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OK, I have 3 AM3 boards.

Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H
Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H
MSI 785GM-P45

I checked the VRM thread and both the Gigabyte boards are 4+1 phase boards, unsinked and say know for problems.

The MSI board is a 3+1 board (and has already failed with a X4 95w CPU, RMA'd).

Currently they are this:

Gigabyte 785 board - x2 210e (45w) HTPC

880 - x4 955 OC (3.7 ghz @ 1.45v) 24/7 folding rig

MSI 785 board - X4 840 (95 w) at stock clocks and volts (the 840 killed it when I was playing with AMD Overdrive, so it is staying at stock for now and I have added heat sinks to the VRM).


I plan on swapping the x2 45w CPU to the MSI board (used as a HTPC).

My question is should I keep the 955 on the 880 board and put the 840 on the Gigabyte 785 board? I plan on putting heat sinks on the VRM's on both boards, and the folding rig has a fan I can put blowing directly on them.
I don't plan on overclocking the 840 anything over what stock volts will allow (should be around ~3.6) so I think I will be OK with heatsinks on the VRM's.

I do want to push the 955/880 board a little harder, the previous owner had it folding @ 4.0 and 1.5v.



And I know, a new board is the best option, but not gonna happen, so please don't state the obvious.
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OK, I have 3 AM3 boards.

Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H
Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H
MSI 785GM-P45

I checked the VRM thread and both the Gigabyte boards are 4+1 phase boards, unsinked and say know for problems.

The MSI board is a 3+1 board (and has already failed with a X4 95w CPU, RMA'd).

Currently they are this:

Gigabyte 785 board - x2 210e (45w) HTPC

880 - x4 955 OC (3.7 ghz @ 1.45v) 24/7 folding rig

MSI 785 board - X4 840 (95 w) at stock clocks and volts (the 840 killed it when I was playing with AMD Overdrive, so it is staying at stock for now and I have added heat sinks to the VRM).


I plan on swapping the x2 45w CPU to the MSI board (used as a HTPC).

My question is should I keep the 955 on the 880 board and put the 840 on the Gigabyte 785 board? I plan on putting heat sinks on the VRM's on both boards, and the folding rig has a fan I can put blowing directly on them.
I don't plan on overclocking the 840 anything over what stock volts will allow (should be around ~3.6) so I think I will be OK with heatsinks on the VRM's.

I do want to push the 955/880 board a little harder, the previous owner had it folding @ 4.0 and 1.5v.



And I know, a new board is the best option, but not gonna happen, so please don't state the obvious.
You can put the 955 on the 880 MSI board and it should be fine after you put the heatsinks on it. The fan will also greatly decrease the chance of the board frying.

I heard many horror stories about MSI boards going up on flames. However, I had my MSI 890fxa-gd70 with x6 1055t at 3.9GHz, NB at 2800. I used a Hyper 212+ at the time. The heatsink would get a bit hot(~50C). After adding a pull fan for the hyper 212+, my board temperature dropped to 40C. The pull fan on the Hyper 212+ was blowing air against the VRM which kept it cool.

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