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how to determine if ur mobo is 4+1 or 8+1?

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just wondering cause im curious now just to see what im lookin for? any pics of a rough idea where i should be lookin
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Usually under general information about the motherboard. I know mine says right on the box what phase it has.
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Open your case up, and look at the area around your CPU. There will be a few black squares.



The black squares are the phases. If you count 5 squares, it's a 4+1. If you count 9, it's a 8+1.

The motherboard in the picture is Gigabyte's P67A-UD7, which is a 24 phase board.
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That usually only applies to AMD boards, right? Most Intel boards usually have a crapton of phases.
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Open your case up, and look at the area around your CPU. There will be a few black squares.



The black squares are the phases. If you count 5 squares, it's a 4+1. If you count 9, it's a 8+1.

The motherboard in the picture is Gigabyte's P67A-UD7, which is a 24 phase board.
:O i want this board
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ok i see 7 around my cpu and a total of 11 on the board
Edited by IXcrispyXI - 3/10/11 at 9:14pm
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I checked Gigabytes webstite for specs and nothing came up. Going by the pick looks like a 8 + 1
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LGA1156 boards are split phased as so: CPU, memory controller, iGPU. Therefore it'll say something like "8+2+1" rather than "8+1", "4+1"... etc. this is explained in my VRM article, which covers Intel boards some as well.
Also Gigabyte doesn't seem to really advertise what amount of phases an Intel board has.
Looks like you have a 4+2+1 phase.... really unusual to have 7 usually
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
LGA1156 boards are split phased as so: CPU, memory controller, iGPU. Therefore it'll say something like "8+2+1" rather than "8+1", "4+1"... etc. this is explained in my VRM article, which covers Intel boards some as well.
Also Gigabyte doesn't seem to really advertise what amount of phases an Intel board has.
Looks like you have a 4+2+1 phase.... really unusual to have 7 usually
well bein a microboard would that be way?
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Is this less of an issue with some of the intel processors since there is less voltage?

I bought a cheap 4+1 asus board for use with my upcoming i3 build. I was hoping to get somewhere around 4.0ghz at 1.21-1.25 which seems like a reasonable expectation but is that going to be too much stress for a 4+1 board?
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