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I have an Asus M5A97 board but I have always been nervous about trying to overclocking on it because of the 4 +2 power phase it has. Should I be worried about overclocking on this board? If not, what do you think the max safe voltage I should be able to get away with is without hurting anything.

I know this board is not ment for high OC's but Im planing to drop a Piledriver CPU in it once they are released and since they will have unlocked multipliers, Im sure I will want to open it up a little bit. I dont expect to be able to max it out, but I would be happy to get a nice average overclock on it as long as its not going to fry my board or anything else.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

That one, yes?

Do it.
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Go for it.The board will handle a decent overclock just fine yessir.gif
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Yeah go for it!
just don't go over 1.5V core but that should be enough for about 4.8Ghz or so.
Edited by QuietlyLinux - 9/13/12 at 10:03pm
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Yeah go for it!
just don't go over 1.5Vcoore but that should be enough for about 4.8Ghz or so.

Phenoms' crap out at 4.3GHz tops tongue.gif

That kinda voltage/clock combo is for Intel chips.
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Go nuts, worst case scenario it will throttle back your clocks. Those boards don't fail catastrophically

Shoot I'm flogging my phenom ii on an m2n. Trying to get 4+ GHz stable with a locked multi
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Thanks guys. So it sounds like this board is safer then I thought it was. It will actually throttle back the clock if it cant handle the OC? Its there a setting that needs to be set for it to do that? I have heard so many people that say that 4 +2 power phase bords were a big no no for overclocking, so I was never going to try it.
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Phenoms' crap out at 4.3GHz tops tongue.gif
That kinda voltage/clock combo is for Intel chips.

I figured he was talking about Bulldozer chips
Edited by Jerm357 - 9/9/12 at 10:59am
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everything is set now when the board see the Vrm's get to hot the board will throttle back
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Thanks guys. So it sounds like this board is safer then I thought it was. It will actually throttle back the clock if it cant handle the OC? Its there a setting that needs to be set for it to do that? I have heard so many people that say that 4 +2 power phase bords were a big no no for overclocking, so I was never going to try it.
I figured he was talking about Bulldozer chips

A 4+1 or 4+2 phase board is actually enough for getting a decent overclock out of a 125W chip if the the layout is of good quality. The VRMs on the M5A97 are of good quality and you should have no trouble. Had you been on a 4+1 phase MSI board, that's a different ballgame altogether biggrin.gif. The 'fets on those boards are beyond crap and are known to blow on even stock 125W chips. Its all about quality.

Read this - http://www.overclock.net/a/about-vrms-mosfets-motherboard-safety-with-high-tdp-processors

I assume you plan on overclocking that 945 in your sig? That's a 95W chip If I'm correct so you're golden either way yessir.gif
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There are huge differences in the quality of MOSFETs on different boards. There are 4+1 and 4+2 power phase boards that can overclock just fine, because they're made with high-quality components and heatsinks. Your M5A97 happens to be one of them. In the unlikely event you pushed it too hard, it would throttle back...but you likely won't ever see that happen.

I'm running 1 GHz over stock with an overvolted Thuban on a 4+1 board...but this board is built to handle it. I'll do that on a TA970XE; and I'd do it on an M5A97. I wouldn't do this with an MSI 4+1.
     
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