Re: Overclocking my new rig.
You want to first, disable the C1E and EIST function in the Advanced BIOS features. This disables the power saving features, from lowering your CPU's speed, when idling.
You should also disable any devices on the motherboard, that won't be in use. Such as the floppy drive, serial, and/or parallel ports. You can disable the floppy in the Standard CMOS Features. And you can disable the serial and parallel ports in the Integrated Peripherals menu.
Then go to the M.I.T. Set the System Memory Multiplier to 2.00. This will set the memory and the FSB to run at the same speed for a 1:1 ratio, just to make this overclocking easy and basic.
Enable the CPU Host Clock Control, to change the CPU Host frequency. This is the FSB. So you increase it by 10+. Usually increases the CPU's speed by 100MHz or so.
As for the voltages, set the DDR2 Overvoltage to manufacturer's spec. The standard voltage that the DS3R sets to, is 1.8v. And the BIOS gives options for +0.1, +0.2, +0.3, etc...So for example, if the manufacturer's spec for your RAM is 2.2v, you set the DDR2 Overvoltage to +0.4v (1.8 + 0.4 = 2.2).
Then you can just leave the other voltages alone, until you need to increase them. This is where the stability test comes in. For testing the stability on quad cores, I would recommend you stress with Prime95, or be a good techie, and fold for our folding team, using the SMP client.
A good indication of the overclock being stable, is around the 8 hour mark. So it would be best if you can stress overnight, while you sleep, or when you're at work or school during the day. Once it proves stable, increase the FSB or CPU Host frequency by 10+.
During the stress test, if the program or the computer, were to freeze or restart....this is when you should increase the voltages. Specifically the CPU voltage. Increase this by one notch, or until the CPU proves stable. Once you get past the 3GHz mark, I would suggest increasing both the MCH Chipset voltage, and the FSB voltage to +0.1v, for added stability.
You should also set the Performance to standard instead of turbo, to help with stability.
Some might say, to skip the baby stepping of increasing little by little each time. That's fine. But this is the way I overclock, or if I was guiding someone new at this.
Anymore questions, feel free to ask.
For some reason, I feel like I've told you this guide before.
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