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So I've recently purchased an open box M5A99X from Newegg to replace the POS MSI 785GT-E63 I was running my Athlon II 640T on. Everything runs stable at stock clocks and up to about 3.3 Ghz but I am unable to overclock any higher because no matter what voltage I set in the BIOS it will not raise the Vcore any higher than 1.2v I first tested the system with a different PSU and that had no effect and it did it whether I had 8GB of RAM or 16 GB of RAM installed. Feeling that I was sent a defective board (my sound cut in and out sometimes as well) I contacted Newegg to return it, which by the way was effortless. So I bought another open box M5A99X (which happened to be 10 bucks cheaper this time) and I received it a couple days ago. Got this one set up and it is doing the same thing. I have tried the newest BIOS and it does it whether the CPU is running as an Athlon II X4 640T or as a Phenom II X6 1405T.

Has anyone else experienced this issue or have any thoughts on what might be limiting the vcore. I could set the vcore higher on the MSI board, although I rarely had it higher than stock because of the super weak VRMs.

edit 1: I also wanted to say that BIOS will show that the vcore setting was saved at say 1.3v but will not show that the actual voltage is higher than 1.2v .
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slightly early bump, just wanted to say I tried offset as well and that had no affect whatsoever. Hopefully someone has a clue, havent heard back from ASUS tech support, although I put the ticket in yesterday
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what does CPU say? Is cool and quiet / other power saving stuff enabled?

have you updated the bios?

Edit:
actually http://ca.asus.com/en/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A99X_EVO/#CPUS does not list 640T only 640 perhaps your CPU is not fully supported wink.gif
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what does CPU say? Is cool and quiet / other power saving stuff enabled?

have you updated the bios?

Edit:
actually http://ca.asus.com/en/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A99X_EVO/#CPUS does not list 640T only 640 perhaps your CPU is not fully supported wink.gif

yeah I've tried updating to every BIOS. Works the same whether Cool and Quiet is Enabled or Disabled etc. the 640T is an OEM thuban that is usually locked to an Athlon II X4. The voltage did work ok when I was running it on an MSI 785GT-E63 although that did use DDR2 RAM which would be the only difference I guess (As now I am using DDR3 RAM)

I wonder if its an issue with the DDR3 controller, have to look into it.

Currently running stock clocks 200x15 = 3000Mhz. Not going to complain for a chip I got from a friend who fried his old computer.
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Try raising the CPU-NB voltage or (bettre yet since it is best to OC things one at a time) keeping the NB clock speed at just 2000Mhz by lowering the multiplier as you raise the ref clock.  Since the x4 640 is locked, you raise the ref clock to OC and by doing that you don't just raise CPU clock.  Extra CPU-NB voltage may be needed now that the IMC has to handle DDR3.

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well to make it a little easier to picture I'm including some screenies
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as you can see the Vcore is set to 1.3/1.4 but the reported voltage never goes above 1.18v
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lolz, i have same desktop pic. good high contrast for icon text.

I assume u have made the vcore change in the physical bios as well?? asus bios utility bug if not?
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lolz, i have same desktop pic. good high contrast for icon text.

I assume u have made the vcore change in the physical bios as well?? asus bios utility bug if not?

yeah BIOS and with the Asus utility. At one point the Asus utility had it set at 1.3v but the actual voltage still stayed at 1.2v
Anytime I change it with the Asus utility it goes right back to 1.2v. Still haven't heard back from Asus tech support
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This thing happened to me with my Phenom II x4 970T. ( I had problems with changing the multiplier too.) these things happened on CH III , IV, and V mobos.

Use Phenom Tweaker to OC and to raise Vcore.
I used both BIOS and Phenom Tweaker for OC-ing. BIOS for CPU/NB and RAM and Phenom Tweaker for CPU.
Funny thing is that after a few months its working perfectly headscratch.gif . No need for phenom tweaker anymore
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Hmm thanks I'l try that

edit: well unfortunately Phenom Tweaker wouldn't raise the voltage at all.
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Windows 7 Pro x64 Ubuntu 11.10 Samsung 40" 60hz  ANTEC NEO ECO 520W 
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NZXT Gamma Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 
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i7 - 2600k [5.0 1.42v] ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Sapphire HD6950 2gb Dirt 3 Edition 8GB G.Skill DDR3 2133 CAS11 
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60GB G.Skill Sniper + 2x1TB Spinpoint F3 Raid0 Win 7 Pro x64 ASUS VW266H Razer Blackwidow 
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Seasonic X750 Gold Corsair Carbide 500R White G9 
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WD Caviar Blue 250 2.5" Laptop Drive WD Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" Pioneer BDR-203 BluRay Burner Corsair H60 push 
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Windows 7 Pro x64 Ubuntu 11.10 Samsung 40" 60hz  ANTEC NEO ECO 520W 
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NZXT Gamma Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 - 2600k [5.0 1.42v] ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Sapphire HD6950 2gb Dirt 3 Edition 8GB G.Skill DDR3 2133 CAS11 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
60GB G.Skill Sniper + 2x1TB Spinpoint F3 Raid0 Win 7 Pro x64 ASUS VW266H Razer Blackwidow 
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Seasonic X750 Gold Corsair Carbide 500R White G9 
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