"Since our Corsair H80 and Noctua NH-U12S were both overwhelmed whenever Turbo Core was disabled and the system was left at idle (yes, you read that right: at IDLE), we decided to step things up a notch. Bringing in a Noctua NH-U14S with dual fans as a pinch hitter resulted in more acceptable temperatures and allowed for some overclocking. Though not all that much."
"With Turbo Core disabled and a bit more voltage, we were able to achieve a constant frequency of 5.016GHz on ALL cores, regardless of the situation. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get this 300MHz to a point that we would consider 24/7 stable due to the elevated temperatures it caused but it was more than capable of running a few benchmarks. "
"Throwing caution into the wind, we decided to push things even further and eventually hit nearly 5.2GHz. Unfortunately, while the system would boot into Windows, any multi-core load would shut the whole works down. No BSOD or OS freeze, just a complete reboot. It could be that at that point, we had reached the motherboard’s power limits but testing continues. "
9590 is actually 300 pounds in some uk shop and 9370 should be around 180. Most eshops dont even list them in eu (none where I live) so I dont think they will be widely available to make them an option.
The 9370 is $350 right now on Newegg. Still not sure if I think its worth it or not with 8320's running $145 and able to clock nearly as high. Id love to have one to play with though. Be nice to put this Sabertooth which I think is the toughest line of motherboards on the market, to the test.
Sabertooth which I think is the toughest line of motherboards on the market, to the test.
Pretty much 99.9% marketing. Sabertooths are basically mainstream boards with a new coat of paint.
If you want a mobo that has the best components and clocks the best for AM3+ you're going to be looking at the crosshair. There's a reason why all the records are broken with it instead of the sabertooth.
"...It could be that at that point, we had reached the motherboard’s power limits but testing continues. "
Alatar, you're crazy/dedicated enough to hit almost 8 GHz (but only with two cores), so you should know something about this. At what point would a "normal" $100-200 motherboard (e.g. Gigabyte 990FX UD3, ASRock 990FX Extreme3) fail to supply power? Presumably the Centurions are more energy efficient and could theoretically hit higher clocks, but it'd only be by a couple/few hundred MHz at best.