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

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March 30, 2012 9:47:05 PM

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...

CPU
http://www.trustedreviews.com/AMD-Phenom-II-X4-965-Blac...

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April 1, 2012 2:14:19 AM

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.

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April 1, 2012 2:59:23 AM

^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.
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April 1, 2012 11:18:49 AM

Okay, i was just wondering if the 15W difference would limit overclock capabilities.
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April 1, 2012 11:36:41 AM

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%.
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April 7, 2012 11:58:28 PM

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