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A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« on: 17-April-11, 07:44:17 »

Here is a very simple overclock configuration you can try with the Big Bang X-Power motherboard that should work for anyone even if it's your first OC and give you better performance than OC Genie.  It uses a couple of tricks using some features on the Intel processor that are typically never used for overclocking yet they provide some interesting results with a locked i-7 processor like the 950.  If you have one of the more expensive unlocked processors like the 980x then you can directly set the CPU Ratio to 25 and leave the EIST, C-State and Turbo settings disabled.  Of course, most people buying unlocked CPU's probably know how to OC but this is an interesting trick for the cheaper locked processors.

This will give you an OC that runs the CPU at 3840/4000 Mhz with RAM at 1600 Mhz, Uncore at 3200 Mhz and QPI of 5760 Mhz.  Here are the settings:

For unlocked CPU's (e.g. i-7 980x):
CPU Ratio = 25
EIST = Disabled
C-State = Disabled
C-State Package = Disabled
C1E = Disabled
Turbo = Disabled

For locked CPU's (e.g. i-7 950):
CPU Ratio = 23
EIST = Auto
C-State = Enabled
C-State Package = Auto
C1E = Disabled
Turbo = Enabled

For all CPUs:
CPU Base (BCLK) = 160
Overspeed = Disabled
OC Genie = Disabled
DRAM Timing Mode = Auto
XMP = Enabled
XMP Mode = Expert
Mem Ratio = 5
Uncore = Auto
Set both VDroop settings = Low
Leave all voltages set to Auto
Spread Spectrum = Disabled

All other settings can be left at the defaults (including APS) except as needed for your particular drives and other hardware.

This particular configuration of C-States and other settings puts the CPU in a mode where it only uses the Turbo mode multipliers of 24 and 25 for the processors normally locked at 23.  Using 160 as the CPU Base gives you the clock required for 1600 RAM while leaving the clocks and multipliers unlocked with XMP Expert mode so the CPU can run up to 4000 Mhz on the 25 multiplier without having to mess around with the voltage settings.  

Clearly you can get a much higher OC out of this board once you learn how to tweak the voltages while maintaining the proper cooling levels but this will give you a decent 4000 Mhz OC with DDR 1600 that should be stable for most BB X builds as long as you have a quality power supply and decent RAM.  This is much better than you will get with OC Genie plus you can get some experience with the OC BIOS settings without having to worry about voltages or temperature issues (assuming you have a minimally reasonable cooling system).

You can also experiment with setting C1E as enabled to reduce temperatures when the system is idle.  When C1E is disabled the system will only run at 3840/4000 but when enabled it will run at 1920/3840/4000.  The multiplier switching happens so fast that I haven't seen any difference when benchmarking this but when you are at the Windows desktop reading web pages or whatever it will run at the lower speed which keeps the temperature and power use lower.

Let me know how this works for you if you try it.

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #1 on: 18-April-11, 16:25:57 »

Wow! The title of the thread pulled me right to it for a quick look. Thank you very much Dilburt. This will no doubt help those out there who are in the same boat as I was just a few weeks ago. My RAM is running a bit below 1600MHz speed @1583MHz, I think. I have the i950 and it's running at 4.12GHz, stable...so far. I visit the forum everyday even though I achieved my 4GHz OC goal. I don't post responses to Big Bang X-Power help posts because I'd rather leave that to the experts. I'd figured it would be best for me to read the posts/responses like I am doing now and keep on learning, keep on learning.

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #2 on: 19-April-11, 04:59:36 »

Congrats on hitting your OC goals.  It's all about learning and it sounds like you've already learned more than many people because you dig for the information you need and aren't afraid to jump in and solve problems by yourself.  You shouldn't be shy about helping others with the things you've learned.  This isn't a forum of experts, just other users like yourself.

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #3 on: 21-April-11, 21:34:58 »

Thank you for the encouragement Dilburt. I tried to help a couple of people here who wanted help with Overclocking their i7 950 and Big Bang X Power. http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=146322.0
I also followed your suggestions and tried your settings for my set-up and it works great! OC Genie gave me 3.76GHz, but the voltages were a little high. I saved your OC profile settings in the BIOS for future reference.
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #4 on: 22-April-11, 08:07:33 »

These settings also keep the temperatures low and provide good performance results for simple, no-fuss settings.  Have you noticed it running at x25 and 4000 Mhz whenever it's under load?

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #5 on: 22-April-11, 17:04:45 »

Yes, absolutely. The settings you posted are truly a "set it and forget it" BIOS settings for just about any novice overclocker. One just needs to read carefully, follow directions and in one shot, they have a stable overclocked system. Nicely done Dilburt.  :biggthumbsup:
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #6 on: 22-April-11, 18:05:42 »

I need help. I don't see any XMP or XMP Mode in my Bios. Please let me now if I need to change a setting to see those two settings. Thanks, from Bluesman
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« Reply #7 on: 22-April-11, 19:22:18 »

Bluesman, it would help if you advised the users what your system consists of. >>Posting Guide<<
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
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Sorry about that. i am new to this. Please bear with me. I was trying to follow the post that dilburt posted. Once again, I need help. I don't see any XMP or XMP Mode in my Bios. Please let me now if I need to change a setting to see those two settings. Thanks, from Bluesman
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #9 on: 23-April-11, 03:33:55 »

Bluesman, check with CPU-Z to see if your RAM even has an XMP option.
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« Reply #10 on: 23-April-11, 05:10:15 »

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #11 on: 23-April-11, 06:20:03 »

Thanks Henry. I don't have that option. Can you tell me why, or if their is a way to get it?                                                                                                                                                                                                  Msi Big-Bang Xpower Model MS-7666, Bios Ver. 1.6 032911 
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #12 on: 23-April-11, 06:34:10 »

Have you downloaded CPUID's CPU-Z yet? SPD Tab show an X.M.P. profile? It may not show up as a BIOS feature if the installed RAM doesn't have X.M.P. profiles.
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« Reply #13 on: 23-April-11, 06:46:26 »

Yes I downloaded and installed it. I don't see that option on either the bios or CPUID'D CPU-Z. What can i do?                                                                                                                                                                        Msi Big-Bang Xpower Model MS-7666, Bios Ver. 1.6 032911 
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« Reply #14 on: 23-April-11, 07:09:45 »

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Yes I downloaded and installed it. I don't see that option on either the bios or CPUID'D CPU-Z. What can i do?
Just disregard any of the OC suggestions that involve the use of X.M.P. Just do your OC as normal with that one exception. You would have to purchase some Corsair's that have those profiles. Really, they are not necessary to achieve a nice OC. Memory speed is the least performance enhancer compared to VGA quality & CPU speed.
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« Reply #15 on: 23-April-11, 07:34:46 »

Thanks so much for the advice and taking your time to help. I will try that and let you know if everything works fine tomorrow.                                                                                                                                                  Msi Big-Bang Xpower Model MS-7666, Bios Ver. 1.6 032911 
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« Reply #16 on: 23-April-11, 07:51:39 »

Yes I downloaded and installed it. I don't see that option on either the bios or CPUID'D CPU-Z. What can i do?                    

Hi Bluesman,

I looked up your memory and was actually surprised to find that it truly does not have any XMP profile.  I thought all Corsair XMS RAM had XMP profiles but apparently they made this one 1333 low-cost edition that does not.  However, as others have mentioned it's really not a big deal since the difference between 1333 and 1600 RAM will not provide much difference for anything you normally run on your computer.

The only setting you really need to change is lower the MEM Ratio from 5 to 4.  This will cause your RAM to run at 1280 instead of 1333 but again, that really isn't going to change much.  

Let me know how it goes.

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #17 on: 23-April-11, 08:07:52 »

Hi dilburt
            I'm also trying to OC my i7 950 to at least 4 ghz. I have done a successfull OC using your simple overclock post. But I can't get it to go over 3650 ghz.
            Tried using the setting that another forumer used (Lance) and it wouldn't boot. Did all the settings you used but changed the CPU base clock to 196 and the
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« Reply #18 on: 23-April-11, 18:21:30 »

I took the other ram back and got these instead. They were new so I didn't have a problem at Microcenter. Corsair Vengeance Series 12GB DDR3-1600. I only got the cpu running @ 3.2 MHZ but the ram is running like you said. It's pretty stable so far. I wish I could get a better overclock. My temps are in the mid to high 30's C. Thank you guys for the help. I really appreciate it. I will get back to let you know if it stills stays stable. I hope everyone has a great day, thanks again from Bluesman.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Msi Big-Bang Xpower Model MS-7666, Bios Ver. 1.6 032911 
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #19 on: 24-April-11, 10:02:49 »

Hi dilburt
            I'm also trying to OC my i7 950 to at least 4 ghz. I have done a successfull OC using your simple overclock post. But I can't get it to go over 3650 ghz.
            Tried using the setting that another forumer used (Lance) and it wouldn't boot. Did all the settings you used but changed the CPU base clock to 196 and the
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I'm not sure I understand what you tried and what didn't work for you.  An overclock of 196-21 is going to be much more difficult to stabilize than one at 160-23.  If you had problems with 160-23, then you should start by setting everything back to the fail-safe defaults.  Make sure you understand the settings in all the menus prior to the "Cell menu" before you do this so you will have the correct drive configurations and peripheral settings.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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« Reply #20 on: 24-April-11, 10:14:59 »

I took the other ram back and got these instead. They were new so I didn't have a problem at Microcenter. Corsair Vengeance Series 12GB DDR3-1600. I only got the cpu running @ 3.2 MHZ but the ram is running like you said. It's pretty stable so far. I wish I could get a better overclock. My temps are in the mid to high 30's C. Thank you guys for the help. I really appreciate it. I will get back to let you know if it stills stays stable. I hope everyone has a great day, thanks again from Bluesman. 

You should be able to get a much better overclock that that - your temperatures are great.  My guess is that you have some settings left over from previous OC attempts that are interferring with this setup.  Double-check the settings I have listed and make sure that everything else is set to "Auto" or the default setting.  If you can't find the issue you may have to start by reseting BIOS to the fail-safe defaults.  Make sure you know what you have set in the menus prior to the "Cell Menu" before you do this and ask me if you have any questions.

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #21 on: 24-April-11, 18:33:55 »

You should be able to get a much better overclock that that - your temperatures are great.  My guess is that you have some settings left over from previous OC attempts that are interferring with this setup.  Double-check the settings I have listed and make sure that everything else is set to "Auto" or the default setting.  If you can't find the issue you may have to start by reseting BIOS to the fail-safe defaults.  Make sure you know what you have set in the menus prior to the "Cell Menu" before you do this and ask me if you have any questions.

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Hey dilburt, I loaded the fail safe and re-did everything it still is the same. I noticed after i raise the base clock to 160 it says 3200mhz so that is what I am getting. 3.2 over clock. I noticed the xmp mode is different it says advanced instead of expert. also XMP says disabled, profile 1, profile 2. I set it to profile 2. One lowers the mhz on the ram. I will wait to see what you say to do next. thanks for your help and time. Happy easter.                           Msi Big-Bang Xpower Model MS-7666, Bios Ver. 1.6 032911 
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #22 on: 25-April-11, 01:53:38 »

Rugrat: If you want, you can double/triple check everything that I posted --> http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=146322.0 <--  with your BIOS settings. My settings worked for a couple of people, so it would definitely be good if you can check everything again. Give it another shot. Also try removing 3 sticks of RAM and then try the settings. Believe it or not, some of the highest overclocks are done with just one single stick of memory. I used the OC Dashboard - which was very helpful - during my OC session. Use the OC Dashboard and watch it like a hawk during the boot process to see what errors you are getting so you can pinpoint what exactly is preventing your system from booting. I am not sure if you have tested your memory fully for any possible defects. Bluesman's memory didn't have an XMP profile. So getting similar things out of the way will help you avoid frustration. I am trying to figure out how to post pictures of my cell menu in BIOS in a continuous single picture so you can see exactly what settings I am using in my BIOS. Have you used the OC Genie? When I was first trying to overclock, I used the OC Genie settings and tried building up on the OC Genie overclock. People here are great and will go the distance to help.
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #23 on: 25-April-11, 02:21:35 »

Rugrat: If you want, you can double/triple check everything that I posted --> http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=146322.0 <--  with your BIOS settings. My settings worked for a couple of people, so it would definitely be good if you can check everything again. Give it another shot. Also try removing 3 sticks of RAM and then try the settings. Believe it or not, some of the highest overclocks are done with just one single stick of memory. I used the OC Dashboard - which was very helpful - during my OC session. Use the OC Dashboard and watch it like a hawk during the boot process to see what errors you are getting so you can pinpoint what exactly is preventing your system from booting. I am not sure if you have tested your memory fully for any possible defects. Bluesman's memory didn't have an XMP profile. So getting similar things out of the way will help you avoid frustration. I am trying to figure out how to post pictures of my cell menu in BIOS in a continuous single picture so you can see exactly what settings I am using in my BIOS. Have you used the OC Genie? When I was first trying to overclock, I used the OC Genie settings and tried building up on the OC Genie overclock. People here are great and will go the distance to help.
Hey Lance, thanks for the info. But, I am able to have a stable oc. It boots fine and holds the loads i throw at it. My system is very stable. I just was following what dilburt posted. I get everything as he says except my oc is only 3.2 instead of 3.8 or 4.0 as he said. I can raise the base clock a little more. But, I was trying to copy his method as others have posted it worked fine for them. I used the one for all cpu's that he posted in a simple oc for big bang.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Msi Big-Bang Xpower Model MS-7666, Bios Ver. 1.6 032911 
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #24 on: 25-April-11, 04:02:03 »

Bluesman: The lower CPU frequency overclock result you are getting possibly could be because your CPU has a lower base clock as opposed to base clock of the i7 950. I have a couple of links for you below that will help you out. Let us know how it works out for you.

http://www.linuxforge.net/freqcalc.php

http://overclocking.gogar.com/corei7.cgi

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #25 on: 25-April-11, 07:19:35 »

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The lower CPU frequency overclock result you are getting possibly could be because your CPU has a lower base clock as opposed to base clock of the i7 950.
Lance, I believe you meant CPU Ratio (multi). Default bclk is 133.
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #26 on: 25-April-11, 08:36:46 »

Hey dilburt, I loaded the fail safe and re-did everything it still is the same. I noticed after i raise the base clock to 160 it says 3200mhz so that is what I am getting. 3.2 over clock. I noticed the xmp mode is different it says advanced instead of expert. also XMP says disabled, profile 1, profile 2. I set it to profile 2. One lowers the mhz on the ram. I will wait to see what you say to do next. thanks for your help and time.

Oh, I think I see now.  Your "CPU Ratio" must be set at 20 instead of 23.  Can you verify that this value is set to 23?  You will want the XMP profile 2 I think, whichever one sets the speed to 1600.  You need to make sure "DRAM Timing Mode" is set to Auto and that XMP Mode is Advanced or it will lock your timings and not allow changes.  Once you get that working set the Memory Ratio to 5.  Your Uncore Ratio can be left at Auto as long as the Unadjusted Uncore speed shows up as 3200.  Otherwise set the Uncore Ratio to 10.  Your Adjusted QPI should be 5760.  If you can't get it set this way, post a list of all the Cell Menu values I reference in my top post above (e.g. CPU Base, CPU Ratio, etc.).
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #27 on: 25-April-11, 08:49:16 »

Bluesman: The lower CPU frequency overclock result you are getting possibly could be because your CPU has a lower base clock as opposed to base clock of the i7 950.

Lance, I completely missed the fact that he has an i-7 920.  Thanks for pointing that out.

Bluesman, as I mentioned in my last post, the CPU Ratio or multiplier is indeed set to 20 but unfortunately this is as far as it goes on an i-7 920.  For some reason I thought I saw 950 instead of 920 - perhaps I have upside-down dislexia  X-((

Well, let's see what we can do with what you have.  My board seems to have another sweetspot at 182 so why don't you see if you can stabilize with a Base Clock of 182 which will get you up to 3.64 and if the 920 has Turbo mode that will get you up to 4004.  This seems pretty high for a 920 so you will be doing very well if you can make it work.  If it won't stabilize at 182, start dropping 2 from the Bclk (e.g. 180, 178, etc.) and test each one until you find the highest one that will run stable with Turbo enabled.  That will likely be your best shot without a bunch of additional voltage adjustments which you can always do later if you feel like it.

Good luck!

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #28 on: 25-April-11, 14:45:04 »

Hey you guys are great with all the knowledge and info. I can set the multiplier to 21 which I did. I than raised my base-clock to 172. I am getting a pretty stable oc so far. I will try some more load tests and watch my temps. If everything is fine I will shoot for 182 as dilburt suggested. I will keep you guys informed of my attempts. Thanks Lance for those links. I like them. Thank all of you for your great support. Get back to you soon. Bluesman.                     Msi Big-Bang Xpower Model MS-7666, Bios Ver. 1.6 032911 
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #29 on: 25-April-11, 19:30:14 »

First off, Thank you guys for what you do for this community. :biggthumbsup:
 
This is my current setting in bios.
 
    Current CPU Frequency - 4.11 GHz
    Current DRAM Frequency - 1568 MHz
    Current QPI Frequency - 7056 MHz

    Intel EIST - Auto
    Intel C State - Enabled
    C State Package Limit Setting - Auto
    C1E Support - Disabled
    Overspeed Protection - Disabled
    Hyper-Thread - Enabled
    Execute Bit Support - Enabled
    Set Limit CPUID MaxVal to 3 - Disabled
    Intel Visualization Tech - Disabled
    Intel VT-d Tech - Disabled
    Intel Turbo Boost - Disabled  <---- This is what I had Enabled Before trying set-up and didn't let it work.
    Adjusted CPU Base Frequency - 196
    OC Stepping - Disabled
    Adjust CPU Ratio - 21
    Adjusted CPU Frequency - 4116 MHz
    OC Genie - Disabled
    Base Clock Button - Disabled
   
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    Current DRAM Channel 1  7-8-7-24 <---- All Three channels are the same.
    DRAM Timing Mode - Auto
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P) - Enabled
    Extreme Memory Profile Mode - Advanced
    Memory - 4
    Adjusted DRAM Frequency - 1568 MHz
    Uncore Ratio - Auto
    Adjusted Uncore Frequency - 3136 MHz
    QPI Links Speed - Full Speed
    QPI Frequency - Auto
    Adjusted QPI Frequency MHz - 7056 MHZ
    Adjusted VDroop Control - Low VDroop
    QPI VDroop Control - Low VDroop
    Spread Spectrum - Disabled
    EuP 2013 - Disabled

   Sorry for the long post, Didn't know how to post Bios Screen shots.
   And this set-up has been running all weekend, Temps only getting in 32 to 38 degrees
   Thanks for the help everyone. And if there anything that looks like it should be changed please let Know.
             
       
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #30 on: 25-April-11, 23:41:15 »

 Edit my previous post

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #31 on: 26-April-11, 00:29:05 »

Lance, I completely missed the fact that he has an i-7 920.  Thanks for pointing that out.

Bluesman, as I mentioned in my last post, the CPU Ratio or multiplier is indeed set to 20 but unfortunately this is as far as it goes on an i-7 920.  For some reason I thought I saw 950 instead of 920 - perhaps I have upside-down dislexia  X-((

Well, let's see what we can do with what you have.  My board seems to have another sweetspot at 182 so why don't you see if you can stabilize with a Base Clock of 182 which will get you up to 3.64 and if the 920 has Turbo mode that will get you up to 4004.  This seems pretty high for a 920 so you will be doing very well if you can make it work.  If it won't stabilize at 182, start dropping 2 from the Bclk (e.g. 180, 178, etc.) and test each one until you find the highest one that will run stable with Turbo enabled.  That will likely be your best shot without a bunch of additional voltage adjustments which you can always do later if you feel like it.

Good luck!
Hey dilburt thanks for all the help. I can go to 21 multiplier but. I set it back to 20. I tried to oc the bsclk to 182 but my ram become unstable and crashed twice. i got a blue screen saying that the memory something or another. LOL. So, I went back to 180. I am getting 3600 mhz for my cpu and stable. How can I get my ram to stay at 1600 mhz instaed at 1800 mhz which it is running at now. it has been stable. But, i would like to go up to 182 with the ram staying at 1600 mhz.
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #32 on: 26-April-11, 01:32:01 »

I just want to thank Lance and dilburt. You guys rock. i followed what both of you suggested this is the results I have now.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CPU / Core Frequency 4200MHZ
Uncore Frequency 3200 MHz   
Memory Frequency 1600 MHz   
QPI Link Frequency 3600 MHz   
QPI Link (GT/s)   7.2 GT/s
QPI Link (GB/s)   28.8 GB/s
Effective CPU Multiplier 21   
Base Clock (info) 200   
CPU Clock Multiplier (info) 20   
Uncore Clock Multiplier (info) 16   
Memory Multiplier (info) 8   
QPI Multiplier (info)   4.800GT/s (18x)
Turbo Mode enabled/ My system is stable and running awesome. my cpu temps are in the mis 40's C and system temps are in the high 40's C. I hope that isn't bad. Please let me know if my temps are too high. Thanks again guys.        Msi Big-Bang Xpower Model MS-7666, Bios Ver. 1.6 032911 
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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #33 on: 26-April-11, 02:02:43 »

You welcome Bluesman and Rugrat. Glad I was able to help. This forum is run by users for users.
Come to think of it........ this is what I posted in "reply#9" in my initial post on this forum (http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=146322.0)
"I will keep you posted and list my findings and settings here so that I can help people in similar situations. I can't wait for the day when someone says, "Hey your settings worked. Thanks for your help." And I would say,"You welcome. Glad I was able to help."

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #34 on: 26-April-11, 08:22:30 »

First off, Thank you guys for what you do for this community. :biggthumbsup:
 
This is my current setting in bios.
 
    Current CPU Frequency - 4.11 GHz
    Current DRAM Frequency - 1568 MHz
    Current QPI Frequency - 7056 MHz

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You are doing great.  I don't see any problems but there are a few things you could change to see if it helps:

1. Since you have Turbo disabled, you could disable EIST, C-State and C-State package limit setting.  You may get a small performance increase but watch to make sure your temperatures don't increase too much.
2. You might want to enable Intel Virtualization Technology since some products are making use of it.  My antivirus program actually starts VMs (Virtual Machines) to run code in that it suspects of containing a virus but it isn't sure.  If the code breaks something the antivirus program just deletes the VM and any damage done is flushed down the virtual drain.  Pretty slick.  VM's require Virtualization Technology to be enabled.  The next setting of VT-d tech allows for virtualization of directed I/O which can be disabled.

Let me know how things work out.

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #35 on: 26-April-11, 08:32:26 »

How can I get my ram to stay at 1600 mhz instaed at 1800 mhz which it is running at now. it has been stable. But, i would like to go up to 182 with the ram staying at 1600 mhz.

Use the Memory Ratio setting which you probably have set to auto right now.  This is why you are crashing as you increase your Bclk.  If you are running at 1800 at a Bclk of 180 then your current Auto Memory Ratio value is 5.  If you change it from Auto to 4, then your memory will run at 1440.  Then you should be able to crank your CPU ratio back to 21 and possibly get your bclk a bit higher which will also increase your RAM speed.

Don't worry that your RAM is running at 1440 rather than 1600 because the performance difference will not be noticable and your stability will increase.

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Re: A simple Overclock for the Big Bang X-Power
« Reply #36 on: 26-April-11, 08:35:16 »

You welcome Bluesman and Rugrat. Glad I was able to help. This forum is run by users for users.
Come to think of it........ this is what I posted in "reply#9" in my initial post on this forum (http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=146322.0)
"I will keep you posted and list my findings and settings here so that I can help people in similar situations. I can't wait for the day when someone says, "Hey your settings worked. Thanks for your help." And I would say,"You welcome. Glad I was able to help."

Mission Accomplished.  :photo:

You have already been very helpful.  Thanks for your help!    :hat tip:

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