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Windows 7: Overclock Successful? i7-2600-k

01 Aug 2012   #1
exitPr0gram

Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1
 
 

Hi....

I just upgraded my case and added liquid cooling due to my airconditioning going out and causing my PC to overheat... I think it made my thermal paste into crap...

I've attached some photos of my Windows Experience Index before and after using the Easy Tune utility to OC.. The picture i took before i OC'd was with turbo boost off, though. Was suppose to be 7.7 not 7.6 .. After enabling TB in the BIOS and overclocking it jumped up to 7.8 ... Used easy tune to put Turbo Boost @ 4.3Ghz (According to what right clicking on My computer tells me.)

I've used an overclocking tool for the Turbo Boost feature on the i7 called Easy Tune. I downloaded it from the manufacturer of my Z68X-UD3H-B3. Check it out here. I am new to overclocking but the program seemed user friendly enough to use, and it was only effecting turbo boost feature. Plus i knew how to reset to defaults in BIOS so now biggie.

Based upon what you guy's see in these attachments, are my RAM readings OK? Anything you see i should watch for or i can improve on? Any other info i can give to help determine these things?

I've used Aida64 to monitor my temperature and perform a stability test. Highest temperature for the cores was 60 Celsius and that was only for a moment while OC'd. Highest for the overall CPU Temp was 46 Celsius. Correct me if i'm wrong but these temperatures are awesome, isn't it? I only did a 5 minute stress test with Aida though...

BTW as long as its not too complex and i feel confident i would like to lower Turbo Boost and increase the regular speed of 3.4 up to like 4ghz, if possible.

Thanks again guys. I love SevenForums.

Also ... When installing my RAM i skipped 1 slot ... idk why but i swear i remember hearing that doing this is a good idea. Right or wrong ??




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01 Aug 2012   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You have DDR3 Ram installed in a dual channel mother board. That's okay.
If your motherboard came with a manual and it should of. Install the ram exactly as the manual indicates. If you don't have the manual ask Fry's for it. If that doesn't work, download it or contact Gigabyte. You need the manual. Your computer should of come with all the manuals.
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01 Aug 2012   #3
exitPr0gram

Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
You have DDR3 Ram installed in a dual channel mother board. That's okay.
If your motherboard came with a manual and it should of. Install the ram exactly as the manual indicates. If you don't have the manual ask Fry's for it. If that doesn't work, download it or contact Gigabyte. You need the manual. Your computer should of come with all the manuals.
OK i'll refer to the manual ... i didn't know it changed from machine to machine. I think i ended up doing it based off what i heard one day cause i was having problems and have been doign it since....

Thanks again.... But what do you think about the information on the OCing i put up ? Everything look stable and safe? From what i've read, making sure the temperature's are low is basically the main concern ... But i also know that some times things have to be done to the RAM. Or at least that certain brands/types are preferred.
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01 Aug 2012   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Many people have opinions on many brands of ram. When I pick a brand of anything in my computer the first thing is reliability to my way of thinking. The fastest computer today that doesn't work tomorrow doesn't mean much. To make sure a overclock is working properly I run Prime 95 using Torture 100% and watch the temperatures closely. No two computers overclock the same even if they have the same parts. That why one persons setting might not work on another computer. It is trial and test and see if its right for your rig.
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01 Aug 2012   #5
exitPr0gram

Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Many people have opinions on many brands of ram. When I pick a brand of anything in my computer the first thing is reliability to my way of thinking. The fastest computer today that doesn't work tomorrow doesn't mean much. To make sure a overclock is working properly I run Prime 95 using Torture 100% and watch the temperatures closely. No two computers overclock the same even if they have the same parts. That why one persons setting might not work on another computer. It is trial and test and see if its right for your rig.
Yea i heard it comes from the fact that no 1 processor is exactly the same coming off the assembly line, so each one overclocks differently.

Oh well. My turbo boost is overclocked and stable so i'm happy.

I'm still open to suggestions or any type of input, though.
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02 Aug 2012   #6
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by exitPr0gram View Post

Based upon what you guy's see in these attachments, are my RAM readings OK? Anything you see i should watch for or i can improve on? Any other info i can give to help determine these things?
None of those screen shots show what the actual ram timings are. Download CPU-Z and post a pic of the memory tab.

ie:

Overclock Successful? i7-2600-k-mem.jpg


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Correct me if i'm wrong but these temperatures are awesome, isn't it? I only did a 5 minute stress test with Aida though...
Temps are fine - but 5 mins is woefully inadequate for a stress test.


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BTW as long as its not too complex and i feel confident i would like to lower Turbo Boost and increase the regular speed of 3.4 up to like 4ghz, if possible.
Better off ditching the OC app and doing it through the BIOS. It may appear daunting at first, but it's actually quite easy when you know what each setting does and what affects what.

For 4ghz, you could almost hit that on stock volts. All you'd really have to change would be to disable Turbo and adjust the multiplier to 40 for example.



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Also ... When installing my RAM i skipped 1 slot ... idk why but i swear i remember hearing that doing this is a good idea. Right or wrong ??
Right. With two modules, and four slots, they have to be placed a slot apart S1/S3 S2/S4 to maintain dual channel mode. Placing two modules next to each other ie S1/S2 puts it into single channel mode which hampers performance.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by exitPr0gram View Post

Yea i heard it comes from the fact that no 1 processor is exactly the same coming off the assembly line, so each one overclocks differently.
Same applies to GPU's.

You can get good 'batches' where that particular run will perform better than others (ie Overclocks higher with less volts vs needing more volts to hit the same target, or even being unable to hit the same target.) But even within those batches each component is individual in it's capabilities.


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02 Aug 2012   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You have 4 ram slots in two colors. Two stick install in matching colors. If you ever add ram you will need 2 more sticks. If you just install one more stick you will devert to single channel.
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02 Aug 2012   #8
exitPr0gram

Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
You have 4 ram slots in two colors. Two stick install in matching colors. If you ever add ram you will need 2 more sticks. If you just install one more stick you will devert to single channel.
So overall it sounds like my machine is pretty well put together. Good to know.

I will refer back to the OCing thing when i have time.

Talk to you guys soon mwhahhaha lol
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05 Aug 2012   #9
exitPr0gram

Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1 Build 7601 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by exitPr0gram View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
You have 4 ram slots in two colors. Two stick install in matching colors. If you ever add ram you will need 2 more sticks. If you just install one more stick you will devert to single channel.
So overall it sounds like my machine is pretty well put together. Good to know.

I will refer back to the OCing thing when i have time.

Talk to you guys soon mwhahhaha lol
Well .... i overclocked with the Easy Tune utility to the max which put turbo boost around 4ghz...

I had issues due to partitions and swap files and system partitions and all this crap and ended up getting that message again. Not sure if all that is related because my CPU temperature hardly ever got above 40 Celsius.

I do know that not all processors are created exactly the same so some processors can be OC'd a bunch, and others just a tad. I will run again at turbo boost being at 4ghz after fixing these issues i have. If it does it again, i'll reduce little by little to see if i'm going over what my processor can handle.

BTW i use that program cause it doesn't make me figure out all the hz and bus speeds and all that. Simple GUI. Click to overclock, Reboot. lol.

Oh ... And is there anything else that i have to watch out for other than temperature ?? And what program would i use to check it, if so?
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06 Aug 2012   #10
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Very good looking numbers dude
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