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    Detailed study on AS5 break-in time; it only takes a few hours

    Purpose According to the manufacture of AS5, there can be up to 200 hours of break in time required for temps to stabilize. This claim has been tested the results are shared in this thread. Materials, software, and experiment A delidded i7-3770k (over-clocked to 44x100 with fixed vcore) was...
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    Comparison of AS5 vs. MX-4 on Haswell i7-4790K

    I compared Arctic Silver 5 to MX-4 between my new i7-4790K and my NH-14D. In short, I ran mprime (Linux64,Prime95,V28.5,build 2) using large FFTs with 8 threads and logged the temps throughout the run once per second using a shell script. Ambient temp which is very important to consider did...
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    MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC - Fans do not change their speed

    Just build an i7-4790K system with this board and have my NH-D14 two fans connected to the two CPU fan pins on the MB. I cannot get the smart fan feature in the BIOS to work with either of them; they only run at full throttle despite my adjusting the temp/RPM points. Has anyone with this board...
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    Exquisitely sensitive stability testing - the linux kernel!

    TL; DR Summary The linux kernel is a powerful tool to detect instabilities in your overclock settings with both greater accuracy and sensitivity than either Prime95 or IBT/LinX. More Details The linux kernel supplies users with a dead simple method for measuring hardware instabilities --...
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    3770K IHS removal and results

    PART 1 Introduction Feeling somewhat curious about the reports that inferior Thermal Interface Material (TIM) ships from the factory inside Ivy Bridge (IB) chips, I found myself taking my new 3770K out of the safety of its socket this afternoon and on to my desk where it went under the knife...
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    E6500/P45 GTL question

    I'm not looking for an extreme overclock w/ the E6500. I'm tuning 10.5x333 right now and think that I have it stable but I'm wondering about my GTL settings. Should I be adjusting these down to 0.63x on the two CPU settings and leave the NB @ 0.67x? This is what I'm seeing in some posts with the...
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    power consumption of my x3360 (kill-a-watt)

    Got bored yesterday, so I ran checked out the power consumption of my X3360 system for shits and giggles with my kill-a-watt. Powered Hardware Details: Intel X3360 (C1 stepping) @ 8.5x400=3.40 GHz 266/667 MHz Strap CPU Vcc=1.12500 NB Core=1.370 CPU VTT=1.310 DFI LT P35-TR2 (no...
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    Memory bandwidth tests... any real differences (part 2)

    About 7 months ago I posted data comparing two memory dividers (1:1 and 3:5 @ 333 MHz) on my then Q6600/P965 based system and concluded that for the 67 % increase in memory bandwidth, the marginal gains in actual performance weren't worth the extra voltage/heat. Since then I've upgraded my...
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    HOWTO: Minimizing Vcores and Operating Temps-must read

    Well, guys I wrote up this procedure I used to minimize my vcores on my new x3360/P35-based system, and I thought I'd share it with folks. It's a systematic method anyone can use to arrive at a minimized set of vcores for a given multiplier and FSB value. The examples I present in this post...
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    Anyone with an X3360...

    Anyone with an X3360, can you please run the x264 Benchmark HD and either post the results here in this thread or simply PM them to me? Thanks!
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    DanTheBanjoman's dual xeon x264 results

    Discussion continued from this thread. Basically, people are curious about DanTheBanjoman's results on the x264 benchmark HD coupled with the fact that the 2nd pass didn't load 100 % of his 8 CPU cores: ---------- RUN1PASS1.LOG encoded 1442 frames, 52.14 fps, 3901.76 kb/s ----------...
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    new HD x264 video encoding benchmark

    Techarp is hosting a new HD x264 benchmark. Have a look and run it on your system to help populate the data table. Basically, you run the test encode of an HD sample (1280x720) and it will report back frames-per-second values for your machine @ it's clock/overclock level. You can run it at...
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    Memory bandwidth tests... any real differences (PC4300 vs. PC7100)

    Memory bandwidth tests... any real differences (PC5300 vs. PC8888) Common sense tell you that higher memory bandwidth should mean faster results, right? I set out to put this thought to the test looking at just two different memory dividers on my o/c'ed Q6600 system. At a FSB of 333 MHz, the...
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    P5B-Deluxe and Ballistix PC2-8500 problem

    I just bought a pair of BL2KIT12864AA1065 and they will work in any mode except the fastest two. These work fine: 1:1 (533 MHz), 4:5 (667 MHz), and 2:3 (800 MHz). If I boot them in in 3:5 (889 MHz) or 1:2 (1,066 MHz) windows will not start. If I boot into Memtest86+ V1.70, they give TONS...
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    x264 video encoding benchmark

    I put together a self-contained x264 video encoding benchmark. Techarp kindly agreed to host the file and results at this URL. Basically, you run the test encode and it will report back frames-per-second values for your machine @ it's clock/overclock level. You can run it at your stock...
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    q6600 g0 owners - what is your min. stable vcore @ 9x333?

    Topic says it all. I'm only interested in your vcore @ 9x333 if you own a g0 Q6600 and you minimized the vcore and if it's stable to 2x orthos or prime95 v25.3 for over say 4 hours. It would also be cool to see your VID as reported in coretemp. So I guess I'd like to see two things: 1)...
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    Q6600 owners... what is your VID?

    If you own a Q6600, please reply with your VID and the stepping of your chip. The VID can be found using coretemp. If you're using vista, coretemp will not display the stepping in some cases, so you can use CPU-Z (it's listed under "revision") to get the stepping. Here is a shot of mine for...
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    Programs that actually use all 4 cores of a quad core chip... please contribute!

    Here is a short list of programs that actually use all 4 cores of a quad core chip. If you know of others, please post them to this thread, and I'll update it. THE LIST: Real-World Applications 3D Studio MAX using Mental Ray Renderer (>99 % of 4 cores) Adobe Premiere Elements v3.0.2...
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    software to change FSB on-the-fly (from within WinXP)

    I've seen people who posted screenshots of some software that allows you to change your FSB from within WinXP on-the-fly, but now that I actually want to try it, I can't find the name of the thing! Can someone post a link or give me the name of it? I have a P5B-Deluxe if that matters. Thanks!
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    can ai suite invoke user defined settings for vcore?

    Is there a way within one of the apps containing in Asus AI Suite to allow one to manually set both the FSB and vcore? I've played around with AINOS and AIBooster but can't find a manual vcore setting. For example, I'd like to specify the following two settings: 9x266 @ 1.1275V 9x333 @...
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    Lower your load temps: minimize your vcore

    Sounds pretty simple, but you'd be surprised how many people don't know about how much vcore can affect your load temps. Temp and frequency (FSB) have a linear relationship whereas temp and voltage have an exponential relationship. Conclusion: minimize voltage. Here is the Intel document...
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    util to change bios setting from within windows?

    I think the answer is "no", but here goes: is there a utility (or more than one) that allows one to alter BIOS settings from within Windows WITHOUT restarting? For example the AISuite from ASUS requires a restart as I understand it and it can't modify the vcore. I'd be most interested in...
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    HOWTO: Overclock C2Q (Quads) and C2D (Duals) - A Guide v1.1

    HOWTO: Overclock C2Q (Quads) and C2D (Duals) - A Guide v1.7 I read HeUeR's guide to overlocking as well as the guide that Kursah wrote on the same topic. Great job with both of those btw. I wrote the following which has some overlap with the previous two, but the steps are presented a little...
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    get more vcore under load: vdroop pencil mod (pics)

    This is one of the easiest mods you can do to your P5B-Deluxe (and probably any P5B although I haven't tested it on any model but the Deluxe) to help you get higher voltages under load conditions and also lower your idle vcore; it is particularly useful for people wanting to get more juice to...
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    9x333, 8x375, or 7x428 on a Q6600 - Which is faster?

    What is a better overclock? Good question. Most people believe that a higher FSB and lower multiplier are better since this maximizes the bandwidth on the FSB. Or is a low bus rate and higher multiplier better? Or is there no difference? I looked at three different settings on my Q6600...