I forgot to note that the Win 7 HP SP1 OS is 64-bit (I bet that all y'all gurus already had figured that out).
BIOS set in AI Overclock Profile to X.M.P. mode:
This mode reads the SPD of the mem modules & sets the mem accordingly but the BIOS also sets up the CPU & optimizes it's settings according to the mem SPD. So the I7 3820 is auto set in Turbo Mode, to Hyperthread, Virtualization, all cores on, etc. All from 1 setting choice! Intel SpeedStep is also enabled by default (I left it on to see if this would create any issues running AH).
BIOS in this Asus Rampage IV Gene is smarter than me! (which isn't that big of a stretch)
Loaded AH, copied over settings, defstick & sounds folders from other box & calibrated controllers after doing the same for CH CM.
Set up Q-Fan control in BIOS for CPU & Chassis fans & loaded Asus X-PertFan control software & set both on Turbo profiles (most aggressive cooling).
Flew for approx 2 1/2 hrs last night........................
.......it was BEAUTIFUL! (except when I got shot down, of course!
Game set up in Video Settings for 1024 textures (hi res tex pack installed) & Most for AA. Vid card set up for Application-Control for AA, AF & V-synch, AA-T set for 4xSS, Texure Quality set for High Quality, power set for Adaptive, TB set On.
In game set for full graphics (both sliders set full left), all shadows enabled & shadow textures set for 4096.
Idle temp on CPU was 38*C. Full load CPU temp off AH was 46*C. Idle temp on GPU was 34*C. Full load GPU temp off AH was 70*C. CPU fan speeds held between 833-937 rpms thruout. Chassis fan speeds were a little higher, between 834-1014 rpms thruout. The only fan that I could hear between flights was the GPU fan throttling & it was faint at best. This is 1 QUIET box!
FPS held constant between 57-60 & ran smooth as glass--even the CH HOTAS inputs were MUCH more precise than on my prior box. The potential of the 560Ti SC was realized (GPU did not have to wait (clock down) on the CPU at all, CPU was waiting (speed stepping) on the GPU so GPU ran at full clocks all during flight time-even w/ Adaptive set-verified on Precision). Seeing that was FANTASTIC, but I'm still drooling over the 680's!
I'll test it w/ 8196 shadow textures later.
Man I am STOKED by the performance of this set up--to know that it's dong all this essentially in STOCK settings (CPU stock speed is 3.6, turbo'd to 3.8 w/ Speed Stepping enabled) is what I would call for AH-----FUTUREPROOF!