CPU/Graphics Problems. Please Help.


Oct 3, 2008
Hello all. I'm having problems with my newly built pc. Here's my current issue. When running graphics-intensive applications (games, etc),
the system either freezes or shuts down the application. 3DMark06 CPU tests show 0 or 1 fps and in triangle tests the first couple are bad
as well, 1 or 2 fps. Everything else (all the graphics tests) looked fine as far as I could tell. I'm trying to run the pc on manufacturer settings and not overclock (I know, I'm posting in the OC forum but hope to get better help here). Can I get some help on settings for my CPU problem? I'm also looking for tips on other BIOS settings as well. Here's my setup and readings with CPU-Z and Asus Probe II, with my BIOS settings as well. Thanks in advance for the help.

My setup:
Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
Asus Striker II Extreme http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131274
Intel Core2 Duo E8600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115054
Zalman CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019
BFG GTX280 OC ed. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143144
2x Patriot Viper 2GB DDR3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220344
2x 1T Seagate Barracuda http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148274
300G WD VelociRaptor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136260
LG Super Multi BluRay drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136137
Coolmax CUQ-1200B 1200W psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817159067
Antec Twelve Hundred case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043


vcore: 1.200 V
core speed: 2000 MHz
multiplier: 6.0
bus speed: 333.3 MHz
rated fsb: 1333.3 MHz

DRAM frequency: 533.3 MHz
FSB: DRAM: 5:8
CAS# Latency (CL): 9.0 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRDC): 9 clocks
RAS# precharge (tRP): 9 clocks
Cycle time (tRAS): 24 clocks
Bank cycle time (tRC): 27 clocks
Command rate (CR): 1T

SPD (slots 1 and 2):
Max bandwidth: PC3-8500F (533 MHz)
Timings Table
Frequency 457 MHz 533 MHz
CAS# Latency 6.0 7.0
RAS# to CAS# 6 7
RAS# precharge 6 7
tRAS 18 20
tRC 24 27
Voltage 1.5 V 1.5 V


Asus PC Probe II:
Vcore: 1.26V
CPU PLL: 1.54V
CPU VTT: 1.14V
Memory: 1.67V
NB: 1.33V
SB: 1.50V
DDR3 Term: 0.82V
3.3V: 3.38V
5V: 5.11V
12V: 12.10V


BIOS v1104:
Extreme Tweaker:
Memory Level Up: Auto
AI Overclock Tuner: Auto
[grey]Overclock options: disabled
CPU Multiplier: 10.0
[grey] Actual FSB (QDR): 1333.3 MHz (tried setting this manually with 1333 MHz actual FSB and won't boot into Windows)
[grey] Actual MEM (DDR): 1066.7 MHz
LDT Frequency: 5x
PCIE Bus, Slot 1 & 2: 100 MHz
PCIE Bus, Slot 3, MHz: 100 MHz
SPP<->MCP Ref Clock: Auto
SLI-Ready Memory: Disabled
Memory Timing Settings:
P1: Auto
P2: Auto
tCL (CAS Latency): 9
tRCD: 9
tRP: 9
tRAS: 24
Command per Clock (CMD): Auto (1T)

Over Voltage:
CPU Voltage: 1.22500 V (ASUS PC Probe says voltage is 1.26, CPU-Z says 1.200 idle, auto set voltage too high)
Loadline Calibration: Disabled
Everything else: auto (Wont load windows with recomended RAM settings. And noticed on "Auto", RAM voltage skyrockets (3.0v or so) when running both CPUZ and Asus Probe II at once (According to Probe II).

CPU Configuration:
CPU Internal Thermal Control: Auto
Limit CPUID MaxVal: Disabled
Enhanced C1 (C1E): Enabled
CPU C State Capability: Disabled
Execute Disable Bit: Enabled
Virtualization Technology: Disabled
Enhanced Intel Speedstep Tech: Enabled
CPU Core 2: Enabled

Spread Spectrum Control:
all disabled

Plug & Play O/S: No
Primary display adapter: PCI-E

ACPI Suspend Type: S1&S3

Hardware Monitor:
Voltage Monitor:
VCore Voltage: 1.24V
CPU PLL: 1.53V
CPU VTT: 1.13V
Memory: 1.66V
NB Core: 1.32V
SB Core: 1.50V
DDR3 Termination: 0.81V
3.3V: 3.37V
5V: 5.08V
12V: 12.09V


Jul 26, 2008
Case temps? I see you have a factory OC's 280, my factory OC'd 8800gt puts tons of heat. I could only imagine a 280 would put more heat into the case. I would suspect something is overheating. Be it GPU, CPU, RAM or mobo, only testing can tell.