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  1. It's not the PSU, it's the mobo/cpu; changing to a 1.6v vcore is nil in comparison to your system. If you really want to see if it's windows (which I highly highly highly doubt it is) download a live linux distro and boot from your CD (for example knoppix live distro). the fact that it won't boot at 1.6vcore tells you it's hardware. And yes SOME will do it, the chips that got the good parts. Like I said previously though, not all chips are made from parts of the same batch. I think you either have a problem with the mobo or the cpu; ;generally around the PWMIC or chipset. I'm with King, you can get a new one but it will just be a waste of money.
  2. You have just overstepped the bounds of some part of the system, whether it be the chipset or whatnot. The fact that you have to clear the power for a while tells you that it's the mobo, just finding which part of it is the key; though you may not be able to do anything about it. I'm sure there are other factors that come into play, but it's hard to say how many different things. I know the optys can get 3GHz and such and other's have done it too, but each batch is made with different parts, etc. Could just be the luck you got the parts grown on the edge of the wafer
  3. The closest you are to the actualy voltage required is the best that you can do. If you put your rails up, as many have already said, you are just endangering your voltage regulators. They are there for a reason and you shouldn't see a drop if you have a semi-nice motherboard (as you can look at it and see the voltage regulator circuits, and all the caps). They are designed to hold enough capacitance for the PSU to get it self back together and supply the correct amount. I can't wait to laugh my butt off at the first post of the person that pushes their rails higher and puts down that he blew a cap or half of his caps are now distented. Don't forget, if you aren't connected to any input conditioning circuits (i.e. UPS, etc) you are working your PSU overtime as it is (ugh dirty power, spikes, sags, etc), and the last thing you need is to blow a cap in your PSU and have it cause a surge that kills your mobo, cpu, and memory. Not to mention you are killing the effective life of your caps in the first place. Just be careful. It's all fun and games until someone gets hit in the eye by a blown cap.
  4. Because the components in the section of the CPU when you run the test just by itself aren't past their max yet, however when you torture test it, it doesn't have a chance to 'cool down'. What I mean is that your CPU will run for a short amount of time but then you are over what the max of those individual components are. Prime95 normally tests your integer and floating point precision (and memory controller if the option is selected to test ram).
  5. OEM keys don't normally work with the newer Windows disks. If it doesn't have SP1 integrated with it, it should work. If it has SP1 integrated it probably won't work. If it has SP2 integrated in it, it definately will not accept the key.
  6. It can fail an any time but it's always for a reason. If you have dirty power it puts more strain on the components inside the psu and will eventually wear them out. As to the second part of the question, it can definately damage your components. It all depends which part of the PSU dies and how violently. If your regulation goes and it overloads a cap there is a good chance when it blows that a surge will take out your cpu or memory, possibly a hdd, it all depends on the part and how it fails. As for the dirty power, I used to live in an apartment that had horrid power so I went out and bought a powerful UPS. It'll condition the AC and provide battery backup as well (just make sure you get a model that is big enough for your power requirements).
  7. Sounds like they are almost dead. Quick question though, did you checks the caps on your mobo? I had a similar problem with the memory working oc'd but not stock and it kept crashing, etc, only to find that when I checked the caps on my board they were all distented near the memory voltage regulation and one by the processor regulation. Just give the mobo a quick glance over and double check all the parts. If you don't find anything my guess would be the same as yours (though if you could try the ram in another system you have or a friends system just to double check). Bum luck bud.
  8. Just by looking at your sig, you have a power hungry system (the SLI G6800's), so I wouldn't be suprised if the 2 sticks of ram extra have put your rails a little low or the power consumption up just enough to give you some errors.
  9. It's whole other story when you start stressing the GPU as well, like Sorrento said with his graphics cards. Your PSU only supplies as much power as needed at that point in time. So if you are only using 360 watts then your PSU will only put out 360 watts. So if you are stress testing your CPU + MEM and it's using X amount of power and then you go to game and it uses Y amount extra then it's possible that X + Y > PSU. Remember when you are overclocking, you are adding extra power to the components. It only takes 1 bad rail o make your system unstable.
  10. In answer to your original question though: We dig into the actual processor itself. While this may not be the real reason in your case, it is a real reason none the less. When we run these benchmarks we have no idea (unless GNU or open source) of what the source code is. It's really not that big of deal anyway unless you want to know how much of your processor you are really testing. Take Prime95 for example. I haven't checked it's source (if it even has free source?) but I'm willing to wager that it only tests your general purpose registers. Also note that since we are all using socket 754/939/940 and are using 32-bit windows or linux half of the register isn't being checked. So long story short, there are different instructions that use different parts of the chips and different special or general purpose registers that are tested for each different benchmark. The benchmarks here such as prime95 and super pi do a great job of testing the most used parts of your cpu, but who knows, you might actually be unstable using SSE2 instructions :confused:
  11. I always make a ghost of the drive before I OC, if it corrupts on me------> ghost it back. It takes roughly 10 minutes, depending of course on your setup and amount of information as well as compression level, etc...
  12. Here is my input: You use it for gaming and with that comes teamspeak, etc. if you use xp pro it will automatically allow anything running (unless otherwise specified by you through affinity) to execute on either core. So you may see a slight improvement especially if you don't have a dedicated soundcard. Secondly the Unreal 3 engine is suppost to support multiple cores, as well as any other app that is multiple core aware. If you do a good deal of multitasking in everyday uses you should see a small improvement. Other than that....not much.
  13. Unless you did a bios flash on your video card which I doubt you did. If you did however, those changes will persist.
  14. Just save your current Bios and if you don't like the new one then flash it back to the old one.
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