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AMD 9950 BE - Crap.

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January 18, 2009 2:40:52 AM

Hi guys.

No, this isn't a screw AMD post. I just bought a 9950 X4 BE.

What i really wanted was a 9850 BE that is supported by my board !!! The 9950 is not !!
So got a sweet deal on a open box cpu (about 100€) that everybody thought it was a 9850.

Trouble is, my "value", (on the cheapo i might add) board doesn't have bios support for this, CPU. So.
This strange thing happens.

So...well....I was trying to link a CPU-z validation because...

  • CPU-z and Windows task manager detects 2 threads/cores.
  • Device Manager has other opinion and shows 4 cores.
  • HWmonitor just crashes.
  • Prime95 runs.
  • No BSODs, no nothing.
  • GTA IV runs better !!! Less textures disapearing, no hangs.
  • 3dmark06 does about 9700 witch is marginally better than my old 4800 X2 @ 3ghz. This means peg-legged 9950 X4 @ 2.6 = Brisbane @ 3ghz ?

    Is it a Vista problem ? By upgrading from 2 to 4 cores the Kernel Borked ? I will reinstall everything tomorrow either way so.

    Anyway, here is a CPU-Z Validation:

    http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=487048

    So, i got several choices.

    1 - Athough being a good deal, i should return it, before i bork my board and new cpu.
    2 - I should keep him, but ill hang on to my 4800+ X2 for now. Until i change board.

    Option 1 seems better mainly because im listening to some really high-pitched sounds. While im posting this.

    It is a pity though, because the first time i booted with him, the prick holded on to my 4800+ X2 OC settings, and posted normally.

    I thank in advance for the feedback !!!




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    January 18, 2009 3:09:11 AM

    Try doing a BIOS reboot. Just clear it then reset everything.

    That or a Vista reinstall. Sometimes it does need it.

    As for the post above, this was a budget choice. By the time he has money for a new mobo something even better will be out and probably just as cheap.
    January 18, 2009 7:09:40 AM

    Do you know if its the 125W or 140W version of the 9950? If its the 125W, you could probably keep running it without worrying about it blowing you mobo.
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    January 18, 2009 7:27:48 AM

    So youre saying the chip is crap because your board dosent support it?
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    January 18, 2009 8:55:00 AM

    nsimo86 said:
    Do you know if its the 125W or 140W version of the 9950? If its the 125W, you could probably keep running it without worrying about it blowing you mobo.


    Can you tell more about detail why 125w won't blow mobo? Because I have 140w version of 9950, and it blow my motherboard twice (TA790GX A2+) already.
    January 18, 2009 9:28:31 AM

    spathotan said:
    So youre saying the chip is crap because your board dosent support it?


    No, it was more a attention seeker.

    Have you check the CPU-z Link ? Kinda priceless no ?
    January 18, 2009 12:35:38 PM

    Anyway, i'm going to return it.

    It is not a good bussiness to buy a Phenom 9950 and a 790FX/GX atm. Already changed to my old faithfull and the electric high-pitch humming is gone.

    Asus M2A-VM is a good board for the money, but don't slap big hungry cpus on it. Or it goes bye bye.
    January 18, 2009 4:16:22 PM

    Quote:
    Can you tell more about detail why 125w won't blow mobo? Because I have 140w version of 9950, and it blow my motherboard twice (TA790GX A2+) already.


    Well his board has support for the 9850 which is a 125W chip, therefore the mobo should be able to handle that wattage. The 140W 9950 is only supported by certain motherboards that are equipped to handle the high wattage.

    I have the same motherboard as you and I'm pretty sure it supports the 140W phenom, you might want to update the bios if you are having trouble. I'm actually in the process of putting a phenom 2 940 into it and I need to do a bios update.
    January 18, 2009 5:53:02 PM

    radnor said:
    No, it was more a attention seeker.

    Have you check the CPU-z Link ? Kinda priceless no ?


    The link is broken. Also, the 140W chips have well been known to destroy motherboards that cant handle it, which is why the boards that can support it have the 140W sticker pasted all over the box and under the board description. You should try getting the 125W version if it wouldnt cost you more money.
    January 18, 2009 7:56:58 PM

    spathotan said:
    The link is broken. Also, the 140W chips have well been known to destroy motherboards that cant handle it, which is why the boards that can support it have the 140W sticker pasted all over the box and under the board description. You should try getting the 125W version if it wouldnt cost you more money.


    I've reinstalled the OS with my 4800 X2, but OS hangs alot. I think this CPu might have doen some damge to my board, or might be just drivers.

    Im returning it anyway,
    !