I just bought a new cooler for my E7500. I quickly got it to about 3,5 GHz stable, but if I try to clock it higher my system crashes, even at Intels stated max voltage. I really want to clock it higher as it is very cool at this setting (under 50C load). I am new to overclocking, am I missing something? How is it possible that some people have theirs at 4GHz stable?
How is it possible that some people have theirs at 4GHz stable?
All chips are slightly different - even two from the same area of the wafer. A chip with a lower VID will tend to overclock better than a chip with a high VID. Some motherboards are better overclockers than others. Some cases and coolers are better than others. And some people have more experience wringing performance out of their systems. And some of us have just been doing this longer.
Unlike any of the Core2 quads, a C2D chip is likely to reach the voltage limits before it reaches the thermal limits. So it is not surprising that at a relatively high core voltage setting, your core temps are so low.
Next stop should be a guide for your particular motherboard. Google is your friend.
Go through the guides. Then take your core voltage off Auto and set your memory voltage to factory recommended values. Change the System Memory Multiplier (or whatever your BIOS calls it) from AUTO to 2.00, 2.00B, or 2.00D - whichever you need to set the Memory Frequency to twice the FSB. Then when you increase the FSB, the memory clock will rise in in proportion with it. At an FSB of 266 MHz, your memory clock should be at 533 MHz.
The wrong memory settings will break your overclock. At 3.5 GHz, you are running at about 320 MHz FSB freq. Assuming that your memory settings are on Auto and you have DDR2-800 RAM, your RAM is running at (320 MHz/266 MHz)/800 MHz or DDR2/960 speeds. There's a very good chance that this is causing your overlock to fail.
Download CPU-Z to check your FSB:RAM ratio. It should be a 1:1 ratio. Running the RAM faster than the FSB freq improves performance little if any.
The problem is that I am unsure of my memory specs. I have OCZ "fatal1ty" ram..
I thought it was 1066MHz, but when I started the overclocking I found it it had been running at 800MHz all this time.. I didn't have it on auto, and I have kept the memory under 1GHz under all the testing. (Not a 1:1 ratio)
Most DDR2-1066 RAM is just DDR2-800 RAM that has been tested to run at 1066 speeds - usually at a higher voltage and looser timings. The motherboard and BIOS reads the contents of the little SPD chip on the memory module and uses that to automatically set the operating parameters for the RAM.
Unlike you and me, they do not read the advertising on the box.