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CFX3200 DR/G - Help with basic set up on DFI CFX3200


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First im pretty new to this!

I got the CFX3200 a couple on months ago and built my own system (not the first)

 

But the Bios has made my brain melt! I don't think i know what i let my self in for:eek: !

 

I would be really greatfull if some one can help about setting the board up.

 

I have got it running ok but all the bios options are on default / auto settings.

 

Now im sure its not running as fast as it could do. I have found a lot of memory tweaking guides but can't find any which relate to setting up the CPU and the other options.

 

Im not looking for overclocking at the moment but would just like to get it off of the auto settings and the right timings for the fsb etc.( I have no idea what im doing :angel: )

 

If someone could post the "recommended" settings for my system I would appreciate it. (or point me in the right direction for a link etc) (and perhaps any mild performance tweaks)

 

My system

mobo dfi ut cfx3200

AMD 4600+ x2 939

2gb (4x 512 matched pair) ocz ddr400 premier ram

1x samsung 200gb sata2 hdd

1x westerndigital 250gb sata 2 hdd

ATI x1950xtx graphics card

x-fi Fatl1ty sound card.

1x samsung s182 dvd-rw

1x nec dvd-rw

Running Windows Vista 64 premium

Many thanks

 

Alarm

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Guest Lavell

What is the exact model number of your RAM? Give me a link to look it up so that I can give you the proper settings in the BIOS for your RAM.

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If you haven't done so already, you need to update the BIOS to 7/28/2006. Go to the DFI website and download the file. The file will make a bootable floppy disk that will flash the motherboard. Make sure you do this first before you adjust these settings.

 

Make the following BIOS settings. This will maximize performance from your video card as well as your RAM. Try them and see if they will work for you:

 

Menu: Genie BIOS Settings

 

FSB Frequency - 200MHz

LDT/FSB Frequency Ratio - x 5.0

CPU/FSB Frequency Ratio - x 12.0

CPU VID Control - 1.350V

DRAM Voltage Control - 2.6V

 

Leave all other settings under this menu at their default values.

 

Menu: Genie BIOS Settings

Submenu: DRAM Configuration

 

DRAM Frequency Set - 200=RAM/FSB:01/01

Command Per Clock - Disabled

CAS Latency Control - 2.5

RAS# to CAS# delay - 03 bus clocks

Min RAS# active time - 07 bus clocks

Row precharge time - 03 bus clocks

Row cycle time - 10 bus clocks

Row refresh cyc time - 10 bus clocks

Row to row delay - 00 bus clocks

Write recovery time - 02 bus clocks

Write to read delay - 01 bus clock

Read to write delay - 01 bus clock

Refresh period - 3120 cycles

DRAM bank Interleaving - Enabled

Errata 94 Enhancement - Disabled

Errata 123 Enhancement - Disabled

Odd Divisor Correct - Disabled

 

DQS Skew Control - Auto

DQS Skew Value - 0

DRAM Drive Strength - Level 8

DRAM Data Drive Strength - Auto

DIMM 1/3 Clock Timing Skew - Auto

DIMM 2/4 Clock Timing Skew - Auto

Max Async Latency - 6.0ns

Read Preamble Time - 4.0ns

IdleCycle Limit - 32 cycles

Dynamic Counter - Enabled

R/W Queue Bypass - 16x

Bypass Max - 7x

Burst Length - 8 bursts

 

Menu: Advanced Chipset Features

Submenu: South Configuration

Submenu: South Bridge Features

 

ULi HPET – Enabled

 

Menu: Advanced Chipset Features

Submenu: PCIe Configuration

 

Lane Reversal

GFX1 – Enabled

GFX2 – Enabled

 

Power Down Unused Port

GFX1 – Disabled

GFX2 – Disabled

GPP – Disabled

 

Hide Empty PCIe Port – Disabled

TXCLK Gating – Enabled

PCIe Common Clock – Enabled

 

10% Extra Current

GFX1 – Enabled

GFX2 – Enabled

GPP – Disabled

SB – Disabled

 

 

I hope this helps. :)

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Thanks Lavell,

 

Tried all the settings saved restarted and got nothing :(

 

Thought I had latest bios but not so and for some reason Vista wont let me run either winbios update or let me format the floppy using the latest bios??

 

so going to do it on works computer today and update the bios tonight.

 

I did manage to update the bios for cpu timings and fsb and the pcie config.

 

and the first 8 items on the RAM timings. so ram is running at 400mhz rather than 333mhz

 

Ran Counterstrike video stress test before and after bios changes.

 

Before I was getting 129fps avg

 

now getting 100fps :( ??? will keep you updated!

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Damn, I forgot that you're running 4 sticks of 512MB RAM. Change the DRAM Frequency Set setting to 166=RAM/FSB:05/06. By default, when having all 4 memory slots filled with RAM, the speed of the RAM is supposed to clock down to 333MHz.

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Ok almost sorted.

 

why shouldn't you run it at 400mhz when 4 sticks of ram are used?.

 

Right updated bios made all the changes and the same thing happens no post it just stops :(

 

So i have put filled in all the other fields as before. I think there may be a ram timing error in there as it works with the ither settings :rolleyes:

 

any ideas :)

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The manual that came with the motherboard said that if you fill all 4 of your memory slots with double-sided RAM, the motherboard will clock down the Ram speed to 333MHz. If you have your manual, turn to page 28 for more information.

 

Make changes to the following settings:

 

Menu: Genie BIOS Settings

Submenu: DRAM Configuration

 

Row cycle time - 15 bus clocks

Row refresh cyc time - 17 bus clocks

Row to row delay - 2 bus clocks

Refresh period - 4672 cycles

 

These settings should create some stability in your system. I hope this works.

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  • 4 weeks later...

I just picked up one of these boards and I will be testing out your settings. The one question I have for you Lavell is about the graphics card settings. If only using one PCIe card should the GFX2 be disbaled?

 

BTW, I'll be using some Patriot XBLK+ TCCD 2 x 256MB stick for the time being (so I know the memory timings will be / are already set different). If I like this board enough I'll swap it out with my Ultra D and use the OCZ in in instead.

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  • 2 weeks later...
Guest Lavell

Yes. If you're only using 1 video card, disable GFX 2 in the BIOS.

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