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I'm tryin really hard to get things working right with phase cooling, but just when I think I'm in the clear...

Well as a few of you might have read, I believe my last mobo was warped during the phase installation. 3 weeks later, I've finally received a new mobo from Asus.

This time, instead of using the heated backplate, I decided to go with a guide Scott recommended using Kneaded Eraser and a few other components to insulate the board.

Luckily this time my northbridge temperatures are fine, but now I've noticed that my CPU frequency is going absolutely crazy (jumping everywhere as high as 3.2ghz and as low as 1.6 ghz) even though I've set everything to default values in the bios.

At first I figured it was because of the new motherboard, so to be safe I reformatted the comp. Sure enough cpu frequency is still goin haywire.

So I'm wondering this...

1. Have any of you run into a problem like this when using kneaded eraser? I.e. could I have been too thorough and the eraser is pressing too hard against somethin on the back of the mobo?

or

2. Because the heated backplate wasn't working (wasn't heating up) I noticed some condensation residue. Is is possible I screwed up my CPU on the last run?

I'm asking in this section because of how experienced everyone here is, and hoping that with all that experience, someone has an Idea of what's goin on.

'Tis really a shame, this gorgeous phase unit Scott built still hasn't had a chance to shine with all these obstacles in the way.

**EDIT: Strange.. it seems like it's settling @ 1602mhz, @ 133.50 x 12.0

I'm going to have a quick run through the bios and see if there's something throttling the clocks based on demand.

**Last Edit: Alright false alarm, problem solved!
Edited by Darknlight_8 - 5/19/11 at 6:55pm
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Turn off speed step, C1E, and anything mentioning power saving. They're located in the CPU section of the BIOS.
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much appreciated bassplayer, It was the C1E that was gettin me. Weird.. I don't remember that being turned on by default with the last mobo.

oh well, thanks again
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Glad I could help!
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It looks like thats just Windows trying to save power. When c-states and speedstep are enabled they allow Windows to mannage power consumption (not the processor itself). Its perfectly fine to just disable them in the BIOS but I think it is better to just change the way Windows manages power usage. I will assume that (and easier on your power bill) you have Windows 7 (btw, you may want to fill out your sig rig, just click on "User CP" in the black bar at the top of this page, and click on "edit system").

Just go to Control Panel-> Hardware and Sound-> Power options. You will probably see that "Power saver" is checked, just change it to "high performance" or "Balanced."

Also, if you click on "Change plan settings" then "Change advanced power settings" you can change the CPU speed range Windows will allow for that plan (under "Processor power management"). Note that although the text boxes go from 0% to 100%, the mimimum multiplier for Intel I believe is a 12, and turbo boost can still work.

This should be the same for Vista, but I dont know about XP. Hope this helps.
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