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post #11 of 13
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An overclocked quad core is different from an overclocked dual core.  Even if the "rated TDPs" are about the same (since I know there are some 125W rated dual cores from the original Athlon x2 era and you may argue on once having run those) the power load is significantly more attenuated with the quad.  This is an AM3 processor that normally works best with split phase (i.e. 4+1) power designs and with the high TDP load requires a very high quality VRM system, as has been present on most newer motherboards.  TDP is more of a heat rating so the Athlon x2 would probably not have been approaching 125W power consumption wise, but the quad does.  This isn't a "caps" issue, this has to do with the entire VRM system and is a major issue regarding TDP that has affected users on this forum (well, what are you waiting for, ask around! Plenty others here who haven't exactly listened to me, and look what happened) running very low end motherboards with low VRM quality and phase counts with power consuming processors.


Your own safety is on the line because low end boards have often been known to do things more than just shutting off and not booting again, i.e. catching fire during a stress test while attempting to run a processor that consumes so much power; often luckily with a user present and monitoring, but what if it happens when you are away from home, or when you are asleep?  It's not easy to predict when a VRM failure can occur but it can and will happen (you can find out if you are at risk by observing VRM parts quality, phase count, whether there is cooling or not, and processor TDP i.e. is it overclocked).


When the risk of such failure can be deemed to be high you shouldn't be simply ignoring it; you should be doing the proper research and should be taking necessary action to ensure system longetivity.  Even if you are there and manage to put out a fire, a violent and catastrophic failure as can probably be expected to happen with more extreme push situations like this one can have the potential to cause damage to other system parts.  You are dealing with a gateway that converts and delivers power to the CPU but there have been times when flawed current as delivered during a VRM failure can backfire onto the PSU, killing it and through it a wide array of other components it may power.  Then the costs will be much higher than going with a motherboard replacement right now.  Ignorance might make things very expensive and inconvenient for you in the future.....

post #13 of 13
^^^ I don't think he is concerned about his VRM failing.

Time to let go... wink.gif
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