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If my memory isnt wrong i swear this guy had problems with his board a while back. I swear his board was dying like 2 months ago. What do you mean by winbond chip? Do you mean your ram? Im thinking you shorted something out while doing the mod or you soldered something wrong. Hmmm.

Stick with a beta bios or 1.2

Asrocks dont suck, theres like 400 reviews for this board on the egg. Its a very nice board for the price. Its not a DFI but then again, my asrock doesnt just crap out and it didnt cost 180$.

Also all the new bios 1.5 added was support for the fx-60. Dual core support has been around since bios 1.1 .
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The winbond chip is the sensor chip on the board. It monitors fan speeds and voltages independently of what you set on the voltage selector. The ram is fine, by all means - tested on three different machines, and many, many speeds upward from stock. I do think that board is bad though - it's getting worse and worse by the hour.

BTW guys - my DFI arrived today. Dropped the Opteron in, made sure everything in the bios was kosher, installed windows, installed prime, and low and behold - errors on the first core, but not the second. Looks like I have a bad Opteron (never thought it'd happen on a workstation-class chip though). I'm RMAing it now through AMD.
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I always heard that Asrock boards were crappy?
Says who? because of this incidence? First i've heard of the Asrock crapping out on Opteron.

If you are going to base that assertion on this thread than look at the many Deffective DFI threads. Should I assume that DFI boards are crappy? ofcourse not, every product is not 100% fail proof.

Asrock boards are excellent budget boards.

Taishan, good luck on the Opty RMA. Was it shot from the begining?
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Yes n19htmare, I do believe it was faulty from the beginning. The asrock board seemed fine with the venice, and when I put the opty in all hell broke loose - errors abound. When I put the opty in my DFI board, thanks to the rock solid voltages, I managed to discover that it's an error in core 0, not in both cores (core 1 runs fine). While the asrock board is beginning to faulter now, I wouldn't go saying that asrock makes bad boards. I think this one had weak VRMs to begin with, and after doing the vcore mod and pushing the voltage as high as it would go (1.55V setting), I noticed that initially it went pretty high, but now it's begun quickly falling down (especially the memory frequency). The 3000+ Venice is doing just fine, and is once again at 2.61GHz, this time on the DFI board (until I get the opty shipped to amd and get a replacement). It tops out at 38C load @ 1.52V with the Zalman CNPS9500 sitting on top of it, and it seems quite content with the 9/10 divider I have the mem running on. Oh well, I guess I'll call it a night - I have a lot to do tomorrow.
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Says who? because of this incidence? First i've heard of the Asrock crapping out on Opteron.

If you are going to base that assertion on this thread than look at the many Deffective DFI threads. Should I assume that DFI boards are crappy? ofcourse not, every product is not 100% fail proof.

Asrock boards are excellent budget boards.

Taishan, good luck on the Opty RMA. Was it shot from the begining?
Have to agree, ASRock are a budget brand, made by ASUS. Certainly not top of the range, but normally a decent affordable brand.
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