Ime kinda new to posting in forums so apologies for any nettiquete/grammar misshaps!
i have been using toms hardware for a while now as i use it for reviews before buying new pc parts and it often comes up high on searches when ime trying to get game crash/bug workarounds/fixes etc but for this issue i need to interact really.
About 3 years ago i got a q9450(and stuck an asus "triton 79 amazing" on it), gtx280, 4 gb of ocz platinum ram (highest speed mobo would support cant remember possibly 10666) , a gigabyte EP45T-UD3P, and a raptor for the boot drive. recently the 280 died so i replaced it with a gtx 570. i like to play at 1080 with all the settings on maximum and i feel the cpu is bottlenecking the system. games ime into are black ops,crysis,total war, dawn of war 2 etc (mostly graphically intensive) and in massive battles on empire or napoleon i notice a slight judder which ime assuming is the cpu, also on civilization five later on when a lot of the map is revealed it kinda stutters panning around. metro 2033 and black ops are very smooth though.
edit: ooh forgot to mention ime running win 7 64
i noticed in the bios the mb intelligent tweaker and there are a couple of options to just set it to "turbo" or "ferrari" and *** like that. can i just set these higher and voila or do i actually need to learn what im doing? if anyone could give me some easy instructions on how to get just some small gains ( ideally 3.2 but would be happy with 3.0) i would be most appreciative . im aware that it depends on the cpu you get and its the luck of the draw but temperature shouldnt be a problem as i put an aftermarket heatsink on it? ive also noticed the fan never seems to come on on the heatsink but when i touch it its quite cool so maybe its not coming on as its never under stress? (even when playing latest games in 1080 with full everything max anti aliasing etc)
Fist download CPUID Hardware monitor. Run it in the background and it will keep track of current,minimum ,and maximum temperatures.
Run your games an hour or more to let the computer tenp reach its maximum temperature. Takes a little while for the whole inside of case to heat up.
When done report the maximum temperature of the cpu and video card.
The CPU fan not running makes me think it might be throttleing from overheating.
Then we can discuss overclocking. Overclocking will produce more heat faster. So throttleing wouldd occur faster and more often.
Your cpu temp max 78.. For me too high. Maximum recommendation 71c but If you want more cool get new cooler like tunig tower or hyper 212.
Youi must fix your air flow add fan for exhaust min 80mm. If want stock cooler clean fan replace new thermal paste .
bottleneck can make instabillity system, sure,.. your psu enough suport power gtx 570.?
my psu is a tagan 1100 w so it should be plenty. maybe the cpu temp being high is something to do withthe fan not coming on? (so effectively its just a heatsink) as the cooler should be decent as i paid a lot of money for it, lol its the asus "triton 79 amazing" heres a link to a review. http://www.xsreviews.co.uk/reviews/cpu-coolers/asus-tri... .
I think ill have a go at fixing my heatsink (even tho i dont really know what ime doing so will prob fail) and if that doesnt work the best cpu cooler according to the website you linked that i can get at the shop i go to is the
they dont sell the as5 thermal paste but they sell the as ceramique for £4 a tube which should do the job shouldnt it? i think i used artic cooling mx 2 performance thermal paste when i origionally installed it 3 years ago, hope its still liquid and not gone all hard and crusty !
i found these instructions in an old thread from a couple of years ago
"-in the BIOS go to Advanced BIOS features, disable CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) & CPU EIST Function
-then go to MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
-enable the CPU Host Control
-set the CPU Host Frequency to 400
-set the System Memory Mutiplier(SPD) to 2.00
-Save, boot computer, run Prime95 Small FFTs Test to check for stability "
thats the thread, i dont know weather to try it tho as i have a different mobo and ram so maybe the multiplier will be different.. dont wanna mess anything up.
edit: (update) i followed the above instructions and tested with prime95 for about an hour and it seems stable gonna leave it on all night and see the results in the morning too but i think i have th 3.2 i wanted the only thing is that my temps have risen to idle 52-55 ish and under load 65-68 ish and i dont remember touching the voltage? but i think thats still safe anyway.
another issue is its constantly at 3.2 even when idle, it used to go into power saving mode and only run at 2.0 when i wasnt doing anything demanding which i quite liked. also my cas latency timings are now 6 6 6 12 which is nice but is it normal? :s