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Noob I7 920 Overclock Feedback

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September 28, 2009 7:30:17 AM

Hello All, I'm a first time overclocker seeking feedback on my settings. I followed the guide on this forum which I thought was great...only thing being a newbie and using MSI bios took a while to connect all the dots. My bios settings are:


INTEL EIST - ENABLED
INTEL C-STATE - DISABLED
BASE CLOCK (MHZ) - 200
INTEL TURBO BOOST TECH - ENABLED
ADJUSTED CORE FREQUENCY - 4000
QPI CONFIGURATION - HIGH SPEED
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MEMORY-Z - (LEAVE ALONE)
ADVANCED DRAM CONFIGURATION (LEAVE ALONE)
EXTREME MEMORY PROFILE - DISABLED
MEMORY RATIO - 4
ADJUSTED DRAM FREQUENCY - 1600
UNCORE RATIO - 8
ADJUSTED UNCORE FREQUENCY - 3200
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CLOCKGEN TUNER - (LEAVE ALONE)
ADJUSTED PCI FREQUENCY - AUTO
ADJUSTED PCI-E FREQUENCY - 100
AUTO DISABLE DRAM/PCI FREQUENCY - ENABLED
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CPU VOLTAGE - +0.160
CPU VCORE - 1.376
CPU PLL VOLTAGE - 1.80
QPI VOLTAGE - +0.060
DRAM VOLTAGE - 1.65
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SPREAD SPECTRUM - DISABLED
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ADVANCED BIOS FEATURES -> CPU FEATURE-> OVERSPEED PROTECTION - DISABLED

Some hw monitor shots:



Any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated. Thx


September 28, 2009 7:58:54 AM

are you planning on running it 24/7? those volts are probably too high for that. you would want it 1.35 in bios or under.

have you run linx (linpac) stability test?

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September 28, 2009 8:39:22 AM

Thanks for feedback. I changed the setting to:
CPU VOLTAGE - +0.130
CPU VCORE - 1.352/1.344 (it kept flopping back and forth)

I then downloaded LinX 0.6.2 and made no changes and hit the start button. It finished without errors in 5 m 46 s.

Should I iterate lowering the voltage further down and running that test until I get problems?

September 28, 2009 3:15:38 PM

I left my voltages alone and just did a modest overclock, I wanted stability and long life from my system. It's also my primary business workstation (programmer).

Honestly, the Core i7 is so fast stock - I couldn't tell any difference. But since it's a law you have to overclock the 920 I did. Got to 2,900 I think easily... but again, no real work difference in my opinion. It did seem to boot a smudge faster, may have been my imagination though...
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