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    Hello all!

    I recently managed to upgrade my q6600 to q9550. Wanted to get it to 4 GHz. done bit of fiddling and got it up and running with V 1.4. Now the issue is: Ran IntelBurn test 15 times - passes. Ran 3dmark 2006 and Vantage to ensure that graphics are working fine as well on such setup. So all have passed nice and dandy buut. My Pc froze when i tried to open Windows Mail......WTF??? Therefore question is how accurate those testing apps are in real life??? As far as i remember Bully had similar issue that everything was passing but when he tried to run a game his PC was crashing...

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    (shot in the dark) maybe its a HDD problem?

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    nope , when I'm on 3.84 GHz all working fine soooo...not really hdd issue

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    Have you try to slow down your RAM?

    I know you use the same mem as for Q6600 @ 3.6Ghz with 400FSB and now you have 452FSB. Your RAM rated 533Mhz but slow it down to see if it's help.

    Was Windows Mail working fine with Q6600?

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    ram is on 940 Mhz(1066 stock) with timimngs of 6-5-5-18 so its loose enough. And as i said above, if i lower FSB to 450 to get 3.8 GHz all is working fine ( stress tests, apps ect). oh, and FSB for 4Ghz is 470Mhz as the multi for that chip is 8.5. No to be honest i know its not as stable as it should be but all stress tests are passing and thats what wonders me the most

    Oh, on a side note my q6600 was really crap revision.... now when running intel burn test @3.8 GHZ my core temps do go above 58 ...... but with 4 GHz it went up to 75 :rolleyes: while stress testing
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    Have you try more than 1.4v?

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    didnt want to do that is temps on intel burn test went high 70 on 1.4..... i may try to tweak it a bit but its really frustrating that everythings passing and my PC is freezing on some lame application.... It looks like : Yeah go ahead you can stress me all you want as long as you wont do anything else....:rolleyes:

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    Hey Geralt
    Yeah i had the same problem and it was my 4870x2 and i think it was dying it was giving all kinds of weird symptoms

    Once i swapped out that 4870x2 and threw in the GTX295 all problems solved
    As for yours ... erm its kinda strange becos u are running a fairly new 4890 card

    have you tried running and gaming the entire system on total bone stock settings? if it doesnt crash in game then i bet it would be an unstable overclock and need to zoom in and fine tune somewhere?

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    Lads , I'm saying that all the time: everything is working for me when i'm on 3.8 but my point is that i've put it to 4GHz and all stability tests are passing as well but doesnt seem to be stable in real life use. in terms of getting that completely stable i will have to trial it bit more but hopefully i'll get there

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    @Geralt, i would try like 3.83 and 3.93 and see if they same thing happens. Reason is u might need a little more pump to the voltage or with spp, mcp or even spp-mcp. I run 3.93 at 1.3 volts, but I had to up those other areas by one click and stable 24/7. I do not think there is a major bench difference between 3.93 and 4.0 ghz

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    well got it stable in the end. The recipe was: Vcore 1.425, VPLL:1.66 and Vtt:1.44 all running nice and smooth and everything working ok. Only issue is when i ran burntest temps spiked to 80 degrees:rolleyes:. But on prime were holding around 65 mark. idling at 40. Crap i have 2x120 and 3x120 rads, all coolig just cpu, and still if you clock to high temps are going crazy. good thing was that from 80 dropped back to 40 when i finised test in like minute not more :cool:

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    Awe-some...sounds a little tricky but you got it. That is odd though about the cooling...I would not think having the double and triple rad that it would have those high temps, but not every system is the same and I believe the 9550 can take some high temps---can't they?

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    thanks movie man! Well IntelBurn test stress your CPU in 120%, but under normal use temps are around 55 - 60 if PC is under load. So im ok with it. I think at some stage it doesnt matter how many rads you will have as waterblock is able to give away particular amount of heat and not more.... ie when im stressing my CPU 1st rad (220) is warm but when water approches 2nd one i can bearly feel any heat around inlet chamber, other side of the rad is cold.....and no there is no air pockets in it

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    Because when a rad is capable to dissipate the amount of heat to ambient temp then the coolant won't go any lower than ambient temps, no matter how many rad you have in the loop. I believe a MCR220 is capable to handle overclocked Q9550. The maximum heat for 4Ghz is no more than 200w (over estimate) and 220 can handle up to 300w. If the rad work properly then the coolant temps is about 5c above ambient temps.

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    Just to clarify the 220 ras im using is the Thermaltake one. But i dont have any sensor to check water temps tho

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    Geralt, back awhile Deton gave me a source for the thermal probes that fit the maximus/rampage ...they would be external (unless you dip into the res) but maybe worth a thought as they were <$20 for 3 and they show up on everest just fine. They are around a foot or so long so can be moved around to see various temps in your case. I wrapped my res in neoprene with one underneath and it shows about 4-5deg above ambient air under load after an hour of stress. I dipped one into the res too and it was still working after 24hrs immersed
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