"Poseidon Extreme"

This PC was built for the purpose of being a strongly performing system when doing image, video, or audio editing.  Configured for dual-booting, the PC hosts Windows XP Pro and Vista Ultimate.  The CPU is an Intel Core 2 Extreme (X6800), with air-cooled overclocking to 3.5GHz and FSB:DDR2 ratio of 1:1.


System Update:

Swap ASUS Motherboard for Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R aftter ASUS had electrical failure.
Increased DDRAM2 to 8GB, swapping 4x1GB Corsair PC8500 for 4x2GB A-Data PC6400.
Swap Gigabyte Poseidon case for CoolerMaster R690 for much better airflow.
Removed video cooler trim panel to ease clearance with door-mounted fan.
With loss of ASUS Wi-fi module on motherboard, added external USB D-Link Wireless G adapter.

120mm Silenx Ixtrema Pro Fans + Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme Heatsink = Quiet Cooling
click here for original cooling solution and discussion of current modification
18 dBA/90 cfm                                                     14 dBA/72cfm
   Exhaust Fan                                                        Heatsink Fan

Dual-Boot Configuration for Windows XP and Windows VISTA
Hard Drive Partitioning Scheme


(Benchmarked at 3.6GHz but reduced
to 3.5GHz for thermal improvements)

Boot Screen:

ASPS P5W DH Deluxe ACPI BIOS Rev. 2004
Speed: 3.50 GHz Count: 2
PC2-5700 Dual Channel Interleaved

Advanced -> JumperFree Configuration

AI Overclocking: Manual
CPU (FSB) Frequency: 350 MHz
DRAM Frequency: DDR2-700 MHz

Performance Mode: Auto
PCI Express Frequency: 100
PCI Clock Synchronization Mode: 33.33 Mhz

Memory Voltage: 2.2V
CPU VCore Voltage: 1.375V
FSB Termination Voltage: Auto
MCH Chipset Voltage: Auto
ICH Chipset Voltage: Auto

Advanced -> CPU Configuration

Ratio CMOS Setting: 10
Microcode Updateion: Enabled
Max CPUID Value Limit: Disabled
Execute Disable Function: Disabled
Enhanced C1 Control: Disabled
CPU Internal Thermal Control: Auto
Virtualization Technology: Enabled
Intel SpeedStep tech.: Disabled

Advanced -> Chipset

Configure DRAM Timing by SPD: Disabled
DRAM CAS# Latency: 3 Clocks
DRAM RAS# Precharge: 3 Clocks
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay: 3 Clocks
DRAM RAS# Activate to Precharge: 9 Clocks
DRAM Write Recovery Time: 4 Clocks

DRAM ECC Mode: Disabled
Hyper Path 3: Disabled
DRAM Throttling Threshhold: Auto

20-Minute 100% Dual Core Load Testing Video
(minus 2 minutes that screesaver kicked in!)

29 MB Flash Video
accelerated 900% for 2-minute run time