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e8400 running at 2 ghz with C1E and Speedstep disabled

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May 29, 2008 6:31:08 AM

Hi guys, I just put together a pc from an e8400 & ECS G31T combo deal. System works fine, but runs quite a bit slower than other similar system with 3dmark 06 and Sandra. When I check cpu-z, it shows the cpu running at 2.0 ghz with multiplier of x6. This number does not change regardless of what load I put on the system. Even at 100% cpu usage.

Now, I tried disabling C1E and Intel Speedsteps in the bios, it's still shows at 2.0 ghz
In the bios, the multiplier is set at x9.

So any thoughts?

btw, I run this pc with Corsair 2gb pc6400 c5 x2

Thanks in advance
May 29, 2008 6:33:17 AM

toss the ecs or resell it
you can not get enough voltage to oc properly

you want to keep the speed step on and let the multipler float from 6 to 9

runs orthos prime 95 or just open a bunch of browsers with cpuz open and you see the mutlipler jump
May 29, 2008 6:44:34 AM

hmm thats funny. when i installed my e8400 for the frist time on my gigabyte x38 board, it started at 2 ghz. i had to oc it just to get it to normal speeds.
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May 29, 2008 6:53:18 AM

What is the front side bus set at ? It should be 333 at X9

May 29, 2008 6:56:26 AM

You may want to check to see if there is a bios update for your motherboards.
May 29, 2008 7:18:31 AM

Check the temps with Core Temp to make sure it's not throttling due to over temp.
May 29, 2008 7:32:53 AM

@dragonslayer, I did run orthos and prime95, multiplier stays the same at x6.
@houston, Bus is 333, effective FSB is 1333
@erocker, gonna flash tomorrow and see if anything change
@zorg, my cores run quite cool actually, around 55 under 100% load.
May 29, 2008 7:42:38 AM

Then you got me, call ECS.
May 29, 2008 8:23:22 AM

nggb said:
Hi guys, I just put together a pc from an e8400 & ECS G31T combo deal. System works fine, but runs quite a bit slower than other similar system with 3dmark 06 and Sandra. When I check cpu-z, it shows the cpu running at 2.0 ghz with multiplier of x6. This number does not change regardless of what load I put on the system. Even at 100% cpu usage.

Now, I tried disabling C1E and Intel Speedsteps in the bios, it's still shows at 2.0 ghz
In the bios, the multiplier is set at x9.

So any thoughts?

btw, I run this pc with Corsair 2gb pc6400 c5 x2

Thanks in advance

Sounds very strange
Min.should run at 6X333=2.4GHz With C1E enabled
Update Bios and leave all voltages on Auto
May 29, 2008 9:07:12 AM

Listen you dont need to take any C rap from a ECS MoBo beat it with a hammer till it straitens up its act <wink>

Asus on the other hand you need to sweet talk here is a poem I wrote it

010010011011100001001100100111000110011001111100011010
101100000001110111110101111111101111111111011111000011
100011111111111111111110010110101101101010101101111000

what can i say I am a romantic <smiles>
May 29, 2008 11:12:31 AM

do you run vista??? if u do you could check if you have enabled power saving or if it is on full performance. u find it in the control panel somewhere......
May 29, 2008 12:02:16 PM

HoustenSerenity, thanks man my identity confused Asus Maximus / Rampage (BIOS replacements rock) will be seranaded tonight! :p 
May 29, 2008 1:59:30 PM

yeah derbixrace could be right, same thing happened me. just t urn the miniumum CPU usage to 100%
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May 29, 2008 3:49:25 PM

kad said:
Sounds very strange
Min.should run at 6X333=2.4GHz With C1E enabled
Update Bios and leave all voltages on Auto


Um I am sorry but 6x333=2.4GHz? I am sorry but it doesn't. 6x333=2GHz. I have a Q6600 on a 1333FSB and when idle its 2GHz, 6x333, and when under load 3GHz 9x333.

To the OP, BIOS update and then set the VCore volatge to the stock voltage. If not I suggest taking the ECS board and tieing it to the back of your car and going 100+MPH and not looking back. Then get a decent mobo like Asus or Gigabyte.
May 29, 2008 4:57:09 PM

I like to use them as Frisbees.
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May 29, 2008 5:48:14 PM

Thanks, Zorg. Every now and then, I'm tempted to use ECS in a cheap build, but a post like that is a good reminder of their proper use.
May 30, 2008 12:21:56 AM

Well, thanks to the people who suggested BIOS flash. It's now running at 3ghz like it should and I got a 30% increase in both 3dmark and Sandra score. I guess this board didn't wanted to be dragged behind a car after all. =)
May 30, 2008 3:44:01 AM

:lol:  Happy to hear you got it worked out.
May 30, 2008 7:19:54 AM

jimmysmitty said:
Um I am sorry but 6x333=2.4GHz? I am sorry but it doesn't. 6x333=2GHz. I have a Q6600 on a 1333FSB and when idle its 2GHz, 6x333, and when under load 3GHz 9x333.

To the OP, BIOS update and then set the VCore volatge to the stock voltage. If not I suggest taking the ECS board and tieing it to the back of your car and going 100+MPH and not looking back. Then get a decent mobo like Asus or Gigabyte.

How idiot Iam !!!
Don't know how I found 6X333=2.4
I mixed up thing
cause my proc FSB is set to 400
it idles at 6X400=2.4 GHz
It must the bear ;) 

Good luck nggb that flashing bios worked :hello: 
May 30, 2008 10:15:21 AM

Dude, your batting 1000. I think you meant beer not bear. :lol:  Don't drive anywhere.
May 31, 2008 1:59:51 AM

Onus said:
Thanks, Zorg. Every now and then, I'm tempted to use ECS in a cheap build, but a post like that is a good reminder of their proper use.
I wasn't specifically slamming ECS, although I would never use them, I'm a mobo snob. I was just saying that's what I like to do with mobos that fail.
July 17, 2008 5:26:07 PM

aha! I've been searching for a fix for this all day.. thank you!

I'll try it tonight... which bios update did you download? I have the exact same problem with the exact same hardware. I'm assuming this was the fry's deal with the ECS-G33T-M ?
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