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Ok so I put the 965 in and it clocked to 4 ghz with only adjusting the multiplier, 100% stable so far (prime95 for a little over a half hour or so). So I'm keeping the 965 for sure thanks for all the help. Also by chance does anyone know a good vrm temp or a bad vrm temp? I'm sitting at 58 C right now, that seems high but I'm not sure.

58C won't damage that chip, but be CAREFUL. In the 4.0 range, you -are- stressing the VRM's especially on the 970A. My board gave out 4.2 (X6, slightly more power hungry), but it was 8+2 with active cooling. Definitely recommend aftermarket cooling for your board, check out the official 990XA/970 Club!

http://www.overclock.net/t/1048912/official-gigabyte-ga-990xa-970a-series-owners-club-help-thread

EDIT: Gigabyte boards, AFAIK, do not throttle to prevent VRM damage. At least, mine didnt, even at 1.536vCC.
    
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58C won't damage that chip, but be CAREFUL. In the 4.0 range, you -are- stressing the VRM's especially on the 970A. My board gave out 4.2 (X6, slightly more power hungry), but it was 8+2 with active cooling. Definitely recommend aftermarket cooling for your board, check out the official 990XA/970 Club!
http://www.overclock.net/t/1048912/official-gigabyte-ga-990xa-970a-series-owners-club-help-thread
EDIT: Gigabyte boards, AFAIK, do not throttle to prevent VRM damage. At least, mine didnt, even at 1.536vCC.

From what I heard, a BIOS update fixed that. I could be wrong though...xd may know better biggrin.gif
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From what I heard, a BIOS update fixed that. I could be wrong though...xd may know better biggrin.gif

I was using F13b when my board died wink.gif "VRM MOS Protection" didn't work so good. I know -all- about that update and how it plagued my stability </3.
    
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I was using F13b when my board died wink.gif "VRM MOS Protection" didn't work so good. I know -all- about that update and how it plagued my stability </3.

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Though to be perfectly honest, I think the damage there was already done. That board had acted flaky for a while. From F12 onward, the VRM protection should have worked, and I really, REALLY liked that update.

Sadly, ever since they added that, it made my boot process really unstable, and then the board just went up in a smoke, whist sitting idly on the Windows desktop lol
    
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Well I called Gigabyte and they said it would be possible for me to get the VRM heatsink they started putting on the Rev. 1.3/1.4.
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Well I called Gigabyte and they said it would be possible for me to get the VRM heatsink they started putting on the Rev. 1.3/1.4.

Good news there thumb.gif Gigabyte does have pretty sweet support. They RMA'd my 990XA without question when the SATA ports didn't play nice with the SSD upgrade.

You will definitely want to cool those VRMs, 4.0+ is pretty rough on the board with 125w processors. Especially without active cooling.
    
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Well I called Gigabyte and they said it would be possible for me to get the VRM heatsink they started putting on the Rev. 1.3/1.4.

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If you think of selling the 955,i'm a potential buyer as i am stuck with an Athlon II x2 20 at 4Ghz:(
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^ The newest BIOS updates for the 990XA/970 boards added a VRM protection feature in the BIOS. Possibly throttling based. Was very nice to hear about thumb.gif

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