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Default Re: i7 Builds - Specs and Results...reserved for additional results

here are the initial builds for the i7's. most of the components have since been discontined, updated, and/or replaced.

donrey - PTLE 8.0.4, i7 950 @ 4.2, Asus P6X58D Premium, Noctua NH-D14, Kingston Hyper X 6GB @ 1600, PNY Quadro FX580, Lite On iHAS524, SeaGate Barracudas @ 7200, Silverstone FT02 Case, ADS Pyro PCI 64R2 firewire card, Mbox 2 Pro, Windows 7 64 Pro and Windows XP 32 Pro (both tested)
donrey's OC'd bios settings

harryk - PT9, i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950, GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard, GA-X58A-UD3R Rev.2 BIOS FE, VGA PNYlVCQFX380-PCIE-PB FX380 RT, CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" - system, Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, sessions, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, Mbox2

filosofem -PT9HD Native, Intel Core i7 930 2.80GHz Bloomfield D0 1366 VGA, Gigabyte X58A-UD3R (FA) Revision 1, DDR3-SDRAM DDR3-1333 Corsair 6144 MB Single Bank 2048, ATi Radeon HD 5400 Series 512 MB PCIe, Enermax Liberty ECO II 620w PSU Modular, WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2, Windows 7 Professional 6.01.7600 (x64)

rickthestick - Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Intel i7 980X, Noctua NH-D14, Asus P6X58D Premium, Kingston HyperX 12 GB DDR 1600, GeForce 9800GT 1GB Silent, Intel X25-M 160GB SSD, 3) WD 1TB Black, Plextor PX-880SA, Seasonic X-750, Digi 003 w/ version 8.03cs2 DVERB test: at 64 samples, 58 to 60% CPU usage, 348 dverbs, 487 @1024 buffer...using all 12 cores!!!

spkguitar - PT9, Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R, Intel i7 920, 6GB Patriot DDR3. ASUS EN7600GT, LG GGW-H20L BD-RE, Sony CRX195E1 CD-RW, 2x ICY DOCK MB671SK-B (trayless hotswap), 2x WD Caviar black 640GB (os swap), 1x WD caviar 320GB (sessions), 1x Maxtor 120GB (sessions), 1x Seagate 1TB (samples/loops), DIGI002, Command8, XP(SP3) = 243 Dverb2.0 OSX = 318 Dverb2.0

***** Mike Bordello - FIRST i7 BUILD/POST - 415 Dverbs on a Intel i7 920, Asus P6t Deluxe, 6 gb OCZ Platinum ram (XP only sees 3), Seagate 500gb 32mb cache SATA 7200rpm Audio, Hitachi Deskstar 120gb 7200 IDE OS, Diamond Radeon HD 3650 video card, MBOX 2, PT 7.4 (his build discussion on page 181 of the BEST CORE 2 thread)

ranallicj- 415 Dverbs on i7 965, Intel Smackover Motherboard, 6gb of corsair dominator ddr3 1600, running 2 500gb hds and 2 400gbs(all 7200rpm unfortunately), NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX (Prerelease - WDDM 1.1), DVD-Rom Drive : HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NS30 ATA Device, Dell Computer DELL 2405FPW - 24 inches, Samsung SyncMaster - 22 inches, XP PRO SP3, PTLE 8.0
***** please note that these dverb scores were achieved with PTLE 8.0 and the NEW DVERB (with chorus) (see the Windows 7 thread for details)

pianosound - 225 DVERBS (PTLE 8) on Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66Ghz LGA 1366 130 W Quad Core, Asus P6T Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel x58 MOBO, OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240 pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800), Asus EAH4350 Silent Radeon 512MB 64-bit PCI Express 2.0 x 16 Video Card, Corsair 750W Power Supply, Lian LI Lancool ATX Mid Tower Case, Western Digital Caviar Black, HD's,,, 1 750 GB,, and 2 500GB,,, SATA 3.0Gb/s, XP Home SP3, (Also got DVD/CD,, and 24 inch monitor)
***please note that pianosound's dverb tests were done with quite a few backgrd processes running and with speedstep enabled. so he did take a performance hit because of this. also he ran the test using PTLE 8 with the new dverb which causes a performance hit also. but i did want to post his build specs regardless so others could view his component list.

guitardom - 488 DVERBS on Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66Ghz, GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard , COOLER MASTER RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler , HIS Hightech H465P512P Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card , OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory , CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
PTLE 8, XP SP3, everything else i had already but here is the psu
***388 Dverbs @64 buffer redoing dverb tests with dverb from pt 7.4 (so w/o chorus) with 48 audio tracks, rest aux's, using ONLY first 5 inserts (A-E) recording 5 minutes, 48k - 24 bit session, processors set to max (4), cpu usage maxed, stock dae settings, multicore (hyper) threading OFF. ((ALSO the bios of my motherboard is F3 FYI))
steve full test results w/OC @3.6 (stock 2.66) dram 1440 (stock extra voltage was req'd)...New Dverb with multi (hyper) threading OFF 64 HW Buffer / 238... 1024 HW Buffer / 312-------New Dverb with multi (hyper) threading ON 64 HW Buffer / 344.......... 1024 HW Buffer / 409 -------- Old Dverb with multi (hyper) threading OFF 64 HW Buffer / 429...1024 HW Buffer / 543 NOW FOR THE KICKER.......Old Dverb with multi (hyper) threading ON
64 HW Buffer / 543...1024 HW Buffer / 628 well i'm speechless!!!

kris75 - 311 (@64 buffer) Dverbs Intel I7 920 cpu, Gigabyte EX58-UD3R Motherboard, 3 x 1 gig stix of kingston value ram ddr3 1333, 250 gig system drive, Antec Sonota III w/500 watt power supply, Asus 3450 256mb video card, LG 22x DVD writer, PTLE 8.0 (used the 7.4 dverb intestin' tho)

CrAkD - i7 920, Gigabye ud4p, 6gb OCZ Platinum ddr3 1600, 2x 640gb WD Caviar Black, OLD Dverb 1024 - 520 Dverbs 64 - 433 Dverbs, NEW Dverb 1024 - 283 64 - 235

Herkimer - i7 920, Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R motherboard, 3x2GB ram Kingston 9905403-011A01LF 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-24 4-33-10-5), Video: ASUS Extreme AX300SE/T (128MB, PCIe 1.00 x16, PS2.0, VS2.0), Hard drive: WDC WD3200AAKS-00L9A0 320GB (SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, NCQ, 16MB Cache) : 298GB (C:) (F:) Hard drive: WDC WD2500KS-00MJB0 250GB (SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 16MB Cache) : 233GB (G:)
Audio Device : Giga-Byte HD Audio Controller, FireWire/1394 Controller 1 : Giga-Byte TSB43AB23 1394a-2000 OHCI Network Adapter : Realtek RTL8168D(P)/8111D(P) PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Windows System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 (Service Pack 3), PT8, Mbox2

bblue - Intel i7-920 OC'd to 3.2GHz, Asus P6T DLX, 6GB DDR3-1600 (triple), Win XP Pro SP3, PTLE 8cs2, MPTK2, Black Lion 003R

albee1952 - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail , Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail , OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory , OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W Power Supply - Retail


philip888 - Gigabyte EX58-UD3R, Intel Core i7 CPU 920 @ 4.0Ghz, OCZ DDR3 1333Mhz PC3-10666 Platinum Edition @ 1600Mhz, ATI Radeon HD 4350, Delta 1010LT, M-Powered 8.0cs3, Windows XP Pro SP3, Dverb 2.0 Test= 420

***philip888 has one of the most impressive OC's IMHO. here is a link to his settings. you BETTER have the absolute proper cooling and voltage settings to try to pull this off. you are on your own but i thought it was well worth the note. philip888 OC settings

thanks to jlearman for the recap!!! hope it helps brings the info in this thread in a bit more concise read. thanks again!! you can find his post on page 136 of this thread ....

Hey Mike & anyone else who's interested... I've read through this whole thread twice. On the second run, I took notes of everything I thought I'd need. It by no means captures the wealth of knowledge in this thread, but I thought it would make a good checklist for anyone building a new system & would hopefully keep the big dogs from answering the same questions a hundred times. I knew off the bat that I was copying Guitardom's rig, so I started with his parts list.

Read Mykhal's c's links on the first page. He's the man... read everything he posts twice. Also, he has a great link up there for getting a D0 stepping i7 for an awesome price.

Motherboard - Gigabyte ex58 boards or ASUS P6T have been tested & are working. Guitardom's GA-EX58-UD3R still has the best results, but probably mostly due to his settings than the hardware itself.
Drives - MUST BE 32mb cache. WD black is best.


Windows x64

DPC Latency Checker

RAM Disk Supervolume
Shan has used to make use of the extra ram not recognized by windows.

overlocking tools:
prime95 -
coretemp -
cpuz -

3gb switch is what you are looking for. you do step 1 only for pt 8.

Do Not Install Easy Tune 6 (gigabyte's windows-based overclocking-for-dummies software)

Set "Open Ended Record Allocation" to limit to 10 minutes

Do's & Do nots
Do a base install with minimal drivers.
Do make Images.
Do load only drivers if at all possable.
Do update and patch the system.
Do follow the guidelines in the general truobleshooting thread and getting started guide for your initial set up.
Do install just PT and the latest stable Cs update if needed to solve any problems. The latest update is not always the stablest update. Check first.
Do make more drive images along the way

Dont install stuff from the driver disk until you know your system is stable.
Dont add a bunch of 3rd part apps until you know the system is stable and working.
Dont change more than one thing in Bios at a time.

BIOS Version
ALSO FOR ALL THE GIGABYTE OWNERS:::: please check and update your bios first thing. albee's new board was about 2 revisions back on bios updates and is the culprit to his early problems.

at the moment the current revision to use is F4. the easiest way to see it is to first disable the "show full screen logo" in the bios. then restart your computer and the first window you will see will show GIGABYTE EX58-UD3R F?" in the upper right of the screen.

you need just a flash drive and have the newest update downloaded and extracted and put on the flash drive. have it in the machine, reboot, go into qflash (hold end on boot) and follow the instructions to update the bios. also read the section in the manual if you have never done it.

Another very good app. - if a little scary, to begin with - is Autoruns. This has made a huge difference to my stability, and boot times.

By the way, as you (guitardom) mentioned with the DAE buffer to level 1 is much better..!

Install and run Royale Noir. Created by MS about 5 or so years ago and much better than the Fisher Price look or Classic XP look. A history lesson of Royale Noir. It looks great with these new darker themed UI's we're seeing in our DAW's these days. Also add a drop shadow utility like the classic free Y'z Shadow 1.9(includes a wee bit of tasteful transparency)and PT 8 looks like a brand new PT 9(still without ADC).

Ooooh this is really nice Shane but I prefer the Zune Theme for XP. It matches with Pro Tools 8 even better. It doesn't take up more memory or anything its jsut a darker theme for XP. You can download it from here. If you switch on the track colouring in PT 8 it matches perfectly with Instrument tracks


XMP / BIOS settings:
First if your OCZ memory supports X.M.P. (check manual or their website) then on the "AI Tweaker" window switch to X.M.P. that will just set all your RAM timing to match with the CPU and all the other things. It will adjust voltages and everything.... Second: Disable Speedstepping (C1E, C3/C6/C7) on Gigayte boards. This feautre should be above the Turbo Mode or somewhere in the CPU Settings. Note that that will also disalble TURBO MODE. Anyway u got to do that because Speedsteppin is causing some errors with Pro Tools... Third make sure that Hyper Threading (HT) is ON! That will improve performance in Pro Tools . Also in the "Boot" tab under "Boot device priority" only check ur hard drive! Disable all the other drive whatever (Tip USE ENTER for that :P). Well thats all I think... Ohh no it isn't! :O Ooops! You gotta disable all the onboard stuff that u don't use. If u use PCI firewirecard (which I suggest BTW, something that has TI Chipset on) then u should disable the onboard Firewire (1394) so the two but interfere with each other. Same applies for Audio and LAN. If u use Wireless Internet disable LAN.

and since a LOT of the builders are usin' GIGA mobos, i'm postin' these changes that need to made to the BIOS. this is from the GIGA manual but ASUS builders should also make the same changes...tho the features 'might' have different wording...

from the GIGA mobo manual...

CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software
Advanced CPU Features
: Move Enter: Select +/-/PU/PD: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit F1: General Help
F5: Previous Values F6: Fail-Safe Defaults F7: Optimized Defaults
CPU Clock Ratio (Note) [22X]
CPU Frequency 2.93GHz(133x22)
Intel(R) Turbo Boost Tech. [Enabled] <= Standard (i think is the available choice...check this one tho)***
CPU Cores Enabled (Note) [All]
CPU Multi-Threading (Note) [Enabled] (this is hyperthreading)
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) (Note) [Enabled] <= DISABLE
C3/C6/C7 State Support (Note) [Disabled]
CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) (Note) [Enabled]
CPU EIST Function (Note) [Enabled] <= DISABLE
Virtualization Technology (Note) [Enabled] <= DISABLE
Bi-Directional PROCHOT (Note) [Enabled]
Item Help
Menu Level

*** if you are overclockin' TURBO mode should NOT be enabled

worth a look too... CASPER XP cloning while you're booted up in XP/Vista. it does not do 'image' files like Acronis tho. but if you're lookin' for a clone drive that can go str8 to SATA port 1 from a bkup case/port then it really does not get any easier than the way CXP does it. like i said, worth a doubt

AHCI - how to set hard drives to AHCI without slipstream

bassist...deep pocketz anyone???!!!

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i7 Builds - Specs and Results

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ASUS X79 Sabertooth | 32GB GSkill DDR3 2133 ram | mo' stuff

Last edited by mykhal c; 01-18-2014 at 06:05 PM. Reason: updated 1/18/14...moved older builds from top thread here
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