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I just ordered a 960T Zosma and its rated at 95 watts. I use a ASUS M5A78L-M LX motherboard which is also rated at 95 watts. Now with the cpu being able to be unlocked to a 6 core will that raise the wattage needed by my motherboard. I'm afraid that i'm gonna unlock my cpu to 6 cores and overclock it and end up with a fried mobo. Do i have to buy a new motherboard now?
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post #2 of 19
Id you want to unlock the core and overclock i would get a new board. 95 watt boards should handle up to 125w but its dicy and it will mostl likely die at some point
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So if i unlock and overclock the 960t it will be pushing 125 watts. If thats the case i'll just run it till she blows smile.gif then buy another
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post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by klewlis1 View Post

So if i unlock and overclock the 960t it will be pushing 125 watts. If thats the case i'll just run it till she blows smile.gif then buy another

they are so cheap you can certainly do something like this but i would not advise it. it is not worth burning your place down. lol

just stay on the safe side.
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post #5 of 19
that is incorrect..it will be pushing 177 watts ..upgrade your mobo or underclock and undervolt it to like..2 ghz b4 you unlock..just to be safe..it could take out other components as well
 
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post #6 of 19
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damn 177 watts, the highest i ever seen a mobo rated for was 140 watts, that sounds kinda crazy or am i missing something.
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post #7 of 19
upgrading a mobo to a board that will handle higherwatts puts less stress on the whole rigas a rule of thumb you sould allways go one steep above your cpu (ie) 95 watt cpu 125 watt mobo and if you intend to over clockand unlock with with it you will need a NB of 790 or higher
post #8 of 19
Unlocking the 960T on that mobo will not "fry" the board, since it features ASUS' trademark VRM protection feature which throttles the CPU to prevent the MOSFETs from overheating. An unlock would raise the TDP rating of the chip to 125W which is significantly above the board's qualified rating of 95W. If you HAVE to run it as a 6-core, then your best bet would be to leave it on stock speeds and get your hands on some VRM cooling (I have the same board and have ghetto-tied an 80mm fan over the VRMs). However, you will likely run into performance issues while the sytem is under load since the board will throttle the CPU to prevent overheating. I'd advice you to leave it locked till you get a new board.

For more info, refer to the link 'about VRMs and MOSFETs' in my sig. Hope this helps thumb.gif
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post #9 of 19
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Thanks guys thumb.gif, i guess i'll start looking for a motherboard any suggestions for a cheap board???
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post #10 of 19

Unlocking the 960T will raise its wattage to that equivalent to a 125W Phenom II x6, which passes the ratings of this board.  ASUS does not rate their 3+1 phase boards for 95W processors due to amperage/heat limitations.  It is common to see protective throttling being activated frequently when trying to run a 125W processor on a 3+1 phase ASUS board.

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