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990FXA-UD3 Power Delivery Shot After Outage? If So, What To Replace It With?

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Well, apparently due to the excessive heat here in New York, there was a brief isolated power outage this morning. My computer is connected to a 750W surge protector, but I know often times things still break despite surge protectors. After ConEd resolved the issues with the power, I turned my computer on to find that it seemed to be working well...

But it wasn't quite stable. It wasn't stable at all, really.

So, I decided to check out what was going on, and lo and behold, CPU-Z was reporting rapid fluctuations of over 110mv under heavy load. Messing with LLC only changed the range of the fluctuations (ie at normal, it was fluctuating between ~1.36 and ~1.47; at extreme, it was fluctuating between ~1.41 and ~1.52). Considering that because either my Vishera is a horrible overclocker or my board is horrible for overclocking I need a constant ~1.46-1.47v to remain 100% stable at 4.5GHz, that causes a crash after no more than 30 seconds of IBT.

PSU does not appear to be the issue, as a quick run of Crysis 3 showed no significant fluctuation in my GPU's voltage other than going from the idle .8v to the load 1.22v.

Before I go out and replace my motherboard (it's a piece of junk anyway; has given me tons of problems in the past with its horrible LLC, horrible BIOS, barely functional PCI-E slots, DOA USB 3.0 header, dead fan connector, broken fan control, not allowing me to put my SSD in the boot order for some reason and forcing me to select it from the menu every single time I boot, etc), does anyone have any other ideas as to what could be the issue? I would hate to drop a benjamin on another board just to find that I haven't fixed anything; sadly I don't have any other AM3+ boards on hand to test with...

I'm fairly sure I've found the problem; just trying to see if anything else could be at fault...

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: Should I replace it, I'd also appreciate some recommendations as to what to buy... Currently I'm looking at the ASRock 990FX Extreme4 and ASUS M5A99FX PRO; I'd rather not go too far above $150. I was also looking at the MSI 990FXA-GD80 since they seem to have fixed their explosion problems, but apparently that board has no LLC and overclocks poorly...
Edited by Usario - 7/18/13 at 11:29am
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You have a 750 watt UPS and suspect the motherboard after a power outage? How is the battery in it? I have a 600 watt UPS and the power has gone out many times with no issues.

That said, replace that POS UD3. I and some others have. ASUS is a popular replacement as well as the UD5, but the UD5 bios isn't so great.

I replaced my UD3 with a GD80 and it runs much cooler under load. The bios has a bunch more adjustments to play with which is probably why mine goes unstable over 4.56 ghz. More knowledge is needed.
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It's not a UPS; it's a cheap surge protector power strip rated to offer protection at up to 750W draw I bought at Micro Center for like $10.

I'm really close to pulling the trigger on the M5A99FX; besides the PCI-E placement being a bit impractical IMO it seems just about perfect and is cheaper than the GD80. Thanks for the input.
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Ohh. rolleyes.gif

I was going to buy an ASUS board myself, but it was the PCI-E slot layout that sent me elsewhere.
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Originally Posted by miklkit View Post

Ohh. rolleyes.gif

I was going to buy an ASUS board myself, but it was the PCI-E slot layout that sent me elsewhere.

Yeah, ASUS likes to make practical expansion slot layout a premium feature you have to buy a $250+ board for rolleyes.gif
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sucks to hear about your board Usario. So, did you have a brownout or a rolling blackout?
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In many East Coast states (such as New York State and New Jersey), "brownouts" rather than rolling blackouts are implemented during power emergencies.[citation needed] In this scenario, instead of the power being cut off altogether to a certain percentage of customers, the voltage is reduced by a certain percentage to all customers — the resulting dimming of electric lights being the origin of the term "brownout." Brownouts can cause significant damage to unprotected electronic equipment, but usually have no effect (other than reduced performance) on incandescent lights or some types of motors.

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It started out as a brownout in certain rooms, then it became a blackout in certain rooms and a brownout in others, then it became a full blackout, then all power was restored. In a span of no more than 4 hours.

Thanks for letting me know about those deals; makes the cost a lot easier to stomach..
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AMD A6-3420M OC 2.2GHz / 3GHz Turbo 1.10625v ASUS A53Z AMD Radeon HD 6520G 6GB DDR3 1333MHz 
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320GB WD Scorpio Black yes. really good Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 
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Fedora GNU/Linux 1366x768 LED-backlit TN panel Decent + numpad ~5hr 6-cell li-ion 
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