Dude you were riding by the seat of your pants. I'm not surprised I mean I would never take a pencil to my motherboard. I don't have the balls. Not only that 680i, if that was your chipset, has a horrible reputation for overclocking. If it means anything those same parts are probably wicked cheap right now...Ya know I just re-read my post and i hope it did not get misconstrued in any way. I truly meant to thank you graysky. I was not blaming you for the mobo failure it was just a failure.
That statement I made about not exceeding the specific rating can be taken with a grain of salt. If you're running stable @ 960 MHz, and you don't care if the modules can *potentially* fail sooner as a result, don't worry about it. I wrote the guide that way to help minimize problems for newbies overclocking for the 1st or 2nd time. Once you're comfortable with the system, and want to push harder, I say go for it. Memory prices are so cheap these days that you can replace your DIMMs if you really have to pretty inexpensively. Plus, most good ones carry a lifetime replacement anyway.Now my memory is:
Corsair XMS2 CM2X2048-6400C5DHX DDR2-800 (400 MHz)
Now you mentioned in the guide for DRAM Frequency - "dont exceed the amount for which your specific RAM is rated." From the specs of my RAM, I believe its rated at 800 Mhz for top speed. So if my DRAM frequency is 960, I am then overriding this rating. Correct? How bad is this? Should I use a different ratio, any suggestions?
My machine has been running rock solid and Orthos tests and transcoding of DVDs - all memory instensive work perfect. Never a blue screen.
Is running at 960 not overclocking the memory? I thought you can overclock memory if its a good brand. Is my understanding of overclocking of memory incorrect?
If my ram is rated at 1066 @ 333mhz FSB and it goes up to 1280 @ 400mhz FSB then all that does is tell me I havea 5:8 ratio correct? How does this correlate to the whole OC process? Also should I just leave the memory at 1280 or put it back down to 1066?Most good boards will offer several fsb:dram dividers. Some common ones are listed below. Assuming that youre using a 333 MHz FSB the ratios are:Now, if youre running @ a 400 MHz FSB, the ratios become:Code:
FSB : DRAM 1:1 = 333 MHz : 667 MHz 4:5 = 333 MHz : 833 MHz 2:3 = 333 MHz : 1,000 MHz 5:8 = 333 MHz : 1,066 MHz 3:5 = 333 MHz : 1,111 MHz 1:2 = 333 MHz : 1,333 MHzYou can calculate these yourself with this formula:Code:
FSB : DRAM 1:1 = 400 MHz : 800 MHz 4:5 = 400 MHz : 1,000 MHz 2:3 = 400 MHz : 1,200 MHz 5:8 = 400 MHz : 1,280 MHz 3:5 = 400 MHz : 1,333 MHz 1:2 = 400 MHz : 1,600 MHzExample, 2/3 divider @ 400 MHz FSB: (2 x 400 MHz)/(2/3) = 1,200 MHzCode:
DRAM Final Clockrate = (2 x FSB)/Divider
What board are you on? You should be fine as I don't even need to touch any voltages to do 9x333 on my Q6600, on a Gigabyte P35-DS3L, Abit IP35 Pro and Gigabyte EP-45 UD3RAny idea what the max FSB you should use without attaching a small fan to the NB? I don't have one at the moment, I was probably just going to do a mild 9x333 overclock for my Q6600. Is it dangerous to go higher than that (or is 9x333 dangerous even) without a NB fan like in the article? I haven't overclocked in a while and im sure im just being overly worrisome. Thanks