Originally Posted by Da5id
Ocre, has your high OC's suffered at all because the lack of passive cooling on the VRM's? I had that prob with my asrock. Just thought id throw it out there, may help.
I really wasnt a fan of the passive cooling, well I still am not. But I didnt just stumble on this board and didnt just get it because I couldnt afford a better one. I actually chose this ASrock over all else. I build many computers every month and have ended up using Asrock for budget builds and after my many Asus/gigabyte failures last year I had to switch to another brand in a hurry. I deal with a lot of customers and they dont take lightly to their new computer motherboard going out after only 3 to 6 months. I never had an ASrock budget board go out in the field so I invested nearly all my faith into them for AMD builds unless a special request is made. So far not one bad board. So I got to tinkering and a few months back the Asrock was the only am3/ddr3 board that unlocked the phenom 2s. The am3 biostar fail to unlock them at all. I also discovered that the M3A790GXH/128M could overclock like a beast and I was very very impressed. When i got a gigybyte AM2 RMA back i couldnt quite match the Asrock max overclock with the same CPU. Its kinda hard to believe but I have found others with similar results. On the M3A790GXH/128M the passive cooling does look really bad but i dont think it holds overclocks back in the way one would think unless you have a pretty small case: http://www.pro-clockers.com/reviews/?id=166&page=9
And here is the AM2 counter part of the exact same design compared with more mainstream overclocking boards with the same CPU:http://ixbtlabs.com/articles3/cpu/ph...ocking-p1.html
Its turns out the highest overclock out of the bunch. Its not just me these boards are pretty darn good.
BTW....I havent even pushed my CPU to anywhere close to max. All of my overclocks are at very low volts. I havent posted any results over 1.4. I just made a new cooler so i might show some results when i push it. But really I found a good sweat spot with 2500+ NB and very low low volts, I just dont think I can top those results cause I like the low volts. you dont see them too much