Intel E7200 overclocking. Please help

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I've got a custom built computer with an E7200 (stock at 2.53ghz). Can someone help me out and say what figures I need to put into the bios. This is my first overclock so I don't know too much about overclocking, hope I can get it to around 3.0ghz so I can play some newer games. Have a Gigabyte EP31-DS3L motherboard. 2x2gb DDR2 ram. Can someone help please?
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  1. Welcome to the forums jwnorbury!

    With an E7200 and a Gigabyte EP31-DS3L you should have no issues hitting 3Ghz.
    The first thing you should do is carefully read through the C2 Overclocking Sticky.
    This guide will give you an excellent overview on how to overclock your system.

    Unfortunately, as each system is different (even those with the exact same components) it is difficult to take a cookie cutter approach to overclocking.
    I can point you towards the right settings but you will need to pin down the exact settings yourself.
    As a quick cheat guide to get 3Ghz do the following:

    1) In windows, download and run CPU-Z. On the SPD tab, take note of the frequencies, timings and voltages displayed.

    2) Go into your BIOS and change the following fields (press <CTRL> + <F1> to access the overclocking features):

    a) FSB from auto or 266Mhz => 333Mhz
    b) CPU multiplier from 9.5 => 9
    c) CPU voltage from auto => 1.35v
    d) Manually set the RAM speed, timings and voltage as specified from CPU-Z
    e) Save and exit the BIOS

    3) In windows, test for stability using prime95. Keep track of your temps with Coretemp or Realtemp. Do not let them get above 75°C. If your temps do pass 75°C while under load, immediately lower the CPU voltage/FSB.

    4) If, after testing for 15min-1 hour with prime95, you have no errors, lower your CPU voltage one setting and retest. Repeat this step until you begin getting errors then raise your voltage two settings. At this point, it would be best to let prime95 run for 8-24 hours to test for stability.

    Best luck!
  2. Hi,

    I have the same setup. You can set it to 3.16ghz out of the box with no problems.

    Go into M.I.T in BIOS:

    robust graphics booster - auto
    cpu clock ratio - 9x
    fine cpu clock ratio - +0.5
    cpu host clock control - manual
    cpu host frequency - 333
    pci express frequency - 100
    c.i.a.2 - disabled
    performance enhance - standard
    spd - 2.40
    system voltage control - manual
    ddr2 overvoltage cntrl - normal
    pcie overvoltage cntrl - normal
    fsb overvoltage cntrl - normal
    (g)mch overvoltage cntrl - normal
    cpu voltage cntrl - normal

    That will give you 3.16ghz at healthy stock voltages.

    Unfortunately this motherboard has its problems, you can read about it here
  3. One more thing:

    Go into Advanced BIOS Features and disable following options:

    - CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)
    - CPU EIST Function

    You may enable them later on after checking your system for stability. I have them enabled now.
  4. andyKCIUK said:
    Hi,

    I have the same setup. You can set it to 3.16ghz out of the box with no problems.

    Go into M.I.T in BIOS:

    robust graphics booster - auto
    cpu clock ratio - 9x
    fine cpu clock ratio - +0.5
    cpu host clock control - manual
    cpu host frequency - 333
    pci express frequency - 100
    c.i.a.2 - disabled
    performance enhance - standard
    spd - 2.40
    system voltage control - manual
    ddr2 overvoltage cntrl - normal
    pcie overvoltage cntrl - normal
    fsb overvoltage cntrl - normal
    (g)mch overvoltage cntrl - normal
    cpu voltage cntrl - normal

    That will give you 3.16ghz at healthy stock voltages.

    Unfortunately this motherboard has its problems, you can read about it here



    i tried your setting with mine and i have the same motherboard and processor btw..
    but when i try it on orthos for stability test my two cores always exceeds 76 degrees celsius..
    pls help, i really want to overclock my cpu
    any help would be greatly appreciated..
  5. You need to either upgrade your cooler or lower the voltage.

    Try lowering the voltage first.
    Drop it one setting at a time, testing for stability between each drop.
    Once you start getting errors, raise the voltage two settings.
    What are your temps now?
  6. Intel's recommended max voltage for the 45 nm CPU's is 1.3625 volts. Temps should be under 70 C.

    If you are trying for other than a minimal overclock ("minimal" defined as going as far as you can without increasing CPU core voltage), you need better cooling. One cooler that is a bargain (if it will fit in your case) is the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
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