Originally Posted by Grmadness
Please read this
. Your mobo is known for high VRM failure rate,and it has a poor VRM count (just providing proof to make my point) , and I wouldn't suggest to try going over the current OC settings. But since you plan on OC'ing your chip anyway, read this
, but I insist that you don't, not on that board man.
And don't just bump up the voltages, that will give you only headaches and frustration. One step at a time, one voltage at a time. Procedure is
1.up the CPU multi by 0.5. Stress and anxiety test for 10 min. Go into BIOS and repeat. Do that until you BSOD or crash.
2. BIOS, raise CPU voltage (Vcore) one step and stress test. Do that until you find stability. Stress test for a good 4 hours. Max Vcore 1.5v.
Procedure is similar for NB Freq, you only up the multi and CPU/NB voltage (which helps to stabilise RAM and CPU as well). Max is 1.5v.
Is it safe to assume that the high failure rate for this board is due to lack of proper coolilng on the VRMs? One thing I learned before jumping into overclocking is that something that people often miss in their endeavours is to properly cool the motherboard and not just the CPU.
As you can see, I have added many passive coolers along what once were the hottest points on my board, effectively lowering the load temperatures in that area by almost 20c. The hottest point along this channel was at the end of the main VRM sink. Before adding these sinks, the temperature at that point, before overclocking, was 72c. I documented all temperatures with a laser thermal gun. Now, even after OC'ing, the max temp in that area is a mere 51c. I have a fan positioned below the sink sending constant air over these sinks. I think all of them working together is what has given me such an edge in this area. Please see my gallery for more detailed pics.
Is there any bearing to what I'm doing here or is there another reason for the VRM failure rate?
As for the rest, I am aware that just raising the voltage is not the key. A combination of all values working together to reach equalibrium is necessary. Finding the right combination has simply been my problem.
I havent had time to read all of the links you have posted, but I definately plan to before proceeding. Thankyou very much for the valuable information provided.