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I once heard that it's some kind of offset that increases the wattage the CPU draws under load, which influences power delivery, and allows for higher overclocks. Whether or not this is true or B/S I don't know. It's very hard to find information on a lot of features on some motherboards. The other options that are seemingly vague but make a great deal of difference are the Digi+ VRM settings, as mentioned earlier, as well as DRAM Driving options (I tried to read up on these and figure out how they work so I could overclock my RAM higher and it seemed like you needed an electrical engineering degree to understand and use any of it). Then there's options like "Extreme Tweaking" and HPET, and HPCM (High Performance Computing Mode) that have even less documentation. Who knows.
post #102 of 117
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The raising the CPU VDDA and the CPU-NB voltages definitely helped. My CPU-NB was already ~1.2 so the .05 volts isn't a huge problem. The other was set like ~2.5 so the cores are definitely performing better. I had two cores failing out and now I'm prime95 stable biggrin.gif. Temps didn't go up either, which is peculiar. It's a bit odd but it works. It could also be that I changed my fan profile to a custom grid for temperature helping out on temperature management. Either way it works!
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Glad to hear it helped.
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As with all builds, this one is likely to soon get an upgrade. I'm looking at this model r9 280x, the Sapphire Vapor-X edition, to replace my Sapphire Radeon 7870 XT that I currently use. I've started a post in the video cards section and will decide whether or not to upgrade from feedback I get from there. thumb.gif
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Purchased a Gigabyte Windforce r9 290 from INCREDIBLEHULK on the marketplace. biggrin.gif It shipped today, so I should soon have a new piece of hardware to work with! My 7870XT has been a fantastic card, but I'm just ready to upgrade.
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Congrats! You're gonna love the R9 290. It's a pretty good performance improvement over a 7950. If you only use a 1080p screen it should max out nearly every game as long as you don't go too crazy with AA.

Take a look at my build log when you get a chance.
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Congrats! You're gonna love the R9 290. It's a pretty good performance improvement over a 7950. If you only use a 1080p screen it should max out nearly every game as long as you don't go too crazy with AA.

Take a look at my build log when you get a chance.

Thanks, I'm pretty excited since it's one of the higher cards. I'll definitely take a look at your build log.
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Correction, my new graphics card is out for delivery today! I don't know that I'll have time to install it tonight with my term project I'm working on, but I so hope that I do!
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New GPU has arrived! Pictures and benches coming when I have a chance!
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Updated with pics of the new card. Will update this post with new benchmark results when I can.
Gigabyte Windforce r9 290 Pics (Click to show)







3D Mark 11 (Click to show)

Warning: 3DMark (Click to show)
Warning: Heaven (Click to show)

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Edited by Terrere - 4/24/14 at 12:33pm
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