Solved

AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE 125W overclocking on 140W asus motherboard?

Hi, this may sound stupid, but i was wondering about the fact my motherboard is 140W and my cpu is 125W, it will work, i am just wondering how far it will overclock and if it will even restrict it, im looking for 4ghz on a hyper 212 evo.

MOBO
http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A78LMUSB3/#specifications

CPU
http://www.trustedreviews.com/AMD-Phenom-II-X4-965-Black-Edition_PC-Component_review
5 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about phenom 125w overclocking 140w asus motherboard
  1. Best answer
    I'm pretty sure the CPU wattage rating just represents the max load it will draw at stock settings.

    For instance, if I put that chip in my old ECS with a 95w socket there is a good chance I would overload the motherboard.

    Your motherboard can handle a 140w load, and your CPU only draws 125w of power at stock settings.

    I would think of the difference between the two numbers as "headroom" for your MOBO.
  2. ^correct. the ASUS board is rated for 140W and its power delivery supports up to140W CPUs(and probably higher when overclocking). You have a lower wattage CPU so no issue. You can also always check the board CPU support list.
  3. Okay, i was just wondering if the 15W difference would limit overclock capabilities.
  4. No. Actually it might help.

    Based on experiments with my Core2 systems, a maximum overclock requires a voltage increase that raises CPU power consumption by about 20%.
  5. Best answer selected by Benovsky.
Ask a new question

Read More

AMD Overclocking Motherboards Phenom