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I have a Q9400 in my media pc on a low end Gigabyte board. This chip easily did a minimum of 3.2 Ghz (400 FSB) on a better board but on this board, it simply cannot be pushed very far.

I'm limited to Micro-ATX as it's in a NZXT Vulcan.

Any suggestions?

I know LGA 775 boards are getting harder and harder to find but I'd like to take advantage of what would normally be a decent quad core processor.

I can't find the asus Maximus II Gene anywhere in stock...
Edited by Robilar - 1/27/11 at 3:18pm
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I'd say the DFI P45 JR thing is probably the best mATX 775 board. That or I think there was actually an Asus P45 ROG mATX board, but either it's very rare, or I don't know what i'm talking about.
Edited by Mikecdm - 1/27/11 at 3:21pm
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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
I have a Q9400 in my media pc on a low end Gigabyte board. This chip easily did a minimum of 3.2 Ghz (400 FSB) on a better board but on this board, it simply cannot be pushed very far.

I'm limited to Micro-ATX as it's in a NZXT Vulcan.

Any suggestions?

I know LGA 775 boards are getting harder and harder to find but I'd like to take advantage of what would normally be a decent quad core processor.

I can't find the asus Maximus II Gene anywhere in stock...
I'm currently running an Asus P5LD2-VM and it can push my Pentium D 930 to above 3.8 with ease. Did some benching with it and it seems OK. The board though does run into a wall around the 255 bus mark but it could simply be the CPU not wanting to go higher being a B1 stepping chip.
The example I've posted was with H2O for cooling and using a pair of Tt Extreme Spirit II chipset coolers on the board - You probrably woudn't see this result on standard cooling except for the CPU itself.
It should be able to go past 4.0 with stock cooling for the CPU.

There are better ones out there than this but it does OK if not wanting to hit some extreme speeds with a micro board and these are probrably cheap enough to get.

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The problem is that the Q9400 runs at a 333 bus by default. Going even to 350 is beyond the board. At stock it runs great though.
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