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I am currently using a (Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5) Motherboard that's pretty much outdated now, especially with it's 790FX chipset and southbridge.

I'm looking at the ASUS Crosshair IV alot and I might just order it now, would it be worth it? because the extra overclocking features in the BIOS might just benefit me.

Compareing the overclocking capabilites of my current motherboard to the Crosshair IV, there's alot more options to choose from.

I have a feeling that my current motherboard restrict's on keeping my Northbridge freq at 3000MHz as it fails on Prime95. I can get my CPU at 4.0GHz just fine, but anything higher than 4.0GHz is very unstable.... even with 1.7V running through my CPU.

I currently have a AMD Phenom II X6 1055T as my CPU.
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If current mobo doesn't provide sufficient options to tweak, then sure, do change it. But the NB you have is not that outdated It can surely be used for years to come, once you have a board that can tweak it. Did you try update the BIOS? Maybe you'd get a NB multi in the new ver.

If not, what is importand is that the architecture and functionality of the mobo fit your needs
For an example, if you'd unlock/overclock a 140W CPU, get a 8+ phase board, if you'd run CF, get a 8x-8x or 16x-16x board, if you'd run a PhysX card, get a 16x-4x board, if you'd do HDD-intensive tasks, get a latest SATA standard board, and so on, and so on personal prefferences, which don't depend on the NB

The ASUS you mentioned is a great boad, but it takes a careful consideration whether or not it's worth the expense. If you can achieve the same thing with BIOS update, even though you don't have current top-notch board, then keep yours, update it and enjoy
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If current mobo doesn't provide sufficient options to tweak, then sure, do change it. But the NB you have is not that outdated It can surely be used for years to come, once you have a board that can tweak it. Did you try update the BIOS? Maybe you'd get a NB multi in the new ver.

If not, what is importand is that the architecture and functionality of the mobo fit your needs
For an example, if you'd unlock/overclock a 140W CPU, get a 8+ phase board, if you'd run CF, get a 8x-8x or 16x-16x board, if you'd run a PhysX card, get a 16x-4x board, if you'd do HDD-intensive tasks, get a latest SATA standard board, and so on, and so on personal prefferences, which don't depend on the NB

The ASUS you mentioned is a great boad, but it takes a careful consideration whether or not it's worth the expense. If you can achieve the same thing with BIOS update, even though you don't have current top-notch board, then keep yours, update it and enjoy
Thanks for the quick reply.

I am indeed running the latest BIOS now which is the F3J (BETA) which support's the latest Thuban CPU's.

I have contacted Gigabyte to ask if they would provided anymore updates to the board which get's rid of the (BETA) version and released a 100% offical stable one, but Gigabyte's response was that that they will not supply any new updates because the board is outdated.

I'm gueesing that using the "F3J (BETA)" BIOS might affect my stability in a way.... not sure what way, but I defo hit a FSB wall on my board which is 290, and get's unstable at 300 FSB.

I just had a BSOD just a moment ago which is due to my Northbridge freq being at 3000MHz and CPU at 3.3GHz.
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Also, my current motherboard has no option for any sort of LLC (Load Line Calibration) which doesn't help :/
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I say go for it, if you are skipping Bulldozer =]
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Just to compare apples and oranges.I have a "old" outdated X58 board.It's a MSI X58 pro.It clocks well and does what I need it to do.My point is you don't need to get the latest and best to achieve what your looking for.Even though the board you mentioned is a great board.It'd best to find some owners of your chip and find out from them what boards they are running to get good overclocks.Like mentioned above look at boards that suit you needs not just the best.BTW This is OCN so when is it not good to upgrade?
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There is a person in OCN that was the same board as me (xd1771) something like that.... If I'm remembering correctly.

I'm not saying the board I have now is just meh..... but the BIOS has very limited options to choose from, Another thing is, I don't think I would see any improvement in my Memory Bandwith benchmark's either, because AMD doesn't seem to improve on them at all compare to Intel's.

Maybe Bulldozer will be the cure for that ^, if soo... than cool! But now I'm still debateing whether to get it or not lol
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Nope I don't have the same board there
You might have hit a sort of bus clock wall at some 300Mhz
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Just a thought here. Take a look at the OP of the link in my sig. You'll find two Owners Lists spread sheets that show current settings including CPU used. Maybe that will help you decide. By the way, the CHIV is BD Compatible and already has a test BD bios available. Asus has even made public statements to this highly debatable topic that BD will be compatible.
 
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