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post #231 of 278
Yeah, no workie for me either. I found this review at
vvvvvv.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/foxconn-a7da-30_4.html
that says the 1.86v is a mis-report and the default memoory voltage is actually 1.65v. That's not 1.5v but still makes me feel better.

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post #232 of 278
I've read this thread from start to finish trying to figure out why the actual FSB doesn't actually change even though I changed it in BIOS. I keep thinking I missed something until I found this:
Quote:
Originally Posted by otaku_ex;12569103 
It doesn't work, that bios is not useful for overclocking, you'll have to wait for p08 bios.
Is this for real?
I have the 1055T six core with fixed multiplier. I have had this chip running over 3.5 GHz on another mobo with just FSB adjustment and NO voltage adjustments. It would be a shame not to OC it. I can't go to an older BIOS for lack of 6 core support.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Anyone seen the P08 BIOS?
post #233 of 278
Quote:
Originally Posted by Raada1;13660386 
I've read this thread from start to finish trying to figure out why the actual FSB doesn't actually change even though I changed it in BIOS. I keep thinking I missed something until I found this:

Is this for real?
I have the 1055T six core with fixed multiplier. I have had this chip running over 3.5 GHz on another mobo with just FSB adjustment and NO voltage adjustments. It would be a shame not to OC it. I can't go to an older BIOS for lack of 6 core support.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Anyone seen the P08 BIOS?

I would not hold your breath waiting for a new bios to come. The lack of bios settings that work correctly for overclocking and unlocking is what killed this thread.

It's an OK board for regular use,except for the crazy ram voltage, and frozen CPU temp in the bios. Anyone get Smart Fan to work correctly on this board?
I'm using the Fox One utility to set the ram volts down, but I have to do this each time windows starts. I'm concerned of frying my Mushkin ram that's supposed to run at 1.5V
I'll have to look at other utilities that can be set to do this automatically.

It's OK as my HTPC with the X2 240 CPU. Show me another board for 45.00 with the same build quality and features. It has a nice construction with all solid caps.
post #234 of 278
Quote:
Originally Posted by Geezerman;13661687 
I'm concerned of frying my Mushkin ram that's supposed to run at 1.5V.

Agreed, but if its actually 1.65v then that's only 10% and OCers do that all the time. I tend to be conservative but I feel that 10% is within nominal variance. I keep checking my Ripjaws and they are not hot. I have made a request for the p08 bios. We'll see if I'm worthy.
post #235 of 278
My old Crucial Ballistix DDR2, meant for overclocking and rated at 2.2V, were well known to burn up at their rated volts and settings.
I just got back a set from a RMA with Crucial, and I never even overclocked or overvolted them. Crucial admitted to me that the published voltage was the problem with the failures.
IIRC, Their last batch of Ballistix DDR2 was rated at 2.0V.
I still have a set running in a Abit AB9 Pro board and Q6600, but at 1.8V and Jedec settings. That should make them last.
I guess it all depends on the brand, and how conservative the engineers are at rating them. It's obvious Crucial pushed it too much with their DDR2 Ballistix line.
Anyone else miss those great Abit boards? Gigabyte is my next favorite brand.
My last overclocking adventure was with a socket 939 and a Opteron 165 clocked at 2.6GHz and stock volts. Fun stuff.
post #236 of 278
Quote:
Originally Posted by Raada1;13660386 
Quote:
Originally Posted by otaku_ex View Post
It doesn't work, that bios is not useful for overclocking, you'll have to wait for p08 bios.
UnQuote.
Is this for real?

Well, now I fell like an idiot. With Win7 installed, CPU speed gadget shows FSB clocked to 220 and CPU @ 3066 MHz. When booting directly into the BIOS, all the tools there still say FSB=200, CPU=2800.
Reset FSB to 240, HT =x5, NB = x5. No change evident in BIOS, reboot into windows. CPU-z confirms FSB=240 and shows HT=1200 but NB=2400!. All efforts to lower NB have failed. This BIOS is CRAZY.

Querry: Most AMD AM3 BIOS have controls for turning off the 6 core turbo mode option. What is that feature called here (if it even exists in P07)? And how do you really adjust HT and NB?
Edited by Raada1 - 5/29/11 at 2:25pm
post #237 of 278
Quote:
Welcome to Foxconn !
The A7DA-S 3.0 does support core release , we recommend you flash P08 bios to have a test .
I did so, no problem there. No solutions, either. I responded with:
Quote:
I cannot find anywhere on the POST screen or inside the BIOS where the actual FSB, NB or HT speeds are shown. I had to install Windows and use CPU-z just to read these values.
Also, very important, I cannot find where to turn OFF the AMD 6-core Turbo Mode option. As long as this option is enabled, speeds and voltages are impossible to discern.
Also, the HT manually set multiplier seems to have no effect. With NB and HT set to x9, CPU-z reads 2160 for NB (correct) but 2400 for HT (too high).
Can you help with these issues?
I'll post any replies/solutions. If anyone here can help, I'll appreciate it.
post #238 of 278
Quote:
Originally Posted by Raada1;13688640 
I did so, no problem there. No solutions, either. I responded with:
I'll post any replies/solutions. If anyone here can help, I'll appreciate it.


So is there a p08 floating around? latest on foxconn support is p07. If you've got one, could you please link/upload it so i can give it a spin?

As for the HT, i believe they locked it due to instabilities with core unlocking. Dont quote me on this though
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post #239 of 278
Quote:
Originally Posted by thingemajib;13713250 
So is there a p08 floating around? latest on foxconn support is p07. If you've got one, could you please link/upload it so i can give it a spin?

As for the HT, i believe they locked it due to instabilities with core unlocking. Dont quote me on this though

I'll try to attach.
No answer from Foxconn, yet. With HT locked, FSB at 240 yields HT=2400. The CPU can go to around 260 but I can't let the HT to continue to rise.
However, since I can't turn off AMD Turbo-Core technology, three cores do go to 3.96 GHz and appear to be stable. Not exactly the end of the world, eh?

update: no response yet
Edited by Raada1 - 6/3/11 at 6:59am
post #240 of 278
Hi A7DA fanatics. I'm having temperature problem, I hope you guys can help.

Lately my rig has been crashing on demanding games. It has done so before, and then also it was during hot season. I've installed HWiNFO32 utility to monitor temperatures and noticed there are 3 temperature sensors (from the onboard ITE IT8716F chip. The BIOS, as well as the manual, only mention 2: the CPU and the system temperature sensors. They stay within acceptable range. However, the 3rd and undocumented sensor seems to rise to about 80C! This is most likely the cause of the problem.

Question 1: does anyone know exactly what these temperatures are, especially the undocumented 3rd sensor?

Now, when I open up my case, temp still rises to that level under load. If I aim a regular table fan at the case, I can keep the 3rd sensor around 60C. I was hoping my casefans could take care of that themselves! I've got a front and a back casefan, a CPU fan of course, and there's one or two fans on the GFX card.

Question 2: any suggestions?

Also, when I disable Smart Fan in the FOX ONE utility, and I'm playing around with the fan speed, it doesn't seem to have any effect?
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