If I scale my settings appropriately and crank up the FSB to get the favorable 1:1 memory ratio what do I have to monitor thermally? Will the the NB get the bulk of the heat or something else? Anything else I need to adjust besides the multiplier, mem/fsb ratio and locking the PCI bus settings? I don't plan on bumping the voltages any.
Or, is the 1:1 ratio not that big of a deal?
I'm targeting 2.92g @ 417fsb(x7), 834 @ 4-4-4-12 (1:1)
(I've run the memory at those settings w/o any problems)
I run 2.92g @ 325fsb(x9), 812 @ 4-4-4-12 all day right now.
2x1g Patriot, 800@4-4-4-12
eVGA 8800GTS 320
WD 75g Raptor
I need a different benchmark(free ) to compare ram speed only so these results don't have much meaning. If I was able to match up the speeds and the cpu marks were the same then the 3dmark05 value would have been a reflection of the ram speed, but I couldn't do that.
What is really strange with the results is that the cpu result was about 2.7% slower with the x7 multiplier. there must be some inefficiency at that ratio.
whether you use the stock cooler or not does not depend on your speed but how much juice you are giving it and what the temps are. You could clock it to 4GHz if the stock cooler keeps it cool enough.
I'm as hot as I's like to go at 2.93g, maybe I'd push it to 3.0g if necessary but anything over that will surely overheat the proc. All things being equal increasing the frequency will increase the heat generated. The majority of the heat generated is at the level transition, if you increase the frequency there are more transitions per unit time therefore more heat generated.