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Overclocking I have purchased a Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L/S3L board, Intel E4600 cpu, and would like to know the proper way to overclock this system. I have 4gb of 800 ram, and running Vista Ultimate. I am new to overclocking and have read that this cpu should be able to run at 3ghz. Thank You

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  • rlussenden Nov 23, 2008

    Thank you for your help I was able to bump the cpu to a stable 2.9ghz and temp is staying under 95 deg. F.

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First a few words of warning. There have been many cases where someone was doin overclocking and have fried their CPU/Motherboard or both. By overclocking you will likely void the warranty on your CPU/Motherboard/ and RAM. By partaking in any of the directions listed below you take your PC's life into your own hands and only YOU are responsible for the outcome. If your comfortable with that read ahead.

Apparantly Gigabyte has made it EASY for you to overclock (Meaning it is LESS likely that you'll void your Motherboards warranty)

OK there are two methods you can try to overclock (O/C) your system

The first is the safest but may not boost your system to the Max stable
Here we go.

1.) Go into your BIOS(Push <Delete> at startup)
Select "MB Intelligent Tweaker"
Goto C.I.A.2 and swith it to enabled
save your settings and reboot (If the system act unstable[Crashes] then enter bios again and disable setting again)

This sets the system up so that when it detects processor intensive tasks it will boost performance a bit to speed things up. (It called dynamic Overclocking which is less risky since its not ON all the time but usually never reaches max performance)

OK here we go on #2 it's more risky but the pay off is usually bigger

2.) Again go to M.I.T
a.)This time we want to adjust "CPU clock ratio up by 1
save and reboot do some things in windows to see if the system is stable. If it is then go back and boost it 1 more, keep going until the system become unstable (Crashes BSOD's etc.....) then go back and reduce to the previous STABLE setting (We now know your Max Multiplier)

b.)Now increase your "Fine CPU clock Ratio" by .5 increments again we are going to increase 1 step at a time until we get an unstability and then back off by 1 increment (If you can't even go up 1 increment then back off the multiplier [step a] by another stage and then repeat step b )

We now know your Max settings for both muliplier(Step a) and FSB(step b) I would recommend running them at one stage below the MAX's but the current settings should run OK for you. It is common for O/C''d systems to run hotter so it would also be advisable to get extra cooling into the case (More fans, a water cooling system or a peltier cooler)

Hope this helps you
Dave

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You have to go into the BIOS setup
and change the Multiplier and bus speed.
If you do only change one at a time and in small Increments rebooting each time
Does your computer do what you want it to do. If so leave it alone as one bad setting in BIOS can stuff your CPU up

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