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Intel 2500k Overclock Extremely High Voltage Readings

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February 22, 2012 12:58:10 PM

I am new to the OC scene and have done a lot of research before starting my OC on my Intel 2500k 3.3 GHz i5 CPU. I have tried several different methods (about 3-4 different OC's) over the past week or so. On each occasion my Vcore has gone through the roof when i ran Prime95 Large FFT's--above 1.5V. This is after passing IBT on maximum for at least 10 passes. To put it mildly this has me very concerned as i have not been attempting serious OC'ing on my 2500k and these voltage readings are dangerously high for my CPU. On my first 3 attempts i was trying to OC to 4.4GHz and on my most recent try i went for 4.3GHz. My first 3 attempts were using different settings from my last attempt. I will just post the results from my two most recent OC's and my BIOS settings. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated as i am at a loss.

BIOS Settings--4.3GHz OC
(Passed IBT on Maximum over 20 passes)

\MB - ( M.I.T )/
\Advanced Frequency Settings/

CPU CLOCK - 33X
BCLK - ( DISABLED ) left at default 100mhz
EXTREME MEMORY PROFILE XMP - ( PROFILE 1 )
SYSTEM MEMORY MULTI - ( AUTO )

\Advanced Cpu Core Features/

CPU CLOCK RATIO [33X]
PWN FREQUENCY CONTROL [ AUTO ]
INTERNAL CPU OVER CURRENT PROTECTION [ AUTO ]
INTERNAL CPU PLL OVERVOLT [ ENABLED ]
RATIO CHANGES IN OS [ DISABLED ]
INTEL BOOST TECH [ ENABLED ]
RATIO 1 - 4 [ 43 ]
TURBO POWER LIMIT [ 250 ]
CORE CURRENT [ 250 ]
CPU CORES ENABLED [ ALL ]
CPU ENHANCED HALT C1E [ AUTO ]
C3/C6 STATE SUPPORT [ AUTO ]
CPU THERMAL MONITOR [ ENABLED ]
EIST [ENABLED]
BI-DIRECTIONAL PROCHOT [ AUTO ]

\Advanced Memory/

EXTREME MEMORY PROFILE X.M.P [ PROFILE 1 ]
SYSTEM MEMORY MULTI SPD [ AUTO ]
PERFORMANCE ENHANCE [ STANDARD ]
DRAM TIMING SELECT SPD [ AUTO ]
CHANNEL A - B [ AUTO ]

\Advanced Voltage Settings/
MULTI-STEPS LOAD-LINE [ LEVEL 5 ]
CPU VCORE [ 1.330V ]
QPI/VTT VOLTAGE 1.050V [ 1.190v ]
SYSTEM AGENT VOLTAGE 0.920V [ AUTO ]
DYNAMIC VCORE [ AUTO ]
GRAPHICS DVID [ AUTO ]
CPU PLL VOLTAGE 1.800V [ 1.800V ]
DRAM VOLTAGE 1.500V [ 1.500v ]
DRAM VREF 0.750V [ AUTO ]
DRAM TERMINATION 0.750V [ AUTO ]
CH-A/B ATA VREF 0.750V [ AUTO ]
CH-A/B ADDRESS VREF [ AUTO ]

\Misc Settings/

ISOCHRONOUS SUPPORT [ ENABLED ]
VIRTUALIZATION TECH [ ENABLED ]

\Advanced Bios Settings/

QUICK BOOT - [ DISABLED ]

\Power Management/

HPET SUPPORT [ ENABLED ]
HPET MODE [ 64BIT ] - 64bit windows versions

Hardware Readings
(After running Prime95 Large FFT's for 3 hours)



--Notice the really high Vcore Max temps but the good CPU temps. Could this have been just a momentary spike in Vcore? Could it be incorrect readings? My drivers are all up-to-date btw for my motherboard..(Sorry that the CPU-Z shot is not while Prime95 was running. I took it after i came home and saw my voltage readings and immediately shut down the torture test. But was running with a multiplier of 43x as my settings indicate it should and voltage was running at acceptable levels--around 1.35-1.36V when i looked at CPU-Z before shutting down Prime95).


BIOS SETTINGS 4.4GHz OC
(These are the settings i had from the OC i attempted before the OC posted above [sorry about not having any screenshots]. This is after passing IBT on Very High for 10 passes and after running Prime 95 large FFT's for around 6 hours or so with no errors.)


Advanced Freq Settings
CPU Clock Ratio- 44x
BLCK/DMI/PEG Clock Control- DISABLED
BCLK/DMI/PEG Freq- 1000- [100.00MHz]
Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.)-[Profile1]
System Memory Multiplier- [16.00]
Memory Freq- 1600
Internal Graphics Clock- 1100 [Auto]
Advanced CPU Core Features
CPU Clock Ratio-44x
PWM Freq Control-Auto
CPU Over Current Protection-Auto
Internal CPU PL Overvoltage-Enabled
Real-Time Ratio Changes in OS-Enabled
Turbo Boost-Auto
Turbo Ratio(1 core)-37-Auto
Turbo Ratio(2 core)-36-Auto
Turbo Ratio(3 core)-35-Auto
Turbo Ratio(4 core)-34-Auto
Turbo Power Limit (Watts)-95-Auto
Core Current Limit (Amps)-97-Auto
CPU Cores Enabled-ALL
C1E-Disabled
C3/C6-Disabled
CPU Thermal Monitor- Disabled
EIST- Enabled
Bi-Directional PROCHOT-Auto
Advanced Memory Settings
X.M.P-[Profile1]
System Multiplier-16.00
Memory Freq-1600
Performance Enhance-Standard
DRAM Timing Selectable-Expert
Profile DDR Voltage-1.5V
Profile VTT Voltage-1.05V
Channel interleaving-Auto
Rank interleaving- Auto
Channel A Timing Settings
CAS Latency-9 [9]
tRCD-9 [9]
tRP-9 [9]
tRAS-24 [24]
tRC-33-Auto
tRRD-5-Auto
tWTR-6-Auto
tWR-12-Auto
tWTP-24-Auto
tWL-8-Auto
tRFC-128-auto
tRTP-6-auto
tFAW-24-Auto
CMD-2-Auto
IO Latency-1-Auto
Round Trip Latency-37-Auto
Channel B Timing Settings
[Same as Channel A]
Advanced Voltage Settings
Multi-Step Load-Line-Level 4
CPU Vcore-1.345V [1.330V]
Dynamic Vcore(DVID)- +0.000V [Auto]
QPI/VTT Voltage-1.050V [1.120V]
System Agent Voltage-0.920V [Auto]
Graphics Core-1.080V [Auto]
Graphics DVID- +0.000C [Auto]
CPU PLL- 1.800V [Auto]
DRAM Voltage-1.500V [Auto]
DRAM VRef-0.750V [Auto]
DRAM Termination-0.750V [Auto]
Ch-A Data VRef-0.750V [Auto]
Ch-B Data VRef-0.750V [Auto]
Miscellaneous Settings
Isochronous Support-Enabled
Virtualization Technology-Enabled

-On this OC my readings in CPUID and HWINFO were very similar. Spiking to around 1.5V with acceptable temperatures similar to those posted above.

Anyone who could offer some advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance...

System Specs:

-EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
- GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM
- CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
- Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
- COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL (9-9-9-24-2N; 1.5V)
-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible
-3 [200mm] fans (side, front, top) & 1 [120mm] rear fan; 2 [120mm] push/pull heatsink fans
-ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X OEM
-Intel i5 2500k 3.3 GHz 6MB Cache CPU
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February 25, 2012 11:14:44 AM

The only way to fully overclock the 2500K and control it's OP/SYS voltage is manually through the BIOS, from the looks of your settings you're only manually overclocking maybe 1%, you have to decide which overclocking route you'll be taking and commit to that route.

You're new to the OC scene I know you said that, but you seriously need to study up more on what you're doing, no offense but you're overclocking like a ball bouncing around in a pinball machine, you'll probably destroy something before you reach your goal.

The guide in my sig is more for advanced users but it is direct and to the point and will probably help you at least control your OP/SYS voltage, over what you're showing here.

43x at 1.330v you can run 45x with that much voltage actually it's more like 45x at 1.325v you're using way to much voltage for the 43x multiplier, it should take around 1.265v for the 43X and 1.295 for 44x plus or minus, trial and error booting.

I'm really not trying to offend you just stressing you need to learn first then do the overclocking, you do not want to approach overclocking half cocked, because voltage is a sure hardware killer. Ryan

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