Original asus crosshair 590i pared with the new Phenom II X4

As subject stats, do these match up? I have the original (not formula II) AM2 asus crosshair 590i motherboard, currently running an x2 6000+. I assume it can handle the AM2+ Phenom II X4, are there any issues with this setup? anyone tried it, worth the cpu upgrade?? or should i go with a true AM2+ or soon 3 motherboard?
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  1. Quote:
    I assume it can handle the AM2+ Phenom II X4, are there any issues with this setup?


    Go to the ASUS MB product page for your board and check for a recent BIOS version that supports the Phenom II. All set if it's there. ASUS has the boards that support PII listed on their site.
  2. to tell you the truth I would go AM2+ way to get full potential for that CPU. Or you can get an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 and a P45 motherboard.
  3. I didn't know there was a 590i...
  4. @ OP. The ASUS Crosshair MB product page does not list a BIOS version to support Phenom II processors. I don't know if there is a workaround with some other BIOS people are using. Have you checked the ASUS download/forum page? I did. I can link it for you if you need it.
  5. Hope the links work if you have not already seen them. Installed a PII 940 on my 780G this morning. I got quite a surprise. It's a bitchin' fast unit.

    http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx?SLanguage=en-us&model=Crosshair&product=1&os=24

    http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us
  6. I have a Crosshair mobo (the first one) use to have a 6000+ X2 on it, now i have a phenom 940 X4.

    It works, but windows says : AMD processor model unknown 3.00 Ghz.


    i could not get CPUZ to work.. this sucks..

    wPrime works a bit.. but it can't tell me what CPU i'm using, and one core of the cpu is constant 100% loaded.)
    32M in 12sec.
    1024M in 392sec.


    Hope ASUS will make a new firmware update for the mobo.. i have 1207 now..
  7. Likely ASUS would supply a working BIOS for the PII 940 if the board's hardware would support it. Perhaps the voltage regulators are not up to specs. and ASUS can not provide support through a BIOS update. That board would require a 'hardware' revision, which ASUS seldom does. The company just issues a new model instead of a 'revision'. Gigabyte issues 'hardware' revisions often. What ASUS can not ugrade with a 'soft' BIOS update, they issue new models.
  8. of cause it's all marketing.. but the mobo issent cheap.. still. i have the board for 1 1/5 year, and it dropped like 40 euro's. so thats not bad.. its still not cheap compared whit other boards in the same range..

    I think Asus will make a bios update for the Phenom X4 920 and 940, but i guess Asus first support the latest boards..
    Asus will not gain money making a bios for the Phenom X4, so you could buy another board... but me.. i don't, if thats the case, no more Asus for me..

    I'm going to contact Asus on Monday, see what they say..


    I will update this forum.. if anybody knows more about this subject please leave a message!!
  9. ASUS made a list of all MB's available for BIOS update support for Phenom II months ago. If you search the site, the list is available. The reason your MB does not have official support for PII is exactly as I stated to your earlier. A 'soft' BIOS up will not support the PII processors. Maybe be because of your onboard voltage regulators. In a case where a 'hard' or hardware update is needed by a certain MB, the company would release a second 'version' of the board with updated VR's for example. Gigabyte is known for their 'hard' revisions. ASUS normally uses the BIOS method and only ocasionally issues a 'revised' board. Don't expect ASUS to issue a BIOS that officially supports your MB.
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    I have a Crosshair mobo (the first one) use to have a 6000+ X2 on it, now i have a phenom 940 X4.

    It works, but windows says : AMD processor model unknown 3.00 Ghz.


    i could not get CPUZ to work.. this sucks..

    wPrime works a bit.. but it can't tell me what CPU i'm using, and one core of the cpu is constant 100% loaded.)
    32M in 12sec.
    1024M in 392sec.


    Hope ASUS will make a new firmware update for the mobo.. i have 1207 now..


    Unfortunately Crosshair Formula (590a) is NOT AM2+ capable. So while your processor does work, you're running it in crippled mode. Solution? Get a new board. There's nothing ASUS can do, since it is a chipset problem, not a motherboard problem.
  11. Define crippled mode?
  12. Slower Front side bus, lower hypertrading etc.
    poorer preformance due old chipsets
  13. (The "Anonymous" user again..)

    i have to say.. it runs perfect..

    I have a crosshair mobo whit 590i chipset and my brother got an 780G chipset.
    So his board supports am2+ and hyper transporting 3.0 and all that stuff.

    We got DDR2-800MHz. Corsair twin pair - X


    I'v got more CPU score on 3DMARK Vantage than he did.

    3D mark06 i had a score around 4407..

    I will add the score's later on..


    I have 2 XFX 8800 GTS 640mb XXX version in SLI and i can run GRID RACING @ 1680x1050 whit everything maxed out + 16AA and i still have 80 FPS.


    So my opinion is.. it runs fine.. although you can't take advantage of the hyper transport 3.0

    So for a small investment you still can get big performance.
  14. tijmen007 said:
    Slower Front side bus, lower hypertrading etc.
    poorer preformance due old chipsets


    AMD CPUs have no FSB

    HT speed doesn't impact greatly on performance.

    Besides, all AM2 chipset boards are like this... crippled ever so slightly.
  15. I have bin working whit this system for a few days now.. and i have to add.. everything goes great.. i overclocked 10% whit out trouble..

    But today, my system crashed 5 times will watching a dvd.

    Youtube (flash) playes perfect, other site's don't. VLC playes.. till you move the screen.. very strange..


    So i'm thinking to buy a 7-series mobo.

    I'm looking for the " Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H "

    It seems like a great board, i don't need crossfire yet.. but if you do it's in 8x if you want 2 times 16x you pay like 50 euro more..


    So this is my first choice.. Should i buy now? or wait for a few days/weeks so price will drop further..

    Thanks!!!

    -----
    BTW - Score's 3dMark Vantage

    P12382

    GPU 10394 (sli 8800 gts 640mb xxx)

    CPU 29047 (Phenom 940 x4 on 3,3Ghz)
    -----
  16. dinkster9 said:
    As subject stats, do these match up? I have the original (not formula II) AM2 asus crosshair 590i motherboard, currently running an x2 6000+. I assume it can handle the AM2+ Phenom II X4, are there any issues with this setup? anyone tried it, worth the cpu upgrade?? or should i go with a true AM2+ or soon 3 motherboard?
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    I have managed to "mate" the ASUS Crosshair ( ONE ) AM2 590 mobo with the Phenom II X4 940 BE! It works GREAT! I have managed to overclock the X4 940 BE to run at over 3.801 on air cooled (not liquid) running the CPU around 52'C with the Zaleman 9700 120mm. BEWARE the CPU isn't mean to go OVER 60'C !!! So I clocked it down to 3.580 @ 44'C.
    I will get a liquid cooler soon and will further post updates.
    You will hear computer technicians and enthusiasts state that you will run the processor at a cripple state. To an extent they are ABSOLUTELY correct but only because the BOARD allows the HT so high. But you don't want a new board you just want the fastest CPU for THIS board.
    If you have this mobo and want the fastest reliable processor it can handle PERIOD... get the 940 BE. This thing is FAST!

    Remember: I have completed this set up. I can PERSONALLY tell you what is stated accurately or what is just someone incorrectly stated professional opinion.

    Good Luck
  17. titaniuman101 said:
    dinkster9 said:
    As subject stats, do these match up? I have the original (not formula II) AM2 asus crosshair 590i motherboard, currently running an x2 6000+. I assume it can handle the AM2+ Phenom II X4, are there any issues with this setup? anyone tried it, worth the cpu upgrade?? or should i go with a true AM2+ or soon 3 motherboard?
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    I have managed to "mate" the ASUS Crosshair ( ONE ) AM2 590 mobo with the Phenom II X4 940 BE! It works GREAT! I have managed to overclock the X4 940 BE to run at over 3.801 on air cooled (not liquid) running the CPU around 52'C with the Zaleman 9700 120mm. BEWARE the CPU isn't mean to go OVER 60'C !!! So I clocked it down to 3.580 @ 44'C.
    I will get a liquid cooler soon and will further post updates.
    You will hear computer technicians and enthusiasts state that you will run the processor at a cripple state. To an extent they are ABSOLUTELY correct but only because the BOARD allows the HT so high. But you don't want a new board you just want the fastest CPU for THIS board.
    If you have this mobo and want the fastest reliable processor it can handle PERIOD... get the 940 BE. This thing is FAST!

    Remember: I have completed this set up. I can PERSONALLY tell you what is stated accurately or what is just someone incorrectly stated professional opinion.

    Good Luck

    holy crap, my ASUS CROSSHAIR (ONE) AM2 590 MOBO is also running a 940BE and at stock clocks it idles at 46!!!

    Please, do you have any idea what the issue could be? I('ve also got 2 sticks of DDR2-800, most this bios supports) I've had this CPU for years on this mobo running this hot @ stock... with the custom 1402 Genie BIOS.

    I would greatly appreciate any tips to try and find my heat issue and get this thing oveclocked! And even if my CPU wasn't from a good batch, at least someone can help me figure out the heat issue?
  18. CubanLegend said:
    titaniuman101 said:
    dinkster9 said:
    As subject stats, do these match up? I have the original (not formula II) AM2 asus crosshair 590i motherboard, currently running an x2 6000+. I assume it can handle the AM2+ Phenom II X4, are there any issues with this setup? anyone tried it, worth the cpu upgrade?? or should i go with a true AM2+ or soon 3 motherboard?
    Back to top


    I have managed to "mate" the ASUS Crosshair ( ONE ) AM2 590 mobo with the Phenom II X4 940 BE! It works GREAT! I have managed to overclock the X4 940 BE to run at over 3.801 on air cooled (not liquid) running the CPU around 52'C with the Zaleman 9700 120mm. BEWARE the CPU isn't mean to go OVER 60'C !!! So I clocked it down to 3.580 @ 44'C.
    I will get a liquid cooler soon and will further post updates.
    You will hear computer technicians and enthusiasts state that you will run the processor at a cripple state. To an extent they are ABSOLUTELY correct but only because the BOARD allows the HT so high. But you don't want a new board you just want the fastest CPU for THIS board.
    If you have this mobo and want the fastest reliable processor it can handle PERIOD... get the 940 BE. This thing is FAST!

    Remember: I have completed this set up. I can PERSONALLY tell you what is stated accurately or what is just someone incorrectly stated professional opinion.

    Good Luck

    holy crap, my ASUS CROSSHAIR (ONE) AM2 590 MOBO is also running a 940BE and at stock clocks it idles at 46!!!

    Please, do you have any idea what the issue could be? I('ve also got 2 sticks of DDR2-800, most this bios supports) I've had this CPU for years on this mobo running this hot @ stock... with the custom 1402 Genie BIOS.

    I would greatly appreciate any tips to try and find my heat issue and get this thing oveclocked! And even if my CPU wasn't from a good batch, at least someone can help me figure out the heat issue?


    I might be running cool for 3 reasons:
    (1) Antec 900 (case)
    (2) Zalman CNPS9700 110mm (heatsink/Fan)
    (3) Artic Silver 5 (thermal paste)

    You might need to rip your PC apart as well and dust and wipe everything down. At least clean the CPUs heatsinks out from dust and also wipe down he fans good.

    AND NOT TRUE>...... I am running 8 gigs of RAM with the 1402 GeiniMod V3 BIOS. I am also getting rid of some stuff off my ASUS Crosshair AM2 mobo since I upgraded lately. Send me a private message if you want any of it.

    Good Luck
  19. CubanLegend said:
    titaniuman101 said:
    dinkster9 said:
    As subject stats, do these match up? I have the original (not formula II) AM2 asus crosshair 590i motherboard, currently running an x2 6000+. I assume it can handle the AM2+ Phenom II X4, are there any issues with this setup? anyone tried it, worth the cpu upgrade?? or should i go with a true AM2+ or soon 3 motherboard?
    Back to top


    I have managed to "mate" the ASUS Crosshair ( ONE ) AM2 590 mobo with the Phenom II X4 940 BE! It works GREAT! I have managed to overclock the X4 940 BE to run at over 3.801 on air cooled (not liquid) running the CPU around 52'C with the Zaleman 9700 120mm. BEWARE the CPU isn't mean to go OVER 60'C !!! So I clocked it down to 3.580 @ 44'C.
    I will get a liquid cooler soon and will further post updates.
    You will hear computer technicians and enthusiasts state that you will run the processor at a cripple state. To an extent they are ABSOLUTELY correct but only because the BOARD allows the HT so high. But you don't want a new board you just want the fastest CPU for THIS board.
    If you have this mobo and want the fastest reliable processor it can handle PERIOD... get the 940 BE. This thing is FAST!

    Remember: I have completed this set up. I can PERSONALLY tell you what is stated accurately or what is just someone incorrectly stated professional opinion.

    Good Luck

    holy crap, my ASUS CROSSHAIR (ONE) AM2 590 MOBO is also running a 940BE and at stock clocks it idles at 46!!!

    Please, do you have any idea what the issue could be? I('ve also got 2 sticks of DDR2-800, most this bios supports) I've had this CPU for years on this mobo running this hot @ stock... with the custom 1402 Genie BIOS.

    I would greatly appreciate any tips to try and find my heat issue and get this thing oveclocked! And even if my CPU wasn't from a good batch, at least someone can help me figure out the heat issue?


    I use 8 gigs (4x 2G) ...NVIDIA SLI Ready 8GB 4x2 PC2 DUAL CH 6400 PN: OCZ2N800SR4GK. Purchased from ebay. But there are probably better ram out there that works. I like the NVidia SLI factor.

    Good Luck
  20. titaniuman101 said:

    I might be running cool for 3 reasons:
    (1) Antec 900 (case)
    (2) Zalman CNPS9700 110mm (heatsink/Fan)
    (3) Artic Silver 5 (thermal paste)

    You might need to rip your PC apart as well and dust and wipe everything down. At least clean the CPUs heatsinks out from dust and also wipe down he fans good.

    AND NOT TRUE>...... I am running 8 gigs of RAM with the 1402 GeiniMod V3 BIOS. I am also getting rid of some stuff off my ASUS Crosshair AM2 mobo since I upgraded lately. Send me a private message if you want any of it.

    Good Luck

    Wow 2/3 of thos things I also have.
    1. Cooler Master CM Stacket 830 (case)
    (2) Zalman CNPS9700 110mm (heatsink/Fan)
    (3) Artic Silver 5 (thermal paste)

    amazing to hear that you got 8GB of ram working, i was wondering if it was possible. as long as it's only 2 DIMMs then it seems the custom BIOS will post.

    I think I will have to reclean my PC, I did it last week but I only dusted the Zalman, I didn't take it off and re-apply new thermal paste... I'll see if I have any thermal paste lying around from when I first bought the crosshair in 2006 and ill use it. (does it matter if it's 6 year's old paste, lol)

    What did you upgrade to? I'm planning on keeping this crosshair and CPU for as long as possible while upgrading my GPU (770 2GB).

    PM sent.
  21. CubanLegend said:
    titaniuman101 said:

    I might be running cool for 3 reasons:
    (1) Antec 900 (case)
    (2) Zalman CNPS9700 110mm (heatsink/Fan)
    (3) Artic Silver 5 (thermal paste)

    You might need to rip your PC apart as well and dust and wipe everything down. At least clean the CPUs heatsinks out from dust and also wipe down he fans good.

    AND NOT TRUE>...... I am running 8 gigs of RAM with the 1402 GeiniMod V3 BIOS. I am also getting rid of some stuff off my ASUS Crosshair AM2 mobo since I upgraded lately. Send me a private message if you want any of it.

    Good Luck

    Wow 2/3 of thos things I also have.
    1. Cooler Master CM Stacket 830 (case)
    (2) Zalman CNPS9700 110mm (heatsink/Fan)
    (3) Artic Silver 5 (thermal paste)

    amazing to hear that you got 8GB of ram working, i was wondering if it was possible. as long as it's only 2 DIMMs then it seems the custom BIOS will post.

    I think I will have to reclean my PC, I did it last week but I only dusted the Zalman, I didn't take it off and re-apply new thermal paste... I'll see if I have any thermal paste lying around from when I first bought the crosshair in 2006 and ill use it. (does it matter if it's 6 year's old paste, lol)

    What did you upgrade to? I'm planning on keeping this crosshair and CPU for as long as possible while upgrading my GPU (770 2GB).

    PM sent.


    The Crosshair I is an AMAZING board! Right now this is my current set up:

    OS: Windows 7 Ultimate SP2 (x64)
    CASE: Antec 900
    FAN: Zaleman 9700 (110mm)
    MOBO: Asus Crosshair 590 (AM2)
    BIOS: 1402 Ginie Mod V3 [BETA - CUSTOM]
    CPU: Phenom II X4 940 BE (AM2+) [3.0 Ghz] [OVER CLOCKED: 3.801 Ghz]
    RAM: OCZ PC2 6400 (4 x 2GB) [800 Mhz] [OVER CLOCKED: 944 Mhz]
    GPU: TWO x PNY 8600 GTS OC (SLI) [715 Mhz] [OVER CLOCKED: 750 Mhz]
    GPU: TWO x EVGA 8800 ULTRA [NOT POSTING !!!]
    GPU: ONE x Zotac GTX 760 AMP! Edition
    HDD: WD VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM (1TB)
    SSD: Neutron Series GTX (480GB)
    PSU: Rosewill Lightening 1300 (108 Amps)
  22. CubanLegend said:
    titaniuman101 said:

    I might be running cool for 3 reasons:
    (1) Antec 900 (case)
    (2) Zalman CNPS9700 110mm (heatsink/Fan)
    (3) Artic Silver 5 (thermal paste)

    You might need to rip your PC apart as well and dust and wipe everything down. At least clean the CPUs heatsinks out from dust and also wipe down he fans good.

    AND NOT TRUE>...... I am running 8 gigs of RAM with the 1402 GeiniMod V3 BIOS. I am also getting rid of some stuff off my ASUS Crosshair AM2 mobo since I upgraded lately. Send me a private message if you want any of it.

    Good Luck

    Wow 2/3 of thos things I also have.
    1. Cooler Master CM Stacket 830 (case)
    (2) Zalman CNPS9700 110mm (heatsink/Fan)
    (3) Artic Silver 5 (thermal paste)

    amazing to hear that you got 8GB of ram working, i was wondering if it was possible. as long as it's only 2 DIMMs then it seems the custom BIOS will post.

    I think I will have to reclean my PC, I did it last week but I only dusted the Zalman, I didn't take it off and re-apply new thermal paste... I'll see if I have any thermal paste lying around from when I first bought the crosshair in 2006 and ill use it. (does it matter if it's 6 year's old paste, lol)

    What did you upgrade to? I'm planning on keeping this crosshair and CPU for as long as possible while upgrading my GPU (770 2GB).

    PM sent.


    BTW.. I owned the ASUS Crosshair I since purchased it from Newegg in Oct of 2007.
  23. CubanLegend said:
    titaniuman101 said:
    dinkster9 said:
    As subject stats, do these match up? I have the original (not formula II) AM2 asus crosshair 590i motherboard, currently running an x2 6000+. I assume it can handle the AM2+ Phenom II X4, are there any issues with this setup? anyone tried it, worth the cpu upgrade?? or should i go with a true AM2+ or soon 3 motherboard?
    Back to top


    I have managed to "mate" the ASUS Crosshair ( ONE ) AM2 590 mobo with the Phenom II X4 940 BE! It works GREAT! I have managed to overclock the X4 940 BE to run at over 3.801 on air cooled (not liquid) running the CPU around 52'C with the Zaleman 9700 120mm. BEWARE the CPU isn't mean to go OVER 60'C !!! So I clocked it down to 3.580 @ 44'C.
    I will get a liquid cooler soon and will further post updates.
    You will hear computer technicians and enthusiasts state that you will run the processor at a cripple state. To an extent they are ABSOLUTELY correct but only because the BOARD allows the HT so high. But you don't want a new board you just want the fastest CPU for THIS board.
    If you have this mobo and want the fastest reliable processor it can handle PERIOD... get the 940 BE. This thing is FAST!

    Remember: I have completed this set up. I can PERSONALLY tell you what is stated accurately or what is just someone incorrectly stated professional opinion.

    Good Luck

    holy crap, my ASUS CROSSHAIR (ONE) AM2 590 MOBO is also running a 940BE and at stock clocks it idles at 46!!!

    Please, do you have any idea what the issue could be? I('ve also got 2 sticks of DDR2-800, most this bios supports) I've had this CPU for years on this mobo running this hot @ stock... with the custom 1402 Genie BIOS.

    I would greatly appreciate any tips to try and find my heat issue and get this thing oveclocked! And even if my CPU wasn't from a good batch, at least someone can help me figure out the heat issue?


    What kind of pc case and CPU heatsink/cooler do you have?

    Here is some advice or food for thought.. Just by me redirecting my PSU, case fans, heatsink/fan, and wire/cable management I created a free flow cycle to properly take in cold air and use that cold air to push the hot air out. I dropped my case temp and ALL other temps some more than others 4'C. SEE BELOW:

    Fan Air Flow Management:

    Top Fans: Pulls HOT air OUT (Exhaust)
    Bottom Fans: Push COLD air IN (Intake)
    Front Fans: Push COLD air IN (Intake)
    Back Fans: Pulls HOT air OUT (Exhaust)
    Sides Fans: Push COLD air IN (Intake
    PCI Fans: "Exhaust Bays" If you have SLI video set up may not be able to use these.

    CPU Fans: Face exhaust direction either BACK (Towards rear fans) or UP if you have a TOP case fan.
    PSU Fans: Face exhaust direction either BACK (Towards rear case) or UP if you have a TOP case fan.

    ***Be careful if you have a PCI-E 16x card in bottom slot don't want to over heat it. Thats where a PCI Slot Fan between the PSU and bottom video card will come in handy!

    REMEMBER: Hot air rises!!! Always suck cold air in the front and blow out hot air out back and top.
    I just got back from a very dusty region and let me tell you.... Just the dust alone creates cooling issues! You can check fan direction by holding paper close to it or blowing smoke at a fan to see if if pushes or pulls. Noctua are exspensive high pressure or high CFM fans at low noise levels. Exspensive and I like me blue LED color scheme in my case so I only heard reviews about that brand. Noctua. Check them out if that's you thing. Good Luck!
  24. CubanLegend said:
    titaniuman101 said:
    dinkster9 said:
    As subject stats, do these match up? I have the original (not formula II) AM2 asus crosshair 590i motherboard, currently running an x2 6000+. I assume it can handle the AM2+ Phenom II X4, are there any issues with this setup? anyone tried it, worth the cpu upgrade?? or should i go with a true AM2+ or soon 3 motherboard?
    Back to top


    I have managed to "mate" the ASUS Crosshair ( ONE ) AM2 590 mobo with the Phenom II X4 940 BE! It works GREAT! I have managed to overclock the X4 940 BE to run at over 3.801 on air cooled (not liquid) running the CPU around 52'C with the Zaleman 9700 120mm. BEWARE the CPU isn't mean to go OVER 60'C !!! So I clocked it down to 3.580 @ 44'C.
    I will get a liquid cooler soon and will further post updates.
    You will hear computer technicians and enthusiasts state that you will run the processor at a cripple state. To an extent they are ABSOLUTELY correct but only because the BOARD allows the HT so high. But you don't want a new board you just want the fastest CPU for THIS board.
    If you have this mobo and want the fastest reliable processor it can handle PERIOD... get the 940 BE. This thing is FAST!

    Remember: I have completed this set up. I can PERSONALLY tell you what is stated accurately or what is just someone incorrectly stated professional opinion.

    Good Luck

    holy crap, my ASUS CROSSHAIR (ONE) AM2 590 MOBO is also running a 940BE and at stock clocks it idles at 46!!!

    Please, do you have any idea what the issue could be? I('ve also got 2 sticks of DDR2-800, most this bios supports) I've had this CPU for years on this mobo running this hot @ stock... with the custom 1402 Genie BIOS.

    I would greatly appreciate any tips to try and find my heat issue and get this thing oveclocked! And even if my CPU wasn't from a good batch, at least someone can help me figure out the heat issue?


    I don't have an over heating issues most likely because I have an Antec 900 case and a Zelman 9700 heatsink and I also use Artic 5 thermal paste. I feel it works best because it has the right amount of silver particles in it. But on NON-SCIENTIFIC aspect others swear by other pastes.... Just remove the processor and put NEW, clean paste on your processor. Pastes WILL break down due to the heat over time. Also dust your entire PC every 6 months. Dust cause heat, moisture build up, and I've even heard cases of static discharging. I've owned my computer for over 9 years and it stills run flawlessly. I believe its due to tearing my PC apart and dusting it every 6 months. Hope that helps. It's the CHEAPEST and should be the first things you do before you take your PC to a computer technician. Also, it is possible to "under-clock" the voltages on your ram and processor and bus and lose NO PERFORMANCE. But you can't do much tuning or you will get the pc restsrts due to lack of power. LEAVE THE OVERCLOCKING TO PROFESSIONALS. Besides over-clocking is just a TEMPORARY FIX. If your PC has abnormal heating issues something MAY be going out soon. Let a professional look at it AFTER you do as stated:

    1)Dust off components
    2)Use NEW thermal paste on CPU/heat sink
    3)Upgrade heat sink
    4)Upgrade case
    STEPS 3 AND 4 May not be necessary/ Do steps 1 and 2 FIRST

    This is how "I" have kept "MY" PC cool and ALIVE for over 9 years. GOOD LUCK!

    Jake
  25. CubanLegend said:
    titaniuman101 said:

    I might be running cool for 3 reasons:
    (1) Antec 900 (case)
    (2) Zalman CNPS9700 110mm (heatsink/Fan)
    (3) Artic Silver 5 (thermal paste)

    You might need to rip your PC apart as well and dust and wipe everything down. At least clean the CPUs heatsinks out from dust and also wipe down he fans good.

    AND NOT TRUE>...... I am running 8 gigs of RAM with the 1402 GeiniMod V3 BIOS. I am also getting rid of some stuff off my ASUS Crosshair AM2 mobo since I upgraded lately. Send me a private message if you want any of it.

    Good Luck

    Wow 2/3 of thos things I also have.
    1. Cooler Master CM Stacket 830 (case)
    (2) Zalman CNPS9700 110mm (heatsink/Fan)
    (3) Artic Silver 5 (thermal paste)

    amazing to hear that you got 8GB of ram working, i was wondering if it was possible. as long as it's only 2 DIMMs then it seems the custom BIOS will post.

    I think I will have to reclean my PC, I did it last week but I only dusted the Zalman, I didn't take it off and re-apply new thermal paste... I'll see if I have any thermal paste lying around from when I first bought the crosshair in 2006 and ill use it. (does it matter if it's 6 year's old paste, lol)

    What did you upgrade to? I'm planning on keeping this crosshair and CPU for as long as possible while upgrading my GPU (770 2GB).

    PM sent.


    UPGRADES:
    Replace my SLi GTS OC 8600s with two SLi Zotac 760 AMP! Editions

    If you still have your PC let me know!! I think it is awesome to find another computer enthusiast that built a Frankenstein PC like us. I will GIVE YOU FOR FREE my 8 gigs ram AFTER I but the new Crosshair IV and upgrade my ram.

    Another PC cooling tip..... Heat rises right? Basic science we learned as kids in school... SO...

    Front fans: Blow cold air (IN) {Pushes hot air to back fans to suck OUT}
    Back fans: Suck hot air (OUT) {Pulls cold air across components}
    Top fans: Suck hot air (OUT) {Pulls cold air from bottom case}
    Bottom fans: Blow cold air (UP) {Pushes hot air UP for TOP fan to suck heat OUT}
    Side fans: Blow directly onto motherboard
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