanks.

    Shoot for the moon. Drop your multiplier to 7x and set the fsb to 405. Mem divider should be 1:1(533).
    my CPU is @ 1.43v, MCH is 1.4v and ICHIO is 1.6V

    I wouldn't be surprised if your comp says....is that all you got? If you read the link in my SIG, you'll see the 965 chipset has issues with the mid to high 300s. Once I past 400, no stability issues. It engages the next FSB strap, which loosens the timing latencies. Once you see how nice it runs, you can either bump the multiplier back up to 8x, or bump your fsb up incrementally. I'm @ 450, which means my cheapy A-data memory is chuggin along @ DDR2-900. Your Crucial should handle that no sweat. 7x450 should get you 3150 mhz, which will actually get you 3.6 ghz, because the NB fsb is actually 512 mhz, not the 450 you set. Have fun. :D
  21. F2 orbit, can you post your settings for me? You know as far as all of your settings for NB voltage, cpu voltage, c1e stepping and all of that good stuff. I don't know if it is something that I need to disable or enable to help me get over the hump.


    RJ, How did you drop your multiplier to x7 on the P965 platinum?

    thanks

    Cappster
  22. Cappstar, my settings are actually not that different than mentioned earlier, that's why I only mentioned the ones which were different but here are the settings I changed:
    - BIOS 1.3
    - Virtualization Technology (Vanderpool): disabled
    - Disable bit:disabled
    - MPS version: 1.4
    - Memory hole: 15-16MB
    - FSB: 375
    - NB voltage: 1.51
    - Mem voltage: 2.20
    - Spread spectrum: disabled
    - Speed step: disabled
    - Memory FSB: 533
    - Vcore: +0.05
    - Memory timings: 4-4-4-12

    Am pretty sure the FSB can be set higher (not taking the multiplier into account) but I thought 3.0 was a good result at these temperatures.

    Let me know if it works for you!
  23. I pretty much had my pc set up like yours. I made changes to the mps version (switched it to 1.4) and added the 15-16mb memory hole. I could not OC past my current level. No matter how much voltage I put to the vcore and memory.

    I did, however, lowered my fsb to 330mhz and set my ram at 5-5-5-15 at stock 800mhz setting. I was able to hit 990mhz after ocing to 330fsb. I tried switching my divider to everything else but the only 2 that work are 533 and 800 stock before ocing. Memory just wouldn't go over 1000mhz no matter the voltage.

    I am really kind of disappointed in this board. I should be hitting well over 3ghz and my memory should be over 1000mhz. Contemplating buying a new board. I can say that my machine is quite a bit "quicker" for multitasking. Benchmarks are real close and almost identical to when I had it oced to 2.8g. In 3dmark05, the cpu actually had a higher score with the way I have it now.

    thanks

    Cappster
  24. Quote:
    F2 orbit, can you post your settings for me? You know as far as all of your settings for NB voltage, cpu voltage, c1e stepping and all of that good stuff. I don't know if it is something that I need to disable or enable to help me get over the hump.


    RJ, How did you drop your multiplier to x7 on the P965 platinum?

    thanks

    Cappster

    You can't adjust the multiplier on your board? That kinda bites. I just looked at MSI webpage...BIOS isn't even listed for your mobo. I guess my advice is to wait for MSI to catch up to everyone else who makes P965 chipset.

    Gee, for $10 more you coulda had a mobo that ACTUALLY overclocks. Sorry dude.
  25. Thanks for the help everyone. I'm going to live with my E6600 @ 3.0Ghz, at least until the next BIOS update. Like Cappster, my memory will only operate @ 533Mhz or 800Mhz. No matter what settings I try, it won't boot above 350 FSB (3,150Ghz). I should have gone for an ABIT.

    Still, I have a 25% overclock and the system runs both silent and cool. The components I have will be good for a CPU / Motherboard upgrade in a year or so's time. I won't be replacing the motherboard now for a little extra performance - better to save the money for a "full" upgrade later.
  26. Quote:
    F2 orbit, can you post your settings for me? You know as far as all of your settings for NB voltage, cpu voltage, c1e stepping and all of that good stuff. I don't know if it is something that I need to disable or enable to help me get over the hump.


    RJ, How did you drop your multiplier to x7 on the P965 platinum?

    thanks

    Cappster

    You can't adjust the multiplier on your board? That kinda bites. I just looked at MSI webpage...BIOS isn't even listed for your mobo. I guess my advice is to wait for MSI to catch up to everyone else who makes P965 chipset.

    Gee, for $10 more you coulda had a mobo that ACTUALLY overclocks. Sorry dude.

    That is what I get for listening to Tom and the "editors choice" for a motherboard. It is ok though. I am still a noob overclocker and this was my first "true" experience in the art of OCing.

    If anything, I can get a new board and just save the one I have for a secondary machine. :twisted: I already have some ddr2 533 laying around. I plan on upgrading to the next gen 8series from nvidia or see what ati has to offer for dx10. May just slip a new mobo in there too.

    Thank god for high limit credit cards!
  27. Quote:
    That is what I get for listening to Tom and the "editors choice" for a motherboard. It is ok though. I am still a noob overclocker and this was my first "true" experience in the art of OCing.

    If anything, I can get a new board and just save the one I have for a secondary machine. :twisted: I already have some ddr2 533 laying around. I plan on upgrading to the next gen 8series from nvidia or see what ati has to offer for dx10. May just slip a new mobo in there too.

    Thank god for high limit credit cards!


    I imagine when MSI wonders why their Platinum board is not selling in the volumes that the competitors are, they'll get off their asses and give you guys a BIOS that actually lets you OC and drop the multiplier like every other board. I guess patience is warranted here. :?
  28. My system is :

    - Mobo MSI 965P Platinum
    - RAM 1GB Kit ( 2x512MB) Corsair DDR2 PC2-5300 (667MHZ) ( Part Number VS512MB667D2 )
    - CPU Intel E6300Core 2 Duo
    - VGA Asus 7600GT PCIe
    - 2 SATAII 250GB Seagate

    I tried to overlock my system follow F2 Orbit guide but instead FSB 375 i did at 350. Also i did the VCore to : 1.45V , edit my RAM to 4-4-4-12 and it run smooth at FSB 350MHz. Beside that i didn't touch anything in CMOS. And my system is running at speed 2449.7MHz with Bus Speed 350 MHz and Rated FSB is 1399.8MHz. I using the original Intel Fan that come with the CPU and my CPU degree is : 68C.. Is it too hot ? :?

    I wonder is that the best for my system or can any one here can advise me a better OC for my system. By the way i still dont know how to OC the PCIe with my system. Any suggestion will be very appriciate ! :D Thanks !
  29. In my system raising Vcore above +0.05 only increases CPU heat not stability. 68 is pretty high, too high for me. Try lowering your Vcore to reduce heat.
  30. OK i will try again ! But i read on TomsHardware guide that we need Vcore 1.45V for system stability ! >__<
  31. Hmmm...That article OC's the board well on bios 1.2. Anyone up to trying the voltages listed in the article?
  32. So with a system like mine , how far i can OC my system ? Should i buy a new Cooler for my CPU ? ( According to Tomshardware OC guide for E6300, they said we don't need any extra Cooler , just use the stock INtel Fan and the degree still be ok after OC.. so weird ! 8O ).. Should i buy a new RAM for my system to reach the highest + stable speed ? Any expert can give me some advise ? Thanks..

    My system is :

    - Mobo MSI 965P Platinum
    - PSU 500w
    - RAM 1GB Kit ( 2x512MB) Corsair DDR2 PC2-5300 (667MHZ) 5-5-5-15 ( Part Number VS512MB667D2 )
    - CPU Intel E6300Core 2 Duo
    - VGA Asus 7600GT PCIe
    - 2 SATAII 250GB Seagate
  33. Im Put together a system recently
    P965 MSI MB
    PD915 Pressler
    G.Skill DDR2 800
    WD Baracuda 320
    ATI X1950 Pro

    This system is "fairly" stable most of the time without OC. After several hours of gaming fullscreen apps will just shut down. Works pretty well,
    the second i make any changes to clock speed weather in BIOS or the crappy MSI software Dual Cell or somthing like that system crashes. I tried to use the "wakeup" function in the Cell program and even that crashed the system. like everyone else here im pretty disapointed with this Highly towted MB and the suport for it. How Is it that all the reviewers said this was "OUR" board and the ratio of happy to un-happy seems to be skwed to the latter dramaticaly?

    Has anyone found a way to atleat get the software to work with this MB?
  34. I can't even get the dual cell software to run. I wouldn't use that junk at all for OCing. Make sure to have a fsb/mem ratio of 1:1 or 2:3. Anything else and your system probably won't boot (in my experience). Also, make sure you have the latest drivers for everything. I use live update so it is pretty easy to get all of the latest drivers.

    Cappster
  35. Hi.

    Jeg har et andet problem. Når jeg bruger CPUZ 139 så står min Multiplier på 6x og Core speed på ca. 1680Mhz ?? Har slået både Speedsteep og Spread spectrum og enda Vanderpool fra. Har ingen ide om hvad det skulle gøre.
    men jeg læste et sted at når man slog Spread Spectrum og Speedsteep fra, så ville procesooren køre full speed. Altså de 2.66Ghz min CPU er (E6700)
    Men i CPUZ programmet kan jeg altså se at den selv skifter mellem multiplieren og core speeden. Altså kan spread spectrum jo ikke være slået fra, vel ??? Forstår ikke en skid. Jeg vil meget gerne havde den til at stå 10x multiplier hele tiden og ikke det der automatiske system.
    Hvad kan jeg gøre ?? please.

    Takker

    Mugge
  36. Damn. english ofcause ... lol

    My problem is this. I just got a MSI 965 platinum and a E6700 CPU.
    But when i check the little apps called CPU-Z then i can se my multiplier is only at 6x instead og 10x as default and core speed around 1600Ghz
    I did turn of the 3 thing in BIOS setup. Spread Spectrum, Speedsteep and the vanderpool. I tought that would keep my CPU running at full speed all time. But it dosent. Its still in auto mode i can see in CPUZ
    I need some help here please. I dont want to use that processor cycling auto mode, i want it at 2.66Ghz all time.
    Can anybody help her please.

    thx

    Mugge
  37. All Conroe CPU come with tech EIST. SO it will auto change the default multiplier of that CPU to lowest one to save energy and decrease heat. When the CPU under heavy unload EIST will automatic up the multiplier to your OC stas again. I dont think MSI P965 board have the option in BIOS to disable this tech...
  38. Hi. Ah i see.
    Then i understand better. I tought it was strange i coulden chance this setting. Is it only with MSI P965 Platinum boards or all boards ?

    Thx
  39. New Bios version 1.4 now available
  40. Hi there guys, thought I would try and revamp this thread as i am still running this damned motherboard and have had the same issues did any of you come to any sort of conclusion of the best settings for a nice OC of at least 3.0ghz ? and if so would it be possible to post the setup you had ?

    Also when putting in the manul RAM timings what the hell do i put for the rest of the options? TRFC, TWR, TWTR, TRRD, TRTP ?
    for some reason every time i put in my Reccomended RAM timings (4-4-4-12) i have a fail reboot...

    Any help would be great cheers guys!

    :)
  41. Hi R3aCt0r M1nd

    I have mine running at 3.0ghz. But will have to get back to you on the settings perhaps tonight.

    I am no expert in OC'ing, and have not put it through any rigorous testing, but so far for several months, have not had a crash.

    When I start up my pc tonight I will hopefully remember to write the settings down, and post them here again.

    Cheers
  42. Awesome m8, just got in from work myself I look forward to seeing what you have done to achieve the 3ghz ;)
  43. Hi,

    i took some screen shots of each screen in the bios, hope it helps, let me know if you find a better way to OC.







    cheers
  44. Awesome m8, seems i did have the same sort of settings although i didnt have the memory hole settings to 15-16mb didnt have one at all perhaps this is what was causing the issues, not sure.

    I got my new sticks of RAM today OCZ titanium edition 4gb kit (4-4-4-15) So im assuming the rest of the settings apart from TRFC will be 15 aye ? Im meaning the TWR/TWTR etc

    Also what version of the BIOS are you running ? I believe mine is V02.61 i have a feeling i need to update it perhaps.

    Cheers for your time m8, look forward to hearing back

    ;)
  45. Ok so installed my new ram and applied the OC now achieved my 3ghz OC as wanted very pleased bout to hammer crysis a bit see wot sort of temps i get at full load, at the mo temps are quite high as you can see in the screenies below, managed to get the 3ghz with fsb of 333, thinking about lowering the extra cpu voltage as ive read that a smaller increase is ok the extra increase just adds heat to the bloody thing.

    The new RAM sorted out the issue i had with inputin the timings manually my old ram wouldnt let me just ended up rebooting my rig over an dover again but now everything seems fine ;)

    Cheers for the help bud! :na:

  46. Lowerd my OC to 2.8 so i could get my RAM running at 800mhz wanted to get the most out of this new 4gb kit, oh and how the hell do you lower the Multiplier m8 ? Im stumpped completly can't find the setting anywhere :(
  47. JuiceJones said:
    Hello, I've been having some strange overclock hold backs, and other forums have failed. I think the TG forums will be a little more helpful :D; any advice is appreciated. My system is as follows:

    MSI P965 Platinum mobo

    Core 2 Duo E6400

    1Gb (2x512Mb) Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 4-4-4-12

    Antec 500W Smartpower

    7600GT

    Zalman CNPS9500

    Here's my problem:

    My old Asus P5ND2-SLI with an nForce4 chipset was horribly unstable and finnicky with hardware changes, and finally totally conked out. But while it was working, it would overclock my old Pentium D 805 to 3.8 reasonably stablely but with heat issues, and rock solid to 3.6. After it died, I prepared for Core 2 by purchasing the MSI P965 Platinum. However, it wouldn't even post the PD805 at 3.8, it was unstable at 3.6, and was only solid at 3.4. This was with the exact same cooling and voltage settings, and keep in mind 3.4 is only a 170Mhz FSB, far below its maximum.

    For Christmas, I got my E6400, and was excited to pop it in. 2.4 rolled around easily with no voltage bump, 2.66 perfect, but then, with 2.7 and beyond, Prime fails immediately regardless of voltage and the system will lock up. Temps are ideal, 27C idle and barely breaching 44C load, I set my RAM severely underspec to rule that out, 5-5-5-18 at DDR2-667, updated the BIOS, turned off most available BIOS options, bumped north bridge voltage, etc. etc., I just can't figure it out. The current FSB is only 333Mhz, which is commonly and easily exceeded with my setup. I would just say I got unlucky, but the fact that 333Mhz FSB for an e6400 is so uncommonly low and the motherboard has proven it underclocks sub-par with the PD805, I think there's something I'm overlooking. It also seems that adjusting the voltage in the bios is very unresponsive to stability, most of the time only making it worse. Is it possible the VRM is just defective?

    My other current prime suspect is a BIOS option I'm unaware of, or perhaps just some other general aspect I missed out on. I have fairly good overclocking experience and have read extensively into the subject, but this anamoly has me stump. Please share if you have experience with this mobo or this type of overclocking wall before I buy a new Gigabyte DS3.

    Thanks.


    Get the Gigabyte DS3 and at least 4 to 6GB of some decent ram if you want a stable overclock..... With 2 x 512Gb of ram you really can't do squat.....
  48. MuggeGHQ said:
    Hi.

    Jeg har et andet problem. Når jeg bruger CPUZ 139 så står min Multiplier på 6x og Core speed på ca. 1680Mhz ?? Har slået både Speedsteep og Spread spectrum og enda Vanderpool fra. Har ingen ide om hvad det skulle gøre.
    men jeg læste et sted at når man slog Spread Spectrum og Speedsteep fra, så ville procesooren køre full speed. Altså de 2.66Ghz min CPU er (E6700)
    Men i CPUZ programmet kan jeg altså se at den selv skifter mellem multiplieren og core speeden. Altså kan spread spectrum jo ikke være slået fra, vel ??? Forstår ikke en skid. Jeg vil meget gerne havde den til at stå 10x multiplier hele tiden og ikke det der automatiske system.
    Hvad kan jeg gøre ?? please.

    Takker

    Mugge


    Thats tight!!!! but what does all this mean? Only part i understood was "spread spectrum" and "multiplerien" and automatiske system" hehe.......
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