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Poll Results: whats your choice for 990fx

Poll expired: Jul 11, 2011  
  • 0% (1)
    Asus M5A97evo
  • 0% (1)
    Asus M5A99Xevo
  • 49% (58)
    Asus Sabertooth 990fx
  • 31% (37)
    Asus Crosshair V Formula / Thunderbolt
  • 0% (1)
    Biostar TA-990FXE
  • 12% (15)
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7
  • 4% (5)
    MSI 990FXA-GD80
118 Total Votes  
post #2281 of 10107
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post #2282 of 10107
Hey all,
I'm new here with the following all new build and with a couple of questions.

First, the build:
Obsidian 800D Case
Obsidian AX850 ps
Asus Sabertooth 990FX mb (of course smile.gif )
Phenom II X4 960T Black Box
8-gig of Corsair Vengeance (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B)
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler
Corsair 240 GT SSD as "C" drive
EVGA GTX 560 non-Ti w/2gig mem
A couple of hard drives for working and backup storage (1-SATA III and 1-SATA II)
ASUS 23" LCD Monitor
Blu-Ray Read/Write optical
DVD Read/Write optical
Windows7 Home Premium

Now the comments and questions:

1. The coolest thing is that I easily unlocked my Phenom II 960's hidden cores and it's running great on all six cylinders. Knowing that not all 960T's will allow both or even one of it's extra cores to be unlocked, I'm tickled that mine was one of the good "six core" Phenoms.
I let the bios handle the unlocking automatically with that appropriate setting.
However, I haven't yet played with OC'ing it, so it's running fine, but only at the standard 3.0Ghz.
I'm not wanting to make the system unstable, and I would be happy to push it up to 3.7Ghz and leave it there if I can and it stays cool and stable.
That would give me the exact same thing as a Phenom 1100T running at it's "Turbo" setting of 3.7Ghz, and I would be tickled to have that and be done with it.
Can anyone give me some recommend settings in the bios to get it there? 4.0Ghz would be nice, but, I'm not greedy and don't "need" it that fast if it pushes the CPU to it's limits of stability. I know that it's not just a matter of changing the speed, but also perhaps voltage and other stuff as well.
It seems that you can change settings using the ASUS software, but it appears that it reverts back to standard speed when you reboot, so I want to make any OC changes permanent in the BIOS.

2. The Vengeance memory I'm using is really tall. http://www.corsair.com/us/memory/amd-memory-upgrades/vengeance-8gb-dual-channel-ddr3-memory-kit-cmz8gx3m2a1600c9b.html
I'm running two, 4-gig modules in slots 2 and 4 so it clears the CoolerMaster nicely. However, I want to fill the other two slots with another 8gig of memory to bring it up to 16gig total, and even if the cooler fan is moved up, it still won't clear the really tall Vengeance modules.
The question here is whether I can use one of the "standard" height Corsair memory modules and mix it with the Vengeance? I would still have to move the CoolerMaster fan up a little, but only a little to make it clear standard height memory. I just don't want to get in trouble by mixing different memory sticks with the original Vengeance I have.

3. I'm not sure if my SSD is being best utilized by Windows as an SSD. It works fine, but I'm not really feeling the love I thought I should with it's performance. Have I missed some setting in the bios that would best take advantage of my SSD?

4. One little, one-time glitch: I booted it up yesterday and it crashed and rebooted again. It crashed even before it started loading Windows.
On the second reboot, I got an error message that the CPU fan wasn't operating within limits. It didn't report a high temperature; just a low fan speed. When it did reboot, I checked the fan speed and it was running at 597 rpm. Of course, it's a PWM fan, so I'm confused as to why this happened since the bios itself controls the fan speed, yet, the bios is what called out it's own error and rebooted.
It's only happened once so far, but I'm wonder if anyone else has had this happen.
Also, I haven't looked yet, but I thought that maybe you can change a setting in the bios to force a minimum fan speed, but I'll take a look and see if that's possible later.

That's all I got for now. Any help or comments?

TIA
Edited by Mark Meyer - 5/10/12 at 8:24am
post #2283 of 10107
anyone found a way to cover/paint the heatsinks?
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anyone found a way to cover/paint the heatsinks?

why would you want to... that would just take away from the thermal efficiency
post #2285 of 10107
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Originally Posted by Mark Meyer View Post

Hey all,
1. The coolest thing is that I easily unlocked my Phenom II 960's hidden cores and it's running great on all six cylinders. Knowing that not all 960T's will allow both or even one of it's extra cores to be unlocked, I'm tickled that mine was one of the good "six core" Phenoms.
I let the bios handle the unlocking automatically with that appropriate setting.
However, I haven't yet played with OC'ing it, so it's running fine, but only at the standard 3.0Ghz.
I'm not wanting to make the system unstable, and I would be happy to push it up to 3.7Ghz and leave it there if I can and it stays cool and stable.
That would give me the exact same thing as a Phenom 1100T running at it's "Turbo" setting of 3.7Ghz, and I would be tickled to have that and be done with it.
Can anyone give me some recommend settings in the bios to get it there? 4.0Ghz would be nice, but, I'm not greedy and don't "need" it that fast if it pushes the CPU to it's limits of stability. I know that it's not just a matter of changing the speed, but also perhaps voltage and other stuff as well.
It seems that you can change settings using the ASUS software, but it appears that it reverts back to standard speed when you reboot, so I want to make any OC changes permanent in the BIOS.
2. The Vengeance memory I'm using is really tall. http://www.corsair.com/us/memory/amd-memory-upgrades/vengeance-8gb-dual-channel-ddr3-memory-kit-cmz8gx3m2a1600c9b.html
I'm running two, 4-gig modules in slots 2 and 4 so it clears the CoolerMaster nicely. However, I want to fill the other two slots with another 8gig of memory to bring it up to 16gig total, and even if the cooler fan is moved up, it still won't clear the really tall Vengeance modules.
The question here is whether I can use one of the "standard" height Corsair memory modules and mix it with the Vengeance? I would still have to move the CoolerMaster fan up a little, but only a little to make it clear standard height memory. I just don't want to get in trouble by mixing different memory sticks with the original Vengeance I have.
3. I'm not sure if my SSD is being best utilized by Windows as an SSD. It works fine, but I'm not really feeling the love I thought I should with it's performance. Have I missed some setting in the bios that would best take advantage of my SSD?
4. One little, one-time glitch: I booted it up yesterday and it crashed and rebooted again. It crashed even before it started loading Windows.
On the second reboot, I got an error message that the CPU fan wasn't operating within limits. It didn't report a high temperature; just a low fan speed. When it did reboot, I checked the fan speed and it was running at 597 rpm. Of course, it's a PWM fan, so I'm confused as to why this happened since the bios itself controls the fan speed, yet, the bios is what called out it's own error and rebooted.
It's only happened once so far, but I'm wonder if anyone else has had this happen.
Also, I haven't looked yet, but I thought that maybe you can change a setting in the bios to force a minimum fan speed, but I'll take a look and see if that's possible later.
That's all I got for now. Any help or comments?
TIA

#3 Could you post some benchmark scores of your SSD? For the BIOS, there really isn't any special settings to make the SSD run faster, that is unless you have two of them in a RAID. And for Windows, you can optimize your SSD by using a 3rd party utility such as "SSD Tweaker for Windows".

#2 You really shouldn't mix two different types of memory modules, it might cause your system to become unstable. But if you really had too, make sure that the voltages, timings, and clock speed are all the same.

#4 I have a weird booting issue with my computer where sometimes it would shut itself during POST. But I think its a PSU problem which I'll be RMAing sometime tonight.

#1 I wish I could help on you on overclocking but I really know nothing about it. I'm planning on getting around to that eventually. And why would you put a Phenom II in your computer when the Bulldozer's are available for fairly cheap prices?
Edited by bautrey37 - 5/10/12 at 11:21pm
post #2286 of 10107
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anyone found a way to cover/paint the heatsinks?

why would you want to... that would just take away from the thermal efficiency
because they are green, and my build is blue.
also no it does not have to take away from thermal efficiency
ever heard of engine block paint? its meant to dissipate heat.

i want to avoid buying expensive paint, though
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post #2287 of 10107
what we are trying to tell you is with the revolutionary ceramics-coating technology! Innovative ceramics effectively conducts heat away from the system. It replaces traditional anti-oxidant to dissipate heat better with its microscopic irregular surface and enlarged area. Better cooling leads to overall improvement in system stability its the same paint NASA uses
post #2288 of 10107
Finally got a Bulldozer for this board, 3dmark 11 comparison between my 1055T @ 4ghz and the fx-8120 @ 4.8ghz. In order to keep the temps down with this overclock I had to put a 80mm in front and behind the Mosfet(back of the case). Great CPU so far should have bought it on day one.

1055T @ 4ghz

http://3dmark.com/3dm11/3030339;jsessionid=7yo8rqgna0lctxafpnlz8l2z

fx-8120 @ 4.8ghz

http://3dmark.com/3dm11/3395363;jsessionid=xtaat2mus9b31c94i8full110

Physics score went up about 1,500 points on this particular benchmark. These CPU's are not as bad as they made them out to be, just my 2 cents.
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because they are green, and my build is blue.
also no it does not have to take away from thermal efficiency
ever heard of engine block paint? its meant to dissipate heat.
i want to avoid buying expensive paint, though

engine paint is not designed to DISSIPATE heat. it is designed to WITHSTAND heat. even if it were used to dissipate heat, the engine block is not designed to do any cooling really, that's why you have a nice fancy radiator in front of your motor. the paint is going to act like a nice fir coat sealing in the heat
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