Overclocking Core i7 920 on Asus P6T

When I selected the components for my Core i7 machine, I picked Asus P6T motherboard because it’s overclocking friendly and its built quality. I spent several days trying to overclock it and finally got down to a configuration that’s stable and fast. For details about my setup, please refer to this post.

The tool I used for overclocking the motherboard is the built-in Ai Tweaker for P6T. The settings are:

  • Ai Overclock Tuner: Manual
  • Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech: Enabled
  • Intel(R) Turbo Mode Tech: Enabled (I disabled it later on)
  • BCLK Frequency: 200
  • PCIE Frequency: 100
  • DRAM Frequency: DDR3-1603MHz
  • CPU Voltage: 1.35
  • CPU PLL Voltage: 1.96
  • QPI/DRAM Core Voltage: 1.35
  • DRAM Bus Voltage: 1.66
  • CPU Differential Amplitude: 800mV


I used the ATI Catalyst beta driver to overclock the video card.

  • GPU Clock: 690 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 1135 MHz


Using these settings, the CPU clock has been raised from 2.6GHz to 4.0GHz and the GPU clock has been raised from 575 MHz to 690 MHz.

I have run two benchmark tests: PCMark 05 and 3DMark 06. The OS is Windows 7 Beta build 7000.  The scores are:

  • PCMark 05: 10026 (original)  12423 (oc)
  • 3DMark 06: 12010 (original)  15038 (oc)

The machine runs smoothly for weeks now. The only problem that I ran into is occassionally the computer cannot boot and complains about over clocking settings are not correct. If I turn off Turbo mode, it boots OK. I have seen some posts about running Core i7 920 at even higher clock speed, but I intend to run my machine for a couple of years. Therfore, I am happy with the current configuration.

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