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First thoughts: ASUS P6X58D Premium / i7-920

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Wow, wow and only wow.This is by far the best board I have ever owned.Starting from the quality of the board itself, it feels more solid than any other I had, and concerning performance:I recently did a comparison to my old computer, all comparisons with the same situation file:FS9:Situation 2: no clouds, Flytampa Vienna, view over it8800GT (oldsys): 67FPSGTX285 (oldsys): 73FPSNew sys (with GTX285) @ stock speeds: 68fpsNew sys @ 4.2GHz: 90fpsFSX results to follow in couple of days.OK, upgrade went without a glitch, except I have to run a stock Intel aircooler until my watercooler arrives - argh. The one I got from Swiftech was unfortunately broken.Anyway, booted up, set XMP in BIOS and voila, system booted without a single problem.Now, what was the most interesting part of the whole exchange, was I booted my previous W7 installation as it was, it took no more than 5min (incl. reboot) to have it up and running, like nothing else happened. I then did a chipset driver update (wasn't necessary), USB3 drivers installation, BIOS update, and tried an OC: left the XMP set, set the BCLK to 200, lowered the RAM back up 1600, saved... and voila, PC booted without a glitch into Windows (taken with a little high temps due to crappy cooler, which isn't even propersly installed with the thermal paste but only the Intel default stripes).What was so bluffing for me, was the OC - I have never ever seen a board in which you basically set the BCLK (FSB) and the board does the rest. I didn't even have to set the vCore. It shows 1.416 in CPUZ. More testing when cooled properly.Anyway, idling now with 4.2Ghz with 65c, I don't dare to run Orthos, but FS9 pushed it up to 85c, which is enough testing for me.Going to lower it now, till my watercooler arrives.Only thing little questionable for me is that the memory voltage is either 1.64 or 1.66. And my Corsair is specified 1.65. The board sets 1.66 when I change to XMP, and I guess that's OK.From my point of view, this is THE board for anyone building an i7 system now (who also wants to push things to the limit).

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Congratulations Word Not Allowed!Glad you like the board, there are a few BIOS updates. I have the latest BIOS and found no issues.Disable that 9123 controller and you won't have the delayed Boot screen, unless of course you put a SAT 6Gs on there. Yeah, that stock cooler will fry the I7 at those voltages, so just be patient until your cooler arrives.I have had to take a little hiatus from perfecting my overclock but some basic numbers that I am using at the moment for you:Vcore of 1.328vQPI

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I'm using the SATA 6GB for my windows drive and my Raptor. I know there isn't really a point, since the bandwidth is not used, but hey... if it's there, use it I say ;-) I don't care much about those couple of seconds, the BIOS is faster than it was on P6Q.Thanks for the suggestions, I'll try them out when I get the chance.Say, what about this QPI Link Data Rate? Do you set it to auto or manual?And Load Line Calibration? I noticed there is a voltage change on load, when all set to auto. vdroop as I think it's called. I used to prevent it on my old board, even did a pencil-mod.You can calmly hit me with more settings ;-)

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Quick feedback, as I installed my waterblock.OCed to 4.2 (BCLK 200, 21x, 1600 DRAM)vCore 1,35 (in BIOS), loadline calibration activatedDRAM 1,64 (rated up to 1,65)Idle: 46cPrime95 on 8 cores: 78c (didn't run long)I guess that's an OK result - running a bit on a hot side when all 8 cores (4+HT), but Orthos (1st+HT) "only" 70c.Tj. Max says 100, so I guess I'm OK.What's a max. safe temperature for the 920? I always ran CPUs up to 80c, never had a problem...

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Realistically you can run in the 80's, and in fact all the way up to 100 on an i7 9xx but I wouldn't recommend it. 80 is about the max. I'd be comfortable with.

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Great setup!Have you tried to manually set tRFC to 74? Everything else exactly the same - just tRFC to 74. I know I'm being reeaallly picky, but that will actually get you a frame or two!Oh, and you should be ok in the low 80's...though I have noticed a few hiccups if it gets higher than, say 83C, for more than a few minutes, flying FSX. Stay under 85C and you can confidently run all day (Disclaimer: lower is better for longevity, of course).Happy flying - Cheers! Oh - I've got an i7-920 D0 Stepping and run memory at 3200/800, too. And 1.66 for mem is fine. Watch that Vcore, though, your figure is a bit "strong", but then again, you are running it nice and speedy!

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If your CPU temp gets into the 80's running FSX you have cooling issues. 80 degree temps should only be observed in stress testing applications.

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I know Max, 80c have been with the Prime95 on all 4 cores incl. HT Threads in Max. Stress, running for about 15min. A long test still not done, my 1TB Seagate is unfortunately broken, have to return it today, machine now again taken apart.I want to have it OC stable in stress testing incl. temperature, so I know it's rock stable in any other application AND time of year.Will keep you posted how all works out. Still have to OC the GPU, or at least thinking of it - depends how many FPS it brings. CPU pays off definitely.

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I know Max, 80c have been with the Prime95 on all 4 cores incl. HT Threads in Max. Stress, running for about 15min. A long test still not done, my 1TB Seagate is unfortunately broken, have to return it today, machine now again taken apart.I want to have it OC stable in stress testing incl. temperature, so I know it's rock stable in any other application AND time of year.Will keep you posted how all works out. Still have to OC the GPU, or at least thinking of it - depends how many FPS it brings. CPU pays off definitely.
Sorry to hear of your HD troubles Word Not Allowed.You should be able to lower that Vcore doen to 1.28-1.32 or so with just 3 sticks running thru it.How many volts on your QPI?I'll put some info together for you in the next day or so.

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Sorry to hear of your HD troubles Word Not Allowed.You should be able to lower that Vcore doen to 1.28-1.32 or so with just 3 sticks running thru it.How many volts on your QPI?I'll put some info together for you in the next day or so.
Well, still not really done, but I set the vCore to 1.325 I think and DRAM to 1.56 and got a blue screen while Prime95 testing (I yet don't know if it was caused by too low memory V or too low vCore). I didn't get much further on voltage testing (except that I went back to vCore 1.35, QPI 1.35 and DRAM 1.64) due to HDD problem...

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From my point of view, this is THE board for anyone building an i7 system now (who also wants to push things to the limit).
Naah, the new Rampage III Extreme looks like the one to get as far

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Naah, the new Rampage III Extreme looks like the one to get as far

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Word Not Allowed,Thanks for your feedback on that board. It's nice that feeling of satistfacton when you've assembled the parts and boot up the very first time. The ease to setup up BIOS on new mobos from Asus. Installing a good OS and it's a true Plug 'n Play. Good vibrations :(

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But at $400+ its $100 more than the P6X58D and it doesnt offer much more if it is an FSX and system rig you want (quad SLI wont help you).
Actually if you want the truth what does the P6X58D or the Rampage III Extreme offer for FSX over the current high end ASUS X58 motherboards, nothing.First off ASUS is offering the USB 3.0 and the 6Gps SATA interface with a $29.00 PCI-e card, so anyone can add that.Secondly the current 6Gps SATA is via a Marvell controller and is really no more than an intermediate solution until we see native SATA III support maybe with a future X58 chipset/ICH revision. As far as overclocking goes neither the Rampage III Extreme nor the P6X58D are going to overclock an i7 any better than we

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As far as overclocking goes neither the Rampage III Extreme nor the P6X58D are going to overclock an i7 any better than we’ve already seen with the P6TD Deluxe, P6T Deluxe V2 or the Rampage II Extreme.
djt01, why do I always get some strange feeling with your replies, like you want to prove that new is bad? That these boards don't OC better, it's probably true, they are all based on the X58. It's though a fact, that I read on most forums, when you OC, you have to set this and that, try this settings etc. It's the first board I have ever owned that did such a simple overclock without any hassle.I started this thread to basically show couple of things:- that it's my personal opinion that this board, for its price, offers real good price-performance ratio (it's also the first board that natively supported Gulftown as it came out, all others came out later with BIOS updates)- that is has some real neat features (incl. those future options like USB-3 and SATA-6Gb)- and that for someone who wants a really good performance, without having to be Master-Of-Overclocking-Arts, it is pretty much a perfect board

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djt01, why do I always get some strange feeling with your replies, like you want to prove that new is bad? That these boards don't OC better, it's probably true, they are all based on the X58. It's though a fact, that I read on most forums, when you OC, you have to set this and that, try this settings etc. It's the first board I have ever owned that did such a simple overclock without any hassle.
I could care less whether you can good results out of a cheap CPU or not, I had a choice to spend extra and I prefer the overclocking ease that comes with a CPU with an unlocked multiplier. Just like you mentioned no hassle, just bump the multiplier up and it

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Actually if you want the truth what does the P6X58D or the Rampage III Extreme offer for FSX over the current high end ASUS X58 motherboards, nothing.First off ASUS is offering the USB 3.0 and the 6Gps SATA interface with a $29.00 PCI-e card, so anyone can add that.Secondly the current 6Gps SATA is via a Marvell controller and is really no more than an intermediate solution until we see native SATA III support maybe with a future X58 chipset/ICH revision. As far as overclocking goes neither the Rampage III Extreme nor the P6X58D are going to overclock an i7 any better than we

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DId I mention the P6X58D has shiney blue heatsinks? :(
Oh did I mention I love those blue heatsinks? Just now that I got rid of my Superflower PSU with the blue light... I have a nice window, but right now, no light in the case. I think I might again get some UV lights - I hate to have it on when watching movies, but from time to time to show off oh yeah :(Oh btw. Paul - in the newest CPUZ, it doesn't show the C1E throttling - it always shows multi x21 and 4200, but Core Temp shows the throttling correctly.Throttling is very important for me, power saving. Also works good with FS.

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Oh did I mention I love those blue heatsinks? Just now that I got rid of my Superflower PSU with the blue light... I have a nice window, but right now, no light in the case. I think I might again get some UV lights - I hate to have it on when watching movies, but from time to time to show off oh yeah :(Oh btw. Paul - in the newest CPUZ, it doesn't show the C1E throttling - it always shows multi x21 and 4200, but Core Temp shows the throttling correctly.Throttling is very important for me, power saving. Also works good with FS.
I have no window! :(

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I have no window! :(
I think I should have one UV light somewhere in the cellar along with some other older things...hmmmmm, this gives me ideas :(

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Total BS!1. This has the latest Blue heatsink as well as the blue slots and matching connectors.2. Blue allows better cooling while being looked at. What color was the Blue flame Jet car? Right!
LOL, chit and to think I don

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OMG, I don't freakinly believe it:I just did a little cleaning work on my watercooler - took it completely apart, took apart the vents, vacuum-cleaned them and also the radiator, which was totally covered with dust.My temps an hour ago, were around 80c. Now: 65c.This is a little freaky :( Stable for half an hour now, Prime95/8threads, 1,35v (anything lower and I get blue screen) @ 4.2.I am happy.

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You want it to run tite and cool? how is 12 GB 7-7-7-20 -1600 at just 1.56volts? It can run any of those settings all dims full
So you did have to loosen up the timings to run all 12GB

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