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There's nothing wrong with the GA-970A-D3's 4+1 VRM design beyond the missing heat sink. The missing heat sink is the critical detail that limits the board for those seeking max clocks of there CPU.

I've managed a fairly average 25% over-clock on my GA-970A-D3 with a Phenom II x6 1055T (3.5Ghz daily clock rate). My over-clock was achived with out a heat sink. Some may call it significant, some may not - I don't because I see too many people hitting 4.0Ghz with this CPU. It is stable, though I'm still sorting out some air flow issues with my case and getting temps down....

So now I'll give an example of what I'm dealing with and why I'm saying that it's a good board but really is not the board you seek for over-clocking. As mentioned, I'm having air flow problems in my case, so I've made some revisions (moved the rad from the rear of the case to the front of the case). Not all my flow problems are solved, but presently my CPU is now only peeking at 42 degree's, while it averages running max'd out at 40 degree's. The VRM is now peeking out at 54 degree's and averaging 51 degree's. Not bad, but not wonderful. If you want to know what the temps where before, then basically add 10 degree's to those numbers (yea, just a little warm). I confirmed all my numbers by letting Intel Burn Test complete 200 loops at maximum burn settings.

If the VRM had a heat sink, then I'm very sure I'd have lower temps at the VRM, and I'd have a much better shot to try and hit 4.0Ghz with this CPU. Look at my temps, then back away from choosing this board - not because it's incapable, but the VRM clearly is not equipped to handle this kind of abuse. It will put a short leash on the CPU for maximum clock speeds.
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post #12 of 15
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Ehh. I have that board and don't like it to much.

What don't you like about it if I may ask?I've had no problems with my board which has the same VRM design.
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And no, I'm not going to clock it back - I am having fun with it. ;-)
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post #14 of 15

You should not even be overclocking if you don't have a VRM heatsink nor VRM cooling of any sort (since the aftermarket CPU cooling prevents it and there are no heatsinks, there is absolutely no efficient means for VRM heat to move away from the actual VRMs), THAT is where it becomes especially dangerous (or if the board is protected, you are at risk for performance loss or random shutdown in the middle of an important CPU-intensive task).

 

Just a note that if you are finding the VRM temp from the TMPIN2 sensor in HWMonitor, that may not be the VRM temp reference.  We at the 990XA/970A club have had a hard time confirming this.... with no efficient means for heat to move away, the VRMs should be a lot warmer, with temperatures gradually increasing over time (alongside, amperage supply capacity decreases).

post #15 of 15
Yes mom, your right, I shouldn't be overclocking my cheap Gigabyte board... rolleyes.gif

That said, I am leaving it at 3.5Ghz. thumb.gif I haven't had a problem - system just runs hard, and I'm happy with my overclock. So, when it burns out (I removed the if), you can then then say "I told you foo!!".

I built this computer for a two things - play games and process video form my camcorder - that's it. 6-cores is great for video processing. But I wanted better single threaded performance, and that is the one and only reason I overclocked it. Truth be told, I didn't plan any overclocking at the outset (I just decided to try, and got hooked). On the good, it's not a mission critical system, it is simply a toy for me. If this was a mission critical system (not a toy), I wouldn't even consider overclocking it by even 1mhz and would have forked over more dough. But I've got my trusty laptop for the mission critical stuff, and this system has enabled me to get the games off of it.

Whoa, way off topic - this isn't about what insane stuff I'm doing with my 970A-D3, it's about proper mobo recommendations with overclocking in mind. The 970A-UD3, M5A97, the 970 Extreme 4 mobo's are all better candidates if your looking for maximum overclockability and safety. The 970A-D3 is a good - good as in solid & reliable. It will work at stock clocks and small overclocks (like bringing a 3.2Ghz Phemon to 3.36Ghz). But the 970A-D3 is not going to flair very well with big overclocks, and the heat they generate - I hope that you have seen by my example why this board isn't good for overclocking.
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