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Hey guys! Owner of the M2N-SLI Deluxe since sometime in 2007. What a thread here! Can't believe this thread, obviously I made a good choice some time ago on this board!

Anyways, been playing around with this board for the last couple days since I ordered a Phenom II x4 945 95w C3 stepping CPU to replace the aging Phenom 9950 that was running in it for the last 3 1/2 years or so. This board has been passed to my mom and hasn't gotten any attention for around a year or so.

Got the 945 up to 3.6 GHz on 1.40 vCore at a 240 HTT. WOW! (IMO anyways). Could have gone even higher most likely but 3.6 seems just fine power/heat/performance wise. Running LinX gets the chip up to 48c which is fine as far as I know.

So I do have one single question. I yanked the heat pipe that covers the VRMs and Southbridge and replaced the stock TIM on the SB with some AS5 and blew an insane amount of dust off the thermal tape for the VRMs. Question is, think I'd notice a cooling improvement if I used AS5 on the VRMs (Maybe MX4 instead since it's non-conductive)? I figure a 95w TDP on the CPU isn't too hard on the VRMs considering it ran the Phenom 9950 @ 125w, but extra cooling is always worthwhile to me.

This motherboard has blown my mind. Hard to believe a board that's been in existence for around 6 years or so can have new life brought to it!

Thanks for this thread!
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I would not use TIM on the vrms,the space is too great for the TIM to be effective.
Just clean the old tape or replace it with new.
You can also put a small fan on the SB for additional cooling.

Good luck

Gyro
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I would not use TIM on the vrms,the space is too great for the TIM to be effective.
Just clean the old tape or replace it with new.
You can also put a small fan on the SB for additional cooling.
Good luck
Gyro

Oh good info, I considered putting TIM there. Guess I may consider a fan on the SB though.
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guys, been a long time!
Its amazing how well it still works - although in retrospect I think would have been cheaper to buy new mobo, as I don't shut it down so I wouldn't have to deal with this boot issue using PS2 and disconnecting USB cables (sometimes it is still required).

Anyway, I am thinking perhaps it is time to upgrade to Windows 8 on this desktop which served me well so far.
  • Has anyone tried it yet? Do you still have to (and can) use the nvidia tool to bring CPU speed back to normal after a boot?
  • Any solution to the occasional need to disconnect USB cables in order to boot?
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I snagged a Kingston Hyperx SSD which Sata port should I be using?
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I snagged a Kingston Hyperx SSD which Sata port should I be using?

I google searched it. Guess it doesnt matter. Just want to make sure my new SSD is up to snuff. Im getting less speed than my RAID 0 F3's in some cases. I should be saturating Sata II no problem with this SSD... off to the Storage boards i go.
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 11/20/12 at 1:57pm
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I snagged a Kingston Hyperx SSD which Sata port should I be using?

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I google searched it. Guess it doesnt matter. Just want to make sure my new SSD is up to snuff. Im getting less speed than my RAID 0 F3's in some cases. I should be saturating Sata II no problem with this SSD... off to the Storage boards i go.

Which SATA controller did you end up using? I'm not positive, but if the JMicron SATA controller can be used for a boot drive, that would be the port to use since it has AHCI support. You'll need AHCI to support the TRIM command on SSD's for better performance.

Yes, that SSD should saturate a SATA II port, so you should roughly get 300 Mbps out of it on sequential reads. Use AS-SSD to test those speeds!

Finally, if you have already installed Windows on the SSD, I recommend from my own experience a reformat/reinstall of Windows if you switch SATA controllers.

Good luck!
Edited by TMan459 - 11/20/12 at 10:06pm
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Which SATA controller did you end up using? I'm not positive, but if the JMicron SATA controller can be used for a boot drive, that would be the port to use since it has AHCI support. You'll need AHCI to support the TRIM command on SSD's for better performance.
Yes, that SSD should saturate a SATA II port, so you should roughly get 300 Mbps out of it on sequential reads. Use AS-SSD to test those speeds!
Finally, if you have already installed Windows on the SSD, I recommend from my own experience a reformat/reinstall of Windows if you switch SATA controllers.
Good luck!

Ok so what am I doing wrong here?
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Ok so what am I doing wrong here?

Hmm we need a more experienced SSD guru in here to give you some more details.

If I had to guess, I'd say that's pretty much where it's going to be/you're not doing anything wrong (There isn't a wrong way to do this). I had my OCZ Vertex 3 running on the onboard SATA controller (Bad idea, no AHCI), and if I recall correctly my scores were right around where yours are.

For testing purposes you could swap that SSD to the onboard SATA controller and see if your scores change since I see you're not using it as a boot drive. You shouldn't see much of a difference though, and even if say it is faster on the onboard SATA, use the JMicron controller anyways since it's AHCI capable. Test this just for peace of mind I suppose.

Otherwise I don't really know what to tell you, but I feel others will say this is as good as it's going to get, which is still much better than a mechanical HDD!

Once again, best of luck!
Edited by TMan459 - 11/21/12 at 1:34am
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Hmm we need a more experienced SSD guru in here to give you some more details.
If I had to guess, I'd say that's pretty much where it's going to be/you're not doing anything wrong (There isn't a wrong way to do this). I had my OCZ Vertex 3 running on the onboard SATA controller (Bad idea, no AHCI), and if I recall correctly my scores were right around where yours are.
For testing purposes you could swap that SSD to the onboard SATA controller and see if your scores change since I see you're not using it as a boot drive. You shouldn't see much of a difference though, and even if say it is faster on the onboard SATA, use the JMicron controller anyways since it's AHCI capable. Test this just for peace of mind I suppose.
Otherwise I don't really know what to tell you, but I feel others will say this is as good as it's going to get, which is still much better than a mechanical HDD!
Once again, best of luck!

Thanks! I'm not planning on using this drive on this rig actually. I have an Ivy i5 laptop on order that will get to take full advantage of the SSD. Just wanted to play around with it/test it out etc. Planning on installing win 7 to see if i notice a difference booting to the SSD as opposed to the RAID 0 i have, mostly for fun.
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