Basic Overclocking Guide for Intel C2D Processors

Set Your RAM Timings

RAM Timings

Ram timings are key to a fast, stable overclock on any computer with any processor. What we need to make sure of before we start overclocking is that we loosen up the timings slightly to factor out the possibility of the RAM's timings being to tight to allow a higher overclock. This is going to be different with every single setup and each different kit of RAM. I have found that the best settings to start with are usually 5-5-5-15 as this is loose enough to allow a good bump in memory speed without hitting a wall.

On the AW9D-MAX the timings page can be found under "Advanced Chipset Features".

RAM Timings

Make sure that you select "Manual" so that you have control of the timings and not your motherboard. This specific board will try and automatically scale the RAM timings with the FSB/Memory speed which is bad when trying to overclock. As you can see from this screenshot I've decided to lower my timings to 4-4-4-10 which are my tightest stable timings at 445mhz FSB with 2.2vdimm. Again, I suggest timings of 5-5-5-15 to start off with and then gradually tighten them after you've achieved your maximum stable overclock.

Note for Asus P5W DH Owners: This motherboard has an FSB wall at 330mhz which can be overcome by enabling SPD in the advanced chipset features page.

Now, think you're ready to start clockin'? Let's get you familiarized with the settings first...
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