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QPI/DRAM Core Voltage - The 0.5v rule?

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October 4, 2010 2:28:04 AM

Hello, I recently asked a question like this before, and amazingly, I'm still in doubt.

I got a Asus Mobo and a i7-930.

I heard that your QPI/DRAM Core Voltage should stay 0.5v over/under the DRAM Voltage, or the CPU or something will get permanently damaged.

So I did some searching and found a few people with volts like:

Asus Mobo - i7-930
CPU Voltage [1.375v]
QPI/DRAM Core Voltage [1.31875v]
DRAM Bus Voltage [1.643v]

Which would mean that he only got a gap of 0.32v which would "PERMA DAMAGE" his hardware.

I am running 1.64 DRAM Voltage, while having my QPI/DRAM Core Voltage set to minimum: 1.20v, giving me a gap of 0.44v.

I don't understand this, but I have read it various places, that the gap MUST be 0.5v or consequences will happen.

Can someone enlighten me on this?
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October 4, 2010 12:39:37 PM

Aslong as it is within .5v. You should be ok If it is under just dont go over.
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October 4, 2010 2:36:17 PM

So with my 1.64 DRAM Voltage, i can raise the QPI/DRAM Core Voltage to 1.35v right, without perma damage?
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October 4, 2010 5:24:51 PM

Right.
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October 4, 2010 8:01:47 PM

Hmm oddly I've never heard of this rule before. In fact my 1156 socket system doesn't even have this option. I guess it must be a 1366 thing. I've only got Vcore, IMC/Vtt, DRAM, PLL, PCH voltages.

Anyway, doesn't seem to make sense that you need a certain ratio or gap in the voltages... I would think that as long as you don't reach the maximum spec for a voltage you're ok.
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October 5, 2010 1:55:34 AM

wolfram23 said:
Hmm oddly I've never heard of this rule before. In fact my 1156 socket system doesn't even have this option. I guess it must be a 1366 thing. I've only got Vcore, IMC/Vtt, DRAM, PLL, PCH voltages.

Anyway, doesn't seem to make sense that you need a certain ratio or gap in the voltages... I would think that as long as you don't reach the maximum spec for a voltage you're ok.


Asus calls QPI vtt all it is is the bus between the memory controller and the memory and really from what I have heard is you can run higher than 1.65v dram if the QPI/vtt is within .5v of dram voltage it sounds wierd to me to. I have seen this in numerous threads on several different sites, but I wont try it, and I wouldnt advise anyone else to either!
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October 5, 2010 2:28:29 AM

wolfram23 said:
Hmm oddly I've never heard of this rule before. In fact my 1156 socket system doesn't even have this option. I guess it must be a 1366 thing. I've only got Vcore, IMC/Vtt, DRAM, PLL, PCH voltages.

Anyway, doesn't seem to make sense that you need a certain ratio or gap in the voltages... I would think that as long as you don't reach the maximum spec for a voltage you're ok.

Me neither. I too haven't heard about this until now, and hell I stalk OCF and XS so I should have seen it.
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October 5, 2010 3:43:10 AM

This is the guy who said it.
Intel performance guru François Piednoel.
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October 5, 2010 3:59:30 AM

Why is that.
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October 5, 2010 3:01:49 PM

I has a question!

Do any of you know that maximum allowed Voltage for QPI/DRAM Core Voltage?
Intel says 1.35, is it safe to go higher?
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October 5, 2010 3:14:31 PM

So QPI=Vtt=IMC lol

That's worth noting, I'm wondering if that's the reason at 178 base clock my available ram drops from 8gb to 2.4gb... Hmmm! Well it would be very interesting if a slight bumpt to IMC will make it work again - the RAM was fine for a week or so. Can't remember if I tried lowering voltage but as I recall I didn't touch it, however, I did have the DRAM voltage a bit higher at 1.68 I think because the RAM was slightly overclocked.
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