Originally Posted by iRUSH
5.0 is the better board. I call BS on poor quality over 4.1. I've had a few of both and the 5.0 has the better bios that allows APM to be disabled. That'll keep CPU throttling at bay.
Originally Posted by pezman726
I'd stick with the rev 5 board. The newer boards have a larger bios memory. To get the newer bios updates with the older rev boards I think would be difficult. I have had throttling issues...but that was before I reseated my ram and was throwing crazy amounts of voltage through my chip to try and get it stable at 4.0ghz!
don't know how my ram didn't go in right the first time, but whatever. Now I'm sitting on a stable 4.2ghz and under 1.4v, which is where I want to keep it.
so in conclusion...keep what you got. Especially if you're not going to change stock settings! Though, I would suggest getting a stable OC to 4.1ghz on all 6 cores, seeing as how that's the speed the 'turbo core' hits.
Cheers for the input guys, I stuck with the rev 5.0 board in the end and got everything working peachy!
Had a random BSOD error earlier, restarted itself and came back on fine. But I've been monitoring the CPU and it seems to be spiking up to 4ghz randomly without being under load. It'll stay around that for anything from 2 seconds to 20, then it'll drop back down. Not sure if this is what caused the error, but thought I'd check it out... Haven't touched any BIOS settings at all and I'm pretty sure all drivers are up to date.
One other thing I noticed is that on 'Power Options', if I use the stock balanced plan rather than high performance, there's considerably less spikes and it stays around 1.4ghz almost permanently when it's not under load. Any thoughts if this is related to the BSOD or anything to worry about?
Also ran Prime95 for over 30 mins with maximum temperatures hitting 42°C (package temp) . Image below shows a spike to 4ghz when not under load and a spike to 4.6ghz when running Prime. Not sure if this is normal or not?
Thanks again for the help