HWC Overclocking Challenge #1: SuperPi 32M <4.0
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March 2, 2013, 08:56 AM
Join Date: Mar 2010
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I might participate, anybody got tips how to run this? would a VM running on ram disk be faster than a host machines? Should I dual boot to a ssd and read a bunch of guide on trimming windows 7 down to bones? Is there a pre-hardened/trimmed windows 7 distro available anywhere? At sub 4000mhz it's really all down to the OS.
Good 'ol XP is going to be outperform W7, I have read server 03 is also a good choice depending on the platform.
There are some stripped/lite versions out there, a good place to start would be to google tinyxp rev 9.
Keeping in mind that a lot of tweaks may or may not help depending on your specific set up, here are a few. As in most things ymmv, so testing yourself to find out what works best is key.
-Lite or stripped XP sp3 is usually your best best, install motherboard & gpu drivers
-Disable any services you don't need, such as LAN or audio
-Run with HT if off if applicable, and set affinity to 1 or 2 of your strongest cores (test to find)
-Set colour scheme to olive green and remove background, you can put it back for screenshot
-In system properties>advanced tab: Set processor scheduling to background services and memory usage to system cache.Under virtual memory click change,create a custom size of initial size 512 and a max of 512 on your c drive. (you can play with this amount to see what works best)
-Set large system cache by running regedit. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\SessionManager\Memory Management and set to 1
-Run msconfig, go to boot.ini tab and click on advanced. Set maxmem to 600 and make sure pcilock is ticked.
As sswilson said memory timings will play a crucial role, running high and tight timings will shave a lot of time off your run. Tweaking secondary and tertiary timings will also help as you get close to the edge of what your set up is capable of.
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