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The Neo OC Project

#1
Nox, you'll be a big help on this one seeing as you have something similar to what I have (Mobo) Wink



Right now when I try to OC, it resets on me, so I have to shut it off and let the bios reset. soooo


what settings do you have in your bios nox? Big Grin

other than the mobo the video card does 700 Core, 1509 shader, and 1100 MHz stable and it's already a "super clocked" version. Big Grin time to go higher.


3dMark scores are in the following

High setting w/NO OC
[Image: High_NO-OC.jpg]

Performance setting w/OC

[Image: perfomance_with-OC.jpg]
Chrono
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU: Intel Q9650 @ 3.60GHz (9x400MHz)
Ram: 8GB OCZ Reaper PC2-1066
Video: EVGA GTX560 Ti SC 2GB @ 900/1800/2004 Heart
Sephiroth - Rog Strix Hero III G731GU
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#2
Key thing is to remember to:

1. Upgrade to the latest BIOS which was just released a couple of days ago:

http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/gigabyte...ios-28441/

The BIOS version is F8 for the GA-EP45-UD3P. Just put the BIOS file on a flash drive, go into the BIOS, and hit F8 to run Q-Flash. Easy as pie.


2. Set your DRAM (memory) voltage according to the specs for your memory. The board supplies the standard 1.8VDDR2 by default while most enthusiast memory wants 2.0 to 2.1v to run at rated speeds and timings.

3. Change memory timing control to manual and set the first 4 timings according to the specs on your memory, my DDR21066 is 5-5-5-15.

4. Whenever you change the FSB speed, also keep an eye on the memory speed and adjust the FSB strap to the value that comes closest to your memories rated speed without exceeding it.


If you got the Q9650 like I think I remember you specing, you should be good for a few hundred mhz without even having to bump any voltages.

I'll take some pictures of the BIOS a bit later today and show you my settings as well as some more pointers.

Oh and whatever you do to begin with make sure ALL of the voltage adjustment settings in the BIOS are set to 'Normal' and NOT 'Auto'. If you se them to 'Auto' the board will try to automatically increase the voltage related to your overclock, and most of the time it adds waaay more than you need. Be aware that earlier versions of the BIOS had all the voltage options set to 'Auto' out of the box.



And don't worry about making mistakes, the GA-EP45-UD3P is very forgiving just like all Gigabyte boards. If you set your clocks too high or screw something else up, the board go through a series of two power cycles wherein it will reset the BIOS CPU clock and voltage settings (temporarily, I might add) to the stock values so you can boot and fix whatever you broke. You should NEVER have to touch the clear CMOS jumper on this board.
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#3
ko derf. I thank you for the info. I';m going to update the BIOS, and set all you suggested. Yes i did go with the Q9650. but it's not on stock air, I'm using the Artic cooling Freezer Pro 7 Cooler.
Chrono
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU: Intel Q9650 @ 3.60GHz (9x400MHz)
Ram: 8GB OCZ Reaper PC2-1066
Video: EVGA GTX560 Ti SC 2GB @ 900/1800/2004 Heart
Sephiroth - Rog Strix Hero III G731GU
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#4
Haven't forgotten about you George, putting my efforts into a 'video tutorial' now. I've had a few other people that saw our Youtube review of the EP45-UD3P ask me about how to overclock with the board, so I figure this will kill two turd.... err... birds... with one stone. Smile
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#5
Nox Wrote:Haven't forgotten about you George, putting my efforts into a 'video tutorial' now. I've had a few other people that saw our Youtube review of the EP45-UD3P ask me about how to overclock with the board, so I figure this will kill two turd.... err... birds... with one stone. Smile

lol. good thing, I've tried setting the auto to normal only to be greeted with no boot.
Chrono
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU: Intel Q9650 @ 3.60GHz (9x400MHz)
Ram: 8GB OCZ Reaper PC2-1066
Video: EVGA GTX560 Ti SC 2GB @ 900/1800/2004 Heart
Sephiroth - Rog Strix Hero III G731GU
[Image: g1glk1-6.png]


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#6
GA-EP45-UD3P F8 Final BIOS - Unrar this and put the file on a flash drive, a CD, pr a floppy. A flash drive is best... even an old cheapie MP3 player or memory card reader will work.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpYmVgKu-ZY"]YouTube - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Overclocking Howto - Part One - 720P HD[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IioSE7xDDFA"]YouTube - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Overclocking Howto - Part Two - 720P HD[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkGSEkifb7o"]YouTube - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Overclocking Howto - Part Three - 720P HD[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM3GOm2ZgrI"]YouTube - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Overclocking Howto - Part Four - 720P HD[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owx-2yYC8us"]YouTube - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Overclocking Howto - Part Five - 720P HD[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3rRy3KSAoU"]YouTube - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Overclocking Howto - Part six - 720P HD[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhwqhKYEfzU"]YouTube - Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Overclocking Howto - Part Seven - 720P HD[/ame]
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#7
1,2,5 are no longer available. :confused:
Chrono
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU: Intel Q9650 @ 3.60GHz (9x400MHz)
Ram: 8GB OCZ Reaper PC2-1066
Video: EVGA GTX560 Ti SC 2GB @ 900/1800/2004 Heart
Sephiroth - Rog Strix Hero III G731GU
[Image: g1glk1-6.png]


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#8
Neocorteqz Wrote:1,2,5 are no longer available. :confused:


Yeah for some reason YouTube didn't show them in HD, fixed... although 1,2,5 are not shown in HD now. Sad

Also added a link to the F8 BIOS which I show you how to flash in video 1.
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#9
One question, where would one put a Floppy disk seeing as I don't have a floppy Drive. :p

I do have floppy disk though. Big Grin

I've already flashed the BIOS so I'm good there. I'll have to set the lappy up, so I can watch while doing it. Big Grin

Thank you very much btw. Smile
Chrono
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU: Intel Q9650 @ 3.60GHz (9x400MHz)
Ram: 8GB OCZ Reaper PC2-1066
Video: EVGA GTX560 Ti SC 2GB @ 900/1800/2004 Heart
Sephiroth - Rog Strix Hero III G731GU
[Image: g1glk1-6.png]


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#10
Stable so far at 3.6 GHz

9x400
Vcore 1.25v
CPU term 1.300v
MCH Core 1.200v
Dram Voltage 2.100v
Chrono
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU: Intel Q9650 @ 3.60GHz (9x400MHz)
Ram: 8GB OCZ Reaper PC2-1066
Video: EVGA GTX560 Ti SC 2GB @ 900/1800/2004 Heart
Sephiroth - Rog Strix Hero III G731GU
[Image: g1glk1-6.png]


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#11
Neocorteqz Wrote:Stable so far at 3.6 GHz

9x400
Vcore 1.25v
CPU term 1.300v
MCH Core 1.200v
Dram Voltage 2.100v


Shoot, looks like you got an easy 4ghz coming at ya.
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#12
9x445Mhz = 4005.0MHz or 4.00 GHz
Vcore 1.275v
CPU Term 1.300v
MCH Core 1.200v
Dram 2.120v

Stable so far.
Chrono
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU: Intel Q9650 @ 3.60GHz (9x400MHz)
Ram: 8GB OCZ Reaper PC2-1066
Video: EVGA GTX560 Ti SC 2GB @ 900/1800/2004 Heart
Sephiroth - Rog Strix Hero III G731GU
[Image: g1glk1-6.png]


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#13
I hate you. :p
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#14
I just hit that as well on mine. ^_^
[Image: cpuz4ghz.jpg]
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#15
it's ok Jason. I may try higher, But I'm comfortable with 4.05 GHz @ 450MHz FSB. I also overclocked my RAM to a astounding 540 MHz @ 5:6 (533 @ 5:6 is default) a whole 7 mhz increase. :p

Or if you look at the ram this way, I overclocked it from 1066 to 1080 which would be a whole 14 MHz. Big Grin


[Image: OC.jpg]
Chrono
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU: Intel Q9650 @ 3.60GHz (9x400MHz)
Ram: 8GB OCZ Reaper PC2-1066
Video: EVGA GTX560 Ti SC 2GB @ 900/1800/2004 Heart
Sephiroth - Rog Strix Hero III G731GU
[Image: g1glk1-6.png]


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#16
Nox Wrote:I hate you. :p
Now that i think about it, Your OC is just as sweet as this chip hitting 4 GHz.

So throw no hate, you did just fine too ya know. :p
Chrono
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU: Intel Q9650 @ 3.60GHz (9x400MHz)
Ram: 8GB OCZ Reaper PC2-1066
Video: EVGA GTX560 Ti SC 2GB @ 900/1800/2004 Heart
Sephiroth - Rog Strix Hero III G731GU
[Image: g1glk1-6.png]


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#17
I was able to hit 4.2, but wasn't stable inside windows, I hit 4.3 and windows won't boot but the machine will post.
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#18
Ok, so I've gotten 475MHz Stable untill windows that is. Big Grin

Right now I'm @ 3.6 GHz 24/7, and I do mean 24/7, I never shut it down.

And I'm thinking of using the Step up on my GTX 260 for a GTX 295, only because of the dual GPU's. Either that, or I'll take the heatsink off and clean the GPU and apply some MX2
Chrono
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
CPU: Intel Q9650 @ 3.60GHz (9x400MHz)
Ram: 8GB OCZ Reaper PC2-1066
Video: EVGA GTX560 Ti SC 2GB @ 900/1800/2004 Heart
Sephiroth - Rog Strix Hero III G731GU
[Image: g1glk1-6.png]


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