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post #1801 of 4289
Hello everyone.

May I please join the club?

What a fantastic source of information this thread/club is for all those lucky owners of the Phenom II x 2 550BE chip. I have enjoyed reading the many posts.

My story:

Last week a purchased the bits to build a new PC:

AMD 550BE chip stock cooler only
Asus M4N78 Pro Motherboard (starting to think I should have god the version with AMD chipset!)
Factory OC’d Sparkle GTX 275 graphics card (overkill but a bargain at 140 Euro!)
700W Xilence PSU
2 x 2Gb Corsair DDR2
Coolermaster CM 690 case
1Tb Samsung HD


I did adjust the multiplier to x17 on the motherboard and the system was Prime95 stable at 3.4Ghz. I did change back to the default multiplier before attempting the core unlock.

Being an ASUS board with Nvidia chipset I do not have the ACC function but the board does have the NCC option and I set that to Auto. The result was that all 4 cores unlocked when I restarted the bios. CPU-Z clearly showed 4 cores and Windows explorer appears stable.

So far so good for the unlock! XP Pro SP3 has booted up (I am impatient for the arrival of my Windows 7 late October, damn why did I not get a beta version!) and things appeared to be relatively smooth (VCore was set to auto in bios and no overclock on multiplier or other OC tweaks). Sadly any attempt to run Prime95 with all cores unlocked caused an immediate lock-up of the system. Brief success with some games although clearly unstable: WoW giving BGOD after 5 minutes or so but strangely Crysis remaining stable for 30 minutes and running the demo benchmarks on Crysis not a single lock-up or BGOD. COD4 freezes immediately after the initial cut-scenes. Certainly the fact the my benchmark Cyrisis fps increased by about 8fps with all cores unlocked has convinced me that this chip might be good for an 4 core unclock with a bit more expermimentation.

I am hopeful of a successful 4 core unlock (and possible OC to say 3.6GHz in future) but the system is obviously not stable yet. I have considered trying the chip with 3 cores but the bios doesn’t offer that option and I can’t use Overdrive with my Chipset. Is there any other way to get it onto 3 cores given my motherboard?

My thinking is that I might get stability if I push VCore up to the 1.4V mark, but I shouldn’t start increasing VCore to that kind of level until I get a 3rd party cooler (thinking on an Arctic Pro 7 but open to sensible and affordable (40 dollar/ 30 pounds/Euro ballpark) suggestions available in Europe/UK?

Am I on the right track? this is all very new to me but great fun!

Thanks for taking the time to read my story and for any help you can offer
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post #1802 of 4289
a little update
I've succesfully flash my bios using afudos, it took less than a minute.
Im now running x4 b50 @3.4ghz stock voltage.
now the challenge for me is to make the ram timings tighter, i dont know whats the problem, i cant set the timings around cl7 with this new bios. even @ cL8, it wont boot. I have to figure it out whats causing the problem. my ram is rated 1.65 8-8-8-21 ddr3 1600. Anyone here using biostar ta790gx a3+? need some help here thank you all. Thanks for being helpful guys.
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post #1803 of 4289
this prolimatech mega shadow rocks!
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post #1804 of 4289
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Originally Posted by thlnk3r View Post
PaperKuts, you may be cutting it close with a 3870X2 and a 3870. Wattage wise and 12volt amperage may not be enough. Your OCZ 600W power supply has 48 amps total on the 12volt rail. This is perfectly fine for a single video card but for a 3870X2 and another 3870 may not be. If you suspect your power supply being the culprit then try removing one of the video cards (preferably the X2) and see if that helps.


Thanks think3r, will give that a shot when I can be arsed opening her up again lol, it is funny and before I used to get an error on boot tellin me there was no power gettin to the GFX cards, but even when the system is under full load on CPU and GFX cards it runs stable, no crashes or BSoD and if i set the CPU ACC to disable and jus boot normal it boots fine. I will look into this further lookin to make a few upgrades on payday so a PSU might be on that list now lol.

Did you get the screens and CPU-Z of my AMD Athlon II x3, what do you think? Has anyone ever tried to unlock a rana? i am finding this quite interesting.

Personally I think the M2RSH and this chip make a great combo for OC'ing and unlocking.

Cheers
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post #1805 of 4289
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Originally Posted by mr_yogabear View Post
this prolimatech mega shadow rocks!
Just googled it , lol its a beast, what temps you gettin with that!?
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Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MH... 3 x SATA Asus SATA DVD-RW Titan Fenrir 
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post #1806 of 4289
@richard75
the easiest way to run it @ tri core is go to start menu, search for msconfig, then boot tab, advance options, set the number of processors to 3. reboot then u'll have 3 cores running.
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post #1807 of 4289
Quote:
Originally Posted by mr_yogabear View Post
@richard75
the easiest way to run it @ tri core is go to start menu, search for msconfig, then boot tab, advance options, set the number of processors to 3. reboot then u'll have 3 cores running.
or depending on your bios, in the same section as ACC it lets me select how many cores, might be the same for you , but yogabear's suggestion will work fine.
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Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MH... 3 x SATA Asus SATA DVD-RW Titan Fenrir 
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Windows 7 x64 19" LED HDTV Logitech G-19 OCZ GameXStream 600w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 Power S 
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Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MH... 3 x SATA Asus SATA DVD-RW Titan Fenrir 
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post #1808 of 4289
Yogabear: Thanks for the suggestion. I was under the misapprehension that msconfig only changed the number of cores unlocked in the boot sequence not once the OS was fully loaded. I told you I was new to this!

PaperKuts: Sadly my MB doesnt support ACC and the Nvidia version NCC doesn't allow me to select the number of cores. I either set it to NCC [Auto] and get all 4 cores unlocked or I reset the Bios (using a jumper on the MB - I must use msconfig now!) and go back to the 2 original cores.

Thanks both for your prompt and helpful responses

I am going to try 3 cores tonight as an interim solution this evening pending getting a new cooler before I up the VCore and try again with 4 cores. I will post some screen grabs and stats along the way.
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Phenom II x 2 550 Black Edition Asus M4N78 Pro Sparkle GTX 275 (not OC) 2 x 2Gb DDR2 Corsair 
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post #1809 of 4289
@paperkuts

Its kinda hot here in the philippines and considering that I'm not staying in an airconditioned room, my idle temps is 32c. I used the thermal compound included in the package. I'm excited to use this with an mx-2. and see if temps will get better. its a big improvement compared to what im using before.i think around 10c cooler
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500gb Seagate Sata/200gb WD Sata Samsund DVD Lightscribe Windows 7 64-Bit Samsung 931BW 
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500gb Seagate Sata/200gb WD Sata Samsund DVD Lightscribe Windows 7 64-Bit Samsung 931BW 
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post #1810 of 4289
@richard75

Cool, don't forget to update us
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500gb Seagate Sata/200gb WD Sata Samsund DVD Lightscribe Windows 7 64-Bit Samsung 931BW 
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