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Stuck Trying to Overclock i7 960 and Asus P6T Deluxe v2

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November 9, 2009 6:49:01 AM

I have been spinning my wheels for a couple of days trying to get a stable overclock of my i7 960 in my Asus P6T Deluxe v2. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I've tried using the guides, but most don't match this motherboard or CPU. My efforts haven't allowed me to even increase from 3.2 to 4.0, let alone the 4.7 I had hoped for. I would even be willing to pay someone who would walk me through the process later today (Moday). Thanks!
a b K Overclocking
November 9, 2009 8:42:42 AM

Anyone who will accept a payment for a little advie is a douchebag.

anyhow, drop the ram down to 800mhz. Then just increase the base clock and raise the vcore when it becomes unstable.

When you get a to high vcore(1.3-1.35ish) then start raising the QPI vcore voltage when it becomes unstable.
November 9, 2009 1:14:08 PM

you are trying to go from 3.2 to 4.0 ghz. What about the intermediate frequencies. Most chips cant even hit 4.0ghz with full stability what ever you do...
Try increasing 50 mhz each time and finding the best voltage for each. Jumping from 3.2 to 4.0 is not the correct way to overclock. Every chip is different and needs to be handled differently
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November 9, 2009 1:15:24 PM

What kind of cooling are you using?
November 9, 2009 2:10:16 PM

I am using Arctic Silver with a Cooler Master V8. I'm worried I put too much on. At default I'm getting 41 degrees with the sides of my case off. But I don't think the instability has been due to heat. After I get stable settings, then I'll test for long term stability.

I was trying intermediate settings, but my goal was at least 4.0. After all, it seems people are getting that with a 920. If so, then shouldn't it be much easier for a 960?
November 9, 2009 2:28:08 PM

Here are my stock temps with the case open. The only BIOS changes were setting XMS to recognize my memory timings and lowering the DRAM bus voltage from 1.66 to 1.64. From rest to peak through one run (5 minutes) of Intel's Burn Test, my cores went 39->65, 35->62, 38->61, and 33->55.

Should I be worried about these temps, especially the large differences across cores? Should I remove and reapply the thermal paste? (If you know the HAF 932, V8, and P6T, you know what a PITA that is.)
November 9, 2009 2:35:53 PM

overshocked said:
Anyone who will accept a payment for a little advie is a douchebag.

anyhow, drop the ram down to 800mhz. Then just increase the base clock and raise the vcore when it becomes unstable.

When you get a to high vcore(1.3-1.35ish) then start raising the QPI vcore voltage when it becomes unstable.


Hey Overshocked, Thanks for replying. I would just note that I may need more than a little advice given the lack of success I had following your tutorial on my own, in part because the P6T has rather different options (or so it seems) and largely because I'm a newbie. I don't mind paying someone to walk me through a process like this when it is going to take more than a couple of minutes of their time. Imagine how much a "Geek Squad" would charge me -- if they even would do an overclock -- and how unhelpful it would likely be. You've had great success with OC'ing the 920. I was just hoping that the 960 would give me a head start. Best, Dabesq
a b K Overclocking
November 9, 2009 6:09:15 PM

Whats the problem? You cant find the bclock or what?
November 10, 2009 4:18:21 AM

I found the bclock, but as you well know, overclocking involves a bit more than one number. First, with my motherboard, there are literally millions, if not billions, of potential combinations. Second, it could be extremely time consuming to determine the maximum OC for my gear--time I don't have. My goal is to get a good OC, consistent with the 80/20 rule--if you know what I mean. So, I don't think you have to be such an idiot as to not be able to find the bclock to be willing to compensate someone with lots of experience to speed up what can be a very time consuming process. I'm an expert in my own field and can quickly narrow down a nearly infinite number of option to a manageable number worth pursuing, and I can point out a problem/potential conflict that a newbie wouldn't recognize. I'd like to see if I can find similar assistance with this OC. That could be either live assistance or a good tutorial geared towards my motherboard and chip.
a b K Overclocking
November 10, 2009 5:44:45 AM

just increase thebase clock and keep re-booting up after each 10 b-clock boost.

When windows wont boot up anymore because of a BSOD, then raise the vcore.

Continue the process until you hit 1.35-1.4 vcore, then continue boosting the base clock until you hit another BSOD then start increasing the QPI/uncore voltage.
a b K Overclocking
November 10, 2009 5:50:38 AM

^ Is that enough info?

basically just steps 1,4,5, and 6 in my guide.

That should get you to a fairly high speed. But to add that extra 100mhz or so you will need to understand a bit more, like those settings in steps 2 and 3 of my guide. But they really dont help that much.
November 10, 2009 8:26:03 AM

Thanks. What I really wish I could find is a cross between the Asus guide and overshocked's guide. But my system seems basically stable now at 4.0, up from 3.2, so I'll probably leave it there. The voltage is on the low end, but Real Temp 3.00 has one core peaking (briefly) at 80*C, so obviously don't want any higher temps.
November 15, 2009 3:25:33 PM

I read somewhere that you should first put AI Tuner thing on Auto, reboot, then manual and tweak. Apparently it helps because before doing that the max stable overclock they could get was 3.2ghz on a i7 920. After that 4Ghz. Try it. Worked for my i7 920 + p6t deluxe :) 
November 15, 2009 3:28:10 PM

Thanks for the suggestion!
December 17, 2009 10:54:02 PM

I just got a machine with the ASUS PT6 SE MoBo and an i7 960 CPU.

I used TurboV to do the overclocking.

Increase the BCLK to 160, and set the CPU voltage to 1.325. Click apply, and ....you are at 4.00 GHz.

Use CPUZ to check the settings. Remember that the CPU will only run at high speed when under load.
December 18, 2009 11:50:20 PM

Just a bit more info about my system.

i7 960 (3.2 GHz 8M LGA 1366)
ASUS P6T SE
Xtreme Gear HP-1216 heatpipe CPU fan
Kingston Hyperx DDR3 (3 GB)
Sigma Shark 635 Watts P/S
500 GB SATA, and 60 GB IDE (Pagefile cache)
Windows 7 Pro.


With BCLK at 160 and CPU V at 1.325, running at 4.00 GHz, the system passed the Prime85 tests. The highest temp was 71 C, but rock stable.
July 4, 2011 11:18:53 PM

TungSten_X said:
I just got a machine with the ASUS PT6 SE MoBo and an i7 960 CPU.

I used TurboV to do the overclocking.

Increase the BCLK to 160, and set the CPU voltage to 1.325. Click apply, and ....you are at 4.00 GHz.

Use CPUZ to check the settings. Remember that the CPU will only run at high speed when under load.


Ty BRO!
I was so f***n pissed off because i couldnt find anywhere to overclock my 960!
This really helped me!
July 4, 2011 11:33:39 PM

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Intel Core i7 960 OC @ 4.165 w/Turbo Boost 230$
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12GB Patriot Sector 7(LLK Model) @ 7-8-7-21 1333MHz @ 1.50v 89$
XFX 6950 non-reference 2GB Model(disapointed) got it for 180$!!!Going back to NVIDIA GTX570 SLI 250$
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Antec Kuhler 620 H2O CPU Cooler Push-Pull Config. (another disapointment) 62$
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December 18, 2011 9:57:11 PM

dabesq said:
I have been spinning my wheels for a couple of days trying to get a stable overclock of my i7 960 in my Asus P6T Deluxe v2. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I've tried using the guides, but most don't match this motherboard or CPU. My efforts haven't allowed me to even increase from 3.2 to 4.0, let alone the 4.7 I had hoped for. I would even be willing to pay someone who would walk me through the process later today (Moday). Thanks!


hi dabesq i know this is a little late but i am stable at 4.1. here are my settings
cpu / v core 1.3875
ioh v 1.2
uncore 1.275
ram/ memory 1.66

cpu running at 171 host clock and 24 multi no turbo

after market heat sink and well ventilated case


if you still have questions email be at footballerbg12@AIM.COM subject toms hardware
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