Hi guys, sorry for double posting this one but I stuck it in the Mobo forum but it's sort of an OCing issue as well... I'd really like to get some feedback from those who are more knowledgeable than myself in such matters http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277035-30-voltage
However, I think that it's possible some PCH voltage will help smooth things out. Or not?? Stock I think is 1.05V, I might try 1.1V and see what happens... I guess this will be a long drawn out process for me as I first want to get my CPU OC voltages fine tuned (I think I'm at 1.28 core/1.23 VTT and it passed Intel Burn Test but haven't done Prime95). Then again, could be the crashes are from the GPU mem or core clocks. Tho, fairly certain those are ok (I've done my FurMark tests and plenty of gaming).
That's the fun part of OCing lots of trial and error, didn't check the data sheet but I'm sure it's over 1.10v, I think 1.14v or something (you can check) so go for it.
Isn't that the truth! I'll probably spend at least a few hours trying to fine tune my "new" vcore and vtt... and then it's on to figure out if I can fix the freeze/crashes with PCH.
I did just read the Intel specs on the chipset, got this:
PCH Absolute Maximum Ratings
Parameter Maximum Limits
Voltage on any 5 V Tolerant Pin with respect to Ground (V5REF = 5 V) -0.5 to V5REF + 0.5 V
Voltage on any 3.3 V Pin with respect to Ground -0.5 to Vcc3_3 + 0.4 V
Voltage on any 1.8 V Tolerant Pin with respect to Ground -0.5 to VccVRM + 0.5 V
Voltage on any 1.5 V Pin with respect to Ground -0.5 to VccVRM + 0.5 V
Voltage on any 1.05 V Tolerant Pin with respect to Ground -0.5 to VccIO + 0.5 V
1.05 V Supply Voltage with respect to VSS -0.5 to 1.3 V
1.8 V Supply Voltage with respect to VSS -0.5 to 3.7 V
3.3 V Supply Voltage with respect to VSS -0.5 to 3.7 V
5.0 V Supply Voltage with respect to VSS -0.5 to 5.5 V
V_CPU_IO Supply Voltage with respect to VSS -0.5 to 1.3 V
1.8 V Supply Voltage for the analog PLL with respect to VSS -0.5 to 1.98 V
PCH Power Supply Range
Power Supply Minimum Nominal Maximum
1.05 V 1.00 V 1.05 V 1.10 V
1.5 V 1.43 V 1.50 V 1.58 V
1.8 V 1.71 V 1.80 V 1.89 V
3.3 V 3.14 V 3.30 V 3.47 V
5 V 4.75 V 5.00 V 5.25 V
Well I spent almost the whole time trying to get stable. I wanted to raise my bclk in the 175-180 range but had a hell of a time trying to get stable. Finally at the end of the night I set it back to 175 and 4 times it was unstable at iirc 1.31 vcore and 1.225 vtt... apparently it was unstable from overvolt cuz I set it back down to where my previous settings were at 1.306 vcore 1.21 vtt and it passed a linpack.
Anyway, while that was all going on, for a short while I did have the PCH at 1.15, but there was 2 big crashes after that. First time the screen went all... how to explain it... ok, if the screen was a fresh paining, it was kind of like someone dragged a rake across it horizontally lol. Then I got a BSOD. After that, I changed the voltages but left PCH at 1.15, booted up. Started a burn test but it failed. I was in the kitchen at this time and after a couple minutes I look up and it's BSOD. I went over and it was something in regards to USBHub maybe. Definitely something USB. Which kindof tipped me off that maybe the 1.15V is too much and the PCH effed up since it controls the USB and all that. I rebooted and again had the screen issue but this time it simply froze so I did a hard reboot and then put the PCH back to 1.05. I think that either 1.15 was just too much, or it was ok but amplified my CPU instability (which at that time I was also trying to get stable).
I have some more time tonight to try again... I'll first try with my old settings that I know are stable (well... Intel Burn Test and Prime95 stable).
Well as of right now I got it stable at a flat 4ghz - 200x20 with 1.31 vcore and 1.225 vtt so nearly the same voltage as 175bclk with turbo. Right now I'm just trying to squeeze a little more speed out of the ram so 202 bclk for 1616mhz cl8. Still havn't done the pch voltag stuff lol.
Oh ya one thing with turbo off the CPU power, according to HWMonitor dropped from 108W to 95W although temps are slightly higher.
Well, wierd result after getting the 4ghz stable, I set my GPUs to the speeds I had last time I ran Vantage (960core, 1200 mem). Reran the test. Scored about 2k better on CPU, but my GPU score actually decreased! I still have lots of testing to do, and going to try the PCH voltage increase at some point but anyway, thanks for the insights RJR.