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September 20, 2010 5:22:54 PM

I currently have an Asus M4A77TD with the 770 chipset and 710 SB but I am going to be purchasing a new ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard. I want to get more out of overclocking. Here's my specs:

CPU: Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition
Motherboard: Asus M4A77TD
G-Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
PSU: OCZ Stealth X Stream 700W

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September 20, 2010 5:41:33 PM

First, I am not 100% certain that your {F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM} will run on the ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3, but the Phenom IIX3 740 (HDZ740WFK3DGI) is supported.

That said, the OC will be about the same. I assume the primary reason is for CF. Your current MOBO is listed as a "core unlocker" MOBO http://usa.asus.com/FeatureList.aspx?PG_ID=mKyCKlQ4oSEt...

Hope that answers your questions.

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September 20, 2010 5:58:03 PM

It says it supports 1066/1333/1600 stock and overclock 18 or 2000? I cant remember. But I do plan on getting different ram because when I bought this ram I had very minimal knowledge that it was designed for intel, being that said I can run the timings it offers on my current board. Also what is CF???
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a b K Overclocking
a c 717 V Motherboard
September 20, 2010 6:14:21 PM

^ Native DDR speed means nearly zip, and those non-OC RAM speeds only work correctly if they're listed on the Certified/QVL listed XMP memory; meaning you'll need to manually set the DDR speed. The F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM is not supported in the QVL list.

CF {Crossfire/CrossFireX} allows the configuration of 2 ATI HD XXXX GPUs {Graphical Processing Unit(s)} via a "bridge" and your MOBO must support that feature which the new ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 does support CF.

Your current Asus M4A77TD MOBO can be easily set to run 1600 MHz DDR. Also, faster DDR will at best increase your gaming 2-5 FPS.
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September 20, 2010 6:48:13 PM

So I will have to manually set the timings on the new motherboard as I have on my current board? I don't plan on running crossfire though, It's the chipset I want and they dont have a single pci-e board out that doesn't have graphics built into that I know of, but I may be mistaken?? On my current board in bios I have the option to set either 800, 1066, 1333 or 1600. I have tried 1066 and 1333 overclocked to 1600 and I have tries 1600 stock. Tried just about everything. My thing is I am having trouble getting passed 3.81 ghz overclocked. Seem's like anything higher I just have shutdowns when running prime95. I am currently running Linx as a tester at 3.83 ghz with no problems so far .
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a b K Overclocking
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September 20, 2010 8:09:00 PM

Only {Certified/QVL} memory will have the correct timings set correctly via XMP; don't use XMP unless the EXACT P/N is indicated on the list otherwise BSOD/Post Failure/etc WILL result.

I am a little confused, the DDR that you linked is 1600 MHz?!

As I said, the difference between 1333 MHz -> 1600 MHz may at best result in 2-5 FPS increase, and unless you are interested in CF then you're wasting your $ with a new MOBO. {crazy if just for DDR}.

Your current MOBO - 4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory

CAS 7-8-7-24-2N @ 1.65V

The following assumes no CPU OC
Open AI Tweaker
Set the DRAM Frequency = 1600 MHz
DRAM Voltage 1.65V

Open DRAM Timing Control
{Set the CAS for ALL installed memory}
7-8-7-24-2N


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September 20, 2010 9:22:43 PM

is 2N the same as 2T?
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September 20, 2010 9:57:09 PM

Typically, 1T/1N, 2T/2N correspond interchangeably.
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September 20, 2010 10:02:33 PM

Ok, thanks. What does CF mean?? I'm not sure what it is.
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a c 207 Ĉ ASUS
a b K Overclocking
a c 717 V Motherboard
September 20, 2010 10:18:34 PM

^ as above CF = {Crossfire/CrossFireX} .

Yeah Haw, all this nomenclature - you're friends will all be in awe!
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a c 127 K Overclocking
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September 21, 2010 12:06:32 AM

ahumphers91 said:
I currently have an Asus M4A77TD with the 770 chipset and 710 SB but I am going to be purchasing a new ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard. I want to get more out of overclocking. Here's my specs:

CPU: Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition
Motherboard: Asus M4A77TD
G-Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
PSU: OCZ Stealth X Stream 700W


I doubt that a different motherboard will let you overclock significantly better.

It would be better to sell your processor and spend the money on a better chip.
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September 21, 2010 6:00:17 AM

I just bought this cpu. 88 bucks new on newegg. I had a 710 before and that wasnt a BE, so oc'ing was shotty. I will be content with the 3.82ghz I milked out of this CPU.
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September 21, 2010 2:28:43 PM

ahumphers91 said:
I just bought this cpu. 88 bucks new on newegg. I had a 710 before and that wasnt a BE, so oc'ing was shotty. I will be content with the 3.82ghz I milked out of this CPU.


Be happy with 3.82 for $88. Is there any reason you need more?
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September 21, 2010 7:04:02 PM

Doesn't everyone get greedy :) 
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