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Overclocking help on i7-930/950/960

I was not given any instructions on how to overclock the 930, 950, or 960 or if it is even possible. If you have done this, please post the steps you used and the results.



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Re: Overclocking help on i7-930/950/960

It looks like the 930 is now the default processor in the Area 51 machine; so maybe in the works for the next BIOS update is the Level configuration overclock for the new 930 & 980X processors.  I see the 920 Level 1 Overclock did not come in until BIOS A04 or maybe I am just interpreting the "Fixes and Enhancements" section wrong.  From what I read on the internet the 920 and 930 are very similar processors and the 930 actually seems to be easier to overclock.

Model: Alienware Aurora (AO8)
Command Center: 2.5.51.0
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 3.36GHz
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Hard Drive: 2x1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - SATA, 3Gb/s Raid 0
Memory: 6GB Triple-Channel 1333MHz DDR3
Graphic: ATI 2GB GDDR5 Radeon HD 5970
Sound: Integrated 7.1
Mouse: Alienware TactX
Keyboard: Alienware TactX
Optical Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW)

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Re: Overclocking help on i7-930/950/960

Chris, I see the Aurora now comes with the 930 as a Overclock option taking it to 3.36Ghz.  Can we expect a level configuration overclock in a new BIOS soon or any information?  Thanks!

Model: Alienware Aurora (AO8)
Command Center: 2.5.51.0
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 3.36GHz
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Hard Drive: 2x1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - SATA, 3Gb/s Raid 0
Memory: 6GB Triple-Channel 1333MHz DDR3
Graphic: ATI 2GB GDDR5 Radeon HD 5970
Sound: Integrated 7.1
Mouse: Alienware TactX
Keyboard: Alienware TactX
Optical Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW)

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Re: Overclocking help on i7-930/950/960

I would hope so but have not heard anything.



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Re: Overclocking help on i7-930/950/960

My Aurora (plain vanilla) comes with a 960, the high speed with rock solid stability is 3960mhz (165x24).

Bios settings are as follows:

speedstep: enabled
c state: enabled
turbo mode: disabled
speed spectrum: disabled
XMP support: disabled
QPI frequency: 4.8GT
memory ratio: 12
CPU Bclk: 165
CPU vcore voltage offset: +300
RAM voltage: 1.65
IOH voltage: 1.30
QPI ad uncore voltage: +320

One thing of note is that even though Alienware supplies, officially, either 1067mhz and 1333mhz RAM, I find the mobo is perfectly capable of running much faster RAM. I replaced the factory-installed 3GB 1067 RAM with 6GB of Kingston HyperX 2000mhz-rated RAM to amazing result. My RAM is currently set at 1980mhz with 1T.

 

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Re: Overclocking help on i7-930/950/960

With your cpu vcore offset at +300, what is the vcore actually at under load?

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Re: Overclocking help on i7-930/950/960

+300 is the max volt. When speedstep underclocks the cpu under light load, vcore voltage is way less than the max.

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Re: Overclocking help on i7-930/950/960

I have the i7-960 on an Area-51 system and by using the settings you provided, it seems to be hanging my system before loading into the operating system (Windows 7). I followed all your settings apart from XMP Support: disabled. I couldnt find this under my A03 bios.. Can you tell me where exactly you find this setting?

Do you think this would be the setting that is hanging my system.

I wish I could O/C my cpu successfully.. Anything quicker than the stock 3.2GHZ I would be happy with.

Thanks

 

My Aurora (plain vanilla) comes with a 960, the high speed with rock solid stability is 3960mhz (165x24).

 

Bios settings are as follows:

 

speedstep: enabled
c state: enabled
turbo mode: disabled
speed spectrum: disabled
XMP support: disabled
QPI frequency: 4.8GT
memory ratio: 12
CPU Bclk: 165
CPU vcore voltage offset: +300
RAM voltage: 1.65
IOH voltage: 1.30
QPI ad uncore voltage: +320

 

One thing of note is that even though Alienware supplies, officially, either 1067mhz and 1333mhz RAM, I find the mobo is perfectly capable of running much faster RAM. I replaced the factory-installed 3GB 1067 RAM with 6GB of Kingston HyperX 2000mhz-rated RAM to amazing result. My RAM is currently set at 1980mhz with 1T.

 

 

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Re: Overclocking help on i7-930/950/960

You won't have xmp support if you don't have memory that does not have an xmp profile. Try setting the memory ratio to 6 for starters and see what that does.

 

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Re: Overclocking help on i7-930/950/960

It's perfectly normal to have different OC results from similar, even identical systems. When you're experimenting with OC, you need to find the max oc limit for your CPU and RAM individually. That is to say, when you are playing with the CPU, leave RAM settings as close to the default as possible, and vice versa. This way you don't ahve to contend with instability from 2 potential sources.

I'm quite certain 960 should have no problem reaching 160x25=3840.

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