Man this Ai just gets better as you go. Best piece of overclocking software of all time I'd say. I'm surprised to say the least. The Ai really speeds of the process for finding stable over clocks and reverts back to pervious 5 way settings automatically after a failed stress test.
The Ai 5 way got me to 4.6Ghz without doing a thing and it passed Real Bench 2.2 all benchmarks and stress tested 2 hours under 80C most of the time using the EVGA 5 tube air/fan connected to the Ai fan control. I noticed the Ai added voltage on the VTTDDR Voltage which seemed to help.
Of course I had to try for more GHz despite I was at 1.3v-core already.
I worked with the offsets a bit, moved up the VTTDDR Voltage and went to 1.360 v-core at 4.7GHz for all cores. I skipped the easy image editing and went to the more stressful bench marks to save time. I passed them all at 4.7 which surprised me. Ran the stress test 1/2 hour as well. Was bumping into 100C during the hardest part of the test but no throttling at all and it's running stable as can be.
With more testing I've found that I could reduce the V-core preset from 1.3v to 1.280v for total of 1.305v at 4.6Ghz. Passed Real Bench video encoding and heavy multi tasking plus 15 minutes stress test without errors. So the Ai over volts the system to be on the safe side with the 5 way optimization, but testing indicated the V-core can be lowered.
I'm wondering why with the Ai you can't choose which OC profile to boot up with. It seems to revert to it's own 5 way settings each time you reboot no matter what. Of course I can always go into bios and use the manual OC settings for this but I wish there was a way to boot up with custom OC profiles using the Ai.
Can you please tell me if you ever had issues with AI Suite 3 because I always get stuck into the issue annoying of DipAwayMode.exe error. I refreshed Windows to install AI Suite 3 but here I go again with the same error, even I had to contact Asus tech but no solution. How can I get rid of this error? I have the same motherboard like yours with windows system Windows 8.1 Pro with Media!
Description Faulting Application Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AI Suite III\DIP4\DIPAwayMode\DipAwayMode.exe
Problem signature Problem Event Name: APPCRASH Application Name: DipAwayMode.exe Application Version: 0.0.0.0 Application Timestamp: 00000000 Fault Module Name: KERNELBASE.dll Fault Module Version: 6.3.9600.17415 Fault Module Timestamp: 54504ade Exception Code: 40010006 Exception Offset: 00014598 OS Version: 6.3.9600.2.0.0.768.101 Locale ID: 2057 Additional Information 1: 10bf Additional Information 2: 10bfa4501894faa800d73acf9095dac8 Additional Information 3: b502 Additional Information 4: b502f6a030eaa7f46d95eec3449e5e87
Extra information about the problem Bucket ID: 1c0c1bcdd4d00bf5f598ffa77943cfd2 (73667533863)
Aerocool GT-S Black Full Tower Gaming Case ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero Bios latest version 2601 CPU Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core MSI N780 TF 3GD5-OC Graphic Card Corsair Hydro Series H100i All-In-One 240mm Digital High Performance Rad Liquid Cooler for CPU Corsair Memory Vengeance Pro Series Silver CMY32GX3M4A1866C9 32GB DDR3 1866 MHz XMP QuadDual Channel Desktop Asus VG278HE 27 Full HD LED Ultimate Gaming Monitor Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Black - Cherry MX Red Switches Pioneer BDR-209EBK Quad Layer 16x SATA Blu-Ray Writer Plextor M6e Ultra Slim SSD 256GB M.2 PCI Express Samsung MZ-7TE120BW 840 EVO 120GB Basic SSD SATA 3 7mm UltraSlim 2.5 With Software Suite PCMAC Western Digital HDD WD2002 FAEX 2TB Windows 8.1 full version 64 bit Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Logitech Webcam C930e (Business Product) with HD 1080p Video and 90-degree Field of View Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse 12000dpi USB Corsair 1200W AX1200i ATX Power Supply.
I get nothing but problems from ANY asus software; I'm proud to say that at the moment I have no asus crapware in my system and everything is not just ok, it's much better that when I was trying to use what I found out to be just some marketing BS. I get to 4.6 ghz with no more then 1.16v (if I remember correctly); I didn't test verry much, just some short benchmarks but that was stable enough for me, as I aim for lower temps and noise levels. You will get better results using bios settings, you just have to do some reading for that.
I found the AI Suite FanExpert to be quite useful to tune the fan profiles. Much easier than using the BIOS. I don't use AI suite for anything else. So the trick is to go into windows after you run FanEXpert to tune the fans and turn off/disable all ASUS services and scheduled tasks except the ASUS FanControlService. Has worked very well for me.
I don't think you want to run your CPU at 100ºC. Using anything but manual voltage for synthetic benchmarks is bad as the board itself will add more volts to the CPU resulting in dangerous voltage levels.