Odd but never trust software, some bug, its probally trying to figure out the frequency based on the default mulitplier of 9x and is a little nuts. Some of the power saving stuff like EIST and TM2 can confuse software as well. Try cpu-z that is what I trust for reading frequencies. Do not be susprised if you see your mulitplier drop and frequiences too, its the power saving stuff and will not hurt a thing, when you fire up a game etc. it will switch back to the full speed you set in the bios.OK something is not right!
I set it to 8x385 upped the MCH to +.1 like you said and it wouldn't boot. ok no prob
I put it to 8x375 wroked fine booted up. Now this is where it gets weird I ran orthos along with coretemp and it read it as:
421.88x8.0 ran Orthos for 5 mins and got 21C There is no way it can be running at 3375Mhz lol so what do you think happened?
CoreTemp, Orthos, and My computer all say 3375Mhz. So...Help!
Edit: I also rebooted checked the bios it's at 375x8 and it still reads it as 421.88x8.0
I dunno if you missed a few posts. But the multi is already on 2. But I will try and up the volts a little and see how much further I could go.I would bump the core voltage up to 1.400 volts to 1.425 volts and continue overclocking. The OEM cooler is fine here, just make sure you maintain some temperature head room to TjMax while running Orthos. You should be able to get a few more MHz out of it with more voltage.
With the extra CPU voltage you should be able to run it at 8 x 400 and set the memory multi to 2 so your memory is running at its default of DDR2-800. The Intel 965 chipset that your motherboard uses has great memory bandwidth performance at this setting.
Here's what I read on NewEgg about your memory:
"and it will not overclock worth sh@t"
I had some crappy memory like that once and it topped out at about DDR2-830 when using 2.15 volts. You'll likely lose stability if you try to go much past 400 MHz as reported by CPUz. You might be able to run it at CL4-4-4-12 with some extra voltage but save that step for last after you've maxed out your CPU overclock.
Just an odd note, since I have the same CPU and mobo as you...I dunno if you missed a few posts. But the multi is already on 2. But I will try and up the volts a little and see how much further I could go.
If you are stable with the 333x9 and 2.6 (memory running at 865MHz) that is much better. I didnt think your memory would do that well. That is excellent !!! Nice OC on cpu and nice OC on memory. I would use the heck out of it now, any freezes or lockups just back off the FSB 2 MHz and start testing/playing again.Well is it better to be on 8x or 9x? If I'm able to get 333 9.0 and 2.6mem divide is that better than 385 8x with 2.0mem divider?
That's the only bad part. If you put a bag over my head and switched my computer back and forth from 3000 MHz to 3600 MHz, I'd probably not be able to tell the difference! If you do a lot of video encoding it helps and it helps a little in gaming but for a lot of day to day use of your computer, you'll barely notice the difference. More for bragging rights. Your cheap computer is running about as fast as an ultra expensive X6800 so hopefully you feel good about all that free performance you just got.Now with this succesful overclock what exactly will I notice faster on the computer?
Some of the stats at the FutureMark site don't represent the real world. There are a lot of cheaters out there and the comparisons to your system may not be fair comparisons.
Here's a good list of 3DMark06 scores:
An 8600 GT is not a power house video card these days. What OS are you running. Vista is brutal for gaming.
A new video card will do wonders too. Just adding a 8800gts will bring you over 10k in 3d Marks (default settings). A GTX should bring you over 11k.It's a good time to start running some benchmarks so you can make some comparisons. If you've reached a stable CPU overclock that you're happy with then you can try CL4-4-4-12 memory timings. The real world performance increase will be slight and it's definitely not worth it if you lose stability.
Do some longer Orthos stability testing and you can do a few minor tweaks but it sounds like you are doing very well with what you've done so far. It's not really worth spending the next 6 months, like I do, to get that last 5% of performance out of a system!
Going from the onboard sound to the Xfi was a big increase in sound quality, in my opinion. I didn't think it would be, but it sounds even better now.Hmm I've never really seen the reason to buy a sound card is there really much a difference compared to the onboard hi def it already has? If for some reason it increases 1 - 5 fps no thanks .