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Ok so i'm buying an Athlon II X3 445 and contemplating on unlocking the 4th core in order to up the value of the processor AND save mucho dinero in the process. Provided that the 4th core is stable and a wee bit of overclocking is thrown in for good measure, which one of the following mobos should i stick to that would keep evrything stable without blowing up. The MSI 760GM-P33 or the Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2? Just F.Y.I- i don't got the moolah for anything higher!
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The problem is, both are known for failures on high TDP applications. The MSI uses a low end 3+1, known for failure as with pretty much their entire AM3 lineup with a couple of exceptions. The GA-MA78LMT-S2 also uses a low end 3+1 phase design that is older, and low quality transistors are used, resulting in common failures. I have seen a couple GA-MA78LMT-S2 myself with fried VRMs at the technology centre where I volunteer, in the "faulty parts" bin, just recently. These older Gigabyte boards are known for failures, although newer ones use more sturdy VRMs that are capable of holding up.

Are there any better choices within your budget in India?

Please also refrain from bumping your thread before 24 hours have passed. Be patient - someone will reply.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
The problem is, both are known for failures on high TDP applications. The MSI uses a low end 3+1, known for failure as with pretty much their entire AM3 lineup with a couple of exceptions. The GA-MA78LMT-S2 also uses a low end 3+1 phase design that is older, and low quality transistors are used, resulting in common failures. I have seen a couple GA-MA78LMT-S2 myself with fried VRMs at the technology centre where I volunteer, in the "faulty parts" bin, just recently. These older Gigabyte boards are known for failures, although newer ones use more sturdy VRMs that are capable of holding up.

Are there any better choices within your budget in India?

Please also refrain from bumping your thread before 24 hours have passed. Be patient - someone will reply.
My apologies about the bumping issue. finding another mobo within that price range is proving to be real futile. Would MSI or Gigabyte have something within that price range that offer maybe sturdier vrms?

Between MSI and Gigabyte, which is better in general? Really need help in deciding ESPECIALLY on account of the fact that i've already had a traumatic VRM blowout on my ancient Biostar P4M890-M7 SE which i used to overclock the Core 2 Duo E4500 to 3.2 Ghz with the voltage bumped up to 1.55V.

What about the ASUS M4A78LT-M LE? Would that hold up?
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post #4 of 4
95-125W quad core operation demands a quality 4+1 phase with cooling, for reference.

You said you blew out the VRMs on a board due to an E4500? That's a fairly low 65W processor, especially considering 1.55V is not far from the stock voltage spec (up to 1.5V). What cooler were you using?
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