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hi all any help would be great
on overclocking and getting the performance i should be getting out of my motherboard and cpu and memory
at this present time its lagging and slow running
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Well... What have you OCed too? Or are you just beginning?
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hi
havent done much yet
as im not sure on the settings
taken the cpu up to 2.51ghz
need to find out more about the advanced settings in the board any help would be great
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Make sure you update to the most current F5 BIOS. I was able to overclock an additional 100MHz because this BIOS is much more stable, not to mention there are other features available with the updated BIOS's that were not available with the initial BIOS (such as virtualization, EPP memory settings, and better memory timing capabilites).

First things first, the current Phenom's aren't great overclockers to begin with. Secondly, this board is not a very good overclocker, because it lacks some of the more basic overclocking features such as Vcore and Vmem adjustments. My 4800+ is currently sitting at 2905 MHz (264 MHz FSB x 11 multi, stock 2500 MHz 200 MHz x 12.5 multi) completely stable, but is limited by stock Vcore settings. Also, I can bump the Vmem to 2.1V from 1.8V using the EPP feature (if you have EPP ram), however it has to stay at 800MHz and when you start getting your FSB up there, you have to tune down to 667 MHz speeds to keep your ram (and thus overclock) stable (depending on ram, if you can overclock your DDR2-800 to 1000 MHz stable, you'll be fine). With better overclocking features, I could easily get this CPU to 3.0-3.2 GHz.

Also, when you start bumping up your FSB don't forget to tune down your HTT multi as well, otherwise you will have instability issues. For an X2 you want to keep it close to 1000 MHz. For a Phenom, I think it's like 2000 MHz (you'll have to research that). I have my HTT multi set to 4x (shows as 800MHz in the BIOS) so 264 x 4 = 1056 MHz. If I had kept it at Auto (or 1000MHz / 5x) it would be 1320 MHz which would be way too high.

Another little tip, the onboard graphics can be overclocked as well. However, do it in slow increments and test for artifacts with ATI Tool before you settle on a setting. You won't get the performance of a graphics card, but it'll be better than it was before. Also, despite the fact that you can give up to 1GB of your ram to the onboard graphics, you won't see any performance increase over 512MB (actually, I didn't see any increase over 256MB). This would be worth testing yourself though, as I didn't do extensive testing with this feature. Of course, if you have 4GB on a 32-bit operating system (which it looks like you do), it won't recognize the full 4GB anyway, so you might as well set it to 512MB-1GB.

And one last tip regarding memory. Most boards activate dual channel mode for memory when you "stagger" the memory modules, as in one module in slot 1 and the other in slot 3, or slots 2 and 4 respectively. However if you notice the color coding with this board, the dual channel slots are side by side, slots 1 and 2 or 3 and 4. Make sure you have the ram in the right slots (especially if you have 4 GB of different ram module sets). The manual says it's better if you use slots 1 and 2 if you only have 2 modules.

Hope some of this helps. I'm happy with my board's performance for what it is, though I still want to upgrade, but who doesn't?
     
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Hi Guys, im having a issue i have the GA-MA69GM-S2H and i have the AMD Phenom 9550, im trying to overclock it to at least 2.6ghz-2.8ghz, but on the bios there isnt a option to overclock it, i tried updating the bios but Vista crashes during the update (@BIOS) saying dumping memory to Hard disk or somethig, i dont have a floppy drive either to update the bios using Q-Flash utility is there a way for me to overclock? i also have a good cooler, the Xigmatek HDT-1283 running at 1500RPM but i really need help with this overclocking

Anyhelp will be great

mO#
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First off: Sorry for bumping this year old thread!

OK, so I have this mobo too, but when I look under advances settings in the bios, I cant find the overclocking stuff, and I'm using F6 Bios (Don't want to use the F7 Beta). Can someone show/tell me how to do it?
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Ctrl+F1 when you're in the BIOS to unlock the advanced features, what little there actually are.
     
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I tried that, but the BIOS screed would flash, but no new menu opened, when I chose Advanced settings, nothing new was there.

This mobo is not an OEM, I bought it at Fry's like in 2007.
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Yo yo yo yo homies, this be dah eseb 1, y'all never mind now, ya here?!

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I tried that, but the BIOS screed would flash, but no new menu opened, when I chose Advanced settings, nothing new was there.

This mobo is not an OEM, I bought it at Fry's like in 2007.
Really the only thing you can change is the HT speed (default 200MHz) and multiplier. Unfortunately this BIOS does not have voltage adjustments and was not really meant for serious overclocking I was able to get a 720BE 3.2GHz stable by adjusting the multiplier up and leaving the rest stock, as I've noticed this board actually keeps your vcore a little higher than stock by default for some reason. With my old Athlon X2 4800+ Brisbane I was able to go from 2.5GHz to 2.8GHz only by adjusting the HT speed.
     
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