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Originally Posted by morando;15542113 
Now you got me scared. Someone told me that my MBO is 4.1, i don't know? Whre can i see if it is 4.1, 8.2 ....?

yours has 6+2. a msi 890FX board only has 4+1 which is really coz it's there high end board. good thing they fixed it with the 990FX. all of them have 8+2 power phase VRM's now
post #12 of 45
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So if I was to use the 970 extreme3 with an X6 1055T (what I was planning, that or an FX-6100/4100) I'd in the dark overclock wise? A little scared now, no idea how the 970 extreme3's perform but hell they're so well priced it's hard to say no.
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I'm not sure about amd 9xx series but my previous Asrock 880G mATX with 4+1 phase (without vrm heatsink) was able to push my 1055t to 3.6Ghz stably for more than a year. Currently, my P8P67-M pro also with 4+1 phase brought my 2500k to 4.5Ghz without problem. So I guess if you're really into heavy overclocking then 8+2 phase is the way to go. Otherwise, 4+1 phase will be sufficient enough for mild to medium OC.
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It's only a H60 (a bit worse than an NH-D14) so I won't be going metal with L2 or full on liquid cooling or anything if that's what you mean, I was hoping to be limited by temperature rather than the board, way too many bad memories of my current P31 almost blowing up video cards with a 5% overclock.

Just to clarify, here's the board I'm looking to get: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=970%20Extreme3&cat=Specifications
If it's a no-no for overclocking I'll gladly step away and try for something else, thanks a lot.
post #15 of 45
you can still definitely OC with it. I have my phenom II x4 overclocked to 3.6ghz with on old, entry level am2+ board and it still works great. you just hold off a little and don't push the board to it's limits.

btw definitely get the 1055T. i suggest to stay away with them bulldozer chips. besides from sub-par performance I don't think a bulldozer chip will help with the power phase. they're notoriously power hungry when overclocked.
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It's only a H60 (a bit worse than an NH-D14) so I won't be going metal with L2 or full on liquid cooling or anything if that's what you mean, I was hoping to be limited by temperature rather than the board, way too many bad memories of my current P31 almost blowing up video cards with a 5% overclock.

Just to clarify, here's the board I'm looking to get: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=970%20Extreme3&cat=Specifications
If it's a no-no for overclocking I'll gladly step away and try for something else, thanks a lot.

like I said you can prolly get away with overclocking with it but just to be safe I suggest getting a slightly better board. I don't think it would cost you that much. amd boards are a lot affordable than intel one's. just get a board with better power phase, pair it with your h60 then overclock till you drop tongue.gif
post #17 of 45
The VRM failures that were prone to issues were the EXTREMELY low end Gigabyte boards, and all of the MSI 4 phase boards. ASRock and Asus both use throttling, so when the VRMs get too toasty, your system will just throttle itself so it doesn't overheat.

You can use the ASRock board you're looking at, it'll work fine, and won't LIKELY encounter any problems. However with a Thuban (don't bother with Bulldozer if you're gaming), then you should look into something a LITTLE bit more beefy. You could use the 960T instead of the 1055T though. It might even clock better. smile.gif
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A properly made 4+1 phase mb is good enough for OC'ing, but generally more phases=better.
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post #19 of 45
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The Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 and MSI 990XA-GD55 are only a little bit more expensive ($20) and offer 8+2, hard to choose between them though.
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You must be looking at EVO, mine is without EVO or PRO

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ASUS Power Design :
- 4 +2 Phase Power Design
Source: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97/#specifications
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