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October 21, 2010 2:00:49 AM

So I'm starting my first intel build this weekend so I had a few questions. First my specs are
Intel core I7 950
Asus rampage III formula
Corsair XMS3 1333 6gb triple channel
Sapphire 5970 2gb using eyefinity3
Samsung 23" x3 monitors @ 5760x1080 res
WD caviar black 1tb
Corsair hx850 watt
Antec 1200 case
Possilbly picking up a cm v6gt HSF

I will NOT be overclocking for awhile at least till the new wears off lol

Ok question 1: what is the stock voltage I set in the bios for the i7 950
I know theirs an auto voltage feature but with my amd 955,cmy old mobo would set it way too high for stock speeds so I dont trust it. Old mb was a asus m3a78-t in case your wondering

Question 2: since I'm using 1333 ram and my mobo runs native 1066/1333 will I have to manually set my voltage and timings for them. I bought this ram specifically because it runs at 1.50v instead of 1.65v.

Question 3: are there any settings that are similar to AMD cool n' quiet that would throttle the i7 that I should turn off?

This rig is purly for gaming If that makes any difference with Q.3. Thank you very much for any info on this.



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October 21, 2010 2:26:17 AM

1 According to Intel 0.800V-1.375V
2 Not necessarily but you can check and correct
3 Intel Speed Step is the counterpart to Cool and quiet.
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October 21, 2010 2:34:05 AM

So if i set it to 1.375v will it always run there or will it adjust accordingly. Like I said I had my 955 set to auto and didn't think anything else about it then I noticed my temps were getting high during gaming so I check my bios and it had my vcore at 1.435 for stock speeds. I manually set it to 1.375 and it lowered my temps about 10c. This is why I want to be sure before I put mu i7 in. Thanks for the fast reply btw
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October 21, 2010 2:38:23 AM

If you manually set it, it will stay at that setting. My guess is that .8 is when downclocked (speed step) and 1.375 is under load.
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October 21, 2010 3:13:13 AM

No don't tweak anything yet just run it and enjoy. You have same mobo with my brother and he is very satisfied with the set up it is a hell of a build.
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October 21, 2010 3:33:09 AM

I wouldn't worry about manually setting the voltage unless it reads extremely high in CPU-Z. I also wouldn't disable speedstep, personally.
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October 21, 2010 3:37:28 AM

Why not speed step just out of curiosity
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October 21, 2010 4:09:02 AM

Because it saves power and reduces the heat output and voltage of your CPU without appreciably affecting performance.
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October 21, 2010 4:47:45 AM

If your not going to be overclocking it set the cpu voltage to normal. set your mem profile to xmp profile 1 or just leave it alone, it won't matter. leave turbo, eist, and other cpu functions enabled. With the cpu set at normal voltage you wil see a use of .9 to 1.22 volts. depending on processor core state. Right now with my I7-920 clocked @ 3.8 ghz, and my coltage set at 1.275, I'm seeing it at 1.22 volts at the max. Your voltages will vary. Whatever you do, don't set voltages tlo automatic.
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October 21, 2010 4:52:33 AM

Best answer selected by dreadloxx.
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October 21, 2010 6:09:16 AM

ok i just read the manual online and as far as i can tell, the cpu voltage is set to either Auto, or manual i dont see a normal option... any thoughts?
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October 21, 2010 3:05:48 PM

set it to manual and go 1.275, it will at the most use 1.22v
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