Before i get into the questions i would like to say that it has been quite a while since i have visited these forums, but i am happy to be back. When last i was here i was trying to overclock an ECS C19-SLI A1 with an Intel Pentium D950, it was my first overclocking attempt and the hardware just wasn't the best in the world. But i did get some help that taught me some of the basics of overclocking and I think that thanks are in order for: Jameson and Smith for teaching a noob how to overclock.
I now have a new board (eVGA 780i) and proc (Q9550) and i found that the new hardware is much better at overclocking as i am now at 3.825Ghz and the memory (Corsair Dominator 1066/pc8500 2 Gig x 4) is at 900Mhz 4-4-4-12-2T for a 1:1 ratio.
I have been using prime95 to test temps and stability. To test the temps i have been running small FFTs for ten minutes to get an approximate reading of max temps (61C with side panel open, read with RealTemp and speedfan). To test stability i have ran prime95 on blend for 24 hours with no errors or warnings.
I apologize if some of the questions are related to RAM but i figured it would be better to keep all the questions to one post instead of two. Perhaps it should be moved if I posted in the wrong forum.
Question #1. To be sure of stability do i need to run each test in Prime95 for 24 hrs or is blend just fine?
#2. I have a large amount of RAM, do i need to do a custom test in order to accuratly test RAM stability or is the generic blend test fine?
#3. Is it pointless to run the RAM faster than 1:1 with the FSB or can applications and games benefit from running the RAM faster?
#4. What is a FSB "hole", and how do i determine when i have found one?
#5. Even though small FFT tests show that at higher voltages/clockspeeds the temps go beyond what I am comfortable with, as i am only on air. Will these temps carry over to real world applications and games?
#6 What would be a good program to measure performance increases/decreases and/or stress/stability tests for 8 gigs of RAM in Vista x64?
Much thanks in advance, i look forward to reading your answers, and once again Thanks to Smith and Jameson for a good basic lesson in overclocking.