Hello iv never done an overclock before and I just purchased a new computer and I would like to do just a small overclock on the cpu
my system is
Core i7 930 with Coolermaster Hyper 212
ASUS P6T SE X58 ATX LGA1366
6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24
ATI Radeon HD 5870
Seasonic M12D 750W PSU
The whole bios thing is really confusing to me so im looking for the least amount of changes possible. Id be happy going from 2.8ghz to 3.2 or 3.3ghz. Im also planning on getting a second GPU when the prices drop a little and 6gb more ram. If anyone can give me very simple instructions on how I could achieve this thankyou.
Change your baseclock to 158 while watching your voltages and temps to make sure that your voltages don't go any higher and your temps don't go TOO much higher.
If it works you'll be at 3.2ghz. Doesn't take much for an i7 to reach that.
I still recommend you read an i7 overclocking so you know what is going on and can fix any problems you may encounter. Also you'll be able to fine tune your overclock for best efficiency and speed from your mobo/RAM/QPI.
this is a little off topic now but im considering your mobo the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R over the one I currently have ordered the ASUS P6T SE X58 ATX LGA1366. Any thoughts, are you happy with yours?
It's a cheap alternative that performs very well. I don't need all the advanced stuff and I may not even fully utilize Crossfire so this board suits me perfectly. It has USB 3.0 and SATA3 as well so you are well prepared into the future.
This board for me has worked very well. It's been able to detect inconsistencies with my OC and prevented damages done to my hardware. It has good light indicators to tell you when your components (ram, CPU) are heating up and includes heatsink on the southbridge so it runs cooler.
OC is pretty stable thus far (now that I have gained insight in OCing i7) and the bios is pretty self-explanatory.
Start at 1.15v for vcore. Leave the other voltages to normal.
Set your ram to use XMP Profile 1.
If the ram doesn't include XMP profile set it manually to 1.64v and set your ram timings to 9-9-9-24. Change the ram ratio to 10.0.
Use 21x multiplier and 160 for baseclock.
Run Prime 95 and OCCT torture tests for about at least an hour or two (most people recommend 24 hours). Try out games for about 15-30 mins to see if it crashes.
If your comp crashes while running, it means you're lacking voltage. Bump it up slowly if 1.15 doesn't work go to 1.17 and so forth and repeat tests each time.
I'm on 1.17v right now running on 3.5ghz Core i7 930.
You can try my settings if you like but beware that since our mobos and rams are different, it may yield different results.
My specs: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, Core i7 930, Viper G-series 1600mhz DDR3, Corsair H50 watercooling.
My Max temps during Prime 95: 63 degrees, 62 degrees, 61 degrees, 60 degrees
CPU Multiplier: 22x
CPU vcore: 1.17v
Base clock: 160 mhz
Ram ratio: 10.0
Ram Voltage: 1.64v
Ram timings: 9-9-9-24
Everything else set to auto.
I hv same config like u except ram and cooler
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 1600mhz 2GB x 3
Cooler: Cooler Master N620
I did the same changes to my bios like u did but whenever I change RAM ratio to 10 or change RAM profile to XMP, it reduces ram to 4GB (not only in windows, in bios also it shows 4GB) , otherwise its working fine if I set it Auto (its set to 1280mhz itself) .....
Can u tell me why its reducing ram to 4GB ....
Im at 191*21 - 4011Ghz with a Vcore of around 1.22v. (Fenir Titan CPU Cooler)
Very stable, Load temps nothing above 65oC, and didnt do the prime 95 24 test but did it for 30mins and played a few games for a few hours.. Not even a blutter!