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GUIDE - Overclocking P35/X38 Chipsets v1.0

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March 2, 2008 12:06:55 AM

Explanation of BIOS Options & Recommended Overclocking Settings :

Note: These settings are very smiler/ same on all Gigabyte Motherboards. This could apply to other motherboards too.

R.G.B.: Helps to enhance the performance of the GPU and
VRAM. "Auto" allow the BIOS to automatically set the R.G.B. mode based on system configurations. This Option must be set to "Auto" for successful overclock.


CPU Clock Ratio: This is the CPU Multiplier. The lowest it can reach is 6x (most of the time) and the highest is dependent on the CPU. I recommend that you set this to the highest possible due to the fact that it puts fewer limits on the FSB (i.e. Less likely to hit an FSB wall etc.). But, there are cases in which it should or could be lowered.

CPU Host Clock Control: This option is "Disabled" by default. You MUST change this to "Enabled" in order to overclock the CPU.

CPU Host Frequency (Mhz): This is the FSB. Increase this value by 50-70Mhz over your Stock FSB during your first attempt.

For an 800 MHz FSB this is set to 200 MHz.
For a 1066 MHz FSB this is set to 266 MHz.
For a 1333 MHz FSB this is set to 333 MHz.
You can also enter any other value like 300 (1300FSB).

Change this item to reach the desired speed. This multiplied by the CPU multiplier gives the clock speed. I recommend that you change this by 50-100Mhz during the first few test phases to narrow down the stable overclock. Then after you reach the Maximum Clock speed (the point at which Prime95 fail in less than 5 hours) decrease the FSB by 20-50Mhz or increase the CPU core voltage .

CPU Frequency: This is the speed after any changes in the FSB and/or Multiplier.
This is equal to:

Multiplier * FSB = CPU Frequency (CPU Speed)

Example:
10*300=3000Mhz



PCI Express Frequency (Mhz): This is the PCIe frequency for the PCIe slots. Keep this at 100Mhz or "Auto" .

C.I.A.2: CPU Intelligent Accelerator 2 (C.I.A.2) is a system designed to automatically adjust the CPU Clock speed by a given percentage. This option is "Disabled" by default. It must be set to "Disabled" in order to successfully overclock the CPU .

Performance Enhance : Must be set to "Disabled" for a successful overclock.




System Memory Multiplier (SPD): This is the RAM SPD. Change this item so that the "Memory Frequency" shown below the SPD is not exceeded. It is OK to be under the "Memory Frequency" shown.


Memory Frequency (Mhz): The first RAM value listed (I will call this the "Rated RAM Speed" to make life easier) (to the left ) is the normal speed of the RAM being used; the second (to the right) is the memory frequency that is automatically adjusted according to the "CPU Host Frequency (Mhz)" and "System Memory Multiplier" settings. I would strongly suggest you decrease the SPD to stay at or below the "Rated RAM Speed". If your RAM is overclockable (i.e. RAM like the Crucial Ballastix) you should still set the SPD to the "Rated RAM Speed" as it would be one less variable in a CPU overclocking failure until you find the best stable overclock. I recommend that you DO NOT overclock the RAM until you reach a stable CPU speed.

System Voltage Control: Determines whether to manually set the system voltages (i.e. CPU core voltage, RAM voltage, PCIe voltage, etc). "Auto" lets BIOS automatically set the system voltages as required. I recommend that you set this to "Auto" only if your overclock is small like 10-11%. Set this to "Disable" if your overclock is high (i.e. 400+Mhz CPU speed increase). Also set this to "Disable" if you need to change RAM voltages, this is specially true for most high performance RAM like the Crucial Ballastix and Corsair XMS2, etc. If your RAM is higher than 1.8v you must set this to "Disabled" .

DDR2 OverVoltage Control: This is the RAM voltage. Increase this by +0.1v increments to reach the voltage specified by the ram manufacture. The standard voltage is 1.8v. So if your voltage is rated as 2.2v increase this to +0.4v since 1.8 + 0.4 = 2.2.



Rated RAM voltage - 1.8 = The needed voltage increase

Example:
2.2 -1.8 = 0.4


PCI-E OverVoltage Control: Allows you to set PCIe voltage. There should be no need to change this value for 98% of the overclockers.

FSB OverVoltage Control: Allows you to increase the FSB voltage. Increase this to reach stability under high FSB (i.e. 310Mhz+).

(G)MCH OverVoltage Control: This is the Northbridge voltage. Most overclockers will not need to change this setting. Change this to increase stability under certain FSBs (i.e. 420Mhz+). Note that an increase in this setting WILL produce increase motherboard heat output. A Northbridge cooler is recommended for most P35/X38 motherboards even if you are not changing the MCH voltage. Gigabyte motherboards with out Ultra Cool should have a small Northbridge fan ( I noticed a 8C drop in my motherboard temperatures once I installed a 40mm fan on the heat sink on my P35-DS3L.).

CPU Voltage Control: Allows you to set the CPU voltage. Increase the voltage little by little until you reach stability at a given CPU speed*. Increasing this setting WILL cause an increase in CPU temperatures, so therefore a good CPU cooler is highly recommended. You should also monitor your temperatures through software like CoreTemp. DO NOT LET CPU TEMPERATURES EXCEED 65C. If your temperatures exceed 65C you are still safe but long term operation will not be advisable. You should NEVER let the CPU reach thermal threshold (Tjunction). This is the point where the CPU automatically decreases the Multiplier to 6x, even if SpeedStep is disabled.

* Some users have reported that decreasing the CPU voltage will allow an increase in the overclock/stability. This is due to the fact that less voltage means less heat therefore more stable overclock. This is mainly true for most of the E6xxx CPU (not the 6x50s, most of the time).

Normal CPU Vcore This is the standard CPU voltage at stock settings.

Note: Will include a picture of the BIOS settings soon.
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March 2, 2008 8:36:30 AM

Excellent work mate :)  very good and easy to read guide :) 
March 2, 2008 10:14:37 AM

very good guide =)

i am trying to get a stable 3.4 oc on my e6600 with my ga-965p-ds3p. as the bios settings are virtually the same for both boards.

there was another guide on here for my board specifically which told me to change the northbridge voltage and this was for a 3.2 overlock, but your guide says differently? i know all overclocks are different and are only meant to give you a rough guide so you know what your doing. but conflicting information makes me think i don't know what im doing!

any help would be appreciated =)
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March 2, 2008 2:10:49 PM

^I have a E2180 @3.2Ghz and I didn't need to up the voltage on the North bridge. But it depends on the board itself and the CPU multiplier (higher = less FSB needed).
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March 2, 2008 6:41:53 PM

So what do you guys think of this? Any recommendations, corrections?
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March 3, 2008 12:29:06 AM

Shadow703793 said:
So what do you guys think of this? Any recommendations, corrections?

So?
March 3, 2008 12:49:58 AM

Under Cpu Clock ratio, you did this: 6x .

Other than that, looks good. Will be referring to this.
March 3, 2008 4:18:10 PM

Some info on what volts for certain FSB's and what's the threshold for volts would be nice.


IE How many volts for MB is too many volts.
March 3, 2008 5:23:32 PM

Thanks for the guide. I gave this a try with my Gigabyte EX38-DS4 and 3.0Ghz Wolfdale - the memory (OCZ Platinum Rev2) requires +0.2v. With everything set as above, my system will boot. However, changing my FSB up to a modest 350Mhz, the system fails (restarts immediately) when the POST is doing the RAM check, and reverts to CPU Host Clock Control disabled.

I tried up to +0.4V on the RAM, but no go. I'm reluctant to go higher on my ram voltage, as it is rated to 2.1v. I tried upping my CPU voltage slightly, up to around 1.26v but with no change. Cooler is a Tuniq tower, and all temps appear to be low/normal (low 30s @ idle).

Any suggestions?


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March 3, 2008 5:47:06 PM

^Check the RAM SPD settings. Relax the timing (Hit Ctrl+F1 in the main screen).

Quote:
Performance Enhance : Must be set to "Disabled" for a successful overclock.



System Memory Multiplier (SPD): This is the RAM SPD. Change this item so that the "Memory Frequency" shown below the SPD is not exceeded. It is OK to be under the "Memory Frequency" shown.



Memory Frequency (Mhz): The first RAM value listed (I will call this the "Rated RAM Speed" to make life easier) (to the left ) is the normal speed of the RAM being used; the second (to the right) is the memory frequency that is automatically adjusted according to the "CPU Host Frequency (Mhz)" and "System Memory Multiplier" settings. I would strongly suggest you decrease the SPD to stay at or below the "Rated RAM Speed". If your RAM is overclockable (i.e. RAM like the Crucial Ballastix) you should still set the SPD to the "Rated RAM Speed" as it would be one less variable in a CPU overclocking failure until you find the best stable overclock. I recommend that you DO NOT overclock the RAM until you reach a stable CPU speed.
March 4, 2008 4:08:24 AM

Memory was at 4-4-4-15, so I changed it to 5-5-5-15. Same problem.

It passes with everything set to AUTO and clock control set to enabled at 333Mhz. I upped it to 340Mhz, and fails post.

I set it back to 333Mhz, POST Passes. However, when I set SPD to manual with a 2.0 multiplier (Memory MHZ 667) it fails post.

I guess my EX38-DS4 does not like the OCZ platinum ram. I may pull my Corsair XMS2 ram out of my E6400 to see if that makes any difference.

March 4, 2008 5:48:01 PM

I changed at the ram, same problem. If I set the clock control to manual, and leave it at 333Mhz it will boot. If I set it to 332Mhz or 334Mhz, it fails.
Weird. Maybe I have a bad mboard.
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March 4, 2008 9:36:56 PM

Interesting. Could be a bad Motherboard. Can you take a pic of your BIOS settings and post it so I can see and check all the settings? Please post full specs (ie. PSU,GPU,etc).

Also include:
Motherboard revision
BIOS version
CPU stepping,etc
March 5, 2008 4:06:06 PM

I'm just going to RMA the motherboard. I noticed some other strange behaviors - upon reboot, about 50% of the time it says that the backup bios checksum is failed and goes through a bios recovery - even when I have not changed any bios settings. I also noticed that the back of the motherboard looks as if the board may have been exposed to moisture at one time - there are abnormal raised areas and discolorations - I noticed this when I first removed it from the static bag when it was new.
Hopefully I can give your overclock guide a try when I get my replacement from Newegg.

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March 5, 2008 7:24:56 PM

^Yeah looks like a bad board.
June 29, 2008 3:31:29 AM

Shadow703793 said:

..... You can also enter any other value like 300 (1300FSB)....

^Very minor detail, but you put 1300 for the FSB when it should be 1200 :D . Other than that looks great. Nice work [:wr2]
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