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Windows 7: AMD X6 1090T More Overclocking Adventures! BSOD's

28 Mar 2012   #31
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

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28 Mar 2012   #32

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1

Good Maxxmem score Nomad8459. Very nice. It's similar to the score I got with my 1090T
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28 Mar 2012   #33

Windows 7 64 bit

It was going too well, just tried playing a game F1 2011 and my GTX 470 crashed.

It was at stock settings too, could this be the HT link, thing is I tried lowering the HT link down to 2016Mhz and Intel Burn Test failed even only running "high" settings, It passed fine at higher settings when the HT link was up at 2520Mhz! Could I need more HT voltage to sort this issue out.

I am worried that my GTX 470 is dying!

Just clean installed the latest NVIDIA drivers which state that they perform better with F1 2011 in the release notes, after that the game crashed without even getting into the game, with the older drivers it was playing for about ten minutes or so.

Its weird!

Thanks Tweek, I am really happy with the RAM, the blue dancing LED's are so cute!!

Its solid RAM I believe.

Wish I knew why F1 was crashing though!
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28 Mar 2012   #34
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

I think the HT Link should be close to 2000 MHz and the NB Freq can be a lot higher. You might try bumping your NB and CPU NB volts .1V at a time. If you have HT volts try 1.4V.
Also try tRFC at 110ns.
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28 Mar 2012   #35

Windows 7 64 bit

I am doing so much reading about all this stuff, but with every board its different, there is a theory that X6 like there HT high has provided by DOLK, but he also states that in some cases this doesn't work at all, everyone seems to be able to push the cpu/nb up to 3000 and keep their HT low, but on my old board, cpu/nb wasn't stable at all above 2640Mhz.

My TRFC is currently at 160, you think it should be lower??

My HT voltage, goes red above 1.3V in the BIOS, have tried it at 1.2V, stock is 1.1V, it seems more unstable tbh.

Have put my RAM down to 1600Mhz, am trying 240 HT link, 4.08Ghz, 2640Mhz cpu/nb with Ht at 2160Mhz

I think the issue is my CPU/NB voltage and the fact that I can't get the setting to stick in BIOS, even though AIDA is reporting it being at 1.35V in its BIOS screen when it is set to AUTO, on the overclock screen, the VID remains at 1.15.

Something is definitely buggy with that Voltage.

On my old board 2640MHz CPU/NB was stable at only 1.1875V and higher voltages caused instability, I think either the voltage is not changing and is staying at 1.15V or its going too high at 1.35V

Just tried stock HT and NB at 4ghz cores and it failed Intel almost immediately.

I know I am not gonna get much more than 4GHz from this chip from previous experience with it, but I would like to push my CPU/NB up and I would like to play my games!

Why is all so complicated, big sigh!

Also, people seem to suggest that games are not a good enough stress test, well my PC has passed Prime, its passed Intel and its passed Hyper PI, in the past all to crash in a game.

This time its passing Intel fine but crashing my GTX 470!
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28 Mar 2012   #36

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE


Since you use the same processor as I do, I would like to ask your opinion on something...I bought a new motherboard (ASRock 890FX Deluxe 4) at the same time I bought the processor last June. I had never attempted to overclock any computer previously, but since I also do a lot of encoding, I gave it a shot. I never got to the point of having to deal with BSODs, overheating, etc. because all attempts to control RAM and processor speeds failed. I gave up trying, because the speed that I was able to encode at was still far superior to what I had used before. But I have always figured that the problem was due to the motherboard, rather than the processor. I'm not ready to replace it, but I'm wondering if you would concur, or if it is possible that the processor is the culprit? I never experienced any unusual temperature behavior of any kind, I just had no control.
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28 Mar 2012   #37

Windows 7 64 bit

I am not really an expert, keen amateur.

Some would say that ASrock boards are the cheaper version of ASUS boards and therefore perform less well, I have heard good things about their reliability, they won't be the strongest overclockers but should do well.

The 890FX chip-set is the flagship chip-set for the X6 Phenoms and so should handle overclocking very well indeed.

How were you trying to overclock your processor?

Its best to use the BIOS, if its a BE processor then you can simply increase the multiplier or CPU ratio. If you like the cool and quiet feature that keeps your power and temps down when the CPU isn't doing much, then any Multiplier below 18.5 is going to allow yoiu to keep the cool and quiet enable, C1E in BIOS, I would disable, as well as secure virtual machine mode if you are not running Virtual PC.

18.5 x the stock frequency (200mhz FSB or HT) would give you a CPU running at 3.7Ghz, this would probably need you to manually adjust the CPU voltage just slightly in the BIOS, probably around 1.4 to 1.4375V would allow you to use this overclock nicely.

If you change the FSB or HT(same thing, sometimes called different things) say upto 210, then x 18.5 would give you nearly 3.9Ghz, for this your voltage may need to be up around 1.45 to 1.5 set in the BIOS, this would overclock your RAM, NB, and HT link slightly, but not enough to worry too much about voltages I wouldn't have thought.

It depends how far you want to go, personally, I want every inch of performance 24/7 so I try to find the limits of all of these things, the RAM, the CPU, the NB and the HT link, but most people are happy with a small overclock on there processor.

Simply changing your CPU ratio without changing any volts to 18X will give you 3.6Ghz on all cores.

When overclocking up to higher levels (above 3.8Ghz) make sure you also disable the Turbo Boost feature!

Hope this helps a bit, cheers
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28 Mar 2012   #38

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Thanks for the input, but I can't give clear answers to your questions, because it has been ~ 9 months since I messed with this, and my memory isn't all that good. I realize that it isn't possible to give a precise answer under the circumstances, but was hoping that you knew something more about the motherboard that I have. I don't know when, but I intend to replace it with something from Asus, when I can afford to do so. At that time, I will try anew and see what happens.
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28 Mar 2012   #39

Windows 7 64 bit

Your motherboard should be fine, it is made by ASUS, just not as high quality wise, you should still be able to overclock your processor very easily on that board by going into the BIOS.
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28 Mar 2012   #40

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Actually, it is not made by Asus, but by a sister company. From what I have read, they do not necessarily share tech with each other, so essentially they are separate entities.
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