Posted by Bill Hillman on February 10, 2011, 4:56 amPlease Register and login to reply and use other advanced options
This board was actually purchased for a friend that is merely a 'user'
and has no clue what a BIOS is. When I built her system I didn't
think it would ever be used for this purpose. It's a long story but
know I'll be using it for a little while until I buy a better one down
While researching info about the Phenom II, I had read some horror
stories about boards being fried by overclocking or unlocking cores.
I was just assuming this board could handle quite a bit of power draw
simply because it shows it compatible with several higher power Athlon/
Opteron CPU's up to 125W. I will definitely pay close attention
though with the info you've provided should I try to do any further
overclocking. Also good to know when I do buy another board which
might just get OC'd a bit.
The stock CPU cooler seems setup well to provide cooling for the
surrounding components with air coming out all 4 sides. The funny
thing I noticed was the heatsink for the Phenom II X2 555 (80W) wasn't
as beefy as the one I removed for the Athlon 64 3200+ (45W) which had
a lower power draw. Perhaps the heatsink design is more efficient.
The CPU temp according to the BIOS hardware monitor and software in
windows both showed a CPU temp around 45C at 4Ghz (idle) so it must be
doing a decent job. I didn't really stress it that much, just ran
Sandra a few times as a quick test. The case I will be eventually
moving it to also has an 80mm fan blowing outside air directly over
the CPU area from the side of the case.
Thanks again for the info Paul! I had hoped some folks were still
around the old newsgroups with the knowledge I needed and you
certainly didn't let me down! These days with all the overclocking
websites it's almost information overload at times. Back when
overclocking first got really rocking with the 'new' Celeron and such,
all we had was these newsgroups and the ACHO FAQ I hosted on my
website. It's been nice getting those juices flowing again.... =3D)
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