phi1316
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

Hopefully the long build time isn't a sign of bad news, but I ordered mine on April 8th and the estimated delivery is the 22nd which seems like a pretty long time compared to my last XPS.  I just hope this doesn't mean more issues have cropped up.

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PH3N0M
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

PH3N0M, I think only the 965 will allow you to change/adjust the memory ratio, the lower 920s & 940s have a 'set' memory ratio that cannot be changed.

 

The bios on the 730x and the 730 was left unlocked, allowing for any tweaking to be made by the consumer. Nothing has been "locked" in the bios for the XPS 730/730x.

 

By the way, I don't have 'XMP Support' in my BIOS.   I don't know how important is it, since I have my memory set to specs (1600 MHz).

 

What exactly did you adjust to achieve 1600mhz?

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(4) - 300GB VelociRaptors with (3) in RAID0
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mmab63
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

[quote user="mmab63"]PH3N0M, I think only the 965 will allow you to change/adjust the memory ratio, the lower 920s & 940s have a 'set' memory ratio that cannot be changed.

 

The bios on the 730x and the 730 was left unlocked, allowing for any tweaking to be made by the consumer. Nothing has been "locked" in the bios for the XPS 730/730x.

 

By the way, I don't have 'XMP Support' in my BIOS.   I don't know how important is it, since I have my memory set to specs (1600 MHz).

 

What exactly did you adjust to achieve 1600mhz?

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Basically all I did was to change the 'QPI and Uncore Voltage' from Default to +120mv.

CPU BClk is at 133MHz......Memory Ratio is at 12....Turbo Multiplier is at 28 (3.73GHz)...Memory Voltage is at 1.65V....IOH Voltage is at 1.10V...and the Dynamic CPU Vcore Offset & QPI and Uncore Voltage is at +120mv.

But I have never seen 'XMP Support' option in my BIOS and I've been in there too many times too mention in the past few months.   I have the 965 Extreme air-cooled XPS 730x with BIOS version 1.0.0.    I bought my system on December 10th (4 months ago).

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garyehr
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

[quote user="PH3N0M"]

[quote user="mmab63"]PH3N0M, I think only the 965 will allow you to change/adjust the memory ratio, the lower 920s & 940s have a 'set' memory ratio that cannot be changed.

 

The bios on the 730x and the 730 was left unlocked, allowing for any tweaking to be made by the consumer. Nothing has been "locked" in the bios for the XPS 730/730x.

 

By the way, I don't have 'XMP Support' in my BIOS.   I don't know how important is it, since I have my memory set to specs (1600 MHz).

 

What exactly did you adjust to achieve 1600mhz?

[/quote]

 

Basically all I did was to change the 'QPI and Uncore Voltage' from Default to +120mv.

CPU BClk is at 133MHz......Memory Ratio is at 12....Turbo Multiplier is at 28 (3.73GHz)...Memory Voltage is at 1.65V....IOH Voltage is at 1.10V...and the Dynamic CPU Vcore Offset & QPI and Uncore Voltage is at +120mv.

But I have never seen 'XMP Support' option in my BIOS and I've been in there too many times too mention in the past few months.   I have the 965 Extreme air-cooled XPS 730x with BIOS version 1.0.0.    I bought my system on December 10th (4 months ago).

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I,m beginning to think that that the XMP Support option not being there has something to do with us i7 965 extreme users. It would be nice to get some clarification from Chis and Dell on this matter.

 

XPS 730x H2C
i7 965 Extreme CPU overclocked to 4050 GHz
SLi, Dual nVidia GeForce GTX280 1024MB
Core clock-702MHz,shader clock-1404MHz,memory-1242MHz
6GB Multi-Channel DDR3 at 1066MHZ (3x2GB DIMM) running at 1118MHZ 7-7-7-20-C1
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PH3N0M
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

The XMP Support could be something for those who don't have the 965, I hadn't given that any thought. As for adjusting my voltages, it does nothing. Unless I increase my BClk, increasing the voltage does nothing for my memory. I can't begin to tell you guys how angry this makes me. Just the fact that Dell releases a machine that seems to still be a beta, it makes me want to cave someone's face in. emoticon.Angry.title

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(4) - 300GB VelociRaptors with (3) in RAID0
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kaloesche
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

Hi all,

My XPS 730X has been great!  This is an amazing machine, besides taking two people to lift it out of the box because of it's weight, it has taken everything I can give it.  Way to go Dell-on building it.  Like other owners have said, this thing takes off like a jet plane, and then gets so silent.  I can't wait for the BIOS revision though, it does take a bit to load up.

Last week though, I did run into the Seagate hard drive Firmware "Epic Failure", I'm still working with Dell to fix that little mess, besides that, I am totally happy with this system. 

Kendra

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kaloesche
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

 

Addressing the psychological issues of owning 'presently' a home super computer:  I think our problems are ego-eccentric; we who buy these very high-end computers are emotional and financially involved with them; consequently, many of us have jealous spouses.  When things do not work, we get emotional, screaming "I get you and your pet mouse too" raging mad.  After the intensity storm, most end up resorting to explaining their technical issues in detail, and solutions follow.  Dell needs to understand our psychology; some of us are emotionally wired into our computers; an artificial organ extending the confines of our minds.  We are more than just people, we are XPS 730x owners, and we want to be taken seriously.  We want more wires.

Mark Maloney

 

OH MY this is so true Mark,

Wow, when I've been going through my Firmware Failure, this past week, I've been screaming at nothing, and if someone has asked me how my day has been, I've been ranting about  my failed hard drive and how now I can't install my Microsoft Office suite because I've reached the license limitations, and how I email Dell everyday to ask for some sort of compensation, because they had to know this part had issues before they put it in my sweet innocent XPS 3 months ago.  People have been walking away slowly from me.

Thank you, your post gives me an excuse for my behavior, it's not my fault, it's the XPS 730X's fault.  But if I tell people this, they will probably look at me even more funnier than they are now.

Kendra

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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

Hello Everyone,

This is the first time that I have posted.  I have read with interest several different forums.  I'm not new to Dell or computers, I have had one since 1980 when you still used DOS.  This will be at least my six or seventh system from Dell, and the delay is the absolute worst that I have ever seen.  Below is the system that I have ordered, decided to treat myself!  I placed this order on the 18th of March and am still waiting.  The last message I got was that they were short five components, and now still waiting for three.  I can't get any information from my 'sales rep'.  That is a bit of a joke!  I see that some people have waited three weeks, but this is over four weeks now and it still shows "in production".  I wonder if anybody might know what is so unique about my system that it is taking so long.  By all accounts these 'sound' like they are the best to be had, so I am anxious to get going on it.  Any thoughts or suggestions.

Eagle Hill

 

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Gamer E1705
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

I submitted this post elsewhere but I wanted to be sure people saw it.  I have an XPS 730x with the H2C cooler, and it works great.  My only concern is, how well will this work if I was to replace the motherboard?  The only problem is with the chipset cooling portion of the H2C since motherboards have different chipset cooling solutions.  My question is, is there a way to safely remove the chipset cooling block from the H2C, in order to use it with an aftermarket motherboard?  I am nowhere near that point yet; I'm just looking ahead and wondering what my options are.  If it is strongly recommended not to do that, would there be a way to obtain the lower front fan shroud that comes with the air-cooled system?  If I absolutely could not use the H2C with an aftermarket motherboard, I'd have to go with air cooling (not a bad thing, but I'd miss my H2C) and a CPU cooler is not hard to find, but I would want to have the shroud to cover the lower front fan since the H2C would be removed; also I have the X-panel window and it wouldn't look right without the shroud.  Thanks

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Gamer E1705
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

I forgot to mention my system specs:

XPS 730x with H2C cooler

Intel Core i7 940 2.93GHz, Intel X58 chipset

6 GB RAM DDR3 1066

Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT SLI

Seagate 750GB HDD

SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium

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