After a month of getting Windows Event Viewer problems outta the way, my son wants to get to OC'ing his rig (R2E MoBo, i7-920, 6-7-6-18 RAM, Prolimatech Megashadow). Not looking for anything extreme, his goal was to hit a BCLK of 183. Currently using the R2E's windows based tools to adjust BCLK, CPU Voltage, DRAM Bus Voltage and QPI/DRAM Core Voltage with Prime95(small FFT's) running so as to immediately see effects on temperature w/o continually rebooting. Wanted to open Computonic Temp Guide while doing so but my bookmark no longer works . Where'd it go ?
Interestingly enough, the various utilities available all show different readings (BCLK = 183 / CPU Voltage = 1.30 / DRAM Voltage = 1.64356 / QPI/DRAM Core Voltage = 1.300):
Anyway, what i wanted to ask is, I remember from originally reading the guide was that Core Voltage was supposed to be about 5C above CPU voltages. I also remember that if it was wider, the cores should be assumed to be wrong because of BIOS issues. If that's the case, why even look at Core Voltages ? Anyway, that's the answer I was hoping to find in the guide.
Yes, but the rebooting sure is a PITA......can see results instantly, in Windows. No real trouble if used for intended purpose of tweaking things in. After "exploring" in windows, I agree, gotta go back and set things manually.
OTOH, what I can't figure out is why I can push so much further in Windows rather than in BIOS. From BIOS, hit a wall at BCLK 177.....once in windows can easily get to 200.
Was only looking for 3.6 so will prolly scale back to 174 or so. Just for "educational purposes" do want to see how far this CPU can be taken....but that's a new thread and don't wanna hijack my own temp question thread !
If ya wanna jump in that one, see "Hit Wall at BCLK 177" thread.
Discovered an odd thing .... seems I have an OC fail indicator predictor. If ZoneAlarm posts a note about a system time thing and should it go on line and look for updated files, it's a sure indicator (6 outta 6 so far) that the resultant prime95 run will produce some errors.