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Overclocking First Time Overclocker in Need of Help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by CanadaPhil, 26 Dec 2008.

  1. CanadaPhil

    CanadaPhil New Member

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    Merry Christmas everybody!

    Lets cut right to the chase, I've never overclocked anything in my life. I have no idea where to start.

    I do however have a P5Q Deluxe with ASUS' nice little AI Suite program installed. The overclocking feature in there looks functional and with a few minor adjustments I was able to affect a small increase in my processor.

    I didn't want to mokey with the settings too dramatically because I really don't know what each will do. I did notice that my 3 GHz E8400 is only running at 2GHz :miffed: The software also tells me that the chip can be boosted to 3.8 GHZ :thumb: THAT's more like it!

    I have the ability to adjust the CPU frequency (currently at 333Hz) and the multiplier (currently at 9.0) and the memory DRAM voltage and frequency (both currently set to Auto)

    Seems like lots of stuff to fiddle with....

    So, the underlying questions are:

    What do the settings do?
    How should I adjust them to overclock the new build?

    Thanks for your input.
    Phil
     
  2. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    oh man :) you need to read tons tons tons tons tons about your motherboard and cpu and maybe rams too.

    check XS they got tons of threads for each mobo in this world ;)

    OC By bios is totally different from AI, But because you are new use AI and play with it. You restart your computer every thing is just like how it was.

    man you need to use search and read ;)
     
  3. JaredC01

    JaredC01 Hardware Nut

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    Okay, I'll agree with CK, and I'll add some to it...

    If you're showing 333MHz FSB, and a 9x multiplier, then you're running at the stock speed of 3 GHz. 333 x 9 = 2997 MHz = 3GHz. I have the same chip as you, and with the stock intel cooler, I'm running at 3.6GHz without any issues (temperature or otherwise). The chip itself can TYPICALLY reach around 4.4GHz, with VERY GOOD cooling. Every chip will vary, and every overclock will vary depending on the rest of your components as well. As a general rule of thumb, if you stay below 65*C full load, you should be okay temp wise.

    As for the rest, look around for guides! There's a pretty good one in this forum actually...

    http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=149050
     
  4. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    The Intel boards have a feature called EIST that automatically lowers the CPU speed when it's not busy to reduce heat produced and power cost; method is to reduce the CPU multiplier from x9 to x6, hence 333 x 6 = 2GHz

    Great feature, but may help to disable it while setting up an overclock. :duh:

    Next Tip - automatic overclocking software usually sets voltages too high. Learn the manual way, graysky's guide here (above link) is good. :thumb:
     

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