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Am3 vs Am3r2, any difference between them?

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"but you still might need an updated motherboard to support it."

Darn I hope not!

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The desktop socket is listed as AM3r2, which will probably be called "AM3"+ and the CPUs should be able to work in AM3 boards with an appropriate BIOS update and such.
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Hi y'all.

First time poster, builder and overclocker. I went with this mainboard (specs in my signature) after reading the positive reviews. I have read through dozens of pages thus far and plan to finish the thread. I am looking for some advice/opinions.

1. whats the purpose of CPU Unlocker?
2. whats the benefit of increasing the PCIe speed?

So far, all I have done is raised the ref clock up to 215, the multiplier to x17 (3440mhz) at the stock volotage. I added a fan to my Arctic Cooling pro 64 for push/pull configuration (see pics). The board seems stable (I'm typing on it right now), but the temp is around 45* with regular workflow (several windows open). I read the Arctic Silver takes 200 hours to break in, but I think I used too much (about a BB sized spread thinly over both the CPU and cooler base. Not sure what to do with voltages yet, wouldn't the AUTO adjust itself properly?

Any help or "next step" recommendations appreciated and thanks for the great forum.
1st WELCOME!

next the CPU unlocker is for dual or tri core cpu's that could possibly be quads. No need for you to worry about it as you have a native quad.

Personally I dont mess with the PCI-E speed as I have heard mixed reviews on what could happen and IMHO the risks outweigh the benefits.

As for you TIM (artic silver) application. I would remove your HSF and clean both the CPU and the cooler then what you want to do is put about the size of a grain of rice's worth on the cpu (do not spread it) and then put the cooler on. as you put it on give a slight twist counter-clockwise and clockwise to help spread it out.

Next you want to DL some stability testing software (a few of my personal favorites are in the first post) Prime95, IBT, and LinX)

Auto voltage will do you for a while but once you really get to OC'ing you are going to have to add some volts. How much will depend on how well you cooler works for you. I am going to assume that your 955 is a C3 so you will want to keep in under 60*c load max.

Another thing, go into your user CP and on the left hand side there will be "add system" click that and put your specs in there and you will have one of the nice system spec things like the rest of us

Also feel free to ask as many questions as needed so that we may help you get your system running where it should be.
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Thanks.

1. I cleaned and reapplied the Arctic Silver following their instructions online; apparently, a little goes a long way. I applied probably triple the amount necessary.

2. I updated my system info, thanks for the heads up.

3. downloaded Prime95. How good is the stability test in AMD Overdrive?

4. BTW - are noobs not allowed to post pics? I would like to share some screen shots, but the pics I am hosting on picassa don't seem to appear.

5. I read another post on this forum about Speed Fan 4.4 where the North Bridge on our board (Remote 1) appears to run hot. Mine is at 65* while the system is 38* and the core is 40*. weird, no?
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Thanks.

1. I cleaned and reapplied the Arctic Silver following their instructions online; apparently, a little goes a long way. I applied probably triple the amount necessary.

2. I updated my system info, thanks for the heads up.

3. downloaded Prime95. How good is the stability test in AMD Overdrive?

4. BTW - are noobs not allowed to post pics? I would like to share some screen shots, but the pics I am hosting on picassa don't seem to appear.

5. I read another post on this forum about Speed Fan 4.4 where the North Bridge on our board (Remote 1) appears to run hot. Mine is at 65* while the system is 38* and the core is 40*. weird, no?
I have not used AMD overdrives stability test so I cant say one way or the other.

I am not sure about the pics. You should be able to upload them in the advanced reply, additional options.

Personally I and quite a few here like everest as you dont have to set up TJmax and it seems to be spot on, as well as having some other nifty functions.

The NB(chipset) on our board does run a bit hot. 80*c is the MAX if you are really getting up there I would suggest removing the Stock thermal bubblegum and replacing it with something better.
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Thanks for the feedback. I found a good post on this issue as well.
    
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Wasn't sure where to put this, but since this is in direct relation to the NB temp I'm posting it here.

What do you guys think about moving from a higher tower type CPU cooler to a lower profile one like the H50 to improve the airflow over the NB? I have a higher tower type cooler, and I put my video card in the first PCIE slot and looking at it now, there is no possible way for cooler air from the front of the case to go over the north-bridge heatsink. So I'm thinking with an H50 that there might be a better chance for some airflow to make it between the CPU and GPU to actually get to the NB.
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i thought this board was 16x on 4 individual slots so you could put ur card on fourth slot farthest from nb and have more air flow
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i thought this board was 16x on 4 individual slots so you could put ur card on fourth slot farthest from nb and have more air flow
1st and 3rd PCIe slots are both x16. Put the card in the 3rd BLUE PCIe slot and you'll be good. I would suggest replcing the TIM on the NB/SB HS's though. Will lower your temps onthe NB a good 10+*C



6.....8...... then 12 Cores. What will that be used for?
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anyone have links to all the bios's? My new board is @ 1.6.
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