Originally Posted by petsasj
New owner here of a 970A-UD3. I used to have an Asus motherboard paired with a X3 Athlon II 435 and 4GB DDR2 memory, but the motherboard and RAM failed and they were replaced with this motherboard + some Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM. Anyway, that's not the point.
First off, I'd like to give my 2 cents on the TEMPIN2 temperature reading. Some of you say it's the VRM, others say it's the NB, others say it's the CPU Socket. I noticed something very strange. I am on F7c BIOS revision. When I start my PC i notice that the relation between CPU temp and TEMPIN2 is about 12 degrees Celsius higher for the TEMPIN2. However, if I put my pc into sleep mode and wake it up immediately, CPU temp = TEMPIN2. I've done this "test" a few times these couple of days and after the sleep mode, TEMPIN2 is the same temp as the CPU. Can you guys please test this as well? If that's the case, then there's something wrong. If nothing is wrong, then my guess is that TEMPIN2 is indeed CPU Socket temperature reading.
As an example: I boot into windows, open HWmonitor, TEMPIN2 = 43C, CPU=31C. Go into sleep mode and wake up system immediately" TEMPIN2=31C, CPU=31C.
And one question/opinion for you guys: I was planning on getting a 3770K + a new mobo before my previous system went ka-boom. The price of a good z77 mobo and for the 3770k is around 550 Euro (~700 USD) in my country. That's about one month's payment for me (I live in Greece which is plagued by the economic crisis). Now since the warranty replacement happened this means I can go for an AM3+ processor. The FX8150 is rather weak from what I've researched. So my question is, do you reckon this motherboard will be good enough for the next gen Piledriver CPUs? I'm a Computer Engineer and I need a faster processor than the one I currently own. I don't plan to CF/SLI (I own a 6870 now, might get a 7970 when prices drop). If not, I'll go back to gathering money for the Intel setup =/ Would love to hear some more insight on this.
Assuming you don't need all the bells and whistles, it should be fine. You might want to get some cooling for the VRMs though, as they don't really play well with high wattage CPUs when you try to overclock. Any current gen board -should- be adequate for Piledriver, only time will tell.
The FX8150 is only weak in keeping up with gaming. What sort of workloads do you have as an engineer? I'd imagine CAD rendering and such, correct? If so, and it threads well, the 8150 will trounce cheaper Intel offerings (2500K-2600K).
Edit: By the way, the CPU socket does not contain a physical temperature sensor. It's another one of AMDs specifications, and equations. The true sensor is on-die, and everything is calculated from it. Sadly we can't see that one, and it measures the most important temperature, Tjunction. (My personal collective of information nowadays points to this. Not 1000% set in stone, but go look at the AMD whitepapers and forum threads here and do a little thought.)Edited by mezmenir - 8/29/12 at 11:20am